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Release Notes for Version 9.7 of AstrolDeluxe Platinum

See screenshots and read the details about additions to version 9 of AstrolDeluxe Platinum.

The Windows Help for version 9.1 of AstrolDeluxe was up-to-date as of May 30, 2016.

Version 9.1.5 added to Customization, Initial Chart Display, a checkbox to Copy PowerGraph to Wheel Page. When this box is checked, and at the Chart Information screen's Display menu you select the Wheel with Grids Page, at the bottom right of the scrollable and printable page will appear the colorful Planet Strengths bar graph, AKA PowerGraph. It appears next to the triangular aspects grid and it replaces the grids with the planets' sign and house degrees. This is appropriate since the power graph depends on the aspects to derive each planet's harmonious and inharmonious strengths. Use this method to print out your client's Planet Strengths bar graph.

Version 9.1.5 also marks a newer version of the PC Atlas time changes file. Clicking on the Table button for cities in Australia and Israel will now show time changes extending to the year 2019.

Version 9.1.7 added to Customization, Miscellaneous Preferences a choice to turn off the default Add Angular Weight to Planet Strengths. All along, to arrive at the planet strengths the program been adding up how close are all the aspects to each planet and then has been looking to see if the planet is within five degrees of one of the four chart angles. The user has had the ability to modify the planet strengths by going to Customization, Aspect Orbs, but has not been able to exclude the strength that the program adds due to closeness to a chart angle. This customization choice adds that control, and makes it possible not just to see the extent contributed to a planet's strength as a result of being within five degrees of the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven, or I.C., but also to more easily compare to and evaluate other strength systems, such as Astrodynes, without the complication added by angularity.

Version 9.1.8 added to Customization, Miscellaneous Preferences a new choice to emphasize the strength of any aspect when it is within one degree of being exact.

This goes against the rule that only the orb allowed for an aspect determines its strength. The default orb allowed for the 45-degree and 135-degree minor square aspects between planets is 3 degrees, whereas the default orb allowed for major aspects between planets is 6 degrees. This meant that even if a minor square was exact, it would not appear in the aspects section of an interpretation report until after major aspects that were 3 degrees from being exact had been listed. If this function is turned on, then as much as one degree of strength can be added to the strength of an aspect that is exact, pushing it higher in the aspects section of an interpretation report. If the aspect is 45 minutes from being exact, then only 15 minutes of strength will be added to it. This has the effect of putting the interpretation for Wilt Chamberlain's extremely exact Mercury semi-square Mars aspect in the top three aspects, as opposed to in the top seven.

There is also the problem of the strength given to Moon aspects in an unknown birth time chart. The Moon is always calculated for a time of noon when you indicate that the birth time is unknown. But its position could be plus or minus 7 degrees from its position at noon. We don't really want the aspects section to start with an exact Moon aspect that may be incorrect for a person with an unknown birth time. There is no more room on the Miscellaneous Preferences form for an additional choice, so I made it so that if you select to emphasize aspects that are exact, the program will also reduce the strength of aspects involving an unknown time Moon in half, both for interpretation reports and for the Planet Strengths bar graph.

 

Version 9.2.1 introduced a Graphic Aspectarian feature under Options. You can choose one month or one year. The Aspectarian will be for the planets overhead, the aspects between the moving planets, unless you have selected a chart in the Saved Charts listbox and you click the form's box to Use Selected Chart. The calculations can be in Heliocentric if you have that Zodiac selected. Financial astrologers often consider heliocentric aspects in addition to the usual geocentric aspects.

The Graphic Aspectarian summarizes the weather, which can be harmonious or discordant, affecting a particular planet over time, by using different colors for the aspect lines. Intensity is shown by varying the thickness of the lines. The Graphic Aspectarian adds up all the aspect lines for each day for a particular aspected planet and shows a colorful summary of varying thickness in a row for that planet. You can scroll down on the form in order to see every one of the aspected planets, their summaries, and the aspects made by each of your selected aspecting planets. Depending upon your selections, there can be up to 18 aspected planets. If you click on the Collapse button, the individual aspects will disappear, leaving just the colorful aspect summary lines for each planet and one big colorful aspect summary row at the top. The Graphic Aspectarian feature makes it easy to see at a glance the nature and power of the aspects for a particular date, for the world in general or for a particular individual.

