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Log of Changes and Improvements to Sierra Chart

This list contains major items of development, items which are notable, and changes and additions which users need to be informed about.

This is not a comprehensive changes and additions log. It only represents less than 25% of the actual development performed every day. There are not version notes for each version. The main Sierra Chart documentation is updated as needed relating to the changes and additions.

In addition to the below listed items for each version, there are also various low-level improvements, issues resolved, and small additions that a release has which are not listed.

  • 2168 Release Date: 2020-09-14

    • Corrected an issue when using the Draw Volume Profile tool with a specified Study Collection in the Tool Configuration or default study settings for the Volume by Price study causing an incorrect instance identifier to be used which could subsequently cause incorrect behavior or an exception.
    • Increased received buffer sizes for network connections. This change relates to recent performance improvements at the network socket level. We have had some reports of users having data stop or lag and increasing the buffer sizes will generally resolve this to the extent it is related to this. If a data feed issue is not related to this, then increased receive buffer sizes will have no effect.
  • 2164 Release Date: 2020-09-11

    • Removed support for the CTS order routing service using the DTC protocol. This is considered a discontinued service at this time and you should either utilize a different supported trading service like the Sierra Chart Order Routing Service, or you will need to use the CTS FIX Trading Service which can be selected through Global Settings >> Data/Trade Service Settings >> Service.
    • Added options for the Numbers Bars to highlight the text based on whether the last trade was at the Bid or the Ask.
    • Corrected some small edge case issues involving the new integer based microsecond Date-Time object within Sierra Chart.
    • Corrected an issue with the determination of the trading day date in some less than common cases.
    • The main Sierra Chart Message Log and Trade Service Log can now be detached from the main window through its Edit menu.
    • Corrected a problem with the building of historical data records in the historical data server when records are greater than 1 tick. This historical data server provides historical data to sub instances of Sierra Chart.
    • Added commands to the Edit menu to disable all alerts for a particular chart and also for the entire Chartbook.
    • Continued work on support for historical market depth data serving.
    • Added new Jump type option to the replay control panel to jump to the next specified time increment.
  • 2157 Release Date: 2020-08-22

    • Additional updates related to the new SCDateTime integer functionality described in the notes in version 2156 below. Related to this an issue with the vertical gridlines in charts has been resolved.
  • 2156 Release Date: 2020-08-20

    • Updated the SCDateTime class used within Sierra Chart to support an integer for Date-Time values rather than a floating-point data type. This allows for 100% accurate timestamps to the microsecond.

      Added support for true millisecond time stamping for trades.

      The Sierra Chart market data servers need to also be updated to support true millisecond time stamping for trades for Sierra Chart to receive true millisecond timestamps. This is being worked on and will be completed by August 28, 2020 at the latest. Some servers have already been updated.

      This version requires ACSIL (Advanced Custom Study Interface and Language) custom studies to be recompiled on version 2155 or higher to be able to be used with this version. Otherwise, they will not be functional. For complete technical details about this, refer to this Support Board Thread.

      Some changes to ACSIL custom study functions may be required. For complete information, refer to this post and to this thread.

      When updating to this version or higher it is a good idea that you are already running version 2110 or higher. If you go back to a prior version you will need to go back to a version greater or equal to 2110 because Date-Time values will be written as integers to files and you need that version or later for Sierra Chart to be able to read integer Date-Time values.

      If you have updated to version 2151 or later and then you go back to a version earlier than 2110, this is not a serious issue. However, you will need to use your backup Chartbooks and backup global configuration files and re-download historical Intraday data.
    • New option in Numbers Bars to use the trading day Maximum/Minimum values to determine coloring, for those coloring options that support the capability.
    • New options in Volume at Price Threshold Alert V2 to allow for specific extension lines until future intersection for Adjacent Alerts.
  • 2146 Release Date: 2020-08-06

    • Resolved potential deadlock issue from recent release caused by the calculation of open Profit/Loss calculations which occur on a separate thread. The probability of encountering this is very very low and would only be when trading from a sub instance in non-simulation mode and when the main instance is in Trade Simulation Mode.
  • 2144 Release Date: 2020-08-03

    • Added options to allow for Difference of Bid and Ask Volume Coloring in a Volume by Price Profile to be drawn at a larger scale factor.
    • Fixed a problem with Parallel Rays flipping the extended lines when being cut.
    • Added Volume Value Area for Bars study.
    • Added new option in Chart Settings to enable or disable including of odd lot trades for US equities data. At the moment, this does not do anything until odd lot trades are added to the data feed and identified.
    • Schaff Trend Cycle study has been added to the available studies from Sierra Chart.
    • Changed the name of the StartNewDailyBarAtSessionStart Symbol Setting to StartNewDailyBarAtStartTime. Added the new NewDailyBarStartTime Symbol Setting. These two settings are now preset for the most common futures contracts and also for forex symbols and will be gradually implemented for more symbols.
  • 2133 Release Date: 2020-07-09

