I do a small amount of trading and always wanted a live trading application like Commsec's ProTrader or Power*Etrade. But I don't want to pay the fees they charge or be pressured to do a minimum number of trades.
As I am with Westpac and they have all the data I need but it is not updated automatically I decided to write my own software to get all the data from the Westpac site and display it in one window and refresh the data automatically.
I have been using my software every day now for many months and have gradually improved it. I have now decided to make it available to anyone as freeware hoping that others might find it useful. You do need to have an account with Westpac Broking.
It displays your Westpac watchlists together with market depth, trade history, last ten trades, indexes, charts (from bigcharts.com) and announcements (from ASX). You can create and edit your Westpac watchlists too. You can also place, review and cancel orders and view your holdings. The window display can be customised to your needs and changed data in watchlists and market depth can be highlighted to alert you. Most data can be automatically refreshed every 1 second or a user adjustable amount (subject to your connection speed).
Please visit wbtrader.com for more information or free download. (Note this is not commercial software but I welcome donations if you find it useful.)
The software works simply by retrieving the relevant pages from the Westpac Broking site then displaying the data in the applications Windows. It uses the same methods as Internet Explorer including secure access (SSL).
I welcome all feedback and new feature suggestions.