Solar Fire 5: New and Outstanding

New in SF5:
• 32-bit programming means SF takes full advantage of the advanced features of Win95 and up, including faster operation and long file names.
• New Internet support. Automatically download the latest updates of Solar Fire 5 from the Web! Send chart-wheel, page and other graphic images by email as JPG attachments, or automatically send any quantity of of birth data, chart positions, as text. No other astrological program makes it so easy.
• New state-of-the-art accuracy. Planet positions are derived from the Jet Propulsion Lab equations and agree closely with best astronomical sources over more than 10,000 years.
• Newly Powerful Ephemeris Generator: With Solar Fire 4 you could create customized ephemeris pages for regular and Uranian planets, plus Vulcan, Chiron, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta, Hygeia, Astraea and the Mean or True Node. Solar Fire 5 is even more powerful. With it, you can also do custom ephemerides for the Asendant, MC, East Point, Part of Fortune (great for gambling), fixed stars, extra asteroids (45 are supplied with the program, and you can plug in any others from the Pottenger or Swiss asteroid programs), and other extra points such as the Jayne hypothetical planets. Get longitudes, latitudes, right ascension, declination, daily motion, day of week, sidereal time. Use tropical or sidereal zodiacs, geo or helio coordinates, for any timespan and interval. The tables can be precise to either the minute or second of arc, and expressed in either decimal degrees or degree-minute-second format. Besides printing out customized ephemeris pages, you can dump the decimal-degrees ephemerides to an ASCII file for use in spreadsheets and word-processing documents.
• Fabulous new eclipse options. In-depth study of eclipses has never been easier! With Solar Fire 5's one-of-a-kind 5,000-Year Eclipse Database you can search for solar and lunar eclipses for any date range between 2000 BC and AD 3000. Search by eclipse type, Saros number, degree, or aspect to a chart--and just double-click to calculate the chart of any eclipse in the list. Now you can study eclipse cycles in depth, and can instantly see how any eclipse affects any chart! Plus, chart pages can now include tables of prenatal or postnatal eclipses and lunar phases. You can also generate a series of charts for the lunar-phase families.
• Free astro mapping: Built into Solar Fire 5 are instant astrolocality and local space maps for any chart you select. Plus eclipse-path maps for mundane work!
• Time-saving Task Automation. Record a whole sequence of operations for one chart then replay them for other charts from then on! You can now reduce some really complex operations to a couple of clicks. Use this feature to progress composite charts, display a triwheel with different sets of planets in each wheel (for example, all natal, transiting outers, and progressed inners), merge dynamic hitlists and do just about anything else that your ingenuity suggests!
• Animated charts! Not just a handy updating chart wheel for the present moment! You can also run any chart wheel forward or back in time, as fast or as slow as you want. You can even run a quadriwheel, and watch transits, progressions and solar arc directions update around a natal chart!
• New synastry interpretations. Now there are built-in synastry interpretations, as well as natal and transiting interps. Pop up individual interps instantly on the screen--or view and print the whole report in your word processor. It's easy to change or add to individual reports and also rewrite the text database itself, selecting many different kinds of chart tallies and factors to write about. Solar Fire's on-screen point-and-click interpretations are useful memory-joggers and are an easy and enjoyable way to learn basic astrology. While not suitable for batch processing and commercial applications, Solar Fire's printed reports of up to 25 pages are great for personal use and for for giving to clients to promote your services or to serve as a reminder of your consultation.
• Full ASCII Data Export. Now you can export birth data, or positions of planets, house cusps, midpoints, stars, asteroids, Arabic parts, ephemeris positions, etc. to word-processing files, spreadsheets and other astrology programs. You can include longitude, latitude, right ascension, declination, azimuth, altitude, travel, retrogrades, etc. for any chart or group of charts, and can export all this to the clipboard or a file.
• Store your chart files anywhere. On any drive, in any folder—even share your chart files on a network!
• The fullest support for asteroids anywhere. Besides the Big Four and Chiron, besides the included 40-odd extra asteroids--you can now plug in any number of additional asteroids from both the Pottenger Asteroid Ephemeris and the Swiss Asteroid Ephemeris. Not only do you get these extra asteroid positions, aspects, etc. in table form, you can now add them to the chart wheels along with other extra points! And put them in dynamic hitlists and both graphic and conventional ephemerides.
• New wheel possibilities. Now you can add any mixture of midpoints, stars, asteroids, hypothetical planets, Arabic parts, user-defined degrees, prenatal lunar phases and prenatal eclipses to a chart wheel. Pick your own symbols and abbreviations for these points, and on the same page add tables showing the meaning of the symbols, aspects that these points make, etc. You can also put two sets of house cusps around a single chart for comparison purposes, or show each chart in a biwheel with its own house cusps, European-style. Or put a tropical and a sidereal zodiac ring around the same chart. A new Chart Superimposition feature lets you line up the same point in two charts and even recalculate the zodiac of one of the charts so that the two points have the same zodiacal position.
