Fun with feng shui

Evaluate your home and your life using ancient Chinese principles.

MB Feng Shui Bagua is a fun, easy-to-use bit of freeware that helps you apply the Chinese system of feng shui to your own home. The simple graphic interface takes you step by step through the process of mapping your home, including all the rooms and doors. The program then breaks the area into "bagua" to give advice on everything from furniture to colors.

Although the graphics are rudimentary, most users should be able to re-create their homes fairly accurately. We had some problems with things like multiple floors or rooms that weren't symmetrical, so it would be nice to see a little more functionality added to address those kinds of issues. The evaluations, though, are interesting and full of helpful explanations. There's a lot of detail, but it's never overwhelming. We liked how the bagua concept breaks the space into nine areas, and each area is linked to a different aspect of your life, such as wealth or children. That way, you can pinpoint the areas that are most critical to you and focus your energies. One possible improvement would be adding more possibilities for furniture and fixtures to see the effects of different arrangements.

Although you can download it for free, there are numerous requests for donations and registration. Also, the program installs desktop icons without permission, and the uninstallation process leaves behind a folder in the Program Files. On the whole, though, this is a clever little program that will be a useful tool for anyone interested in feng shui.

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