Star and trails

A blog on Astrology

Hello, World!

Published October 09, 2014

Hi, and welcome to this blog! In this first blog post I would like to present some of the reasons that led to the creation of this new software project - Flatangle.

Flatangle is a new small independent software vendor which aims to provide great software tools for traditional astrologers, using simple and well designed user interfaces.

So, why another astrology software?

In short, differentiation. Most astrology applications out there do not really focus on traditional astrology, but on modern astrology. Flatangle's focus is on simple and enjoyable traditional astrology software.

Furthermore, I strongly believe that astrology tools should not be difficult to learn or use. However, most of them provide unpleasant user experiences. They are outdated, have no quality graphics, and are not even adapted to newer devices such as tablets or smartphones.

Pymorinus - not quite ready to be used on a smartphone, is it? ...

A contemporary astrology application should be simple, lean, well crafted, and easy to use. It should focus on what is important and solve people's problems. Everything beyond that is a waste of time and effort.

Flatangle intends to be a breath of fresh air in the current panorama of astrology tools. But more than a software project, Flatangle is also an experiment. From how to create a sustainable small business, to how astrology can help in the growth of a project, there are things that have to be made by yourself, as you learn from the process.

Furthermore, with a background in science as I have, I strongly believe that knowledge should be shared. Thus, it is my intention to publish regularly in this blog about a variety of topics, from technical and business issues to topics related to astrology itself. Flatangle is also about transparency and knowledge sharing.


Flatangle's flagship product is Elements. Elements is a Traditional Astrology application that allows enthusiasts and professionals to focus on astrology itself. It features high quality graphics in a clean, distraction-free interface, and works on most devices and operating systems. Its high definition graphics can be exported for printing or to create high-quality publications.

Elements working on a iPad.

Elements is currently being beta-tested and is expected to be released soon.

Who am I?

My name is João Ventura and I'm a traditional astrologer from Portugal with a technical background in Computer Science. I'm in the final stages of a PhD where I have researched the application of statistical models to the extraction of knowledge from texts.

But texts are boring, so one of my interests is the use of statistical and computational methods in astrological research. My current work in this field includes "The Animodar effect", an article published in the Tradition Journal which is focused on the statistical study of the Animodar rectification method.

I appreciate any suggestions, even spelling corrections in my texts. You can contact me by email ( or use the comments section bellow.

So, what do you think of this project?

* The Hello World is a typical way in computer science to verify that a language or a system is operating correctly. What better title for a first post than something like this?