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MacTarot has now been updated for 2012.

MacTarot is the leading Tarot software for the Apple Mac. It is simple and easy to use while providing a great way to perform Tarot readings on your Mac.



To assist people who have required support for the product we have now offered free unlimited telephone support. You may call us directly in Australia on +61(02) 8005 8556

In response to popular demand we have re-written MacTarot from the ground up and now are pleased to release MacTarot 4.0.

MacTarot previously looked very much
What's New
Version 4.0 (2012):
  • MacTarot OS X
Requirements
  • Intel/PPC
  • Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • 1024x768 screen resolution.



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Robbnashville commented on 19 Sep 2009
I have supported this developer for years. For several years when this was a subscription item, I paid the $25 per year ... not because the software ever improved but because it would expire if I didn't. In August 2009, I was promised a CD version of the software that would not expire for an upgrade fee. I sent the PayPal payment and have never received the software. I wrote to the developer after several weeks and was told that it was an international shipment and to wait a few more days. I waited another ten days or so and wrote back. I have not received a reply to my last email ... more than a week ago. I have today filed a PayPal dispute.

My conclusions are that I should have paid more attention to some of the other comments about this software & it's developer. I did not give these comments their deserved attention because I assumed they were written by those who tend to poke fun at the tarot and those who use it. However, I must say that this developer does not provide excellent customer service; and I will no longer support this software.

As a side note for those who do enjoy using the tarot, I have recently learned that there is a free widget that has a lot more layouts than this software, which has not changed substantially since the first version that I paid for. It's true that MacTarot has a somewhat prettier interface; but the tarot widget also allows you to save it's layouts to html which carry over card interpretations that you can see if you roll over each card.
[Version 3.0]

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Ask Robert (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2012
We have just released MacTarot with full Lion support and some bug fixes. All deliveries are digital now. If you really do want a CD then please contact us and we will burn one for you and mail it free of charge.

As for customer service, we provide telephone support, email support and a ticket system. Sometimes things don't always go to plan but you can always pick up the phone and ask for me personally by calling Sydney +61 2 8005 8556.

MacTarot used to be a yearly subscription. It is now a one time payment.

If you want to retry MacTarot please get in touch with me and we will bring you up to date with the latest version.
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NeilJames commented on 12 Aug 2009
Very interesting program. Still not sure if I believe in the cards, but maybe I'll have to give it a try. Who knows right?
[Version 3.0]


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ShaneMac commented on 27 Apr 2008
Universal Binary support was a long time coming but is here.

Most of the good features like Minor Arcana are only available to registered users. Demo/unregistered users can still use Major Arcana but don't get access to speech.
[Version 2.0]


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ristenlee commented on 18 Feb 2008
I made the mistake of buying this and there my woes started.took many emails and finally a phone call to the developer at my expense to get a serial #. I got lies and humbug as to why i had not received a valid # then i found no great advantage over the demo, and after my direct experience with the developer I would NOT
EVER trust consulting on the mac
tarot web site. Now 3 months later when i try to launch the app I get "version expired get latest version from mactarot". So i do that and then i get "version expired get latest version from mactarot"!!!!
And my password to the site dosn't work either. I've sent requests etc but I know I've been ripped off.DON'T YOU.
[Version 1.9.1]


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joeschisa commented on 28 Jan 2007
Just curious. I wrote a tarot program, but then couldn't get permission from the people with the rights to the Rider-Waite deck (shown above) to use its electronic images in my program (scanned them from my own deck). Same went for Thoth deck from the folks with the rights to them. Both groups said they do not allow such things anymore. Wonder if this guy had better luck with them. I was disappointed.
[Version 1.90]

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Ask Robert (developer) replied on 28 Jan 2007
The images in MacTarot are based on the 1909 Tarot deck known as the 'Pamela-A' deck of cards with the dried mud pattern on the back. These cards are in the public domain in the USA.

Robert King has made his own changes, both in design and cosmetic to the 1909 Deck and these are Copyright 2003 by Robert King. This is the deck used within MacTarot.

The 1909 deck was a collaboration between Pamela Colman Smith and Dr Arthur Edward Waite. Both of these people died more than 50 years ago.

Several companies claim copyright over later versions of the cards. The only version clearly in the public domain is the 1909 Tarot deck by Pamela Colman Smith.