You can customize aspect colors at Customization, Chart Colors, Sign & Aspect Colors. The aspectarian will always use the neutral color of gray for Conjunction aspects.

Version 9.2.2 fixed an error 91 problem with Edit, Select All in the results of Options, Find Compatible Charts. Also did some clean-up of the spacing when the astro font is turned on and for results greater than 9 matches.

Version 9.2.3 updates the hsc9032.dll calculation library. Was capable of freezing in a loop when calculating the anomaly. Added a counter to exit after 2000 iterations.

Version 9.2.3 updates ancient date handling when calculating eclipses.

 

Version 9.3.1 lets you select a checkbox, Refine Results with Aspect Orbs, at Customization, Aspect Patterns. After finding an aspect pattern or configuration in a chart, using the 120 sections that define the 35 patterns, version 9.3 can apply an additional test to see if the found planets are within the orbs that you have defined at Customization, Aspect Orbs. This will ensure that you only see aspect patterns listed for a chart where all the planets making up the pattern are in tight and valid aspects.

Version 9.3.1 lets you click on a new choice on the Display menu called Separate Wheels when you have a biwheel, triwheel, or quadwheel, from having compared one chart to another on the File menu, in order to load a new form with up to four small wheels, showing your charts with their houses. The form can be scrolled, zoomed in and out, copied, and printed. You control whether these separate little wheels have colored lines or black lines by whether Print in Color is checked at Customization, Chart Colors, Planet & Chart Colors.

It turns out that, in previous versions, the Halloran TrueType Font, that is bundled with AstrolDeluxe Platinum, was not being used for the planet sign glyphs when you had Wheel Font turned on. The sharp sign glyphs were only being used for the house cusps - the program was still drawing the sign glyphs for the planet positions graphically. So with version 9.3.1 the wheels will start inserting the sign glyphs from the font. I also worked on improving the appearance of the printed charts.

Version 9.3.2 makes sure that the captions are appropriate for the Wheel with Grids Page and for the Separate Wheels Page, which pages reuse the same form. This minor version also unloads the form before use so that all the properties will start with their default values.

 

Version 9.4 adds to the chart Display menu, underneath Planet Strengths, a new choice for Map of Degree Strengths. This round graph is based on the zodiac-proportional chart wheel, that already had tick marks for each zodiac degree. This new graph adds degree tick marks to the inside of the wheel. Strength rays for each degree project towards the center of the wheel. The light blue part of each ray is for the degree's strength from harmonious aspects. The red part is for the degree's strength from inharmonious aspects. You can visually see where in the chart there is a concentration of harmonious and inharmonious energy.

How are the degree strengths calculated? For each degree, the program temporarily puts an inactive planet there, and then calculates what would be the harmonious and inharmonious aspects to it from the active planets. You have some control over what are the active planets at Customization, Planets. You also have some control over the strengths at Customization, Aspect Orbs. Other choices at Customization, Miscellaneous Preferences can affect the degree strengths, such as Add Angular Weight to Planet Strengths and Emphasize Strength When Orb Exact (<1).

This new Map of Degree Strengths complements the AstrolDeluxe program's Planet Strengths bar graph by adding, on either side, tables of harmonious, inharmonious, and total strengths for the twelve houses and the twelve signs. These strength calculations are different from those of Astrodynes. No account is taken of house rulerships. The calculated values provide an alternative whose derivation is straightforward and subject to user control.

While the program is calculating, it can output to a *.csv file the strengths for each degree if beforehand you go to File and select Save Degree Strengths to File. As long as a file location and name are sitting in the program's temporary memory, the program will write the details to this file. You can easily read files with a *.csv extension in programs such as Windows Notepad or Microsoft Excel.

The program will find the six strongest degrees in the chart and will display them in a small grid to the left of the screen graph. The grid has two columns, one for Strengths and one for Degrees. You can pop up the Sabian Symbol interpretation for one of these six strong degrees by double-clicking on the degree value. Do not be surprised if you find a deep, underlying correspondence between your strongest degree and the Sabian Symbol for it.

