We are seemingly at the cusp of number of tools joining forces to allow players to gain commodity information from their neighbouring systems. Or at the very least keep track of it better themselves; OCR software will allow players to instantly capture market data and upload it to their own applications or even to online hubs, where other player can then utilise it.
This will come. There is no stopping it. Player will be willing to jump through a few hoops in order to:-
a) Help other players out by submitting up to date market data.
b) Use (online) data to improve their trades.
What I'm confused about is why FD are making players go through these hoops? Why seemingly force developers to create all this software, and players to run applications and submit things, simply because ED doesn't offer (still) a nice unified way to access market data?
Again, these tools will end up achieving the end goal... Why make it unnecessary painful for the users/developers?