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Current Version: 4.12
Please upgrade to the most current version.
To upgrade, download the software, then drag it to your Applications folder replacing any older version of ProTA.
Software & Activation
Data & Tickers
What are the minimum System Requirements?
ProTA requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. A minimum screen width of 1280 pixels is recommended. An internet connection is required to use ProTA's Data Downloader.
What is Trial Mode?
When you download ProTA from our web site, you are actually downloading the full, commercial version of the program. ProTA runs in Trial Mode when there is no Activation Code present or when an Activation Code has expired.
In Trial Mode, all features are fully functional with one exception: Your charting and analysis is limited to the sample tickers that are shipped with ProTA specifically for the Trial Mode. The Trial Mode tickers include AAPL, GOOGL and a small, hand-picked collection of others. The Trial Mode tickers can be updated using ProTA's Data Downloader; in fact all features are fully functional when used with the Trial Mode tickers. Trial Mode never expires.
Some things you cannot do in Trial Mode: Add new tickers, edit existing ticker symbols, access charts/data outside of the 20 Trial Mode tickers.
Why do I need an Activation Code and what does it do?
An Activation Code unlocks the ProTA database allowing an unlimited number of ticker symbols. Without an Activation Code (or when an Activation Code expires), ProTA operates in Trial Mode (see above) and is limited to working with a small handful of specific Trial Mode tickers.
Visit BeeSoft's ordering page to Purchase an Activation Code. The code will be sent to your email address. When you enter the Activation Code into the ProTA software, the database is unlocked for the amount of time purchased.
Other than Activation, is there any additional cost?
In most cases, no. ProTA's built-in Data Downloader is powered by Yahoo! Finance and there is no additional cost to use the downloader.
If you find that you cannot use the Yahoo! service (you need to track Options, Futures, or you need commercial rights), you may choose to use a 3rd-party data source such as Dial Data or eoddata.com. These companies charge fees for some services and so in these cases, there would be an extra cost paid to the data company of your choice.
What happens to my charts and data when my Activation Code expires?
When an Activation Code expires, ProTA reverts back to Trial Mode (see above). Your tickers, charts and data files are NOT deleted. However, in Trial Mode, you will only be able to view, edit and otherwise work with the small handful of specific Trial Mode tickers.
To avoid an expiration, simply Purchase an extension to your existing Activation any time before it expires.
How do I update my software to the latest version?
ProTA does not use an installer or any special approach to installing the software. To upgrade to a newer version:
1. Download the latest version from www.beesoft.net.
2. Quit ProTA if it running, then drag the downloaded application to your Applications folder replacing any older version.
What if BeeSoft stops offering or supporting ProTA?
BeeSoft has been developing and supporting ProTA for Mac OS X for more than 20 years and is committed the future. In the unlikely event ProTA development and support comes to an end, we would remove the expiration from the software.
Can ProTA place orders with my broker?
No, ProTA currently has no connection with any brokers.
Coming soon to ProTA 4.2!
As of ProTA 4.1: No, not in the fullest sense. ProTA's internal data structures are designed to hold daily data. It is not possible to view an intraday time series such as 5 minute Bars.
However, ProTA's Data Downloader will repeatedly refresh tickers in your database every 2, 5, 10, 15, 30 or 60 minutes during trading hours. Each refresh updates and overwrites today's data record (Bar) with the current OHLCV quotations. All of your Smartlists, Content Tables, and Charts are also automatically refreshed as new data is acquired throughout the day. Non-USA Intraday quotes are 10-20 minute delayed.
Which tickers are supported by ProTA's Data Downloader?
ProTA's Data Downloader downloads quotes from Yahoo! Finance. Generally, any ticker available via http://finance.yahoo.com can be added to ProTA's TickerPicker and updated via the Data Downloader. Intraday quotes outside of USA are 10-20 minute delayed.
Please note: Yahoo! Finance data is to be used for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Quoting section 12. of the Yahoo Terms of Service (https://policies.yahoo.com/us/en/yahoo/terms/utos/index.htm): You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, trade, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion or use of, or access to, the Yahoo Services.
Which markets and countries are supported?
ProTA itself will work with any market. The software includes preferences and settings to support a wide range of international date and number formats.
ProTA's Data Downloader downloads quotes from Yahoo! Finance which is international in scope cover most of the world's stock markets. Generally, any ticker available via http://finance.yahoo.com can be added to ProTA's TickerPicker and updated via the Data Downloader.
How can I track additional tickers such as Options or Futures?
ProTA's Data Downloader can update virtually all stocks, mutual funds and many market indexes via Yahoo! Finance. For tickers outside of Yahoo! Finance's scope (such as Options and Futures), ProTA provides three supplemental solutions:
1. Universal Text Importer: ProTA can import almost any text-based data file including ASCII, CSV, and Metastock ASCII formats. In this way, ProTA supports most web-based data vendors such as http://eoddata.com and http://cooltrader.com.au.
2. Dial Data: ProTA includes a complete downloading solution for Track Data's Dial Data service. http://www.trackdatasecurities.com/dial_data.html
3. Manual Entry: ProTA's TickerPicker window allows for manual quotes input and pasting, much like a spreadsheet.