The pop-up form allows you to print the degree interpretation or to add your own notes. The ability to print each degree interpretation makes up for the fact that the grid with the strongest degrees is not part of the Map of Degree Strengths form -- the grid will not be included if you choose to print this map.

Symbolism for the 360 degrees started long ago, perhaps with an ancient author known as Teucros the Babylonian and a book called the Sphaera Barbarica. I must have five books published in the twentieth century devoted to degree interpretations, in any of which you can research alternatives to the provided Sabian Symbol interpretations.

Version 9.4.1 makes a fix to the aspect patterns report when Refine Results with Aspect Orbs is checked at Customization, Aspect Patterns. The report was capable of dropping an important exact pattern that did appear at Display, Graphic Aspects, such as a tight Kite pattern. It had to do with how the interpretation report tries to interpret the most general version of a pattern, which was conflicting with eliminating patterns that are not within orb. The Refine Results with Aspect Orbs checkbox is a new feature that was just added to Platinum with 9.3.1.

Version 9.4.2 adds DoEvents in between calculation of the strength of each degree in the Map of Degree Strengths. This prevents a Not Responding condition from occurring on slower computers and it causes the wheel map to display as it is being drawn or built. I also made it unnecessary for the Moon's Nodes to be turned on in order for the degree strengths to be calculated.

 

Starting with version 9.5, AstrolDeluxe Platinum can automatically work with separate male and female natal interpretation files. This is in preparation for a new natal report where all the delineations will derive from actual research into male and female charts and biographies. If the selected natal interpretation file is called BEGIN.HNP, the program will get interpretations from that file for Male and Neutral gender charts, but the program will automatically try to get interpretations from a file called BEGINF.HNP for Female gender charts. Also, more generally, if the selected interpretation file root name ends with "MC", that file will be used for Male and Neutral gender charts, but the program will automatically try to use a matching file ending with "FC" for Female gender charts. These file names, ending with "MC" and "FC", correspond to what the Edit Interpretations program creates if you go to edit a previously unedited natal interpretation file and you answer the New File prompt by selecting "Make Separate File Copies for Males and Females."

Version 9.5 added the progressed Life Diagram that Reinhold Ebertin developed in 1968. On the Options menu, I changed Moving Graphic Ephemeris to have four submenus: Transit Ephemeris, Progressed Ephemeris, Declination Ephemeris, and Progressed Declinations. The Transit Ephemeris has the original Moving Graphic Ephemeris function and the Progressed Ephemeris does the new Life Diagram. A chart must be selected in the Saved Charts listbox, or else Progressed Ephemeris and Progressed Declinations will be grayed out. Unless you click on the Prog Type button, which brings up the Progress Chart selections form, the Start button will begin to draw planet lines for major progressions starting from the birth date. About 80 years worth of major or Secondary Progressions will fit on the screen.

The time span is the same if you select Solar Arc Directions at Prog Type, since solar arc directions move every planet at the rate of the progressed Sun's longitude. Solar Arc Direction contacts to planets in the natal chart can be very accurate for timing events. Ebertin used both major Progressions and Solar Arc Directions. Ebertin also looked at the graph of progressed declinations, so I added declination graphs to version 9.5. When doing the progressed declination graph, there is no Prog Type choice for Solar Arc Directions because of the fluctuating nature of declination calculations - if you calculate the major progressed chart for the 30th birthday of a person born on December 6, 15 days before the solstice, the Sun's declination will seem not to have moved at all since birth, still being at 22 S 35. That is because the progressed Sun reached its maximum declination of 23 S 26 around the 15th birthday, and then slowly retreated from that maximum, so the Sun's progressed declination is not useful for directing other planets.

You can also select Minor Progressions or Tertiary Progressions, but those involve more cycles in a given time span, so they let you change the starting date and year to be later than the birth date at the Prog Type screen. Ebertin liked to view the progressed planets, Ascendant, and Midheaven making contacts to the natal points against the background of a 45-degree graphic ephemeris - if you want to duplicate that, the form lets you select and apply a harmonic of 8.

