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(The Companion to Astrolog32 © 'The Dodger' ~ some text rights reserved)

BASICS # 1 - Open chart, essential tips, search all;   Naming files, making a new chart
Saving, pos.dats or .dat files, broken files;   Text mode & raising data, DST;
Sidebar, progressing;   Using 'Here & Now', using Chart #2, composite, multiwheels;
Aspects, the Aspect-Grid, (parallels, glyphs, orbs), fixed stars.

BASICS # 2 - Power, Uranians, quitting Astrolog, linking in!;   'Helpfile', helppages;
Animation, Locking, Printing, Paste-up;   Derestrictions, Settings, 'Save Setup'
Dispositors, 'Flower', biorhythm, transits;   Midpoints & Planetary Configurations
Sources;   Sidereal & Vedic, Gauquelin Sectors, Synastry.

BASICS # 3 - Directory Paths, rising/setting & horizon views;   Astrocartography,
interpretations, globe- & sky-maps
;   Calendar, ephemeris, non-Earth-centred charts;
"Open with" as an option, charts databases.


ATLASES - | - APPEARANCE & IMAGING - | - JULIAN to GREGORIAN CALENDAR & O.Y.E.

AVAILABLE TIMEZONES & MANUAL - | - COMMAND SWITCHES - | - MACROS, HARMONICS

CUSTOMIZING the CONFIG.FILE - | - F.A.Q. - | - HANDY PROGS - | - FEATURES +


The Solar System Objects, singly & together
Astrolog32 V2.05 on a memory stick
Original Atlas helpfiles (3 zips)
About new US Atlas (an RTF)
Target.DOC, for output
different.DAT, EST-based alternate Config. file
sample macros for a Config. file
sample macros for a Portal file

CAN'T LAUNCH ASTROLOG32? Find Astrolog32 folder, open
  to find 'main' folder, open it, and double-click "astrolog32.exe"  


To drive the menus via the keyboard:
  Opening menus with keyboard




  THE BASICS - # 1

Astrolog32, as a default, launches with an 'Here and Now' chart - 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. From there, you can set it to any chart data you like, via the [Edit] or [File] menus.

BEFORE YOU DIVE IN: One thing you should know:

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 Time; and a plus (or nothing) before a westing of hours, viz: plus seven, +7, 7, to hop from Paris Time to Chicago's. See Timezones.


- Open chart, tips, searching -

Opening a chart you already have in Astrolog's .DAT format.
Astrolog32 displays a chart after you've browsed to its file; after clicking [File] > [Open Main Chart], or keyboard-switch Alt+o, - you'll be offered the Charts folder-window, like the image at right; or you can go [File] > [Open Chart #2], or Alt+Shift+o, to load chart #2.
  NOTE: Those 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 'Open'.

NOTE: 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 display 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. (For text mode as default, see here).

At any stage, to move to a chart for 'Here and Now', pressing keyboard switch 'n' will do it.

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 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, see 'Search Charts'.
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™ filenames.

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ANOTHER WAY #2: where you can remember a filename, it may be opened quicker by Astrolog32 command-line: typing -i(space)filename.DAT will raise filename.dat - use upper or lower case spellings - doesn't matter! but it's only the top folder, \charts (find paths in astrolog32.DAT), which will be searched, not any sub-folders. If it can't find the named file there, it will, supplementarily, search \main and \miscellaneous. See ABOUT SWITCHES, to read about the i switch.

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ANOTHER WAY #3: keep frequently-used chart-data available in Notepad, Excel, or Wordpad! The /qb lines from in any .DAT files you have may be highlighted-and-copied (go Ctrl+c to copy), then pasted in some text-file (like some my-regulars.TXT), or other prog (like some my-qbs.XLS), - put each entry on a different line, (adding a semi-colon, then the native's name, before adding the next entry on the line below); - like this:
    /qb 5 12 1928 12:00:00 ST +6:00 94:34'43W 39:05'00N; Bacharach, Burt
    /qb 9 29 1907 12:00:00 ST +6:00 96:55'06W 33:28'00N; Autry, Gene
...
  ...when a line is highlighted-and-copied, and then pasted into the Astrolog32 command-line (see ABOUT SWITCHES), it is then 'OK'ed & the chart displayed, - only without the chart-name, - when you press Enter key. Try It - check out Burt Bacharach, for instance..
This is a very compact way of hoarding the charts which you've made already, then quickly loading data to one, or multiple, launchings of Astrolog32.

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ANOTHER WAY #4: keep key chart-data available in macros! New-style V. 2.04+ releases can, with the MACRO folder 'on', call charts from some of the F-keys - see New Macros; old macros too can call up charts, - see Standard Macros.

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ANOTHER WAY #5: in V.3.20/3.30+, keep key chart-data available in 'Celebrity Charts', a pop-up list in the [File] menu which can be edited to carry your own faves, separate from the (usually larger) \Celebs free download.




Essential Tips


Info on the Objects & their meanings, see Objects       Identify Aspect-Grid's glyphs, here       Astrological words, try LookUp

Timezone abbreviations, see here;       Time-Differences from U.T. (0°00), open World-Times       To switch to 24-hour clocks, go here

Change your House-System, see (De)-Restrictions, & FAQs here;       to make new chart, click here       Installing to best suit 'New Macros', choose Step 4, or Step 5.

For updating your default location/ your timezone/ if DST, go here;       Going to print, click here;      to save, click here




Data-build-up from Astrolog's presentations calls for a page-maker ( this Companion has one! - in .DOC format - click here to open it; or click the Title .gif of this Companion..

  - individual text-screens can be copied for pasting by going
  [Edit] > [Copy Chart as Text], or Ctrl+Shift+5, (watch Astrolog32 flip into text!) .. then paste the snippets in some document-frame, Ctrl + v.

  - while the graphics images can be copied for pasting, going
  [Edit] > [Copy Chart as Bitmap], or Ctrl+Shift+6, (watch Astrolog32 flip into graphics!), .. and pasting the image/text into a place you want, as here.


Visually, Astrolog has a reputation for being a maze, because a beginner can get lost: this comes out of the absence of [Undo], or any paper-trail of your last changes, added to the huge number of displays you can call on;   but also this derives from Astrolog being originally text-only; the chartwheel and other graphics you see are an add-on! - sometimes when pressing the v key to swap from one to the other, we find there's no relation between text and the graphics!

To help you find your way, remember the text version more often reveals the program-status you have called up... The graphic displayed (when seeing text, and hitting ' v') may just be some former screen for-want-of-something-more-appropriate - which is why that 'lost' feeling.



Settings are not autosaved! - saving your charts is easy, here.   Saving the settings you prefer involves saving the Config. File! ,   and, well, there are TWO ways of saving the Config. file, - click on to a special section, TWO KINDS OF SAVING, which explains the advantages of each method, RED and BLUE.




3 KNOW-HOWS FOR PROGRAM & CLIPBOARD MANAGEMENT
Global Shortcut
COPY HIGHLIGHTED TEXT
Hold down Control ~
Hit c

Special Astrolog switch
SWAP BETWEEN
TEXT & GRAPHICS
Hit the 'v' key!


Global Shortcut
    PASTE COPIED TEXT    
Hold down Control ~
Hit v
 

These keyboard-switches are essential, to deal with address-lines, command-line, text-snippets, and image-transfers: also pasting in from LIST of COMMANDS, or pasting file-paths into the Search dialog, (which see below). Right-click menus and the Edit menu often can't capture your best snippets - an example use, watch green animated illustration here.

Looking to get into Astrolog's own keyboard switches?.. click here (v), here (Shift+v), here (n), here (c) and here (x) for the five most crucial ones used in the English Astrolog32, and open new KEYBOARD SWITCHES page for lots more - and essential tips for use.


Hot Features exclusive to Astrolog32 and The Companion: ~ click SOME HOT COMPANION TARGETS.


Stuff here, lookups there.. for me, using Astrolog alongside my accumulated text, templates, tables & pics got easy and fast, after it dawned on me I'd have to make my own created worktop, with ~ look-ups for changing paths (in an .RTF or .TXT, to re-direct a search), ~ or some pages of snippets for presentations, comparisons ~ pull-out folders of statistics~ the Console Folder (below!)...

    DODGE No. 1          

Fed up with rootling about in your \astrolog32 folder? If you want quick access to one, or several, of the folders nested in Astrolog (e.g. 'charts\personal', 'main', 'atlas\american'), and/or to relevant docs, then create a 'Management Center' or 'Console' folder (on your Desktop, or in My Documents, or wherever).

tinker icon Here's how: First, create and name a folder in (say) \desktop, called 'MY_A32_HUB'.
..fill it with:
  • link to \charts folder
  • link to \Miscellaneous folder
  • snippets, pics of immediate interest
  • the Helpfile, or a link to it
  • a shortcut to the Config.file, astrolog32.DAT, for edits/viewing..
  • weblinks to 'Astrolog32.altervista.org'
  • a link to the program astrolog32.exe itself here, too: see how.
Leave the folder and create a shortcut to it - put the shortcut in QuickLaunch.

Now you can fire up or modify Astrolog32, inspect, corral, and load files-to-view, and handle the \charts folder, from one place!



Searching for a chart
If you have charts in the \charts folder, your program will open them when you go [File] > [Open mainchart], or [File] > [Open chart 2], both options offering a folder-view of \charts, - though there is no constraint on you hunting them down, to open, or to edit them in Notepad, within your \charts folder open in Windows Explorer™! ~ this is why a shortcut to your \charts folder is important! ~ to delete your chartfiles, this is the safe & practical way!

If you have text-files saved from your work, just skip opening the Astrolog32 program, use Windows Explorer™, navigate to \miscellaneous and open them in the program of your preference: such texts would include aspect-lists, interpretations, help-lists, positions, ephemerides-printoffs..
Filename searches of multiple folders in \charts, using 'Windows Explorer™':
Given that you just want to find a chart by its filename, your operating system's Search-within-Folder is more versatile than Astrolog32's, in as much as you can switch to a different path, and a different folder, more quickly, if you draw a blank.

Actually your options for getting an entry onscreen are many: you can, firstly, raise the chart by opening it in Notepad, copying its /qb line into Astrolog's command line, then clicking 'OK' (you don't get to see the /zi line info); the proper way, using Astrolog32's [File] > [Open Main Chart], is a second option; thirdly, go the swish route of modding Astrolog32 so that files open in the program simply with a double click, as they do in Astrolog 6.30 and 7 - see DODGE No. 7 for how; fourthly, use Astrolog32's 'Search Charts',.. you can simply go Alt+s, shorten the address to C:\whatever\astrolog32 so as to embrace folders other than ..\charts, type in a bit of the name, and click 'Search',.. then pick and then 'OK'; fifthly, see yet more..


Astrolog32's 'Search Charts' filter
Going [File] > [Search Charts] opens a small but still very useful set of filters, selecting up to five definers for a search of the charts:
You can load filters, using all five lines! .. and _pos.DAT files can be returned if you type in the ending .._pos.DAT - likewise with choosing .AS, or .A32 files.
'Alt+s' is the keyboard switch to call this Search feature in English Astrolog32 ('Ctrl+c' in the Italian.)
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. Any folder can be searched, not just \charts.

Note 3. If you click  , with 'subfolders' ticked, but none of the filter-lines, 'Search charts' will supply all the charts in your selected folder, in alphabetical order.
Don't click   yet!

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 anywhere from the first alphabetically, by highlighting it, clicking the 'OK' button, then going Ctrl+n to go on to the next.

Charts raised can be progressed/regressed with the 'p' switch, or otherwise 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 by going Ctrl+n.

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 one-by-one through your searched charts in sequence, to the first, or last, of the list that [File] > [Search charts] has provided.   ( Italian has Ctrl+s for next, Ctrl+p for previous in sequence.)


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'.

EXAMPLE: 'Who, in my \charts folder, has Uranus at the Vertex?'

  Go [Settings]> [Object Selections], and make sure that Uranus (in 'Planets'), and 'Vertex' (in 'Points') are ticked..
  Open [File] > [Search] - If you have a filter for timed charts, put that in a Search field;
  In the middle line of the five filters starting "Only With", click the initial tickbox, then select [Uranus], then [conjunct], then [Vertex]; click     Aha! John Galsworthy..

FILLING 'SEARCH DIRECTORY' FIELD:
You can select a particular or network subfolder to search - click the ['..'] box, - but in my folder system, this navigation was impossibly lengthy!. Pasting the extended path into the "Search Directory" address field is quicker - and as, in addition, I wanted the paths available for import from somewhere within Astrolog32 - then I went to hijack a [Help] text to hold those paths for when I would need them, - I chose Readme.HTML, which used to be in the \main folder and still is in V1.34, V2.02; I unticked its read-only property, opened it in Notepad..
tinker icon began by adding 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 new line..); adding a command-switch, or several, or an interesting snippet, or two: I saved my Readme.HTML! see Dodge No. 5 for other how-tos..

    DODGE No. 2          

NOTE: this DODGE can still be done by writing a new .TXT or .HTML file, saving it in \charts folder, and accessing it through the [File] > Open Chart #1 dialog's window, ..or equally, save it in \miscellaneous, access it through [Run] > [Open Command File]
.. in both cases, changing the file-type field to see displayed "All Files"; then, right-click on the file to select IE or Chrome, or Word or Notepad, as appropriate: see examples below, and right:




.. a suggestion to name your .TXTs and .HTMLs starting with a zero "0", so they always top the list-alphabetical.

For Code to link out to folders & the Web ~ see more on crafting your own .HTML!


- Naming files, entering data -

Naming files
In Astrolog32, there are file-names saved within the file-content (i.e. typed into in the 'Name' field, which becomes the /zi line), and file-names that you save with, into the \charts folder; often the two end up 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 Search Charts Filter). 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.

The hidden names are what you typed in the 'Name'-field, before the chart was 'OK'ed during data entry (and if you typed nothing, there's no 'hidden' name!). I can put much saltier remarks in 'hidden' Name-field, as they are seldom stumbled upon there: others keep 'hidden' name short, as this will suit its incorporation in any Interpretations print-outs (Interpretations, about).
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™ filesearch: 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.

NOTE: the following, / \ : * ? ! " < > should not be included in the name; and Win7 baulks at @ in the saved name.

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.



Beyond Astrolog32's .DAT suffix..
Every chart-file you save gets the suffix '.DAT' by default, and by default, every file you see in your \charts folder has it too. But you can consider another, '.A32', for saved chart-files (see here, for why this rocks).


Long Names & Curtailment of filenames.
Naming & saving are two opportunities to bundle information connected with the chart
- first, when giving your chart its 'hidden' name during chart-editing: 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 Valja's alternative-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.



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, .. for making a new chart often means serially over-writing the current chart's data! - the fields do not clear.
So, unless you're hurriedly saving a Quickquick chart..

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'!

A Quickquick chart means that you need not type anything in: to raise a chart for the present moment, just click 'Here & Now', then some name alone is needed: "Just seen 2 UFOs over the Bay".

Or, 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, it's 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, ~ overwriting the data found in their respective "Edit Chart" boxes
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, they must be typed in. With V. 2.0x, one of the super-accurate 'Sweph' file-sets is installed by default, but it covers only the years 1800 to 2399 CE.
(To print off text ephemerides, see the end section of 'text mode', in BASICS # 1).

For BCE, put a minus before the year (and see The B.C.E. Correction).

Astrolog automatically uses the Julian calendar for dates before October 15, 1582, and automatically uses the Gregorian calendar for dates after October 4, 1582 - the 5th to the 14th inclusive were skipped in 1582 - if you input any of the omitted days, Astrolog32 will assume you want Julian calendar.
For dates in countries when they were still keeping Julian after 1582 (U.K., American colon. subject to Britain, Netherlands, Russia, Greece..), the difference in days must be worked out - see JULIAN to GREGORIAN CALENDAR section - and the extra days added to an OS nativity or event.

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



THINGS TO HAVE READY
NEAREST TOWN, ADMINISTRATIVE AREA
DATE, & TIME
(Retain Source of info, for reference)





Civil Recording of Birth-Times
Birthtime is recorded widely by states in continental Europe, though Norway hospitals retain the data and disclose it only for 'medical' purposes. Neither England & Wales, nor Ireland record time, unless twins are born.
With data supplied from Astro.com, a timeline for the recording of this detail at citizens' births would be as follows:
Austria, 1939, January 1
Prussia, North-East Germany, 1874
Italy (all) 1866, January 1
Denmark, 1862
Scotland, in Great Britain, 1855
Neuchatel, in Switzerland, 1854, March 1
Frankfurt, West Central Germany, 1851
Lausanne, in Switzerland, 1821, July 1
Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Southern Italy, 1820
Geneva in Switzerland, 1798, October 22
Belgium,   1793
s` Gravenhage - The Hague, Netherland, 1793
France     1792, September 22
Old Germany, with many exceptions, 1792, January 1

Australia and Canada also do not record birthtime, unless twins are born. In the USA, a 'long' birth certificate can be obtained nowadays, including birthtime.




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DAT files and _pos.DAT files serve different purposes .. see below

- Saving charts  - as .DAT files, as _pos.DATs, as texts; broken files -

Saving
Chart files are not auto-saved with Astrolog32: it's up to you to save them through the [File] menu, and they can be saved to any folder except of course, in Program Files!

By default, these all save to \charts folder.     Once saved, _pos.DAT files, like .DAT files, will re-open via [File] > [Open ...chart].

 The .DAT files Astrolog32 uses are small: only Astrolog and its offshoot prog-
rams can open them as charts, but Notepad can open them to reveal the data.



Apart from .DAT file saving, there's [File] > ([Export to] >) [Save chart as Textfile], and [File] > ([Export to] >)[Save chart as Bitmap], the first to save chart-data as a .TXT (a textfile referring to whatever Astrolog has onscreen), the second to save a file in .BMP image formats. Use 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: usually this is just a list of positions as text, (very useful to save a chunk of ephemeris); it's saved to \miscellaneous only - you can publish the object-positions in Word, Paint, Wordpad, or Notepad. (BTW, this save will bounce Astrolog into text-mode).
    An advantage of this data-only format is, that any text's contents are searchable via Windows™ file search.

  • An image-save is tidier than a screenshot, (see below: APPEARANCE & IMAGING); 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.

     Astrolog can't re-open these with [File] > [Open .. Chart]..


  • A look inside Astrolog's Dat Files
    You can type out an entire .DAT file in Notepad, if you choose: the letter spaces are critical, though, and the @0102 header essential.

    As long as the file starts with the customary @0102 and is in the layout as shown in the section below, Astrolog32 will open it even were you to save it with the suffix .TXT; and other file-suffixes will be accepted, if they're other text-file formats, but you must remember to pick 'All files' in the 'files-of-type' field, for Astrolog32 to browse them if they're in your \charts folder....

    A code convention which Astrolog32 adheres to is that where there is a semi colon, everything after is ignored by the program.
    This is how Astrolog32 gets away with the remark in the middle of the file
          ; Date is in American format: month day year".

    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, - I have marked out the letter-spaces in blue. These are Astrolog32-compatible, as are Astrolog 6's .as files.

    Saving from Astrolog32, there are another three lines put in, two blank and the middle line being a prompt for when you edit your charts in Notepad, to use American format dates in the /qb line: it's an advice line, as it all follows an initial ";".
    @0102 tells the program it's a valid chart.

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


    You can add a note as a seventh line, if it commences with a semi-colon, ";"; it will not be displayed by Astrolog32, though.



    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.


    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 (see here a neat way).


        DODGE No.3          

    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 editor, 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.

    Any image of the chart, Aspect-Grid or other that gets saved there is of a size equivalent to what's onscreen, so resizing the Astrolog window resizes the image that will be saved.

    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 usually-invisible cohort of files in \charts folder, or \miscellaneous ... (this has its uses .. see here).
      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 / \ : * ? ! " < >: in particular, do note that colons, : and double quotations, ", are not allowed in chart-names!


    Little bit different... the '_pos.DAT' file

    [File] > [Save Chart Positions] sets up the save as a _pos.DAT, which, like .DATs, save by default to the \charts folder.
    The keyboard switch to save in this way is Alt+Shift+w.
    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. These are bigger files, holding the Sign, degree & minutes-decimal of each object.

    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.



    Broken Files
    You may find a .DAT chart-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.


    - Text mode & raising data, DST -

    Entering/Exitting text mode; Printing

    THIS IS THE FIRST KEYBOARD-SWITCH TO LEARN: switching to text is most simply done by typing ' v' (without quote marks) at the keyboard, though there's the menu options [View] > [Text mode], or [View] > [Graphics mode] as well.   ( Italian vers. toggle these, using Alt+zero.)
    Image to right shows the text-mode for [Charts] > [House Wheel].

    This 'v' switch is a toggle, and will switch you out of whatever graphical window you have, to a version as text, or, out of any of the text mode pages back to the nearest graphical option - map, aspect-grid 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).


    By default, you will see [Charts] > [Standard Wheel], - see right.

    Text-mode differs from the graphical chart's data in important ways, there's no sidebar; the harmonic status is not given onscreen; nor is the Julian Day; but the data onscreen can be exported as-is to any text-editor, using the [Edit] menu, or by the awkward keyboard switch Ctrl+shift+5.

      If you prefer text-mode at launch, go [Edit] > [Edit Config File], find =X, change it to _X; save file; close and relaunch. That's the 'safe' way - see another way, by just going [File] [Save current settings..].

    Whatever you call up subsequently, Shift+v is the usual switch to revert to your main chart datum: the exceptions being:
    • no harmonic settings are reverted; for these, it's easy to use command-line (see end of MACROS & HARMONICS).
    • The following groups of command switches:
      'Switches which affect how a chart is computed' ~ (see LIST of COMMANDS).
      'Switches which affect how the chart parameters are obtained' ~ (see LIST of COMMANDS).

    All the data-pages accessed by the [Lists] menu are texts, and only texts.

    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 LIST of COMMANDS daughter-page of this guide, into the command-line), or by using macros. See examples of both there.

    If you have 'colored text' switched off, colour can make text-lists easier to search through for a particular aspect or object: the keyboard switch is Alt+k, a toggle. Turn it off when about to copy/paste data into Notepad, though.

    To see what text Astrolog32 can give you by default for a single chart, to view or then print, go [Run] > [Open command line], 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] > [monochrome]
    ..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, a screenshot is quickest, but for
    a text version, set the following

    [View] > [text-mode]
    [View] > [monochrome]
    ..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
    • -E , for current month ~ according to the chart you have up..
    • -Ey , for current year ~ according to the chart you have up..
    • -Ey n , where n is the year/ span of years you want ~ I can't make this switch work..
    • -qy n , for year n, year starting on Jan. first
    • -qm m n, for year n, year starting on month m ~ e.g. 2 for Feb, 3 for Mar, etc..
    Optionally add, after a letter-space
    • -sr , data in Right Ascension, rather than ecliptic longitude
    • -gp , data in equatorial declination, in the grid of aspects
    • -ap , data in equatorial declination, in the grid of parallel aspects
    Press Return key.

    In V. 1.3x, when you have the lists you want, press the Return key again;
    • Type '/o YourChosenName.TXT' in the command line.., and go 'OK', or press the Return key again.
      The file will be created and sent to your \main folder
    In V. 2.05, use [File] > [Export] > [Save chart as textfile], or [Edit] > [Copy Chart as Text], to start to save the data. Your text, pasted in Wordpad, can now be editted to ensure the font is small enough for each day's data will print all on one line, then printed.

    Your 'revert' switch to return to ecliptic longitude is Shift+v, at the keyboard.

    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 or decrease the font size to suitable.

    Similar short commands will raise and dispatch charts in a swift fashion. See ABOUT SWITCHES, and the LIST of COMMANDS page.



    Adding DST as an on-going default
    If your clock-time advances during summertime, you may well consider it worthwhile to change Astrolog32 to be one hour ahead, as the clocks are. 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..]; Astrolog32 V1.34
    [Settings] > [Set Default Location, Timezone..]; Astrolog32 V2.05
    .. (Alt+Shift+d opens the same dialog in both) ..
    .
    . your keyboard's 'down' arrow flicks this switch to 'Summertime';   then go 'OK'; then, [File] > [Save current settings], and 'OK'.
    DST will then be applied to all charts after you re-launch, and in the [Edit] > [Edit Main Chart] and [Edit] > [Edit Chart #x] Summer-Time fields, it will show 'Yes', and Astrolog sets the charts for an hour earlier than your time-datum; the more hands-on way is to open astrolog32.DAT, find the -z0 line and change -z0 x to -z0 x+1, (e.g. -z0 0 to -z0 1 if in UK), and save, for 'Summertime' to be inferred from your input.
    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.

    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.

        DODGE No. 4          

    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.


    - Sidebar, progressing your Wheel -

    Hiding the planetary positions sidebar

    Seen when in 'graphic' mode, this is the vertical panel on the right of the chartwheel, detailing planets' and cusp positions. It cannot be moved, but it can be hidden.
    [View] > [Show chart info] (little t, a toggle) has various effects: it hides the sidebar, while also hiding the chart-data subscript at the bottom of the non-chartwheel graphics. 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-AND-Show-Data-Subscript toggle.
    TAKE CARE! - In older releases of Astrolog32, pressing 'q' without holding down 'shift', means you will close the program immediately!




    Progressing the wheel
    To see chart-data progressed from the start-time, here are two routes that 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)], (Alt+Shift+p), 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: then click 'OK'. 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.

    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.


    [Charts] > [Progressed and Natal], Alt+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+n.
    Note: On the setup in V. 2.05, the trans-Saturnian outer planets are restricted in Chart#2... a tidier display, but.. you have then to remember they are thereabouts. A strange quirk indeed.

