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Maitreya is a mature Open Source platform for Vedic and western astrology

Maitreya is a mature Open Source platform for Vedic and western astrology. It is licensed under the GNU Public License and so free for private and commercial use.

All major desktop platforms are supported: Windows, Max OS X (new), Linux and UNIX.

The software is designed to be easy to use. Beginners may read the Getting Started Page before using it for the first time.

First goal is to serve as tool. The software has a lot of standard features for the daily work of western and Vedic astrologers. So it can save their time and energy; they can concentrate on the work of interpretation.

Second goal is to enable astrologers for research. The program supports a lot of calculation options, so it can be used as a basis for research on the various questions of astrological calculation and interpretation.

Third goal is to attract people and motivate them to learn astrology. Learning astrology is a complicated task because formal knowledge of planets, signs, Dasas etc. is not sufficient, but intuition and non-attachment to worldly affairs must be developed, too. So a "cool" astrology software may help in increasing the desire for that kind of knowledge.

In classical Indian scriptures Maitreya is the ardent disciple of Maharishi Parasara, the author of Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, the most prominent scripture of Vedic astrology. In this scripture the sage instructs his disciple on the various topics of Vedic astrology.

Astrology cannot be learned from books. Astrological software can only be a tool for the astrologer's work. So the name of the software emphasizes the importance of divine inspiration on top of formal knowlegde or astrological techniques.

The First Chart
On startup two windows will open, a main window with menu and icon list and a chart window with a table of planetary positions.

    The menu command Document → Edit Chart Data will open a dialog window where you can edit the chart's data. Click OK to close the dialog and calculate positions according to the new data.
    Right click into the chart window will open a context menu. Here you can change the view type: Vedic/western
    The menu commands in the Vedic menu will open subwindows for Vedic charts
    Same for the commands in the Western menu for western astrology
    The chart will be saved with the command File → Save. Enter a suitable file name.
    The chart will be closed if you close the first tabular window of the chart.
    A new chart can be open with the command File → New
    Some view types do not belong to a specific chart (e.g. Ephemeris). Consequently some commands are not available, e.g. Dasa view.

Basic Configuration
The configuration is under Extras → Configuration.

Minimal steps

    First tab ("General"): select your preferred view style: Vedic or Western.
    Go to the second tab and configure the Default Location.

Basic Philosophy

    The application window contains a list of all opened windows. You can right click on the icons in the list to open a context menu. Each child window will be raised if you double click the icon. Menu commands only affect the active window.
    Each chart has a main window. All dependend child windows will be closed if you close the main window.
    Each child window has a context menu that can be opened with right click on the window.
    A new chart has the current time and default location as base data. You can change it with the chart data dialog (right click → Birth Data)
    You can toggle the view style (Vedic/western) of all child windows that support toggle.
    There are permanent and temporary options. Permanent options can be configured in the configuration dialog, temporary options can be switched in the context menu and will be lost after closing the window.
    Mouse wheel changes the style of graphical charts (MacOS X: shift+wheel).
    The chart data is stored in files. If you change the birth data, you will be asked if you want to save the data. Saved charts can be opened again later.
« Last Edit: March 28, 2014, 09:33:58 PM by Software Santa »


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