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(The Companion to Astrolog32 ~ © the Dodger 2016
- text rights reserved)

- The Free Chartmaker -

Fancy a tour? the developers have invested years of their time to make this chartmaker a reliable easy-to-use app for your Windows pc.
In current version 2.05, it'll run from any folder in Windows, there's a beginner's mode to familiarise newcomers, & all the extended options remain - harmonic, dual-charting, house systems, the lot. You still make a chart from updating the [Edit] > [Edit chart data] data window.

Astrolog32 will always launch with an 'Here and Now' chart - could be (like this). It uses the 'here' you chose in the set-up ~ your hometown, most likely ~ , and the computer base-time, adjusted for time-zone as you chose in your installation dialogs, and perhaps, plus a docking of one hour to run matching your pc's Daylight-Saving-Time.

You can launch as many instances of Astrolog32 running simultaneously as your mind can handle, and it's normal to do this to compare two or more charts, as an alternative to the multiwheel mode.. with two or more instances of the program, each copy of Astrolog32 can be a different colour, or chart, or set to a different harmonic, time-zone or DST setting.

Astrolog32 still bucks modern trends: there's no 'Back' button, nor 'Undo'. For basic commands, the [Edit] and [File] menus, or Astrolog32's unique keyboard calls, do the file-handling.

THERE ARE FIVE WAYS OF INTERFACING WITH THE PROGRAM:

 1. THE MENU BUTTON-BAR, { menubar above the window - to edit, save, alter what's delivered: many settings can be altered for good here if wished }
 2. KEYBOARD SWITCHES, { faster program directing-method - edits, saves, and alters what's delivered, mainly for current session }
 3. COMMAND LINE SWITCHES, { swiftly setting up different session, charting or printing options }                                                
 4. THE SET-UP OF DEFAULTS in astrolog32.dat, the Config. file, which maintains initial, ultimately personal, permanent preferences.
 5. MACROS,   { to run a batch of actions to alter the chart or print-run: you can create them, and are increasingly an option for beginners. }


(...hey, that's a lot! - but it's just, they are available!)
This guide concentrates on V1.34 and V2.05: how to use the Menus, along with keyboard switches (TABLES OF KEYBOARD SWITCHES) - but you may find yourself using mixed methods in the end; the Config. File (Astrolog32's customisable defaults page) gets an extensive section (CUSTOMISING DEFAULTS via CONFIG. FILE); the other ways have their own sections - a how-to (COMMAND SWITCHES & MACROS), along with (TABLES OF COMMAND SWITCHES) ~ find all these in TOPICS MENU below.

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 BEGINNERS OPTION: from version 2.0x, you can switch to a Simplified Mode, where 
 the menus have been stripped of options that can only detract for the first year of use.

view of folders ASTROLOG32 is modular, but, without even downloading Atlases or Ephemerides, you can work with any chart in your \charts folder (if it's in Astrolog's '.dat' format!) and create charts at places local to you, - choosing your own House System, colours & wheels or text as ever.

All further additional content can be unzipped into Astrolog32's internal folders after downloading from the internet, or indeed expanded folders can be copy/pasted into it from another person's installation. A full installation looks like the image to right.
With all the Atlases incorporated, you won't need to Google for a place's co-ordinates (getting atlases); and with additional Ephemeris files incorporated, you can chart back to 12000BCE! (getting Swiss ephemerides). In the V2.02+ releases, a folder of six modules with basic content is created and an uninstaller is included.

Regarding the best location for your Astrolog32, convenience may as well be your guide, as long as you have the admin privileges to browse to the folder. With any V2.02+ installation, 'Program Files' is now the first offering, but any sane path you browse to or type in will be accepted, ~ Windows doesn't care; Windows doesn't know! ~ but if you choose 'My Documents' or 'Program Files' with versions V1.34 and before, then as that is not that version's expected default location 'C:', you'll have to correct the folders' paths in the Config.file to match where you've put it. See 'YOUR DEFAULT DIRECTORIES for FOLDERS' in CUSTOMIZING DEFAULTS...; also, the shortcut icons to launch Astrolog32 will not work. If you are a beginner, then for V2.0x versions (unless you intend to use macros), select and stick with 'Program Files' as home for the program: - for one reason, see here; for another, programs are safer there from mismanagement. The V1.34 version, install at C: as advised in the website.

Changing your settings: The default settings (colour, size, house system, location etc) define what you get at launch; immediately your session has begun, you can change these, on a per-session basis through the menus or switches, and the changes you make will stay for the whole of the live session, for all subsequent charts unless you un-make those changes, - but the defaults will re-appear at re-launch.

However, if you save the Config.file (astrolog32.dat) anytime after your changes via menus or using switches, you'll find many - not all - alterations then become your new set-up, after a re-launch. (See Saving your set-up, in Menu below.)
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BEFORE YOU DIVE IN: Three things you should know:

Astrolog does NOT prompt you to save any chart!

When charting in a different time-zone to your own, Astrolog has an enduring quirk, that it needs a minus before an easting of hours, viz: minus seven, -7, to hop from Chicago Time to Paris; and a plus (or nothing) before a westing of hours, viz: plus seven, +7, 7, to hop from Paris Time to Chicago.

In versions up to V1.34, printing from Astrolog32 contains a major pitfall for newbies, where you're using a black or dark background for the graphical chart, because what you see is what you will get. Many beginners have wasted a black ink cartridge on their first print. So use the option to 'Reverse Background' before you print - simply type 'x' on the keyboard, anytime, to invert colours!

  TOPICS MENU  



INTRO - The Free Chartmaker

THE BASICS # 1 - Open, search, naming, data-input, Here & Now, DST, sidebar,
progressing
, Chart #2, composite, multiwheel, text, Aspects, saving, pos_dats
& dats, fixed stars
, Power, Uranians, quitting, linking, Helpfile.

THE BASICS # 2 - Time-animation, printing, image-taking, (De)Restrictions & Save the Setup,
dispositors, aspect-lists
, 'Flower', biorhythm, transits, Midpoints, sidereal & harmonics.

THE BASICS # 3 - Directory Paths, rising/setting, horizon, Astrograph, interpretations,
globe- & skymaps
, Calendar, ephemeris, non-geo charts ,"Open with".

INSTALLING - | - ATLASES - | - APPEARANCE & IMAGING - | - JULIAN to GREGORIAN CALENDAR

ASTROLOG'S TIMEZONES and MANUAL INPUT - | - COMMAND SWITCHES & MACROS

CUSTOMIZING via CONFIG.FILE - | - F.A.Q.s - | - PROGRAMS TO GO WITH ASTROLOG32





Open your Astrolog32 by clicking its shortcut..

CAN'T LAUNCH Astrolog32? Find Astrolog32 folder, open
& find 'main' folder, open & double-click "astrolog32.exe"


To drive the menus via the keyboard
  Opening menus with keyboard




  THE BASICS - # 1

- Open, search, naming, data input -

Opening a chart you already have in Astrolog's .dat format.
Astrolog32 displays a chart after you've browsed to its file, clicking [File] > [Open Main Chart], or keyboard-switch Alt+o, or you can go [File] > [Open Chart #2], or Alt+shift+O, to load chart #2. (NOTE: these two different keyboard shortcuts aren't Alt+zero! that's Alt+O for orange!)
  ...navigate through the folder offered to the chart you want, and go 'OK'.

If it's [File] > [Open Main Chart] you went, chart xxx.dat will load on your screen: but going [File] > [Open Chart #2], it'll load but it won't be seen - in order to see it, go shift+X to swap charts.
(For charts #3, #4, it's menu or command-line only to load them, and they too remain invisible unless called to a multiwheel).
Any charts in your \charts folder are shown alphabetically: clicking 'View Menu' icon, then 'Details' allows you to roster the charts in another order (date; format).

Unless you have unzipped the Celebs' Charts into your \charts folder, then after an first install, there's nothing in \charts (older editions); in 2.04 and after you will find John Lennon's chart.

It's according to the Config.file (astrolog32.dat) whether your default view is text, or chartwheel, and, with a new install, it's by default a chartwheel - type a 'v' to toggle to text, and back.

Astrolog's chartfiles are not locked, though they may be set 'Read Only'; so any .dat can be modified, and creating new charts often means serially over-writing the current chart's data....

If you are not using a mouse, file-opening is best done using ANOTHER WAY #2, # 3 or #4 - see below...

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ANOTHER WAY #1: Charts in batches can be opened in a series, through using Astrolog32's [File] > [Search charts] engine: they will picked out by some common factor or factors, More.
After putting in the parameters you want shared throughout the batch, and clicking 'Search', they can all be reviewed, one after the other alphabetically, or pick one out, to view: single charts can be hunted too, by name - but remember, Astrolog searches the 'hidden' names (see Naming files), not the Windows names.

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ANOTHER WAY #2: where you can remember a filename, it may be opened quicker by command-line: typing -i(space)filename.dat will raise filename.dat - use upper or lower case spellings - doesn't matter! but only the top folder specified in the path to Charts in astrolog32.dat which will be searched, not sub-folders.

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ANOTHER WAY #3: keep key chart-data available in Notepad! The /qb line from their .datfiles may all be put in a text; when pasted into the command-line, each is executed & the chart displayed - only without the chart-name, - when you press Enter key.

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ANOTHER WAY #4: keep key chart-data available in a macro! New-style V2.04+ releases can, with the MACRO folder 'on', call charts from some of the F-keys; old macros too can call up charts, - see Standard Macros.
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From the data it gets from the .dat file you've raised, Astrolog32 can make you a Tropical chart (default), or a Sidereal chart, or you can opt for a chart centred on any planet (bar Moon), or any or all of the other displayable options (like bi-wheels, tri-wheels, quadriwheels, composite wheels when chart-threads #2, #3, #4 are filled in). Allied aspectarians, harmonics, or object-data lists for any Main chart or combined chart can be called up quickly, using the shortcuts, menus or macros.
More data still is available, but not shown by default: it only requires that, say, you de-restrict Fixed Stars, or add more Minors, and your changes are added at once ...go [Settings] menu for Astrolog's seemingly limitless options!
(More)

For going to print, click here;   to paste-up an image, click here;   to save, click here.

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My Best Tip always: Make a link to your Charts folder! - put a shortcut in the Start Menu, so you can manage your folders, as you go.

Looking to get into Switches? Which switch to learn first? click here.



Searching for a chart
If you have charts in the \charts folder, your program accesses them by going [File] > [Open mainchart], or [File] > [Open chart 2] as explained above, but, there is no constraint on you hunting them, even opening & editting them in Notepad, from your \charts folder open in Windows Explorer! ~ this is why a shortcut to your \charts folder is important!
To delete your charts, this is the only safe & practical way!

If you have a text-file saved from your work, you should skip opening the Astrolog32 program, but open Notepad, and navigate to \miscellaneous to find and deal with it.

Astrolog32's 'Search Charts' filter
[File] > [Search Charts] is a small but still very useful set of filters, selecting up to five definers for a search of the charts:'Alt+s' is the keyboard switch to call this Search feature.
Note 1. there is no filter for year - unless you inserted the year in the file-name when you saved it; then you could put it in the 'search for'...'in name' field.

Note 2. If you click 'Search', with 'subfolders' ticked, but none of the filter-lines, 'Search charts' will supply all the charts in your \charts folder, in alphabetical order.
When the hourglass vanishes, any results appearing in the box on the right can be opened with a double-click, or you can flip through the series, starting with the first alphabetically, by clicking the 'OK' button, then going Ctrl+n to go on to the next.
Charts raised can be modified, and then re-saved.
You can then move on to the next, or back to the previous of the listed charts, if you want to, or even interrupt your search to make a new chart, and then pick up the searched returns again.

To go to the next / go back:
  exclusively when you have called a search up, the menu-options [File] > [Open next chart] (Ctrl+n) and [File] > [Open previous chart] (Ctrl+r) will work to scroll through your searched charts in sequence, to the first, or last, of the list that [File] > [Search charts] has provided.

NOTE: Look out for three catches:
that you must tick the tickbox to the left of each filter-line you're using;

secondly, when the 'Search Charts' dialog box has been filled in, you must click 'Search', not 'OK';

thirdly, you may need to tick the tickbox for 'Search subfolders'.
You can select a particular or network subfolder - click the ['..'] box, - but in my folder system, this navigation was impossibly lengthy!. Pasting the extended path into the "Search Directory" address field was quicker - and as, in addition, I wanted the paths available for import from somewhere within Astrolog32 - then clearly I had to hijack a [Help] text to hold them:

DODGE No. 1 ornament

Here, I've chosen the Readme.html that is in \main, and normally opens from [Help]. After unticking the 'read only' attribute in its file properties, I opened it in Notepad, and added there the paths to various \charts subfolders, inserting them after the final 'DISCLAIMER' paragraph.
Insert '<br><br>' (without the quote marks), at the start of each line.
You could put there a macro or two, or an interesting clipping from the Helpfile.
Save Readme.html.

Readme.html opens in your browser, and in that window, you only need to highlight and copy a path from the Readme file, and paste it into the 'Search Directory' address field, or into the command-line, and proceed quicker to your results.

Another route, you could insert the paths at the start of Readme.txt, but it's a bigger file for your pc memory to host.

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Naming files
In Astrolog32, there are file-names saved within the file-content, and file-names that you save with, into the \charts folder; often the two are the same, but they don't have to be, and they can serve different functions.

Any searches for any part of a name which you typed only in the 'Edit' dialog Name-field will only be found in an Astrolog32 Search (see above). But as for a search with Windows "Search For Files and Folders", - such data is within the file, and Windows will not search within .dat files as if they were text; with Windows, only the [File] > [Save Mainchart data] names, that is the saving filenames which will be searched for and found.

  Let's call these two the 'saving' name and the 'hidden' name.

For this reason, the name which you save a chart by (as opposed to the 'hidden' name from the 'Edit' dialog), should be the one which holds any key information for a Windows search, and, still to be easily served up by Astrolog's [File] > [Open Main Chart]: e.g.
  Doe,John_1865_family,horse doctor,Ohio,unrect.dat

On the other hand, long file-names may not be accepted in folders written to CD-Rom.

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Astrolog32's [File] > [Search Charts..] module only inspects the 'hidden' names. As, after rummaging through the \charts folder, Astrolog32 can only present charts in alphabetic order, showing only a little of the name, so putting surnames first, may help you find people quickly; putting dates first means you may find dates of chart-erection, or particular events, quickly.

So, Naming & saving are a double opportunity to bundle information connected with the chart:
..first, when giving your chart its 'hidden' name during chart-editting: you can save as many as 255 characters/spaces in the name Astrolog32 shows in the Name field - any more, and you will see, on reopening, a error notice 'Passed out of range switch "/zi"', or 'the command info file is not in any valid format (character 255)', or 'Value 0 passed to switch /M out of range. ', (or, the files may end up broken!).   ..And a down side is, long 'hidden' file-names look absurd when incorporated into Astrolog32's interpretation readings.

Secondly, you can save more data by choosing to type in different information, when it comes to saving into the \charts folder. Windows has a different allowance - it will allow 140 characters maximum - but it depends on the length of the full address path to your \charts folder whether it displays correctly: if it's as long as the path to \My Documents, the names may be foreshortened, like this SHORTE~1.DAT..
And for this reason, I don't keep my \charts in My Documents.

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Entering data - making a new chart
[Edit] > [Edit Main chart data ..] pulls up the dialog needed to make a new chart, modifying the 'Here-and-Now' data seen at your launch.
Equally, it's the same dialog-box you need, to re-edit the chart in front of you in order to rectify it, or enter data for another.

Each field needs a typing-in, or the drop-down of a pick-list: after the ten fields (see right) are filled in, and 'OK' is clicked, this will be the datum that Astrolog32 retains as The Radical, to show, to save, to deliver all the other viewable options for your new Mainchart.
The keyboard shortcut to edit the current chart, or create a new chart, is Alt+z.

You only need to type the first three letters of the month in the first field, and after that, the 'tab' key carries you through the fields in order. At 'Time', 'Daylight Saving' and 'TimeZone', the down arrow-key spins through the options; or you can put these three fields in manually - it's maybe quicker.

After selecting the timezone, click 'Call Atlas' for giving Astrolog32 the location, (about, see THE ATLASES); then, location and co-ordinates are automatically filled in, (though you can insert them manually).

Click OK!
It may be you need not type anything in: to raise a chart for the present moment, just click 'Here & Now'; to call back a chart you sent to the 'Astrolog clipboard', click 'Recall Data from memory'. & click OK.

This new 'Main Chart' you see is on chart-thread #1, - this is the principal working chart-thread, seen, and doing the bulk of the work where there's no call for accompanying charts in Relationship Mode, and as well, the only one that can be copied or saved.

   At this stage it's time to verify, and maybe proceed to saving the chart.

When you fill [Edit Mainchart Data] again, and 'OK' new input, then the first Mainchart data will be dumped; whatever data-fields you don't change will carry over - so, unless you are careful, data from the previous chart you may find unmodified, in the new chart!!

~ And all the other chart-threads are editted similarly, - by overwriting the data through their respective editting dialog box.
Bear in mind that, where you don't modify the name-field during a new data-input, saving will perhaps overwrite a prior chart's name on your new chart!

In your charts, the time, timezone and global co-ordinates don't even have to correspond for a chart to appear - Astrolog doesn't know better than you! The sinking Titanic was timed in GMT, and as long as the given time and timezone match, that secures the instant in time - the location (mid-Atlantic in that case) is meanwhile derived from the co-ordinates.

For a breakdown of the TimeZones available in the drop-down, and of the way you can insert a manual or preset correction from your local time, seek out ASTROLOG32's Stock Zones.

No matter how big the ephemeris you got is, the drop-down for years in the 'Year' field will only offer the years from 1920 onwards, to click on; for any other years your ephemerides cover, they must be typed in. (To print off text ephemerides, see the end section of 'text mode', in BASICS # 1.) Only the years 1800 to 2399 CE are covered in a default installation.

For BCE, put a minus before the year.

Astrolog automatically uses the Julian calendar for dates before October 15, 1582, and automatically uses the Gregorian calendar for dates after October 4, 1582. For dates in countries when they were still keeping Julian after 1582 (U.K., American colon. subject to Britain, Netherlands, Russia..), the difference in days must be reckoned - see Julian to Gregorian section.

For going to print, click here;   to paste-up an image, click here;   to save, click here.

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Here & Now, DST, sidebar, progressing

The 'Here & Now' chart
'Here and Now' chart can be called up at any time simply with an 'n' (without quote marks) at the keyboard, or alternatively use the [Charts] > [Here and Now] link, or the [Edit] > [Enter/Edit mainchart..] dialog box link... handy, so long as your pc's time and date are correct. 'Here & Now' is automatically loaded to all chart-threads (Mainchart, #2, #3, and #4), at launch, and remain unless or until you edit them individually.
'Here & Now' clears all fields to default including the DST field but excepting the Name field (this remains unaltered).
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Adding DST as an on-going default
If your clock-time advances during summertime, you could consider it worthwhile to change Astrolog32 to be one hour ahead, as the clocks do. If the charts you make are usually close to the present date as well as confined to your DST zone, as in Europe & U.S., - then toggle the little 'Summertime' switch you'll find in [Edit] > [Set Default Location, Timezone..] (Alt+shift+D opens the same dialog; ~ the 'down' arrow does this;   then go [File] > [Save current settings].
DST will then be applied to all charts after you re-launch, and in the [Edit] > [Edit chart #x] Summer Time field, it will show 'Yes', and Astrolog sets the charts for an hour earlier than your time-datum.
Otherwise, Astrolog32 remains on your Standard Time.

On the down-side, you will notice there's scarcely a change visible in the sidebar - it says 'DT' instead of 'ST' (standard time) - and you need to be sharp on the look-out for a possibly-wrong time setting when erecting a non-DST chart, so as to pick up on any mismatch between what you see and what you intend.


DODGE No. 2 ornament

If you make worldwide charts as well as domestic and 'Here & Now's, you could deploy two Astrolog32 installations, one for current events during your DST summer, but the other permanently at your standard time; my two versions have to look quite different, so I know which Astrolog version I'm in.

To do this yourself, see the very last article here.
There is going to be no prompt to reset DST at summer-time's start or end, - Astrolog32 is very manual! -   set yourself a pc-diary or e-mail alert now, for when Summer-Time ends or starts.

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Hiding the planetary positions sidebarimg
[View] > [Show chart info] (little t, a toggle) has various effects: it hides the sidebar, while hiding the chart-data subscript at the bottom of the wheel. It calls graphics mode, if you're in text mode. And it makes the chart oblong!
as does [View] > [Show info sidebar], Alt+t..
You will need to follow either of these toggles with shift+Q, to make the chart-wheel square again. Otherwise this view will print oblong - another reason to follow up with shift+Q.
Alt+t is the Hide-Info-Sidebar-&-Show-Data-Subscript toggle.

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Progressing the wheel
To see chart-data progressed from the natum, there are two routes Astrolog will compute for you. The first route offers more options as to the exact lapse of time for reckoning one 'day'.

[Charts] > [Progressed (Single Wheel)] opens a dialog box so that you can put in the time-data to progress to; then Astrolog will re-make the Mainchart so that the planets, houses and points are progressed according to the formula chosen in the dialog box, (Settings), - by default, 'day-for-a-year' up to 'Here & Now'. Note: there is a little tickbox top left ('Do Progression') in the 'Progressions' dialog box, - this must be ticked. Getting out of your progressed chart to the Radical again: open the 'Progressions' dialog box again - where you'll see the data you entered is still resident - uncheck the 'Do Progression' tickbox and 'OK' it.

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This progressed chart does not disclose the 'day/hour equivalent' from the natum, for the year/month/day/hour progressed to.

If you open a new Mainchart, it too will be progressed to the same point in time, unless you kill the progression, by going [Charts] > [Progressed (single wheel)], or Alt+shift+P, and un-ticking the 'Do Progression' box.

If you exchange Chart #1 and Chart #2, at this point, the progression will be dumped.

If you bring in Chart #2 (e.g. 'Comparison Chart'), the progression will be dumped.

Progression via [Progressed (Single Wheel)] will prevent any further progression using 'p' switch.

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[Charts] > [Progressed and Natal], Alt+shift+N: this creates a bi-wheel, setting the progression to the date of chart #2, using secondary progression/regression. It only requires that you set up chart #2 appropriately and go Alt+shift+N.
Note: On the setup in V2.05, the trans-Saturnian outer planets are restricted in Chart#2... a tidier display, but.. you have then to remember they are thereabouts. Find advice on regressing the chart at 'Astrolog_List' group - (about, see elsewhere here).
To escape the bi-wheel, use 'c' without the quotes.
If you prefer command-line, To make sure you pick the kind of progession you want, see -p0 and -pd switches in helpfile.TXT or helpfile.HTML.
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Other Way Round?: If you see a pending aspect-by-progression in the natal chart, and want to reckon the actual year/month when the effect is actualised, Astrolog can't help, and so it's still a pen-and-paper job, though once you have noted days, hours and minutes from the birth-time, Animation will hop through the equivalent years, fortnights and six-hour intervals; just count each click of the animation, using different jump rates.
These progressions will not be dumped in dual- or in multicharts.
PROGRESSION by ANIMATION: Progression-by-Animation works just as well in all text mode charts, and in Local Horizon, maps and Dispositor pages as well: these all offer ways of scanning for an exact time or event, and the graphics are good illustrations of the night sky over time.