    To escape the bi-wheel, use c.
    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.

    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 do it with a digression into a quite different aspect listing, just of those aspects which perfect on your chosen day, or month, or year, - displayed by using the command-switches -d, /dm, or -dY <years>; you must be in text-mode to see the list; you can use 'p' to survey days (months, years) before or after. (It would be great to click on the aspect and jump straight there!)
    Escape to the standard listing with 'v'.



    Progression by Animation: To progress planets day-for-year by animation, advance your Radical by 'p' steps to match your year-age, key '#' and add two 'p' steps for each month beyond your last birthday. Finally, to turn the Ascendant back to its natal degree, key '@', and then 'r': then animate 'p' steps for four times your age in years.
    Progressing in this cranky way sets up a chart that is more stable and more versatile: you can animate it again quite freely, to inspect evolving aspects and their perfecting and disappearance, or to apply other Astrolog tweaks which a progression-by-dialog-box will not tolerate. See Animation.


    - Using the 'Here & Now' chart, Chart #2, Composite, Multiwheels, getting back -

    Using the 'Here & Now' chart
    As well as being presented at launch, '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 (Main, #2, #3, and #4) at launch, remaining till you edit them.

    'Here & Now' clears all fields to default including the DST field but excepting the Name field (this remains unaltered).

    As well as just pointing to a narrative for the day at hand, 'Here & Now' can come in useful, by using it in a synastry chart (i.e. with the /r command switch, /r mychartname.DAT now' will compute today's transits for file mychartname.DAT) to display today's planets in my own houses.   This is easy: launch Astrolog32, set your own chart as Mainchart, and click [Charts] > [Synastry].
    Press 'c' to revert to a single chart-wheel.

    Using chart #2's default 'Here & Now' also serves for making a comparison chart (go Alt+c), which ends up showing today's transits around the Mainchart, and is a very useful switch.
    Press c to revert to a single chart-wheel.



    Getting to Chart #2
    Loading or entering data for Chart #2 you use similar dialog procedures as the Mainchart, - it's [File] > [Open chart #2] or [Edit] > [Enter/Edit chart #2]; switches, Alt+Shift+o, Alt+Shift+z, respectively. 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 valuable option only:
    Chart #2 data 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, now as Mainchart, you can pursue all options with it. (Quicker, go Shift+x to swap them).
    This Shift+x is a toggle, and will switch you to-and-fro, so you can edit, and later switch back.

    NOTE: If Chart #1 is in, say, Horizon mode (or Calendar, Parallel aspects, Harmonic, or centered on Pluto), 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.



    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 (so long as Chart #1 is different!);   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 leaves you with the Mainchart again.



    Multiwheels, Combination Chart
    [Charts] > [Two Wheels], or Three Wheels, or or Four Wheels maximum, (called multiple charts, bi-wheels, synastry charts, in the Helpfile) ~ with these choices, you can pool two charts or more in a single ring.
    Load data to each chart-thread you want as well as Mainchart, using [File] > [Open Chart #x], ([Edit] > [Enter/Edit Chart #x data] in V. 2.05); when they're loaded, then to view them as a multiple chart, go [Charts] > [Two Wheels], [Three Wheels], or [Four Wheels].
    Alt+c, the keyboard switch for combinations, will deliver just chart #1 inside chart #2 - use shift+x to swap.

    A multiple chart is great if one of the charts is your own or a client's, as, using today's positions as the other chart, it reveals what characteristics will be well-met-with, what will not. ~ Or, you can riffle through charts you have searched out, and with Alt+c, compare each with whatever's at chart #2. Find out who's to cultivate, who's to avoid!

    Calling text-mode, only the positions for chart #1 are shown, but pressing Alt+l calls 'Aspects', and here only the aspects cast between one chart and the other appear as a list. A command-switch (or macro) cutting out minor aspects, like -YAR 6 11 1 1 1 1 1 1 ;, may be useful. Alt+k will colour it.

    Of the multiple charts & their data, when in Standard Wheel mode you can only see Chart no.#1 or Chart #2 (view each in isolation as mainchart 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.
    Or, temporarily use a switch/macro to cut out the points from the data, so only the planets are shown (as
    -YR 11 21 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1).

    NOTE: This sets Astrolog32 mode to [Charts] > [Relationship Mode ON]. Switching it off, type c, 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 '=' (equal sign) appends the data for chart #2 to the info bar with chart #1.

    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.

    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.

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


    [Charts] > [Synastry] doesn't look like a multiple chart, - it displays the planets of chart #1 in the houses of chart #2, so it's a virtual chart, it needs c to exit it.

    [Charts] > [Aspects Midpoints grid] serves two-chart data, the 'bi-wheel', see Aspects & the Aspect-Grid; use c to exit it.

    [Charts] > [Date Difference]: this also is a combination chart, (as well as flipping to text), and it needs c to exit it.



    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 called by [Charts] > [Standard], also by hitting c at the keyboard: this isn't a toggle.


    - Aspects & the Aspect-Grid, Parallels, Glyph, Orbs; Fixed Stars -

    Aspects, & the Aspect-Grid: Parallels, Glyph, Orbs
    LISTED AS TEXT
    Aspects for any chart can be displayed listed only as text, either by closeness of aspect to exact (in °, ', "), or with + for applying, - for separating; choose [Lists] > [Aspects], or Alt+l, (which is not a toggle).
    Go Ctrl+x for ordering them 'according to power' according to Astrolog's algorithm. (Ctrl+x is a toggle, which will return you to 'according to closeness').
    Alt+k renders the list in colour, which may help for picking out a particular object..

    To return to the graphical, hit the v key.

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


    A quite different listing, just of those aspects which perfect on your chosen day, or month, or year, is displayed by using the command-switches -d , /dm, or -dY <years>. I think that this command merits a dialog method of raising the data; the command switch seems unpredictable, and finds an whole year's computations understandably too much.   Remember to clear each switch after use, before setting another.


    PARALLELS: Alt+Shift+x is the keyboard switch for parallels and contraparallels, aspects for which a tight orb of 1 degree is typically used. (Alt+Shift+x is a toggle.) For parallels and contraparallels, you need a time-accurate chart datum.

    BI-WHEEL: If your current chart is a bi-wheel, this option only presents you with a text-list of all aspects between the two charts, and not the two individual charts' internal aspects.

    GRIDS

    To view aspects visually, the Aspects & Midpoints Grid, as Astrolog32 calls it, is, like the chartwheel, shown as a graphical grid or a text-grid: go [Charts] > [Aspects/Midpoints Grid], 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 aspect-grids, both text and graphical, update if you press little 'p'. It shifts according to the jump rate & jump factor as set in [Animation].

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

    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. To identify the planets from their glyphs, click here for an illustration, "PLANETS & OBJECTS".

    If you want more objects or points shown (e.g. the Dark Moon, Lilith), then 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'; - to change objects frequently, run a switch or macro in [Run] > [Command Line] for a different selection.
    If it's a bi-wheel's aspect-grid, then the Mainchart's Planets 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. (See tight)

    By experience and custom, smaller orbs-of-the-aspects are used when picking the working aspects between two individuals, i.e. in Synastry - they are muffled because, in John Lennon's phrase, "we are talking   about the space between us all".

    Use keystroke 'c' to revert to Mainchart only.

    As with all Astrolog32's other pages:
    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, - here's my customary nudge about watching the chosen Character Scale (see 'Preparing to Print' below). Switch is Ctrl+5.

    [Edit] > [Copy chart as bitmap] sends an image of the display to the clipboard, to paste up. Switch is Ctrl+6. [File] > [Save chart as bitmap..] will send an image of the display to the \astrolog32\miscellaneous folder. Switch is Ctrl+6.


    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 or hide aspects.
    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, - or use New Macros.

    Currently, if you look in [Run] > [Run command file], Astrolog32 V3.20+ offers to apply any of a selection of orbs: tight, or wide, reduced, for transits, for Synastry, for progressions and directions.




    Fixed Stars
    There are two modes for stars in V2.0x, either:

    The latter option, which lets you keep track of particular malefic or benefic stars, can 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). * It was intended to change this situation, - custom selections being saved in the Config, file, - but at present the problems faced are insurmountable.

    The change back to the Old-Style delivery of Fixed Stars, from the current over-clever 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; go [File] > [Save Current Settings], and save, overwriting 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.

    In Astrolog, Fixed Stars are not among the Objects which can be searched for in [File] > [Search charts].

    The Orbs of Fixed Stars can be altered in [Settings] > [Chart Settings], to a maximum of 4 degrees, but not chosen selectively; so long as you save the Config.file, these settings 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 currently 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 info.

    <<<<         >>>>



      THE BASICS - # 2

    - Power, Uranians, quitting A32, incorporating data -

    Powers - The Reckoning of relative Influence
    Values to all objects each per se can be conferred according to your preferences, by your edits in the Config. file, (in the -Yj, -YjC and -YjA lines); also it can be done, through the [Object Settings] menu; (in both, Astrolog calls power 'Influence'); and, power when-in-transit has defaults in the YjT lines, or [Aspect Settings] menu.
    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' was always at 10 for the major planets and the house-cusps, less or none for minors. With V. 2.02, more detailed values are conferred on objects through the original defaults. If you prefer everything in one place, you can instead go [Edit] > [Edit configuration file..] to inspect/alter all the 'Influence' settings in the Config.file, and then Ctrl+s to save file.

    To see the current chart's values for the objects and aspects, in text-mode go Shift+j. (Shift+v to return to locations).

    Far more values are allocated, for House, for dignities and accidental dignities, if object directly disposits many planets, by ratios inside the program, and these, and your planets' defaults together, are totalled and displayed in '-j', '-j0' text-lists, using these switches in command-line. Fullest explanations are in Helpfile.TXT and Helpfile.HTML, where Walter Pullen calls power 'influence', Valja Abramov calls it 'power', and both have made copious explanations there dispersed in the text, so seek:
    W.P:
    -j: Display astrological influences of each object in chart. ",
    -j0: Like -j but includes. ",
    -D: " - to list power in the aspects,
    -T, -T[p]n : " - to list power in the transits,
    then
    " Determining the strength "
    " Weighted chart. "
    -Yj "
    " For each of the 18 aspects "
    V.A:
    " 4. Power Calculations - overview "
    "   EXPLANATION of POWER CALCULATIONS  "

    Power/Influence values that you choose have a great bearing on Astrolog's Interpretations output.

    Because this feature does not differentiate kinds of power which in my experience have no overlap in their different trajectories, and as the user controls call first for a Delphic knowledge of the ratios, I can't yet make use of these calculations, so I leave the topic to the motivated enquirer.
    Note: As planet Earth is not included in Power calculations, Astrolog cannot reasonably estimate relative power in non-Earth-centred charts.



    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 in much older editions of Astrolog32; 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 would serve, (but only with Astrolog32 V. 1.10, an older release. See FAQs here.)
    By default, though, these are restricted from view and calculation. Select them via [Settings] > [Object Selections].



    Quitting Astrolog32
    [File] > [Exit] used to kill Astrolog32 immediately without any invitation to save charts; with V. 2.04/V2.05, there's a dialog to confirm quit.   Hitting letter q, or Esc key, operates in the same manner, be aware.
    For an immediate program-termination, try Alt+Shift+F4.



    Linking to your own resources in Astrolog32
    Accessible from the open program, Astrolog32 V. 1.3x has only the Helpfile in .TXT format, and the Readme in .HTML format, - only these two editable files hosting an users' custom data, or some of it; more recently, version V2.05 has just the Helpfile.TXT! But any .HTML is useful, as you can present yourself with hotlinks or pictures. Here's how to modify Readme.HTML, or write something similar in \charts..


        DODGE No. 5          

    HTML pages can host hotlinks, or pages, maps or pictures, all of such pages or pictures being downloaded/created then saved in, for simplicity, the \main folder: - with earlier releases, find Readme.HTML in \main, open 'Properties' and alter, un-ticking 'Read only'; then open Readme.HTML in Notepad, and scroll to the Disclaimer: - if you have V2.05 or V3.20+ installed, open \main, \companion_files, and open An_Add-on_Page.HTML in Notepad, where you'll find instructions, in capitals - save back into the Companion, or as suggested here.. -

    tinker icon Either way, you need to insert lines into the bodytext, hotlinking to your site, downloaded or home-made HTML or .DOC, or an image or more: .

    A typical hot-link to raise a local webpage out of the \charts folder, (assuming you installed Astrolog32 to the root folder):
        <a href="file://localhost/C:/astrolog32/charts/An_Add-on_Page.HTML" target="_blank" />my webpage of lookups</a>   works fine... ....at the tags' end, add <br> <br> if there is another..

    Here's a link to raise an image, a 'British DST table' out of ...\main :
        <a href="file://localhost/C:/astrolog32/main/DST-table-image.PNG" target="_blank">DST table</a>   ..

    Online, for linking to a website, any accessing .HTML page you make should contain a link like, e.g, this one to the V2.05 homepage:
        <a href="http://www.astrolog32.altervista.org/index_008.htm" target="_blank">Link to Altervista for atlas, etc..</a>


    BECAUSE in Astrolog32 V. 2.05, Readme.HTML is no more! - For paths, snippets and switches, the easiest dodge is to use the top of the Helpfile.TXT, (which you'll find in \main), as image to right .. but you can't put hotlinks to images or websites.

    OR,
    take over this bundled insert_here.DOC file, it'll host weblinks!

    OR,
    check out using the \charts folder, as here! - or the \miscellaneous folder, here!




    What's in the Helpfile, the older lookups, and TradTech help.
    The Helpfile is a bundled document in Astrolog32, and the essential go-to if you want to understand how Astrolog works and how configurable it is. Both HELPFILE.TXT (and the Helpfile.DOC) present you with the same information - a library of command-switches, - HELPFILE.TXT now has latest changes in its header, - Helpfile.HTML, below, is much easier to move through, and has 2018 helps on Atlases and Macros.

    Click to view..

    Commands Library

    other versions of The Helpfile in HTML are available elsewhere on the Web.

    With the .DOC and .TXT, the keyboard switch Ctrl+f will help you find references to what you seek, by searching the document for an Astrolog command-switch, as information is listed only for each switch. With Helpfile.HTML, menus and hotlinks help to navigate.. - the truth is, there's a lot of vital technical information which in the .TXT and .DOC versions is gadabout and hard to pursue - and note, parts of the Helpfile (all versions) are now out-of-date; they are only partly marked up as such in my HTML ver...

    Valentin Abramov's additions to the end of the original Helpfiles (re. 5.41G, and in 1999) are an easy stroll by comparison, but so are "X WINDOW GRAPHICS FEATURES" and "MS WINDOWS FEATURES", too, and the latter section I recommend to menu-users ~ in Helpfile.HTML there's a direct link ~ just click 'Chapter 7' in my release.


    FIRST USER TIP 1: If, in the .TXT version, the long intro "Readme" is no longer of interest to you, then go 'Find..' (Ctrl+f) to find .."This file contains a complete list of all the features" - that's the real start, for browsing the switches..

    FIRST USER TIP 2: In my .HTML version, the head of the working data is Eight Chapter Overview, "THE LIST OF COMMAND SWITCHES", ten groups of links (which will convey you to Chapter 2's descriptions about the power of each switch and keyboard command).
    For Menu users, Chapter 7, "DESCRIPTION OF MS WINDOWS FEATURES", has nine sections, one for each of the original Menu-buttons, (and every single menu-option uses one of the switches in Chapter 2). Walter Pullen's original file ends with Compiling data.   There follows 'Valja' Abramov's outlines of reworked switches (for the experienced tweaker); following them are outlines of the use of Atlases, New Macros and Astrolog's Reference Numbers.


    Users of this key document need to understand:

    1. that these switches are an advanced option, with a significant learning curve.

    2. a little bit about the program's options (either-text-or-graphics, etc), maybe an interest in, and a slight grasp of, loading switches in the command line (copy switches out of the Helpfile, and learn by trial-and-error), having an eye to how to undo any changes you raise, e.g. by using v and shift+v, or 'kill' or 'revert' switches, etc., - about, see in ABOUT SWITCHES.

    3. 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 nor what follows these, - those semi-colons just mark where the working code ends and the explanation begins (see section below ABOUT SWITCHES > 'Switch Parameters').

    4. In both documents, 'printed' often means 'displayed onscreen', not at the printer!, Options for printing text out are barely covered in the Helpfile.

    5. If you are a newby preferring Menus, this Companion you're reading is aimed to be more helpful, and especially the section Core Tweaks.
    HELPFILE.TXT and Helpfile.DOC are or were both inside the \main folder, and opened via the [Help] menu as standalone windows; with V. 2.05 onward, only TXT remains, along with 'The Companion'.




    What's in the TradTech helpfile, V3.20 onward
    This is a PDF file, and opens, via your browser, from a link in [Help]. It covers methods behind the available Almuten, In Mundo, P.Ds, and Aspect Grids, all charts that the [TradTech] menu-button opens.


    Local help-pages
    This Companion is one of course, with TimeZones and Commands pages, and now contains a sheet of basics for those newly interested in astrology, here.

    Online help-pages
    A number of online resources for Astrolog32 are listed here.
    Check out 'Links', at the developer's V3 page, here.

    Downloadable Widgets
    The Old-Style to New-Style date converter here, for updating Julian Calendar dates.



    Supplementary help-pages as various prompt-sheets are in the program's [Help] menu:

    Most pages open by replacing your chart, and are dismissed again by keypress v - so as not to interrupt your workflow, copy these Helptexts into a separate lookup-document using [File] > (Export) > [Save chart as text], Ctrl+5.
    [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/ (links need updating in 2020)

    [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+w) - enter your birth-town in an online 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.
    [Help] > [Objects] (Alt+3) - lists all available objects and the Fixed Stars, with, in the case of the planets, their Fall, Dignity, Debility and Exaltation signs.
    [Help] > [Aspects] (Alt+4) - lists the aspect glyphs, with the orbs you have set.
    [Help] > [Constellations] (Alt+5) - their names and significance.
    [Help] > [Planet information] (Alt+6) sizes, distances, moons & solar year.
    [Help] > [General Meanings] (Alt+7) - a very basic steer to the kernel of astrology.
    [Help] > [Keystrokes] (question mark) lists the older single keystroke toggles. Note: to 'animate chart', ENGLISH A32 uses 'p', others, 'shift+n' or lately, 's'.
    [Help] > [Switches] (Alt+8) lists the Command Switches, not keyboard switches!
    [Help] > [Obscure switches] (Alt+9) lists the latter group of Command switches.
    [Help] > [Program Status] tells you what charts are loaded.
    [Help] > [About Astrolog32]: (Ctrl+o), is a potted history, now with 'cold' weblinks for current release sites, opens in a separate window.



    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 is the worst, as it closes the program, in versions before, and after, V. 2.04/V2.05, 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.

    - Time-animation, Locking, printing, paste-up -

    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, but they are also in the Animation drop-down, and here, on clicking the Title gif of the Companion, (the right-side, not the left).

    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].

    The days, (hours, .. months, years, decades,..) mark steps in Earth-time only, even when the Central Planet is not The Earth: maybe one day we'll be able to choose any Central Planet's own days or years!

    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 (switch Shift+a), or view your local horizon (switch Shift+z; plus, in the Earth's 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'.   A different use, see Charts centred on planets other than Earth.



    Locking the Chartwheel
    Animating the graphical chart through hours, weeks, or months etc, it can be a challenge when the whole map spins round as time advances, (either because of Rapt Motion or because of the Zodiacal shifts, as opposed to the Proper Motion of planets).
    To cure this, you can lock the wheel's Ascendant or Midheaven to a slow-moving object (e.g. Pluto ...Neptune ...Uranus ...Saturn); you need to write a command switch, as this switch is not in [Run] menu in V2.0x, nor in V3.x0! .. by using the -1 <objnum> switch or the -2 <objnum> switch.

    If you have a use for this, maybe try this initially as an astrolog32.dat macro, as follows, using the easier method 2 described here; here's the script to insert to 'define' this macro, using -1 <objnum>:
    /WM 6 "Locks Sat. to ASC"
    /M0 6 "-1 7 ;"   ..using 7 for Saturn as here, or 8 for Uranus, 9 for Neptune, 10 for Pluto.
    Save astrolog32.dat. The most stable locking of a chart comes from locking on Pluto: <objnum>s for Stars etc won't work.

    Most likely you will need to revert this before your session ends:
    /WM 7 "Resets ASC to normal" ;
    /M0 7 "-1 22" ;   ..for reverting for normal.
    Save astrolog32.dat.
    The same switch will serve in the New Macros menus too - insert these scripts to replace ..e.g. WM6 and WM7, in MACRO_personal.dat or MACRO_default.dat.

    To lock the Midheaven to a planet, use the -2 switch instead of -1; switch shown on right binds Midheaven to Pluto.



    Preparing to Print text
    [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, though in your text outputs, only the lettering and numbers will be shrunk or enlarged.

    Alternatively, [Edit] > [Copy chart as text] sends a text-version to your clipboard, so you can paste and format in a text- editor. (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.
    For set-up of text outputs, see APPEARANCE & IMAGING.
    There's no need to reverse background when printing text nowadays, 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?



    Paste-up from Astrolog32
    [Edit] > [Copy chart as bitmap] (Ctrl+Shift+6): this makes a copy of the chart image, or any other graphical display (& if you are in text-view, it will bounce you into graphical mode) available to you in the Windows™ Clipboard, from which you can paste straight into Word (here, if you are viewing this in an older I. E.); or it can then be pasted into any image-editor that will host bitmaps: you can then save in any format.
    With all releases including the newest V3.20+, the Shift+q switch shrinks the size of the graphic before copying. ~ to get it back to size, use the pull-handle.

    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.
    For set-up of graphical outputs, see APPEARANCE & IMAGING.
    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.


    - (De)Restrictions, 'Save the Setup' -

    Restricting or Expanding what you see: basic chart/data tweaks
    Getting things the way you like it, you can follow two avenues: tweaks for the present session only, and permanent tweaks, such at setting things up.
    The session tweaks are best left to command switches and keyboard switches, or using the menubar until the switches become memorable; the permanent tweaks have to be made at a time when a beginner is unsure about method - they're covered in CORE.

         Appearance  
         Objects     
      See More  
          Rare     
          CORE    
          & Save    

    Just about Session Tweaks & Tropical chartmaking
    For Sidereal users, in Astrolog it's a snap to call Sidereal (toggle 's'), Decans (toggle 'g'), or Navamsa (toggle 'y'), or Domal (toggle 'f') - - these are all simple keyboard switches. Heliocentric is easy, too (toggle 'h'). (See Sidereal, Vedic).

    Unhappily for workaday makers of modern birthcharts in Astrolog, our less-used adjustments to the program (after setup) were assigned many of the simplest keyboard switches (e.g. h, g, s, y, f - all tweaks for Mundane or Sidereal work); this means that for our typical everyday, say for viewing aspect-lists, dispositors, colored text or transits, shift-key keyboard switches do much of the heavy lifting; and for delivering some newly-available lists like Major Configurations we must dig into [Settings] > [Chart Settings] and tick boxes.. (see Midpoints & Planets' Configurations for that journey!). To redress matters, here's a Remedy..

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

     Planning on making these changes stick? ~ important section TWO KINDS OF SETTINGS' SAVE ..


    These 'lets' and restrictions cover most options:
    Mostly Appearance

    [View] > [Colored Text], Alt+k, 'Colored Text' is applied to text not to graphics: (it bounces you into text-mode when set, so to get straight back to the graphic, type v). Your preferences can be made default, - see Core.

    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 'lunch') will hide/show all planets, luminaries and calculated points, like the nodes - just the aspect-lines remain; this is how the chart will print. It will call the graphic-mode, if you're at a text window.

    Hiding aspect-lines, not so easy, but see how-to in About Switches. But Bonus Mode hides lines in Gauquelin Sectors.

    [View] > [Show border] (b is the toggle):   this hides, or shows, the border around the chart, - this will call the graphic-mode. You can't make 'no border' a default feature, except by making the colour parameter for the lines the same as the background colour ~ which is a dodge! ~ but you will lose the horizon-line and MC/IC-line too: achievable by altering astrolog32.DAT, at Main Colors (the -Yk 0 8 line), or through modifying [Settings] > [Color Settings] (and not for newbies).

    [Extra] > [Bonus Mode], (toggle i): Bonus Mode has different operation, according to your display: (in text charts, Bonus Mode calls graphical)
    Beware: setting i in Combination chart, means c to return to chart #1 doesn't work.
      With [Extra] maps and constellations:
    [Extra] > [Constellations ON], (switch f) swaps between 'looking at the sky', and 'looking at the globe'.   (Revert to chart with Shift+v). [View] > [Reverse Background], little x, inverts both your text and graphics colours, (follow it maybe with m for monochrome) - fine if you chose a dark background, but want to print black on white. In earlier versions of astrolog32, you can opt for 'reversed colors' at launch, and simply save astrolog32.DAT; with V.2ox, see CHANGING 'MAIN COLOURS' etc via DIALOG BOX below.

    [View] > [Graphics Mode], [View] > [Text Mode] - (it bears repeating) - swap between seeing a graphical chart, and seeing chart data as text: much quicker typing little v.

    [Settings] > [Calculation Settings] - this dialog avails to set harmonic charts and to opt for another planet at the centre of the chart - but both are quicker by command-switch (see HARMONIC SWITCHES).