If you can obtain a 1909 'Pamela-A' deck then you can use images of these cards for anything you wish, either within programs, in books, on web sites or even create your own derivative work.
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joeschisa replied on 28 Jan 2007
Thanks to the developer for the information, but from my standpoint, I wanted the thoth deck (Crowley's) also (my program was partially for comparitive purposes, not mainly "spreading" of the deck). Good to know that there's a deck in public domain though. I came to the conclusion that the only way to go with my program was to let people scan their own decks and import them into database, but decided it was probably too much to ask and the project was abandoned accept for personal use.
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fyreflye replied on 27 Apr 2008
The developer fails to mention that even if you could find a copy the very rare Pamela "A" deck it would cost you several hundred dollars through an auction house or eBay.
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joeschisa replied on 27 Apr 2008
I know nothing about the Pamela "A" deck, but the cards in the screenshot don't look any different from the standard Rider-Waite Deck; if one is just talking about the backing pattern of the cards (I don't know) it seems irrelevant to the source of the front side pictures.
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fyreflye replied on 28 Apr 2008
All you'd ever want to know about the various Rider-Waite-Smith editions:
http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/
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joeschisa replied on 13 May 2008
Thanks for the link. It seems the copywrite status on Tarot Cards is slightly complicated, perhaps unclear and rather like a game of poker in the backing up of claims and pursuit of lawsuits.
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fyreflye replied on 13 May 2008
All you need to know about RWS copyright issues is that U S Games, which holds the current copyright, will aggressively litigate against everyone and anyone they believe is violating it. And they have a lot of money to do so.
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joeschisa replied on 13 May 2008
From a link to "copywrite" questions on the link you provided it seems to be suggested that the copywrite does not apply to the pictures, rather to the backing and the packaging, though also mentioned is the agressive defense of their territory by those concerned with copywrite infringement on what they "own" (which I have no argument with, otherwise I would have never bothered ask for permission when I wanted to put a "tarot deck comparison spreader" freeware program out). Anyway, it's probably a dead issue for me, be it just the backing that's protected or not, though I maintain my curiosity and would wonder what Waite, Crowley et al. might feel about their creations from whatever level they be at (perhaps level nil) though feelings from ghosts would no doubt be besides the point legally.
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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Aug 2005
This guy is a complete fraud. Be aware be very aware. Buy your own cards bless them and have fun. Don't trust someone you don't know.
[Version 1.72]

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Holypoly replied on 28 Jan 2007
Except your own analyst, of course.

>8=D))))
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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Jun 2005
This version does include Minor Arcana. I'd really like to see an application that "feels" much more at home in MacOS X. I'd also love to see a feature to help memorize the meanings (and inverse meanings) of all the cards, as well as the visual significance of certain things on said cards.

I think with a memorization feature on-board this program is much better priced. As it is, it's a bit pricey for limited functionality.
[Version 1.72]


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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Jan 2005
If I can't try out the software, I'm not even going to consider buying it. I recommend that you can go buy your own deck with a book (for the same price) You'll enjoy them more than some app that just regurgatates pre-written interpretations of the cards.
[Version 1.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 23 Nov 2004
Unfortunately, this application completely disables itself when a new version is released. This forces you to update, even if you don't want to do so. It's very inconvenient for users who might be in a low-bandwidth situation at the time of the version check. It also makes me wonder in what other ways the application might be "time bombed" to stop working.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Nov 2004
Complete BS! Don't bother. Go buy a deck of cards. This thing doesn't have ANY minor arcana. :p
[Version 1.0]


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Type:Games : Card and Board
License:Commercial
Date:18 Feb 2012
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $39.95
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MacTarot has now been updated for 2012.

MacTarot is the leading Tarot software for the Apple Mac. It is simple and easy to use while providing a great way to perform Tarot readings on your Mac.



To assist people who have required support for the product we have now offered free unlimited telephone support. You may call us directly in Australia on +61(02) 8005 8556

In response to popular demand we have re-written MacTarot from the ground up and now are pleased to release MacTarot 4.0.

MacTarot previously looked very much like the original version released for Mac OS, however now we have redesigned it to take full advantage of Mac OS X with a much more pleasant user interface.

MacTarot allows you to perform Tarot readings on your computer using the cards of the Major or Major and Minor Arcana. It also provides you with two spreads to choose from, Celtic Cross or a simpler Three Card Reading.



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