Astrocalc Released

Astrocalc has been released (together with a new Trial version), with Windows 8 compatibility, Graphic Transits and Progressions together with several other improvements and some bug fixes. It has been a long time coming but now it’s finally there – Graphic Transits and Grapich Progressions, a Rolls Royce way of looking at planet movements and relation to the Natal chart. But also very important is of course

Windows 8 compatibility
Starting with this release Astrocalc is now compatible to run on Windows 8. It will run on both 32 and 64 bits Windows systems. At the same time have also Astrogeography 6.2, Starword 6.2 and Transits Forecaster 6.2 been updated for Windows 8 compatibility. The updates are available to download for current users from your user account.

Graphic Transits and Progressions
Included in the Advanced and Professional Editions, or if you previously had the older standalone program, Astrocalc now let you project your transits or Progressions in 2 different types of graphs.

The curve graph will show you planets moving against a scale of degrees, crossing each other’s paths as well as horizontal lines marking Natal planet positions. The scale can be set to any harmonic between 1 and 60 which is a divider of the 360 degree circle, thus with harmonic 12 you will get a standard scale of 30 degrees.

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The graphic bar chart will stack aspects shown as blocks on a time line, one aspect per line. The block may vary in height showing increasing or fading exactness of the orb. This gives a very visual experience of how several transits may operate together over time and truly lives up to the proverb “a picture says more than thousand words”.

Natal Quick View
While you usually want to blow up a wheel on the screen to study a chart, sometimes we still just need a quick splash of basic data like planet positions etc. The new quick view gives you just that, whenever you load a chart it displays that information right on the data entry screen.
For users with the old graphic programs as standalone but no Astrocalc, you now have to purchase our main program to get this functionality. However, whichever edition of Astrocalc you choose we will include the same functionality as your old graphic program provided.

A New, undefined chart
Starting with version 6.0 Astrocalc began to store charts in a relational database in contrast to the plain text files used earlier. Due to differences in implementation and warranted objectives behind the change, this lead to the need of saving a chart before it could be used. This is no longer necessary. We call this an undefined chart rather than an unsaved because it can be reused over and over again with new input and as such it can also be many charts simply replacing each other.

An undefined chart is technically similar to a Now or Clock chart, except it cannot be moved back and forth in time on the wheel screen. It can be used in most operations like Transits, Progressions etc. and also in Multi-Wheels. However, it can currently not be used in Synastry or with the Clock function, which requires it to be saved first. Also, it needs to be calculated before it can be used and some options may be unavailable until that has been done. The obvious way to calculate is to click the Wheel button to display it. There is a short cut though, if you press and hold down the Ctrl key and click the said button, it will calculate it without displaying the wheel and you can use it in other routines. It will also update the Natal Quick View described above.

You start an undefined chart by clicking the New button (which then gets disabled until you load a saved chart) and the program will also start in this mode the very first time. Undefined charts are not saved between sessions, so if you close the program with an undefined chart in focus, next time it will start with blank and clean input fields as if you had clicked the New button. If you close with a saved chart in focus it will as before load automatically on next start.

This will probably be the last release in the 6.2 series unless a serious bug is found and that means something that affect program operation. So now all focus will be on the next version and while I don’t expect to have a final release before Christmas it’s quite possible there will be a development preview release to look at. Well it all depends of course, if there still exists a world as we know it after Dec 21 2012! And indeed I will now turn more of my focus towards an article aka blog post I am working regarding that. So stay tuned.