    Restricting / Expanding on: Objects, & Stars
    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, (though there are quicker ways).

      1. 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).

      2. 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).

      3. 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).

      4. By way of [Settings] > [Aspect Selections and Settings], Alt+Shift+a: this 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, I suggest to use macros to reset, and then to return to default (MACROS & HARMONICS).

      5. By way of [Settings] > [Planets & Minors Settings]: this 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.

      6. [Settings] > [Cusps & Uranians Settings]: as '6' above, to trim orb of cusps and Uranians

    To make your selections permanent, now go [File] > [Save current settings]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite.

    THE FOLLOWING CANNOT BE MADE DEFAULT, ONLY SESSION:

    7. [Settings] > [Star Selections]: here, select your preferred Fixed Stars, (and, in V. 1.34, go [Settings] > [Include Fixed Stars], switch shift+u): they will appear for the session only. In V.20x, making choices is sometimes sufficient. In V3.20+, I'm finding out.

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

    9. [Settings] > [Calculation Settings], whereby any Central Planet instead of Earth can be selected, with the exception of Moon.


    Restricting / expanding on: What is Calculated & Displayed:

    'Beginner's Option' - see below

    Display more accurate positions of Objects and Points, as a permanent feature: either
    1, in the Config.file, set -b0 to =b0, then:
     [File] > [Save current settings]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite.

    Or, 2. go Alt+b, then:
     [File] > [Save current settings]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite.

    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]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite.

    Switch off redundant Aspects/Change the Orbs: go [Settings] > [Aspect Selections & Settings] which calls the reset-fields for all aspects (bar any orb additions), including if they are to be listed for 'applying' and 'separating'. Astrolog reckons orbs in decimal: in this Companion in ATLASES, there is a converter from minutes of arc to decimal. (Alt+Shift+a also calls this). See BASICS # 1 > Aspects to identify the aspects available, and the symbols used.
    Showing 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.

    In some situations, the switch -gp will present as text, the Midpoints Grid, plus parallels listed. It's unreliable, and not a toggle.

    Quintiles and Septiles are maybe best called with a command-switch which switches them on while switching Major Aspects off. Try -YAR 1 5 1 1 1 1 1 -YAR 6 11 1 1 1 1 0 0 -YAR 12 18 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 ;

    These and other small aspects also may be in Configurations but not noticable in the chart, because the planets are apparently randomly placed around the Radical: use harmonics 2 or 5, to see such things.

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

    [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, see ABOUT SWITCHES.

    [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 on: 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, I suppose.

    [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], (switch Shift+i, a toggle), shows or hides a non-modifiable overall 'power calculation' derived from the aspects and positions in the chart - this only appears in the graphic chart sidebar, so If you're in text-mode, this will flip Astrolog32 into graphics-mode, with the calculation added.


    Core Tweaks
    Beginner's Option
    You can opt for Simplified Mode, (only available with V. 2.02 and after), after your first launch - it's the last option in [Settings], - where you can return to 'Advanced' at any time. This tidier window means a beginner can do chart-making (and viewing and saving), without the siren-calls of Astrolog32's obscurer alleyways.
    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? anything else? ..(see below).. - and then be sure to go:
     [File] > [Save current settings], and save file ; next, go [Settings] > [Simplified Mode] and then again  [File] > [Save current settings], and 'yes' the file-overwrite. and close it, if you mean to keep wth this choice for a while.

    Altering date format:  D-M-Y (Europe/Russ/Afr/N.Z) or M-D-Y (US/Can), - and the 24-hour clock, ~ find this choice in [Settings] > [Miscellaneous Settings]; and change here the number of columns'-width of text-data, whether onscreen or to print.
    This dialog, (Alt+Shift+b), has a field to add or remove cells in the graphics-mode aspect-grid grid, to accomodate more, or less, points or objects, as you make them default or necessary in the [Settings] > [Object Selections] dialog. Go  [File] > [Save current settings], and save file 

    [Settings] > [Sidereal/Tropical]; press s to switch between Tropical and Sidereal view of the Zodiac's offset to the Cosmos. Setting your preference during a session and, before quitting,  saving the Config.file , makes your choice your new default.

    ([Settings] > [Calculation Settings] can set different ayanamsas and a custom Zodiacal Offset for Sidereal charts).   Then, [Settings] > [House Types] sets a different Tropical or Standard Sidereal house system. Which House System to choose? see FAQ > House.
    At the same dialog box, restrictions or lets can be applied to the 'Angles' cusps' data appearing too. Positions for ASC, DESC, M.C, and I.C are not in the chart info, because Off by default, and here this default can be altered -  just save the Config. file.

    Also, you can reset what interpretations you want to see, or chose 'None' in [Settings] > [Miscellaneous Settings]; and maybe add more columns for text to display, as suit widescreens nowadays, - and tackle your Postscript paper settings for printing.

    Your choices of glyphs for Pluto, Uranus, and Capricorn, also Lilith, are in [Settings] > [Graphics Settings].. and  save the Config file  for the changes to stick.

    [View] > [Colored Text], Alt+k, is applied to text not to graphics: you can abandon this default, by altering astrolog32.DAT, (change -k to =k).  Save the Config. file.


    Save your current Setup
    Hidden from us while we change our settings, the astrolog32.DAT file's data in computer memory is undergoing constant re-drafting.. so when we decide to Save Settings, it is the current setup, * with one or two unrequested re-writes to defaults which over-writes the astrolog32.DAT you launched with. A link to do this is in [File] menu.   Then re-launch Astrolog32 to see it's truly saved. (this [File] menu route is the RED METHOD, q.v).   But you can also go Ctrl+s with the file, opened via [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], after editting, so saving it, and * there will be no unrequested re-writes to defaults, (this is the BLUE METHOD).. Which is preferable? click to see.

    For example, your 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 further down for how.)

    NOTE: Any changes you save are reversible.


    EXAMPLE. First, some tweaks by keyboard switches: To set Astrolog32 to, say, 'print nearest second', text, and Sidereal,   go Alt+b; then go s, then v likewise..
    or, if you have version V. 1.34 or before, go [View] > [reverse background],.. or press x, (In V. 2.0x, you must go via menus, CL, or Config.file to permanently abandon white;   in V3.20+ it can be done too, see FANCIER).

    EXAMPLE. Second, some tweaks via the 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]...
    ..to alter orbs of Aspect, go [Settings] > [Aspect Selections & Settings], and edit the 'Orb' fields..

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    Then C. ..NOW THIS WILL OVERWRITE YOUR CURRENT SETTINGS! -ALSO ANY OLD-STYLE MACROS!
      go [File] > [Save current settings]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite, overwriting the Config. file. This is a RED METHOD settings-save.

    From that moment, your changes are the new default, but the Config. file will have been cleansed of anything odd. In V.3.20+, you don't have even to confirm the overwrite.. see new notification image, right.
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    The old-school way (BLUE METHOD) is to go [Edit] > [Edit Configuration file] to review, to alter, then finally save astrolog32.DAT with Ctrl+s.
    One advantage of this method is, it doesn't delete any macros you've created at the foot of the file. and, you don't have to start sessions with a wheelchart. More..
    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. To reverse this, revert to the upper entry, and save.

    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 with Ctrl+s
    Launch Astrolog32. To reverse this, revert to the previous entry, and save.

    Save the file with Ctrl+s ? - OR -  go [File] > [Save current settings]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite. ?
    one doesn't wipe old-style macros you have in astrolog32.DAT, one does: see here.

    For in-depth explanations of edits, try the section dedicated to manual editing CUSTOMISING DEFAULTS via CONFIG.FILE.



    Changing default location/timezone/DST:
    Go [Edit] > / or [Settings] > [Set default location/timezone], or, easier, 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 in to replace defaults)
      5. Home location name ~ type in if atlas doesn't insert; ...
    - if online, go astro.com/atlas.


    After edits,  go [File] > [Save Current Settings..]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite.

    Close Astrolog32 and re-launch it.


    Things that can't be made default are:
    1. The Fixed Stars: they won't appear until called. (V. 3.00 may be different, though)
    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/ a calendar/ interpretations /aspectgrid.. (see what's required for such unconventional options here and here).
    4. Anything on the [Extra] menu.
    5. Chart at launch cannot be other than Earth-centred.
    6. The 'Flower' graphic.
    If you modify the config.file to the point where Astrolog32 no longer works, all isn't lost:

    - Dispositors, 'Flower', biorhythm, transits -

    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 (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.)
    NOTE: using the keyboard shortcut switch shift+j, a bug was apparent in V. 2.04, - text and graphics could overlay, and the background change - using the [Chart] menu method is safe.

    The planets higher in each cell disposit the lower ones, and imagining the arrows as one-way neural pathways, then the lower planets take their nuances from the upper! - the arrows point the other way, though.

    Note, Points cannot be displayed in these hierarchies.

    Where Final Dispositors are bi-corporeal, in my experience both their sets of characteristics, Earthy and Airy, manifest as dominating the chart.

    As in other modes of the program, pressing 'p' makes it update by progression. Use switch v to return to the chart-data.
    Dispositors will vary according to the harmonic chosen, as the planets will fall in different Signs.

    The House Hierarchies may only be correct where the chart time is correct.

    The descending order of planets-by-Sign (below) is a schematic of the chain of dispositions of a chart of W.H.Davies (right); he wrote 'Autobiography of a Super-Tramp', a 1950s 'must read'.




    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], or Alt+Shift+c, is the only way of opting for this graphic, or switching it off.


    Biorhythm Data
    [Charts] > [Biorhythm Chart], (switch 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 switch Shift+x then switch Shift+y, 'today's evaluation' for the Mainchart can be seen. Switch Shift+y is not a toggle.

    The waves' low points reach -100% (said to be a low ebb), .. +100% (said to be buoyant).

    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 cited as chart #1.

    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 <file1> <file2> option is used to generate actual comparison charts.

    For example, to see what your biorhythm is like for the beginning of December, do "astrolog -qm 12 2020 -rb nul yourchart" on the command line and no further input is needed.

    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.

    The -yb <file> switch will display the person indicated in file's biorhythm for today. The -yd <file> switch will display how many months, days, etc old the person in the file is right now.
    There are also switches -yp[0] and -yt which similarly behave like -rp[0] and -rt above but automatically compare to now.

    -Yb <days>: Set the number of days to span for a biorhythm chart.
    It is easy to retrieve the Mainchart, after going switch 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. Or you can press c.



    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. Abandoning 'None', select whether Transit to Natal, Transit to Transit, or Influences... on [OK], the 'hits' are displayed as a list.
    ('Here & Now' button selects 'now, today', for any hits to the Mainchart). Esc key dismisses the dialog.
    Keyboard switch is Alt+Shift+t - press v to return.
    This input dialog also appears when using V. 2.04+'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 V. 2.0x & V. 1.34 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 switch Shift+x, or v for text - both toggles).

    A good tip I gleaned from Philippe's site is to look out for Daylight-Saving applying at a progression or profection day, where it did not on the Radical: or, vice versa!

    NOTE: Usually, orbs are reduced before charting transits - I reckon the pandemonium of daily life hides their approach - V. 2.0x TRANSITI macros do this automatically; otherwise, run a -YAo command switch (that's 'o' not zero) or a macro, temporarily reducing default orbs.


    - Midpoints, & Planetary Configurations -

    Midpoints
    [Lists] > [Midpoints] offers a text-list of the mid-span positions between every pair of the same planet, and pair of the same point/angle, when comparing 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, or appended to other text output.

    See also, in the Aspect-Grid, the midpoints' Signs are displayed in upper right half, both in the graphical and text display.

    Planets' Configurations
    You can append a list of all Planets' Configurations! - both to the Aspect-Grid (text version - see right), and/or to the Aspect List.
    First, click on [Settings] > [Chart Settings], and tick the box for "Text Aspect Grid Shows Aspect Configurations, (text)", - I can't make it default yet - maybe others can.

    Also, click on [Settings] > [Aspect Selections], ticking the box "Text Aspect Lists show Aspect Summary": the configurations will appear after the text-list of aspects, too.


    Configurations reckoned are: Dish, Grand Cross, Grand Rectangle, Grand Trine, Kite, Stellium, T-Square, Yod. Before reviewing the Configurations present, consider restricting Points (i.e. not planetary) in [Settings] > [Object Selections]; or run a macro to suppress them. For pictures of these Configurations, see WORD LOOK-UP, > Configurations.

    Showing these appendices can be made default in the Aspect List, and [View] > [Show colored text] makes a useful switch or default for highlighting, here.



    - Sidereal, Vedic methods with Harmonics, Gauquelin Sectors, Synastry -

    Clicking [Settings] > [Sidereal Zodiac] relocates the zodiac according to its antique linkage with the constellations, named for the Signs: you can use the keyboard switch s, a toggle which switches in/out of Sidereal/Tropical; saving the Config.file will make this choice your default charting mode.

    For a familiar thirteen-box chart, choose 'text-mode', and perhaps Alt+Shift+v.
    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] (which is like [Settings] > [House Types] > [Whole House] - the house divisions each appear 30 degrees across the zodiac, so there are no intercepted signs). Now, Lagna is top-left. [Settings] > [House Types] > [Shripati Houses] will adjust objects' positions from any default Western house-system.

    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 seventeen Ayanamsa settings ~ find here Fagan-Bradley, Hipparchos, Sassanian, & others.

    The trans-Saturnians can be suppressed from their default appearance by de-selecting them in [Settings] > [Object Selections], made permanent by going [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], and saving astrolog32.DAT. Saving the Config.file, astrolog32.DAT, (go Ctrl+9), saves any other alterations you have chosen, too.

    Or keep your options open: press v, then Alt+Shift+v, then just run a macro like /s 24 /YR 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 /J /c 13 ;, when you want a Sidereal perspective, without making Sidereal charting your default.

     Far more extensive options come with V3.20+, like P.D.s, Hora Shastra, a must for some in 2021.

    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, (which are not the third harmonic), can be called by [Settings] > [Special] > [Show decans], or by keying letter 'g' (a toggle).

    Similarly, the Navamsa is three clicks away, via [Settings] > [Special] > [Show Navamsas], or, type letter 'y' (also a toggle).
    If you want both Sidereal & Tropical charting available from a single install, you might opt for Astrolog32 V. 2.04 onwards, as you can run different config. files from the [Run] menu; otherwise, you can write a command switch to bundle all the alterations implicit in such a change (and a switch to flip them back!).

    For harmonic charts otherwise, see HARMONICS.

    Note that no Navamsa nor Decana Kundali chart will save as a .DAT file, only as a _pos.DAT.

    The Interpretations set do not serve for Vedic-cast charts, but could be adapted for users of Indian method; you would have to re-write the input .DATs, perhaps using Ayer's 'Everyday Astrology' for the Bhavas.

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



    [Charts] > [Gauquelin Sectors]
    These re-divide the House-Wheel, nine unequal sectors to each quadrant, interpolated without respect of House Division's irregular spans-by-latitude, apparently according to some exponential scale. They serve to fraction areas of charts for comparative analysis of planets' positions (whether high or low, east or west), set against people's professional career choices, or their lifelong debilities. Charts with their Gauquelin Sectors must be time-exact.
    Keyboard switch is Shift+m.

    The sectors (there are 36) are numbered clockwise from the Ascendant.

    Michel Gauquelin conceived this division of chart areas, which has no burden of past associations, and used France's timed birthcharts to build huge databases. 'The Mars Effect' caused ripples, and drew the 'skeptical' part of the science establishment into a shameful attempt to shut him down, by bogus peer-review.

    Further explanation, in English and French, and the gathered data are available at C.U.R.A..



    [Charts] > [Synastry]
    This feature uses chart #1 datum and chart #2 datum, but makes just one chart, using the House alignment of the Mainchart, chart #1, but displaying the planets of chart #2.
    The keyboard shortcut is Alt+y.
    Use Shift+x to put the planets of chart #1 in the House alignment of chart #2 or press c to revert to Mainchart.

    In terms of use, generally, expect to experience your susceptibility to their planets appearing in your 3rd, 4th and 5th Houses; your adjustment to their planets in your 6th, 7th and 8th Houses; your forbearance with their planets in your 9th, 10th and 11th Houses; and your identification with their planets in your 12th, 1st and 2nd Houses.

    Even although it is a chart 'Having No Time or Space', Interpretations can be run on this chart, as Astrolog doesn't forbid even quite pointless exercises!

    To see hits between the two charts, though, you need a Comparison Chart - see Multiwheels.

    The Synastry chart may equally just rely on a 'Here & Now' chart at chart-thread #2 to supply a display of transits; check out 'Here & Now' and Chart #2 section, if you need to set up #2.
    This is my favourite display, and can be called straightway with New Macro F1, or a command switch like this:   -r mychartname.DAT nul

    On a related thought, if you want to see a graphic of how others see you, and you know your birth-time, try this dodge..


        DODGE No. 6          


    Open Astrolog32, and create, or find, your chart - mychartname.DAT - it should be time-exact; with the [Edit] > [Edit Mainchart data] open, amend the latitude of the chart to its opposite, i.e. if xx:00N, make it xx:00S. To the longitude, add 180°. so .. 75°:00W, make that 105°:00E.
    'OK' the chart, it will have the 7th as the 1st, the 4th as the 10th, and overall portray how you 'come across entirely' to people who meet you - those kinds of people now indicated by the Ascendant.
    This chart can be saved as a .DAT file.
    There's an easier way, using the /X1 command switch.. see here.

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      THE BASICS - # 3

    - Directory Paths, rising/setting, horizon -

    [Settings] > [Directory Settings]
    tinker icon 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, or another location for the folders.
    THESE V.2.xx VERSIONS. The Directory-fields in the image above are the default paths offered in Astrolog32 V. 2.02 and V.2.05. They are no longer the best paths: in all versions of Windows AFTER XP, these locations will not work, really at all.   See below for your better options, with Windows 7 and after.

    So although by default they install to 'Program Files', C:\Program Files\Astrolog32\.. (as seen), these V.2.0x versions will adjust to any other location, and they will direct calls to their folders having amended these paths automatically, if, as you should, you opt out of 'Program Files' during the installation (viz. see third 'Directories' image)


    NOTE that if you have moved your Astrolog32 V. 2.0x after install, (and certainly if you have installed V. 1.3x other than at C:\astrolog32), you will find you have to change these paths and save the Config.file (or, of course, move the Astrolog32 folder back to where you first chose, maybe in an older version, to C:); then it can work.. (and you may need to re-make shortcuts to astrolog32.exe, to launch the program).

    tinker icon So, to change what's in these fields, you can browse to your intended target-folders, then you can copy from the address-bar showing the folder, if in XP or before; releases after Vista need a right-click in the address-bar, and 'Copy address as text'.. and insert them in the appropriate fields, 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" faq, here


    IN EARLIER VERSIONS. note the difference with this set of Directory-paths (at right) - these are the default paths in Astrolog32 V. 1.34, and are in fact serviceable for V.2.02 and V.3.20.. 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 install your Astrolog32 V.1.3x 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).   Humph!

    But this is a good location for V.2.02+ and V3.20+; for V.2.05, install to the target folder in the next illustration.



    Next, here are the paths for an english-language V. 2.04/5 install at C:.

    Although the installer process will propose the \astrolog32 folder at the root C:, in fact another folder, called \astrolog, needs to be interposed by you, or the New Macros will not work. Ideally, the extra folder would be made by the Astrolog32 V. 2.0x installer during installation, - but it isn't..
    You can successfully create it now and then park \Astrolog32 within it; but make sure the directory paths in your personal astrolog32.DAT are correct, once it is up-and-running.

    This is the best location for V.2.05



    With an eye to the future of Astrolog32, here are the paths for a V. 3.20 install, in an User's 'Videos' library: nowadays the filepath can be nice and short, and notes in the dialog-box state the contents of each target-folder.

    The New Macros will work fine.



    [Lists] > [Rising & Setting] & [Charts] > [Local Horizon]
    There is a graphical and a text version, and only the text option is in [Lists].

    The text-list details Zodiacal degree and time for all risings, culminations and settings, during the whole day in question. Fixed Stars can be included individually, or by [Settings] > [Include Fixed Stars]: any planet except The Moon can be Central.
    You can call these via Alt+Shift+l for text (not a toggle, and that is l for 'lima').

    The graphical, which is called by going [Charts] > [Local Horizon] shows the spread of the luminaries & planets around the horizon, pointing up their culminations, upper and lower, also quadrant and conjunction, - pressing p for progression becomes a demonstration of the changing night sky, if Jump Rate is 'Hours'; pressing i makes the markers for locations more clear.
    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.
    Go switch Shift+z (not a toggle) for graphics.

    When Saturn or further-out planets are made Central Planet, then if we assume that Change there, as on Earth, relates partly to shifts of other planets, this animation reveals the very poor yogas of these distant worlds, that at home they are seldom conflicted or changed, places of monotony.


    - 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 switch Shift+l, (not a toggle, and that is l for 'lunch'). To escape to the standard chart, press Shift+v.

    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.



    [Lists] > [Interpretations]
    This feature is a text-file generated ad-hoc by Astrolog32 to describe personality traits that would arise, if the mainchart data is a birth-chart.
    What interpretation-set you see is controlled by [Settings] > [Miscellaneous], where there are two permutations of interpretation-sets to choose from (on the right of the dialog's window). (With V. 1.3x, seeing any 'alternative' interpretations at all depends on whether you have downloaded the 'Interpretations' zipfile and extracted it to where Astrolog32 expects it to be, \interpretations.)
    If you select 'alternative' in the [Settings] > [Miscellaneous] window, you can choose one of six different levels of editable alternative interpretations, and 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.

    It isn't possible to make the alternative selection the default selection.
    These interpretation snippets are generally held to serve well 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 in Astrolog's 'hidden' name will seem absurd when you read through any interpretations provided! - so maybe, open [Edit] > [Edit Mainchart Data], and edit the 'Name' line, before calling Interpretations.



    Globe-Map/Sky-Map: (Two Points-Of-View):
    [Extra] > [Constellations On]
    This sets the maps on, but with an outward perspective: so does switch Shift+f, a toggle that thereafter only switches from skymap to earthmap.

    Other triggers for maps are switch Shift+g - delivers Equatorial Globe or Equatorial Constellations, and switch Shift+p, [Extra] > [Show Polar Globe] / [Polar Constellations], sets to the South Pole - press i for North Pole.

    In all cases, switch Shift+f switches from looking in to looking out.
    All these maps can be modified, by going switch i, or switch p. Bonus Mode incorporates the planets, in graphics mode, with these [Extra] options ; it is a toggle more handily driven by the keyboard switch 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, with the "world map in Mollewide projection" flag from the Graphics Settings dialog.

    Toggle p, and trying [Extra] > [Globe Tilt] > [any value to increase, ] [ to decrease, ] can have the globe rolling everyway, as well.

    To escape to the standard chart, press Shift+v.

    In V.3.40, [Extra], a fine 3D Celestial Sphere illustrating the obliquity, Zodiac and Great Circles will be found, an import from Astrolog 7.

    - Calendar, ephemeris, non-Earth charts -

    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 (Shift+6) for 'progress by years', then the p keyboard switch.
    The keyboard shortcut for Calendar is switch Shift+k, which then also toggles between the 'Month' and 'Year' view.

    To escape to the standard chart, press Shift+v.



    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.
    Switch Shift+e calls the same thing. The toggle switch 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 controls of what gets displayed, see example of switches for printing off the ephemeris here; it shows midnight positions.

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

    The ephemerides obey Astrolog32's calls just fine, but a significant bug exists with charts before 1 A.D., which with Roman-period charts we have to know about, - it's then easily fixed when you read this.


    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, although you'd hardly notice..

    OBTAINING EPHEMERIDES:
    Clicking DOWNLOADS (home-page of V.2.05), 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 charting the past, the following zips include 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.



    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 alright, 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.

    Quicker than opening [Settings] > [Calculation Settings], use switches: the switch -h 10 will set Pluto as central (interesting, but the view from Pluto isn't great..); revert with -h 0.
    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 switch 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].

    NOTE: The glyph for our Earth is a circle, with an upright cross in it - see images to right, and in Word Lookup.

    An alternative view of the Solar System is available with [Charts] > [Solar System Orbit], or switch 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]; then press the p key - it will cover a century in 16 minutes - and p will stop it again.


    - "Open with" as an option, chart db -


    'Right-click & Open' doesn't work, and what you might do about it.:
    tinker icon 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 .DATfiles 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. 7          


    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.
    Or you might 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, - or .as (lists are available on the web of file-extensions already in use).
    1. create a duplicate of any .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). You will be asked "If you change a file-name extension, it could become unusable. Are you sure etc..??" - go "Yes"
    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.

    Anyway, it's beyond me how to modify the file properties of .DAT files, having tried!
    Instead of .A32, consider too the suffix .as, as it's used in the current US-based Astrolog 4, 5, 6, 7.



    The Celebs' Charts, and finding more raw data..
    The 'Celebs' download consists of a big starter pack of charts, (the pack I downloaded holds 1724), of mostly Italian, United States', and German notables - all Astrolog-compatible .DATfiles with with good time data at least at first appearance - however, with a large number of the current batch (2018), the timezone has not been set right or at all (correct some with my World Time-Offsets page); many seem speculative, with regard to time, being at odds with Rodden's Astro-Databank, a well-curated resource, or with the Gauquelins' meticulous data, while some contain major clangers. Most charts are named surname-first, so that they can be made alphabetical order lists in a Windows™ or Astrolog search. Find them at Robbie Luporini's site here.