• More tables and other objects to add to your pages. New page objects include chart comments, chart points in Arabic lunar mansions, nearest lunar phases, nearest eclipses, hyleg, detailed Arabic parts, Directions (Egyptian terms), planetary hours with 36-year cycles, and detailed fixed stars with longitude, latitude, right ascension, declination, azimuth, altitude, and rise, set, culminate and anticulminate times. To make selecting from all the vast page possibilities easier, there's now a user-adjustable directory tree and a way to preview pages as you select them.
• Improved subsidiary charts. Do the same types of subsidiary charts—progressed, return, harmonic, etc.--for a whole group of natal charts at once. And you can now save subsidiary charts for future reference.
• Pick your favorite Pluto, Uranus and Capricorn glyphs. There are now three easily selectable Pluto glyphs, and two glyphs each for Uranus and Capricorn.
• Instantly relocate the chart wheel. Not only can you rectify the time of a chart, you can now watch how the houses change as you change the longitude and latitude. All this is in addition to the various locality options in the regular menus and the Maps feature.
• Better Hitlists. Include hits from midpoints, transiting angles (Asc, MC, East Point, Vertex), lunar nodes, regular and extra asteroids, stars, and hypothetical planets (Uranian, Jayne, Vulcan, Transpluto, and more)! Include hits to all of the above, plus house cusps, Arabic parts, and any fixed points you specify. Besides the usual kinds of progressions and directions (several varieties of secondary, tertiary, minor, solar and other arc, and primary) Solar Fire 5 has annual profections, a simple but effective medieval technique that advances all planets by one sign per year.
• More Traditional Western options. Solar Fire 4 made great strides into traditional horary and other early techniques, with dignity tables defined by a powerful dignity/almuten editor which you could adjust for all sorts of variations, tables of planetary hours, almutens and hylegs, mutual receptions, planetary sect, firdaria (Schoener and nodal variation types), horary considerations, lunar and fixed-star aspects, and Arabic Parts defined by a powerful Arabic Parts editor that allowed you to create Parts from planets, house cusps, and even other Parts. It also featured primary directions (Ptolemy degree-for-a-year, Naibod, and natal solar rates), the day/night Part of Fortune, and moiety-style and sign-to-sign aspect options.
•Solar Fire 5 adds two types of early Western square chart forms, a new table of planetary positions in the Arabic lunar mansions, planetary hour tables with added 36-year and 1-year planetary cycles, and almuten calculations that can take minimum honors into account. There are also now three methods of hyleg calculations: Ptolemy's, Omar's and Bonatti's. For traditional forecasting, in addition to firdaria there is a table of directions by term, and the progressed chart, animated chart and dynamic hitlist sections now include annual profections.
• More Cosmobiology and Uranian. Solar Fire 4 had midpoint axes, sorts and trees, and dials with any choice of points and a moving pointer that shows aspects and midpoint trees as you turn it. To this, Solar Fire 5 adds Munkasey Midpoint Weighting Analysis, and a very useful Difference Listing that sorts the arcs between each point in the chart in ascending order. This is an elegant and simple way to discern all the four-point planetary pictures in the chart. Plus, dynamic hitlists and both graphic and conventional ephemerides can now include aspects or positions of the moving midpoints.
• More Vedic. Solar Fire 4 had the leading Vedic zodiacs, appropriate house systems like Hindu Bhava, and Vedic-style unidirectional and sign-to-sign aspects. Solar Fire 5 adds dasa/bhukti tables and square chart forms in both North and South Indian styles. Perfect to start you out in Vedic astrology without having to buy an additional Vedic program.
• More everything. Open Nova-style chart files as well as earlier versions of Solar Fire chart files without having to convert the charts. Save progressed, return, combined, harmonic and other subsidiary charts. Enter comments and client notes in the original data input window as well as the chart file window, and print them out if you like on the chart wheel pages. Old Style/New Style dates; 2-digit year entry for any timespan you specify. Rodden source ratings for birth data. New tables of rising, setting, culmination and anticulmination times for any body (including fixed stars) enable you to study parans and know when during any 24-hour period that body will be angular. The perfect complement to astrolocality maps and Kinetic Mundascope graphs, these tables give you the exact times of day when a planet will be angular at any given locality. Planetary distance values in tables. Charts for Lunar Phase Families as in Dietrech Pessin's book Lunar Shadows. Huber-style chart forms, and much,much more.
• Solar Fire Leads in: Design-it-yourself wheels and pages, unlimited Asteroid selection, fixed stars, traditional, horary, esoteric and prenatal astrology. Plus, no other astrological calculation program gives you so much control over wheel and page design, types of aspects, dignities, Arabic parts, fixed stars and other extra points.

System Requirements: Solar Fire 5 is available on CD Rom only. You must have a PC with pentium or higher processor using Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000 or higher, a minimum of 32 MB RAM, and a hard drive with at least 65MB of free disk space.