Astrocalc Astrology Software Released

A new release of Astrocalc 6.3 has arrived as the astrological year comes to a close with another vernal equinox waiting ahead of us. We decided to make this release now rather than at the equinox in a few days for 2 reasons. First of all, we had several outstanding CD orders and we didn’t want them to wait longer than necessary. Secondly, we think this release, which brings some small bug fixes and a few improvements, makes a good symbolic close of the winter work cycle as the New Moon creates a partial Solar Eclipse on the very last degree of the Zodiac - a bridging of the old with the new. Although our main focus now is on version 7 of Astrocalc, we are going to maintain and make improvements to version 6.3 for a long time still. There just won’t be any major innovations as that could undermine the software’s stability.

So the changes in this release aren’t anything drastic but we did a slight rearrangement of the Data Entry screen. To start with, we did split the settings for Calendars in two. So the Settings menu item for Calendar now only denotes the default choice used when starting a new chart etc. This will normally always be set to Gregorian, but at times it may come handy to change it to Julian if entering several new historical charts.

There is now a new setting for Calendar in the Natal Chart Details frame, which displays and allows a change of calendar for the individual chart, if needed.

Note that the change of Calendar from Julian to Gregorian took place at different times in various countries so there is no really good way to make this automatic – you simply have to know the chronological circumstances surrounding the charts you are about to enter.

Furthermore, the search criteria settings for charts were removed from the Settings menu and relocated back on the screen area. They were removed from there earlier in an attempt to make it less cluttered but some settings are just handy to have nearby and these are among them. However, they now reappear in a more compact fashion, a drop-box list setting for searching in the Name field and 2 check-box options for the Place field.

The “Keep Country” menu setting was also removed as we realized it didn’t really make sense. Instead, the “Use current Place” setting now also covers the New chart function, in addition to the Now chart. If selected, the Place simply stays the same. Otherwise the Default place (usually where you live or are located) is used for Now charts and for New ones all fields are simply zeroed.

If you reuse a place, pay attention to that you still may need to update the zone time values, depending on how the new time and date values compare to the previous chart. To do this, just put the insertion point at the end of the place name and press the Enter key.

Other small improvements are that the Options screen for “Planets and Aspects” now can be reached also from the Wheel screen and the Harmonic Tutor program, included with all editions, can now be launched from a sub menu item among the Harmonics routines. It’s a very simple standalone program to give a glimpse of what Harmonics are about.

New in this release is also an addition to the Charts Import menu, where the ability to import charts saved in the Quick Chart format has been added. Many other programs have the option to export charts in this format, for interchange with other programs. The export option is on our to-do list and will be added later.

Several small so called “bugs” where also found and fixed, where the most important may be the ability to relocate a sub chart like Solar Returns. Somehow this ability had got lost along the path of fixes and improvements. The other fixes can be read about in the change log, where you also can see that quite a few improvements as well as fixes have been made over time. This is simply “the nature of the game” with software programming.

While it’s every programmer’s dream to produce bug free software, there is no such thing as fail safe testing, especially when it concerns 100 000 lines of code, which make up the internal complexity of Astrocalc. Thus, as it’s human to error as well as create, now and then in the creative process a small detail is overlooked, even if we do our best no to. Be assure though, when found bugs are fixed at once.

To improve this process further, starting with this release, only even build numbers (e.g. .14) will be used for official releases of Astrocalc, while uneven build numbers will be used for development and test releases. This means that if a problem is reported we can build a special release to send for testing to the one reporting, ensuring it really is fixed before it gets included in what later will become the official release. Astrocalc 6.3 licensees can as usual download this release for free from their user account. We invite to a 30 days free trial.

Enjoy this release, with best wishes and blessings
Joakim Schramm - Astrocalc Software