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Using TradeStation as my charting platform always stopped me switching from a Windows computer to an Apple Mac — well not any more! I made the move over 5 years ago and have never looked back.
Without your generous guidance I would never have made the switch to a MacBook Pro. What a fantastic concept. I just purchased a MacBook and Parallels. Downloaded TradeStation and it works like a charm. I spend half the year travelling so a laptop was the only logical choice.
But then during the latter part of I was plagued with performance issues and decided to upgrade to the SSD solid state drive version of the machine while in California. Well that explains everything! I was sold a lemon and I knew something was not right from the get-go. Apple products can let you down. I would highly recommend getting an SSD machine — runs quiet and fast.
But what a pain it is to change machines. When will they make this easier? Check out this article for a full review of the pros and cons of running TradeStation on a retina MacBook Pro. Please note, the advice below should work equally well for laptop and desktop Apple Macs.
Running TradeStation on a Mac relies on emulation software. The best is Parallels Desktop for Mac now on Version This very clever software allows you to run the Windows operating system simultaneously with the Mac operating system. Second, Parallels runs OK with 2 monitors but anything more than that and performance degrades with noticeable lag.
VMware Fusion is a competitor but in my research the reviews were not as favourable. Macs also come with a built-in utility called Boot Camp. This allows you to partition the hard drive and install Windows along side the Mac operating system. From inside Windows, launch Internet Explorer, then download and install the latest version of TradeStation now on Version 9. What about the performance on a Mac?
Boot up and chart opening times are very acceptable and getting quicker with every update of Parallels and Mac hardware. In addition it handles opening multiple, complex charts all-at-once and no crashes running TradeStation on the Mac.
Something that plagued me frequently on my Dells running Windows. I have a feeling that chart opening times, particularly tick bar charts, are more dependent on the speed of your Internet connection than the speed of your machine. These tests were run in Sydney, Australia, on a good broadband connection. And then there are the usual Pros of running a Mac. But the things that have struck me are:. Yes, no doubt Windows 7, 8, etc. The Windows machine makers should be embarrassed.
But rather than seeing these as Cons of running a Mac, I view them as adjustments I need to make. OK, this is controversial. In October , my Mac started playing up — running slow, spinning beach balls, excessive fan noise. The final straw was Gmail identified a virus on an outgoing email attachment. Well that started me thinking, maybe Macs can get viruses.
In the hunt to find a solution I have discovered MacKeeper. I ran it once and within minutes it identified and fixed a ton of issues — including 2 viruses. Well, the difference on my Mac is night and day. It now runs super fast and is super quiet again. An upgrade version is not good enough as Microsoft sees this as a brand new installation.
I noticed a little data bursting on my machine lately and so decided to investigate. To get to this settings window, turn off TradeStation and shut down your Windows virtual machine. Remember for everything extra you give your Windows machine, you take away from your Mac machine. So go gently with this stuff.
Here are my new TradeStation hotkey settings The Mac keyboard layout forced me to re-think my hotkeys. Just some initial thoughts on trading software for Mac and running TradeStation on a Mac. The only downside is the time it takes to adjust. Rating after 3 months? Not on you life! Which is a totally counter-intuitive conclusion!
So why did my rating drop from 9. I had to re-format and re-install the operating system. On the plus side, this process was fast and easy. An absolute must is to use an online backup service. Summary This article should have convinced you that:. Emini futures are probably the best day trading vehicle in the world today and the 'Better' indicators are a very unique set of 3 non-correlated indicators that will give you a substantial edge day trading Join 10, traders who follow Emini-Watch.
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