    There's a potential nuisance value to putting these or other collections 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!   In V 3.20, 'Celebs' Charts' are in a special pop-up; in V.2.05 if the folder is put in \charts, they can be opened from there via [File] > [Open Main Chart], then double-click the 'Celebs' folder to access them.

    Pretty good chart data of well-known people can be browsed at Rodden's Databank at Astro.com, but charts there are not .DAT files. Each chart datum is assessed for its likely exactness, and rated.
    At CURA you can find still the data collected from French record-offices by Michel and Francoise Gauquelin, although it is in tab-separated-value tables in HTML docs.
    If you are willing to chart with no initial time data, Wikipedia's dates of birth are quite good, but French Wikipedia better for charts before 1752, or before 1918 in Russia or before 1926 in Greece, Turkey: there you'll find both Old-Style day and Gregorian day given. The least reliable data in my experience is 'Birthday Today' sites, which garner click-thrus by offering the names of notables day-by-day. I hope to publish my own set of 650 datfile charts by 2022, and I mean them to be accurate beyond contestation.

    Of course the best data is the birthdays you can glean from your family and acquaintances, and your own, especially if you can discover time of birth. These are the surest building-blocks towards certainties in your subsequent work.

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      # 4

    - INSTALLING.

    V. 2.05_with New Macros   <Pick Your Release>   V. 1.34_Standard
          V2.02, and V3.20+
    INSTALL V.2.05 If you need an install that's almost a breeze, avoiding any complication of re-writing paths, it takes only six minutes to have running R. Luporini's 2018 version, 2.05. It downloads in a compressed, self-extracting/installing file called Astrolog32_v2_05_setup.exe - click on the blue truck to transfer to its hosting site.. or you can choose the lighter package, V.2.02, (see below).
    If you do your charting out-and-about, you can target the self-extracting installer onto removable media, to install there.

     Runs on 2000™, Xp™, Vista™, Windows 7™, Windows 8.1™, Windows 10™.
    Under Xp, Vista, 7, 8, 10, be wary of installing as Administrator.
    ..if you want to run Astrolog32 as a user..

    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
    At the same website, see also 'american.UDP.zip', a compressed batch of the seventeen most populous US states, which you can download and, later, unzip-and-install into the \atlas\american folder that 2.05 will create. (Other state and international zipfiles are at Altervista).
    TIP 1: if you have Astrolog32 installed already, HIDE that installation's astrolog32.DAT file! - see why & how here.

    TIP 2: have this check-list open as you install!
    : double-click Astrolog32_V2_05_setup.exe...
    This is a software that customises itself in many ways, so the installer hits you with options straightaway.. best, then, to be as fresh as the morning, and with your choice of Timezone and Advanced-or-Simplified option understood..
    1 pick your preferred language ~ easy, but you can't change it, later..

    2 A 'Setup wizard' dialog appears
      Welcome to the Astrolog32 setup Wizard!     ~ [Next]..
    3 License Agreement ~ Scroll down for the important bit:

    If you want to use the New Macro system, you might highlight-and-copy that path for your install C:\astrolog\Astrolog32..but to install elsewhere, read this paragraph

    choose the 'Accept' button ~ [Next]..

    4 accept, or browse to, a destination for the install ~ C:\Program Files is a workable choice ONLY under Windows Xp and before so avoid that location, and if you aim to run New Macros, you might paste in the path I suggested you to copy in the previous dialog., ~
    C:\astrolog\astrolog32 ~
    the installer never, unfortunately, ever forgets a miswritten path

    ..., at CONFIRM (step 6 below), installer will come back with that path C:\astrolog\astrolog32....

            ...or, wherever else, ~ C:\Users\YourName\Documents\astrolog32 - or somewhere other...

      ~ [Next]..

    5 accept, or browse to, a destination for the program's shortcut ~ easy ~ [Next]..

    6 Both paths from dialog 3 and dialog 4 need acceptance ~ CONFIRM..INSTALL? ~ [PROGRAM INSTALLS]..

    Chartframe is made; a new dialog set starts..


    7   Alerting Dialog, preparing you for if your country isn't in the download, may state
    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! ~
    This zipfile-download site mentioned is replaced by Altervista's! ~
    If your country's not one of the nine, read on.. or just pick anywhere.. you can amend later with this tool! ~ [Next]..


    8 Big decision at Regional Choices:
    do you like 6-22-1985, or 22 June 1985,   Crucially, Sidereal or Tropical? (see Word LookUp)
    BE WARNED, with V.2.0x and V.3.20 - if you click 'Indian', then prefer either of the others, 'Indian' data won't quit the fields, and you have to start over;
    - likewise, choose 'American', then prefer another, and Washington's +5 hr. TZ won't quit.

    ..be aware you cannot revert this choice, once the program is installed.

    ~ [Next]..


    9 Default Location and Timezone: choose a town you make most charts in ~ unless you chart in London, either:
    A, click 'Call Atlases', and select 'International'.. see here for a guide to working the atlases' window.. but
    B, U.S. users!, and anyone not catered for ~ EITHER 1. just click 'London' for now, collect your state-file later, and amend! ~ (see what's involved to amend, first here, Obtaining Atlases...then, next here, Changing defaults..

    OR 2. if online right now, Google-for-and-enter co-ordinates for your home-town..'XX:xx'xxW( or E)', 'XX:xx'xxN( or S)' in the appropriate fields, type your town's name in 'Location';

    OR, 3, at any stage, browse to www.astro.com/atlas and use Searchbox, picking 'the USA', then 'Birth town', for your town's co-ordinates, type them and the town-name in the appropriate fields.

    OR 4, For a locally sourced makeshift, here's 14 Commonwealth & European Locations!, or browse 65 World Cities.
    then ~ [Next]..

    ..... what timezone you are in ~ Brits/Irish/Icelanders! installing V. 2.0x! you are NOT in zone -1, change to 0! - that -1 is a continental default!
    .. if not in the default timezone, open this Companion's 'Times' page, to find out how many hours from Universal Time, (Astrolog's core-time), + or -, to enter:

      otherwise, for USA..


    USA
    Alaska
    AKST
    Pacific
    PST
    Mountain
    MST
    Central
    CST
    Eastern
    EST
    Atlantic
    AST

    put 9
    put 8
    put 7
    put 6
    put 5
    put 4

    ~ [Next]..

    10 Directories' paths offered for checking, check how you're routed, .. see how they match here..
    ~ [Next]...

    11 simplified or advanced mode? ~ you choose Advanced, you can change later ~ [Next]..

    12 click [Finish] and it launches, with a pop-up; when you click 'Save', all your choices are written to astrolog32.DAT, ~ for regular reference by the program; you may be asked to 'OK' that, and certainly then save it.. make sure the Save is to \main ...and the install is complete. (..It is a weird feature of this legacy-ware - so accept the offered astrolog32.DAT. If you don't, you will still have to on re-launch! ..saving it to the \main folder.)

    NEW MACROS WILL WORK ELSEWHERE!
    When choosing a non-default location for the installation, as with Win 7, 8 & 10 we must, the reason that V2.05 may not acknowledge that part of the contents of \miscellaneous is anywhere in your newly-installed \Astrolog32 bundle is that trying to raise MACRO_personal.dat, it seeks a set-up file for MACRO_personal.dat along the wrong path!.
    So, although V2.05, towards the end of the installation process, gets the required 'Save' of the Config. file to the \main folder : and, although the program-internals themselves too have already taken your address-paths paths on board, and the Config. file has registered and will even display your chosen path (around line 164, the DIL: line), calls to open MACRO_personal.dat are rejected on the following basis:

    File
    "C:\Astrolog\Astrolog32\miscellaneous\MACRO\PERSONALE\personal.dat"
    not found in directory your chosen path astrolog32/charts..   ..(as, after \MACRO\PERSONALE\, \charts would be the first and only other place it looked).

    To have the personal.dat file working, you must re-write the path to it, .. the path is at the very top of MACRO_personal.dat ..so, find the actual path and edit MACRO_personal.dat to match accordingly, using Notepad. V.3.20 avoids all potential confusion by eliminating the Config. file's address lines!

    WHAT TO DO STRAIGHTAWAY: immediately, pull out the chart to a size you like, then to set things up further, read De-Restrictions > Core: dive into [Settings] for them, make your first picks, and then go [File] > [Save current settings], and save file.

    NOW SET A RESTORE POINT, via 'Control Panel': in and after Win 7, the operating system can and does eliminate programs installed after a last Restore Point, if any malfunction occurs.

    MAYBE DOWNLOAD 'Celebrity Charts' from Altervista: installing and use instructions are there.

    NOW'S THE TIME TO SELECT 'SIMPLIFIED MODE' IF YOU WANT (item at the bottom of [Settings] menu); and then go [File] > [Save current settings], and save file.


    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 a handy place like a Console folder, or "My Documents", so, if you're a pc tenderfoot, you'll never need to browse to the root C: with 'Windows Explorer™'.

    With V.2.05, sometimes my program's internal path to \charts (see also, here), decides to be overridden by some chance.. I cannot tell why, but saving to the default target folder seems to defeat this apparent bug.


    Options after installing, for V..2.0x releases and after: Commonwealth, Britain, Ireland, Asie/Asia, Russia, Europe, Africa, South America: - Choose as default atlas, 'International', not 'USA':..
    For V2.02, Thomas K. devised a switch you can incorporate into astrolog32.DAT, which will survive there as long as you don't go [File] > [Save current settings..]. Insert this new switchline, if it's absent:
    #UseInternationalAtlas ;
          here's the excerpt from today's astrolog32.DAT:

    ... and the International atlas will open first, instead of the U.S. states option.
    If you lose this switch, you can write it in again - just NOTE there's a space after "..Atlas" but before the semicolon.


    To get an all-embracing Astrolog32 package, you may want, later perhaps, to expand the atlas to or beyond your home country or 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 below, 'atlas' section); or in the second, more .se1 files (see how above, 'ephemeris' section), ~ and, if you run NT4, you'll need Winzip or WinRAR to unzip them.




    INSTALL V. 1.34

    TIP 1: if you have Astrolog32 installed already, HIDE that installation's astrolog32.DAT file! - see why & how here.
    V. 1.34, last of the V. 1.3x releases, may still be circulating, - it downloads as a zip file, Astrolog32v134en.zip which with Win'98, NT4 or Win ME will need to be extracted with a program like Winzip® or WinRAR®. And so with these, difficulties arise: unless you know how to re-write the paths in astrolog32.DAT (not a hard thing to do, but unfamiliar!), then Winzip® must be prevented from unzipping its contents to the folder it (WinZip) regards as default (a situation which modern users may be caught off-guard by: Winzip® offers the choice of other destinations.. but needs to be steered to only the one, below).

    So to kick off,
    I advise you to make that default folder before unzipping, at the root folder C:, viz:
      C:\astrolog32

     Runs on Windows98™, Millenium™, NT4™, 2000 Pro™, Xp™, Vista™, Windows 7™, Windows 8.1™, Windows 10™.
    Under Xp, Vista, 7, 8, 10, be wary of installing as Administrator,
    ..if you want to run Astrolog32 as a user..

    The download site is now down for good.. but with the zipfile, tackle Stage 2 in one of two ways:
    Stage 1:
    The Old Way: using Winzip or similar read any "You are about to download" dialog-box target-line carefully; I write this because what may happen (using ANY file-extracting program) is that the unzipped files may otherwise go, with a mind of their own, either:With WinZip you must intervene to route the extraction, first to the root C:, open the box with a 'plus' in it, and highlight C:\astrolog32, see image to right.

    NOTE: If you click 'create folder' within the extractor program, it will create a folder 'C:\Astrolog32v134en', which is the wrong name.. tho' you can correct it..



    Stage 1, modern alternative: Double-clicking on the zipfile in Xp and after, in the absence of Winzip® or WinRAR®, raises an 'Open With' dialog box with a simpler option - choose 'Compressed (zipped) folders' and go 'OK' - another window opens with the contents in a dummy-folder - go Ctrl+a, Ctrl+c, and then paste the three folders in the astrolog32 folder you made. This is easy; a Good Result! Open \main, and double-click astrolog32.exe...see on: Welcome to Astrolog32!, below..


    Stage 2:
      Welcome to Astrolog32!   ~ it may continue with geekspeak the Configuration files could not be found ~ which, ignore..
    (this tells you that the program hasn't searched for and copied a copy of astrolog32.DAT from a an installation elsewhere on your pc.. which for me is a relief - see FAQ > About borrowing)


    Stage 3:
    This is a software that customises itself to your choices, so the installer hits you with 'Hows?' and 'Wheres?' almost straightaway as it configures itself to you: read this 'Regional Choice' dialog carefully..
    do you like 6-22-1985, or 22 June 1985,   Crucially, Sidereal or Tropical? see Word LookUp


    ..be aware you cannot revert this choice, once the program is installed.


    Stage 4:
    Make the best you can, (you can correct it later), of 'Default Location & Timezone' (if online, enter your birth-town in the searchfield at this page, for your co-ordinates); otherwise, here's 14_Commonwealth & European locations, or 65 World Cities, to get you close, and for your timezone, the local 'Times' page.


    Stage 5:
    Accept 'Directories' (at the root folder you made, they should look like these).


    Stage 6:
    When you click 'Finish', all your choices are written to the nascent Config. file astrolog32.DAT ~ for regular reference by the program; you may be asked to 'OK' that, and certainly then save it.. make sure the Save is to \main ...and the install is complete for now. (astrolog32.DAT is a weird and wonderful 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 if far abroad, in 65 World 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 75.42W | Adelaide 34.56S 138.36E | Dunedin 45.52S 170.30E

    | Belfast 54.35N 5.56W | Groningen 53.13N 6.33E | Madrid 40.24N 3.41W | Dusseldorf 51.13N 6.46E | Vienna 48.12N 16.22E


    TIMEZONES from UK/UT: Perth T.Z. = -8, Adelaide T.Z. = -9.30, Sydney T.Z. = -10, N.Z -12 | EST T.Z. is 5, .. PST is 8.


    NOW SET A RESTORE POINT, via 'Control Panel': after Win 7, the operating system can and does eliminate programs installed after any last Restore Point, if any malfunction occurs.

    STRAIGHTAWAY, pull out the chart to a size you like, then, to set things up further, read De-Restrictions > Core: dive into [Settings] for a look around, make your first picks, and then go [File] > [Save current settings], and save file.
    (example picks might be.. key-press m then x, if you don't like blue; change your house-type to Campanus..)

    After the install, when you've looked & seen what state(s) may be still lacking to you for your work, go to atlases at the Altervista downloads and download atlas zip-files as required, ready to be unzipped into their appropriate \atlas folders.

    To install V. 1.3x in a folder other than at C:, the whole of this section of 'Customizing the Config.file' may help, here.

    Troubleshooting: here's a link to a FAQ..



    INSTALL OTHER:

      Other flavours of Astrolog32:   T. Kubec's self-installing V. 2.02, a precursor to V. 2.05, is available at orionsoft. Or Click on the gray truck at the very top of this Companion, and install anywhere but C:\Program Files or C:\ProgramData - it's much simpler than V.2.05 and there are no New Macros or bundled atlases, just remember not to install as 'Administrator.
    Like V2.05, this release offers Simplified Mode as an option (follow V2.05 install from Step 8); and like V2.05 you may have to intervene to save astrolog32.DAT to your new astrolog32\main folder, and hide astrolog32.DATs in prior installations, first.


      Other flavours of Astrolog32:   James Ren's new V.3..20+ marks his pro-Classical release as arriving at a stable plateau: installing itself is a very simple two- or three-step affair, so Click on the green truck at the very top of this Companion, just remember not to install as 'Administrator':
    Stage 1:   Read Information and then download Astrolog32_V3_30_setup.zip to your C:\unzipped, or C:\Users\YourName\downloads, or what-have-you.

    Stage 2 (optional):   Save a copy of Astrolog32_V3_30_setup.zip to your 'Documents' folder somewhere: releases of Windows at '7' and after may delete some executables installed by a user, if some problem arises. Installs in C:\ or Documents should not be affected, but this way, you have a spare..

    Stage 3:   Open your C:\unzipped (or what-have-you) folder and either:
    Either 1. right-click the setup executable, then 'Extract', to be presented with a dialog showing an editable path and saying:
    'Select a destination & extract files':

    Choose either one of your libraries (Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos) or maybe your 'Desktop' or 'Downloads folder, or... Choose 'Computer', then choose C:\, or a folder you've made there..
    - you can invent a folder there or anywhere - the installer will make it..
    - and wherever you choose, it will create a folder within called \Astrolog32_v3_30_setup

    Double-clicking on that invokes the installer ..and creates the program-folder within the setup folder:

    You could, accordingly, end up with:
    • C:\Astrolog32_v3_30_setup\Astrolog32, or..
    • C:\Users\Dodger\Videos\Astrolog32_v3_30_setup\Astrolog32, or..
    • C:\Users\Dodger\Downloads\Astrolog32_v3_30_setup\Astrolog32 (filepath a bit long?)


    Or 2 (neater!). Decide wherever you want to run Astrolog32 V3..20+ from - namely of course, anywhere but Program Files; (for, unless you have Windows Xp or Win '98 still, you won't be able to save a thing there); and favour a shorter file-path.
    double-click, and again double-click, and the installer and all the Readmes are shown in a 'dummy' folder-window, and you can (Ctrl+a) highlight-&-copy (Ctrl+c) all the Readmes and the installer together, pasting them all in the folder where you have decided to install the program.

    Right! it's time to run the executable astrolog32_V3_30_setup,
    after 'pick language, (you are offered an extra language, Chinese, for which you will need a chinese font),

    ..the installer will offer to make a folder 'astrolog32' right there: Accept! the program will install, - then you can, if you want, delete the ..setup file and Readmes, after.

    You could, as viable targets, end up with:
    • C:\Astrolog32; you chose "C:\", (nice 'n'short), or..
    • C:\Users\Dodger\Videos\Astrolog32, you chose your 'Videos' library, or..
    • C:\Users\Dodger\Downloads\Astrolog32, see image, right
    3 & 4, Agree to a desktop shortcut, accept paths you've chosen,

    5, [PROGRAM INSTALLS]..

    6, New Dialog-set explaining the atlases available..

    7, 'Completed Install' announcement

    Without more ado, the first chart is made: now is the time to make primary Settings choices (see Core), and ..

    Straightaway, you'll need to set up the program for your place of charting-most-often - go [Settings] > [Set Default Location/Timezone], (or Alt+shift+d).; select your state and town as best you can with the Atlas (of 17 US states, and 9 nations: Czech is not present; seek out ez.atl at astro.com; also lo.atl, for Slovakia).

      ..else, use online info available at Astro.com,
      or, come close with 65 World Cities data
      and my local 'Times' page for timezones;

    and now go [File] > [Save Current Settings] and Save File.

    Your updated time and place will appear on relaunch.


    WHAT TO DO STRAIGHTAWAY: immediately, (if you have V.3..20+, pull out the chart to a size you like) then to set things up further, read De-Restrictions > Core: dive into [Settings] for them, make your first picks, and then go [File] > [Save current settings], and save file.

    NOW SET A RESTORE POINT, via 'Control Panel': after Win 7, the operating system can and does eliminate programs installed after a last Restore Point, if any malfunction occurs.

    NOW'S TIME TO SELECT 'SIMPLIFIED MODE' IF YOU WANT (item at the bottom of [Settings] menu); and then go [File] > [Save current settings], and save file.


    Within a day of using this 'easy-install' release, I thought, looking through the \main folder, the Config. file had been forgotten, or become a relic .. not so: it seems that now, until you open and alter [Settings] > [Set default location, Timezone], (Alt+shift+d), or save some other tweak, no Config. file will be generated. I had got none as I chart at Astrolog32's default zone, in London, i.e. U.T.
    When one is created, be advised, there are no address-paths in it, and you can move your installed program about with cut-and-paste, and it will still work (probably!).
    Much of this Companion's Customising Defaults by Config File still applies, though the color-numbers are different.

    But what if you use an old V2.05 Config File? wonder no more: the address-paths of an old Config File will be half-ignored, as the V3.20+ soft-wires its paths to environment variables (see Stage 2 above).You can introduce elements of a preferred astrolog32.DAT into V3.20+'s, but don't import the paths.

    <<<<         >>>>




      # 5

    - THE ATLASES - two wonderful gazetteers.

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

    Both of 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).

    In [Edit] > [Edit chart data..], 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 usually 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 (though V3..20+ offers suggested offsets).

    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. Proceed to 3...

    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), - each atlas has also its own filter, in 'Advanced Settings' (more, see below). If this doesn't unearth your place, you can browse all the locations in any State or Country in Blocks; that you may start with the First Block, the Middle, or the Last, is an useful option when, in Texas, 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   rectangular 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.


    Non-U.S. astrologers with V2.04 and after, can insert a new line into astrolog32.DAT, so that 'International' is the default atlas. See here.

    Both Atlases are very extensive, and, if you have TimeZone data to hand as well, you have a terrific tool for chart-making. Much credit to Antonio Ramos!
    For Antonio Ramos' detailed advice on handling the atlases, click here for a zipped package of his three pages.

    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.

    In the atlas name field, putting any accented letters will confuse it, the same goes for apostrophes although they may appear in the name you get back. E.g. answering requests to the Iran or Iraq files, many returns may begin with an apostrophe: but unlike with the Hawaii file, requesting only returns with initial apostrophe from Iran/Iraq files has no effect.

    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'; see below.

    Whether you have just one, sixty, or lots of states' or countries files in your atlas folders, you also must have, in \american folder, the file states_list.atl; in \international folder, the file countries_list.atl.


    I have re-editted Antonio's US atlas in a 'speedy' version - the schools, beaches, malls, golf courses and such I have mostly editted out, as they are duplicating 'town' entries, or else deserted. You will find part of this atlas used in V3.20+. If you have these files, you will see the suffix is .ATL, not as formerly, .atl, - for fuller info, see my Revised US Atlas Readme.

    To cut out the unnecessaries, by choosing 'Advanced Settings', any group of entries (apart from 'civ', 'ppl' and 'loc', say), can be hidden for your work-session.

    Where Puerto Rico is concerned, Spanish word-order greatly thwarts alphabetic searches, as the descriptors come first in Spanish, (e.g. Centro Xxxx, Residencial Xxxx) : better to open pr.atl in Notepad, and then go Ctrl+f.

    NOTE: An unique feature of the US states' atlas currently is that at first glance, small, even quirky private places are shown alphabetically, and towns, cities and villages are among them: towns, villages and cities proper are also in isolated sequences in the listings, hived off by their being prefixed. So here's the trick:


        DODGE No. 8          

    To go straight to all Villages, Towns or Cities, in an US state: In 'first letters', type 'City of' without the quotes, click 'Search Atlas' and scroll down - all cities in a state are listed in sequence; Or, likewise, type 'Town of', or 'Township of', without the quotes, and scroll down - all towns in a state are listed in sequence. Other sequences are 'Borough of...' (Pennsyl.), 'Village of...' (Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin): 'University of...' gives inconsistent results, - try it, but then commonly-used names of universities.

    AK, DC, KY, NE and NV have townships dispersed among general listings.


    HAVING A LOOK INSIDE AN .ATL
    Atlas files in \international begin with @0500 - you will see this if you open one in Notepad - and if a nation has administrative regions, these are then listed, with their two-letter or two-number codes; below that, each actual location has its own line, starting with quality-of-name-indicators (N,V) and size-indicators, or just dashes, then the co-ordinates; any admin. code; and finally the locations' name is gazetted, this being in alphabetical order.


    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:.. where, "Feature" is a place 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
    Get to these dialogs by clicking [Edit Mainchart data] > [Call Atlas] as appropriate, then [Advanced].

    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 one-minute stages.

    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. Other House Systems haven't got this constraint.
    INSIDE A TYPICAL .ATL FILE




    COUNTRY FILES: THE HARD-TO-FINDS

    My Hard-to-Finds include: Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) is listed in the country No Mans Land, but it's not a primary location in the Israel file; many parts of the city are however listed in Israel file. Also, Babylon is absent when so spelled: it's "Babil", in the Iraq country file. Nuremberg, so spelled, is not in the Germany file, where it is Nurnberg.
    Nizhne Novgorod fails to appear in the Russia file, but other spellings do, e.g. Nizhniy Novgorod. Kiev's newer spelling, Kyiv, does not appear.
    Crna Gora is also called Montenegro, and its locations are in 'Serbia and Montenegro.atl'.
    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.

    Old Names in India: Madras has become Chennai; Bombay Mumbai, and Calcutta is Kolkata. To the south, Ceylon is called Sri Lanka.
    Myanmar retains, in Astrolog32, its older name, Burma.

    Far East, before the '80s and in English, Beijing was known as Pekin, Taiwan was called Formosa; Djakarta is close to Old Batavia; Saigon is now HoChiMinh City; New Hebrides is now Vanuatu.

    Blasting Off: The Baikonur Cosmodrome is at 45n58 63e18, the Kennedy Space Centre (formerly Cape Canaveral) is at 28n35 80w40; the Wenchang Space-Launch site is at 19n41 110e57, .the Xichang Launch site is at 28n15 102e02.

    In Africa, Abyssinia became Ethiopia; Bechuanaland became Botswana; Chad (Fort Lamy now N'Jamena), formerly in FEA, (French Equatorial Africa); Central FEA became Central African Rep.

