Wayne A. Thorp, CFA is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @WayneTAAII.


Discussion

Carl from SC posted over 3 years ago:

I have had the chance to try Stock Investor Pro which is an effective tool, but can be a hassle to manage. I love using tools like Stockcharts.com, that are always up to date, continually improved and I don't have to be and IT manager and run them on my Mac. I do use iBank, which is better then Quicken for my tasks, and there it makes sense the have personal finance stuff on my PC. Good luck to getting to your online version soon, I would probably be a taker and you will find more customers, better control and offer a more up to date hassle free product for your clients. Regards Carl


Don from CA posted over 2 years ago:

Last year, after many frustrating years of XP and sluggish Vista issues requiring reboots, I dumped my HP laptop in favor of a MacBook Air laptop connected to a Samsung Monitor, and now I have the best of both. For Windows-only programs I use Parallels, running Windows 7.1

What is interesting is Windows boots almost instantaneously when I boot up the MAC. I often click on a Win7 programs (TC2000 for Funds) and then back to an OS program (iPhoto, for example) seamlessly. When on Win7 for the MAC, you can hardly visually tell the difference.

It is also nice that with an iPhone 4S (which you mention you own), your photos appear shortly on iPhoto on the MacAir (and I assume your iPAd), thanks to iCloud.

Bottom line -- one computer, two operating systems - Best of both





Robert from FL posted over 2 years ago:

In your Outlook column, you stated that the overwhelming percentage of AAII members use Windows. Exactly what is that percentage and how do you know what operating system I am using? Has AAII or CI taken a survey of what OS its members use, and is that information available on the AAII or CI website?

Thank you.


John p from GA posted over 2 years ago:

Windows 7 is a huge improvement in stability and for maintenance and solving software issues. I love Apple for photo and movie editing, but have never sprung the big bucks to Apple (except for a 30gig iPod). Don in CA has good idea and I might consider going Apple that way. Thanks for the post Don.


Harvey from IL posted over 2 years ago:

I, too went to windows (but from an Apple II plus,and improved my way to Windows 7. My issue was the severe restrictions on getting into the Mac system, not encouraging third party programmers, which resulted in very high program costs. I must agree that Microsoft teird to do the same controlling , but was over0rulled by the many programmers that were able to offer good programs


Chris from MA posted over 2 years ago:

I'm actually quite surprised that the outlook for Stock Investor Pro winding up as cloud-based is "at some point", and not "by next year" or even "this year".

Such a transition would bring with it a host of other benefits: you'd be able to share your custom screens with other AAII members at just the push of a button; data backups would be automatic and painless, as would be data updates and software updates; offering a mobile / tablet version would be easy as well.


Wayne from IL posted over 2 years ago:

While I would love to say, as project manager of Stock Investor Pro, that a cloud-based version of Stock Investor would be ready by X date, I am also a realist. This is a great opportunity for us to take a step back an re-examine all elements of the program, including functionality and usability. It is not worth rushing out a product to say we are "on the cloud" if we can't also make it better and easier to use. Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, AAII


Robert from CO posted over 2 years ago:

An online version of SIP would free AAII members from the "gatekeepers" of Microsoft and Apple, and provide the benefits of using opensource operating systems such as Linux/Unix. They have an initial steep learning curve, but what doesn't that is really worthwhile in life. My experience has been once past that curve, you will never look back.

Right now we are "stuck" with virtualizing Windows or Apple (based on Linux) hosted on a Linux computer. And, if you want to build your own high performance workstation for serious financial analysis, Windows is a flawed option.

There are good reasons why most of the world's super computers use Linux or Unix, and not Windows.


John Bauman from CO posted over 2 years ago:

Ditto re Linux. I finished the switch from XP ti Ubuntu Linux a few months ago. Does anyone know if SIP can be installed and run using Wine?


Charles Perrin from TX posted about 1 year ago:

Stock Investor Pro reportedly can be run on a Mac using CrossOver (a commercially supported version of Wine). There is also CrossOver for Linux, but there are no comments about if it will run.


Wayne Thorp from IL posted about 1 year ago:

We do not have a Linux box in the office we so can't provide a definitive answer. However, a Linux user told us that enhancements/upgrades we made to Stock Investor Pro last year prevented him from running the program on Wine.

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA
Editor, Computerized Investing
Program Manager, Stock Investor Pro


Paul Blacklock from TX posted 21 days ago:

Any updates on when SIP might start transitioning to the cloud?


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