JyotishTools Blog

Info and tips for JyotishTools products.

Windows Warnings

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I’ve received a few emails about this kind of warning dialog which appears when trying to install Jyotish Tools for Windows (classic version). Back when Jyotish Tools for Windows was first published in 2003 these probably didn’t occur. What it means is that the setup file is not signed and probably back in 2003 only large companies signed their apps if it was possible then. This is also somewhat similar to the certificate that websites which have an “https” prefixed use.

Why No JyotishTools Pro Bundles?

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Simple, because the app is sold (distributed) by different companies. And they don’t cross market. JyotishTools Pro came about for two reasons: 1) that more users wanted to do mobile what they were doing on desktop or laptops and 2) for an Android market that wanted a layout for JyotishTools on their 7” tablets like was available for 10” Android tablets. As it turns out answer 1 anticipated a trend that is actually occurring in the tech industry.

JyotishTools Pro Fall 2018 Update

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Here’s some info on the latest JyotishTools Pro. Due to the way version numbers are used on the different platforms I’ve labeled this the Fall 2018 Update. Note there may be another update too. First off a bug was fixed in the Muhurta that didn’t get the location info right if you decided to use the atlas to set a location. BTW, one thing I may fix for phone but not needed on desktop and tablets is the ability to set the resolution of the year slider as it can be hard to set a certain year on a phone.

JyotishTools Pro Saving Text on iOS

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On the iPhone and iPad users can save files externally to the iCloud and possibly other services if those have been set up. This is a good way to get files like the Info file for a chart and use it in an article or reading. Note that iCloud can even be set up on Windows if you want to use the text files there. Note that these text files may not be compatible with NotePad so use WordPad or other text editor on Windows.

Feeling Secure

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Recently Chrome added a security notice to their browser. This is really nothing new but Chrome is doing differently than Firefox and other browsers have been doing for sometime. A “secure” site is identified by using an SSL certificate which costs money and can be difficult to get. This gives an HTTPS instead of a HTTP to the site prefix. Generally unless you have a login or take credit card information a secure site is not needed.

Google Burps

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Back at the first of July I started getting emails from users saying my apps on Android like JyotishTools and Tropical Skies were stuck at “Activating…”. First off the only thing I could think was wrong was that the user was somehow not reaching the Google Play server to check for a valid license. Usually though if it cannot connect the license will just fall back and allow the app to run (it will do this only so many times).

Introducing Hybrid Charts

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One of the problems programmers of jyotish software face is how to neatly display northern and eastern charts. Both have odd triangular areas where it’s difficult to draw planets neatly. Drawing these charts by hand may not be a problem but they are really problematic when it comes to computer displays. My solution was to develop a “Hybrid” chart style. The house or sign layouts are the same as in the traditional versions of these styles.

JyotishTools Pro 1.08 (Windows 1.1.16)

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Version 1.08 of JyotishTools Pro has been released. The Windows 10 version is 1.1.16. This is due to the way that Microsoft numbers things different from Google. Also there may be minor updates on Android and collectively later on Windows due to the delay created by the Microsoft Store “vetting” the app which can take up to three days. This version includes a Muhurta tool and Graphical Ephemeris. Though the Windows version of the Muhurta tool allows for changing the location for some reason there was a bug in allowing this feature on the Android version so it is omitted on Android until I have time to find why it isn’t working.

Using the atlas in JyotishTools Pro

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This information is also applicable for JyotishTools Android, JyotishToolsAE (Amazon) and Tropical Skies Android. Several years ago I began including an atlas derived from the data at the Geonames website. Geonames is an open source website with a very comprehensive atlas with also includes a listing for the time zone which can by accessed on Android devices and via library on JyotishTools Pro Windows. The time zone database is mostly historical especially for locations after a period in time where time zones became standardized for DST changes.

JyotishTools Pro for Windows 10

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JyotishTools for Windows 10 is now available. It works on desktops, laptops, notebooks and tablets with Windows 10. It comes with a 7 day free trial so you can try before buying. If you have the original JyotishTools for Windows you can import the horoscopes from it one at a time or all horoscopes in a folder. You can also do this with Junior Jyotish horoscopes. If you have a QuickJyotish chart file you can also import horoscopes from those.