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Chart #2, composite, multiwheel, text-mode

Getting to Chart #2
Loading or entering data for Chart #2 you use similar dialog procedures as the Mainchart, - switches are Alt+shift+O, Alt+shift+Z, respectively, and it's [File] > [Open chart #2] or [Edit] > [Enter/Edit chart #2]. After 'OK'ing your data, Chart #2 is created and lurks out of sight - Chart #1 is still visible, and Chart #2 will only appear by selecting the bi- (Alt+c), or Multi-wheel.
To inspect it then by itself, there's this option only:
Chart #2 can be viewed or copied or printed just by itself by making it the Main chart; transfer it by going [Edit] > [Exchange main chart and #2], and then, as Mainchart, you can pursue all options with it. (Quicker, go 'Shift+X' to swap them - this is a toggle, so you can later switch back.)
NOTE: If Chart #1 is in, say, Aspectarian mode (or Calendar, Parallel aspects, Harmonic, or other), then Chart #2, (and charts #3, and #4) are also in that mode ~ which may be either a boon, or a disappointment!

To set up chart #2 the same as you set up chart #1, go [Edit] > [Save current chart data in memory] after setting up chart #1; go [Edit] > [Edit chart #2 data] then press Recall chart data from memory button.

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Composite Wheel
Using this option, which is in [Charts], sets the window to showing the midpoints of positions taken from two time-data, presented as a single chart. The two time-data are whatever are entered at Chart #1, and at Chart #2:  so given that you have a mainchart loaded, enter the other data into [Edit] > [Edit chart #2], and 'OK' it (it won't appear), or use Chart #2's 'Here & Now' chart: then, selecting [Charts] > [Composite] (the shortcut is 'Alt+shift+Y') will create and show virtual planets and points, at the midpoints for each planets' (or objects') pair of positions across chart #1 and chart #2.
'Alt+shift+Y' is not a toggle. Keyboard letter 'c' (without quote marks), leaves you with the Mainchart again.

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Multiwheels
[Charts] > [Two Wheels], or Three Wheels, or Four Wheels maximum ~ with these choices, you can pool two charts or more in a single ring.
Load data to each chart-thread you want other than Mainchart, using [File] > [Open Chart #x], or [Edit] > [Enter/Edit Chart #x data].
When they're loaded, then to view them, go [Charts] > [Two Wheels], [Three Wheels], or [Four Wheels].

NOTE: This sets Astrolog32 mode to [Charts] > [Relationship Mode ON]. Switching it off (little 'c' without the quote marks), will hide charts #2, #3 and #4.
To avoid more work later, IMO it generally pays to create and save charts individually (in a 'temp' folder in \Charts), before incorporating in the Multiwheel - my reason for this is:
Charts created via [Edit] > [Edit chart....#3, #4 ] to make up a Multi-wheel cannot then be resolved apart for saving individually, and the multiwheel, which can be saved as a Multiwheel .pos_dat file, strips out the time data from each chart; which leaves you with taking an image-copy as a record. If you save as a text-file, only chart #2 is registered.

To view only the charts #1 & #2, the shortcut to view them is Alt+c, and '=' (equalsign) appends the data for chart #2 to the info bar.
To revert to the Mainchart, type little 'c' without the quote marks.

In a bi-wheel, the Main chart appears as an inner ring, within #2 chart: curiously, in text mode, the data for chart #2 appears, but not of the Main chart - this is the only way I know of getting quickly to the chart #2 text-data in isolation.

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In fact, you can only see in isolation, the Chart no.#1 or the Chart #2 (view each separately by swapping them via [Edit] > [Exchange mainchart and #2] - a recent, very useful adaptation). Charts #3 and #4 can only be viewed in the Multiwheel.
If you want to compare more than two charts, but want more control and less fuss, the difficulties mentioned with Multiwheel are an argument, maybe, for launching more instances of the program, and either using Alt+tab to view them alternately, or tile them.

To monitor what charts you've raised, [Help] > [Program Status] will make it clear, tho' it won't highlight which ones currently are on view; (there's no switch for Program Status: to return to the chart, type ' v', (without quote marks).

Sometimes the multiwheel can just be fazed, and drop a chart.

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Getting out of the Composite Chartwheel or a Bi- or Multiwheel. hides all the charts apart from the Mainchart - a very necessary switch to learn, to terminate the following: Relationship Mode OFF is also called by 'c' (without quote marks) at the keyboard: this isn't a toggle.Return

Entering/Exitting text mode; Printing

This is the first switch to learn. Switching to text is most simply done by typing ' v' (without quote marks), at the keyboard, though there's the menu option [View] > [text mode].
This 'v' is a toggle, and will switch you out of whatever graphical window you have, to a version as text, or, out of some of the text mode pages back to the nearest graphical option - map, aspectarian or chart. (If ' v' doesn't go all the way, then go shift+V, or Alt+shift+V, then ' v' again, should get you back to the chart.)
Image shows the text-mode for [Charts] > [House Wheel].

By default, the [Standard Wheel] data appears - see right.

Astrolog32 provides far more data by way of text pages than graphically, so you quickly find, when you come to roster or print some select data, that the use of switches, ultimately macros, becomes essential to your work; (that said, I got along for a decade without switches).

Text-mode differs from the graphical chart's data in one important way, the harmonic status is not given onscreen.

Whatever you call up, shift+V is the usual switch to revert to your main chart datum: the exceptions being:
Custom lists of data can be raised, appended each to another and viewed, exported, or printed off in a single run, by using the command switches (which you can copy-paste from the COMMAND SWITCHES & OBSCURE daughter-page of this guide, into the command-line), or by using macros. See examples of both in the COMMAND SWITCHES & MACROS section.
to see what text Astrolog32 can roster by default, for a single chart, to view or then print, go [Run], type -e, press Return key. (Press shift + V, to revert to the core data).

Raising select information by Command-line.
  EASY EXAMPLE: to add Objects' angles to Local Horizon, and add Parts, set the following

[View] > [text-mode]
[View] >
..optionally set background to white, text black
[Settings] > [Object Selections] optionally select the planets/points you want
[Run] > [Open command line], & enter this command
/Z
and Go 'OK'.. the data will be added to the positions already on view.

...enter this command
/P
and Go 'OK', Arabic Parts' positions appear.

To switch them off again, enter
_P _Z & press Enter;
...or just go shift + V, to revert to the core data.

  TOUGH EXAMPLE: To print off an ephemeris, set the following

[View] > [text-mode]
[View] > [monochrome]
- if you prefer
[View] >
..optionally set background to white, text black

[View] > [Print nearest second], if you want high accuracy
[Settings] > [Object Selections] select the planets/points you want.
[Run] > [Open command line], & enter one of the following commands Optionally add, after a letter-space Go 'OK'.
typical ASPECTS list
In V1.3x, when you have the lists you want, press the Return key again;
In V2.0x, use [File] > [Export] to save the data.

Your text, retrieved and opened in Wordpad, can now be edited to ensure the font is small enough for each day's data will print all on one line, then printed.

Similar short commands will raise and despatch charts in a swift fashion. See COMMAND SWITCHES & MACROS, and the Switches page.

For Print Setup, the keyboard switch is Ctrl+q; for printing, it's Ctrl+p.

With Ctrl+2, Ctrl+3, Ctrl+4, you can increase the font size to readable.



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Aspects, saving, pos_dats, fixed stars

Aspects, & the Aspectarian
Aspects are listed in text-mode, for any chart; go [Lists] > [Aspects]. The aspects are listed by closeness of aspect to exact, or applying/separating. Go Ctrl+x for 'power' according to Astrolog's algorithm. Ctrl+x is a toggle.

If you want more, or less, aspects calculated and shown, then tick, or un-tick, aspects in [Settings] > [Aspect Selections] beforehand.

To view aspects in an aspectarian, the Aspects & Midpoints Grid, as Astrolog32 calls it, is, like the chartwheel, shown as a graphical image or a text-file: go [Charts] > [Aspects/Midpoints], or take the shortcut, shift+A. Where the object a's row and the object b's column intersect, the aspect-glyph marks the aspect: - these glyphs occupy the left and lower part of the grid.
In the upper-right area, the sign of the nearer midpoint between each pair is shown; ~ the text version gives those midpoints in degrees & minutes. At font size 3 and above, the graphical also shows these midpoints in degrees.
The aspectarians, both text and graphical, update if you press little 'p'. It shifts according to the jump rate & jump factor as set in [Animation].

The aspectarians, both text and graphical, vary according to the harmonic chosen, (but there's no notification in either, which is a drag).

If it's a bi-wheel aspectarian, then the Mainchart's objects and Points are listed on the vertical axis, chart #2's are on the horizontal. Only the aspects between one chart's objects, & the other's, are shown.


Going [Edit] > [Copy chart as text] sends the grid to the clipboard, to paste into a document, or it may be sent straight to printer, with usual caveats regarding Character Scale. (see 'Preparing to Print' below). Switch is Ctrl+shift+5.
[Edit] > [Copy chart as bitmap] sends an image of the Aspectarian to the clipboard, to paste up. Switch is Ctrl+shift+6.
[File] > [Save chart as bitmap..] will send an image of the Aspectarian to the \astrolog32\miscellaneous folder. Switch is Ctrl+6.

Across the grid, the diagonal descending line of planets and points is made up of the default objects and points your set-up is allowing currently.

If you want more objects or points shown (e.g. Uranian planets), as well as ticking more objects in [Settings] > [Object Selections], you must expand the grid to accomodate them, in the dialog box raised via [Settings] > [Miscellaneous Settings] 'Expand no. of cells in Aspect Grid'.
Otherwise, run a switch or macro in [Run] > [Command Line] for a different selection.
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Aspect Glyphs
It's according to the aspects chosen in [Settings] > [Aspect Selections, Settings] , whether you see more or fewer aspect-glyphs on the grid (for a guide to them, see right). For this dialog, the keyboard toggle-switch is Alt+shift+A, where ticks in boxes will switch them on.
Alternatively, run a switch or macro in [Run] > [Command Line] for a different selection.

Aspect Orbs
Change your Orbs-of-Aspect at [Settings] > [Aspect Selections and Settings], or go Alt+shift+A.
Alternatively, run a switch or macro in [Run] > [Command Line] for orbs appropriate for transits, progressions, - q.v. Macros.


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Saving

Opening [File] > [Save Main Chart data] is the menu-path for saving the Main chart as a .dat file (the keyboard switch Alt+w opens the same dialog window) - these .dat files are Astrolog's standard format for saving and view.
Going [File] > [Save Chart Positions] is the menu-path to saving the Main chart as a _pos.dat file (the keyboard switch Alt+shift+w opens the same dialog window). These also are .dat files and Astrolog's alternative format for saving and view (why, see here).

By default, these all save to \charts folder.
The .dat files Astrolog32 uses are small, - 240 on one Mb on your disk - & only Astrolog can open them as a chart, although Notepad can open them, revealing the time/place data, of course without the chartwheel.
And, as long as the file starts with @0102 and is in other respects in the unique layout illustrated below, Astrolog will open it as a chart even were you to save it with the suffix .txt; and other file suffixes will be accepted, if they're other text-file formats, as long as you remember to pick 'All files' for Astrolog to browse them, when opening a folder view..


Apart from .dat file saving, there's [File] > ([Export to] >) [Save chart as Textfile], and [Save chart as Bitmap], to save chart-data as a .txt (textfile) or in image media formats, using the appropriate program (Notepad, Paint) to retrieve and open them subsequently.

By default, these save to \miscellaneous folder.
With a Save chart as text save, the @0102 header in the file is absent: it's just a list of positions as text, saved to \miscellaneous by default - you can publish the object-positions in Word, Wordpad, or Notepad. (BTW, this save will bounce Astrolog into text-mode).
An advantage of this data-only format is, that the text's contents are searchable via Windows Search.

  • An image-save is tidier than a screenshot, (see below: APPEARANCE & IMAGING/# IMAGING in graphical mode); and [Save chart as bitmap] will send the captured chart to miscellaneous; but, being a .BMP file, a chart will take 200kb, and probably more unless you shrink the Astrolog window using the window pullhandle beforehand - a reason, then, to prefer to choose [Edit] > [Copy chart as bitmap], paste it in an image-editor, and save it as a smaller file-type.
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    Dat Files
    The program's software is designed around translating letters into charts, so these .dat files are just text-files that drive chart-creation in Astrolog32.
    Here's an example, as seen in Notepad (panel to right).
    This is an older (Astrolog 5.40) chartfile, with letterspaces in brown. These are A32 compatible, as are Astrolog 6's .as files.

    Saving from Astrolog32, there are another three lines put in, the middle line being a prompt for when you edit your charts in Notepad, to use American format dates:

    @0102 tells the program it's a valid chart.
    third line is an advice line, as it follows a ";".

    The fifth and sixth lines have the data: in /qb, ST is standard time, DT tells Astrolog to take off the hour added.
    After /zi, "internal name-data" "placename" follow.

    No matter what you restrict from view, when viewing, saving or printing, any .dat file you save will not forever reflect these restrictions: if you raise the chart again, wanting to see it with more stars, or other objects, or re-oriented, all these optional tweaks are still available because the program always recalculates from the simple time datum you saved, over again & according to whatever the program settings are currently.

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    Getting to other targetted folders: With [File] > [Save chart as Textfile..] or Ctrl+5, and [File] > [Save chart as Bitmap..] or Ctrl+6, both open a dialog box with the default destination ..\Astrolog32\miscellaneous. Saving either text or graphics in this way will mean you have to have a way, later, to get to the \miscellaneous folder, in order to raise them.

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    DODGE No. 3. ornament

    If you want to bundle a lot of text with a chart you have already made, a quick way is to go [Open] > [Open Mainchart] and locate the chart; right-click on it and force Windows to open it in Notepad, (or Word if pictures are to be incorporated): then proceed to open the chart normally in Astrolog, (this for safety's sake.)
    Now, in your text edtor, delete the text-version's contents, and paste in your gathered-up notes and pictures, saving with the same name, but as .txt or .doc., in the same folder.

    The data you keyed in to the Mainchart can almost always be saved, whatever window you are at. So, if you find yourself lost in some window option, you haven't lost your chart-data .. just go [File] > [Save Main chart data], or Alt+w. The exception is, where you have progressed or regressed the chart, the data you started with is lost.

    The image of the chart or Aspectarian that gets saved there is of a size equivalent to what's onscreen, so resizing the Astrolog window resizes the image..

    While another native file-format, (_pos.dats), copes with derived charts, a .dat should be used for charts that have the Sun or planet other than Earth at its centre; though they will save as Earth-charts, .dats can be reset to another central planet; _pos.dats cannot be reset.

    Astrolog32 is liberal in accepting other file suffixes too: name your chart "Xxxx.nat", and the program opens it without problem, though its [Open Charts] dialog box looks preferentially for .dat files. This does mean that you can have a second invisible cohort of files in a given folder.
      In fact, I've tried ".old" and ".hat", found them by choosing Files-of-Type: 'All Files', and opened them no problem! - and the suffix .as used in Astrolog 6 can be opened too.

    Astrolog signals any error in the naming by refusing to save, and not displaying other charts in the destination folder: Windows baulks at odd characters in the filename, which may be there even if you can't see them: as, for instance, if you paste in a name from a .doc or .rtf, which may include hidden formatting instructions (even line-breaks!).
    Problems arise with / \ : * ? ! " < >.

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    Little bit different... the '_pos.dat'
    [File] > [Save Chart Positions] sets up the save as a _pos.dat, which, like .dats, save by default to the \charts folder.
    This is Astrolog's other format, for saving charts that are less simple, viz: The letters @0203 tell the program it's a valid chart.

    When accessed using Notepad, these 'Chart Positions' lists declare no time, and no co-ordinates, but they detail the positions of every planet, Luminary and Point that is normally listed in the info sidebar; also they do not itemise what kind of derived chart it actually is! which made you select a _pos.dat rather than a .dat - so you must stipulate, in the file-name, all useful source-data, and the tweak(s) that made you choose _pos.dats as a solution, e.g:
      COMPOSITE_Felix(prog.)&Ludmila(prog.)_pos.dat
     or,
      FOURTH_Harmonic_Elise_pos.dat

    Re-opened in Astrolog32, _pos.dats that host multiwheels must be reset to the appropriate number of charts, (i.e. Relationship Mode ON), to see the full multiwheel, so be sure to indicate in the file-name the number of charts incorporated, for example:
    4CHARTS-Sonia-William-Jasmine-Leo_pos.dat.

    A _pos.dat mainchart cannot be re-worked just like a .dat chart, e.g.
    It's your choice whether to save as a .dat or a _pos.dat, but simply inserting _pos in the name of an ordinary .dat save will not work.

    The keyboard switch to save in this way is Alt+shift+W.

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    Super-Compact Saving of Data
    If you want to save your data in the most compact way, then the essential part of your .dats, the /qb line, together with the name of the birth or event, can each be copied to a line in a text-file.
    In this format, 7500 files occupy 1 Mb, although it would be better to split that number into three files of 334kb each.

    The data can be re-run in Astrolog by opening the command-line, and pasting in the /qb line, then pressing Enter.

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    Broken Files
    You may find a .dat file which won't open; I mean those which show up as files which can't be deleted, nor can they be modified even in Notepad.
    For these, you must highlight all files in the relevant folder, then de-select the broken file concerned; now cut the rest and put them all elsewhere. Now delete the folder.

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    Fixed Stars
    There are two modes for stars now, either:

    The latter option, lets you keep track of particular malefic or benefic stars, could have quite a set-up then at the start of each session, - the Config.file has no entries for Fixed Stars; and a command-switch cannot do it (though I think once it could).
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    The change back to the old-style delivery of Fixed Stars, from the modern-style default, is available via the menus, the first checkbox in [Settings] > [Chart Settings] needs to be unchecked and 'OK'ed, then, to make it permanent, the Config.file (astrolog32.dat) must be saved [File] > [Save current settings..], & save the Config.file astrolog32.dat.

    Or, the Config.file itself should be opened, altered and saved (e.g. see right); find the line starting =YU   ; and, at the start, delete '=', and put an underscore instead. Save, and close.

    The Orbs of Fixed Stars can be altered in [Settings] > [Chart Settings], to a maximum of 4 degrees, and so long as you save the Config.file, these then are carried over for each session.

    To switch Astrolog32 quickly into the display of Fixed Stars as a matter of course is only practically possible if "Alternative Stars" is OFF.

    Some data, and much wordiness, about the Fixed Stars may be reached online at the click of a mouse: go [Help] > [Browse Fixed Stars] for http://www.constellationsofwords.com/Fixedstars.htm, the new destination for background.

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    Power, Uranians, quitting, linking, Helpfile

    Powers - The Reckoning of relative Influence
    A prime concern of Walter Pullen, Astrolog's deviser, was to make possible a means of grading the power of different objects & points, and different aspects.

    To do this, users of Astrolog32 can apply power-numbers piecemeal to each aspect, orb and object, either as in the past through amending the Config.file lines, or now, through these menus: higher numbers signify more power, on a scale from 0 to 50, but at default, 'influence' is always at 10 for the major planets and the house-cusps, less or none for minors.
    Go [Edit] > [Edit configuration file..] to inspect 'Influence' settings.

    These calculations are automatic, shown in [Lists] > [Aspects], and can be factored into the interpretations texts: with aspects, the closeness of orb is factored in.
    See the helpfile.TXT, 'Explanation of Power Calculations', for more details.

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    The Uranians
    These are a set, not unique to Astrolog, of non-existent objects in defined orbits, the product of some bygone dippyness. See seorbel.TXT, in \main for more.
    But these are useful, as their orbits can be redefined; recent times have brought the discovery of real objects beyond Pluto, and if an agency is found in them, each's orbit can be given to an Uranian; or, if you want a fixed object in the Cosmos, an Uranian will serve.
    By default, though, these are restricted from view and calculation.
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    Quitting Astrolog32
    [File] > [Exit] used to kill Astrolog32 immediately without any invitation to save charts; since V2.05, there's a dialog to confirm quit.
    Hitting letter q, or Esc key, operates in the same manner.

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    Linking in resources to Astrolog32
    inner workings Accessible from the open program, Astrolog32 has only the Helpfile in .txt format, and the Readme in .html format, - these two editable files can host a users' custom data, or some of it.

    DODGE No. 3 ornament

    HTML however can chain more HTML, and so, by modifying the Readme, we can then offer links to such other webpages, online or local, that might call particular information you need onto your screen quickly. For how, see DODGE No.1 above.

    Locally, examples could be: pages, maps, prompts, or pictures, all of these being made or found, then saved in, for instance, the \main folder..
    e.g. by inserting a line into the Readme's bodytext, hotlinking to your home-made html or image 'mypic.PNG'; 'mypage.html', .. make Readme.html open in Notepad, then edit in like these:

    A typical hot-link to raise a webpage out of your \main folder:
       
          ( where, here, I've shown the Astrolog32 folder at the C: root.. yours may be in Program Files, or another place). file :/// tells browser to look in your home pc. (Note:I.E. can be churlish at first)

    Here's my Astrolog32 Readme link to raise my own copy of the Companion, skipping the file:/// bit:


    Here's a Readme link to raise 'history 5.41g.txt' out of my ...\Astrolog32\main:


    Online, for linking to a website, it could be like:
       
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    What's in the Helpfile
    After a thorough listing of command (and keyboard) switches which used to control the program, the most informative part (IMO) of 'Helpfile' follows, explaining what each switch does (and sometimes how); then a by-the-way explanation follows of the [Menu] options in "MS WINDOWS FEATURES"; and finally Astrolog's compiling data. Sundries are at the end.
    Both HELPFILE.TXT and Helpfile.DOC present you with the same information, and the same tough learning-curve, with a lot of technical information which for the new user is gadabout and hard to navigate; me, in seventeen years, I had not read the half! - now I open a Find box (Ctrl+f), then type in one word or, better, a switch that may lead me ultimately to a paragraph that may refer to the topic I want. Look out for my 'Helpfile.HTML - it's quicker!
    Valentin Abramov's additions to the end of the original Helpfiles (re. 5.41G, and in 1999) are in my opinion an more expansive read, of his changes at least; but "X WINDOW GRAPHICS FEATURES" and "MS WINDOWS FEATURES" are quite digestible, too.
    NOTE: So if the long intro is not of interest to you, then go 'Page Down' to the original start, at the words "This manual is a concatenation", or even, skipping the Readme, find .."This file contains a complete list of all the features" - that's the real start!

    Users of these two documents need to understand:
    1. a bit about program routines, and a lot about Astrolog's capabilities already.
    2. drilling down, you can pick a listed topic in SECTION 2, in the "List of Command Switches" - each is then expanded on in "Description of Each Command Switch" further down; (and SECTION 4, "Data Entry And The Main Display" is a technical look at how data goes in).
    3. command line switches are the anticipated way of working, and, as well, of ordering the information in the helpfiles.
    4. tag-brackets like < and > are used to enclose where a number or name is required, but you are not expected to use the tag-brackets in your switches, nor square-brackets, nor the semi-colons, which just mark where the working code ends and the explanation begins (see section below Command Line > Switch 'Parameters').
    5. In both documents, 'printed' often means 'displayed onscreen', not at the printer!, Options for printing text out are barely covered in the helpfile.
    6. HELPFILE.TXT and Helpfile.DOC are both inside the \main folder, and are opened via the [Help] menu as standalone windows.