    Central FWA (French West Africa) became Niger Province (capital Niamey was Ansonga); Western FWA now Mali and Mauritania; Belgian Congo, after Congo Crisis became DRC with Pres. Mobutu (Democratic Republic of Congo), and then Zaire 1971-97, but increasingly cronyist, corrupt: the south became Katanga, having separated from DRC, (town of Elizabethville became Lubumbashi). Kabila's revolt took out Eastern Congo (capital Stanleyville became Kisangani). Also under Mobutu Leopoldville became Kinshasa, Albertville became Kalemie.   The Republic of The Congo (capital Brazzaville) is separate and was formerly southern French East Africa.

    Kenya: (capital is now Nairobi); Nigeria: (capital now Abuja); Northern Rhodesia became Zambia (capital Lusaka was Livingston); Nyasaland became Malawi; Rio de Oro became Western Sahara; Southern Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, (capital Harare was Salisbury); South West Africa became Namibia; Tanganyika became Tanzania; Swaziland in 2019 became eSwatini.

    Issues with USA, (Continental)
    Panama City? .. if not in Panama, it's in Florida!   Ottawa, could be the one in Illinois, USA!   City of Pittsburg is in California, unlike Pittsburgh, PA, or indeed Ohio's New Pittsburgh, New Pittsburg, and Pittsburgh Junction; and Kansas City, not in Kansas, it's in Missouri.   Duplicate names to many more Eastern cities may be found in California, names like Baltimore, Illinois Hill, Saint Louis, Ontario, Port Chicago, Washington.

    U.S.A. (Territories): Johnson Atoll, Palmyra Atoll, and Baker Island are listed under "Minor Offshore islands of the U.S.A.", in atlas\american.

    United Kingdom: data is good, so far as it goes, but unlike Republic of Ireland, UK in 2007 had newly-concocted administrative districts, which NGA-GEOnet had not absorbed in 2007.
    Holy Island, (Northumb. UK), is absent: Lindisfarne Abbey, the only location, is 55n39, 1w36.
    Northern Ireland: towns in Northern Ireland are in the United Kingdom atlas file.
    Isle of Wight, Scottish Western Isles, Orkneys, Shetland Isles, and Scilly Isles are represented in the United Kingdom atlas file, but the latter three groups not so thoroughly.
    Offshore, to the south, some islands have quasi-autonomy and they are separate files in Astrolog's atlas, viz:
    Channel Islands: two of these islands (Guernsey and Jersey) appear listed separately in atlas\International, reflecting their status. Alderney's locations are in 'Guernsey' file: Sark is 49n26 2w22.
    Isle of Man: towns and villages are, like the Channel Islands, listed separately in atlas\International.

    Ireland: Names in both Gaeilge and English can be sought and found. Locations did not include two Aran Isles: Inisheer, 53n01, 9w31; Inishmann, 53n05, 9w38, as offshore, only settlements on Inish Mor, Clare Isl. and Acaill Isl. are listed. They, and others, appear in my forthcoming ei.ATL!

    Europe generally
    Azores, Madeira: in the Portugal country file, e.g. Lajes, 28w16; Funchal, 16w54.
    Balearics: in the Spain country file; e.g. Santa Eulalia, Palma de Mallorca, Mahon.
    Canary Isles: in the Spain country file; e.g. La Palma, San Cristobal de La Laguna, Las Palmas de G Can., Puerto del Rosario, incl. Gomera.
    Corsica: in the France country file; e.g. Ajaccio.
    Faroes, though Denmark administers, are separate.
    France: locations include some islands' villages: Noirmoutier, Ile de Batz, Porquerolles, Oleron, Sables d'Olonnes, Bel-Air, Groix ..(search both Ile, L'Ile,); ~ but not, apparent to me: Belle-Ile, 47n20 3w11; Mont St. Michel, 48n38, 1w31; Ile de Re, 48n46, 1w25, L'Ile d'Yeu 46n43 2w21, Huelgoet, Verdelet...   .. gasp! the swell Commune of Courbevoie, near Paris, is missing: 48n54, 2e15.
    Capraea, Capri, Elba, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, Sardinian and Sicilian locations,..: all in the Italy country file, but not Montecristo, Stromboli.
    Malta includes Gozo.
    Norway includes Utsire Islands.
    Portugal includes the island of Madeira.
    Reunion is listed independently from France.
    NOTE: the atlas files for Croatia, Czech Repub., Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have their listed locations largely unallocated to internal zoning.   ~ You can improve this! ~ send the developer an amended file! ~ note I have ei.atl and uk.atl in hand now, and won't hide that it is a drudge job..

    The Greek Archipelagos: some names of towns differ from common English usage, but islands can be pinned down by their main towns, all in the Greece country file: Amorgos: Katapola ; Andros: Andros; Crete: Irakleion; Karpathos: Karpathos; Khios: Chios; Kos: Kos; Lesbos: Molyvos; Limnos: Myrina; Mikonos & Delos: Mykonos; Milos: Adamas; Naxos: Naxos; Rhodes: Rodos; Samos: Samos; Sifnos: ?; Skiathos: Skiathos; Skiros: Skyros; Skopolos: Skopelos; Siros: Ermoupoli, Syros; Thera: Akrotiri; Thasos: Thasos.
    Cyprus is neither in the Greece nor Turkey country files, but listed as a separate country.

    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. Kosovan towns are still listed in Serbia. Republika Srpska is in Bosnia and Herzegovina file.
    Absent from \international listings are Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten ~ pre-2010, all their towns were parts of "Netherlands Antilles" (which is in the countries_list - find there also the remaining municipalities, the so-called "B.E.S Islands", which remain under the Dutch government).



    Users of versions V. 1.3x, V. 2.02, 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 V. 2.05 have five Anglophone country files all ready to choose from, but it may not be their country of charting, so as outlined in 'Obtaining Atlases' below, a visit to Altervista will fix it.

    EXTRA!: English-speaking users still in fact have the Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland & Italian country-files, with V. 2.05, as the installer serves these users as well; just self-extract Astrolog32 again to the Desktop, choosing 'Francais' 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; Czech installer was problematic in earlier releases, and even today having an appropriate character-set will mean you don't see ? ? in the text).

    ATTENTION! the reverse is true also: by installing the 'English' version of V2.05, the atlas files for Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and United Kingdom can be copied into your installation's atlante\mondiale folder.

    Users of versions V.3 onwards will have many U.S. atlas files along with the customary picks of other countries' files, whether or not selecting 'English' as their language. Location, i.e. 'Town', picks can now lead to TimeZones for any of the default countries when using V.3.40, so choosing nearest major city, and clicking 'Time Changes' or 'Variantes' should supply TZs + DSTs for years from 1920 or so; pick your year, DST and then click [Apply]..




      65 WORLD 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. 
    Cluj ro.| UT-2 | 23.5e47n
    Odessa up. | UT-2 | 30.5e46.5n
    Skopje mk. | UT-1 | 21.5e42n
    Amsterdam nl. | UT-1 | 5e52.5n
    Gibraltar gi.| UT-1 | 5.5w36n
    Paris fr.| UT-1 | 2.5e.49n
    Stockholm sw.| UT-1 | 18e59.5n
    Barcelona sp.| UT-1 | 6.5e41.5n
    Kiev up.| UT-2 | 30.5e50.5n
    Prag ez.| UT-1 | 14.5e50n
    Stuttgart gm. | UT-1 | 9e48n
    Berlin gm. | UT-1 | 13.5e52.5n
    Lisbon po. | UT | 9w38.5n
    Riga lg. | UT-2 | 24e57n
    Warsaw pl. | UT-1 | 21e52n
    Bern sz. | UT-1 | 7.5e47n
    Ljubljana si.| UT-1 | 14.5e46n
    Roma it. | UT-1 | 12.5e42n
    Xanthi gr.| UT-2 |25e41n
     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
    HoChiMin 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 program is looking for \atlas on the wrong path, or you haven't got the right files in the folders:

    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 somename.atl; check that it is absent from the \international folder.. if country_list.atl is absent, download that first!

    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 somename.atl; check that it is absent from the \american folder.. .. if states_list.atl is absent, download that first!

      Now Southville used to host an excellent 'Atlas' helpfile courtesy of Antonio Ramos, the pith of it I reproduce here a zipfile that's a must-read ..

    when ready, navigate to the latest site for them, Downloads at Altervista, and pick your state's or country's file. Download and unzip to the correct atlas folder.
    Another site is Astro.com's atlas, available through the [Help] menu in V. 2.05 and V.3.00.
    Or for a wider selection, try Roberto's italian page ~ because the atlas files are no different ~ and click on Atlante mondiale, (International), or Atlante USA (American) or both, and download a .zip of all countries or of 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!). A lightweight option for Statesiders is american.UDP.zip, consisting of 17 major states, but with much less internal duplication.

    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). The two options in [Charts] menu, [Standard Wheel/List], and [HouseWheel] swap the same difference.

        Colour    
          Size       
      Fancy    
       Saving    
      Invert&Print   
        & Text      
        Other    



    COLOUR
    : in graphical mode:
    All windows now appear by default with a white background but, before V. 2.02, Astrolog32 has a blue background.   Also, by default, each planet and its name is coloured according to its Element.
    A different sample background is offered in V3.30, when you click [Run] > [Open Command file], then choose the Portal File "MACRO_personal.DAT"; NOTE: at this Portal the Trans-Saturnians are restricted.

    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). Check out the Colour Numbers, (the image to right), for use with command switches and in Config. file.
    Or, use the more modern [Settings] > [Color Settings] dialog - see 'CHANGE MAIN COLORS etc via DIALOG BOX' below.

    Colour Selection groups of the chart and text, as managed in the Config.file, are:

    CHANGING THE 'MAIN COLORS' etc via CONFIG. FILE: (Works in V.3.20 too)
    tinker icon This example involves editing the 'Main Colors' line, after -Yk 0 8 , saving, then re-launching, so this method can't be an in-session tweak, although a 'New Macro' can do colour--changes on-the-fly.. I prefer this way, it's less opaque:

    Pre-V. 2.00, 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 will need to change the other default items' colours which are set already to '0', or 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 releases onwards, the numbers differ, but the procedure is as above; and the same suggestion - back up first: in the line beginning -Yk 0 8(twocharacterspaces)0 15 7 8.. ..skipping the initial 0 8, then 0 sets the lines, then 15 the white background, then it's degree markers, then the bulk of the Sidebar lettering: after that, items of less significance.
      The image above, right, is of a very modified DEFAULT COLORS configuration - it will result in a chart coloured as cropped image at right.

    ..the Yk, Yk0 and YkA lines are similar: the first two numbers in each string are not to be altered, as they are range parameters, (about, see WORD LOOK-UP). Then follows the strings of numbers, where position defines the item to alter, and the color-number you give it is the colour it will be.

    CHANGING 'MAIN COLORS' etc via DIALOG BOX:
    tinker icon Go [Settings] > [Color settings]
    Pre-V3.20, 'Standard Color Palette' allows you to alter the chart-colours you presently have, swapping any choice from the 16 drop-down colour names (right columns) to replace the defaults (written on left); - this is a good choice in the situation where you haven't already changed the defaults (such as after an installation). A tip is, - you can 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. Your changes appear immediately on 'OK'!   'Black', 'White', 'Red', 'Green', .. on the left are proxies of 'Lines', 'Background', 'Degree Markers', 'Sidebar Text', etc .. . Saving the Config. file is required if you want your changes to be default.

    In V3..20+'s Colors Settings (see right), any new colours you choose via double-click, will straightway update to become the default colour-numbers in your 'Color Table'; Black, White & Red, the first three for instance, are just the installation-defaults, and perennially proxy for : 'lines-colour', 'background-colour', 'degrees-colour', 'text-colour', etc.., just as they are in V2.05...if you click on the tiny swatches, your palette becomes infinite!

    You must still go [File] > [Save current settings]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite, to make the changes permanent.

    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, to choice. In graphics mode, when you select 'monochrome', the vital elements still remain distinct no matter what colours you chose, and the corner decoration, if present, persists. So it's a tri-chrome.

    In V. 2.05 and V3.20+, a white background replaces the config file's defaults, until you go 'reverse background', (switch 'x'), then go [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], and save; you may need or want to hard-invert colour flags in the Config.File, with a -Yk ; line. (See Config. file section).   Check out the colour inverter switch /Xr in 'Command Switches'.


    CHART SIZE: in graphical mode:

    If you want your chart bigger, or smaller, the default size can be altered in Config.file, or in [Settings] > [Graphics Settings], and OK'ed.When these dimensions are reset, if you intend after a re-launch that this will be your new default size, then you must save the Config. file using [File] > [Save current Settings].


    The other way is in-session: the chart-size can be dynamically expanded or shrunk with the bottom-right pull handle. Use Shift+q to make the circle round again.
    Again, go [File] > [Save current Settings] and Save File.

    Beyond this, Astrolog and Astrolog32 are not scaleable except for the hack, each session, of a larger or smaller character-scale, and the down-sizing of charts via shift+q.


    A NEAT TRICK

    While you can 'shrink-graphical chart' by repeatedly using the Shift+q keyboard switch, you can only resize it back up again with pull-handles (at the mid-sides of the window).
    In doing this, maybe press < shift-key to make glyphs smaller: this allows shrinkage of all the graphics, too: the > key does the reverse.

    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' surround as well.

    FANCIER IMAGING: in graphical mode:

    Depends on your imagination! - but Astrolog only supplies the images and text. After going [Edit] > [Copy chart as bitmap] in the graphical mode, then the chart, astrograph, dispositor page, map, aspect grid or any other chart can be pasted into MS Paint or other suitable image editor, for subtler colours or special arrangements for your gallery, or to print off. Use .PNGs, rather than bitmaps, though..   A quick and easy enhancement is to just tint the colour outside the chart-circle differently -(in 'Paint', use the 'Fill with Color' paintpot); then go Ctrl+Shift+i, to 'Invert colors!'.

    YOU CAN EXCHANGE THEMES IN ALL VERSIONS, HACKING THE CONFIG.FILE.


    1. EDIT into astrolog32.DAT, in place of what you have:-

      ; DEFAULT COLORS:
    -YkC   14 14 14 14   ; Element colors
    -YkA 1 18   3 12 9 10 14 13 13 3 3 11 6 6 1 5 5 1 1 5   ; Aspects
    -Yk0 1 7   9 3 11 10 14 12 5   ; Rainbow colors
    -Yk 0 8   4 0 7 8 1 2 6 4 13   ; Main colors
    -Ykc 0     ; Corner decoration color

    ; ALSO LINE BELOW...
    ..
    :YXC 1 31 31 ; Corner Decoration
     
     
    or 2. EDIT into astrolog32.DAT, in place of what you have:-

      ; DEFAULT COLORS:
    -YkC   0 0 0 0   ; Element colors
    -YkA 1 18   3 9 9 10 14 13 13 3 3 11 6 6 1 5 5 1 1 5   ; Aspect colors
    -Yk0 1 7   9 3 11 10 14 12 5   ; Rainbow colors
    -Yk 0 8   11 3 12 5 5 5 5 5 5   ; Main colors
    -Ykc 15       ; Corner decoration color

    ; ALSO LINE BELOW...
    ..
    :YXC 2   50 50   ; Corner Decoration


    CREATING & HACKING A CONFIG FILE IN V3.20+..

    If no astrolog32.DAT can be found in \Main,

    PROVOKE the making of an astrolog32.DAT, in \Main, by Saving some altered settings:

    EDIT into astrolog32.DAT, in place of what you have there:-

      ; DEFAULT COLORS:
    -YkC 2 2 2 2 ; Element colors
    -YkA 1 18 4 3 3 4 4 7 7 3 3 11 6 6 1 5 5 1 1 5 ; Aspect colors
    -Yk0 1 7 9 3 11 10 14 12 5 ; Rainbow colors
    -Yk 0 8 16 6 1 8 6 6 6 8 8 ; Main colors
    -Ykc 4 ; Corner decoration color

    ; GRAPHICS DEFAULTS:
    _Xr ; Background Inverter ..["_Xr" is On, "=Xr" is Off]
    ...
    ...
    :YXC 0 47 47 ; Corner Decoration


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

    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.

    [Extra] > [Bonus Mode]: Astrolog uses a lot of fine lines, becoming apparently thinner as your chart gets bigger. The toggle, little i doubles the aspect lines to improve this, but can't be made default.

    Good at penmanship? Enhance your chart with broad-nibbed cursive glyphs for the planets - the default glyphs will disappear from your chart if you toggle 'l', at the keyboard.

    [File] > [Save chart as wallpaper] (Ctrl+Shift+i, j, or l), sets the bitmap of your current chart as your pc's desktop image, replacing whatever you have.



    PLAINER, INVERSE and PRINT IMAGING:

    Bitmaps are the file-format that Astrolog32 exports, and bitmaps together with MS Paint™ have no better resolution than 100 dpi output whatever image format you use - note, this will print off clearly in a .DOC page so long as the bar for presentation isn't too high, but is far from the 600 dpi used for illustration in a quality book of charts and photographs!

    The keyboard switch x inverts the background colour and 'lines' colour, 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 had replaced the default (V. 1.34) 'dark blue' background, so - on inversion, 'my' blue planets remained as 'my' black swapped to white, and any red corners would became green.)

    mono

    Monochrome, switch 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, when printing from the program.

    Printing text, the dialog [Settings] > [Chart Settings], (and equally so the :I line in astrolog32.DAT), hosts your choice for the number of text-screen columns, - that number has to suit views onscreen (like [Lists] > [Interpretations]), and [Edit] > [Copy chart as text] outputs as well. Typically, it's set at '80': with the latter, going Ctrl+1, any text output will paste into an A4 page without overruns, most likely.   Printing text in landscape format, try 110 columns. Test these by calling Interpretations, and [Edit] > [Copying] into a new page in your Text Editor.

    What You see Is What You Get! - printing from the program, charts may reflect exactly what you have onscreen, except that if the chart is oblong through resolution issues, it may still print round (depends on the printer, too); so, making the chart smaller with the pull-handles, or oval, or without a sidebar - that's how it will appear.


    TEXT-MODE PRESENTATION:

    In text mode, pressing Alt+k will colour-enhance the lists of positions, the maps of Earth & sky, and aspects grid.
    [View] > [Character Scale] offers you a way to re-size text and glyphs - the switches 'Ctrl+1' for smaller, 'Ctrl+3' or 'Ctrl+4' for bigger, biggest, perform this alteration quicker - at your best sizing, each line in lists will not over-run to the next line..
    The option Alt+v, the House Wheel, it's a chart executed in a text form.


    OTHER TEXT & 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.

    To launch Astrolog32 with anything other than a round chart, lines can be added to the Config. file: see the end of "ADDING A NEW LINE" here.

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

    These are changes you can make permanent by saving the Config. file.


    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 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 - & OLD YEAR END, (O.Y.E)

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


    21st Century:
    SAUDI ARABIA, 2016.

    20th Century:
    THAILAND, 1941.
    TURKEY, Dec 18 1926 to Jan 1 1927
    number of days to add for Gregorian, by centuryGREECE, either in 1923, 15 Feb to 1 Mar/ in 1924, Mar 9 to Mar 23
    Ex-Ottoman BALKANS (by another report) in 1919
    JAPAN, some say 1918, Dec 18, others say in 1872 q.v. below
    ROMANIA, UKRAINE, 1918, 15 Feb to Mar 1
    ESTONIA, RUSSIA 1918, 31 Jan to 14 Feb
    EGYPT and OTTOMAN PALESTINE, about this year.
    BULGARIA (incl. Occupied Serbia/Macedonia) in 1916, 31 Mar to 14 Apr.
    LATVIA, (East, i.e Livland), 1915, 22 Aug to 5 Sep
    LATVIA (Western Maritime, i.e.Kurland) & LITHUANIA, (East, i.e.Kovno & Vilna), 1915, 12 May to 25 May (with an occup.)
    EASTERN POLAND (Russian Orthodox), 1915, Mar
    ALBANIA, SERBIA in 1912
    UKRAINE, one report of 1912, (see above 1918).
    CHINA dropped regnal years 1912 in favour of Gregorian years. But months and days remained dialectic, though R.O.C re-affirmed Gregorian days from 1929, 1 Jan; months and days became Gregorian 1949. The Shanghai cantons and missionary stations would have kept European dating, always.

    19th Century:
    KOREA 1895 adopted Gregorian months, days, on 1 Jan.: still, up to 1962, years were often defined by reign.
    JAPAN - Some say; first used Gregorian on 1 Jan 1873, equal status with own calendar; others say in 1918 q.v. above.
    ALASKA in 1867, after its purchase, 6 Oct to 18 Oct
    SWITZERLAND, Protestant part Grisons, 1811.

    18th Century:
    VENICE in 1797.
    SWEDEN (includes FINLAND, ruled at that time), - see note below, a complex case of missed leapyears; finally, 1753 17 Feb, to 1 Mar
    ENGLAND, WALES, & SCOTLAND, English-speaking AMERICAN COLONIES, IRELAND, in 1752, 2 Sept to 14 Sept.

    SWITZERLAND, Protestant cantons, 1700 31 Dec, to 12 Jan, 1701 - but see above, Grisons, 1811
    NETHERLANDS #6: Friesland, Groningen, in 1701, in Jan
    NETHERLANDS #5: Gelderland, 1700, in July. Zeuth, OverYjssel, in 1700, on 30 Nov to 12 Dec
    SWEDEN (includes FINLAND, ruled at that time), begins switch over 44 years starting from 1700, - aborted after 12 years.
    DENMARK with NORWAY & SACHSEN ANHALT in 1700, 18 Feb, to 1 Mar
    GERMANY, Protestant relig. areas skipped in 1700, 18 Feb to 1 Mar


    17th Century:
    LATVIA, (Western Maritime, i.e.Kurland) 1617 (no days), to a 1796 revocation, Feb 7th to Jan 28th!
    LITHUANIA (South-west, i.e. DUCHY of PRUSSIA): 1612, 22 Aug to 2 Sep. (Later revoked in 1800?)
    POLAND, (West, i.e. DUCHY of PRUSSIA), 1612, 22 Aug to 2 Sep.
    NOVA SCOTIA, 1605, up to a 1710 revocation (Until, presumably, 1752)

    16th Century:
    TRANSYLVANIA (Eastern Romania) 1590, 14 Dec to 25 Dec
    HUNGARY 1587, 21 Oct to 1 Nov
    DUCHY of LITHUANIA 1585, 21 Dec to Jan 10, 1586 (Later revoked in 1800?)
    NETHERLANDS #5, 1584, Groningen city, a revocation on Nov 19th to 10th, (until 1701).
    CZECH & SLOVAK REGION in 1584, 6 Jan to 17 Jan
    GERMANY - in Catholic relig. areas, in 1583-85 (variously)
    AUSTRIA, either in 1584, Oct 5th to 16th; or 1583, 14 Dec to 25th Dec
    SWITZERLAND, Catholic cantons, in 1583 or '84
    NETHERLANDS #4, 1583, Groningen city, Mar 1st to Mar 12th, but till 1584 - see above.
    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 (Catholic parts: Brabant, Zeeland and the Staten-Generaal), 1582, 14 dec to 25 Dec
    FRANCE 1582, 9 Dec to 20 Dec
    PORTUGAL & its COLONIES, POLAND (Catholic bit), SPAIN & its COLONIES, & most of ITALY, all on the Papal decision, skipped from 4 Oct 1582 to 15 oct

      For countries' past and present Time-Zones, see separate page WORLD TIME OFFSETS TO UT, + DST.

    SWEDEN NOTE
    Sweden, then reigning over Finland, 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.

    -----------------
    CALENDARING ADJUSTMENTS for ASTROLOG
    .
    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
    , dropping the days the first adopters did.


    This means that no day-corrections need to be made for dates before October 5th 1582, - but for dates after that, those of us dealing with charts in the United States colonies, Venice, Greece, Russia, the Black Sea periphery and corners of Protestant Northern Europe including Britain and its colonies have to verify, and usually convert the countries' pre-alteration dates from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian. But dates in Spanish- & French-ruled territories in N. America need no alteration.
      How many days to jump? - see 'Switching Julian to Gregorian' image above.

    The other thing remaining to catch us out is, the old Civil Year-End in March - used in Central Italy till 1749 and Venice till 1797: See Start of The Civil Year, below; and also a major problem for us Anglophones, as Britain's officials used the Old Year's End, the public the New, until 1752: See Start of The Civil Year, below.

    Much of above data, from calendopaedia.com.

    An online Julian-Gregorian converter S.Gibbs' site .

    For DST adjustments, click APPLYING SUMMERTIMES, 'DST'.


    ----------------
    Roman, Muslim 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. ~ But see below ...

    - THE B.C.E. CORRECTION -


    If you use the Julian Calendar across or before the start of the Christian Era, note that you have to deduct one year from the negative numbering since there's no Julian year 0 BC or 0 AD, ~ but Astrolog is math-driven, and has a Zero AD! (and a Zero BC - same chart). So Astrolog's Zero AD is in fact 1BC.

          So, Astrolog's -2 will give you a 3BC chart!

    This may seem an insupportable nuisance, but ...
    This remains an unfixable situation in Astrolog, but it also reflects a longstanding duality in historians' usual Pre-Christian chronologies. Since 1BC in the Julian Calendar is 0 AD/-0BC in Astrolog, to raise a chart dated "105BC" would require the input "-104". This adjustment must be remembered for charts throughout the five hundred fifty years BC in which epoch some good data are in fact available.

    Remember to edit any graphic or text outputs, after saving and before printing, altering the year-data - because the chart WILL be right, but the year-number will be wrong!

