Argus is a computerprogram for astrological calculations, graphs and tables used by astrologers as a basis for their analysis. A large selection of chart types andtechniques are supported.
The interactive Live-chart is a chartwheel with the birthchart in the center and individually selectable radix, progressed, transit planets. A zoomable world map can be switched on and off as background. You can now navigate birthtime, event time and geo-position with the mouse and see the chart, planets moving accordingly and see aspects fading in and out.
Another feature in Argus is a script handler. A script is a text file with a number of data and instructions, which can automate a large number of actions in Argus. A script can be a chart interpretation, or it can show a specialized table or printout which is not built into the main program core. Scripting lets the user expand Argus for any number special needs, even if it does need some programming skills
A number of ready-made interpretation scripts are available for Argus. They can be bought as extras. Argus 4.2 it self is delivered with four intepretation templates, which the user himself can insert text using the built-in script-editor.
The ultra precise Swiss Ephemeris assures exact planetary positions between 3000 BC and 3000 AD.
The built-in ACS atlas uses a database with a quarter million cities with latitudes, longitudes, time zones and daylight saving time information.
A built-in Birth database keeps your birthdata collection organized.
Backup of data and program settings are done automatically once a week.
As you can see from the following list, the program has a lot of user preference settings. Even then, you can easily operate the program without being an expert, the prerences are preset for normal use until you specificly change them.
Radix (natal chart)
Progressed, including tertiary and minor progressions with selectable progression key (Naibod, Kündig, Solar arc etc) as well as converse progressions.
Solar/Lunar return on a selectable tropical or siderial basis.
Transits direct or converse
Composite traditional or using the Robert Hand method
Relationship chart with two options for calculation method.
Aspects Internally in a chart or between two charts.
Orb: Individually selectable orbsets for different types of chart.
Synastry chart comparison and cross-aspects.
Midpoint trees i different sorts
Harmonics , also negative or fractional.
Siderial positions with selectable ayanamsha
Single chartwheel, four different styles with individual choice of aspect style, colour, orientation, symbol size, position figures etc. Bi-wheel (two concentric chartwheels) with aspects between the two sets of planets.
Astro-geographical world map (AstroCartography style) with curves showing where in the world the individual planets will get angular.
Graphic transits (month or year) and progression (5 or 60 years)
Approximately a quarter million locations worldwide with timezones and daylight saving time information. When you select a city in the database, the correct timezone will automatically be inserted. Additionally, you can add your own places if you miss any or if you want them spelled differently.
The birth database lets you store your birthdata collections with search and sort facilities. You can easily have more than one database open at the same time having a tab each, so you can click and move data from one to another.
You start a chart calculation, interpretation or whatever by clicking icons on the programs function panel much like you do on the windows desktop. The Icons are user-definable, you can create new icons and functions, remove the ones, you do not need and reorganize the icons, so that they are placed according to your preference.
You can type program commands and create loops thus automating complex output procedures.
On the function panel, you will find four interpretation templates, which lets you insert your own interpretations without having any programming skills, using the inbuilt script-editor.
More complex interpretations are offered as extras (for a price). Even if these are often encrypted, the script editor will let you edit the contents.
The XLI Script language, which is a part of Argus is open for the user to write his own program expansions and interpretations. This does need some programming skills. A script language programming reference book is available on our download page.
In Argus 4 you can open an registration window for entering your program licens (registration info). The program you can download for free is licensed only for running charts for 2010.
To try the program in full operating mode, you may have a free trial license valid for a limited period (normally 4 weeks). In case you later buy the full program licens, you will just need to type in the permanent license info instead, whereafter the program will run without any limitations.
The program output can freely be used for books, articles etc. Please note however, that individual interpretation add-ons may have special licensing limitations.
Any windows computer on the market should easily match this.
Even if the program will run onminimum hardware, especially the live chart may suffer if the processor speed is les than 1 GHz.
The screen resolution of most netbooks will just match the live chart.