    A HELPFILE.HTML is now available to Yahoo account holders who are members of the group 'Astrolog_List' (find in Yahoo Groups ) - it has internal links to each switch!
    Other help-pages are in the [Help] menu
    [Help] > [Browse Astrolog32] - seeks an net connection to a homepage of Astrolog32:
    v.1.30, http://uk.geocities.com/astrolog32/ (defunct)
    v.2.02, http://www.orionsoft.cz/astrolog32/ (moribund)

    [Help] > [Browse Astrolog home] - seeks an net connection to Walter Pullen's frequently-updated home-page,http://www.astrolog.org/.
    [Help] > [Browse Astrodienst Atlas] (shortcut is Ctrl+shift+W) - enter your birth-town in the searchfield, at http://www.astro.com/atlas
    [Help] > [Signs] (Alt+2) gives each's modern ruler, part of human affairs associated, and which House has similar qualities (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Objects] (Alt+3) - lists all available objects and the Fixed Stars, with, in the case of the planets, their Fall, Debility and Exaltation signs (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Aspects] (Alt+4) - lists the aspect glyphs, with the orbs you have set (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Constellations] (Alt+5) - their names and significance (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Planet information] (Alt+6) sizes, distances, moons & solar year (hides chart)
    [Help] > [General Meanings] (Alt+7) - a very basic steer to the kernel of astrology (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Keystrokes] (question mark) lists the older single keystroke toggles. (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Switches] (Alt+8) lists the Command Switches, not keyboard switches! (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Obscure switches] (Alt+9) lists the latter group of Command switches (hides chart)
    [Help] > [Program Status] tells you what charts are loaded (hides chart)
    [Help] > [About Astrolog32]: (Ctrl+shift+O), is a potted history, now with 'cold' weblinks for current release sites, opens in a separate window

    (hides chart) - Press 'v', without the quotes, to return to chart

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    Living with a hyperactive keyboard!

    Astrolog being, from its beginning, a keyboard-driven program means accidental key-strokes in an Astrolog32 session can really spoil your day! - (the 'Esc' key used to be the worst, as it closed the program, in versions before v.204, without even a 'by-your-leave'). Followed closely by 'h' - Heliocentric, and 's' - Suddenly in Sidereal!
    Old-school users will be used to such brinkmanship in an end-user program. Newbies are warned - be ready for the unexpected, working to save promptly any unsaved charts.
    It may help to have an steeply-raked keyboard.

    Failing to clear each keyboard switch may provoke unwanted overlays of text and graphics, - the 'Backspace' and 'Spacebar' keys may only offer a short respite if this arises.
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      THE BASICS - # 2

    Time-animation, printing, image-taking

    Animation of the charts
    One of Astrolog32's greatest features has been its ability to advance and regress charts in different steps; see it by simply pressing 'p', it will show the default advance, - every second, it will advance the chart-datum one day; every time you hit 'r' , it reverses; and when you hit 'p' again, animation stops.

    At [Animation] > [Jump Rate], each hop can be set from a second, to a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a year, a century+.

    At [Animation] > [Jump factor], any Jumprate you choose can be multiplied.

    Shortcuts to all these jumprate options can be found in the page TABLES of KEYBOARD SWITCHES.

    This animation feature works not just with charts, but in horizons and map views, ephemerides, lists and the calendar, and continues to shift the chart through time even when Astrolog32 is the inactive window.

    A $-sign returns to shifts by day-interval.

    If one second is too quick a rate for each step to appear onscreen, adjust the one-second default via [Settings] > [Graphics Settings].

    As animation progresses or regresses the chart, the data-fields in the [Edit] > [Edit Mainchart Data] dialog-box update accordingly, - they do not remain at your starting point.

    If you switch chart #2 for chart #1, that chart will start progressing too - while the other will stop.
    Pressing [Animation] > [Timed exposure] (little j) during the graphic of [local horizon] or [Orbit], e.g. see here, each interval will 'leave trails of positions', which illustrate the apparent trajectory and speed of objects in the night sky over days.
    Pressing 'backspace' key will clear the screen at any point.

    Have a live planetary clock running perpetually!
    At the 'Here & Now' chart you start with, press shift+1 (which makes !), then p: the chart will update by tiny steps each second, and you can, among other things, monitor aspects making and breaking (shift+A), or view your local horizon (shift+Z; plus, in the Northern Hemisphere, i), with the planets' relative dispositions in the sky, or watch globe-rotation in real time.
    This relies on your animation-update-rate remaining at one second, which the shift+1 switch set.
    Press p again to stop the animation, and $ to reset animation jumps to 'days'.

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    Preparing to Print text
    typical aspects-list [File] > [Print...] (the keyboard switch is Ctrl+p), opens the 'printer' or 'choose printer' dialog box to print directly: but you may want a 'landscape' print-off: go Ctrl+q first!
    Astrolog32 has its own Postscript setup, that can be managed in the [Settings] > [Miscellaneous] dialog box.

    Prior to printing text or a graphic, the Character scale will affect the font-size - 'Ctrl+2' is default, and 'Ctrl+1', ... 'Ctrl+3', and 'Ctrl+4' are other switches for glyph-size that can be set, no matter whether in Graphical- or Text-mode.

    Alternatively, [Edit] > [Copy chart as text] sends a text-version to your clipboard, so you can paste and format in a text- editor.

    There's no need to reverse background when printing text, white-on-black text onscreen will print black-on-white, anyway.

    For printing filename lists, see F.A.Q.s - How can I print off a list?

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    Paste-up from Astrolog32
    [Edit] > [Copy chart as text]: this copies the text of the chart-data, (whether you're looking at the graphical or text version, or a bi-wheel, or any other data), to the Windows Clipboard as plain text - (this will bounce the chart-view into text-mode anyway).
    This clipboard item can be pasted into Wordpad or other editor. This routine allows you to copy all textlists, like Interpretations, or Aspects, and format them into MS Word, or a publishing software of your choice.
    The shortcut is Ctrl+shift+5.

    [Edit] > [Copy chart as bitmap]: this makes a copy of the chart image, Aspects & Midpoints image, Map view, or Dispositor image (& if you are in text-view, it will bounce you into graphical mode), available in the Windows Clipboard, which can be pasted into any image-editor that will host bitmaps: you can then save in >any format.
    The shortcut is Ctrl+shift+6.

    But compare [File] > [Save chart as bitmap], (now in [File] > [Export]), where you can save a bitmap image straightaway, in four actions, using the shortcut Ctrl+6.

    Also in [File] > [Export], there's ..Save as WMF, a slick image file sent to \miscellaneous, which however only throws the warning 'FILE WOULD BE OVER 200000 BYTES', and crashes the program. No notion why - a pity.

    As an alternative to WMF, PostScript graphics create an EPS file in \miscellaneous; hosted in Word, it notifies users "this EPS file was not saved with a preview included in it" - it should print - I gather from the developer this output has no usefulness, and may be hidden in future.

    For altering an image, see APPEARANCE & IMAGING below.

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    (De)Restrictions, 'Save the Setup', dispositors, aspect-lists

    Restricting or Expanding what you see: basic window/chart tweaks
    [View] > [Colored Text], Alt+k, 'Colored Text' is applied to both text and graphical: it bounces you into text-mode when set - you can abandon this default in V2.0x, by altering astrolog32.dat, (change -k to =k ).

    Hiding the program!:   There's a way to hide everything leaving a plain empty window: hitting the 'Backspace' key does this, and [View] > [Window Settings] > [Clear screen] does too.
    Pressing 'Spacebar' calls Astrolog back again,as can its menu equivalent [View] > [Window Settings] > [Redraw screen] - and this last tweak eliminates any on-chart marks, accidental or otherwise.

    Hiding planets/ other objects:   going [View] > [Show glyph labels] (toggle little l - l for 'light') will hide/show all planets, luminaries and calculated points, like the nodes; this is how the chart will print. It will call the graphic-mode, if you're at a text window.

    [View] > [Show border] (b is the toggle):   this hides, or shows, the border around the chart - you can't make this a default feature, except by making the colour parameter for the lines the same as the background colour ~ which is a dodge! ~ achieved by altering astrolog32.dat, at Main Colors (the -Yk 0 8 line), or through tweaking [Settings] > [Color Settings].

    The [Settings] > [Miscellaneous] dialog, (Alt+shift+B), has a field to add or remove cells in the graphics-mode aspectarian grid, to accomodate more, or less, points or objects.
    At the same dialog box, restrictions or expansions can be applied to the 'Angles' data appearing too. ASC, DESC, at M.C, at I.C, are not in the chart info, but Off by default, and here this default can be altered.

    Also, you can reset what interpretations you want to see, or chose 'None'. - and tackle Postscript paper settings.

    Altering date format:  D-M-Y (Europe/Russ/Afr/N.Z) or M-D-Y (US/Can), ~ find this choice in [Settings] > [Miscellaneous Settings]; and change here the number of columns'-width of text-data, whether onscreen or to print.

    Most of these choices can be saved as permanent settings: just go
     [File] > [Save current settings], and 'Save'.



    Restricting or Expanding what you see: Objects & Points
    You can set up Astrolog32 to display and give data for at least 117 objects & points, including cusps; 127 if you include Arabic Parts in the available text list. By default, only some 24 objects are shown, or listed in text-mode, from a given chart-time-datum.

    You can include or exclude objects or points on a per-session basis according to the nature of your work, by using the dialog boxes itemised below: you can make more objects (like cusps, minor planets, etc, but not Fixed Stars), appear every day by default in your text- or graphics-views, by saving the Config.file (astrolog32.dat) after you have expanded or restricted what you want.
    Each link ending in "...Selections" in the [Settings] dropdown menu will open a dialog-box, to expand /alter your chartmaker (though, with familiarity, adepts at Astrolog32 may restrict individual features ad-hoc with either command switches or keyboard switches).

      1. Press 's' without the quotes, to switch between Tropical and Sidereal systems. Then, [Settings] > [House Types] sets a different Tropical house system: [Settings] > [Calculation Settings] sets a different Sidereal house system.

      2. By way of [Settings] > [Object Selections], all major and minor planets, also Uranians, and the cusps, can individually be restricted from view and calculations. (the keyboard switch for this dialog is Alt+r).

      3. By way of [Settings] > [Transit Selections], all major and minor planets, also Uranians, and the cusps, can individually be restricted/reset in calculations when transitting. (the keyboard switch for this dialog is Alt+shift+F).

      4. By way of [Settings] > [Progressed Selections], all major and minor planets, also Uranians, and the cusps, can individually be restricted/reset in calculations, when progression dialog box is used. (the keyboard switch for this dialog is Alt+Ctrl+p).

      5. [Settings] > [Aspect Selections and Settings], Alt+shift+A: important dialog allows to reset the Orbs and any Influence for each of the Major and Minor planets and Points used: tick-box the ones you want 'on', untick those you want 'off'.
    If you need to alternate between two (or more) aspect-sets, suggest use macros to reset, and to return to default (more).

      6. [Settings] > [Planets & Minors Settings]: dialog allows to reset the Orb-Additions and any Influence (Power) of the Major and Minor planets, and Points used. Again, macros allow different addition-sets to be called ad hoc.
    See that a maximum Orb (defaulted 360 degrees) exists for each, - which means you can 'clip' accumulating Orb Additions, e.g. at 15.
    Under "Add" and "Influence", a "0.0" here indicates that the objects have not been weighed for more orb, nor as to 'power' - those numbers can be upped to your choice, such as extra two degrees for the Sun.

      7. [Settings] > [Cusps & Uranians Settings]: as '6' above.

    To make your selections permanent, now go [File] > [Save current settings]. Go 'Save', overwriting astrolog32.dat.
    THE FOLLOWING CANNOT BE MADE DEFAULT:

    8. [Settings] > [Star Selections]: here select preferred Fixed Stars, and then go [Settings] > [Include Fixed Stars], shift+U.

    9. With [Settings] > [Calculation Settings], planets can be locked on a chart's Ascendant Degree, or at Midheaven.

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    Restricting or expanding what you see: What is calculated & displayed:
    You can opt for Simplified Mode, (only available with V2.04+), after your first launch - it's in [Settings], - where you can return to 'Advanced' at any time. This tidier window means a beginner can concentrate on chart-making (and viewing and saving), learning Astrolog32's core method.
    Before opting into Simplified Mode at all though, you need, while in Advanced mode, to set-up any basic requirements, like Sidereal or Tropical?.. chosen House System?.. and, do you want Objects' locations to-the-second? - and be sure to go:
     [File] > [Save current settings], and 'Save'.


    If you want more accurate positions of objects and points, as a permanent feature:

    Either, 1. go Alt+b, then:
     [File] > [Save current settings], and 'Save'.

      Or, 2. in the Config.file, set -b0 to =b0, and save.

      Or, 3. in [Settings] > [Chart Settings..], on the right of the dialog, together with Scientific Notation of degrees in decimal. OK it, then:
     [File] > [Save current settings], and 'Save'.

    Switch off redundant Aspects/Change the Orbs: go [Settings] > [Aspect Settings] which calls the reset-fields for all aspects (bar any orb additions - see above), including if they are to be listed for 'applying' and 'separating'. Astrolog reckons orbs in decimal: in ATLASES there is a converter from minutes of arc to decimal.

    Show Other Aspects:   Going [Settings] > [Parallel Aspects] (toggle is Alt+shift+X) hides the general aspects and shows instead the parallels and contra-parallels, for view, list-view, calculations and printing - you can't set this as default.

    For a different range of aspects from the defaults to be listed, or viewable, un-tick the standard aspects in [Settings] > [Aspect Selections & Settings..], and select others to your choice - (alt+shift+A also calls this). (See BASICS # 1 > Aspects to identify the aspects available, and the symbols used.)
    This is an instance where, if it is a regular need, a macro would serve better.

    [Settings] > [Calculation Settings], (Alt+shift+S), is important for making very major in-session alterations, but only choice of Nodes and Sidereal Houses can save to become default: heliocentric, or any planet-at-centre (except Moon) charts can be opted for here, and harmonic charts derived from the core chart data. Opt here for equatorial positions instead of ecliptic. But these latter cannot be made the default status for Astrolog32.
    In 'Sidereal', you can set the objects' positions to an Offset to the Sidereal Norm, in degrees; also, pick your settings for Lilith (Dark Moon).

    [Settings] > [Chart Settings], (Alt+shift+C) is a portmanteau dialog box where
    1. the default 'Alternative stars' can be switched so that the new-style view of those-currently-aspecting is shown as default. A tick in the box will reverse this, and vice-versa, to make Alternative Stars default. Also, here are various different additions to text-lists.
    2. summaries of major aspects
    3. planets' speeds compared with mean velocity
    4. include aspects to midpoints, among many. (It is often necessary that the appropriate text-chart be called.)
    Here too..
    5. you can add the immediate-dispositors' glyphs to the Signs in the wheel. This is a cabinet of assorted fixes, and includes how
    6. 'Flower' graphics are displayed.

    Command Switches offer a rapid path to many of these re-settings.

    [Settings] > [Arabic parts Settings] is a dialog where you can define different calculation formulae and inversions, and the circumstances where Astrolog32 will list any Part's aspects. There's no shortcut.

    [Settings] > [Graphics Settings] - You can alter your standard animation delay (in milliseconds) here, for the duration of your session.
    Otherwise, see APPEARANCE & IMAGING for this dialog's other tweaks, and those of [Settings] > [Color Settings].



    Restricting or expanding what you see: Less Common tweaks:
    [Settings] > [Special] > [solar chart] (Alt+1) puts the Ascendant at the dawning Sun.

    [Settings] > [Special] > [Flip signs houses] (f), this creates a Kensky chart, useful to think about a chart, as if things were otherwise.

    [Settings] > [Special] > [Geodetic houses] (Alt+shift+H) houses of interest to 'quake analysts.

    [Lists] > [Arabic parts] tells the program to serve the Arabic parts text-list. Alt+p is the shortcut.

    [View] > [Sort aspects by power, or orb] (Ctrl+x is the toggle) re-sorts the aspects list (see [Lists] > [aspects], Alt+l), accordingly.

    [View] > [Show Aspect Info], (shift+I, a toggle), shows or hides a power calculation derived from the aspects in the chart - this only affects the graphic chart-wheel. If you're in text-mode, this will flip Astrolog32 into graphics-mode, with the calculation added.
    [Star Selections] and [Sidebar/ Show chart Info] have been covered elsewhere.


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    Save your current Setup
    Hidden from us while we change our settings, the astrolog32.dat file in computer memory is undergoing constant re-drafting.. so when we decide to Save Settings, it is the current setup which over-writes the old. The link to do this is in [File] menu.   Then re-launch Astrolog32 to see it's true.
    For example, defaults at installation are: white background (version 2.02 on), locations in minutes of arc, graphical chart, Tropical signs, .. and of course your default location, .. yet it is a one-minute job if you are an old hand, to change three of these so that you have new defaults. (Changing default location takes a little time .. see below for how.)
    NOTE: Any changes you save are reversible.
    A. By keyboard switches: To set Astrolog32 to, say, 'print nearest second', text, and Sidereal,   go Alt+b; then go 's', without the quotes, then 'v' likewise..
    If you have version V1.34 or before, go 'reverse all colours',.. 'x', without the quotes (In V2.0x, you must go via menus, CL, or Config.file to permanently abandon white).

    B. By menus: To set the program to, say, monochrome, and treat cusps as 'objects', go [Settings] > [Object Selections..], find 'cusps' and click 'Select All', then go 'OK'; then go [View] > [monochrome]...

    ..NOW THIS WILL OVERWRITE YOUR CURRENT SETTINGS!
      go [File] > [Save current settings], and 'Save' (see right).

    Close Astrolog32 and re-launch it.
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    Changing default location/timezone/DST:
    Go [Edit] > [Set default location/timezone], or (Alt+shift+D), to call a dialog for changing:
      1. Annual DSTs ~ type 'yes' if it is DST currently.
      2. Home timezone. ~ ..find your off-set to UT here.
      3. Degrees Easting or Westing) - obtain via [Call Atlas] if your country's included, or....
      4. Degrees Northing or Southing) - or via Google, via GPS phone (type and replace)
      5. Home location name ~ type in if atlas doesn't insert; if online, go www.astro.com/atlas.

    After edits,  go [File] > [Save current settings], and 'Save'.

    Close Astrolog32 and re-launch it.
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    An old-school method is to go [Edit] > [Edit Configuration file] to review, to alter, then finally save astrolog32.dat.
    For instance, to set Astrolog32 to Earth, Sun and Moon only at every launch, open the Config.file, find
      -YR 0 10   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    and change to
    -YR 0 10   0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Save the file..
    Launch Astrolog32.

    Or, to set Astrolog32 permanently to the display of, say, the derestricted display of all 'minor planets', and true nodes rather than mean: find the line starting -YR 11 21 ..and change all the ones that follow to zeroes;
    find _Yn, and change it to =Yn.
    Save the file..
    Launch Astrolog32.
    FOR A FULLER BREAKDOWN, try the section dedicated to manual editting CUSTOMISING DEFAULTS via CONFIG.FILE.

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    Things that can't be made default are:
    1. The Fixed Stars: they won't appear until called.
    2. The harmonic that Astrolog32 launches with: that's Harmonic 1 only.
    3. Astrolog32 can't launch with other than a one chart graphic complete with info sidebar; or with a text-list of positions.
    4. Anything on the [Extra] menu.
    5. Chart at launch cannot be other than Earth-centred.

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    If you modify the config.file to the point where Astrolog32 no longer works, all isn't lost:
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    Dispositors

    The Mainchart's dispositors can be seen - in various hierarchies - by typing shift + J (not a toggle), or clicking [Charts] > [Dispositors]; use Graphics mode; the higher planets disposit the lower. (If you're in Text mode, a grid laid out in text used to appear - now it is a list of Pullen's power estimates.)
    As in other modes of the program, pressing 'p' makes it update by progression.
    Use shift+V to return to the chart-graphic.

    NOTE: a bug is apparent in v1.xx and v2.0x, - text and graphics can overlay, and the background change: using Backspace & Spacebar keys do not resolve this, and can put 'Dispositors' off-limits.

    Dispositors will vary according to the harmonic chosen, as the planets will fall in different Houses or Signs.

    The House Hierarchies are only correct as long as the chart time is correct.


    The descending order of planets-by-Sign (left) is a schematic of the chain of dispositions of a chart of W.H.Davies (right).


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    Aspects in the Mainchart or Bi-wheel (list form)
    [Lists] > [Aspects] offers a text-list of all the aspects which are 'on' for view, for a particular chart, (whether a bi-wheel, or just the Main-chart). By de-restricting hidden aspects, you can see all aspects.
    NOTE: If it's a bi-wheel, this option only presents you with a text-list of all aspects between the two, and excluding the two individual charts' internal aspects.

    Alt+l (letter 'ell') is the switch for this, (it's not a toggle), and Alt+k renders the list in colour, which may help for picking out a particular object. This list, once called, used to become the replacement text screen to 'Chart positions', when you switch into text mode from the wheel again, but not now.

    Alt+shift+X is the keyboard switch for parallels and contra-parallels, aspects for which a tight orb of 1 degree is typically used.
    Alt+shift+X is a toggle.

    Another way of viewing aspects is the switch: Shift+A, which calls the aspectarian grid.
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    'Flower', biorhythm, transits

    The "Flower Graphic"
    Springing from an idea from Theodoros Natsinas, and getting away from the Radical's aspect-display, this chart is an analytic of significant degrees of a given chart, expressed in the chart circle as a petal-shape, radial from the centre, toward degrees that are 'trigger points', i.e. sympathetic/antipathetic to the planets' positions as an whole; with waves or spikes at the circumference.
    It looks for two kinds of point, those that accentuate tension, and those of most benign aspect - 'Harmonic' here means harmonious.

    Opening [Settings] > [Chart Settings], (Alt+shift+C), is the only way of opting for this graphic, or switching it off.
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    Biorhythm Data
    [Charts] > [Biorhythm Chart], (shift+Y), sets up a sine-wave chart showing three varying qualities at a glance - "Intellectual, Emotional" and "Physical" assessments; note that these are reckoned for the chart #2 birth-datum, on the day of the Mainchart, so, either both chart#1 and chart #2 need to be set up or if only the first, then by going shift+X then shift+Y, 'today's evaluation' for the Mainchart can be seen. Shift+Y is not a toggle.

    The waves' low points may reach -100% (low ebb), .. +100% (happy and full of energy).

    The graphical shows month to view, the text version gives the biorhythm percentages for the seven days before (T-7 days) and the seven days after (T+7 days) on the date in question, so you can see if the cycles are rising or falling.
    (BTW, it takes over 58 years for all three cycles together to synchronize and repeat themselves.)

    The command-line switch is -rb, and needs the files to be specified in the command-line.
    -r0 < file1 > < file2 > :
    will keep the charts separate in comparison.

    There is a distinction between any of the above types of particular relationship charts and the actual comparison between two separate charts.
    The -r0 option is used to generate actual comparison charts.
    For example, combining -r0 with the -g switch will cause a full grid chart of the aspects between all the planets of the two charts (with person1's planets on the vertical axis and person2's on the horizontal) to be displayed.
    It is easy to retrieve the Mainchart, after going shift+Y, or using the -rb switch; because Biorhythm is a combination of two charts, going [Charts] > [Standard .. no relationship mode] will return you to the Mainchart.

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    Transits to the Mainchart
    [Lists] > [Transits] opens the 'Transits' dialog box so you can input a point in time ahead of the Mainchart's, (of course), so as to to see any particular day's (month's, year's) transits to the Mainchart which you have running. The 'hits' are displayed as a list.
    ('Here & Now' button selects 'now, today', for any hits to the Mainchart.)
    Keyboard switch is Alt+shift+T - press v to return.
    This input dialog also appears when using V2.04+'s 'General' & 'Particular Planet' transit Macros - Ctrl+F1 to Alt+F1, - these allowing the display of transits under any custom parameters of the macro.

    (NOTE: You can use this dialog to set a progression target-date, as well).

    Both V2.0x & V1.34 have another option [Transit & Natal], in [Charts]; this works in graphic mode as a bi-wheel, when you have set your chart#2 as the future day you are enquiring into: chart#2's positions surround chart#1: the Moon is restricted in all versions of Astrolog32, (but can be seen if you go shift+X, or v for text - both toggles).