Cataloging Horoscopes by Ascendant with JyotishTools Pro

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I’ve just added some new tools for JyotishTools Pro including the ability to catalog all the horoscopes by ascendant. If you click on each ascendant listed then you get a list like this and clicking on the name will launch the horoscope. Both lists can be saved as text to the external JyotishTools folder for future reference. These features are very handy for research. Also added in this recent version is the ability to save the chart Info as text as well as a catalog of all notes in the database.

Announcing JyotishTools Pro

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JyotishTools Pro is a new app for users who want to do more than just look at horoscopes on the run. More users are abandoning their desktops and notebooks and doing more work on phones and tablets. JyotishTools Pro fits the bill for this. Among the features added in JyotishTools Pro: Four chart styles include a wheel chart with aspects indicators. Vimshottari dashas continue to list beyond 120 years when scrolled (useful for mundane astrology).

Android: Moving Charts to a New Device

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A lot of folks are getting new phones these days and need some help moving their charts from the old device to the new one. Years ago when Android added the option to save data in external memory JyotishTools and Tropical Skies began saving charts there rather than internally. Over time Google chose to change the way memory works. Many devices have “emulated external memory” and that is where charts a currently stored.

Windows 10 Here

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If you read my previous post I commented on Windows 10 and how some of the Jyotish Tools users found the program works OK. Yesterday I got a new Windows machine to replace a 5 year old desktop. The new machine has Windows 10 so I downloaded and installed Jyotish Tools with no problem. I just did the standard install and no compatibility settings and it ran fine. The program though is over 12 years old and was built on an very old version of Visual Studio.

Oh Dear! Windows 10 is Here!

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People like shiny new things and some of us can’t resist having the latest thing. Windows 10 has been launched by Microsoft. Does it work with Jyotish Tools for Windows? Well so far one user reports it didn’t launch but another reports it did but was asking for the key each time. By the second report we can see it does run on Windows 10 and the solution there is to get a fresh download which will resolve the key prompt.

Updates

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There have been some recent updates to JyotishTools Android apps. The Atlas now allows All Continents to be selected. This will automatically search all continents and countries for a location. For instance if you enter Paris you will get a list of locations with Paris as it’s name or part of it’s name regardless of country. This add a little more to the search time but with most devices imperceivable. Also available on Tropical Skies.

Don't We Love Time Zones?

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It’s that time again in the US when clocks in most states will have to “spring forward” or add an hour for Daylight Saving Time. It effects all states except Arizona, who voted not to observe it and Hawaii which is too near the equator for it to make any sense. The latter is true of most countries in the tropics. Makes life easier. Time zones are the bane of astrologers existence.

The New Online Horoscope

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Though I debuted the new online horoscope as a beta last fall it is now taken over as the Online Horoscope at JyotishTools.com. Unlike the old online horoscope it produces a chart using Scalable Vector Graphics which are clean and clear regardless of screen resolution. It is also integrated into the chart display as HTML5 so that you can save the chart offline or print it. The new chart also offers an atlas for locations of 15,000 or more population.

More Stuff to Download

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The blog has been switched to Hugo using an Octopress theme. This makes it easier to handle the blog. Looking at my logs I noticed that some folks were looking for the QuickJyotishAE app for Android so I added it and GPS Prasna under Extras in the Home sidebar as “Free Android Astrology Apps”. Both apps have been updated to use Scalable Vector Graphics so that the charts always display clearly and fill the screen of any device.

A New Website

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JyotishTools.com just got a makeover. For those who are interested it was done using Hugo and this blog will probably be changed over to a blog done with Hugo. [Update: blog has been changed to Hugo using a similar theme] The new site works both on mobile devices and on desktops/notebooks. It adapts to your screen size. The site has also been simplified to make it cleaner. For instance instead of screenshots for the Android apps the links are there to view the apps with their details either on Google Play or the Amazon app store.

The Blog is Back!

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My webhost did away with the free blog back in June so there hasn’t been a blog available on JyotishTools.com for awhile. But now it is back. Support Emails I get support emails from folks which I usually immediately reply. However sometimes when I ask a question for further support I do not get an answer back. So if you want an answer to your question or further help be sure that: