Release Notes for Version 9.3 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Version 9.1.5 also marks a newer version of the PC Atlas time changes file.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.

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