    NOTE: Usually, orbs are reduced before charting transits - I reckon the pandemonium of daily life hides their approach - V2.0x TRANSITI macros do this automatically; otherwise, set a -YAo switch; or use [Settings].

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    Midpoints, sidereal & harmonics

    Midpoints
    [Lists] > [Midpoints] offers a text-list of the span between every pair of planets, points & angles between the Mainchart and chart #2, so it's a two-page printoff of some 112 mutual midpoints of all objects. Going [Edit] > [Copy chart as text] sends the list to the clipboard, to paste into a doc., or it may be sent straight to printer, with usual caveats regarding Character Scale.

    See also, in the Aspectarian grid, the midpoints' Signs are displayed in upper right half.

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    Sidereal & Vedic methods, with Harmonics
    Clicking [Settings] > [Sidereal Zodiac] relocates the zodiac according to its antique linkage with the constellations, named for the signs: you can use the keyboard letter 's', a toggle which switches in/out of Sidereal/Tropical.

    Reversing the sequence of the signs in the zodiac, Vedic orientation is called by the letter 'z', (this is a toggle), or by altering [Settings] > [Vedic wheel Display]. Also we can set [Settings] > [House Types] > [Whole House] - the house divisions each appear 30 degrees across the zodiac, so there are no intercepted signs.
    The left of the chart no longer is at 0° Kumbha.

    Otherwise, [Settings] > [...Calculations Settings] is an essential point-of-visit for Siderealists, being a portmanteau dialog box for setting up a number of features (the switch is Alt+shift+S - it is not a toggle); under Zodiacs, there are 6 House Division systems of the Cosmos ~ find here Fagan-Bradley, Hipparchos, Sassanian, & others.

    The trans-Saturnians can be permanently suppressed by de-selecting them in [Settings] > [Object Selections], then going [File] > [Save current Settings], and saving astrolog32.dat.

    Saving the Config.file, astrolog32.dat, going Ctrl+9, saves the other alterations you have chosen, too.

    Harmonics can be set in [...Calculations Settings], too, and can be raised without reference to the Sidereal elements in the dialog box, simply by entering a number in the relevant field, and OK'ing. In order to go from one harmonic to another, simply alter the 'Harmonic chart factor' again - the numbers will not compound, it re-calculates from the Radical.

    Decans, or the third harmonic, can be called by [Settings] > [Special] > [Show decans], or by keying little g (a toggle).

    Similarly, the Navamsa is three clicks away, via [Settings] > [Special] > [Show Navamsas], or type letter 'y' (also a toggle).

    A rough map of the constellations is to be found in [Extra] > [Constellations On], (shift+F), with [Bonus Mode], little i.

    Saving harmonic charts: charts at any harmonic other than 1, the Radical, can be saved/re-opened at that harmonic by using the [File] > [Save chart positions...] option, a _pos.dat; - otherwise, only an image or text file will serve to capture the chart.
    What will be saved, when you go [File] > [Save Mainchart data], is a timed .dat file at Harmonic 1.

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      THE BASICS - # 3

    Directory Paths, rising/setting, horizon

    [Settings] > [Directory Settings]

    inner workings Largely, these fields are for reassurance, or, the analysis of any failures to send and fetch stuff in Astrolog's folders: these fields are editable: each defines how Astrolog32 accesses one folder in its folder-system, and not in any way how the chart-making and calculating-engine works.
    These fields replicate the last section of the Config. file, which does the same job (where, equally well, you can edit these paths).
    If you need to modify these fields, either:

       1. you have trouble getting Astrolog32 to find its charts, atlases, interpretations, miscellaneous or ephemerides folders..

    2. you are setting up a new install, and want to direct its calls for atlases, ephemerides, charts, etc, to an earlier install or program.
    IN LATEST VERSIONS. the Directory-fields in the image above are the default paths in Astrolog32 V2.02, and all versions after. Though by default it goes to 'Program Files', C:\Program Files\Astrolog32\.. (as seen), these versions should adjust to any location, and they will direct calls to folders, having amended these paths automatically. (but see third 'Directories' image)

    Unlikely, but if you have moved your Astrolog32 V2.0x after install, (and certainly if you have installed V1.3x other than at C:\astrolog32), you may find you have to change these paths and save the Config.file. Or, move the Astrolog32 folder back to where you chose, maybe C:\Program Files\.., (or in the older version, to C:), so it can work (you may need to re-make shortcuts to astrolog32.exe, to launch the program).
    So, to change what's in these fields, you cannot browse to your intended paths, you must find the paths and insert them, and go 'OK'. (See the very end of the CUSTOMISING DEFAULTS WITH CONFIG.FILE section, for how).Then you must save the Config.file.

    Any paths that are not currently working, - either wrong, or where Astrolog32 is discovering the absence of folders which you didn't download (like say, \Interpretations), - may be signalled by a warning-box when you OK this dialog.

    It may help to look at the "Cannot find astrolog32.dat" help-page, here


    IN EARLIER VERSIONS. note the difference with this set of Directory-paths (at right) - these are the default paths in Astrolog32 V1.34, and all versions before. These versions expect the program to be installed to a folder called \astrolog32, at the root C:, and they direct calls to the modular folders there.

    If you have your Astrolog32 V1.3x anywhere else, you will have to change these paths and save the Config.file. Or, move the \Astrolog32 folder to the root C:, so it can work (you'll need to re-make shortcuts to astrolog32.exe, to launch the program).



    Lastly here are the paths for an english-language V2.04/5 install at C:.

    Note that although the installer suggested the \astrolog32 folder would be at the root, in fact another folder, called \astrolog, needs to be interposed by you, or macros will not work.

    Ideally, the extra folder is made by the Astrolog32 V2.0x installer during installation, but you can successfully create it now and park \Astrolog32 within it; but make sure the directory paths in your personal astrolog32.dat are corrected.


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    [Lists] > [Rising & Setting] & [Charts] > [Local Horizon]

    There is a graphical & a text version, and only the text option is in [Lists]. The graphical, which is called by going [Charts] > [Local Horizon] shows the spread of the luminaries & planets around the ecliptic, pointing up their rising, setting and culmination, also quadrant and conjunction, awesomely demonstrated by pressing 'p' for progression. As well, Fixed Stars can be incorporated in the image, and any planet bar the Moon set as the hub to the 360-degree view.
    The text-list details angular position and time, rising, culmination and setting; if Fixed Stars are included, so are Uranians.(a very full list!)
    You can call these pages via Alt+shift+L (not a toggle) for text, or shift+Z (not a toggle) for graphics.


    Astrograph, interpretations, globe- & skymaps

    [Charts] > [Astrograph]
    This uses the world map to illustrate the culminated position of planets and points through the day in question. [Extra] > [Bonus Mode] shows longitudes where, at the chart's time, planets are at zenith.
    The text version spells out the longitude of where, at the time in question each planet was on the midheaven and on the nadir, and the latitude of where the planets actually appeared at zenith.
    The keyboard switch is shift+L.

    Astro-graphology is a big topic, but curiosity's arrow has led me in other roads. It is extensively covered in HELPFILE.TXT, (as 'astro-graph' - note the spelling), and Wikipedia's Astrocartography page explains the topic too.

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    [Lists] > [Interpretations]
    This option is a text-file, generated ad-hoc by Astrolog32 to describe a personality that would arise, if the mainchart data was a birth-chart.
    What interpretation-set you see is controlled by [Settings] > [Miscellaneous], where there are permutations of two general kinds of interpretation to choose from (on the right of the dialog's window). (With V1.3x, of course, seeing any default interpretation at all depends on whether you have downloaded the 'Interpretations' zipfile and extracted it to where Astrolog32 expects it to be.)The standard ones are presented by default, and clicking [Lists] > [Interpretations] or Alt+shift+capital I, will present a printable text-list.
    In the [Settings] > [Miscellaneous] window, you can choose one of six different levels; going 'OK' to an option will deliver your selection during the current session, choosing from:
    1. default - 'Info Only'.
    2. Each planet's quality defined individually.
    3. Each House's quality defined individually.
    4. Each House's quality defined in terms of its dispositor.
    5/6. All Houses' and planets' qualities defined individually, and default readings, less/with their dispositions.

    To make your selection permanent, go [File] > [Save current settings], and save, overwriting the Config. file astrolog32.dat, before you shut down.
    These are generally held to be good as prompts to the astrologer, rather than anything like an integrated perspective on a particular chart; the 'Interpretations' make little of aspects, and much of House and Sign, as it avoids complication.

    As Interpretations now bind the name of the native into the reading, then 'last names before first', or ANY other comments, seem absurd when you read through it!

    If you intend to write your own interpretations or extend the current ones, they can be easily modified, as each small part of the interpretation is a paragraph in a .dat file, and these can be edited in Notepad. But, to understand how Astrolog32 matches paragraphs to aspects and signs I suggest you test the internal calculations that shape the present interpretation-set, to find out how they arrive at results.

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    Globe-Map/Sky-Map: (Two Points-Of-View):
    [Extra] > [Constellations On]
    This sets the maps on: so does shift+F, a toggle that thereafter only switches from skymap to earthmap. You will see the Skymap/World Map (Mercator) in the default instance.

    Other triggers for maps are Shift+G (delivers globe, equatorial) and shift+P (delivers globe, polar).
    In all cases, shift+F switches from looking in to looking out.
    And in most cases, typing v , then shift+V, will get you back to the text-Mainchart, at the least.
    copied= [Extra] > [Show Globe], (shift+G) sets the chart to a Globe; again, it gets does stuff, by going little 'i', or little 'p'. Bonus Mode adds the planets' M.C. position locked at the time given.
    [Extra] > [Show Polar Globe], (shift+p) sets to the South Pole.
    [Extra] > [Bonus Mode] (i), useful switch. It hardens the dotted aspect-lines up on the chartwheel, and importantly, incorporates the planets, in graphics mode, with these [Extra] options ; it is a toggle more handily driven by the keyboard switch letter 'i'.
    [Extra] > [Modify Chart], (number 'zero') functions differently in different modes: Specifically, if in wheel chart mode it will toggle between the standard wheel and the house-emphasized wheel. In addition, it will toggle the "horizon chart displays with polar center" flag from the Chart Settings dialog, the "world map in Mollewide projection" flag from the Graphics Settings dialog box; and, whether ephemeris and calendar charts are displayed for the year instead of just the month..

    The boon of these maps becomes more clear when you try [Extra] >[Bonus], toggle 'i', and/or [Animation], toggle 'p'.

    Trying [Extra] > [Globe Tilt] > [ to increase, ] [ to decrease, ] can have the globe rolling everyway, as well.
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    Calendar, ephemeris, non-geo charts, "Open with"

    Calendars
    [Extra] > [Calendar] leads to two options for viewing: relevant Month or relevant Year. These pages have scrollbars, but do not scroll in this option, so if you are (say) counting days beyond a year's end or start, you can't scroll to the next/previous year. Instead, progress the calendar, using the '^' keyboard switch (probably shift+6), then the 'p' keyboard switch.
    The keyboard shortcut for Calendar is Shift+K, which then also toggles between the 'Month' and 'Year' view.
    Escape by way of shift+V.

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    Ephemeris
    [Charts] > [Ephemeris] - this displays a text or graphic page - the midnight positions of planets and points for each day in the month which the Mainchart-data falls in.
    Shift+E calls the same thing. The toggle ' v' switches to/from a 'graph' version which itself is handy for a overall, if simple, take on the month's conjunctions.
    For years rather than months, only the command-line will serve - go [Run], type in -Ey, press Return

    For sophisticated control of what gets displayed, see the full command-line setup here.

    For years where the quality Swiss Ephemeris files are not installed, less accurate databases (Moshier - 3000BC to 3000AD - the Matrix routines which generate the Asteroid data anyway), will fill in the planets' positions on all versions of Astrolog32.
    EPHEMERIS SOFTWARE:

    TROUBLESHOOTING EPHEMERIDES:
    Because other (hidden) ephemerides step in when the relevant Swiss Ephemerides are absent for a particular era), there's no real way of knowing if your chart has been served by those hidden files, as they are wrapped within the executable astrolog32.exe; although you may see the Swiss .se1 files in \ephemeris folder, any error in the Config. File's path to that folder will interrupt their use.

    OBTAINING EPHEMERIDES:
    Clicking DOWNLOADS - see the head of this guide - and clicking the 'click here for English' flag, can lead you ultimately to Astrodeinst's 'sweph' page, for Swiss Ephemerides, where, click on zip-files you want, download them to your desktop, and unzip the contents (.se1 files) into the folder \ephemeris.

    Of interest for birthcharting, the following zips create the files you see on the right:
    sweph_00.zip, & swephm_00.zip : 2BC to 599AD.
    sweph_06.zip, & swephm_06.zip: 600 to 1199AD.
    sweph_12.zip, & swephm_12.zip: 1200 to 1799AD.
    sweph_18.zip, & swephm_18.zip: 1800 to 2399AD
    sweph_24.zip, & swephm_24.zip: 2400 to 2999AD


    But remember, you already have the contents of sweph_18.zip, & swephm_18.zip, covering 1800CE - 2399AD.

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    Charts centred on planets other than Earth

    mars-centric
    [Calculation Settings] > Central Planet...(Sun, Mars, Venus or other...) renders data as centred elsewhere in the Solar System, (with the exception of 'Moon' as an option). Type the planet's name in the field where 'Sun' is shown, or use the following numbers:
    0 for Earth, 1 for Sun, 3 for Mercury, 4 for Venus, 5 for Mars, 6 for Jupiter, 7 for Saturn, 8 for Uranus, 9 for Neptune, 10 for Pluto.
    .. this illustration charts the craft "Curiosity" landing on Mars, and is a 'Null' chart as far as any zodiac goes.

    .. such charts will print and copy for export OK, and will save as a .dat file or image or text, but not usefully as a _pos.dat: when a saved chart is re-opened, the central planet or luminary, where it's not the Earth itself, must be re-set via [Settings] > [Calculation Settings] and this won't work with .pos_dats, so only .dats should be used.

    An useful switch may be [Settings] > [Chart Settings] > Display Format... Choose Longitude 360 decimal deg., go -sd in the command-line, or, in text, go shift+S.

    It will be appropriate to suppress Minor Objects & Points by going 'No Selection' in [Settings] > [Object Selections].

    A carry-over from the program means that the Earth's Zodiac still appears around the chart, unless you choose [Charts] > [Gauquelin Sectors]. It's made me think - can anyone know what zodiac applies on Mars!


    An alternative view of the Solar System is available with [Charts] > [Solar System Orbit], or Shift+S, (not a toggle). This view suggests the orbital distances as seen at 90 deg. to the Solar System, for any given time. Pluto, for its distance, is often out-of-range.
    In animation, this orbit-view can serve as an orrery: make the window as big as possible, set Jump-factor to '7' days, and speed up the updating to 200 milliseconds, in [Settings] > [Graphics settings] - it will cover a century in 16 minutes.

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    'Right-click & Open' doesn't work, and what you might do about it.:
    inner workings Even if you have astrolog32.exe as a right-mouse click option, Astrolog32 won't open with the chart you've highlighted in a folder window, as other programs do. You can only open & alter .dat-files using Notepad, from your right-click options list; unless, that is, you want the ability to open .dat files with Astrolog32 enough to jump through hoops to obtain it; I am much endebted to Michael Rideout at 'Astrolog_List' forum, for explaining this dodge:

    DODGE No. 4. ornament

    If it weren't that Astrolog32 uses .dat files, - an universal text-format used by Windows and countless other applications, this would be just a case of setting the executable astrolog32.exe as a right-click option for .dat files, then making all .dat files amenable to it.
    It woud be rash to suggest such a radical action, because .dat files are used by many other programs.
    Instead, this dodge entails using a new suffix, not .dat, then tweaking Windows to accept it.

    To benefit, you will have to save in future using the new suffix, also choosing "All Files" in the "File of Type" field; and optionally, duplicate all your old Astrolog32 .dat files to a new folder, and, as a batch, convert their file-extension to, say, .A32 - .. then, populate your \charts folder with these A32 versions.
    But you could just keep your .A32 option for special charts! - you can put them in any folder & open them with a right-click "Open with.."!

    This is the procedure in Xp:

    Decide on an unused file-extension, such as Michael's .A32 ending (lists are available on the web of file-extensions already in use).
    1. create a duplicate of a .dat file, on your desktop, rename it yourchart.dat, and change the name to show the new file-extension (this example uses .A32 ~ so, yourchart.A32).
    Next the executable:
    2. Double-click 'yourchart.A32', to try to open it - a dialog box appears ;
    3. Click 'Select program from a list', and click 'OK' ;
    4. Make sure the 'Always use the selected program to open this kind of file' tickbox is checked ;
    5. Click 'Browse..', and navigate into \main folder within Astrolog, and highlight the astrolog32.exe file there ;
    6. Click 'OK' ;
    7. Close Astrolog32! - it will have opened with an 'Here & Now' chart ;
    Last, the new type of file's properties are altered:

    8. Open 'My Computer' ;
    9. On the menu, select [Tools] > [Folder Options] ;
    10. Click 'File Types' ;
    11. Select 'A32', and click 'Advanced' ;
    12. Highlight 'Open..', then select 'Edit..' ;
    13. Put your cursor in the 'Application used to perform action' line, press 'end' key. Leave one space after "..olog32.exe", adding "-i", (with the quotes), & leave another space before "%1". (Image below) ;
    14. Save, and exit ;
    15. Double click on yourchart.A32, and it will open in the program.


    The result is, that in any folder window, or in 'Recent Documents', or on the desktop, any .A32 chart will now open in Astrolog32 from your right-click menu, or, if you prefer, by default.

    If you elect to modify the file properties of .dat files, (which may alter a number of other applications, not to mention the operating system!), try it on a dedicated Astrolog32 pc first, and you would be rash not to back up your operating system first, before changing the file's attributes!

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    The Celebs' Charts, and finding more raw data..

    The 'Celebs' download consists of a starter pack of charts, 1724 currently, of mostly Italian, United States', and International notables - all with good time data, apparently - however, with a number, the timezone has not been set right or at all (correct them with my World Time-Offsets page).
    All charts are named surname-first, so that they are rostered in alphabetical order in a Windows search. Find them at Robbie Luporini's site here.

    There's a potential nuisance value to putting them into \charts as .dats: in mingling with your charts, they take over the \charts folder, - anything newly created by you won't be found among them, except when listed in time order: better in their own separate or sub-folder!

    Excellent chart data of well-known people can be browsed at Rodden's Databank at Astro.com

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    - INSTALLING.

    V2.0x_A New Style   <Pick Your Release>   V1.34_Standard
    INSTALL V2.0x
    If you need an install that's a breeze, and want to avoid any likelihood of re-writing paths, it takes only five minutes to have running R. Luporini's latest version, currently 2.05. It downloads in a compressed, self-extracting/installing file called Astrolog32_v2_05_setup.exe.
    Click the A32 DOWNLOADS link at the head of this guide, choose 'click here for English', scroll down and click on the links in blue, "Astrolog32 V2.04", or "Astrolog32 V2.05".
    If you are offline, you can import the self-extracting installer on removable media.

     Runs on Win'98, Millenium, 2000, Xp, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1.

    In the package you will get the program, the ephemerides for our current era, macros to seek out, one sample chart, this guide and the old helpfile, and the atlas files for U.K./Commonwealth countries, plus Ireland. Because the U.S. atlas files are so big, state .atl files must currently be sourced separately and dropped into A32's folder ..Astrolog32\atlas\american.. after your install is done.

    TIP: have this check-list open as you install!: double-click on Astrolog32_v2_05_setup.exe

    This is a software that customises itself to your choices, so the installer hits you with 'Wheres?' almost straightaway as it configures itself:
    If you install at the root C:, create shortcuts then-and-there to the following folders at least: \main, \charts, and \miscellaneous; put those shortcuts in a folder in "My Documents", so you never need to browse to the root C: with Windows Explorer.
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    To get Astrolog32's 'full works', you will want, later perhaps, to expand the atlas to or beyond your home country or U.S. state, or use past centuries of ephemerides for seriously historical charts: these will mean, in the first case, downloads of .atl files, 'country files' or 'states files' (see how above, 'atlas' section); or in the second, more .se1 files (see how above, 'ephemeris' section), ~ whatever you get, if you run Win'98 you'll need Winzip to unzip them.
    Charts of notables in Astrolog format are available too - see here.
    See F.A.Q.s below for the minimum hardware requirement, here.

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    INSTALL V1.34
    V1.34, latest of the V1.3x releases, is typical of the programs pre-V2.02, - it downloads as a zip file, Astrolog32v134en.zip which with Win'98 will need to be extracted with a program like Winzip©. And here the difficulties arise: unless you know how to re-write the paths in astrolog32.dat (not a hard thing to do, but unfamiliar!), then it must unzip its contents to the folder it regards as default (a situation which modern users may be caught off-guard by because Winzip© offers the choice of other destinations..).
    Even with modern Windows, Best Practice is to make that default folder now, at the root folder C:, viz:
      C:\astrolog32

     Runs on Win'98, Millenium, 2000, Xp, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1.

    Your download site is southville.net, but first, take in the clear advice in the Readme that Chris provides (the Readme - essentially, you must make the folder beforehand to hold it, at C:, unzip it there, and find your own atlas-file(s) after install.
    NOTE: a 'Chrome' browser may, spuriously, flag this zipfile as a possible malware vector! ..take no notice, and do read any "You are about to download" dialog-box target-line carefully; I say this because what still happens is that the zipfile may otherwise go, with a mind of its own, to the root folder - you will find the root folder C: in 'My Computer', - and it'd hide at the bottom of the list, (and, as I never expected it to go there, I never did find my first Astrolog download! -it sat there, zipped-up, for years).

    Double-clicking on the zipfile in Xp and after in the absence of Winzip© and the like raises an 'Open With' dialog box - choose 'Compressed (zipped) folders' and go OK - another window opens with the contents in a sham folder - go Ctrl+a, Ctrl+c, and then paste the three folders in the 'Astrolog32' folder. This is easy; a Good Result! Open \main, and double-click astrolog32.exe...see on: Welcome to Astrolog32!, below..
    Just to digress re. Winzip, double-clicking on the zipfile calls Winzip© in my pc, ( in WIN98 and before, no unzipper means you will get 'Windows cannot open this file' warning..); using Winzip's 'Classic' mode, it shows me the contents; clicking 'Extract', an 'Extract to..' path is displayed (see right), and with Winzip, it's almost always the wrong path: it may need to be changed. Here's how to get it right..

    ..'Browse' is the little icon to right of the path, and clicking it, a small 'Browse' window opens, choose My Computer, click on C:, and locate and highlight \astrolog32 (which you have created), as your target, ...then click 'Extract':
    ... in a moment, three folders are created, with the contents you saw in Winzip's preview, but all in their right folders:\main, \atlas, and \interpretations... no others yet.
    Nevertheless, the copy of astrolog32.dat dormant in V1.34 is ready to write to these still-unmade folders - the \charts, \ephemeris and \miscellaneous folders, will be added as you reach [Finish], then go 'Save astrolog32.dat', which pops up after you click [Finish].

    Open \main, and double-click astrolog32.exe....

      Welcome to Astrolog32!   ~ it continues with geekspeak the Configuration files could not be found ~ which, ignore..