    - THE START OF THE CIVIL YEAR, c.1200AD (C.E.) to 1752 -


    Across Europe, choices of New Year's Day were shaped by states' regard for Papal Edicts advocating Jan. 1st, weighed against long-standing custom: Tuscany and The Venetian Empire were reluctant to adopt Jan. 1st, while Sweden was compliant by the 1530s. In France, it took the Edict of Rousillon (9 Aug.1564, OS) to promote it; the Florentines still held to tradition until 1749, when Granduca Francesco III di Lorena forced everyone to recognize the 1st of January only. This, in Italy, left just Venice, which only capitulated in 1797, and Roma/Lazio, which capitulated around 1800!

    This brought to an end a Italian local difference, too, in the year-count, because North Tuscany (Pisa) started their year of 1748 on (modern style) our Lady Day March 25th 1747, while South Tuscany (Florence, Lucca, Prato, Siena, and also some Papal documents) started their year of 1748 on (modern style) Lady Day March 25th 1748; while Venice started their years on Mar 1 from 1522 until 1797, (and so, their 1748 began on (modern style) March 1st 1748).

    For Lazio & the Curia, the New Year began on Dec 25th (Nativity Style) until around 1800; this style of New Year actually pre-dates most other styles, and was a vestige of the prestige of Rome hitherto.

    Note: in Europe, the 'Dixneuvieme Siecle' may refer to the years 1900 - 1999 and so before, whereas the 'Nineteenth Century' in English-speaking countries refers to 1800 - 1899 and so before.

    I have learned to be most careful of calendaring in Italy, and also hour-counts with European charts, between 1300 and 1749: hour-counts could begin, particularly for astrologers, at noon, counting off up to 23 hours either way through sunsets as if the day didn't change, - the direction being indicated by the terms ante meridie (before midday, and counting back); or post meridie, a meridie (after midday); - in those days, noon ephemerides were normal. But the Clock Time hora horologii, or domestic time, might be cited or simply used, which would be reckoned from sunset on what we would call the previous day: and of course, sunset varies across the year, so 10 hor. horolog. on 1 Julii in Venice would be 10 hours projected from 19.45, 30 June, i.e. 5.45 am. 1st July:   but 10 hor. horolog. on 1 Januar in Venice would be 10 hours projected from 16.20, 31 Dec., i.e.2.20 am. 1st January.
    The pity of it is, Italy is the best source for birth-data of private citizens, pre-1540.

     Special page dedicated to Italian/Venetian/Incarnazione calendars.   


    Meanwhile, Byzantine Rite Orthodox countries used March 25th, same fashion as Pisa did (see above), but days behind, while Russia, see below ~ in fact these communities would not abandon the Julian Calendar until the 1910s and after.

    Since 988AD, Ukraine and Russia had used the March 1st, like Venice: after a 6-month year during our 1492 (which they called their 7000AM), the next year-start was moved forward to 1st Sept, so years began before the Catholic Jan 1st - this was revoked only in 1700, by Peter.


    Britain & her dominions were also very 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, on all legal documents; and so recorded dates from Oct 5th, 1582, to Sep 2nd 1752, across the British Empire (barring Scotland), may need to be corrected for use in Astrolog, on two counts: to add missing days from being behind the Gregorian calendar: but first, to locate any OS dates between Jan 1 and Mar 24 in the appropriate NS year! - and this latter catch applies, absolutely, before 1582 too, -   See 'SWITCHING JULIAN TO GREGORIAN DAYS' image above.
    However, during our Seventeenth Century, at least domestically, people began calling Jan 1st the 'New Year', e.g Pepys' diary 1667, - yet two decades later, Aubrey quoted his birth-year Old-Style, without remark, so basically, mid-1600s, it's your call!   Find below Britain's old, then official, year-starts, by group. (all years are inclusive)


    | Yrs c.1250 - 1582: all ran from March 25, OS |

    | 1583 - 1599: All Britain   years ran from March 25, OS (April 4, NS) |

    | 1600 - 1699: Scotland years ran from Jan 1st, OS (Jan 11th, NS) |
    &
    | 1600 - 1699: England, Wales etc, officially, years ran from Mar 25th, OS (April 4, NS) |

    | 1700 - 1752: Scotland years ran from Jan 1st, OS (Jan 12th, NS) |
    &
    | 1700 - 1752: England, Wales etc, ONLY officially, years ran from Mar 25th, OS (April 5, NS) |

    | 1753 on: All Western Europe bar Venice ran from Jan 1st, NS |


    Among chart-data which these considerations may affect are those of Boccherini, Corelli, Copernicus, van Dyck, Sir Thomas More, Jan van Goyen, Galileo Galilei, Michaelangelo, Isaac Newton, Queen Mary Tudor, King Richard 2nd, King Henry 2nd, King Henry VII, Queen Anne, Philip Melanchthon, Giovanni Tiepolo, ...

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      # 8

    - ASTROLOG'S TIMEZONES, or MANUAL INPUT? -

    Chart-making in foreign     A32's stock zones     LMT/LTT     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:

  • If you haven't, determine if DST is applicable for the chart you are raising, and if necessary, apply it.



  • 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, at 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 *, European Union, Maghreb, Switz. UT+1
    of hours/mins from your default zone
    EET =Eastern European Time *, Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, E.Baltic UT+2
    HST =OLD Hawaii Std. Time:. will apply UT-10:30
    UZ3 =Caspian Coast Samara Time, Azerbaijan. Moscow 2011-14 only; UT+4
    CAT =Central Alaska Time * UT-10, now use for Hawaii
    UZ4 =Yekaterinberg, except lapse 2011-2014; N.Caspian to Pakistan, UT+5
    AHS =Alaska Standard Time *;(not Hawaii now) UT-9
    =Omsk, except lapse 2011-2014; BanglaDesh. Yekaterinb'g 2011-14 only; UT+6
    YST =Yukon Standard Time * UT-9
    IST =India Time UT+5.30, bar Kolkata & Mumbai pre-1955. See Companion.
    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
    CST =Central Std. Time US *, & Mexico* to C.Rica UT-6
    CCT =China Time, ASEAN Time, Yakutsk, Perth Aus.!, UT+8
    EST =Eastern Std Time US *, Ecuador,Columbia UT-5
    JT, JST =Japan Standard Time, Korea, Irkutsk, UT+9
    AT, AST =Atlantic Std Time US*. Chile!, Parag.!, W.Brazil, Bolivia, UT-4
    SAS ='South Australia' Time (Adelaide) !, UT+9.30
    BST =Brasil Time; Argentina, all eastern Brazil!, Guiane, Surin. UT-3
    GST =Guam Standard Time UT+10, Queensland, NSW !
    WAT =West Africa Time-same as UT
    UZ1 =Magadan Time, but was Vladivostock's 2011-14 only; UT+11
    GMT =Greenwich Meantime UK * - same as UT
    NZT =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, Hawaii, (Alaska *, west of 141 deg. W., pre-consolidation in '83)

       Example countries marked with * have summertimes end of March to end of October.
       Example countries 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: see how it's done here.

    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. It's pointless using LMT if you don't know the place that you are charting.

    Local True Time (LTT), the local Solar Time on any day, is not directly available via the program, but can derived from LMT with the corrections below: this correction is necessary because the intervals between Solar noons are not regular, when compared to clock-noons, a matter adjusted in the 'Equation of Time' (see 'Solar Time', in Word Lookup). The same applies for sunsets, which even today mark the start of days in Moslem culture, and dawns, both much more important than noons in any pre-clock reckoning of day-time. NOTE, for most situations nowadays, though, clock-time is everywhere and has been in Europe and the Americas for at least 180 years.

    The greatest differences between LMT and LTT occur seasonally, in November and in February, each year, when corrections of up to 16 minutes are required.
    To obtain Solar Time (rounded to 1 min.) from your LMT, add or subtract the time-intervals in the lowest row of the table below, to your clock time.
    MONTH
    J

    n
    u
    F   e
    b
    M
    a

    c
    A

    r
    i
      May
    J
    u
    n
    e
    J u 
    l y
    A
    u
    g

    S
    e
    p
    t
    O
    c
    t
    o
    No
    v
    e
    D
    e
    c
    e
    # WEEK
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    1-2-3
    4  
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    1-2-3-4 
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    1-2
    3-4 
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    1-2 
    3
    4
    1
    2
    3
    4  
    MINS +/ -  
    6
    9
    11
    13    
      14
    13    
    12
    10

    6    
    3
    1
    0
    -2  
       -3
    -2
    0
    1
    2
      5
      6
    6
    5
    3
    1
    -1
    -3
    -6
    -9   
    -11
    -13
    -14
    -15 
    -16
    -15
    -13   
    -9
    -6
    -3 
    1

    For a tailored calculation, enter your details, according to the Gregorian calendar, at https://frosinonemeteo.it/utility-di-astronomia/equazione-del-tempo.html.

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

    APPLYING SUMMERTIMES, 'DST':
    NOTE: Astrolog32 does not make any automatic DST adjustments, - they must be made manually. See WORLD TIME-OFFSETS TO UT, & DST for relevant data.

    The DST option will be set for your next chart, or the whole of your session, by selecting 'Yes' in the 'Summer Time' field visible in [Edit] > [Enter, edit mainchart data] dialog, and this will insert a one-hour docking for when hours are shifted ahead in summer; useful as the Zones drop-down doesn't include any summer-times..   the next time you launch Astrolog32, it will have gone.

    To make Astrolog dock one hour by default as standard, during the months 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 [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], save, and re-launch; 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.

    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 first DST chart in your session ~ I've been caught out many times!

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      # 9

    - ABOUT SWITCHES -


    COMMAND SWITCHES: WHAT THEY DO:

    Command-line input remains the most potent and fast interface to Astrolog32 (though a very few switches may have lost or changed functionality in successive incarnations of Astrolog).

    Essential if you want to quickly flip to a setup which only a command switch accesses, or is a bother by other routes...

      To use them, you must call the command-line box (go [Run] > [Open Command Line]):


     What it's asking: "Enter the commands (i.e. switches), and (any required) parameter(s), in the field below" 

    Try typing -c 2 and 'OK'ing it, - Astrolog32 will bump the chart into Equal House; however, note that many, many useful options which the command-switches can access will not appear unless you are in text-mode, - if so select that beforehand or after, by typing letter v.

    To revert the change to your Houses, you need to know that reverting switch too (..and here's my difficulty with explaining switches - I don't know your starting-point; was it Placidian? Koch? Other?),   but anyway, try -c 0 reverts to Placidian, -c 1, to Koch, and more House System numbers here; or revert via the [Settings] > [House Types] menu.

    NOTE:

    typing -c does the same as typing /c
    .. / and -, either, as suits you

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


    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 <aspect>, 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 LIST of COMMANDS page

    The source for all the command-switches, detailing what each does, was for a long time just the 'Switches' page in [Help], and Helpfile.TXT bundled with the program; but these lacked convenience .. now LIST of COMMANDS is available for lookups, and for all in-depth queries, seek bundled Helpfile.HTML, by clicking this link:-

    Commands Library

    Remember, many results are displayed only in text-mode.

    Getting back to your point of starting, try v; it is best practice to clear each switch or macro back to the core data; the switch v clears some; other commands need 'kill' switches to revert them, namely:A 'kill' switch is my term for a switch written specifically to revert another.

    EXAMPLE
    To hide aspect-lines, put in   -YAR 1 5 1 1 1 1 1 -YAR 6 11 1 1 1 1 1 1

    'kill' to recall aspect-lines
    put in   -YAR 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 -YAR 6 11 0 0 0 0 0 0


    EXAMPLE
    To invert colours, and Switch off decoration, put in   -Xr -YXC 0 32 32

    'kill' to revert colours, set deco to web, '64'
    put in   -Xr _YXC 2 64 64


    Writing 'kill' switches as well is a chore, but V. 2.04 and later releases have the answer! - see the invoked Macros Resetter BACKtoMAIN, here.


     Peek here at the smaller SWITCHES list 


    A TYPICAL FORMAT of SWITCHES


    As you see with these, most switches require some assembly, being made up of a basic switch, followed by parameters..

    Look up TAGGED SIGNIFIERS     Look up OBJECT NUMBERS


    Sometimes, so as not to miss any hidden configurations, it's valuable to change to a chart's harmonic - see here for the easy switches.

    Sometimes, as in horary or mundane charting, it's valuable to rotate the chart away from Ascendant or 'querent' to left, so as to get another's perspective: or, to put it another way, re-number the Houses: this is a defined option, using the -X1 and -X2 switches (which make great macros - see FAQs here):

    -X1 places the following cusps to left, if their object-number follows the -X1 after a letter-space:
    22 for Ascendant, 23 2nd Cusp, 24 3rd Cusp, 25 I.C., 26 5th Cusp, 27 6th Cusp
    28 for Descendant, 29 8th Cusp, 30 9th Cusp, 31 M.C., 32 11th Cusp, 33 12th Cusp.
    -X2 places the above cusps to top, if their object-number follows the -X2 after a letter-space.




    A TASTER OF SIMPLER SWITCHES
    SWITCH
    FUNCTION
    EXAMPLES TO TRY
    TO REVERT..
    -a
    textlist of aspects
    -a -ga -g ; app/sep aspects
    -v
    -i
    display chart x.DAT
    -i mychart.DAT
    no revert with V. 1.3x
    -r
    compute ...
    -r3 ; for triwheel
    -r1
    -d
    text-list of perfecting
    aspects..dy,month,yr
    -d 1 or -dm 5 or -dy 2020
    -v
    0X1
    FORCE TEXT-ONLY
         - -
    no revert
    -k
    colorise all text output
         - -
    -k
    -X1 xx
    Put Obj to Ascendant
    -X1 sun
    -X1 ASC
    -g
    text aspect-grid
    -g -YR 11 21 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    -v -YR 11 21 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
    -z
    day's end tweak, e.g. time
    -zt 23:59
    no revert..


    INTRODUCING 4 VIRTUAL FILES

    Where some <file x> is normally specified when using -i & -r commands (which perform compute a chart.., and compute a dual-chart..), - an example above is -i mychart.DAT, - there's also files called set, now, nul and tty.. they're are not switches, but 'placeholder' virtual files to insert in commands. They skip actually re-typing data, viz.:

    set tells Astrolog, 'just use the last data used on this chart thread..'
    now tells Astrolog, 'just use the default place, and now, on this chart thread..'
    nul tells Astrolog, 'just use the data currently on this chart thread..'
    tty tells Astrolog, 'prompt the user for the info..'


    ANOTHER FORMAT of SWITCH, different from TYPICAL FORMAT of SWITCHES above, is outputs:


    In the third frame, the old syntax appears, a right-arrow  >, to steer the output (find these and more under "Switches which affect how the chart parameters are obtained:").

    ... and there are other formats to switches: discover all in the Commands Library.

    Macros which are chains of command-switches remembered by your program and usually pre-prepared by you (and pondered, before adoption!), by-pass the command-line. Jump to MACROS.

        DODGE No. 9          

    PROGRAM & CLIPBOARD MANAGEMENT

    Global Shortcut
    COPY HIGHLIGHTED TEXT
    Select something, Hold down Control ~
    Hit c

    Global Shortcut
    PASTE COPIED TEXT
         Place cursor, Hold down Control ~
    Hit v
           


    THESE TWO OLD-SCHOOL SWITCHES ARE VITAL, THEY SAVE TYPING:

    The first copies switch-snippets from anywhere, and the other inputs the snippet quickly into any field or text...
    but I find lots of pc-users have never used them!
    Ctrl+c copies from dialog-boxes, HTML pages, file lists, text-files, file-names & More!
    And Ctrl+v pastes into command-line, 'name' field, 'path' fields, as well as docs!

    They are essential! ..see animation here, to illustrate



    Switches (and macros) can be used one after another, if together, they don't throw the program an impossible request!.

    You can use switches or invoke 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:
      /R 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21  ; This switch will invert preferred points!

    Find a list of the switches by opening the page LIST of COMMANDS. 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 = or _, work in the command-line.

    Remember, 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.)



    ..JUST ABOUT SWITCH PARAMETER MARK-UP: or, WHAT THESE BRACKETS, DOTS etc SIGNIFY   in the LIST of COMMANDS..


    don't type them in!


    EXAMPLE
    ..here's a switch which, in its bracketed bits, has what I call Tagged Signifiers as to its due parameters:   /t <month> <year>: (Compute all transits to the Radix, in month/yr.)

    Here's what you might put:  /t 2 1956

    Parameters give 'specific things' for a switch to operate, a group of objects, or years, or charts, and the kind of 'thing' is always indicated between some brackets, - you can see them in the [Help] > [Switches] page, or LIST of COMMANDS page, or the Helpfile, -but you don't put the brackets, commas, ellipses in! which are the mark-ups for the Tagged Signifiers.

    Another example: the available parameters for the -Xs switch are -Xs <100,200,300,400>, - meaning the -Xs switch can be followed by any one, (but only one), of those possible options, as: -Xs 100, -Xs 200, -Xs 300, or -Xs 400 - no tags, no commas.

    SO NONE OF THESE MARK-UPS GET TYPED INTO A SWITCH:
    < and >,
    (tag brackets), are commonly used to wrap & indicate a command switch parameter which you should replace by the appropriate value.. (The Helpfile's 'Description of Each Switch' will tell you the kind of value..)

    [ and ]
    (square brackets), are used to wrap & indicate an extra command switch parameter which is optional.

    ...,
    (an 'ellipsis'), within some brackets, generally refers to a variable length list of values, - up to you what you include, so see helpfile for relevant info..

    , , ,
    (commas), are used to separate either/or parameters: choose one, or another; so commas don't get typed in!
    Just take note of any letter-spaces between parts of a command - this is an easy error.

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      # 10

    - MACROS & HARMONICS -

    Jump to about \miscellaneous folder     Jump to Switching Harmonics

    MACROS: WHAT THEY DO:

    Macros are just frequently-used switches - see above; they're often chains of switches, so they change lots of things all at once.   Too long to type, then, you could just store your frequently-used switches 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 assigned uses to the function keys ", , .." through to ", ", (and on to assign higher numbers - but, via keyboard, they fail generally beyond M0 48), you will have created from up to 48 to 120 'Fx' macros - note the Menubar way of running them, too, for F-numbers over F48 - see an image of the V. 1.3x [Run] drop-down here, showing the [Run] macro-menu: it shows each macro in its dropdown of links & fly-outs. Note that from the keyboard, Enter will open the command-line, but not the [Run] menu (the keyboard switches needed to 'go live' with New Macros are Alt+h, then left-arrow, down-arrow, Enter. Shame 'bout that!)

    Mouse-clicking [Run], with V. 2.04+ onward, the new 'Portal' link [Open Command File] is the gateway to this new option: it opens a dialog box with two new hot-links - either MACRO_default.DAT or MACRO_personal.DAT - either one, when double-clicked, will activate the new-style caches of (potentially) 120 pre-written macros, each of which you can then try out, and later modify to your own purposes.

    A macro can load a set-up or a chart, the moment you launch Astrolog32: using a (V. 1.34 style) macro for an example, the F2 key would call a birth-chart for 'John Bull', where you have a final astrolog32.DAT entry like this:
    -M0 2 "/qb 6 1 1900 12:00:00 ST +0:00 1:37:00W 52:26:00N" ;
    -WM 2 "John Bull" ;

    .. in the style of Trump's data which can be seen defined in the lower image ('; DIRECTORIES'), in this section, .. look under ' ; MACROS'.
    .. or if you have this as V. 2.04+ macro, it would be written up in MACRO_default.DAT (which MACRO_personal.DAT also runs), so an F-number could run a /i... command to load 'John Bull's' chart, where it's previously been defined and saved in ..MACRO/CARTE.


    V. 2.04 onward_A New Style   <Pick Your Release>   V. 1.34_Standard

    V. 2.04 onward_New Style and after
    - a major change to macros

    In this 'new cache of macros', macros using the F-keys mostly have pre-written functions, in anticipation of your preferences, and are run-ready, though this macro-module is a work in progress.. Many of these macros run from .DAT files in \MACRO, which you can edit in Notepad, and all macros become available if the cache is invoked as follows.. always provided that you are in Advanced Mode,..

    When you have clicked [Run] > [Open Command File..], and double-clicked either MACRO_default.DAT or MACRO_personal.DAT link, the [Run] drop-down will 'go live', - either choice creating the self-same (and editable) drop-down of macro-links, but delivered through two different portal files, MACRO_default.DAT and MACRO_personal.DAT.

    Clicking any of these macros onscreen, or clicking the same-number 'F' key, executes a switch-line, summoning up tweaks to the data served, or to configurations, appropriate to the chart in question and by-passing your astrolog32.DAT defaults, as the portal files make switches, or datfiles using the MACRO folders, run.

    Nowadays, V2.05's defaults not suiting MS Windows post-Vista, MACRO_personal.DAT needs a tweak to make it work: see why and how here, about getting personal.DAT to run.

    NOTE: we are told these are available to us only if the relevant folders are installed at "C:\astrolog\Astrolog32\". see Installing 2.05;
    but mine run mostly fine from "C:\A32\... ", the Config. File's paths and this file MACRO_personal.DAT having been corrected.. So there are ways..
    The provenance of Portal Files can be found in the old Helpfile, aka Switches Library - see section (4, @ switch.


    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 a file that it calls, personal.DAT! If you treasure your usual astrolog32.DAT settings, try out MACRO_default.DAT.
    At first, with both, if you press Shift+F8 'RESET', they reset orbs-of-aspect very tight!
    Open your miscellaneous folder, and look at each, using Notepad, - but particularly MACRO_default.DAT.
    It's gratifying to know that when you relaunch, any changes the macros made won't re-appear unless called again.

    BACKtoMAIN.DAT
    This is arguably the most important macro in the 'live' drop-down..As each macro may as well be cleared before another is run, the most used and important macro here is at Shift+F7, BACKtoMAIN.DAT: it will clear almost any macro, ready for a next one,.. (There are also three macros to turn off interpretations and combination charts, not yet written!).   the switch v still also works as normal.
    Open ...\miscellaneous\MACRO\DEFAULT\ to see how it resembles Config.File.
    ALSO NOTE Shift+F8, RESET.DAT, when you need to return to the chart via the 'New Macros' proxy alternatives to astrolog32.DAT (files called default.DAT or personal.DAT), - RESET.DAT does not exit the New Macros however.

    If you want your macros to be of this new kind, then after setting up to your preference,
    renaming your preferred Portal File as autorun.DAT will mean they're ready, each launch.




    AT THE MOMENT, with New Macros activated
    , ,
    - call charts to suit couples in a partnership - over-write ad lib.. The third, (3.DAT in ../CARTE) is a _pos.DAT composite of 1.DAT; 2.DAT
    is unallocated - you can create a macro at F4 immediately!
    & call older / modern dignities, through TRADIZIONALI.DAT, MODERNE.DAT
    -   restrict to our modern planets, only ancient, or only Luminaries.
    calls asteroids, through the filter of PIANASTE.DAT
    - 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 Config.file's and 'New Macros' defaults, ('RESET')

    - , Shift+F9 to Shift+F12, unallocated at present
    - , Ctrl+F1 to Alt+F1, call transit dialogs for each planet
    - , Alt+F2 to Alt+F9, unallocated at present
    - , Alt+F10 to Alt+F12, and beyond, are some Planets' Returns ..from this point (F49), functions are indicated, but only some are defined, and they only work with a mouse-click ~ NOTE, many potential macros are sacrificed to make explanations, e.g. macro 61!

      For a full list of New Macros, find List-of-macros-in-table, an .RTF, which only opens with a click with Internet Explorer. With Chrome, FF, find it in \main > \companion_files.
      To access this list regularly, save a copy, e.g. into \Miscellaneous.

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

    To learn to edit these datfiles, look in \Miscellaneous folder and open the Portal files which list the macros. These, when clicked, in turn run switches, or more often, datfiles from folders in the \Miscellaneous\MACRO folder. The paths to the datfiles, and those files' streams of unfamiliar switches within, are daunting at first glance: if a beginner writing switches, you will need the at your elbow! or make do with (also local) SHORTENED LIST of COMMANDS guide.

    Put simply:
    any -M0 lines that start with the path "-i C:\Astrolog\Astrolog32\miscellaneous\MACRO\..." are not just switches, but steer to datfiles in the folders, variously.


    THE LOCATION OF THE ENABLING FILES..
    MACRO_default.DAT, MACRO_personal.DAT, which make the [Run] Menu, live in ..\miscellaneous, and present the 'new macros'...

    default.DAT and personal.DAT live in ..\miscellaneous\MACRO\PERSONALE

    BACKTOMAIN.DAT, and the two RESET.DATs, live in ..\miscellaneous\MACRO\DEFAULT

    1.DAT, 2.DAT and 3.DAT, (F1, F2 & F3), are in ..\miscellaneous\MACRO\CARTE: overwrite 1.DAT, 2.DAT with your own choices of charts.


     THE RESOURCE FOLDERS HAVE ITALIAN NAMES..

    PLANETS - various selections, DIGNITIES - as different options, ORBS - for varied situations,
    PROGRESSIONS - for various periods per planet, TRANSITS ditto, INTERPRETATIONS; ..ALL IN miscellaneous\MACRO. ..of special note, macro 64, automatic 'Secondary Progressions', in PROGRESSIONI, conveys objects to today, by 'one day's travel for each year' or part thereof pro-rata.


     STANDARD PATH 

    To view all these files and macros,  click 'My Computer', click Local Disk 'C:', click astrolog, click astrolog32, click miscellaneous... and you're there.



