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I'm new here

Hi freinds. I just got the bfexplorer software yesterday, and so far I'm loving it.

I just have a couple of questions if you will indulge me please.

Firstly, I have noticed that the menu on my software is not the same as on the videos that I saw on youtube. I have understood that to mean it is because I am using a trial version of the software. In particular there is tool called "bettingexpert" that interested me, that isn't included in my software. And also, there is no bots in my menu either. I hope that it is because I am using a "lite" version of the software and they haven't been removed.

Secondly, I can't seem to find anywhere on the website how much the product costs to license. I would personally prefer to get it licensed right now if I am missing out on the full functionality.

And lastly, less importantlly but all of the videos on youtube have no sound. At first I thought that my speakers weren't turned on but alas there was no comentary on the videos. I don't expect you to go back and redo all of your videos but maybe for the future you will consider talking and explaining what you are doing. As I was watching the videos sometimes I found it difficult to follow exactly what you were doing, and other times it was obvious.

Many thanks, and regards.

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  • Stefan
    8.1.2018 16:53:14

    You are using full version, trialing it for free.

    You subscribe for your monthly api access, therefore just click on Subscribe page:

    In My Bots view there are icons (you can click on them), one of them is Add (Add a new bot), watch video here: #My betfair bots

    Bettingexpert blocks my api access, so tool is not offered anymore, it was actually my blog post showing personal built of that tool.

  • MopsyTurtle
    8.1.2018 17:25:13

     In my navigation window there is no tab that says "My bots". My navigation window has 2 tabs: "Navigation" and "Watched selections". Please tell me how to add the "My bots" tab.

    If I'm using the full software then where do I download more "My tools"?

    Sorry if these seem stupid questions, but it just isn't obvious.

  • Stefan
    8.1.2018 18:28:11

    Did you really install bfexplorer?

    On Internet can circulate free version of bfexplorer that does not offer bots and automation. I blocked betfair api access for this app, so even you installed it, that app cannot activate api access so you cannot use it. Only full version activates your access to betfair api, so you may used/installed both apps, and now you open free version of bfexplorer app without My Bots view/window, after activating api access with full version of bfexplorer.

    Use full version of bfexplorer!

    You can change app layout, and closed/hide do not used views, if you did so by accident then just click on menu item View / My Orders / Bots to Execute

    Please watch this video showing how to change app layout: #Application layout and workspaces

    Keep in mind that users use different screen resolutions, and default app layout may show just some of views, therefore customize your app layout for your use. On my videos you can see different app layout I use for trading and for bots execution only. You can prepare different app layouts for different sports as well, for instance for trading on tennis, or football/soccer:

    Just one hint, just read app screen and menu, icons offers tooltips, so you should know for what they are used, when you hover mouse over toolbar icons. Icons are pictograms so if icons presents (+) plus symbol in any use case scenario it represents an adding action, add a bot, add a favorite event and so on.

  • MopsyTurtle
    9.1.2018 20:06:25

    In case I was on the wrong version of the software, I uninstalled it and reinstalled it using the link that you provided. The filesize was 21.8 MB.

    The version I have installed says that is version 2.0.6580

    Nothing has changed. There is still no "My bots" tab in the navigation window. The "My Tools" window has only 3 tools.

    I was just watching a video on youtube that had a long list of "BFExplorer Community Bots". I have a a window that says "My orders / Bots to execute", which has a plus icon that when I click has a list of bots, but not the community bots.

    There is clearly something wrong, especially because my menu bar and windows are different to those that I've seen in the videos.

  • Stefan
    10.1.2018 18:09:51

    Bfexplorer is living app, and as I use it myself for daily trading, building my bots or building bespoke solutions on this platform, things can change, and sometimes very rapidly.

    If you would specify a feature, really nice one, the app feature that could be used by many, not just something only you would use, then depending on amount of time it needs for implementation, it can appear in bfexplorer in hours or just couple days.

    The same is true, when you find a bug, as I use bfexplorer myself, I can fix such bug in minutes and release new version of bfexplorer the same day you report a problem/bug.

    There are many such features added to bfexplorer and advertised only on my blog posts, for instance this feature: #Analyzing betfair data to trigger trading on horse racing markets.

    In very old videos, you could see “My Bots” view/window. English is foreign language for me, and I understand what a term “bot” means in this context, on the other hand for others this term is misleading.

    Therefore in one discussion on forum, where one user coming from financial background, where they use terms like instrument and order, I took a term order as better way to declare what or bot does.

    Bot basically places a bet when criteria are met, or better to say it is instruction of how a bet should be placed, it is and order which can be executed, therefore whenever the bot term had been used I added order, so My Bots view became “My Orders / Bots to Execute”

    So when you add a bot to the view/window: “My Orders / Bots to Execute” you create your bot for later use/reuse therefore the full name: My Bots to Execute.

    Some people thought that after you create a bot, it is automatically executed, therefore that addition to original “My Bots” to Execute.

    Other betfair apps use terms like triggers, rules or guardians. But such terms are not so suitable in bfexplorer context, here is better to use bot, as piece of code executing automated tasks:

    Yes, in some videos you can see a lot of bots in “Add a new bot” dialog as I do bespoke bot development as well, but such bots are not publicly available. Bfexplorer offers 23 bots, plus 5 Community Bots. To community bot assembly I added helpful bots like bots for saving market prices to database, or helper bots like: “Horse Racing Race Status” so basically bots which do not place bets, but are helpful in analyzing data, and so on.

    Community Bots are also available in source code, included in Bfexplorer BOT SDK.