The Magic Analyst is comprised of a core database and incremental updates for new set releases. To install the core database, just download the install file and run it. To install a new set, download the update file, unzip it into your Analyst directory, and run the update program.
PLEASE NOTE: You must install all of the patches IN
ORDER, or the later ones will fail!
12/17/05: Wondering why the latest updates are so late? Well, it's like this -- despite having the PayPal "donate" link up for the better part of two years, and despite having over 5,000 registered users, no one has yet to donate a DIME. Pretty amazing, really. So now I'm involved with an actual revenue-generating project, and the Analyst is at the bottom of my list. Ninth Edition wouldn't even be out if it weren't for some help from a dedicated user in Germany. (Thanks, Jan!)
Update 12/22/05: Randol has broken the ice with a generous $10 donation. Thanks, Randol!
The Magic Analyst uses a custom pricelist that's published periodically to this website. To update your pricing data, download the latest pricing file, then unzip it into your Analyst directory. Start the Analyst, then choose "Import Pricing" from the main menu. The Magic Analyst will locate the file and import the new prices.
Analyst Card Price Update for Version 4.1+, updated August 20, 2005.(34KB)
Please note that these prices are in no way "official", nor are they sanctioned by Wizards of the Coast or any other entity, nor do they constitute an offer on our part to buy or sell. They represent only what it might cost you to purchase these cards through a small sample of online retailers. You would be unlikely to receive these prices as an individual seller, and you could probably buy the cards cheaper at auction. This pricelist is not the same as the venerable Cloister pricelist, which attempts to determine card prices via analysis of actual transactions posted to Internet newsgroups. (Unfortunately, the Cloister list does not effectively distinguish among different printings of the same card.) Nevertheless, it seems appropriate to paraphrase the Magic pricelist guru Cloister with this bit of wisdom: "As with anything that is bought and sold, a card's value is simply what the buyer is willing to pay for it."
The Magic Analyst can import rulings in the format used by Magic guru Stephen D'Angelo at the Crystal Keep. Stephen quit the Magic scene at the start of 2004, but he returned in Sept 2005, and his rulings are once again available! Get the latest update (760KB) directly from Crystal Keep. Unzip it into your Analyst directory, then start the Analyst and choose "Import Rulings" from the main menu. The Magic Analyst will locate the file and import the rulings for all cards through the latest set.
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