Astrolog for OS/2
Astrolog for OS/2 is a free-to-use astrology calculation, charting and analysis software based on the famous Astrolog program by Walter D. Pullen. To learn more, have a look at the readme file, or view this screenshot showing the chart of former US President George W. Bush (Tropical points, Synchronized houses, Lahiri ayanamsa).
Astrology seems destined to lead all other branches of knowledge out of the blind alley of unspiritual rationalism and materialism.
– Dr Cunibert Mohlberg, Vatican Institute of Archaeology
Astrolog for OS/2 will see continued development with at least quarterly updates. Work on its cross-platform replacement has been delayed. If you want to see the new software sooner rather than later please make a donation of any size and indicate your preferred platform(s).
Thanks to significant changes that the previous 1.2 version is not compatible with, I have decided to bump the major version number for the next release. Some of the changes and new features in version 2.0 include:
- Automatic Chart Analysis: A basis for consistent and highly accurate chart interpretation suitable for research and reliable end-user reports. The first stage of this analysis will produce an Integrity Score synthesizing location-independent factors such as Sankhya Yoga, essential dignity, cuspal placement, planetary sovreignty, combustion, and dispositor chaining. The second stage will produce a location-dependent Fortune Score based off the horoscope sign and the accidental dignity of planets by house and focus. The two scores will combine to give a general idea of the character and life to be expected. The analysis will also pinpoint the most important planets, the good and the bad as well as the strength of each, for a more detailed picture.
- Extended Chart Information: Time with seconds (in the original version animation could step a chart a second at a time, but the seconds were neither displayed nor saved on file), Time Precision (birth records in some places frequently have the time rounded to the nearest hour), Tags (can associate a chart with multiple categories), Event Type (birth, marriage and death will be predefined), Long Name (somewhat generic, but will probably be birth name for birth events), Accuracy (rodden-based ratings for information accuracy: AA, A, B, C, D, X and XX), Source (gives optional details about the original known source of the information such as the name of a biography), Notes (whatever notes you may want to keep). Event type, tags, accuracy and time precision will be future chart selection criteria.
- Quick Data Entry: A new chart information dialog with a Parse button makes it a lot easier to copy and paste information from the web, email or other sources. In practice this both speeds up data entry and can also avoid some typing and other input errors. You are now able to enter name, date, time, time zone, place, latitude and longitude all in one place.
- Localization: As a first major step towards full localization dates and times will be localized. This means that the program loads date and time formats as defined in the currently configured locale object, which can be found in the System Setup folder. The program will accept input as all-numeric, as well as with the month spelled out in full or abbreviated.
A pre-alpha version will be finished and released regardless of funding. However, continued development after that is uncertain. Progress towards 2.0 final can be very fast or very slow, depending on your support. With no financial support, I will be forced to devote so much of my time elsewhere that any further development will be held up indefinitely.
A number of technological previews will precede the first pre-alpha. These releases are not intended for general use, but solely for technical review of the new extended file format, the new chart information dialog, localization of dates and times, as well as experimental and incomplete implementations of the automatic chart analysis feature, aka ACA. These previews are ready to use but come with numerous implementation holes. A lot of work remains to be done before the first alpha release.
God willing, and with your support, version 2.0 will be ready in 2013. Meanwhile, there will be multiple development releases, including more technological previews and at least three pre-alpha releases. Development beyond the first pre-alpha will depend on your support. In fact, financial support greatly impacts the development on the way there as well.
The latest technological previews feature a completely rewritten analysis module, which is already close to what will be the complete first stage of the automatic chart analysis in the pre-alpha. It records individual factors for each planet as well as diagnostics. Sankhya Yoga is a major analysis factor. For the undignified sankhya yogas, this is effectively a reduction factor and will always reduce overall chart integrity. For the dignified sankhya yogas, a dignified ruler may sometimes raise the integrity slightly. If the ruler is undignified, the integrity should always see a reduction.
The upcoming pre-alpha release should present individualized results, based on six ultimate dispositor planets. These results can serve as the basis for individual chart interpretation, clearly indicating the strongest and the weakest character areas, and the most promising and the most harmful influences.
In the long-term, it will be necessary to replace Astrolog for OS/2 with a completely new groundbreaking and professional grade software. It will stand apart from currently available commercial offerings in many ways including the following.
- Zero cost to download, install and use (commercial astrology software costs hundreds of dollars).
- Cross-platform (commercial astrology software rarely runs natively on more than one operating system).
- Open source and a free software licence allow the user to freely extend, customize and redistribute the software.
- Portability to other platforms (possibly using the Qt cross-platform development framework).
- Usefulness to astrologers and lay people alike (astrology for the masses and not only the professionals).
- Consistently working astrological features (too many features blur the picture).
- Easy to use thanks to a fully up-to-date graphical user interface, including modeless settings dialogs, context menus, etc.
- Chart analysis with a focus on the bottom line such as profile matching and genuinely useful character discriptions.
The software will be available on OS/2 and at least one of the following operating systems: MS Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and Android. The exact range will depend on the funding received.
