Upgrades in the Works and New Software
Matrix Software has just finished translating their Life Progressions, Relating Potentials, Solar Arc Predictions, and Solar Return Predictions report writers to Windows in both Express and Professional versions. They are also in the process of creating a modular version of the professional Win*Star program.
Kepler 4.7 -- a major upgrade to Kepler -- is about to be released. This version will make all of the advanced mapping much easier to do, because you will be able to select individual cities to focus on. I have just received a beta test copy of the program, and will report on it next month.
I just received Babylonia 1.0. This software is the first program to help astrologers approach astrology from an observational standpoint. The Babylonians paid very great attention to what planets were visible at Sunrise and Sunset, and to what extent, and used this information in their delineations. With a manual full of beautiful photographs, this program is one I will certainly enjoy exploring.
I'm also eager to see the development of a new program called Kala. This Vedic software is rapidly being improved and upgraded. It will soon include the excellently written interpretive text of its author, Ernst Wilhelm. I'll keep you up-to-date on the evolution of this program.
Solar Fire 5's new "multiwheel superimposition" feature may seem very complicated, based on its name, but it is actually a wonderful feature. With it, you can align any two wheels, for example, in a biwheel, any way you want.
You could have two people's charts with both of their ascendants beginning house 1 (most programs only allow you to do biwheels with one person's ascendant as the 1st house cusp for both wheels.), or line up their Suns or Moons.
I created a new biwheel, using the Vedic whole sign wheel around the Western Equal House chart. I could never align these wheels correctly until Solar Fire 5 allowed 1st house cusps to be aligned. (In Vedic charts, the 1st house does not begin with the ascending degrees, but instead zero degrees of whatever sign is rising.) This type of biwheel is wonderful for transit analysis because you can see the differing effects a transit will have on both system's charts.
Copy Protection, Bugs, and other Issues
I would like to acknowledge two astrology software companies for their consistency in and frequency of improving their software. Andrew Foss, the creator of Shri Jyoti Star, and Graham Dawson, the creator of Solar Fire, are incredibly diligent in fixing bugs and adding additional enhancements to their programs.
It is so valuable to regularly check for updates to both of these programs. In recent months, they have added dozens and dozens of both fixes and additional functions, making their great products even better!
I would be hard pressed to enumerate all of the changes to both programs. Fortunately, the companies also provide information on their websites about what corrections and improvements have been made.
I have helped companies add features and find and fix bugs for twenty two years. I am amazed at how far astrology software has come. I give thanks for all of the wonderful and completely accurate programs that are available.
Software is much easier to use, has built-in electronic atlases, and beautiful graphics. Installing programs, which used to require rocket science!, is much easier too, and the software manuals are incredibly much better. We have a lot to be thankful for.
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