    CUSTOMIZING, EXAMPLES:
    tinker icon Seeing that Robbie's choice of macros are NOT SET IN STONE! - YOU'LL WANT TO CHANGE THEM; but to grasp the working of Robbie's macro-sets, get a little practice first - tinker a little with the older macro-making-method, as old-style macros can still be used (any you have are written at the end of astrolog32.DAT, and can indeed be simply typed in there. Use astrolog32.DAT macros as a sandbox! - bound to add, back astrolog32.DAT up first! - and only save the file with Ctrl+s, (why?) .. - see how old-style macros work here).

    To edit these pre-defined New Macros, a very thorough grounding in Astrolog32 switches and Windows' address-paths is useful to avoid messing up - open either Portal file, MACRO_default.DAT or MACRO_personal.DAT in Notepad, (or better, an editor like 'Gedit' with coloured markup BibTex or CG, because New Macros are unforgiving of error - you may see the standard error message "Value 0 passed out of range" on running the Portal file).   * * BACK UP FILE, FIRST * *

    NOTE: After each edit, you can keep the program running, and refresh your 'MACRO_personal' drop-down, by flipping to [Run] > [MACRO_default] then back again to see your newly-written macros listed.. and try them out! Also, the same trick editing MACRO_default.DAT! (Better you edit just the one first, as the other will serve as a backup version).

    Rather than writing your own, you can insert any of specimen #1 - #20 macros by highlighting and copying off this page.

    Ultimately, if you like to start with a clean sheet, you can skip adapting the '_default' and '_personal' examples, and instead draft your own, writing some macros while importing others - call it something.dat - it must start with '@309   ;', and be saved in the \miscellaneous folder.. all the while still retaining these two Portal-files unaltered; and you can, and probably should, come to alter personal.DAT, the config.file which MACRO_personal.DAT runs - me, I just hacked my old, customised astrolog32.DAT data into place within personal.DAT, as I couldn't stand the multicolours, and wanted my preferred orbs; and, liking a black background, I removed the line -Xr         ;inverted colours. (See STANDARDISING PERSONAL.DAT AND ASTROLOG32.DAT ).

    Finally and to repeat, if you prefer your New Macros via ..[Open Command File] > [MACRO_personal] (or other), rename MACRO_personal.DAT as autorun.DAT and ever after, when you open Astrolog32, all the V. 2.04+ macros will be available without clicking anything!

    There's no need to stick with the names MACRO_default.DAT and MACRO_personal.DAT; I've named three setups: Events, a Research, and a Search.

    You can chop & change macros' positions, in the list, to bring your favourites to the low F numbers: see image above.




    Here is a simplish edit to MACRO_default.DAT, to make F4 (unallocated) set the chart to Harmonic 4 (with Null Houses):
    EXAMPLE
    1. Open MACRO_default.DAT in Notepad, to get to alter the -WM 4 name-line, and add a -M0 4 instruction-line,

    -WM 4 "-> Set harmonic 4 & Null"
    -M0 4 "-i C:\Astrolog\Astrolog32\miscellaneous\MACRO\ARMONICI\h4.DAT"


    Save file.

    2. Now go to folder ..miscellaneous\MACRO\ and make a new folder 'ARMONICI';
    in it, create a new empty text file, renaming it h4.DAT
    Open it and type in just the following:

    @0309
    -x 4 -c 14;
    ; set to harmonic four


    And save file.

    Test, by calling [Run] > [Open Command File..], click MACRO_default.DAT, press F4 key...
    'kill' to return to harmonic 1:
    press Shift+F7, to run BACKtoMAIN.DAT.

     The names in the drop-down menu of [Run] will update after you re-name them & save, depending on whichever 'Portal' file you edit.

    For New Macros to work from 'F' keys with v2.04+, the recommendation is that the program must be installed at the root C: of your pc, viz:
      C:\astrolog\Astrolog32...
    V. 2.0x reminds you of this when installing, - I found only the \miscellaneous folder need be in such a path; but then RESET.DAT will not work as it's supposed to, unless you have a second \main folder there with it, holding just astrolog32.DAT .. Now, with edits to Config.file's paths, I've been able to abandon the suggested path. You would be right to infer that C:\astrolog\Astrolog32... remains a wise safety-net-style destination for installing, for people who can't rewrite address paths in astrolog32.DAT.

    With V2.05, macros written into astrolog32.DAT still work, up to the point where you 'go live' by calling MACRO_personal.DAT or MACRO_default.DAT.

    Running switches without F-keys, you can revert some using v, Alt+v, or a 'kill' macro, - but try running either of the Command files, then pressing Shift+F7, to run BACKtoMAIN.DAT.



    PICKING NEW MACRO F-KEYS to fill in for SHIFT-KEY KEYBOARD SWITCHES:
    Looking through what New Macros default choices at F1 through F12 currently set, there's a lot as a modernist I'd change, because I'm very happy with Astrolog32's dignity choices, and feel Traditional methods chase the wrong hare - so for fellow-modernists, here's some 'New Macros' suggestions, F1 & F2, F4 to F8, F10,.. for putting in your MACRO_default.DAT, which may better suit Tropical users wanting single-key presses:

          MACRO No.   (Revert)
          /M0 number (& switch in inverted commas)
          /WM number (& name in inverted commas)
          F1    (Use F2)
          /M0 1 "-YR 11 21 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1";
          /WM 1 "Hide My Points"
          F2    (Use F1)
          /M0 2 "-YR 11 21 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0";
          /WM 2 "Show My Points"
          F4    (Use Reset)
          /M0 4 "-Yk 0 8 4 10 3 15 11 11 11 11 11";
          /WM 4 "Adopt Red Background"
          F5    (Use Reset)
          /M0 5 "-YAR 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 -YAR 6 11 1 1 0 0 1 1";
          /WM 5 "Seven Major Aspects"
          F6    (Use Reset)
          /M0 6 "-c 12";
          /WM 6 "Whole Houses"
          F7    (Use Reset)
          /M0 7 "-I 80";
          /WM 7 "Call Interpretations"
          F8
          /M0 8 "-i C:\astrolog\astrolog32\
    miscellaneous\MACRO\DEFAULT\RESETDEF.DAT";
          /WM 8 "RESET"
          F10   (Use Reset)
          /M0 10 "-gp";
          /WM 10 "Set Aspects to Parallel"


    ..these are just some that I like, and the seventh, F8, may prove itself essential. And now, at last I can change backgrounds on the fly!
    For some, I daresay all of this only has a point if, ultimately, you feel able to rename or re-save, your
    modified MACRO_personal.DAT as autorun.DAT, and so-doing, adopt such MACRO-options forever.


    STANDARDISING ASTROLOG32.DAT and PERSONAL.DAT: .. MAKING THE LEAP 

      Let's assume you like your astrolog32.DAT configuration as it is; it's in \main.. you want the same config. with 'personal' ..

    The V. 2.0x 'personal macros' configuration file, personal.DAT is in:
    C:\astrolog\astrolog32\miscellaneous\MACRO\PERSONALE\
    Open your astrolog32.DAT file in Notepad, (Gedit, Vim..)

    Highlight everything from:

    _s ; Zodiac selection ["_s" is tropical, "=s" is sidereal] .. ..yours may be different where italics

    down to:

    :YXC 1 33 33 ; Corner Decoration <0 = none, 1 = moire, 2 = web> <size> <no. lines> ..yours may be different where italics

    go [Edit] > [Copy];

    Open C:\astrolog\astrolog32\miscellaneous\MACRO\PERSONALE.. and open personal.DAT

    Highlight everything from:

    _s ; Zodiac selection ["_s" is tropical, "=s" is sidereal]

    down to:
    :YXC 0 66 66 ; Corner Decoration <0 = none, 1 = moire, 2 = web> <size> <no. lines>

    go [Edit] > [Paste];

    Go Ctrl+s, to save personal.DAT. Close astrolog32.DAT.
    Job done.






    V. 1.34_Standard
    In all versions before V. 2.04, no macros were defined - so,
    you write them from scratch! in the Config. file, which hosts them.
    tinker icon Defining your own macros, old-style: METHOD 1

    To set what any macro is to be, we used to just use the command-line itself, using these two special switches:

  • 1. ..Go [Run] > [Open Command Line]

  • 2. ..type in special switch -M0, then a space, then the number of the macro that you want to use, another space, then the command-switch or string of switches you have in mind IN QUOTES, like this: -M0 7 "/somestring /some other string". press Return key, to send the macro to RAM...

    ...Up till this point, pressing the 'F7' key, you will get the warning "Macro number seven is not defined".

  • 3. To complete the macro, now define the macro's name (the name that will appear in the menu to designate it), using this special switch:

    .type in -WM, then a space, then the same number of the macro that you want to use i.e.7, another space, then your title IN QUOTES, like this -WM 7 "Sets something & something else...", - press Return key.

  • 4. Finally, to SAVE the macro, you must save astrolog32.DAT, not using [File] > [Save current settings]. but rather [Edit] > [Edit configuration file] and then check the Macros are there, & simply go [File] > [Save]; and close the file.


  • NOTE: Once defined, macros will be found, hopefully, written at the bottom of your astrolog32.DAT - they will be available after a 'save-file', and re-launch, but not after [File] > [Save current settings]..
      THIS PITFALL OF BOTH METHODS IS THAT [FILE] > [SAVE CURRENT SETTINGS] WIPES THEM OUT 

    tinker icon RATHER EASIER: METHOD 2

    If you prefer, simply type your macros into astrolog32.DAT, then save the file with Ctrl+s - see some examples below.

    As saving with [File] > [Save current settings..] wipes all these old-style macros out; the nuclear option
    to avoid this is to make astrolog32.DAT read-only, which is my choice, but will only suit if
    you'll never change astrolog32.DAT again.

    NOTE: that M0 (number) isn't Emm Oh! it's Emm Zero!


    As with the all versions, some macros can be set off successively, but generally, macros should be reverted before another is used, and the keyboard switches shift+v & v do 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 these awkward macros, you can and should make a 'kill' macro that reverses the change.

    e.g. for reverting harmonic charts to Radical, make an unused macro just set switch x 1, and name it 'Radical', using the examples described below.


    Here's four sample macros to type into astrolog32.DAT, (any version of astrolog):

    1.
    Person's chart saved as macro 11:

    after the DII line (and any previous macro), type:
    /M0 11 "/qb 4 21 1926 2:40:00 DT +0:00 0:10:00W 51:30:00N" ;
    Press Enter key. Type...
    /WM 11 "Queen Elizabeth" ;
    Save Config file with Ctrl+s.

    'kill' to return to 'Here & Now'
    Open Command Line, type -n ; Press Enter key.

    2.
    Major Aspects only (i.e. Ptolemaic), as macro 4:

    after the DII line (and any previous macro), type:
    /M0 4 "-YAR 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 -YAR 6 11 1 1 1 1 1 1" ;
    Press Enter key. Type...
    /WM 4 "Major aspects" ;
    Save Config file with Ctrl+s.

    'kill' to return to Astrolog32 Defaults, as macro 5:
    after the DII line (and any previous macro), type:
    /M0 5 "-YAR 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 -YAR 6 11 0 0 0 0 1 1" ;
    Press Enter key. Type..
    /WM 5 "Default aspects" ;
    Press Enter key. Save Config file with Ctrl+s.


    3 & 4.
    Sometimes, we try out different orientations where a person's chart-time is unknown: these switches (I've made them F1 & F12), will turn the chart to 1 a.m., - the ones on the right to 11 p.m..
    /WM 1 "<1stHour"
    /WM 12 ">Endhour"
    /M0 1 "-zt 1:00"
    /M0 12 "-zt 23:00"

    The last-line entry in astrolog32.DAT should always be the line ; astrolog32.DAT; else, older versions of the program may launch with a warning "Unknown Switch "y"".

    Rather than writing your own, you can insert specimen 1 - 12 macros by highlighting and copying off this page into your open astrolog32.DAT; ~ see pic, right, for where: then go [File] > [Save].





    MIGHT NOT SUIT ~ TO GET YOUR 'NEW MACROS' RIGHT TAKES TIME AND PERSEVERANCE
    my own experience of switches has been brief, preferring astrology over geeky, but
    With switches:With macros:

    \MISCELLANEOUS FOLDER:

    Besides providing a manageable home for the new macros, the power of a right-click on any file I see means that the [Run] menu accessing the \miscellaneous folder has potential becoming clear to me on a slow burn, as often with Roberto's improvements.
    Like a conjuror's hat, anything can be raised from it: - a frequently used .DAT file, such as your birthchart, becomes two clicks away; four clicks away (selecting 'All files' instead of '.DAT files', then right-clicking the file to use "Open with.."), can be Word documents, timezone maps, reminders.. or a local Helpfile.HTML version; or a folder of Celebs files, photos, or spreadsheets!


    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 inverted commas), 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.

    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.
    <<<<         >>>>



      # 11

    - CUSTOMISING DEFAULTS via CONFIG. FILE -

    Config.file is a short text-file. At every launch Astrolog32 reads this file once, and does what it says, presentationally. 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 a not-untypical astrolog32.DAT are explained in detail below - it's in english in all A32 language releases.

    The Config. File is editable (which is what this section is about); it is also swappable: to see this, remove your current astrolog32.DAT from \main to somewhere SAFE, and then open and save the following file, different.DAT, back to \main, as astrolog32.DAT ~ (this won't work with V3.20+).   Then run Astrolog32 - green and yellow, right? - Quick, swap back in the original! or maybe not!   ~ It's set to American defaults, EST TimeZone, and includes Trump's chart, a macro at F2 - and access to your folders probably won't work unless you alter the paths in "; DIRECTORIES:"


    A Config. file's working sections set:
    1. your time and place. 2. display formats, and kind of astrology defaults, e.g House Syst.
    3. various choices of objects and orbs. 4. which objects are shut off, e.g Major Planets.
    5. which are shut off in transit. 6. which are shut off in progression.
    7. aspects on or off. 8. size of orbs.
    9. limit of accumulated orbs. 10. 'influence' values.
    11. 'influence' values in transit. 12. chart colours, e.g Main Col..
    13. text or graphics. 14. the paths to its folders, (not in V.3.xx), e.g Directories.
    15. Other things, e.g Default Atlas. (16. any macros, e.g see here).

    From the Helpfile:
    "The file is not in a fixed format with fields that have to be in a certain order. You can move lines around, add as many lines as you want, or take lines out without problem."

    A Warning:
    astrolog32.DAT files can be "cloned" and covertly adopted during a new installation, from any prior A32 installations local to it, so circumventing due diligence: follow this link - About borrowing.

    EXPLAINING LINES & FLAGS 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 within that line. The look-up for any line-flag is Helpfile.TXT, or Helpfile.HTML, but many are below.
    The lines start with a line-flag, (which you may be able to alter to 'off', or to 'on' (see section on this..).   Sometimes the next bit is a 'range parameter' (not to be altered) - about, see WORD LOOK-UP.
    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. And after saving astrolog32.DAT, your alterations will appear at the next session.
    ----------------- ---------------

    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 into use, or off: 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.

    -------------------------------------------
    Things can go wrong - as indicated when Astrolog launches with this badly-editted file: maybe keep on paper your last edits: the hint given in the dialog is only that 'something's wrong'.

    Inserting 'Return' in a line was often my mistake: then omitting semi-colons, where code ends and explanation begins.

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

    FLAGS & SPACES GENERALLY:
    USUALLY, 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; but if there's only one, not to worry.

    OFTEN, an initial underscore (_) toggles the line's status from (=) , and an 'oh' (o) toggles the line's status from (-) ; ..these are astrolog32.DAT's most common 'flags' for signalling on/off of a particular entire entry-line.
    This apparent brevity hides a complicated system.. here's a digest, out of helpfile.TXT

    " Command switch flags may actually be forced on or off regardless of their current setting with special character prefixes. Many switches (such as -s) represent on/off flags and their setting is toggled when the switch is run. However this alone doesn't allow one to force the setting to be a value, as we don't know if it needs to be toggled or not. Prefixing any flag switch with '_' will reset its state even if already off, while prefixing with '=' will always make it on.

    For example, putting "_s" on a command line will always set tropical zodiac, while "=s" will always set sidereal. The standard '-' and '/' prefixes, along with no prefix at all, always toggle the current setting. This is useful for configuration files where we want to set various flags to particular values.

    There's one more obscure switch prefix which is ':', which doesn't affect the setting at all, but still affects any subsetting parameters. For example, ":I 80" won't affect the interpretation setting at all, but will still set the default screen width to 80 columns. This is slightly simpler than the "-I 80 -I" double- toggle hack that would have to be done to do such a thing otherwise "

    This flag-switching mainly operates in astrolog32.DAT.

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

    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 ..] (renaming as, 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'.)


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

    TWO KINDS OF 'SAVE'..:
    Astrolog works TWO KINDS OF SETTINGS' SAVE on the Config. File while the Astrolog32 program runs: this is a important matter for every newby's reference, and this section is linked to variously from within 'The Companion'.
    RED METHOD: Going [File] > [Save current settings..] while the program is open: This will make altered elements of your current configuration appear from that moment on, and every time you re-launch the program, e.g. whether opted for text, or for graphics with some current graphical chart size, which interpretation set, what colours, etcetera.

    This save will however tidy up any edits which touch the defaults that the program can assert, so, creating default harmonic as 1, default 'Here & Now' charting, the default set of planetary positions: and you will lose any macros written in astrolog32.DAT.   I would encourage any absolute beginner to use [File] > [Save current settings..] frequently, though also advising to back-up astrolog32.DAT on day one.


    BLUE METHOD: Going [Edit] > [Edit configuration File] while the program is open, edit, then [File] > [Save]: This way, you can introduce changes going forward, but only after the program relaunches, by editing and saving the file, - this is done without any regard to what you have currently onscreen.   This whole section dedicated to changing your Config. file uses this method which may be challenging to new users.

    Because, this way, the program does not assert its defaults outlined above, of creating default harmonic as 1, default 'Here & Now' charting, the default set of planetary positions, the macros, you can keep strange launch-windows, like those which adding one of these - -Z ;, or -g ;, or x 2 ;, or -K ; - in a new line, will create; and in particular, the new line #UseInternationalAtlas   ; , for non-U.S. users.
    I prefer this option always, as I have my old-style macros to protect, as well as wanting sometimes to launch with an Aspect Grid or a list of Aspects, (see below ADDING A NEW LINE! for launching without a chart or list of Object positions).
    --------------------- --------------------

    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.

    ADDING A NEW LINE!
    Unbelievably, astrolog32.DAT doesn't have a line for character-scale! ~ we are stuck with 'Size 2' (default), until we use keyboard switches Ctrl+1 (sml), or Ctrl+3 (larger): or, [View] > [Character Scale..]..
    If you want a coaster-sized window, take the bull by the horns and insert a new line into astrolog32.DAT, using -Xs just as image to right. (Reset chart size at the :Xw line, further down.) NOTE: this won't work in V3.20+.

    This -Xs switch can also be used as a part of a 'session set-up' switch, (ABOUT SWITCHES): an example could be /Xm /Xs 100 ; tiny glyphs, in black & white.
    The LIST of COMMANDS page displays many switches which could be candidates for new lines, according to your needs! ~ the rule with Astrolog is, Suck it and See!. For instance -g ; , in "; GRAPHICAL DEFAULTS", will launch Astrolog32 with the Aspect Grid; similarly -K ; , launches with the calendar.
    Again, if you prefer the international Atlas, it's down to you to add this line: #UseInternationalAtlas switch ; - works in V2.02, V.2.05, V.3.20+.


    THREE ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS
    Extra rule - have LIST of COMMANDS open to browse.
    -----------------------------------------

    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: 1.34
    ; 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 - an 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 Universal Time, which gives East European Time, as a correction to GMT/UT.)

    (If leaving New York for the West Coast and still charting with New York standard time on your pc, you would reset this from -z 5:00 ; to -z 8:00 ; , if you want to shift the time-zone for the program to suit the US Pacific coast's time on a permanent basis.)

    Setting a + figure to lose hours, & a - figure to gain hours, is a quirk of the program.
    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, to either show aspects as 1, or 2:
    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 ATLAS, U.S., or INTERNATIONAL ~ only works in V2.02 releases & after:

    any line
    : "Option to use InternationalAtlas"

    #UseInternationalAtlas ;
    Switch for non-U.S. users, you must insert yourself.

    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.
    -------------------------------------------

     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 high numbers; so these are values on a linear scale; these are not on/off flags, and "influence" here means 'relative power'..

    oYjT 1 10 etcetera; turns them off
    -------------------------------------------

    line 4: "Influence in transit, by Dignity"

    -0Yj0  10 10 10 10 ;
    this line covers relative 'influences' given to planets when transitting, according to an additional four factors,namely:
    if a planet's in Ruling sign, Exalted sign, Ruling house, Exalted house, in that order. So, Essential & Accidental Dignities. The degree of 'influence' of each of these is flagged by numbers 0 to 15, (15 highest), and each here is set at 10.

    GRAPHICS DEFAULTS ~ SUPPLEMENTARY FLAG:

    any line
    : "Option to swap colors"

    -Xr   ;
    "after 0 8   in MAIN COLORS, the background-colour number and the lines-colour number are swapped over"
    - if present, this radically alters the chart-colours.

    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, airy or watery.
    -------------------------------------------

    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:
    -------------------------------------------

    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:
    dark blue (is 4) for lines, white for background, 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 ~ two examples of the one typical entry-line, directing to the 'Ephemeris': the two paths differ according to which A32 release you have -

    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 V. 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; but after Vista, this presents problems.. read details here, at step 4,   so..

    With Astrolog32 V. 2.0x, if you unzip or let it install its contents to an \astrolog32
    folder at any location on your pc except Program Files, no mods should be necessary, unless you change your mind about using New Macros!

    ------------------------
    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 V. 1.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" faq, here.

     Re-writing the paths between the inverted commas then saving the file, 
      means you adjust Astrolog32 to find its folders wherever they may be 
     - for reading its atlases, for saving to the right folder, & importantly, to 
     contact its own folder, \main.

    In fact, in V2.05, folders can be spread far-and-wide! - as long as
    each folder's path is right



    EXAMPLES

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

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

    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V. 1.3x 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 V. 1.3x at "C:\Program Files", or moved it to there, then you would substitute the following edit:
    :DIE "C:\Program Files\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;
    ------------ -------------
    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V. 1.3x at "C:\astrolog32", you would probably not need to make this edit:
    :DIE "C:\astrolog32\ephemeris"   ;


    --------------------- UNDER 2000 Pro, XP, VISTA--------------------

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

    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V. 1.3x at "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 that 1/ your chartfiles may be compromised, and   2/ you may have to look the folder's path up in a folder-properties info box! (See below, on getting the ABSOLUTE PATH).

    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V. 1.3x at "C:\Program Files", or moved it to there, then you would substitute the following edit:
    :DIE "C:\Program Files\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;


    --------------------- UNDER WIN 7, WIN 8, WIN 10--------------------

    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V. 1.3x, or moved V2.05 to "C:\User\YOURNAME\Downloads", then you would substitute the following edit:
    :DIE "C:\User\YOURNAME\Downloads\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;
    ------------ -------------
    ~ if you set up Astrolog32 V. 1.3x, or moved V2.05 to "C:\astrolog", then you would substitute the following edit:
    :DIE "C:\astrolog\astrolog32\ephemeris" ;

    ---------------------NOTE: V.3.20+ releases have no paths!---------------------

    .... 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. 10  


    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, cos I'm often in a rush..

    Folders can be far from the folder holding the program!
    Here's one way I found to avoid diving to the C: root, in V 1.34 or V 2.0x: cut/paste the \charts folder to a more accessible location - (e.g., in 'Downloads'): find & copy the full path to any file within it: open astrolog32.DAT, and, among the Config.file directory-paths, find the DIRECTORIES   :DIC line; copy/paste the correct path into ':DIC'
    :DIC "C:\Users\DODGER\Downloads\charts"!
    .. and Save Config.file! This may not work, though, with V.3.x0.

    Also in V 1.3x or V 2.0x, equally good for newbies, you can re-write paths in [Settings] >
    [Directory Settings]
    , then go [File] > [Save current settings..]; Save and 'yes' the file-overwrite.


    -------------------------------------------
    Making a new link to your program, Astrolog32.exe: whether you want a link on your Desktop, in a 'console' folder, or in Start Menu, do this:
    Find the Astrolog32 folder, open \main, and highlight, then right-click astrolog32.exe: select 'Create shortcut' (this will create a link at the bottom of the list of contents of \main called shortcut to Astrolog32.exe); tile the \main window with the target window, and drag it from the one to the other, or onto the 'Start' button, and it will work.







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    Which House System?

    The different House divisions of the horizon compress a segmenting of the 3D Cosmos into a flat shape, and 2000 years haven't found perfection; it's more than a tough call for a beginner to learn the merits of each ~ copying someone you admire may be as smart as plumping for the middle of the road. When comparing House Systems for Western astrology birthcharts, though, the better ones will render similar degrees for their Ascendants, and similar degrees for their M.C.s; you can try each with your own chart data - go [Settings] > [House Types].

    Dane Rudhyar, (now a 'man of another time', granted) favoured Campanus, the choice too of the Middle Ages. It's less favoured for mundane or electional astrology. Porphyry and Alcibitius are the oldest systems known, along I suppose with Equal House. Regarding Equal House & Equal House (MC), 'Meridian', these latter two systems make no attempt to reconcile Vertical and Horizon.