By making a donation to this project you can make sure the software will be available for your particular platform and operating system! Development will start as soon as Qt 4.6 has been completely ported to OS/2 and the first pre-alpha of Astrolog for OS/2 has been released.
To fund the new software, I have chosen the pay-for-development model. For supporters, this means you pay only once and can use any number of copies of the software without restrictions. It also means that you only have to pay according to your means and interest in the software and may get away with paying less than those hundreds of dollars asked for by the big names in commercial astrology software, or you can be as generous as you like and get well-deserved credit for being one of those foresighted people who brought not only yourself but the whole world some truly groundbreaking astrology software.
All donations, regardless of size, give full access to all advance project updates. Features will get implemented according to overall strategy and funding, so do not hesitate to mention any particular feature of interest to you. You can no longer make a secure payment through PayPal. This is because I have closed my account with the US payment and money transfer service in response to their controversial and arbitrary decision to restrict the account with the WikiLeaks website. One or more alternative options will be available later this year (2013).
Version 1.2 Alpha 6 delivers Synchronized Houses (sidereal whole sign houses populated with tropical planets). This brand new astrological house system is sure to make you go wow! Finally, you will be able to interpret planets by their house position – just as you find them.
Version 2.0 is primarily about adding Automatic Chart Analysis. As of the latest technological preview, the chart analysis produces a broadly accurate chart integrity score, useful for group average calculations. The analysis is still too draconian for a great many individual charts and too lax for quite a few more. The first pre-alpha will deliver fairly accurate integrity scores for most charts, as well as useful dispositor scores, bound to make chart interpretation a lot easier and more consistent.
The latest documented technological preview is TP81. Compared to the previous documented release, this one contains a lot of improvements to the ACA feature, as well as small changes and improvements to the stats feature, including the addition of a new batch processing function. In graphics mode, this preview uses a shadow bitmap, resulting in flicker-free graphics updates. In the past, this optimization has resulted in system freezes on some systems. The freezes usually only occur when moving the main window around very quickly. If you experience system stability issues, you may download an earlier technological preview and compare. If you notice any difference, please drop me a note (including information on what graphics driver you are using) and I will implement an option to disable flicker-free graphics for future releases.
Awaiting the next documented release, stealth updates may be available. These packages are slimmer than ordinary releases. They contain the latest executable, the latest ACA stats, and the latest ACA end user notes, but none of the changes in the software are documented. I expect to be able to release more stealth updates in the future, as not having to document changes saves a lot of time.
The first pre-alpha has been postponed yet again. God willing, it will be released on 8 April 2013. Technological previews, in the form of a stealth updates, are available in its place. The latest technological preview appeared on Tuesday 19 March 2013. With enough funding received for Astrolog for OS/2 development, version 2.0 will most likely be available on 21 August 2013, preceded by a beta on 10 July 2013. Without sufficient funding, this year will at best see a string of pre-alpha releases. In a worst case scenario, OS/2 development might be put on an indefinite hiatus.
The following download information tables are hopefully self-explanatory. They list files available for download in chronological order. There is a brief description of each item on the left and a link to the usually compressed file on the right. Most of the files are only useful under the OS/2 operating system.
Astrolog for OS/2, v1.2 Alpha 6c,
|astrolog.zip (476 kB)|
Astrolog for OS/2, v2.0 TP54,
|astrolog2tp54.zip (509 kB)|
Astrolog for OS/2, v2.0 TP65,
|astrolog2tp65.zip (521 kB)|
Astrolog for OS/2, v2.0 TP71,
|astrolog2tp71.zip (528 kB)|
Astrolog for OS/2, v2.0 TP81,
|astrolog2.zip (615 kB)|
Since the ACA end user notes have expanded greatly over the past software releases and are sometimes updated more often than the software, they are now available as a separate download. The first pre-alpha release of the software will include a URL object pointing to the latest HTML version of these notes.
|ACA end user notes||aca.zip|
Astrolog Chart Collection
There once was a small collection of astrological birth charts available to test the software. The collection contained mostly timed birth data for public figures in the latest Astrolog Chart Information file format. For alleged copyright infringement reasons, it was removed a long time ago. Since it is not possible to copyright individual birthdata (dates and times of birth), the collection will return with plenty of more data upon the release of the next version of the software. It will then also include most of the test and control data referenced in the documentation of the currently available technological previews. The collection itself will be copyrighted, but if you want to extract raw birthdata to create a new collection in a different format, let us say for a different piece of software, you will always be free to do so, regardless of the copyright on the upcoming Astrolog Chart Collection.
|Astrolog Chart Collection (ACC)||acc.zip|
Make a Donation
Whether you appreciate Astrolog for OS/2 or would like to see new astrology software developed, you are very welcome to make a donation. Even a small amount would give the developer enough of a moral boost to drive progress for months to come. If you would like to see development for a particular platform or request a definite feature, please consider making a larger donation. All donations, regardless of amount, give you full access to all advance project updates.
Astrolog for OS/2 is supported freeware. You may use the email address below for reporting bugs, request features, or share your mind on anything else concerning this software.