Product Review: Wall Street Analyst, version 2.1
Now here's some inexpensive, useful software! With competition increasing in the technical analysis software niche, prices have fallen rapidly and goods delivered have risen dramatically in quality. In the thick of it all comes a charting and technical analysis package from Omega Research with a price tag of just $70 (typical street price, $50).
The software is for the broadest possible base of investors. What's more, investors can get a good look at it in a free special edition, the Wall Street Analyst SE freeware version, which is also the newest version of Wall Street Analyst. The program can be downloaded from the Internet address listed at the top of this review, or you can receive a complimentary copy of the program on compact disc by calling or faxing Omega Research. The compact disc version of the free special edition includes up to five years of historical and fundamental data for all US and Canadian stocks, US mutual funds and two years of futures contracts. Version 2.1 on compact disc contains up to 25 years of data. The data on the CD can be seamlessly merged with data downloaded through Dial Data. The freeware version is a limited version of Wall Street Analyst with fewer indicators. There's no time limit on use of the freeware, but the datafeed that provides complimentary data from Dial Data expires after a 30-day trial period.