    Regiomontanus has a keen following, though some regard it as inaccurate for any forecasting; Placidus was a top choice for 400 years, though I find its Succedent house cusps wrong, the more so in higher latitudes. (In Britain and France, whether an astrologer used Regiomontanus or Placidus was determined by whether you were a Catholic or a Protestant), Ms. Hamaker Zondag uses Placidus.
    Modern Times have brought us Carter's Poly Equatorial which has slipped from view; Pullen's Sinusoidal, with which the author of Astrolog aimed to achieve the fluid redimensioning of Houses is not available; while Koch has been a top choice in US and Germany, for birthcharting, and particularly with the midpoint advocates.

    Whole, Vedic and Shripati aim to serve broad divisions of Indian Astrology, providing the bases for the greater choices found in [Settings] > [Calculation Settings]; but Krishnamurti's mixed system uses Placidus.

    How can I stop this?
    As astrolog is open to so much tweaking, it is possible to crash the program, - so trying something new is best done aside from the everyday making and viewing of charts.
    Usually it's switches that aren't viable - I got this crash-notice by trying to run -i nul -Xbb. Probably, it's command-line syntax, about which I am largely ignorant.
    Trying to progress a _pos.DAT will crash the program, too.

    I have an Old-Style chart datum to raise; can Astrolog32 do it?

    Yes, automatically, if the datum is pre-1582 (on or before Oct 4th, 1582 to be precise), 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 when making your inputs, so as to make the datum New Style,- see JULIAN to GREGORIAN CALENDAR section.
    Reverse-wise, if you browse Astrolog32 for a 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 a pre-1800 chart to be super-accurate, be sure you have the appropriate supplementary Swiss Ephemeris files for this period..

    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 may print round if this is the case, but modern business printers seem to care nothing for aspect-ratio, and still deliver ovals.
    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-of-round by happenstance - press Shift+q, to check.

    [File] > [Save Main Chart Data] won't save!

    The reason for this nearly always is that in the saving-name, there is a forbidden character: colons, slashes, double-inverted commas are not accepted, / \ : * ? ! " < > are all forbidden, - but the acute (aigu), over a or e, the cedilla and the tilde ~ are sometimes allowed, depending on Win7's mood.

    But there's a second possible cause, created if you installed to 'Program Files' on a Windows 7, 8 or 10 machine (contrary to my advice at Installing Step 4). All these operating systems bar any edits to files and folders in both 'Program Files' and '#Program Data' folders, so a re-install is called for,   See image to right..

    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 Shift+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 [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], and go 'File', 'Save', and the new size will appear when you relaunch.
    This and the methods below both work in all versions of Astrolog, up to but not including Astrolog32 V.3.00.
    The chart can be made permanently larger or smaller at your next launch by altering the dimensions in the Configuration file, (at the third typed line below ";DEFAULT GRAPHICS" - in other words after the :Xw.. Alter the values, save file and relaunch).
    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'. 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. But size can't be altered on the fly, except with the pull-handles or switch shift+q.
    See
    CUSTOMISING the CONFIG. FILE > ADDING A NEW LINE! for altering the size of the glyphs, to suit.


    "Folder not found.."
    This is reported when, in the course of a session, calls are made to Astrolog32's auxiliary folders, and unanswered: the cure for this should first be, to look for astrolog32.DAT, the Config. file, which in V1.3x and V2.05 tells the program where the folders are: here's a direct link to this fix. But first, look to see if the folders exist in the program folder, astrolog32 - which should not, in Vista and after, be in Program Files.. If it is, re-install more appropriately!

    How do I Rotate Houses?
    This can be done of course, but at present you must set up twelve macros to flip to the twelve Houses: choose the macro-numbers you want - a complete 'Shift+Fx' set of 12, or an 'Alt+Fx' set of 12, seems perfect - and write the switches that follow the twelve -M0 x name-lines, as follows:
    "-X1 22", "-X1 23", "-X1 24", "-X1 25", "-X1 26", "-X1 27", "-X1 28", "-X1 29", "-X1 30", "-X1 31", "-X1 32", "-X1 33".
    Apply appropriate names to the the twelve macros, e.g. -WM x "Turn Descendant to left". (See how to make macros here).

    Which version? - what site?
    The chart-making of all english versions of Astrolog (from Astrolog 6.30, to Astrolog32 V. 1.20 to V. 2.05) is really equally good, though Astrolog32 uses the premium ephemeris for accuracy: the main differences IMO lie in the help-files (still geeky or online in 6.30, better in V. 1.34, integrated in V. 2.04, V. 2.05); and in the availability of World Atlases backing up input in Astrolog32, (all versions). Version 1.34 is a bother to set up for world-charting, though, so Roberto's V2.05 trumps V.1.34, and currently, V1.34 may not be available.
    Walter Pullen's V. 7.20 is small and easy to install; has interpretations, some new switches, excellent graphical extensions; any 'as' files, even listed in Windows Explorer, open with a double-click, in the program!
    Astrolog32 Versions 2.02 and onward have a beginner's mode, and if you are an astro-newbie it's recommended as less bewildering - when you are ready, you can switch out to Advanced. Interpretations and decent macros come with it. V3.20+ adds windows of Traditional data (Firdaria, PDs, Almuten..) to V2.05's standard features.
    Another consideration might be - where you want it installed, and all the v2 versions excelled in allowing you to install it anywhere without re-compiling (though installing to 'Program Files' is no longer an option at and after Win 7..); the latest editions (V2.05/V3.30) bundle selections of appropriate atlas files, too.

    How to download Astrolog32: To pick which release, first, read 'Installing'! For the V. 2.05 or latest versions, click the A32 DOWNLOADS link at the head of this guide - at astrolog32.altervista.org, choose 'click here for English', scroll down and click on the links in blue, "Astrolog32 V. 2.05".
    More conservative versions of Astrolog32 are downloadable at the A32 official site.
    Compiling data can be found at Altervista.

    About borrowing astrolog32.DATs:
    A surprising and long-standing behaviour of astrolog32 has been that a new installation silently scours local folders for a pre-existing astrolog32.DAT: and adopts it, instead of making a new one!   Obviously this can be problematic, if you want to start over, or install to a new path!
    If you have a pre-existing Astrolog32 of any kind, and want to install another copy, you can disable this annoying habit by re-naming the astrolog32.DAT of any prior install(s) something like notastrolog32.DAT, for the duration of the installing process.
    This is mentioned in Helpfile.TXT, at 'FILES, DATA DEFAULTS, AND COMPILE TIME OPTIONS' section.


    My macros in astrolog32.DAT vanish!
    If ever you save the Config.file using [File] > [Save current Settings..], the program will wipe the macros off the file. Better to go [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], reinstate your macros, and always save with Ctrl+s. As a fix, when you are content with what your delivers, including your macros, then find the file in \main, alter the properties of the file by right-clicking it, set it to 'read-only'. Click on to a special section, TWO KINDS OF SAVING, which explains.

    I've just installed Astrolog32: - what's this about "cannot find configuration file"? .. or a supporting folder?
    If you have seen this in the course of the installation, don't panic - a Config file is generated at the very end of installation of V1.34 and V2.05. (V3.x0 has none until you call for one.)
    If, however, this warning appears in a subsequent session, then there is either no Config. file (astrolog32.DAT) at all, because you chose not to Save it at the end of installation, or it has saved into \main as it should, but not adopted into its text the correct address-paths created according to where you chose to steer the installing process.
    There may be reports that you have no folders (atlas, charts, ephemeris) - this suggests the Config. file is present, but can't locate them.

    You need to snoop the situation by finding the 'astrolog32' folder in your pc, opening \main and looking for it. If there's none, double-click astrolog32.exe and go [File] > [Save current settings], and click OK - now you have a configuration file!   now it is time, in either case, to open the Config. file in Notepad or other editor, to view the :DIM, :DIE, :DIC, :DIL, :DIA, and :DII lines, at the end of the document. With V1.xx and V.2.xx, these lines steer the program to where its auxiliary folders (Main, Ephem., Charts, Misc., Atlas 1 and Atlas 11), are.
    The aim is to modify the address-paths to where the folders in fact are (and that may mean running searches for them by name); Save the Config. file - this will be possible so long as the Config.file is not set as 'read-only' (very unlikely); if 'read-only', then before all this, the Properties attribute of astrolog32.DAT must be opened by a right-click, and the box unticked and OKed.


    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] or > [Standard Wheel], or type c.

    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 [Edit] > [Edit configuration file] 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.

    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 [Edit] > [Edit configuration file] & save astrolog32.DAT NOTE - if this doesn't work, this may be an indication that the astrolog32.DAT which you are saving to, is not in the \main folder: more likely, there is a \main folder that is not in the Astrolog32 folder.
    If, as well, you can't save charts at all, this suggests that the install was done under " Administrator" mode, on NTFS™ Xp, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1; open Astrolog32 as "Admin", and try accessing/saving files; to enable as "User", try accessing all the files & folders of Astrolog32, and re-setting 'Properties' of each and all, unticking any 'Read-only' attributes.
    Otherwise, re-install under "User" mode.

    Some settings can't be made default, see
    here.

    What's an <objnum>?, <aspect>? - where are colour numbers?
    For command-line input, every point, planet, aspect and colour has an unique reference number - lists of all three are at the end of LIST of COMMANDS; plus, planets and aspects listed in [Help] > [Planets], [Help] > [Aspects]; or, >check out objects' numbers here and colors' numbers here - (both in CUSTOMISING the CONFIG.FILE), and view the end of WORD LOOK-UP for example uses.

    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).

    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 120 Mhz on Win98; 200 Mb free hard-drive space at the very most (at the least, with V. 1.34 just after install, only 4.2Mb!); a USB slot (it's handy); a keyboard and mouse. Only with working online, reading 'Companion', deep file-searches 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.. if like me you run a tiny Toshiba Libretto or similar, Win'98 or NT4 it has to be; Win95 is problematic.
    Try setting your screen resolution to 800 x 600, if you want big lettering. 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.

    How should I make my chart printable, not wasting a lake of ink? (applies versions before version 2.00)
    Go [View], tick [Reverse background] and 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 [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], then save 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.

    How can I print off a list of all my charts' names?
    Windows™ can do this, with an old command, using the command-line:
    • In folder window, navigate to the \charts folder, and right-click any folder or file within it: choose 'Properties'.
    • Find and highlight all of the path, in the 'Location' field. (see image, right). Go Ctrl+c.
    • Paste the path (it will end ...\charts) in a new Notepad page, and close the folder window.
    • Open Prompt window with [Start] > [Programs] > [Accessories] > [Command Prompt].
    • Tile windows
    • At the blinking cursor at the end of the opening line, in Command Prompt window, type:cd, then a space, then the whole of the address path, letter by letter, from the Notepad page. Press 'enter' key.
    • At the new Prompt, type:dir /s > print.TXT and press 'enter': this will send the list to the \charts folder, as print.TXT (omitting /s excludes subfolders' files from the general list).
    For best view, open print.TXT in Wordpad or Word.

    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 Text mode & raising data.)

    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 switch E to raise the month's ephemeris, and save those positions, as a textfile, to the desktop (in V. 2.02+, it's [File] > [Export..>], or Ctrl+5; earlier, it's [File] > [Save 'chart' as Textfile]).

    At Yahoo's old Astrolog_list forum, the suggestion is to open this text-file using a text editor like Notepad++ or Gedit, 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 MS Word, (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.
    Re-open this saved file in Notepad, 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'.
    As an alternative, you can print off your ephemeris, see Text-mode.

    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 Navamsas], (or keyboard switch y), for the ninth. See also 'F.A.Q - smallest aspect' below.

    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 pressed keyboard switch o, or used the 'Save to memory' button, 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:
    • First, press c to dump combination chart-data;
    • Go switch Shift+v, perhaps go v also - should clear any keyboard switches..
    • If things remain strange, inspect the various menu-buttons' drop-downs - are wrong modalities ticked in the [Settings] menu first seven options, for instance?
    • But [Lists] > [Arabic Parts] used to be particularly sticky... Alt+Shift+v is your get-out-of-jail card for such un-cooperative pages.
    MACRO NOTE: using the V. 2.0x macros you have a single click to undo many macro switches (Shift+F7), making V. 2.0x macros an attractive way of modifying the chart. Exceptions are listed here
    • Switches which affect how the chart parameters are obtained.
    • Switches which affect how a chart is computed.
    • harmonic switches.
    PROGRESSION 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: 9 minutes?, 3 days?, 2 months?, by altering [Animation] > [Jump Rate] ..[Jump Factor].
    As your Mainchart, raise the chart that is not to alter (and go little 'o' to save it to memory); now setup the chart that is to alter as your "chart #2" e.g. go Alt+Shift+z (and for another Radix, - click 'Recall chart data'), otherwise, enter a start-date. go 'OK'.
    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.

    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, 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 for power - those numbers can be upped to your choice.
    To make your selections permanent, now go [Edit] > [Edit configuration file], and save, overwriting astrolog32.DAT.

    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 called buggy behaviour in my pc, only with A32 V2.04..

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

    Semisextile is the smallest. '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; or better, create a macro that shuts them off on demand!

    Does Astrolog32 calculate Eris/TransPluto?
    No, but there is a way to make Astrolog32 adopt Eris (UB313), though it's an involved business, and is limited to Astrolog32 V1.00 or V1.05, or Astrolog 5.41g, releases in which supplementary atlases' support can be turned off. I read that Astrolog7 still has a way to do this.
    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 none of Astrolog's 'objects' can be renamed by the user. See the end of J.M's article at Bonniehill.net: "hypothetical planets are not supported in Astrolog32 1.10, and need to be represented by the use of the Matrix routines. Several hypothetical planets are currently included in the Swiss ephemeris".
    Here are Eris' fixes NEAR its two observed stations for each decade, 1913 to 2054 - stations-to-retrograde are in italics: its positional shift is in fact extremely slight.
    14dec1913 26Pi05'
    27jun14 27Pi40'
    22dec1943 4Ar44'
    29jun44 6Ar11'
    3jan1974 12Ar24'
    10jul74 13Ar47'
    10jan2004 19Ar31'
    19jul04 20Ar52'
    22jan2034 26Ar29'
    1aug34 27Ar49'
    17dec1923 29Pi06'
    24jun24 0Ar38'
    25dec1953 7Ar23'
    4jul54 8Ar49'
    5jan1984 14Ar48'
    13jul84 16Ar10'
    13jan2014 21Ar51'
    22jul14 23Ar11'
    25jan2044 28Ar49'
    3aug44 0Ta10'
    24dec1933 2Ar00'
    2jul34 3Ar29'
    28dec1963 9Ar55'
    8jul64 11Ar19'
    8jan1994 17Ar11'
    17jul94 18Ar32'
    17jan2024 24Ar09'
    26jul24 25Ar30'
    28jan2054 1Ta11'
    9aug54 2Ta33'


    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.

    Does Astrolog32 do chart readings?
    In a minor way: going [Lists] > [Interpretations] from the standard House Wheel sets a page listing the Luminaries' and planets' conditions by House and Rulership, and a selection of 'alternative' in [Settings] > [Miscellaneous] yields a different set which you can modify. See Interpretations. For birthchart reading, you only benefit if you have a time-accurate chart!, and it pays to have set up Rulership and Influence (Power) Settings to your satisfaction.

    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.

    There are several versions of the Helpfile, in HTML; search "Astrolog HTML helpfile" on the web..

    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, - very clear illustrations, good on orbs, progressions, orientations.
    At astrolog32.altervista.org, here, besides links to downloads and this guide, Roberto Luporini has a Pdf manual - in Italian.
    By Petr Trnka, there is an .RTF manual, available at Robbie's site for the Czech version of Astrolog32 V. 2.05; 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 - one keyboard shortcut in these versions of A32 does differ from the one driving chart-animation in our English version: namely, English A32 uses 'p' to animate, others, 'Shift+n', or 's'.


    A dedicated online forum is on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/astrologprogram thanks to the redoubtable Michael Rideout; you must sign up, to post.

    The 'Yahoo' forum, 'Astrolog_List', closed December 2020.

    To make a local page with hotlinks to any of the above, ways for making one are suggested here.

    - ABOUT THE ASTROLOG PROGRAM-MAKERS -


    All the features of Astrolog, click here.
    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 of his latest version, Astrolog 7.10, with new switches.

    Modifications from version 5.40 to 5.41 were by Alois Treindl, who added support for Swiss Ephemeris to 5.41.
    Valentin Abramov ('Valja') 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, V. 1.34 on 3rd Dec 2005, with help from Philippe Epaud, 'Francoise', 'Dennis' and Michael Rideout); currently V 1.34 is unhosted, as Southville.net is closing down.

    Tomas Kubec built the original V. 2.00 self-installing version, now V. 2.02 (here) and this is the current official site of A32; and the V. 2.05 and V. 3.20 versions are here for V3.30 by James Ren, and here for V2.05 by Roberto Luporini, where this 'Companion' is available too. The Companion was an A4 document in 2010, now integrated through the liberality of the developers; and I ended development in 2021; I waive copyright on some auxiliary pages, to anyone who can use them, but assert my copyright to 'Companion.HTML' (although it's a mess) and to 'Gloss.HTML'.

    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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      # 13

    - PROGRAMS TO GO WITH ASTROLOG32 -

    Paint: MSPaint is likely present on your Windows™ pc, but after Vista it is a vandalized widget rather than a workhorse. Up to Win7 at least, click your Start Menu's field saying 'Search programs and files', & enter mspaint.exe - you may see the older version offered in your returns.. press 'Enter'..

    XpPaint is available still elsewhere, free and in various guises. 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.
    This means pre-fabricating any masks, or stock texts, or panels, to copy and paste from one Paint window onto another.



    Notepad-plus-plus: a popular freeware text-editor that takes little space - desirable for editing the new macros you'll find in V2.05 and beyond - you can make it default to open .DATs alone; I find v.7.7.1 is a bit buggy with Win 7.
    Masses of scheme-choices : when it's time to pick a language colorisation (you'll find in 'Settings' > 'Style Configurator'), - as Datfiles in Astrolog have mixed content, try 'INNO', or 'NSIS', 'Javascript', '.CSS', or 'MS-DOS'.. (all in 'Languages')- alternatively, pick a Window Theme like 'Solarised Light'.
          Leaves Notepad free for 'just .TXTs'!
    There has been for years now, a security alert on installing: your antivirus must be turned OFF, or you will get a 'false positive'.
    Visit Notepad-plus-plus.org - or try Gedit, a bigger but more stable program.

    Aspectarians: To avoid moving away from the Astrolog32 window, this freeware will establish when an aspect perfects (rather than using Astrolog's '-d' switch): seek Configuration Hunter with Swiss Ephemeris, by Dan Ciubotaru. It will search ephemerides, and seek out user-defined angles and configurations (which Astrolog can't).


    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 and sepia are available, which are absent from Paint. Charts can be finely rotated, with slight loss of colour.


    Considered a second install of Astrolog32? A proxy version will only take up 2.6 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.
    First though, read this about Astrolog32's file-borrowing.

    Here's how to put a second Astrolog32 in your desktop folder:
    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 - and put it in ..'Accessories', so as not to overwrite any previous shortcut. DONE.



      # 14

    - FEATURES, plus -


    ASTROLOG FEATURES
      A list of the main features in Astrolog as in 1995:
    List created by Walter Pullen

    Position calculation features:
    Positions of Sun, Earth, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and the house cusps, over millenia. 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: ~ mostly in [Settings]
    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: ~ mostly in [Charts]
    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: ~ in [Charts], [Lists], [Run] > [Macros]
    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: ~ in [Charts]
    Synastry charts. Chart #1 planets in the houses of Chart #2. 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: ~ in [Lists]
    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: ~ in [Charts], [Extra], [Animate]
    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: ~ in [Edit], [Settings]
    Initialization file for default settings, called astrolog32.dat. 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: ~ mostly in [File]
    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.

    SOME HOT COMPANION TARGETS

    The famous Config.file
    Lists of Aspects, Two styles
    Key Signposts for Beginners
    Atlases + 65 World Cities
    Nations' TimeZones page
    'Blue' and 'Red' Saves: a howto
    Frequently Asked Questions  
    "Beginner's Option"
    Make a new program shortcut
    Portal Files for Macros
    Alternative Interpretations
    Supplementary links out: a howto
    "#UseInternationalAtlas"
    Disallowed 'Program Files'
    Changing default location/TZ/DST
    Altering Text-sizes
    Revert switches (1), macros (2)
    Convert OS dating to modern


    illustration
    I would like to thank Roberto Luporini for embracing my efforts to explain Astrolog32,
    Michael Rideout for his useful suggestions, & J. S. Bach for the music.




    - The Free Chartmaker - ASTROLOG32




      IT'S VERSATILE! and...
    in current versions 2.05 and 3.20+, ASTROLOG32 will run from almost any folder in Windows™, there's a beginner's mode to familiarise novices: also, you get user-defined sizing, displays, colours, dual-charting+, over sixteen house systems, harmonics, the solid animation mode for rectifying or aspect hunting.. it's a pro-tool.
    Astrolog 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 aspect-grids, harmonics, or object-data lists for any Main chart or combined chart can be called up quickly, using the shortcuts, menus or macros.
    And lots more is on call, by default: ...browse the program's [Settings] menu for some of Astrolog's seemingly limitless options!
    (Changing Settings).
    Full details.. see FEATURES +.


     But, this intro is just to introduce the structure of the program, and what release would suit you best.


    ASTROLOG32 still bucks some 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. In fact, there are FIVE ways of interfacing with the program:

    1.  THE MENU BUTTON-BAR  { menubar - to edit, save, alter what's delivered: many settings can be altered for good here if wished }
    2.   KEYBOARD SWITCHES   { faster program-directing - edits, saves, and alters what is delivered, mainly for current session }
    3.   COMMAND LINE SWITCHES,  { swiftly setting up different session, charting or printing options }                                                
    4.   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!)      NOTA: Italian keyb. switches are very different from those in this English manual!

    This guide concentrates on V.1.34, V.2.05 and V3.20: how to use the Menus, along with using KEYBOARD SWITCHES, the COMMAND SWITCHES & MACROS - but you may find yourself using mixed methods in the end; much here applies to V.3.20+, too. The Config. File (ASTROLOG32's customisable defaults page) gets an extensive section (CUSTOMISING DEFAULTS via CONFIG. FILE); - other topics have their own sections - like SHORTENED LIST of COMMAND SWITCHES, like TIMEZONES.. ~ find these and more in TOPICS MENU below.

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     BEGINNERS OPTION: from version 2.05, 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.

     Astrolog32 can be installed on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Xp, Win2000 Pro;   * Win ME, * Win'98.
    Won't work on MS DOS, MS Windows 3.1 or earlier, MAC OS, OS/2, Unix       * Only V.1.3x will run.

    view of folders
    ASTROLOG32 is modular, aided by several auxiliary folders, all independent of each other: the old V. 1.3x releases of Astrolog didn't include much content in them beyond the program itself, but still with V. 1.3x you can open and work with any chart in your \charts folder, and create charts at places local to you, - or further afield by using locational co-ordinates as found online - with V1.3x it is left up to you to download .se1 files, from Astro.com, or .atl files from astrolog32.altervista.org, if you chart widely enough to need them, by putting them in the appropriate folders.

    ..* But adding the Atlases or Ephemerides adds speed if you chart widely in time and space - any needed additional content can be downloaded item-by-item from the zipfile repositories of Astro.com (for .se1 files), and from www.astrolog32.altervista.org/index_008.htm (for .atl files) - then unzipped into ASTROLOG32's internal folders - (or, full auxiliary folders can be copy/pasted into it from another person's installation!)
    A fullest folder-tree looks like image to right..
    and in V.2.04 onward, these folders are part-stocked..


    With the Atlases incorporated, you'll seldom need to Google for any place's co-ordinates (get atlas files)..
    with all Ephemeris files incorporated, you can chart back to 12000BCE - which is overkill! (getting Swiss Ephemerides files).
    Good News, then, in the V2.05 releases onward, appropriate atlas files are included primarily to suit the language you select, also an uninstaller is included; better, in current V3.20+ releases, many USA states (17) are included, and all the world-files are also available on the site.     See FAQ/Which Release?.



    Regarding the best location for your ASTROLOG32 program, - well, with V. 1.34, only old-hands will know the path re-writes necessary to install it elsewhere, so newbies should only unzip it to C:\astrolog32 - its natural home (see 'YOUR DEFAULT DIRECTORIES for FOLDERS' in 'CUSTOMIZING DEFAULTS')

    ..while with V. 2.02, 2.05, and V3.x0, anywhere will do except 'Program Files', the first offered location, won't do for Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and after (see FAQ/Won't Save!) - this is because Astrolog is interactive: any other path you then browse to or type in for your install will be accepted and successful as Windows has never minded if the program runs from 'Documents', the root folder, 'Music', or a partition, or USB drive, (see ASTROLOG32 ON A MEMORY STICK). But after Windows XP™, Program Files is a no-no.

    ..I find the program will install with least fuss where any initial decompression is directed..
    So, as I had chosen ...C:\users\Dodger\Videos\ for astrolog32_V2_05_setup - that's where it installed.
    ** If I had chosen C:\astrolog\, that would be fine, and that's the only place where Robbie's New Macros will work, generally.. the INSTALLING section has much more on this.

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    NEWS! IMPORTANT! : Wherever you install to, Windows™ won't let you alter or add to Astrolog folders and files at all if you install as Administrator, but then try launching ASTROLOG32 as 'User'; install under your 'user' profile, with any NTFS Windows™ release.

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    Changing your settings later on ~ the whole of this guide outlines the possibilities. 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 (linked also in Menu below).

    HAPPY CHARTING, READER!