In cosmobiology, Ebertin focused on aspect angles of 0, 180, 90, 45, and 135 degrees. The 45-degree graphic ephemeris collapses the natal planet positions, indicated by horizontal lines coming from the right side of the graph, so that any of these five hard aspects is indicated by a progressed planet line crossing or intersecting a natal planet line on the graph. Ebertin says that for the swiftly moving planets, a condition can start to develop one or two years before the aspect is exact, while for the slower moving planets it can develop as much as ten years before the aspect is exact. Chapter 8 of Ebertin's 408-page final book, Astrological Healing, has over 100 pages devoted to Case Studies using the Life Diagram. Its advantage is that the astrologer can visually see when in the life a hard aspect will apply and when it will be over.

Version 9.5.3 made a couple of minor fixes to the Life Diagrams, such as ensuring that the degrees on the right side appeared in black and that a birthday late in the year did not throw off the calibration of the years and the timing of when aspects occur.

Version 9.5.4 fixes a problem running the LifeTrends transits report from the chronological transits list for an unknown birth time chart. This problem affects all recent Platinum program versions. Quite a while ago, I made what I considered a logical fix to the transits list - to not put a planet's house in parentheses after the planet name if it is an unknown birth time chart, not realizing that such a change would affect the parsing of the transits list by the routine to create the transits interpretation report, which expected all planet names to be followed by the planet's house number in parentheses. The transits report routine is now fixed to be aware if the report is for an unknown birth time and it will only include planetary aspects - nothing about house ingresses.

Here is the workaround until you get the fix...

For unknown birth time charts, either do the Here and Now LifeTrends transits report or create Sunrise copies of the unknown time charts and run the chronological LifeTrends lists and reports against the Sunrise copies.

To make a Sunrise copy, call up the unknown birth time chart and on the right side click the Copy button. The Copy button divorces the chart from the original saved chart, which you probably want to keep as an unknown time chart. Then click on the Sunrise button. If you look in the time field you can see that the correct time for sunrise has been inserted. Then add a space and the word Sunrise to either the First Name or the Last Name field. Then Calculate to get the wheel and Save this new chart record to the charts file.

You should be able to select the Sunrise chart and run the chronological LifeTrends transits report against it.

Version 9.5.5 detects Event Type when converting Solar Fire 5 chart records and writes Male or Female without prompting the user for this info.

 

Version 9.6 adds a powerful new capability to Options, Research Charts. The program now has the ability to combine different searches in an OR manner. This is different from its long established method, in which each subsequent search is of the results of the previous search, which combines searches in an AND manner. Astrological researchers who wanted to combine charts in OR searches have in the past used the AstroDatabank program. However, the last version of AstroDatabank, version 4, dates back to 2006, making it compatible with Windows XP but not with newer versions of Windows, and it is no longer for sale. To give an example of an OR search, you could say that you wanted to see just those charts that have Mars on the Midheaven, OR that have Mars on the Ascendant, OR that have Mars conjunct the Sun, OR that have the chart ruling planet conjunct Mars. You get many more results by doing an OR search than you do from searching for just one factor.

You turn on OR searches by clicking the checkbox near the top that says Direct search to OR page. Or you can tab to it and press the spacebar. Then when you perform one of the 26 available searches, instead of immediately changing the found records to reflect the search results, the search is added to a Page of OR Searches that pops up at the bottom of the screen. The Page of OR Searches consists of a listbox with all the searches that you want to OR together. An example search could show:

1. Sun is in the 1st House
2. Sun is in Aries

At the bottom of the Page of OR Searches you see buttons that let you Delete a Selected Search or Combine OR Searches into Results List. There is a checkbox "Have Combine also print a summary of the search to the current printer". The Combine button will combine all of your separate searches, eliminate the duplicates, show the found results, and make the Page of OR Searches go away. If the print checkbox is checked, then before the form closes it will print to the current printer the chart file's starting count and ending count with all of the OR searches that were listed at the page. It can be very helpful to have the starting and ending count when you are trying to determine significance. If you want to retain these results without wasting paper, make your PDF printer driver the current printer so that you will be prompted to enter the pdf file name. You can use this feature to automatically record the starting count and ending count of a search even when you are doing just a single search.

At Search Two, By Aspect, there is now a checkbox that says "Multi select aspects". When this is checked, the combo box that lets you select a single aspect or to type in the value of any angle changes to a listbox that accepts multiple selections. For example, you can say that you want all the charts that have Sun conjunct Moon, Sun trine Moon, and Sun sextile Moon - so you do not have to tediously select each of these as a separate OR search.

