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margherita



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Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:50 pm    Post subject: Solar Fire wish list Reply with quote

I collected all the desiderata about SF for David Hernandez radio interview.
Someone wants to add something?

a) possibility to change astro-fonts from a list of installed fonts.
b) possibility to change terms as in Janus, because now from Almuten editor is very difficult.
c) general difficulty to use Almuten editor.
d) sizygy as chart point.
e) better primary directions calculation.
f) in the square chart, Arab numbers are not very beautiful, better Roman ones (I, II, III) in the case.
g) possibility to add user points - like stars- to the square chart.
h) aspects listed by orbs as in Janus.
i) user definition of peregrine planets -whether a planet is peregrine when it's not in it's sect triplicity, or whether it's peregrine when it's not in any of it's own triplicities (of sect, out-of-sect, participating).

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Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, that almuten editor! Even Astrolabe admits how difficult it is to use.

Love your list of desiderata, Margherita - you've mentioned all the things I've longed for in Solar Fire. It doesn't seem to me that these additions would be difficult to implement, especially considering the high degree of sophistication they've built into so many of their modules. I've written to Esoteric Technologies a couple of times, asking them to make the program more user-friendly from the Hellenistic and traditional perspectives - hope someday they'll recognize the need.
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Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Astraea wrote:
It doesn't seem to me that these additions would be difficult to implement, especially considering the high degree of sophistication they've built into so many of their modules.


Don't ask me why, but all the simplest and needed things generally are missing in whatever astro-software.

It should be some Murphy law....

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Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

Kinda relevant to point 'h' on the list, I would be quite happy to see a customizable ephemeris as a chart object.
The current ephemeris is a pain to use and is not a part of whatever chart is opened. It should be though, but only as chart object (and/or in the reports). The concept of a separate ephemeris is otherwise okay, if we need to generate a generic ephemeris. Please-please add the ephemeris as an object that can be inserted.
As for your point 'a', fonts can be changed with a right mouse click on the chart and by selecting fonts. Or something similar, can't remember exactly though.

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Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam wrote:
Hi!

Kinda relevant to point 'h' on the list, I would be quite happy to see a customizable ephemeris as a chart object.
Adam


I'm not sure I understand what you desire. Can you write the exact line, so I can just copy and paste?

And no, I don't believe astro fonts could be changed, just regular ones...

When they changed some glyph for some minor planet they gave a very difficult explication on their site. I tried to follow it to change planetary fonts - no asteroids- but I almost destroyed my copy to change them, because it is an installed font in Windows folder..

On the contrary, I changed in Morinus too, but it's not install so, so I had no problem at all.

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Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fair enough indeed!

j) customizable ephemeris as chart object

Ah you mean the glyphs...Those can not be changed easily for sure, but I don't see the reason why they should be changed, in the first place. You can select color, size (if you edit the chart).. But okay, maybe it's a question of taste, however the glyphs for the planets are kinda same everywhere...

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Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam wrote:


Ah you mean the glyphs...Those can not be changed easily for sure, but I don't see the reason why they should be changed, in the first place. You can select color, size (if you edit the chart)..


The glyphs are the worse thing I saw, but it's taste I understand Smile

I've sent David the first part of the list before I can forget it - this is possible in fact Sad
If someone wants to add from k) on I will send him another mail before Sunday.

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Olivia



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Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have the second edition of The Tradition, Luis wrote an excellent summary of what we need in traditional astrological software.
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Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gjiada wrote:
Don't ask me why, but all the simplest and needed things generally are missing in whatever astro-software.


Speaking of simple things...

What about in the electional search, where it shows the date of the election, how about showing the day of the week? Yes I can look at a calendar, but it would be nice if it was there.
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Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David replied me he will give the list to Madeleine with pleasure.

I will send him a second part by the end of the week, so we have already:

l) in the electional search, where it shows the date of the election, possibility to see the day of the week

m) ?

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Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to see oriental/occidental notation of the planets listed in the tabulations.

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Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man the Solar Fire folks are going to hate us.
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Posted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much, Margherita, Very Happy

I would like especially arabic parts to add in the chart as user points, and not as ringpoints. Ringpoints are not very handy.

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Adam



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Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mithra6 wrote:
Man the Solar Fire folks are going to hate us.


Smile Without a doubt, quite the contrary is the truth. If there would be nothing that could be added to a software, it is a dead software and the people behind it must be looking for a new job.

Also, we could have antiscion and contra-antiscion points as either ringpoints or little chart points (going with the suggestion by Birgit). If someone likes these kind of things.
Temperament calculation (with various options) would be a friendly addition too...
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Posted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What I would really like is for Solar Fire to have a traditional module, where options like house system, chart style, moieties, terms, etc. can be easily toggled from within the module (as is true of Janus). Right now, the options that Solar Fire does offer are scattered throughout the program and difficult to change. One or two separate customizable modules (what I'd really like is a module for traditional and another for Hellenistic astrology) would be lovely.
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