    This is a software that customises itself to your choices, so the installer hits you with 'Wheres?' almost straightaway as it configures itself: read each dialog carefully, making the best you can, for the present, of 'Default Location & Timezone' (if online, enter your birth-town in the searchfield at this page, for your co-ordinates); see Alerting Dialog, preparing you for the next option, states
    Important notice

    In the following setup, to set the default town use the installed atlases; but if your town is located outside these countries,
    then to use the appropriate atlas file you will need to download it and unzip it into the correct one of the two 'atlases' folders - either
    ...\Astrolog32\atlas\american (USA states only), or
    ...\Astrolog32\atlas\international (everywhere else).
    To get atlases files or folders, go to

    <http://www.southville.net/astrolog32/en/atlas.html>
    If you run a black background, this message WILL NOT APPEAR unless you highlight it! ~
    Accept 'Directories' (by default, they should look like these); when you click 'Finish', all your choices are written to the yet-to-be-born file astrolog32.dat ~ for future reference; you are asked to OK that, and the install is complete for now. (..It is a weird feature of this legacy-ware - so accept the proffered astrolog32.dat. If you don't, you will still have to on re-launch!)

    Opening \atlas, the two folders inside hold only the reference files, country_list.atl, and states_list.atl. There are no atlas files in the download, so get your home's co-ordinates, or look up a city near you - either below or in 60 CITIES - so you can insert them either during the initializing of the software, or through [Settings] > [Set default loc.] menu later.

      UK timezone = 0 | London 51.30N 0.10W | Cardiff 51.30N 3.12W | Manchester 53.30N 3.15W | Glasgow 55.50N 4.15W  

    Durham 54.46N 1.34W | Dublin 53.20N 6.15W | Ottawa 45.25N 57.42W | Adelaide 34.56S 138.36E | Dunedin 45.52S 170.30E

    After the install, or even before, go to atlases at southville.net and download atlas zip-files one-by-one as required, and unzip them into their appropriate \atlas folders.
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    To install V1.3x in a folder other than at C:, the whole of this section of 'Customizing the Config.file' may help, here.

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    Other flavours of Astrolog32: T. Kubec's V2.02 is available at orionsoft.

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    - THE ATLASES - two wonderful gazetteers.

    ONE FOR U.S. STATES, ONE FOR EVERYWHERE ELSE

    Both these service the filling-in of new chart-data, when you have the [Edit] > [Edit chart data..] dialog box open. Also they are on call when resetting your own default location in [Default Info], (arriving from [Settings] > [Default Location/Timezone], Alt+d).

    When you click on a [Call Atlas] box, it presents you with fields to to click on, then fill in.
    Then, so long as you have the two Atlases installed, the Longitude, Latitude & Name fields will be filled in for you.

    At 1 in the image below, default search is USA, so if you want International, click to that choice first-off, then select the Country. For USA, it's State that must be selected first. Continue to follow the arrows..

    NOTE: the atlases are quite unconnected with the timezone selection, which must be done manually.

    At 2, jumping to the Country, or State (US). The lists of all countries (states) are too long to scroll, and keying the first letter of the country's (state's) name in the field makes the list scroll down closer to your target: the 'down' arrow-key take you the rest of the way.

    At 3, to browse for a placename (city, town, village), try the first few letters only, and the atlas will filter you a manageable selection. Further clues in the listings may include the zone of the country (international) or state county zone (american), and, where applicable, the population of US american townships. If this doesn't unearth your place, you can browse all the locations in any State or Country in Blocks. That you can start with the First Block, or the Middle, testifies to the fact that, in Texas alone, the First Block only runs from 0 thru' B!
    Navigating the Atlas dialog-box
    Hitting the Return-key to OK your "first letters" of some town or city, will bounce you out of the Atlas!
      , at 4, you must use the 'Search Atlas' radio-button to raise the list of possibles.

    To finish: after highlighting the location you want in step 5, you click 'OK' (6); - the "Use first part of feature name as Chart name" box (top right), can save a bit of typing.
    Both Atlases are very extensive, and, if you have TimeZone data to hand as well, you have a terrific tool for locating co-ordinates. (Much credit to Antonio Ramos!)

    You don't have to use the atlases - typing in co-ordinates in the relevant fields in the [Enter/edit.. data] window, and inserting some name in the Location field, works fine.

    It is also true that you can add to these atlas files, inserting your own particular locations: the .atl files open in Notepad, after you have changed their Properties from 'read-only'. First, though, read Southville's advanced helpfile.
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    Atlas files in \international begin with @0500, and if a nation has administrative regions, these are then listed with their two-letter codes; then all the locations are listed alphabetically.

    Atlas files in \american begin with @0600. Digging into the 'state' file of a typical U.S. location, uprights and separators in the string give an order for the program's routines to follow:
    • Feature Name | Cell Name | County Name % Search field @ longitude latitude | altitude
    .. where, "Feature" is a name in the atlas. It can be a town, village, hospital, school, etc.. "Cell" means a geographical region where the feature is found.

    To add a location, - say you are monitoring lightning strikes on Pikes Peak, just west of Boulder, but closest is 'Gillett' - use much of Gillett's string, change the co-ordinates, and the name, but above all, keep the number of separators, viz:
    ppl|Gillett (historical)|Pikes Peak|Teller|105w07.22|38n46.55|3029
    loc|Pikes Peak|Pikes Peak|Teller|105w02.39|38n50.26|13895

    It has become a fashion in Wikipedia and elsewhere, when giving co-ordinates, to express parts of a degree in decimal: To left and to right is a converter, decimal to minutes-of-arc, in two-minute stages.

    In the atlas name field, putting any accents over letters will confuse it, the same goes for apostrophes although they may appear in the name you get back.

    For charts at latitudes north of 67 degrees N., or south of 67 degrees S., you will get "The Koch (or Placidus, or other) system of Houses is not calculated at extreme latitudes". Still I find after 'OK'ing these warnings a chart appears, which may be serviceable, before the program crashes.
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    COUNTRY FILES: HARD-TO-FINDS

    My Hard-to-Finds have so far been: Jerusalem is listed in the country No Mans Land, it's not as a part of Israel. Absent from any listings is Curacao (but it's now "Netherlands Antilles"), also Babylon is absent when so spelled. (It's "Babil", the in Iraq country file). For Jerusalem, insert 31n46, 35e14: - for Babylon, insert 32n32, 44e25. The Baikonur Cosmodrome is at 45n58 63e18, the Kennedy Space Centre is at 28n35 80w40. In Brazil alone there are 36 locations called Sao Paulo; mostly though, it's the mega-city that's at issue, which is at 23s32 46w37.
    Channel Islands: two of these islands (Guernsey and Jersey) appear listed separately in atlas\International, reflecting their quasi-autonomous status. Alderney is absent, (main town St Anne's is at 49n43 2w12), Sark too.
    Holy Island, Northumberland; Absent: Lindisfarne Abbey, the only location, is 55n39, 1w36.
    Isle of Man, like the Channel Islands, is listed separately in atlas\International.
    Ulster: towns in Northern Ireland:   in the United Kingdom atlas file.

    Corsica is in the France country file; Absent: Mont St. Michel (island), at 49n05, 1w43; Ile de Re, 48n46, 1w48.
    Azores, Madeira:   in the Portugal country file.
    Canary Isles, Balearics:   in the Spain country file.
    Sicily, Sardinia:   in the Italy country file.
    Cyprus is neither in the Greece nor Turkey country files, but listed as a separate country.
    U.S.A.: Johnson Atoll, Palmyra Atoll, and Baker Island are listed under "Minor Offshore islands of the U.S.A.", in atlas\American.

    NOTE: Recent political changes: South Sudan has come into existence, but its towns will be found still in Sudan country file. Parts of Ukraine have been absorbed into Russia, but will still be listed in Ukraine.

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    Users of versions V2.05, V2.02, and before, may need to populate their atlas folder with at the least their preferred country's file before they can abandon the 'nearest choice' offered in the installation's setup.
    Users of versions V2.05 have five Anglophone country files all ready to choose from, but it may not be their country of residence, so again a visit to Southville will fix it.

    NOTE: English-speaking users still in fact have the Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland & Italian country-files, with V2.05, as the installer serves these users as well; just self-extract Astrolog32 again to the Desktop, choosing 'Francais' or 'Italiano' language, delve into the '..atlas/international' or 'atlante/internationale' folder it has created, and copy/paste the fr.atl or it.atl file you find in there to your english 'atlas/international' folder. Delete the install from the Desktop. (To the curious - the french & Italian keyboard-shortcuts differ from ours, and the Czech installer is problematic).

    Users of versions V2.06 onwards are set to have ALL U.S. files and anglophone countries' files.
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      60 CITIES
    If short of a country-file, these locations might approximate:
    NOTE: TIMEZONE SHIFTS IN THIS TABLE ARE 'A32' SHIFTS TO U.T.

    City & .atl code
    A32's adjustment to UT
    Co-ordinates (to 0.5 DECIMAL)
      Americas, Africa  
    Bloemfontein. sf.| UT-2 | 26e29s
    Khartoum su.| UT-3 | 32.5e15.5n
    Mombasa ke. | UT-3 | 39.5e4s
    Abuja ni. | UT-1 | 7.5e9n
    Bogota co.| UT+5 | 74w4.5n
    Kinshasa cf.| UT-1 | 15.5e4.5s
    New York NY| UT+5 | 74w40.5n
    Algiers ag. | UT-1 | 3e37n
    Buenos A. ar.| UT+3 | 58.5w21.5s
    Los Angeles CA| UT+8 | 118w34n
    Punta Arenas ci.| UT+4 | 71w53s
    Arequipa pe.| UT+5| 71.5w16.5s
    Cairo eg.| UT-2 | 31e30n
    Lusaka za.|UT-2 | 28e15s
    Sant.Domingo dr.| UT+4 | 70w18.5n
    Belem br.| UT+3 | 48.5w1.5s
    Chicago IL| UT+6 | 87.5w42n
    Memphis TN| UT+6 | 90w35n
    Valparaiso ci.|UT+4 | 71.5w33w
    Belo Horizo. br.| UT+3 | 44w20s
    Jacksonville GA| UT+5 | 83w32n
    Mexico Cy mx.| UT+6 | 99w19.5n
    Wichita KS| UT+6 | 97.5w37.5n
     Europe, Balkan, Ukr. 
    Bern sz. | UT-1 | 7.5e47n
    Lisbon po. | UT | 9w38.5n
    Skopje mk. | UT-1 | 21.5e42n
    Amsterdam nl. | UT-1 | 5e52.5n
    Cluj ro.| UT-2 | 23.5e47n
    Ljubljana si.| UT-1 | 14.5e46n
    Stockholm sw.| UT-1 | 18e59.5n
    Barcelona sp.| UT-1 | 6.5e41.5n
    Gibraltar gi.| UT-1 | 5.5w36n
    Odessa up. | UT-2 | 30.5e46.5n
    Stuttgart gm. | UT-1 | 9e48n
    Berlin gm. | UT-1 | 13.5e52.5n
    Kiev up. | UT-2 | 30.5e50.5n
    Riga lg. | UT-2 | 24e57n
    Warsaw pl. | UT-1 | 21e52n
     Asia, Mid.East, Russia 
    Delhi in.| UT-5.30 | 77e28.5n
    Jakarta id. | UT-7 | 107e6s
    Moscow ru. | UT-4 | 37.5e56n
    Ankara tu. | UT-2 | 33e40n
    Djibouti dj.| UT-3 | 43e11.5n
    Karachi pk.| UT-5 | 67e25n
    Mosul iz. | UT-3 | 43e36.5n
    Bangkok th. | UT-7 | 100.5e14n
    Guangzhou ch.| UT-8 | 113e23n
    Krasnoyarsk ru.| UT-6 | 93e56n
    Riyadh sa. | UT-3 | 47e38.5n
    Beirut le. | UT-2 | 35.5e34n
    Saigon vm.| UT-7 | 106.5e10nKualaLumpor my.| UT-8 | 101.5e3n
    Rostov ru. | UT-4 | 38.5e47n
    Beixing ch. | UT-8 | 116.5e39.5n
    Honolulu HI| UT+10 | 158w21.5n
    Manila rp. | UT-8 | 121e14.5n
    Teheran ir. | UT-4 | 51.5e35.5n
    Calcutta in.| UT-5.30 | 88.5e22.5n
    Izmir tu. | UT-2 | 27e38.5n
    Miraj in. | UT-5.30 | 74.5e17n
    Tokyo jp. | UT-9 | 140e35.5n


    TROUBLESHOOTING ATLASES:
    If clicking the button "Call Atlas" (in the [Edit] > [Main Chart Data] dialog box) doesn't work, either the corefile is looking for \atlas on the wrong path, or you haven't got the right files in the folders: 1. be sure that there is at least country_list.atl file in the \international folder, and states_list.atl file in the \american folder. Then 2. see if one of the last lines of astrolog32.dat steer the corefile to those folders (they start with :DIA and :DII ); more, see the [Directory Settings] section in BASICS #3/Directories.

    OBTAINING ATLASES:
    NON U.S.: for individual 'country' .atl files, open ..\Astrolog32\atlas, open your \international folder, open country_list.atl in Notepad, and look up the code for the country-file you want, always xx.atl; check that it is absent from the \international folder..
    U.S.: for individual 'states' .atl files, open your A32 folder, open ..\Astrolog32\atlas, open \american folder, open states_list.atl in Notepad, and look up the states-file you want, always xx.atl; check that it is absent from the \american folder..
      Now Southville hosts an excellent 'Atlas' helpfile, here, a must-read to help you..
        then navigate to Atlases at Southville.net, and pick your state's or country's file. Download and unzip to the correct atlas folder.

    ..If this site is not available, go to Roberto's site, and click on Atlante mondiale, (International), or Atlante USA (American), or both, select language and download a .zip of all countries or all states to a \downloads or \temp folder: then unzip their contents, each batch into the appropriate \atlas folder; (but these batch-downloads, both together, will take up 172MB!)

    If on the other hand, you have downloaded all atlas files, but know you will only want to make charts in, say, India and Pakistan, you can restrict access to other countries, by modifying the country_list.atl, which is in atlas\international. |(First, though, back up this file into \miscellaneous). Next, right-click on country_list.atl in \international, choose 'Properties', and untick 'Read only'.
    Finally, open it in Notepad and delete every entry from af.atl afghanistan down, excepting only in.atl india and pk.atl pakistan. Save, and when you open the international atlas, only India and Pakistan are offered.
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      # 6

    - APPEARANCE & IMAGING -

    GEOMETRY: in graphical mode:

    [Extra] > [Modify Chart] shifts the Chart Angles, squeezing some signs within the Zodiac circle, and stretching others, so that the Vertical appears at right-angles to the Horizon. A toggle switch does this as well, a zero ('0'). As well, the two options in [Charts] menu, [Standard Wheel/List], and [HouseWheel] toggle the same difference.

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    COLOURS: in graphical mode:

    All windows now appear by default with a white background but, before v2.02, Astrolog32 has a blue background. These and all other colours can be changed in the Configuration File, in the ;DEFAULT COLORS listings, (but back up astrolog32.dat first, into \miscellaneous).
      See the Colour Numbers, (image to right), for future reference.
      Otherwise use the more modern [Settings] > [Color Settings] dialog - see further on.

    colour groups of the chart are:
    'Corner Decoration'. Off by default - see here to reset: as a taster, try altering this first, using Colour Numbers above.
    'Main Colors', at -Yk line: see below
    'Aspect-lines'; for their sequence, see image at right..
    'Planets and Points', according to a common Element.


    SWAP 'MAIN COLORS' etc via CONFIG. FILE:

    Pre-V2.02, the default '4' (after the -Yk 0 8(twocharacterspaces)15 ), in 'Main Colors', is responsible for that dark blue background; back up first, then change '4' to '2' .. That '2' is a dark green, ..
    ...rather hohum..
    .. Maybe black? For black, put a zero. And save astrolog32.dat.
    With this dark background, you may need to change the other default items' colours, that are set already to '0', else they'll disappear; and save astrolog32.dat.

    That suggested setting of the background to '2' would make any green objects on it already defined as '2' disappear.. so, the 'Default Colors' are best changed after due consideration of all the element-colours of objects and points.

    In V.2.02 onwards, the numbers differ, but the procedure is as above; and the same rule applies - back up first: the -Yk 0 8(twocharacterspaces)0 15 7 8.. ..0 sets the lines, then 15 the white background, then it's degree markers, then lettering..

    The image above is of a very modified DEFAULT COLORS listing - it will look like the chart at left.

    SWAP 'MAIN COLORS' etc via DIALOG BOX:

    Go [Settings] > [Color settings] to alter what colours you have, swapping available drop-down colours to replace the defaults, - this is a good choice in the situation where you haven't already changed the defaults (such as after an installation). But, take a screenshot of Color Settings dialog-box, after you've modified it, and before you go 'OK', so that you have a papertrail of changes.

    While dark colours have less glare, a white background uses less ink. Use keyboard keys 'm' then 'x' (these are toggles) to thin out /reverse colours, according to your needs. These switches reverse or reduce colours in all the windows Astrolog offers, (even the white-on-black text lists). In graphics mode, when you select 'monochrome', the vital elements still remain distinct no matter what colours you chose, and the corner decoration persists. So it's a tri-chrome.

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    CHART SIZE: in graphical mode:

    If you want your chart bigger, or smaller, the default size can be altered in Config.file.
    For clearer charts, set your resolution higher if you can. Then, a vertical size of 701 makes a big chart if you have a 768 x 1024 screen.
    For 800 x 600 resolved screens, a vertical size of 528 takes up the whole screen. (The dialog boxes are bigger at this resolution.)

    Equally, these dimensions can be reset in [Settings] > [Graphics Settings], and OK'ed; when you save the Config. file, then re-launch, that will be your new default size.

    CORNER DECORATION SIZE

    When the coloured corners are switched on to 'moire', (change :YXC 0 80 60 to :YXC 1 80 60, & Save Config.file), the moire must in fact be scaled down to :YXC 1 33 33 if on a standard-sized chart - which makes an appealing 'spider-web' motif as well.
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    RE-IMAGING: in graphical mode:

    After going [Edit] > [Copy chart as bitmap] with the graphical chart, then the chart, astrograph, dispositor page, map, aspect grid or any other chart can be pasted into MSPaint or other suitable image editor, for subtler colours in your own background; bring different Astrolog windows together into a compound page or pages, for your gallery, or to print off.

    With [File] > [Save chart as bitmap] (Ctrl+6), Astrolog by default will save a 24-bit bitmap - a very large filesize, and unnecessarily full of colour-writes, since Astrolog only uses 16 colours!. Opt for [Edit] > [Copy chart as Bitmap], but save it as a .PNG, - much better than adding big bitmaps to your harddrive.

    Astrolog uses a lot of fine lines, becoming apparently thinner as your chart gets bigger. The toggle, little 'i' (without the inverted commas) doubles the aspect lines to improve this, but can't be made default.

    [File] > [Save chart as wallpaper] (Ctrl+shift+I, J, or L), sets the bitmap of your current chart as your pc's desktop, replacing whatever you have.
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    PLAINER or PRINT IMAGING:
    The keyboard switch 'x' inverts all colours, for each colour has an assigned opposite colour. See left, and right its inverse.
    Clicking 'm' reduces the palette - only three colours, those you have defined as the default's 'white' and the default's 'blue' or 'black', plus any corner decoration, will be used. See below.
    (In these images, light blue had already replaced default 'black' planets, and black the default (V1.30) 'dark blue' background, so - on inversion, 'my' blue planets swapped to red, as 'my' black swapped to white, and 'my' red corners became green.)

    mono

    Monochrome, 'm', uses just three colours; two, if Corner Decoration is switched off.

    [Settings] > [Miscellaneous Settings] has fields where you can set the choice of 'landscape' or 'portrait' on paper, and define what paper-size you employ.
    What You see Is What You Get! - printing from the program, charts will reflect exactly what you have onscreen, except that if the chart is oblong through resolution issues, it will still print round; so, making the chart smaller with the pull-handles, or oval, or without a sidebar - that's how it will appear.

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    IMAGING: in text mode:

    In text mode, pressing Alt+k will colour-enhance the lists. [View] > [Character Scale] offers you a way to re-size text - the switches 'Ctrl+1' for smaller, 'Ctrl+3' or 'Ctrl+4' for bigger, biggest, perform this alteration quicker - at best sizing, each line in lists will not over-run to the next line..
    Chart data from the graphical option shift+V is a positions list; from the option Alt+shift+V, the House Wheel, it's a chart executed in a text form.
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    OTHER GRAPHICAL TWEAKS:
    Controls for these are not all gathered in one place, but [Settings] > [Graphics Settings] controls the chart-size (see above), globe-tilt, decorations at corners, and glyphs can be exchanged a for others which you prefer: changes you can make stay for keeps by saving the Config. file.

    To expand the aspect-grid to embrace more 'objects', [Settings] > [Miscellaneous Settings] has that option.

    [View] > [Character Scale] offers you a way to re-size the glyphs and planets, smaller or larger; this also re-scales text.
    The switches 'Ctrl+1' for smaller, 'Ctrl+3' or 'Ctrl+4' for bigger, biggest, perform this alteration quicker.

    [Extra] > [Bonus Mode] offers all the aspect lines thicker, - the shortcut is little i, which is a toggle. This improves the definition of aspect lines, but cannot be incorporated as default.
    Text in astrolog32's graphics charts is bitmapped, which gives the program its clunky look. If you're seeking something more DTP in Astrolog's presentations, the chart panel can be created using Windows' Courier & Wingdings fonts, while there is also a freeware symbol-font for the charts, (Mr Hirst's font.. see www.bonniehill.net); these will enhance your charts. See [Miscellaneous Settings], or check out switches -XM , -XMO in the helpfile ([Help] > [Open Helpfile]) for details so as to modify your Config. file correctly.

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      # 7

    - JULIAN to GREGORIAN CALENDAR -

    ~ When Europe and its then empires, & later Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece,
    - Japan and Turkey, skipped their days forward to Gregorian time, last first:


    20th Century:
    TURKEY: Dec 18 1926 to Jan 1 1927
    no.of days to add for Gregorian, according to centuryGREECE either in 1923, 15 Feb to 1 Mar/ in 1924, Mar 9 to Mar 23
    ROMANIA & YUGOSLAV BALKANS in 1919
    JAPAN - Some say Dec 18, 1918, others say in 1872 q.v. below
    ESTONIA Jan 1918
    RUSSIA 1918, Jan 31 to Feb 14
    BULGARIA in 1916, 31 Mar to 14 Apr.
    LATVIA & LITHUANIA 1915 TO 1918 (during occup.)
    ALBANIA in 1912
    CHINA 1912, 1 Jan, but then lapsed until R.O.C re-affirmed Gregorian days from 1929, 1 Jan. (Years Westernised 1912, months dialectic, until 1949).

    19th Century:
    KOREA 1895 adopted Gregorian months, days, on 1 Jan.: up to 1962, years were often defined by reign.
    JAPAN - Some say; first used Gregorian on Jan 1, 1873, equal status with own calendar; others say in 1918 q.v. above.
    ALASKA in 1867, on its purchase, 6 Oct to 18 Oct

    18th Century:
    SWEDEN: very complex case of confused leapyears (see note below); generally, 1753 Feb 17, to Mar 1
    ENGLAND, WALES, & SCOTLAND, English-speaking AMERICAN COLONIES, IRELAND, in 1752, Sept 2 to Sept 14
    SWITZERLAND -Catholic, in 1783 or'84: -Protestant, 1700 dec 31, to Jan 12, 1701
    NETHERLANDS #4: Gelderland, 1700, in July. Zeuth,OverYsel, in 1700, on Nov 30 to Dec 12; Friesland,Groningen, 1701, in Jan.
    DENMARK with NORWAY & SACHSEN ANHALT in 1700, Feb 18, to Mar 1
    GERMANY -Protestant relig. areas skipped in 1700, 18 Feb to 1 Mar

    17th Century:
    PRUSSIA: 1610, Aug 22 to 2 Sep.