Version 9.6.2 added word wrapping to all four displays or printouts of the criteria for a search, in order to accommodate the long Multi-select aspect criteria. This means that if the display or print line is too long it will wrap to the next line. It does not work with the Page of OR Searches listbox, but it does work with the checkbox for "Have Combine also print a summary of the search to the current printer". It also works with Print Search Results, the Group Signature, and with the Historical Graph.

Version 9.6.2 added an Exclude checkbox to Search Two, By Aspects. With this box checked, the remaining names in the list will be all the charts that do NOT HAVE the searched for aspect(s).

Version 9.6.3 fixes an array size problem connected to adding Eris in version 9.0. It manifested when searching for charts with a particular hemisphere emphasis at Options, Research Charts, Searth Three, Modalities etc.

Version 9.6.4 automatically unchecks the Multi-Select box at By Aspect when the user selects the Search Three tab, as the aspect searches on that tab do not use the multi-select aspects listbox.

Version 9.6.4 causes the By Aspect search to use the Sliding Scale for the parallel or contraparallel declination aspects when this is selected at Customization, Aspects and when the box "Use default orb" is checked.

Version 9.6.4 further expands the width of the Page of OR Searches listbox.

Version 9.6.4 adds a checkbox at the bottom of the Page of OR Searches that says "Save this list of searches for future use". If you check this box, then the searches will be saved to a savesrch.csv file and the tempOR#.lst files will be copied to saveOR#.lst files. When the program detects the existence of this file, clicking on the Research Charts form checkbox "Direct search to OR page" will pop-up a question whether to load the saved searches into the OR page. If you no longer want the saved searches, choose Cancel to delete the file. You might want to save and reload a set of searches if you are experimenting with adding refinements to a basic search, that you do not want to laboriously recreate over and over again.

Version 9.6.4 adds Printer Setup to Search on the Research Charts form menu bar. You might want to temporarily Print Search Results to a pdf file. Also adds a new choice, Print Search Results with No Names.

Version 9.6.4 adds a Multi-House checkbox to the By House search tab. This checkbox switches the list of houses to a list that allows multiple selections. You might want to get a list of all charts with Mercury in the 3rd house or in the 9th house.

 

Version 9.7 adds an in-depth Aspects Grid to the Display menu. This is a larger and more informative version of the small triangular aspects grid that can appear at the bottom left of a printed chart or on the special Wheel with Grids Page. This full-size Aspects Grid uses the Halloran astro wheel font, that comes bundled with AstrolDeluxe Platinum, to show what if any aspect exists between the planets indicated by the intersecting columns and rows, but also indicates with the letters 'a' or 's' whether the aspect is applying or separating. If the declinations of two planets makes them parallel or contraparallel, the declination aspect symbols will appear together with the zodiacal aspect symbols. The orb of the applying or separating aspect is shown in degrees and minutes.

The default is to show the orbs for the zodiacal aspects. If you want to see the declination aspect orbs instead, click the checkbox for Declination Orbs. The screen will redraw with that different set of orbs.

There is a Print Form button, and above it a Printer Setup button that allows you to switch from Portrait to Landscape. Whether the grid fits on Portrait or requires Landscape depends upon if you have selected more than 7 planet points in the Include column at Customization, Planets.

The chart name, birth data, and remarks appear in three text boxes at the top, that will be part of any printout. You can modify or add your own notes about the chart and its aspects to the contents of these text boxes before printing.

Version 9.7.1 adds DoEvents commands after all important print commands throughout the program as a way to prevent customers from experiencing printer device timeouts.

The new aspects grid lets the astrologer pick out which aspects in the chart are applying and therefore strongest. Version 9.7.2 allows the astrologer to click on and immediately read a pop-up interpretation for any aspect in the aspects grid. This increases the grid's use as a hands-on tool for analyzing a chart. The astrologer is more likely to spend time analyzing a chart's aspects when he or she can single out the most important aspects and immediately read their meaning. The caption of the pop-up interpretation form will also tell you the name of any aspect whose glyph you do not recognize.

Version 9.7.2 adds a basic mapping for the glyphs that the aspects grid needs if the user has not yet done that from the Customization menu.


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