Astrocalc 6.3.0.18 Astrology Software Released

With the autumn colours in full bloom, we are pleased to announce a new stability release of our flagship astrology software, Astrocalc 6.3, with some taste of what’s more to come. While our ultimate development goal is a version 7.0 release with quite profound changes, we would like to achieve this in a way that brings novelty without too daunting changes and steep (re)learning curve. Thus, we will make several 6.x releases on our path to 7.0 and this release positions the stable version on the same code base as our ongoing development releases. That will diminish the risks for breakage when the time comes for the next stable update, which is a major reason to why we make this release now.

In this release, we are introducing a more flexible approach to deal with the various screen resolutions and monitor sizes in use by today’s computers. Our current, and old, approach has been to offer, or try to offer, a full screen experience for most screens, adapted to the user’s screen resolution.

However, we developed and implemented this system at a time when VGA (640x480), SVGA (800x600) and XVGA (1024x768) were the dominating resolutions and anything else was rare. Well, those days are far-gone and with today’s monitors being ever larger as a standard for desktop applications, having windows blown up full screen may not always be ones first or preferred choice.

In our new approach of dealing with screen sizes, a window will always open the first time in a standard format that is never larger than the smallest standard resolution in use today (1366x768). The user then can manually resize the window as he or she sees fit, with screen content adapting to the new size. When loading the window next time, the program remembers the last window size together with its position.

In some cases, a window may not be resizable, but will remember its position, and when this is the case, there is probably a good reason for it. The size should still be large enough to be usable on any screen. In this release, only a handful window screens make use of this new system, including the start-up screen.

While a large part of the changes in this release is structural rewriting of code and non-visible preparation for the future, a few more changes are visible and worth mentioning. On the screen for setting up colours and colour profiles, the colour selection tool now remembers the palette in use, if you choose to change it.

Furthermore, we redesigned the settings screen for Arabic Parts, and among other things removed the earlier limitation of 56 parts as a maximum. In addition, it is now possible to create new parts that use another starting point than the Ascendant. Another change here, which also applies to the Aspects & Orbs settings screen, is that values now can be edited/changed directly in place, in the value field. You simply click on it, edit and press Enter to apply the change.

Another change of note, the “circular reference” between the screens Wheel, Aspects Grid, Aspects List, Arabic Parts (calculated display) and Declinations has been broken. Earlier you could move around, from one screen to the other of these, in any direction, one screen window at the time. At the time of its implementation it may have been a nice feature, but now with ever larger and cheaper monitors it fits better if you can have them all open at the same time. That is now possible, with the Wheel or Data Entry screen as parent window; they will simply float “on top”.

With active development steadily ongoing, we have already uploaded a new development release, with amendments that did not quite make it in time for this 6.3.0.18 release. We had to make the cut somewhere and allow time for testing. Development releases are an extra bonus for licensed users, who optionally like to have a taste of what is brewing. Earlier, we started to release the trial version based on the development release to give potential customers the same benefit, but with this release, we are going back to the old format of basing the trial on the stable release. There are practical reasons for this, but we decided at the same time to reset the trial counter inviting everyone to try out this latest stable release of Astrocalc 6.3.

If you already are an Astrocalc 6.3 user you can go to your account and download this release right away, or from the same place order the Refresh CD for £5 only. Others are invited to take the new release for a 30 days free trial.

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

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