    16th Century:
    TRANSYLVANIA 1590, 14 Dec to 25 Dec
    HUNGARY 1587, 21 Oct to 1 Nov
    CZECH & SLOVAK REGION in 1584, Jan 6 to Jan 17th
    GERMANY - in Catholic relig. areas, in 1583-85 (variously)
    AUSTRIA eitherin 1584, Oct 5th to 16th; or 1583, dec 14 to 25
    NETHERLANDS #3, 1583, Catholic Holland, 2 Jan to 12 Jan
    NETHERLANDS #2, modern Belgium bar Brabant, 1582, 22 Dec to 1583, 1 Jan.
    LUXEMBOURG, NETHERLANDS #1 (Cath.Brabant, Zeeland and the Staten-Generaal), 1582, 14 dec to 25 Dec
    FRANCE 1582, Dec 9 to Dec 20
    PORTUGAL & its COLONIES, POLAND, SPAIN & its COLONIES, & most of ITALY, all on the Papal decision, skipped from 4 oct.1582 to 15 oct

    SWEDEN NOTE
    Sweden started to change from the Julian calendar in 1700, but it was decided to make the (then 11-day) alteration gradually, excluding the leap days (29 February) from each of the eleven leap years, over 1700 to 1740 - the difference would not be constant, but change every 4 years.
    But the leap days that should have been excluded from 1704 and 1708 were not excluded - they were still in fact 10 days behind. King Charles XII abandoned it - it was decided to revert to the Julian calendar. This was achieved by introducing the unique date 30 February in 1712, adjusting the discrepancy in the calendars from 10 back to 11 days. Sweden and Finland finally adopted in 1753.. Wednesday, 17 February, was followed by Thursday, 1 March.


    Anyway, Astrolog automatically uses the Julian calendar for dates before October 4, 1582,
    and automatically uses the Gregorian calendar for dates after October 15, 1582
    This means that no adjustments need to be made before October 15th 1582 if you have the assurance that your datum is Julian.
    Pre-Roman, or Babylonian charts are an extra few pen-on-paper calculations away, unless you luckily know the Julian Day of the event: to get to the exact day in these calendars often involves counting the days from a month's start, which itself is defined by a moon-phase (livius.org, numachi.com and tyndalehouse.com have good information on their diverse counts - sometimes the whole year must be reckoned), but, with Astrolog32, you can find by inspection new moons after an equinox; and most ancient day-counts were reckoned from the sighting of such new moons.
    If you do this note that you have to add one to the negative number since there's no formal year 0 BC or 0 AD, e.g. since 1BC is followed by 1AD, specifying "5BC" would be the number "-4".
    Much of above data, from calendopaedia.com.
    An online Julian-Gregorian converter S.Gibbs' site .

    - THE START OF THE CIVIL YEAR, c.880 C.E. to 1752 -

    Britain & her dominions were relatively late both in adopting the New Style (NS) calendaring and the year-starts on Jan 1st, clinging to March 25th, Lady Day, for the latter; and so dates from Oct 5th, 1582, to Sep 4th 1752, across the British Empire, must be corrected for use in Astrolog, on two counts: to add missing days from being behind the Gregorian calendar: but first, to reckon any OS dates between Jan 1 and Mar 24 in the appropriate NS year! - and this latter catch applies before 1582 too.
    Find below the old year-starts, by group.(all years are inclusive)

    | Yrs ~880 - 1582: all ran from March 25, OS |

    | 1583 - 1699: all ran from Mar 25, OS (April 5, NS) |

    | 1700 - 1751: all ran from Mar 25th, OS (April 6, NS) |


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      # 8

    - ASTROLOG'S TIMEZONES, or MANUAL INPUT? -

    Chart-making in foreign     A32's stock zones     LMT     World Time-Offsets to UT, & DST

    You can reckon to gain or lose two hours for each 30 degrees of 'easting' or 'westing', from your pc's time. So, if it's 9am in Cairo, and Beijing being 90 degrees east of Cairo, then it's 3pm in Beijing..3 x 2 hours ahead (each line on map marks two hours' rotation).

    Mercator map with longitudes marked, 30 degree intervals


    So, how to apply a timezone adjustment in the 'TimeZone' field, by entering additional or subtracted hours manually, - useful where the drop-down timezones are not available: bear in mind that your Astrolog32 is already set up to your local or preferred time-zone, and the shift you make is with reference to that timezone.
    But first, an easy pitfall, which is, failing to remember if you have DST set as default, or a summertime addition already set in your current session.. (if you have this, the 'Summer Time' field will say 'Yes').

    You must first:

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    ASTROLOG32'S STOCK ZONES:

    Using the timezone adjustment-codes available in 'Timezone' drop-down: these will shift your timezone to some common zones ~ see table below - each code consists of three letters.
    Rather than picking one from the drop-down, they can be typed in (it's quicker) - and, upper-case or lower-case - it doesn't matter.

    These entries state the REAL-WORLD offsets, before or behind Greenwich Mean Time (UT).
    Astrolog users: be aware that the opposite sign, - / +, must be put in Astrolog's TimeZone box from these actual time-shifts in hours mentioned below, if you are not typing an actual shift-code!

    0.00 _open to manual input ~ put +/- number
    CET _Central European Time *, UT+1
    of hours/mins from your default zone
    EET _Eastern European Time *, UT+2
    HST _OLD Hawaii Std. Time:. will apply UT-10:30
    UZ3 _only now, Moscow to Azerbaijan, UT+4
    CAT _Central Alaska Time * UT-10, now use for Hawaii
    UZ4 _pre-2012 Yekaterinberg; now N.Caspian to Pakistan, UT+5
    AHS _Alaska Standard Time *;(not Hawaii now) UT-9
    UZ5 _Omsk, pre 2012; BanglaDesh, & now 2012 Yekaterinberg, UT+6
    YST _Yukon Standard Time * UT-9
    IST _India Time UT+5.30
    PST _Pacific Standard Time US * UT-8
    NST _N Sumatra Time - old, now Burma, UT+6.30
    MST _Mountain Standard Time US * UT-7
    SST _OLD S Sumatra Time, Vietnam, Siam, Laos, N Malaya UT+7
    CET _Central Std. Time US *, & Mexico* to C.Rica UT-6
    CCT _China Time, ASEAN Time, Yakutsk,f Perth Aus.!, UT+8
    EST _Eastern Std Time US *, Ecuador,Columbia UT-5
    JST _Japan Standard Time, Korea, Irkutsk, UT+9
    AST _Atlantic Std Time US*. Chile!, Parag.!, W.Brazil, Bolivia, UT-4
    SAS _'South Australia' Time (Adelaide) !, UT+9.30
    BST _Mecca Time; Riyadh, Addis, Baghdad UT+3
    GST _Guam Standard Time UT+10, Queensland, NSW !
    WAT _West Africa Time-same as UT
    UZ1 _Kamchatka Zone, pre-2012 - now New Zealand *!, UT+11
    GMT _Greenwich Meantime UK * - same as UT
    NST _New Zealand Time, old, UT+11.30-not since 1941
    WET _Western European Time * -same as UT
    LMT _Local Mean Time - see (LMT) note below
    Others are hidden now, but still work!...
    ADT _UT-3, Atlantic Day Time - Argentina, coastal Brazil, Uruguay !
    EWT _UT-4, Chile*, Paraguay*, W.Brazil, Bolivia !; southern West Indies Isles
    IDL _UT+12, now Tuvalu, Fiji, Marshall Isles, West Samoa, Kiribati
    AHS _UT-10, for Alaska *, west of 141 deg. W., pre-consolidation in 1983


    Time zones marked with * have summertimes end of March to end of October. Time zones marked with ! have summertimes around Oct to April.

    Timezones in this list cannot be set as default, simply as a result of setting in 'Enter Chart data', and then saving the Config.file: here's how it's done..

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    Local Mean Time (LMT) Note: the special time zone setting "LMT" allows you to do charts at times given in Local Mean Time, a time-reckoning used where the Sun is the only clock, where time-zones are ignored, or before they were invented. This is the one code that you can't set as a default in [Edit] > [Set default location, time-zone..] menu.
    When the code LMT is selected, a local time will be reckoned for that exact longitude, doing the "subtract four minutes for every degree west of your time zone's standard meridian" arithmetic, to make it work for that specific longitude's local-time. This is handy for countries where time is a local matter still, or Western dates pre-1850, when towns had their own local times.
    You can create a rough chart for an unfamiliar place using LMT, without ever troubling with time-zone input!
    You will see that after the chart is made, the difference between LMT and your default timezone is shown in the TimeZone box. Unlike any other timezone input, LMT refers to a particular location: it does not refresh itself, so has to be reset at the next chart you make (re-select, or type, 'LMT'), unless the location remains exactly the same.

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    APPLYING SUMMERTIMES, 'DST':
    NOTE: Astrolog32 does not make any automatic DST adjustments, - they must be made manually.

    This option can be set for your session, in the 'Summer Time' field visible in [Edit] > [Enter, edit mainchart data] dialog, and will insert a one-hour docking when hours are shifted ahead in summer; useful as the Zones drop-down doesn't include any summer-times..   the next time you launch Astrolog, it will have gone.

    The summertime addition field has to be re-thought for each new or foreign chart, or the setting will carry over to a chart where an adjustment is not called for... it won't drop out after you have made your DST CHART ~ I've been caught out many times!

    To make Astrolog dock one hour by default as standard during the time your clocks are advanced ~ go to [Settings] > [Set default location, timezone..], and change the top field, (the same place to take it off again). Go [File] > [Save current settings], then make an 'Here & Now' chart. The 'DST' field will register [YES], but you can turn it off for non-DST charts, for the rest of the session.

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      # 9

    - COMMAND SWITCH, MACRO & HARMONIC OPTIONS -


    COMMAND SWITCHES: what they do:
    Command-line input remains the most potent and fast interface to Astrolog32, though a few switches have lost functionality in successive incarnations of Astrolog.

    Essential if you want to: For instance, here's the command line box (go [Run] > [Open Command Line]):


     What it's asking: "Enter the commands (switches), and (any required) parameter(s) below" 

    Try typing /l /m and 'OK'ing it, - Astrolog32 will list the planets in their Gauquelin Sectors, with a midpoint list added; these two only in text-mode, though: many useful options which the command-switches access will not appear unless you are in text-mode, so select that beforehand as required.

    typing -l -m does the same as typing /l /m


    The command-line is opened more simply by pressing [Return] key! - once, to open [Run]; then type in the switch(es), then hit Return again (to make it happen).

     Macros which are chains of command-switches inside your program, and usually pre-prepared by you (or at least vetted), by-pass the command-line.

    This swift altering of the program is possible because every object, every aspect, each colour, and every House System has a reference number, referred to in the Helpfile as an <asp..>, an <objnum>, a <color>, or <value>; you will find some of the objects' numbers here, colours' numbers here, and House Systems' numbers here. A Fuller listing is at the end of the Command & Obscure Switches page mentioned below.

    Getting back to your point of starting, try shift+V; it is best practice to clear each switch or macro back to the core data; shift+V clears some; other commands need 'kill' switches to revert them, namely: This is off-putting, but V2.04 and later releases have the answer! - see here.

    Switches and macros can be used one after another, if they don't countermand each other.

    You can use switches and type or paste in macros, wherever you install the program...

    You can use a semi-colon, ;, after your command, to stop Astrolog32 reading any further: this allows you to add a comment, like ; Transits to Radix!

    Find a list of the switches by opening the page Command and Obscure Switches here. It's not exhaustive; there are also other switches which you may find in the Helpfile. Also, in the Config.file astrolog32.dat, many lines, if they start with a - or =, work in the command-line.

    Command Switches are case-sensitive!

    Between two (or more) successive switches, (each complete with the parameters that may follow them), just include a space between the first and second: but any parameters required by the first need to be sufficient..: this is why Astrolog32 often displays 'Too few parameters to Switch' error notices - it considers the parameters you gave for a switch inadequate! (..and won't proceed to any second or third switch.)

    A QUIRK: Here's the thing: if you load chart# 1 & chart# 2 with two different charts, then swap them, then going [Edit] > [Edit Main chart], will edit the visible chart, (formerly chart #2); But if you then use command-line to edit with the -q switch, like -q2 -n (call Here / Now in chart 2), it's the visible Mainchart that updates!!!

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    ..JUST ABOUT SWITCH 'PARAMETERS'..

     WHAT THESE BRACKETS IN THE COMMAND-SWITCH LIST MEAN 
     & COMMAS, DOTS, - in the HELPFILE.TXT and in Switches page..


    don't type them in!


    e.g. here's a switch with a hint of its parameters in brackets:   /t <month> <year>: (Compute all transits to Radix in month/yr.)

    Here's what you might put:/t 2 1956
    Parameters give a 'specific thing' for a switch to operate, a group of objects, or years, or charts, and that kind of 'thing' is hinted at between some brackets, in the [Help] > [Switches] page, or Command & Obscure page, -but you don't put the brackets, commas, ellipses in!

    As an example: the specification of the -Xs switch is -Xs <100,200,300,400>, - meaning the -Xs switch can be used as any of the following: -Xs 100, -Xs 200, -Xs 300, or -Xs 400.

    MISS OUT the following kinds of edits:
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    MACROS: what they do:
    Macros are just frequenty-used switches (often chains of them, so they change lots of things all at once); too long to type, you could store them in any handy document-page open at the same time as Astrolog32, then 'highlight', copy & paste them into the command-line but there's a more elegant way.. call them from Astrolog32, with one touch of an 'F'-key.

    After you have used up the function keys "F1, F2, .. ", subsequently there's Shift+function-key, then Alt+function-key.., and so on to get to the higher numbers: see an image of the v1.x [Run] drop-down, here. Of course there's a Menu way of running them, too - the [Run] menu offers this dropdown if you click it. (From the keyboard, 'Enter' will open the command-line, but not the [Run] menu.)

    However, with V2.04+, the 'Portal' link [Open Command File] must be clicked first, then MACRO_default.dat or MACRO_personal.dat double-clicked, to activate the new-style macros.


    V2.04_A New Style   <Pick Your Release>   V1.34_Standard

    V2.04_New Style and after
    - a major change to macros

    Macros using the F-keys have a pre-written identity now in anticipation of some default use, and many are run-ready - this macro-module is a work in progress.
    If you are in Advanced mode, then so long as you have clicked [Run] > [Open Command File..] and double-clicked either MACRO_default.dat or MACRO_personal.dat, the [Run] drop-down will 'go live', both choices creating the self-same (editable) drop-down of macros: these make up a 'parallel repertory' of set-ups, using switch-lines overriding those in astrolog32.dat, and summoning up pages of varying interest.
    MACRO_default.dat and MACRO_personal.dat
    These two files are the Portals to access the 'live' Macro Menu:
    SUGGEST: do not choose MACRO_personal.dat until you have personalised it! If you treaure your usual astrolog32.dat settings, choose MACRO_default.dat.
    At first, both reset orbs-of-aspect very tight!

    Next important link:
    As each macro must be cleared before another is run, the most used and important macro here is at shift+F7, BACKtoMAIN.dat: it will clear ANY macro, ready for a next one,.. or to return to your astrolog32.dat default charting. (There are also three macros to turn off interpretations, etc).   Shift+V still also works as normal.

    Also NOTE RESET.dat, to avoid unless you want a return to the program's initial setup, for the session's duration.
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    F1, F2, F3 - call charts to suit couples in a partnership - over-write ad lib.. The third (3.dat) is a _pos.dat composite of 1.dat; 2dat
    F4 is unallocated - you can create a macro at F4 immediately!
    F5, F6 call older / modern dignities, through MODERNE.dat, TRADIZIONALI.dat
    F7 - F9 restrict to our modern planets, only ancient, or only Luminaries.
    F10 calls asteroids, through the filter of PIANASTE.dat
    F11 to shift+F5 switch orbs for different situations.
    shift+F6 is unallocated - you can create a macro immediately!
    shift+F7 - abandon last macro, ('BACKTOMAIN').
    shift+F8 revert program to installation default, ('RESET')

    shift+F9 to shift+F12, unallocated at present
    Ctrl+F1 to Alt+F1, call transit dialog for each planet
    Alt+F2 to Alt+F9, unallocated at present
    Alt+F10 to Alt+F10:46 - 48: are some Planets' Returns...from this point, only some defined.

    Ultimately, as user you can adapt MACRO_personal.dat to offer a custom list of macros and settings, different to MACRO_default.dat and to astrolog32.dat, while still retaining the latter unaltered.

    And any pre-defined macros you can dispense with, can be overwritten - open, parse, edit and save them as you would .txt files - but a very thorough grounding in Astrolog32 switches and sequencing files is necessary to avoid messing up - back up first!. To figure out which macro is at which link, open either Portal file, MACRO_default.dat or MACRO_personal.dat in Notepad, (although there remains a great need for a prompt-sheet matching macro-numbers to their appropriate key-presses).
    You can chop & change macros' positions, in the list, to bring your favourites to the low F numbers.
    Here is a simple edit to MACRO_default.dat, to make F4 (unallocated) call a file setting the chart to Harmonic 9: open MACRO_default.dat in Notepad, alter the -WM 4 line, and add a -M0 4 instruction-line:
    -WM 4 "-> Set harmonic 9"
    -M0 4 "-i C:\Astrolog\Astrolog32\miscellaneous\MACRO\DEFAULT\h9.dat"
    Save file. Now go to folder ..miscellaneous\MACRO\DEFAULT\ and create a new text file, renaming it h9.dat
    Open it and put:
    @0309
    -x 9;
    ; set to harmonic nine
    And save file.

    The names in the drop-down menu can be altered more easily - to do both, read the V1.30 Macros section, below, regarding -MO and -WM switches, and re-name macros by editing whichever 'Portal' file you use.

    For help, open your v2.04+ Helpfile, which is in [Help] - brief instructions for the new macro-operation are at the very end, or beginning, of the file, depending on the release.

    The 'Portal' files and the \Macro folder can be found in the \Miscellaneous folder (where they can be reviewed in a Windows Explorer window, and altered using Notepad).
    Note that MACRO_personal.dat and MACRO_default.dat both call settings files, called personal.dat and default.dat respectively, - if you want to personalise them. These, in V2.04 and after, when 'live', already supplement your preferred settings in your astrolog32.dat.

    For any macros to work from 'F' keys now, the program must, so we are told, be installed at the root C: of your pc, viz:
      C:\astrolog\Astrolog32..., - V2.0x reminds you of this when installing, - but in fact, only the \miscellaneous folder need be in such a path; macros written to astrolog32.dat still work so long as you do not 'go live' by calling MACRO_personal.dat and MACRO_default.dat.

    Running macros without F-keys, you can revert some using shift+V or a 'kill' macro, - but try with BACKtoMAIN.dat.
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    V1.34_Standard
    In all versions before V2.04, no
    macros were defined - they're up to you!
    Defining your own macros : old-style: To set what any macro is to be, just use the command-line itself! Use these two special switches:

  • 1. .enter -M0, then a space, then the number of the macro that you want to use, another space, then the string(s) you have in mind IN QUOTES, e.g. -M0 7 "/somestring /some other string". press Return key, to confirm the macro.

  • ...Until then, pressing the 'F7' key, you will get the warning "Macro number seven is not defined".
    To finish, now define the macro's name (the name that will appear in the menu to designate it), using this special switch:

  • 2. ..enter -WM, then a space, then the number of the macro that you want to use 7, another space, then your title IN QUOTES, e.g. -WM 7 "Sets something & something else...", - press Return key.

  • NOTE: Once defined, macros will be found written at the bottom of your astrolog32.dat.

    As with the all versions, some macros can be set successively, but generally, macros should be reverted before another is used, and the keyboard switch shift+V does this for many things, but not House systems, harmonic commands, 'Switches which affect how the chart parameters are obtained', nor 'Switches which affect how a chart is computed': for reverting harmonics, make an unused macro just set x 1...for these awkward macros, you can and should make a 'kill' macro that reverses the change.
    e.g. the switch -c equ will set the chart to 'Equal Houses' - you could make this macro -M0 3; to revert to default Placidian, make macro -M0 4 switch -c pla.

    A few sample macros to try:

    Person's chart saved as macro 11:
    in Command Line, enter
    /M0 11 "/qb 4 21 1926 11:00:00 DT +0:00 0:10:00W 51:30:00N" ; Press Enter key.
    /WM 11 "Queen Elizabeth" ; Press Enter key. Save Config file.
    ('kill' to return to 'Here & Now': go -n ; Press Enter key.)

    De-clutter macro strings as macro 7 :
    /MO 7 "-YR 11 21 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -YR 22 33 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1" ;
    'kill': to return to orig. defaults, macro 8:
    /MO 8 "-YR 11 21 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 -YR 22 33 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1" ;

    One-time switch: (not for saving):
    .. assuming you have your birthchart in your \charts folder, "mychart.dat": (replace "mychart" with the name your chart goes by)..
    If you want to see the shape of meetings and friendship over the next 52 weeks...
    -R 2 5 7 8 9 10 11 16 17 19 20 21 -r0 mychart.dat nul ; ~ (I'm guessing you have nodes (16,17), Chiron (11), East Point (21), Vertex (20) ON: if they're OFF, they'll toggle ON..) ~ press Enter key ~ and now, at keyboard, type Alt+c, i, $, 7, p... and p again, to stop.
    'kill' to revert
    -YR 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -n ; now, at keyboard, type c, i.
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    MIGHT NOT SUIT ~ to get your own macros right takes perseverence
    my own experience of switches has been brief, preferring astrology over geeky, but
    With switches:With macros:
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    HARMONIC SWITCHES:
    these are accessible quickly in both text and graphics mode, via the command line in [Run]; typing 'x 2' in the box (without the hyphens), will raise the second harmonic when you click 'OK'. For the third harmonic, it's 'x 3' and so on. Note the space between the x and the figure. The chart's orientation remains as the Radical chart, (although you could choose 'Null' Houses, Ctrl+shift+N, or do other tricks).

    Default on a re-launch remains Harmonic 1, but if, during one session, you have set the Harmonic at a particular value in a chart - all subsequent charts you move on to will be shown at the same harmonic (even charts #2, #3 and #4), until you go back to harmonic 1 via the command line!, or via the [Settings] > [Calculation Settings] dialog!

    In the Command-line, type 'x 1' (without the quote marks), and click 'OK' to return to the First Harmonic, i.e the Radical.
    Harmonic charts will not save as normal .dat files other than at Harmonic 1, - the only option then is to go [File] >[Save Chart positions..], and save them as *_pos.dats.

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      # 10

    - CUSTOMISING DEFAULTS via CONFIG. FILE -

    Config.file is a short text-file. At every launch Astrolog32 reads this file, and does what it says. Called astrolog32.dat, it is most easily viewed while the program is open (keyboard switch is Ctrl+shift+0 (zero)), or by going [Edit] > [Edit Configuration File].
    Or without opening Astrolog32, if you navigate to the \astrolog32 folder and open it, then open the \main folder: locate the file, then Notepad can open it - ('though Windows may tell you it can't: go 'pick program from a list > Notepad').

    Excerpts from each part of astrolog32.dat are shown below.

    THE CONTENTS OF THE CONFIG.FILE
    Each line controls a separate topic, and changes need to be done with full attention not to disrupt the order of 'flags' and spaces.
    The lines start with a line-flag, (which you may be able to alter to 'off', or to 'on' - see on..). Sometimes the next bit is a 'range parameter' (not to be altered) - about, see Dictionary of Terms.
    Then a string of numbers or zeroes follow, called 'flags'. A semi-colon marks the end of the working code, and the start of a comment about it.

