A full set of Instructions for using our AstroloPhone application
The rest of this page takes you through the various set-up options and screens for 'AstroloPhone'.
It is common for J2ME™ enabled mobile phones to have a set of navigation keys, with a central 'select' of 'fire' key (it is important to note that some phones will use the 'Select' key for a central menu item, and so you will need to use the '5' key on those phones). Phones that do not have this will use the keys '8' and '2' for 'up' and 'down' navigation, '4' and '6' for 'left' and 'right', and '5' for 'select'. These Instructions will give the navigation directions and use the term 'select'.
For touch-screen phones, you can also use 'dragging' to replicate the actions of the 'up', 'down', 'left' and 'right' keys. 'Tapping' will replicate the action of pressing the 'select' key. You are able to directly 'tap' on a setting to highlight it and a second 'tap' will act to change the state for items such as check boxes, or to enable the editing of the various 'parts' of a setting. Because you are able to directly select another setting by touch, subsequent 'taps' on a partially highlighted setting will act as if the 'right' key was pressed.
The first time you use 'AstroloPhone' on a phone, you will (after initialisation) be shown a brief description of the application. Like any other page, when there is not enough space to fit it all onto the screen at once, a scroll bar is shown, and you can scroll the page using 'up' and 'down'. This page can be dismissed using your phone's standard application menu system, and selecting 'OK' from it. You will then be shown the main menu. The next time you use the program, you will just be shown the main menu.
The main menu
The main menu shows information on the currently selected profile and some buttons that activate the various operations within the program. To navigate it, you use the 'up' and 'down' navigation keys to highlight each button, and the 'select' key to select the highlighted one.
The Settings Screen
Each of the individual settings will have up to 3 states:
When an item is in the highlighted state, you can use the 'up' and 'down' keys to move to the next or previous item.
The Settings Screen
The first set of items are for setting the Aspect Orbs in 'AstroloPhone'. Each of the Aspect angles is given an Orb, which determines the range of angles above or below the actual Aspect angle where it is considered that the Aspect is met. For convenience, each of the major aspects has the angle given in braces after its name. To start editing an orb, you press the 'select' key when the desired orb is highlighted. Now you can use 'up' and 'down' to alter the highlighted digit, and 'left' or 'right' to move the highlight to another digit. Finally, pressing 'select' again will return to where the orb setting is highlighted, and you can move to another one.
Next comes the House system. 'AstroloPhone' can calculate House Cusps for four well used house systems. They are; Equal, Porphyry, Placidus and Knoch. Simply highlight whichever one you want to use and press 'select' so that the circle to the right becomes filled in for that one. It should be noted that an accurate time and place of birth is needed for the House Cusps to be of any value in a birth chart.
The last setting is used to tell the program if it should show information about the Minor Astrology Aspects. These are only used in the 'Display data' and 'Display chart' parts of the program and interpretations are given for the Minor Aspects. This option is turned on (where there is an 'X' in the box) and off by pressing 'select' when this item has been highlighted.
Finally, there is a button that can be used by pressing 'select' when it is highlighted. This will restore the default Aspect Orbs, which are thought of as the most commonly used ones.
The Output Screens
Navigation on these screens is fairly straight forward. each of them is closed by selecting 'ok' from the menu.
The Chart screen shows a title and the graphic of the chart. Should it not all fit onto the phone's screen, use 'up' and 'down' to scroll it.
The Data screens show where each of the Astrological bodies are, the House Cusps, Aspects, which house each Astrological body lies in, some additional information such as the Moon phase, how many Astrological bodies are in each sign, how many are in each element and in each of the 'Qualities'. Once again, scrolling of these pages is achieved using 'up' and 'down'. 'Left' and 'right' are used here to move onto the next or previous page.
The Comparison provides information on how the positions of the Astrological bodies compare with each other in two charts. When you start a comparison, you are asked to select which profile to compare against the current 'main' or 'selected' profile. Once the calculation is complete, this part of the program has a summary of how many of each aspect there are and a page for each of the Astrological bodies, showing the Aspects between the first profile and the bodies in the second.
Aspects between two of the same bodies (if there are any) are indicated on the summary page in braces. The number indicating the Aspect count without the braces includes these, so they are not 'additional'.
The Interpretation section is slightly more complex. Here you have three pages for each of the Astrological bodies. One for the sign, one for the House, and one for the Aspects. There are two highlightable controls for navigating this section. Both are altered using 'left' and 'right'. The first control is for choosing which Astrological body to view, and the second is for choosing which page to view. Invariably on this screen, the page will need scrolling (using 'up' and 'down'). This will cause the 'page selection' control to become highlighted and active. Therefore when you have scrolled to the bottom of a page, 'left' and 'right' will change the page, so in order to select another of the Astrological bodies, you will have to scroll back up to the top of the page. To help with this, when you have reached the bottom of a page, you may also press 'down' twice to jump back to the top of the page. When you select a new Astrological body to view, the page you where on (ie. House information) will be the one that is shown for the new body.
The Profiles section
This is by far the most complex section in 'AstroloPhone' from a user point of view. 'AstroloPhone' can store as many profiles as there is room for within the data storage space allowed for the program on your phone, and each one takes up only a little space. The Profiles are kept in alphabetical order except for the first one, which is a special one that always takes its time from the phone clock.
First of all, we will cover finding a profile. There are a few ways that this can be done:
Each of the profiles is given a number, and initially the control used for selecting a profile by number is highlighted. You may use the 'left' and 'right' keys to step through the profiles. Alternatively, if you know which number you want to select, you can press 'select' and change the displayed number by using 'up and 'down'. Where there are more than 10 profiles stored, use' left' and right' to highlight whichever digit you wish to change. Pressing 'select' will return this control to being fully highlighted.
