NANY 2010 Entry Information
|Short Description||Spy on your Swoopo Auctions|
|Supported OSes||Windows XP and Vista tested|
|Web Page||My Software|
|Download Link||Direct Download|
I don't know if anyone else has gotten involved in the penny auction craze, but I have- especially on Swoopo. I've purchased things for insane prices- even given the price of the bids! One problem I had was keeping track of several auctions at once. That's what this program does!
SwoopoSpy lets you add an auction to a spy pane, and keep all of your auctions in front of you in one window. A pretty simple application once you get down to it.
Because I just started a new job, and just moved interstate, I didn't get to implement all of the features that I had planned- I barely got this done on time! But there are several other features that I want to implement, including:
- Auction Type (penny, .02, etc)
- Visual notification of time going to less than a minute.
- Visual notification of custom events, i.e. auction becoming closed, price hitting a certain point
- Notification of the number of bids you've used
- Notification of profit margin
- E-mail, text balloon, and/or audio notification when a certain threshold is reached
- The ability to minimize to the tray notification area
Make sure you have .NET 3.5 and IE installed. Extract the files to a folder and run it.
Using the Application
Go to Swoopo in your favorite browser. Find the auction that you want to follow. Copy the URL and paste it into SwoopoSpy, and click add. Profit!
Note that auctions take a while to load because of error checking that the program does against the URL. If you want to speed up loading auctions, you can un-check the "Check URLs" setting in the status bar. A lot of error checking is done before time, so your results if you enter an incorrect URL may crash the program...
Delete the folder that you extracted the files to.
Behind proxies (at work for instance) there are sometimes script errors when loading the auction. You can safely ok these. I'm not sure why proxies make the page load differently in the WebBrowser control. (If someone has an inkling, I'd appreciate the tip!)