Anyone here use one of the latest Macs as their tradestations?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by c.chugani, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. Was contemplating in purchasing a Mac for my business and trading needs.

    Just wondering whether Mac OS offers decent compatibility with most of the trading software/platforms available.

    Taking into account that most programmes are Windows-based, is there suitable and competitive trading software for the latest Mac OS Panther/Tiger versions?

    Thanx for your input.
  2. jhaughey


    I use a Mac g4 Powerbook, running TOS and Interactive Brokers workstations, which both work perfectly on it...
    Most applications are still windows based like Xtrader etc; and pretty much all of the professional charting packages...

    However, as you're probably aware, the Intel Macs are now dual bootable with Windows using Apples 'Bootcamp', which is a massive improvement over the old 'virtual PC' application...
  3. ok thanx.

    I shall be buying one of the higher-end macbooks to start trading then..

    i-ve also noticed that many brokers have web-imbedded, java-based applications for charting and order input. In that case, any computer with java software should do?
  4. Chabah


    I plan on using TradeStation on a Mac through Parallels. I'll try to remember to post an update once I have it going. If you want to check in on my experiences overall I am keeping a thread under Automated Trading called "Chabah on Automated Trading".

    Good luck with the MacBook, they are sweet.

  5. psturm


    If you want to avoid the overhead of Parallels and Windows virtualization on the Mac, try something that runs natively.

    QST - Quick Screen Trading will run on Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris and BSD.

    You can get a free 2-week trial at:

    You can download the Mac version here:

    Give it a try. You will not be disappointed. It has it's own real-time data, charts, order entry, real-time profit/loss calculations and integrated paper trading.
  6. basis


    That QST thing is pure crack. It's impressively comprehensive ... and really couldn't have been designed any worse. It looks to be a straight feature rip of IB's TWS (which sets the all-time standard for bad design).

    I can't even figure out if the product still exists or is supported.
  7. basis



    The product does a lot. Like, a lot more than most. An interesting "work in progress".
  8. KS96


    TWS, Oanda, and several other Java charting applications running here with no problems,
    MacBook Pro. (At least, with no *more* problems than they have in Win XP...)
  9. Interesting.....wonder why Steve Jobs had bashed Java so badly recently ?
    #10     Mar 22, 2007