    The changes you make need to be saved, in order for them to become the new defaults. After saving, your alterations will appear at the next session.
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    From the section DEFAULT RESTRICTIONS; here is line 2 (and yellow dots mark the spaces between flags):


      What this line declares is:

      first, the code YR that says it's an Overall Restriction / Allowing-of-Objects switch-line: it has the line 'switched on'; (to switch it off, you can put =YR, at the front, instead of -YR).
      there's a space, then, second, there's a range-parameter 11 21, (MINORS & POINTS), and tells Astrolog32 it is the minor planets & points to be switched in this set, for calculation and showing.
      Last, and after TWO spaces, the place in the string of 0s & 1s that follow, defines which minor planet or calculated point you are switching: minor planets & points are always in this order:
    Chiron,Ceres,Pallas,Juno,Vesta,N.Node,S.Node,Lilith,Pars,Vertex,East Point
    ~ here those flagged with a '0' are 'ON', (namely Chiron, N.Node, S.Node, Pars, Vertex, East Point),
    while '1' at a position signifies OFF.

    For this line, zero (on), or one (off), are the only options for the positions in the flag-parameters' string in this line.
    You should not touch the range-parameters.

    -------------------------------------------

    FLAGS & SPACES GENERALLY:
    Often, an initial underscore (_) toggles the line's status from (=) , and an 'oh' (o) toggles the line's status from (-) ; ..these are Astrolog's most common 'flags' for signalling on/off of a particular entire entry-line.

    ALSO, Where there is a range parameter after the letter-code, then (except in DEFAULT GRAPHICS & one or two other sections), there are usually 2 LETTER-SPACES between the 'range parameter' and the string of 'flag-parameter' numbers.
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    SNAPSHOTS & BACK-UPS:
    At any stage in the evolution of your own distinctive astrolog32.dat file, in fact, you can save backups from the Notepad window it's in by opening [File] > [Save As ..] (say for instance.. astrolog32_beforeIalteredit.dat), and save it where you like, then close the window.

    ~ BACKING UP FIRST...
    As the program relies expressly on this file's instructions and where you've no backup of your chosen set-up in your system, safety suggests, before doing anything to it, to make a backup of astrolog32.dat in its present state
    by A:- going [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], and in the Notepad window, going [File] > [Save as ..](for instance) astrolog32.old; then, doing the edits you want, and re-saving as astrolog32.dat

    Or better, B:- via Explorer window by copy/pasting a copy of astrolog32.dat from the \main folder, into the \miscellaneous folder (and you could rename it), before going ahead and making changes.
    You can then proceed with confidence.

    (TO ROLL BACK to the BACKUP VERSION: open the folder where the backup was stored, find your backup file, (change your chosen backup file's suffix to ....dat, if that's missing), then open it in Notepad, not in order to alter it but just so as to re-save it under the title that Astrolog looks for, astrolog32.dat, saving back in \main folder. You may be asked "Do you want to overwrite?" - go "OK".)

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    NOT ALL CONFIG LINES ARE SHOWN BELOW!
    If I haven't decoded the particular line that you are interested in, please scroll up or down other sections, to find entries doing something similar, and use them to decipher the appropriate string, and reckon what kind of changes to the string you can best make.

    Otherwise, read the HELPFILE.TXT, using Ctrl+F and searching for the letter codes that begin most lines in astrolog32.dat.

    THREE SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESS
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    Open your own astrolog32.dat, and compare with this annotated version - though your astrolog32.dat WILL be different, reflecting either the defaults, or your past choices:



    @0307
    ; Astrolog32 Version: 1.30
    ; File Name: astrolog32.dat

    ; NOTE: Everything from a semicolon (;) until the end of the same line
    ; is considered a comment, and is disregarded by the program.

    BASIC SWITCHES ~ four examples, from the many entry-lines:

    line 1
    : "Daylight Saving"

    -z0 1 ;
    here it's on DST [After the space that follows the -z0 code, 0 is standard, 1 is DST - hour added]. For old-schoolers, this would be re-typed twice a year, manually.
    line 2: "Default Time Zone"

    -z -2:00 ;
    Default time zone shown here is minus2 (2:00 hours before UK standard time, which gives East European Time, as a correction to GMT/UT.)

    (If in New York and charting at New York standard time, you would set this to -z 3:00 ; if you want to shift the time-zone for the program to the US Pacific coast's time, on a permanent basis.      If on Vienna standard time, set this to -z -1:00 ; to step to Sofia Bulgaria standard time.)
    line 8: "House system"

    -c 1 ;
    where: 0 = Placidus, 1 = Koch, 2 = Equal Houses, 3 = Campanus,
    4 = Meridian, 5 = Regiomontanus, 6 = Porphyry, 7 = Morinus, 8 = Topographic,
    9 = Alcabitius, 10 = Equal (MC), 11 = Neo-Porphyry, 12 = Whole, 13 = Vedic, 14 = None.
    line 16: "Calendar formats"

    _Yd ;
    where =Yd sets to day/month/year, _Yd sets to month/day/year (U.S. style, as here).

    SWITCHES NOT SUPPORTED BY ORIGINAL ASTROLOG ~ one example, from many entry-lines:

    line 10
    : "Aspects Display -detail"

    =YSa ;
    in the Sidebar, either show:
    1. if applying-or-separating, "=YSa ;"
    2. if difference-in-deg./minutes, it's "_YSa ;".

    Default is _Ysa, which will show, in the right-hand panel of each graphic chart, the degrees/minutes between aspecting pairs of objects.

    YOUR DEFAULT RESTRICTIONS FROM CALCULATION & VIEW ~ one example, from four entry-lines:

    line 1
    : "Major Planets"

    -YR 0 10  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ;
    In the last string of eleven numbers, the flag-parameter '1' switches each planet in a sequence OFF from all calculation, while '0' is ON.

    Here, the sequence is of eleven Majors, which, (after the Majors range-parameter 0 10 ) is:
    Earth, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto; and all are 'on'.

    YOUR DEFAULT TRANSIT-RESTRICTIONS ~ one example, from four entry-lines:

    line 4
    : "Uranians"

    -YRT 34 42  1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 ;
    Only in transit charts, this line controls whether Uranians are calculated and shown.
    As usual, the flag-parameter '1' switches each planet OFF in turn from all calculation, while '0' is ON.
    The sequence of nine Uranians after the Uranians_definer 34 42  , is: Cupido, Hades, Zeus, Kronos, Apollon, Admetos, Vulkanus, Poseidon, and Proserpine. And here, all barring Kronos are 'off'.

    YOUR DEFAULT PROGRESSION-RESTRICTIONS (FOR DUAL CHARTS ONLY) ~ one example, from the entry-lines:

    line 2
    : "Minor Planets, & chart points"

    -YRP 11 21  1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 ;
    Restrictions/derestrictions here means you can switch 'off' things you don't want, or 'on' things you do want: in this case Minors & Points, within dual charts..  the flag-parameter '1' switches each item OFF from all calculation, while '0' is ON.

    Here, the sequence of eleven Minors after the Minors_definer 11 21 , is: Chiron,Ceres,Pallas,Juno,Vesta,N.Node,S.Node,Lilith,Pars,Vertex,East Point: where those flagged '0' (N.Node,S.Node,Lilith,Pars,Vertex,East Point) are 'on' and will appear.

    YOUR DEFAULT ASPECT-RESTRICTIONS ~ one example, from three entry-lines:

    line 3
    : "Obscure Aspects"

    -YAR 12 18  1 1 1 1 1 1 1 ;
    Restrictions /derestrictions of aspects you do or don't want.
    Here again the flag-parameter '1' switches each aspect OFF from all calculation, while '0' is ON. These seven aspects are: SemiQuint., Septile, Novile, Binovile, Bisept., Trisept., Quadrinovile, in that order.
    And here, all obscure aspects are off, and will be neither listed nor shown.

    (For the sequence of the Minor and Major Aspects entry-lines, they are the same as you can find in the example further down ~ the " -YjA group" in "YOUR DEFAULT INFLUENCES of OBJECTS".)
    YOUR DEFAULT ASPECT ORBS ~ one example, from four entry-lines:

    line 1
    : "Major aspect -orbs"

    -YAo 1 5  12.0 8.0 8.0 10.0 6.0 ;
    Here after the range-parameter 1 5   , the five flags, each inserted to one decimal point, - and each number separated by a space, - are my current default orbs for each of the Major aspects, in this order: Conjunction, Opposition, Square, Trine, Sextile, in that order after the Major Aspects-Definer-YAo 1 5 .
    Astrolog's default values, though, are 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 6.0, or even less.

    Further extensions of orb, as in the case of the Luminary to Luminary, are done in 'YOUR DEFAULT ASPECT ORB-ADDITIONS', and can be applied to any object or point. q.v. below ~

    YOUR DEFAULT PLANETARY-ASPECT ORBS ~ one example, from the entry-lines:

    line 2
    : "Minor Planets, & chart points"

    -YAm 11 21  360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 360 ;
    After the range-parameter 11 21  , the string of flags, divided by single spaces, here indicate the Minors, (see above for their order), and each can be set at any value from 0 to 360.

    Pullen's helpfile says ~ "This is like -Am but sets the maximum aspect orbs allowed to a range of objects... the first two parameters are the lower and upper object indexes, followed by the list of max orb values."

    from what I can fathom, these 360 degrees are place-holder values. If you reduce the angle-value from 360 to, say, 10, any orb-additions will be trimmed at 10: and choosing 0, although an object (or point) will appear on a chart, no aspect-lines will appear.
    The first entry-line sets max. planet orbs for the Majors - for order, see sections above.

    The third entry-line is House cusps, and the fourth is Uranians, - all exactly in the orders as they are presented in [Settings] > [Object Selections] menu.
    YOUR DEFAULT ASPECT ORB-ADDITIONS ~ one example, from three entry-lines:

    line 1
    : "Major Planets"

    -YAd 1 10  2.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 ;
    On this line as it is here, a customary addition of 2.0 degrees or more can be routinely added to the orbs of Sun and Moon, (they being the first two of the 'first to tenth' string which follows on after the Majors range definer 1 10   and the double space).

    Similar enhancements of orb can be added for any object or point, in any of the other entry-lines -- for their order, if you want to set other orb additions to what's offered, see sections above.
    To see more, open HELPFILE.TXT and type -YAd in a 'find' box. The second match usually gives the information.

    oYAd 1 10  0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 ; switches off all additions.

    YOUR DEFAULT INFLUENCES of OBJECTS ~ four examples,..
    one from the first four entry-lines:

    line 3
    : "Cusp Objects"

    -Yj 22 33  10 0 0 10 0 0 10 0 0 10 0 0 ;
    After the definer(22 33 ) and the double-space that follows, the string of numbers divided by one space each, refer, first to twelfth, to the Cusps, First to Twelfth, and "..set an amount of influences for cusps." ~ so these are values on a scale of 0 to 15, not on/off flags, and "influence" here means 'relative power'.

    An 'influence' may be set to any one of 16 values, represented by the numbers 0 to 15, (15 highest). In the example here, the First, Fourth, Seventh & Tenth cusps are set at value 10. But if you think cusps exert no characteristic 'power' through aspect, set all at '0', or switch off the line.

    To see more, open HELPFILE.TXT and type -Yj in a 'find' box; the second match gives the information.

    oYj 22 33 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; will switch them off.
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     Three more examples: the last three entry-lines:

    lines 6, 7, 8
    : "Powers of Aspects"

    -YjA 1 5   1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000 0.500 ;

    the -YjA entry, having regard to how powerful an aspect is reckoned.
    This first line is the five major aspects, in this order: Conj. - Oppos. - Trine - Square - Sextile

    -YjA 6 11  1.000 1.000 1.000 1.000 0.400 0.400
    line 7 deals with: Inconj. - SemiSext - semisq. - Sesq. - Quint. - BiQuintile

    -YjA 12 18  0.200 0.100 0.100 0.100 0.100 0.100 0.100
    line 8 is for the smaller aspects, in order: SemiQuint. - Sept. - Novile - Binovile - Bisept. - Trisept. - Quadrinovile

    -- As -Yj above, an 'influence' may be set to any one of 16 values, represented by the numbers 0 to 15, (15 highest)...

      To switch this last line off, oYjA 12 18  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ; that 'o' at the beginning switches them all off.


    YOUR DEFAULT TRANSIT INFLUENCES ~ two examples, from the four entry-lines:

    line 1
    : "Intrinsic-Powers-during-Transit, Major Planets"

    -YjT 1 10  10 4 8 9 20 30 35 40 45 50 ;
    After this Intrinsic-Power-during-Transit flag -YjT, the range-definer 1 10 refers to first to tenth planets (i.e., Majors_definer 1 10 ); then, after the two spaces, there follows the sequence of flags for
    sun, moon, mercury, venus, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune, pluto
    in that order, and these flags set the transit-influences for this range.

    An influence may be set to any one of 50 values - strongest influence represented by higher numbers; so these are values on a scale of 0 to 15; these are not on/off flags, and "influence" here means 'relative power'..

    oYjT 1 10 etcetera; turns them off
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    line 4: "Influence in transit"

    -0Yj0  10 10 10 10 ;
    this line covers relative 'influences' given to planets when transitting, according to final four factors:
    ruling sign, exalted sign, ruling house, exalted house
    , in that order. The degree of 'influence' of each of these is flagged by numbers 0 to 15, (15 highest), and each here is set at 10.

    YOUR CHART COLOURS ~ three examples, from the five entry-lines:

    line 1
    : "Element Colors", - this colours the planets and Luminaries

    -YkC  14 14 14 14 ;
    "the numbers after the line-code, each divided by spaces, specify the coIours, first to fourth, of fir(e) objects, then ear(th) objects, air objects, and lastly, wat(er) objects - like Neptune";. - here I have applied the same color (14, = Cyan) to all planets, irrespective of they're regarded as fiery, earthy, windy or watery.
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    line 2: "Aspect Line colors"

    -YkA 1 18  3 15 9 10 14 13 13 3 3 11 6 6 1 5 5 1 1 5 ;
    the numbers after the -YKa 1 18   and a double space, each define the colour for a different kind of aspect-line in turn.
    What's different here is that in this string, all the three ranges of aspects (major, minor, and small) are strung together in one line.
    So, (ignoring the code and range-definer -YKa 1 18  ),
    • the 3 means orange (for Conjunctions),
    • 15 means white (for Opposed),
    • 9 means red (for Trines), and so on, ..
    so each aspect can be coloured individually, as you choose.

    here's the order that the 1 18 string of aspects are in:-
    Conjunction, Opposition, Square, Trine, Sextile, Inconjunct, Semisext., SemiSquare, Sesquiquad., Quintile, BiQuint.,SemiQuint., Septile, Novile, BiNovile, Biseptile, Triseptile, Quatronovile.

    Below are the colour numbers, which are standard throughout Astrolog:
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    line 4: "Main Colors"

    -Yk 0 8  4 15 7 8 1 2 6 4 13 ;
    the numbers (flags) after the -Yk 0 8 and the double-space, are colour-values and, in this particular set-up, make it as follows:
    darkblue (is 4) for background, white, light gray, darkgray, maroon, darkgreen, darkcyan, darkblue, magenta

    In all these entry-lines, a visual may be set to any one of 16 color values, represented by numbers 0 to 15, so that a:

    0 =Black, 1 = Maroon, 2 = DkGreen, 3 = Orange, 4 = DkBlue, 5 = Purple, 6 = DkCyan, 7 = LtGray,
    8 = DkGray, 9 = Red, 10 = Green, 11 = Yellow, 12 = Blue, 13 = Magenta, 14 = Cyan, 15 = White.

    To see more, open HELPFILE.TXT and type YkC in a 'find' box. The second match gives the most information.
    oYkC  14 14 14 14 ; switches them off.


    YOUR DEFAULT GRAPHICS SET-UP ~ four examples, from the nine entry-lines:

    line 2
    : "Default X / Y resolution on-screen"

    :Xw 631 631 ;
    (Installed default was 461 x 461). These two numbers should be the same, even though the graphical display is oblong with the info bar included.. There's no dividend in making the numbers not match, if your aim is to distort the window to compensate for the monitor resolution, because Astrolog then defaults to one number or another.
    -------------------------------------------

    line 3: "Bitmap filesize & type"

    :Xbb ;
    The last 'b' indicates a colour bitmap, - this is no longer a variable.
    -------------------------------------------

    line 6: "Use Actual Fonts"

    :YXf 0 ;
    Setting the 0 to 1 will prompt Astrolog to use actual fonts, including Mr. Hirst's Astro font.
    Setting it to 2 will use Courier and Wingdings, but not Mr. Hirst's font.
    -------------------------------------------

    line 9: "Corner Decoration"

    :YXC 2 60 80 ;
    the numbers, divided by a single space, refer firstly to whether there's no decoration (0), a moire (1), or a web (the default option, a (2), as here).
    After that, size is defined, (here 60).
    then number of lines (80). Choosing 'moire', the size should be smaller - 33 33.

    Not covered in HELPFILE.TXT.

    YOUR DEFAULT DIRECTORIES for FOLDERS ~ three examples, all variations, and all based on one typical entry-line, the 'Ephemeris' entry-line:

    line 2:
    "Ephemeris"

    :DIE "C:\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;
    This defines version 1.x's default path, where Astrolog32 tracks along and, in this case, is expecting the Swiss Ephemeris folder to be located.

    OR

    line 2: "Ephemeris"

    :DIE "C:\Program Files\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;

    This defines version 2.x's default path, where Astrolog32 will track along and, if you opted for a default install, will expect the Swiss Ephemeris folder to be located.

    If the unzipped folders' locations match these 'address paths', all works well; if not, the atlases and ephemerides will not work normally, and the \charts and \miscellaneous folders will not be found during work, - though Astrolog32 v1.x, as programmed, may create for you new empty folders, at the C: root: (in this event, confusion arises) - see the "Cannot find Astrolog32.dat, & other fluffs" page here.

    With Astrolog32 V2.x, if you unzipped all its contents to
    whichever location on your pc, no mods should be necessary!

    Re-writing the paths between the inverted commas then saving the file, means you adjust Astrolog32
    to find its folders automatically - for its atlases, for saving to the right folder, (and importantly, to
    its own folder, \main).

    EXAMPLES


    --------------------- UNDER WIN98, MILLENIUM --------------------

    Taking 'ephemeris' as an example folder which needs its path to be changed,

    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V1.3x at "C:\Program Files\astrolog32", or moved it to there, then at the DIE: line, you would substitute this edit

    :DIE "C:\Program Files\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;
    ------------ -------------
    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V1.3x at "C:\My Documents\astrolog32", or moved it to there, then you would substitute the following edit:
    :DIE "C:\My Documents\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;
    ------------ -------------
    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V1.3x at "C:\astrolog32", you would probably not need to make this edit:
    :DIE "C:\astrolog32\ephemeris"   ;


    --------------------- UNDER XP, VISTA, W7 --------------------

    ~ Taking 'ephemeris' as an example folder which needs its path to be changed,

    ~ if you if you set up Astrolog32 V1.3x at "C:\Program Files\astrolog32\..", or moved it to there, you would need the following edit:

    :DIE "C:\Program Files\astrolog32\ephemeris"   ;
    ------------ -------------
    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V1.3x at "C:\ "C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\My Documents\astrolog32\..", or moved it to there, you would substitute the following edit:
    :DIE "C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\My Documents\astrolog32\ephemeris"   .
    where the path is so long you may have to look the folder up in a folder-properties info box! (See below, on getting the ABSOLUTE PATH).

    .... for all the other lines in your DIRECTORIES section, a similar substitution of the
    middle part of the 'path' will mean that Astrolog32 can properly find its moved or unzipped folders
    \miscellaneous, \interpretations, \charts, \main,
    atlas\american and atlas\international
    by following, respectively, its :DIL, :DIN, :DIC, :DIM, :DIA, and :DII instruction-lines.

    <<<<      SAVE CONFIG.FILE, & CLOSE     >>>>

    -------------------------------------------

    DODGE No. 5 ornament


    GETTING THE ABSOLUTE PATH FOR YOUR DIRECTORIES:
    Open My Computer, and navigate to a folder view that includes where your Astrolog32 is; open the Astrolog32 folder, (where you will find some or all of \atlas, \miscellaneous, \interpretations, \charts, \ephemeris, & \main).

    Open a folder, right-click on one file, and select Properties; Find 'location' and insert your cursor left of the 'C:\..' (see image, right).
    Drag the mouse over the address till it is all highlighted; go Ctrl+c.
    Paste this 'absolute path' between the inverted commas in the DIRECTORIES lines, for the folder in question.

    WHY NOT AT THE C: ROOT?
    Not that the root isn't a fine place for Astrolog32 to work from: rather, that the root is not, for me, a place to put a folder I'm likely to mess with frequently.

    Folders can be far from the folder holding the program!
    Here's one way I found to avoid diving to the C: root: cut/paste the \charts folder to a more accessible location - (e.g., Program Files): find & copy the full path to a file within it: open astrolog32.dat, and, among the Config.file directory-paths, find the \charts line; copy/paste the correct path into
    :DIC "C:\Program Files\charts"!.. and Save Config.file!

    -------------------------------------------

    Equally good, you can re-write paths in [Settings] >
    [Directory Settings]
    , then go [File] > [Save current settings..], or Ctrl+9.




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    - F.A.Q.s and ABOUT -

    About   Old dates   Chart-shape   Chart-size   Scientif.   No Config.   Bi-wheel   D/M/Y   Change defaults   Uninstall   Min Requ   Commercial   Save ink!   Co-ordinates   List mycharts   Excel   Harmonics   Back to 'Home'   Transits, relative   Get animated   Add non-default obj.   Stability   Least angles   Eris   List today's transits   Chart-readings   To print Companion   Downloads & help

    What is Astrolog32?
    Free to download & use but with the restriction that it's not for financial gain, Astrolog32 is a largely open-source program which accurately charts the planetary and star positions, as seen from every Solar System planet (but not their Moons).
    It is constantly updated, and can give positions (degrees, minutes, seconds), relative to the Zodiac, the ecliptic, and between planets. Extended world-gazetteers and ephemerides (12000BCE - 4000AD) can be added, seen and printed; and for astrologers, short interpretations are made. Full details see APPENDIX.Return

    I have an Old-Style chart datum to raise; can Astrolog32 do it?
    Yes, automatically, if the datum is pre-1582 (Oct 4th), Astrolog32 will recognise it as such, and make the chart correctly.
    for chart-data after that date from those countries which persisted with OS, you must add the appropriate number of extra days, to make the datum NS,- see
    Julian to Gregorian Calendar section.
    Reverse-wise, if you browse Astrolog32 for an solar-system event between 1582 & 1752, then to find the Old-Style day for that event, the day it would have been called at the time, subtract the said number of days.
    For an accurate chart, be sure you have the appropriate ephemeris files for this..

    My chart isn't round!
    Your monitor may have a distorting resolution, and a regular circle really shows this up! - set your graphics card to deliver 800 x 600, 768 x 1024, or 1600 X 1200, if you have a 4:3 monitor - Astrolog's anticipated format - and all should be well. Most widescreens have at least one resolution which renders a round chart, but with others the effect is sometimes inevitable, especially if there's a mismatch between graphics card and monitor. The good news is, the charts print round if this is the case.
    Efforts to compensate by setting different dimensions (which in the Config.file, are :Xw Default X and Y resolution) is profitless, as Astrolog32 uses only one of these, and reckons the other to suit.