The next way to navigate is by using the 'name' field. When this is highlighted, you can also use 'left' and 'right' to step through the profiles one by one. This control also allows you to highlight each letter of the name (begin and end this function by pressing 'select'), and by using 'up' and 'down' you can locate the profile you are looking for. For example: select the first letter and see the first profile that begins with 'A', 'B' .. etc. Select the second and find those beginning with 'Aa', Ab' .. etc. (provided there is one of course). The special 'Now' profile is not accessible through this method.
Finally there is a search function. This is a case sensitive search that will bring up a profile which contains a search term. There are two menu items used for searching. The first 'Find' will take you to the first of the profiles that contains the term. The second is the 'Find' next' which becomes available after the first search is performed, and will find the next and so on.
On the main profile selection screen, there are menu options which allow you to add a profile and to delete or edit the one that is being shown.
Deletion is simply a case of confirming that you want to delete that profile after you have selected that menu option. Once confirmed, deletion is permanent and there is no 'Undo' function. You will notice that if you delete the currently used profile, you cannot 'cancel' the select a profile process.
When starting a comparison, you will be able to see the currently used or 'main' profile, but not edit, select or delete it.
Adding and editing are fairly similar in nature, both can be cancelled from the menu, and depending which is being used, any changes are ignored or the new record is not added.
There are several fields to set when editing or adding a profile. Each one can be highlighted using 'up' and 'down'. In general, 'select' is used to change or to start and end the changing process. Each field is detailed below:
Once all of the fields have been set, you may use 'ok' from the menu to confirm the addition or edit. You will then be returned to the select a profile display.
The Place Search Function
This function is available when editing or adding a profile. Its availability depends on your phone having the memory capacity for it to work. Most phones will have enough memory.
When opting to use this method of setting the location, you are first asked from where to get the location information. There can be three buttons here (activated by the 'select' key); The static database, a web search, or the results of the last web search (if there was enough free space for the program to retain them).
Getting the Location from the built in database
First we will describe using the built in database. This is a database of about 1000 worldwide locations. They are mainly the larger cities, but also attention has been paid to providing a good geographical spread. This is so that approximating the coordinates can be done, ie. if you are mid way between two of the towns in the database, a rough guess can be made based on the two sets of coordinates.
The way this part of the program operates is probably best described by example, so we will explain by showing how to select Oslo in Norway:
First you set the country so that you can access the cities in Norway.
When the country item is fully highlighted, you can use 'left' and 'right' to step through the countries (the cities field also works like this). Sometimes it may be easier to do this, but more often you will want to find a country by selecting and changing individual letters. For this example, we will start with the default country, which is Afghanistan, and explain this process.
First we press 'select' to highlight the 'A' of Afghanistan, eg: Afghanistan. We want to find the first country beginning with 'N'. This is Namibia. We do this by using 'up' or 'down' until the first letter changes to 'N'.
Once at Namibia, we want to find the first country beginning with 'No', In the database, this is Northern Ireland (in the database, the British isles has been split up into its main regions, Scotland, England, etc.). Press 'right' so that the first 'a' of Namibia becomes highlighted, eg: Namibia. Then use 'up' or 'down' to change this letter until it becomes an 'o', and the display shows something similar to this: Northern Ireland.
Next you want to move to the next letter that is going to be different between Northern Ireland and Norway; the 't' in Northern Ireland. The next country in the database that begins with 'Nor' is in fact Norway, so highlight the 't' by pressing 'right' a few times: Northern Ireland, and then press 'up' to reveal Norway.
The country is now set and you can press select again now, which allows you to move to the town/city field by using 'up' or 'down'.
Oslo is the only city in the database that begins with 'O' for Norway , so all you have to do here is press 'select' when the whole item is highlighted, so that the first letter of the first city in the database for Norway is highlighted and then use 'up' or 'down' until that letter becomes an 'O'.
You have now chosen a location. To use this for the profile, select 'ok' from the menu. By selecting 'Cancel', you will return to the profile display without changing the location.
So in essence, to find a location in the database, search by changing the first letter in the current place that will not be the same for our desired place. When there is no other place that begins with the same letters, up and down will simply have no effect.
You should note that as well as splitting the UK into regions, the database has the States in the USA classed as 'countries' for ease of navigation. They are stored as US Alaska etc.
Performing a search using the web
This method of setting the location relies on the ability to connect to the Internet and this depends on factors such as signal strength and Operator Contracts. Network Operators will also charge in a variety of ways for the transfer of data in this manor.
To begin, you are shown a screen where the search is defined. There are two parts to a search. Selecting a specific country, and providing the search text. Selecting the country operates in a similar way to using the static database to select a country and city, so please refer to that section for instructions. The difference here is that when 'searching by letter', the 'Any Country' record is not available. The search text is entered using your phone's standard text input interface, which is activated when the search text is highlighted and the 'select' key is pressed.
Once you have set up your search, the 'ok' menu item will start the search and its progress will be shown to you. To save bandwidth, only the first 50 matches are retrieved from geonames.org.
After a search has completed, (or if you chose to pick the location from the stored results of the last search) you will see a page showing the number of matching locations, and which of these you are currently viewing. You can step through the results one-by-one using the 'left' or 'right' keys. It is also possible to jump to a specific number by editing the 'match' item in very much the same manor as other controls in this program are edited.
To complete the search, you may choose 'ok' from the menu and use the location currently displayed , or 'cancel' to abandon the process of searching for a location.