Trendsetter Software, Inc.
P.O. Box 6481
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Product: Trading and analytical software
Equipment required: Apple Macintosh personal computer with hard drive recommended
Price: $495 with 30-day money back guarantee and $10 shipping and handling. Includes seven stock,
index, futures or perpetual data files.
This is the fourth year for this nifty little Macintosh-based package, one improving steadily. Personal
Hotline 4.56 will download all your stock and futures data from one of several vendors, graph it along
with a number of standard and proprietary indicators and throw in trade recommendations from its very
black trading system.
I found this software tough to use despite its intriguing features and adherence to the Macintosh interface.
It's not compatible with a plain vanilla AppleTalk network, so some of the problems I had printing
graphics and text may be due to that. The bombs I experienced happened only within my SE, however.
The program needs to be tested on a wider variety of hardware setups.
In addition, the manual, which was recently rewritten, isn't the best I've seen for organization and needs
an index. Some items in the menu choices aren't explained or, if they are, are explained in some place
other than where they're first mentioned. (The extend button is my favorite example.) Other items—the
split function—are described in one paragraph but left unexplained at all.