    Check that the chart hasn't been pulled out by happenstance - press a capital Q, to check.Return

    My chart's too small/ large!
    You can make the chart smaller or bigger with the pull-handles that appear at the edges: then, if you press a 'capital Q', the chart-frame will 'square up' from oblong; and that's the size it will then print, or copy at, for the duration of your session. If you go [File] > [Save current settings..], and click 'Save' and 'Yes' in the box that follows, the new size will appear in future.

    The chart can be made permanently larger or smaller by altering the dimensions in the Configuration file, (at the third typed line below ";DEFAULT GRAPHICS" - in other words after the :Xw.)
    To up the size, on a 1024 x 768 resolution, try :Xw(2spaces)630 630, or bigger, till the scrollers appear.
    On 800 x 600, try :Xw(2spaces)540 540, or bigger, till the scrollers appear.
    Now, go [File] > [Save Current Settings] and click 'Save' and 'Yes' in the box that follows, over-writing astrolog32.dat). The bigger the chart, the bigger the bitmaps it creates. In similar fashion, you can reduce the size to that of a beermat, with a 387 387 chartsize for a 1024 x 768 screen, 276 x 276 on an 800 x 600 screen.
    You can do it via the menus too: Go [Settings] > [Graphics Settings] for the dialog, and alter Horizontal Chart Size - the other dimensions will correct accordingly; again, don't forget to over-write astrolog32.dat.

    As an astronomer, I need angles expressed from a single point!
    First, try the keyboard switch shift+S, (only in text-mode), it shows the relative angles from a point, of solar system objects and moon-nodes, around the Earth; but this uses 0 degrees Aries, and that relates to the Sun/Earth/Galactic Centre geometry.
    For a fixed position, you can set the 0 Aries to any object, and a distant star suggests itself as that object: you can't set the Ascendant to it in its identity as an A32 'Fixed Star' any longer, but you can set a proxy: use, say, Denebola's co-ordinates as the new, unchanging 'position' of any one of the entirely-notional-but-useful 'Uranian objects' - 0 Aries can then be pegged to one of these, and then angles will be relative to that. This Faq will link to a how-to site for hijacking 'Uranians' in this way, but pegging the Ascendant to an object is easy, go [Settings] > [Calculation Settings] and pick 'Object on Ascendant', setting the objnum of the hijacked 'Uranian' in the 'Use this planet' field. (For object numbers all listed, go Alt+3.)
    Otherwise, there's also -sh, which delivers right ascension hours/minutes; and to annul this and revert to Signs, it's -sz.
    Check out the Helpfile, - look up -s[z,h,d]: Display there, for more.

    I've just installed Astrolog32: - what's this about "cannot find configuration file"?
    In this guide's TOPICS MENU is a clickable link - 'Cannot find Configuration file' - this will call a help-document on this subject; here's a direct link.

    I've set up charts #1 and #2: how do I get my bi-wheel?
    It only remains then to go [Charts] > [Two wheels] or > [Bi-wheel].
    To turn multiwheels off again, go [Charts] > [Relationship mode OFF].

    How do I display dates as D/M/Y, or M/D/Y; also 24-hour times, instead of am/pm
    Go [Settings] > [Miscellaneous], and make the change. Go [File] > [Save current settings] and save astrolog32.dat.
    Otherwise these can only be altered by editting the config.file - lines 26 and 27, changing the prefixes to ' Yd' and/or ' Yt' - an explanation is provided there.Return

    Program opens with original defaults, although I change settings each session!
    Those changes aren't overwriting your defaults - after you have set it up in your current session as you want, go [File] >[Save current settings] & save astrolog32.dat NOTE - if this doesn't work, this may be an indication that there are multiple copies of astrolog32.dat, or even none.!!
    Some settings can't be made default, see here.

    Is uninstalling Astrolog32 a big deal?
    Quite the opposite: just navigate to the Astrolog32 folder, right-click it, and go 'Delete'. Everything will go, as Astrolog doesn't touch the Windows Registry. Only the shortcut, (in Start Menu or Desktop), will remain to be deleted.
    The latest releases of Astrolog32 have an uninstaller, which you will find in your Astrolog32 folder, (click on unins000.exe).Return

    What is Astrolog32's minimum hardware?
    Old stuff will do, concerning the program: a 4:3 monitor, big or small, plus a quiet machine - 500 Mhz processor I would call adequate but could be down to 300 Mhz on Win98; 200 Mb hard-drive space at the most (at the least, with V1.34 just after install, only 4.2Mb!); a USB slot (it's handy); a keyboard and mouse. Only with working online, reading 'Companion' or calling up page documents like the Helpfile.DOC will a slow processor/lack of RAM become major irritants.
    I suggest running it on NTFS Windows systems, and not Win98 or Millenium, only because of the latters' issues with fragmenting and lack of driver support..
    Set your screen resolution to 800 x 600. And if you're keen on your astrological work, a dedicated pc is a nice option.

    Can I use Astrolog32 for clients' charts?
    It's a condition of all Astrolog releases is that they are not used for monetary gain. See the intro to HELPFILE.TXT for details.Return

    How should I make my chart printable, not wasting a lake of ink? (applies versions before version 2.02)
    Go [View], tick [Reverse background] & tick monochrome .. WYSIWYG! Or, better, simply hit the m key, then x, on the keyboard; or just go x key, and send to the printer, letting it greyscale the colours.

    How do I change my default location co-ordinates (Lat. & Long)?
    1.Go via menus: [Edit] > [Set Default Location/ Timezone..] and alter the co-ordinates, by browsing the atlases offered; go [File] > [Save current settings.. ], overwriting astrolog32.dat.
    or...
    2a. Find your intended co-ordinates by browsing online for them, and write down the co-ordinates.
    2b. Go [Edit] > [Edit Configuration File], alter line 13 of astrolog32.dat, after -zl ; and in line 14 type in the Location's name, e.g.
    -zn "Somewhereville"; Save.Return

    How can I print off a list of all my charts' names?
    Windows can do this, with an old command, using the command-line:For best view, open print.txt in Wordpad or Word.
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    Can I make an Excel spreadsheet of ephemeris positions?
    Yes, once you have made a text-file of the ephemeris, and then, having spent a little time inserting commas in each line of data to demarcate the columns in their order and number, saved it as a .csv or .txt file. (To create a more personalised text-file of ephemerides, see above in Entering/ Exitting Text mode, via MENU / BASICS # 1 Chart #2 ...text.)

    To make the text-file, be sure first that, in [View], you have selected "print nearest second", (alt+b). After, maybe, typing 'v' to abandon the graphic view, then go shift+E to raise the month's ephemeris, and save those positions, as a textfile, to the desktop (in v2.02+, it's [File] > [Export..>], or Ctrl+5; earlier,it's [File] > [Save 'chart' as Textfile]).

    At Yahoo's Astrolog_list forum, the suggestion is to open this text-file using a text editor like Notepad++, from Notepad-plus-plus.org, so as to use its 'Find & Replace' option, in order to insert the essential commas, and remove slashes and quotemarks - these will otherwise prevent the grid from transferring properly. But first, cut out any unnecessary data, and manually edit the first line, of 'Dy/Mo/Yr' and names-of-objects, removing those forward-slashes, & adding commas, after 'date', and after each 'object', so as to mark off the columns.
    demo anim. of replacing quotemarksThe remaining columns can be prepared automatically in a good text-editor, and inverted commas replaced, using 'Find & Replace' in three passes: the first, to replace -15   i.e. the year-ending in my 2015 example, with -15, - so adding a comma; next, to replace ' with m. (for minutes of arc), then to replace " with s. , (for seconds of arc, while at the same time inserting a separating comma after each Object or Node).
    (Csv can't handle those inverted commas.)
    Alternatively you can open your ephemeris text in MSWord, (set to landscape view, set font to small, like Courier New, 8), and open the Find & Replace dialog which is probably in [Edit], if it's an older 'Word'; the routines are the same, but remember to save as Plain Text .txt, (or .csv if that's an option), back to the desktop.
    When it's as tidy as is necessary, save the file as a .csv file, (comma-separated-values). Open the spreadsheet program, and go [File] > [Open], or use 'import csv file, using comma-separated-values'.

    How do I raise an Harmonic chart?
    1. Either press the return key, or Go [Run] > [Open Command Line] : now type '-x 4' (without the quote marks), you'll get to the Fourth Harmonic when you press 'OK'. Type '-x 1' (without the quote marks) and 'OK' to return to the Radical chart.
    2. Another way, open [Settings] > [Calculation settings], and highlight, then change the number-value in the 'Harmonic' corner. go 'OK'.
    3. Or go [Settings] > [Special] > [show decans], (or 'little g'), for third harmonic, and [Settings] > [Special] > [Show Navamsas], (or 'little y'), for the ninth. See also 'F.A.Q - smallest aspect' below.Return

    I'm lost! How do I get back to the vanilla chart?
    If only there was one switch for that! - the only 'but' is, if you progressed or regressed the chart by animation, your initial data will be lost unless you clicked little 'o' to save it to memory before you started your explorations, progression or rectification - (you can recall it in the [Edit] > [Enter/Edit Mainchart] > [Recall chart data from memory].. you will get either the text, or the graphic).
    Otherwise your Mainchart data is safe still: try doing these:MACRO NOTE: using the V2.0x macros you have a single click to undo many macro switches, making V2.0x macros an attractive way of modifying the chart. Exceptions are listed herePROGRESSION NOTE: After using [Charts] > [Do progression (single wheel)], - there's no undo, you'll have to un-tick 'Do Progression' in [Charts] > [Progressed], then go 'OK'.

    Can I view transits in a bi-wheel chart, objects moving relative to the fixed natal positions? Or progressing planets, relative to natal?
    Yes, as in surveying a life's ups & downs: first choose your step-interval: 10 minutes?, 3 days?, 2 months?, by altering [Animation] > [Jump Rate] ..[Jump Factor].
    As your Mainchart, raise the chart that is not to alter (the Radix, and go little 'o'); setup the chart that is to alter as your "chart #2" - go Alt+shift+Z, (and for another Radix, - then, to paste the Radix in, by going shift+O), otherwise, enter a start-date.
    Now go [Charts] > [Biwheel/Comparison Chart]; when you press little 'p', the outer chart, (chart #2), will progress by the Jump Factor till you press it again. See next answer for how to set Jump factor quickly.Return

    Can I view a given chart move 'across the sky' as time ticks forward?
    Yes, but first choose your interval: minutes?, days?, months?.. Go [Animation] > [Jump Rate] > [Minutes] (for rectifying a birth, for example), then go [Animate]. There is a [Reverse direction] toggle in the Animation menu. Clicking [Animate] again turns the time-shift off at the point you choose, though you need to be cat-quick, and the keystroke control of this, with p and r, is far more handy.
    This animation works to visualise the sky in [Charts] > [Local Horizon], and [Charts] > [Solar system], also [Extra] > [Constellations ON] with [Extra] > [Bonus Mode] too.
    When animation is running, pressing numbers 2 through 9 will multiply the Jump Rate - it can gallop forward forward, or back, till you press 1 again.

    Where can I incorporate some Uranian objects?
    Go [Settings] > [Object Selections] and check if there are ticks by the Uranians - add all or some.
    Go [Settings] > [Cusps & Uranians]; see that Orbs are 360 degrees, and under "Add" and "Influence", "0.0" here indicates that the objects have not been weighed for more orb, nor power - those numbers can be upped to your choice.
    To make your selections permanent, now go [File] > [Save current settings]. Save, overwriting astrolog32.dat.Return

    Is Astrolog32 stable?
    Fairly so: I've had two A32 break-ups in ten years, each remedied by finding a fresh copy of the \main folder, and overwriting the one that was defective (having first taken out the old astrolog32.dat that I liked, and kept it aside during the replacement, to go back then and replace the default version in the new \main.)
    But first, check your astrolog32.dat file is not corrupt.
      potential indicators of a dodgy \main folder..

    The 'Dispositor' window alone calls buggy behaviour in my pc. (V2.04+)


    What's the smallest aspect Astrolog32 calculates?
    Can I hide major angles?

    Semisextile. 'Half-a-SemiSquare' is not listed as an aspect, but can be seen in its Harmonic Realization, by going [Run] > [Open Command Line] > type 'x 8' (without the quote marks). Then, half-a-semiSquare appears as an opposition.
    Type 'x 1' (without the quote marks), 'OK' to return to primary chart. A similar technique will reveal any small aspect.
    I mention this because I find these little aspects (there are eight points where they may occur, 2 @ 22.5*, 2 @ 67.5*, 2 @ 112.5*, 2 @ 157.5*, from any given object) work to 'afflict' in natal charts, as a want of reciprocal involvement between the two objects, just like major aspects (but the orb is tiny).
    To hide particular aspects, go [Settings] > [Aspect Selections] (Alt+a), where you can 'restrict' them for your session. Return

    Does Astrolog32 calculate Eris/TransPluto?
    No, but there is a way to make Astrolog32 adopt Eris, though it's an involved business. A Swiss Ephemeris file of Eris is available, and so an Uranian or asteroid you don't give any significance to, can be 'kidnapped' - its orbit instead defined by the Eris ephemeris, once you have downloaded that and installed it in \ephemeris. An amended seorbel.txt is provided from the site mentioned below, as a template, wherein the Uranian identity 'Vulkanus' is hijacked. Afterwards, that 'Uranian object' must be thought of as Eris, as no object can be renamed by the user.

    For the how-to of incorporating Eris, see the end of J.M's article at Bonniehill.net. It's a plunge in the deep end of program tweaking.

    How do I get a list of current transits to my chart?
    Go [Lists] > [Transits]: opens a small window where the day for the transits can be inserted. The list is then presented in text form, and this list should be saved under some name to distinguish it from the chartfile, if that's saved as text also. These save to \miscellaneous by default. For House cusps to feature in this list, then in [Settings], '[Objects Selections > all Cusps]' must all be ticked.Return

    Does Astrolog32 do chart readings?
    In a minor way, and better than before: going [Lists] > [Interpretations] from the standard House Wheel sets a page listing the Luminaries' and planets' conditions by House and Rulership, whereas going [Lists] > [Interpretations], (alt+l), sets a page of the effects of the different aspects, in no particular order at first - tinkering sets different priorities: you benefit from a time-accurate chart!

    Can I print off this Companion - in mono?
    I haven't made this guide easy to print off as a web-page, unless your browser obliges with a text on white preview-to-print: that's worth checking - otherwise, copy a section you want to the clipboard, and paste into MSWord, then set up the pages black text on white; images may be all over the place! This needs more work on my part.

    Where can I get Astrolog32?
    For the V2.0x version, click the A32 DOWNLOADS link at the head of this guide - choose 'click here for English', scroll down and click on the links in blue, "Astrolog32 V2.04", or, "Astrolog32 V2.05", or when it arrives, "Astrolog32 V2.06".

    More conservative versions of Astrolog32 are downloadable at the A32 official site, and at southville.net, a helpful site in English. Also to be found at most, a CLI version, for keyboard and command-line operation.

    Compiling data can be found both at Southville and Altervista.

    Is there help online?
    Information on particular themes in the use of Astrolog is scattered about the WorldWideWeb, diversely and according to the version and language you use.
    In english, salient features of the Astrolog32 atlases are simply explained at Chris Mitchell's 'Southville' site - details are here.
    He also has an 'advanced' page.
    See also,
      http://www.zodiacal.com/astrologFAQ.html, one of the oldest Astrolog pages.
      http://www.bonniehill.net/pages.aux/astrology/astrolog/parallels.html
      http://www.bonniehill.net/pages.aux/astrology/astrolog/ephem.html - details of the backup ephemeris.

    Otherwise, as guides to the whole of Astrolog32, there's these:
    At Philippe Epaud's site, a guide to Astrolog32, in french, here, - Google-Chrome's 'Translate' feature will render this so well, it seems written in English!
    At astrolog32.altervista.org, here, besides links to downloads and this guide, Roberto Luporini has a Pdf manual - in italian.
    In czech, by Petr Trnka, is an .rtf manual, available at Robbie's site for the Czech version of Astrolog32 V2.05; it translates, via Google Translate, into curious English, and among other things, covers the geometry of House Division.
    A warning with all the foreign-language guides - keyboard shortcuts in these versions of A32 differ from those driving our english version.

    There's a members' forum at Yahoo Groups , - if you are online, in the [Open Readme file], in [Help], there's a link though it may no longer work - some very advanced tweaks are discussed at length there, but the forum's future is uncertain at the present.

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    - ABOUT THE ASTROLOG PROGRAM-MAKERS -


    Initial programming was by Walter Pullen in 1990-'91. (X Window graphics initially programmed 23-29 Oct 1991; PostScript graphics initially programmed 29-30 Nov 1992; ). He published it with the provision that it is not to be used commercially (and finished development of Astrolog 5.40 for Windows 16-bits on 20th December 1998). Go to astrolog.org for details.

    Modifications from version 5.40 to 5.41 were by Alois Treindl, who added support for Swiss Ephemeris to 5.41.
    Valentin Abramov made many improvements to Windows 16-bit versions from 5.30a through 5.31g and 5.41a through 5.41g (up to 26th April 2002.)

    Antonio Ramos created Astrolog32 (Windows 32-bits version) based on 5.41 (version 1.0 was released on 5th March 2004, V1.30 on 3rd Dec 2005, with help from Philippe Epaud, 'Francoise', 'Dennis' and Michael Rideout). To Antonio's credit we have the atlases updated and extended.

    Tomas Kubec built the V2.00 version, (still here) and this is the current official site of A32; and the V2.04+ versions, by Roberto Luporini, are here.

    Seek out 'History' and 'changelog' files in the \main folder, they detail each improvement.
    The onus for further improvement falls on us... Interested? See the English compilation page on the developer's page Altervista.

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    - PROGRAMS TO GO WITH ASTROLOG32 -

    MS Paint: Paint is likely present on your Windows pc, and while it has no layering way of working, the 'Paste Transparent' feature allows one mask or image to be embedded onto a chart, or, a chart can be integrated into a large Paint canvas, which can include lists, an aspects grid, - even a biography, given the ability to paste in text in any font.



    SE Aspectarian.: To avoid moving away from the Astrolog32 window, this freeware will establish when an aspect perfects. The Swiss Ephemeris is used. To avoid duplicating the Swiss Ephemeris, install SE Aspectarian first and expand your ephemeris files to there, as you can steer Astrolog's directories to SE Aspectarian copies, not the other way round.

    The helpfile hasn't worked for me - just kills the program - but it is straightforward to understand

    The link here.
    Irfanview is a famous freeware for handling images, always available here. You can paste bitmaps into it, size them to a given height or width precisely, change colours, and save, in most formats, to any folder. The reducing or enlarging of images can be very clean, and greyscale is available, which is absent from Paint.




    Considered a second install of Astrolog32? A proxy version will only take up 4 Mb, as you can you can use the directory fields in the Config file, to send calls for \charts, \ephemeris, and \atlases to the first install.
    And, this copy can be a smaller size, for making charts to paste into a document; or, with different aspects set to appear, or, running at a time difference.

    Here's how to put one on the desktop:
    Create a folder on the desktop, called, say, Proxy.
    Now open your current Astrolog32 folder, highlight the \main folder, go 'Edit' > 'Copy', and paste it in your new Proxy folder: now right-click this new \main folder, and open 'Properties': put your cursor just left of the C:\.. in Location field, and sweep right to highlight the address: go Ctrl+c.
    In your new \main in Proxy, locate and open astrolog32.dat in Notepad, go Ctrl+end, and find the first line (:DIM) in DIRECTORIES. Between the inverted commas that follow, highlight the old address, from the left up to (and leaving intact) the final subfolder which is \main, then paste in the folder's address you copied previously.
    viz: "C:\Documents and Settings\yourname\Desktop\Proxy\main"
    Save your new astrolog32.dat. Make a shortcut to astrolog32.exe. DONE.
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      END of GUIDE  
    I would like to thank Roberto Luporini for answering my dumb questions,
    Michael Rideout for his useful suggestions, & the late J. S. Bach, for the music.


    APPENDIX

      A list of the main features in Astrolog:

    Position calculation features:
    Positions of Sun through Pluto and the house cusps. Positions of Chiron and the four main asteroids. Positions of True and Mean nodes, Part of Fortune, Vertex, and East Point. Positions of Lilith. Positions of the eight Uranian planets. Positions of over 40 fixed stars. Positions of over 170 Arabic parts and their formulas. Option to use any or all of accurate 8400 year ephemeris.

    Computation features:
    Fourteen house systems. Tropical and sidereal zodiac. Specify zodiac starting position / ayanamsa. Heliocentric and other planet centered charts. Applying and separating aspects. Parallel and contraparallel aspects. Harmonic charts. Solar charts with objects on Ascendant or Midheaven. Decan positions. Specify your own positions for planets. Positions relative to ecliptic or equator. Local horizon positions in prime vertical coordinates.

    Display formats:
    Generic position listing. Wheel charts. Aspect and midpoint grids. List aspect configurations such as Yods. List aspects sorted by influence. List midpoints sorted by position. Local horizon positions. Times of planets rising and setting. Solar system orbit charts. Gauquelin sector charts. Astro-graph charts. List latitude crossings in astro-graph charts. Generic monthly and yearly calendars. Ephemeris tables. Biorhythm charts.

    Transit and progression features:
    Secondary progressions and solar arc progressions. Specify your own progression rate. Times of exact aspects among transiting planets. Times of planets changing sign or direction. Times of lunar phases and season changes. Times of exact aspects in a progressed chart. Times of exact transit hits. Times of transits to house cusps. Times of solar, lunar, and other returns. Times of exact transits from progressed planets. List transits to natal planets within orb in influence order. List aspects within orb among transiting planets in influence order. Transits to composite and other no-time charts.

    Relationship chart features:
    Synastry charts. Composite charts. Time space midpoint charts. Weighted relationship charts. Display elapsed time between charts. Aspect and midpoint grids between two charts. Aspect and midpoint lists between two charts. Automatic progressed to natal comparison chart.

    Interpretation features:
    Influence charts sorting planets and signs by power. Interpret natal positions and natal aspects. Interpret transits and midpoints. Interpret transiting aspects and sign and direction changes. Interpret aspects and midpoints between charts. Interpret synastry charts.

    Graphics features:
    Graphic wheel chart. Graphic bi-wheel comparison / transit chart. Graphic tri-wheels and quad-wheels. Graphic aspect / midpoint and relationship aspect / midpoint grids. Graphic astro-graph chart on a map of the world. Graphic local horizon, polar horizon, Gauquelin wheel, and orbit charts. Graphic ephemeris tracking chart. Graphic calendars and biorhythms. Dispositor graph chart. Plot positions among the astronomical constellations. Smoothly animate charts through time at varying rates. Continuously update chart to current moment now. Animate a rotating globe. Timed exposures for horizon and orbit charts. Create PostScript graphic files. Create graphic X11 and Windows bitmap files. Create Windows metafiles.

    Customization options:
    Initialization file for default settings. Choose what transiting and natal planets to include in charts. Choose among 18 major and minor aspects, or define your own. Specify aspect orbs. Specify the maximum orb allowed to a planet. Specify wider orbs for any planet. Display zodiac positions to the nearest second. DMY & MDY date formats and 24 hour & am/pm time formats. Display locations in hours & minutes or 360 degree form. Customize interpretation strings. Customize colors. Define your own orbital elements for planets. Choose among graphic glyphs for certain signs and planets. Specify influence of planets and planets when transiting. Specify influence of houses and aspects.

    Chart access features:
    Quick charts for the current moment now. Save and load chart time and place to file. Save and load chart positions to file. Save text output directly to file. Relocate charts. Cast a chart a specified time ahead of any chart.

    System features:
    Display text charts in Ansi color. Paging for when text charts are more than a screenful. Access environment variables. Define macros for your most common operations. Easy to use menu and dialog interface in the Windows version.