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Semi-functional tarot program

Learn about and read tarot cards, but don't count on any help from the dictionary.

MB Tarot Pro Software lets users learn about and use tarot. Unfortunately, certain functions of the program don't work, greatly limiting its usefulness.

The first screen of the program is cluttered with ads for Mystic Board, the program's publisher. After that, users must choose between a tarot tutor, tarot reading, and tarot dictionary. The tarot tutor was impressive, letting users set and keep track of goals, but more importantly, quizzing users on the meanings of various tarot cards. This is a great way to learn about tarot, and the tutor contains several options to customize learning. The tarot reading was also good, allowing users to choose between 13 different spreads, select the major or minor arcana, and enable or disable reverse cards. Users can cast the cards manually or have the program do it for them. To the right of the spread the program gives a decent description of each card. The major disappointment in this program was the dictionary, which twice caused the program to crash and failed to load any content besides the Mystic Board homepage. This was unfortunate, given the usefulness of the two other parts of the program. The online Help file addresses only the basic functions of the program.

MB Tarot Pro Software has a 30-day trial period. It installs desktop icons without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal. The program also opens a Mystic Board Web page every time it is closed. We recommend this program with reservations; the tarot tutor and reading are pretty good, but the malfunctioning dictionary is a major drawback.

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