    • Resolved a problem from version 2132 where Spreadsheet files were not saving. This is now resolved. There are backup of Spreadsheet files made. For instructions, refer to Accessing a Backup Spreadsheet File.
    • Solved Stack Overflow issue. Refer this Support Board post.
    • Implemented a small improvement, to manage an operating system level issue related to failed notifications between threads related to network I/O. It would be extremely unlikely anyone would encounter a problem related to this. And there has never been any known indication of this. It would only be encountered if the thread message queue becomes full. If that happens there was/is a log message given in the Sierra Chart Message Log.
    • Removed support for the Interactive Brokers TWS automatic login feature. This is not a feature that we want to offer or support any longer. This feature implementation is regarded as a hack and being that we no longer provide technical support for Interactive Brokers, it is not a feature we want to maintain or have within Sierra Chart any longer. The code is out of date and requires further maintenance so we have removed it. If you still want functionality like this, then this functionality can be instead performed with a utility program like Auto Hotkey.
    • Various other development.
  • 2125 Release Date: 2020-06-25

    • Added new Numbers Bars Background and Text Coloring option named Based on Diagonal Dominant AskVol BidVol - Actual.
    • Added new Numbers Bars Background Coloring option named Based on Separate AskVol BidVol Percentage. This was put in for Text coloring previously. So it has been added now to the Background coloring options.
    • Corrected a problem from a recent release where volume bars in the latest profile with the Volume by Price study would reduce in volume as the chart updates in real time, when using a price increment for the volume bars of greater than 1.
  • 2124 Release Date: 2020-06-17

    • Support for replaying past simulated trade fills for non-simulated/live trading.
    • Corrected a problem from the prior release where for a new opened Intraday chart, the Session Times that are preset were not being converted to the correct time zone and were left in UTC time instead. This is now resolved.
    • Added separate Bid and Ask coloring options for quantities displayed in the Market Depth Historical Graph.
    • Fixed a problem with floating point rounding in the Market Depth Historical Graph that came about due to the changes for the Combine Increment in Ticks.
    • Fixed a problem with floating point rounding when using Combine Increment in Ticks on the Chart/Trade DOM (Chart >> Chart Settings >> Advanced Settings 3 >> Market Depth Combine Increment in Ticks). Previously some of the data would not get combined properly as they were being put into the wrong price level due to rounding errors.
    • Partially reduced memory usage for Market Depth Historical Graph.
    • Added error handling for OpenGL related to memory allocation failures. This may resolve some stability issues encountered when using OpenGL some users have reported. We have done extensive testing with OpenGL and we have not seen any exceptions or stability issues. Instead we have been very impressed with the performance and the 100% stability of when using OpenGL in Sierra Chart. We have tested on three different systems for multiple days at a time using Chartbooks provided from users. In some cases, it is clear that the stability issues some users are reporting relate to using custom studies. In this case refer to help topic 17.
  • 2118 Release Date: 2020-06-07

    • New Input setting: Combine Increment in Ticks for the Market Depth Historical Graph study. This will combine the specified number of Market Depth levels together and place the result at the rounded price level for the combined levels.
    • Discovered and resolved a problem where there is potentially an inefficiency when the Enable Estimated Position in Queue Tracking for orders option is enabled in the General Settings >> Chart Trade Settings. This inefficiency would only exist when there are hundreds or more of levels of market depth data for a symbol being received. It is recommended to disable this option unless you have a definite requirement for it. The reason that this feature has been an option, is that there has been a concern about the performance impact of it since it was first implemented many years ago.
    • Support for replaying past simulated trade fills. When replaying a chart, when in chart trade mode and there were past order fills which have not been cleared, as the time is encountered in the chart where the order fill occurs, then it will display on the chart if the chart is set to display order fills. Eventually this will also support replaying of live trade fills as well. The complication of replaying of live trade fills is that live accounts cannot be selected when in Trade Simulation Mode which is on during a replay.
  • 2117 Release Date: 2020-06-04

    • New commands to adjust Target and Stop orders to selected price through keyboard shortcuts: Move Target Attached Orders to Price and Move Stop Attached Orders to Price.
    • Resolved a problem from a recent release where when during a Chart Replay, market depth level order quantities, could overlap each other. This related to the best Bid and Ask prices also updating the first level of market depth due to a time zone conversion issue.
    • Added the Chart >> Chart Settings >> Advanced Settings 3 >> Always Simulate Bid and Ask Prices During Replay option. When enabled, this will always simulate the Bid and Ask prices during a replay rather than using what was recorded in the Intraday data file when data is stored tick by tick. Sometimes the use of the actual Bid and Ask prices will cause order fills to be at prices which are several ticks away from the last trade price due to the Bid and Ask data from the exchange lagging behind the last trade prices.
  • 2111 Release Date: 2020-05-26

    • Added greater tolerance for imbalances between the number of market depth levels on the Bid and Ask sides with the Bid and Ask Depth Bars study.
    • Added support for file compression for Chartbooks. This reduces the file size by 98%. In version 2118 and higher, when a Chartbook is saved which uses compression, a backup of the existing Chartbook is made with the suffix .backup2109 followed by the standard file extension.
    • Continued lower-level development related to supporting millisecond time stamping for trades.
    • When a Stop Attached Order is automatically moved to breakeven and is OCO triggered and there is more than one OCO Group, there is no longer a modification of the stop order to the breakeven level in the same OCO trigger group, if the Target order has fully filled. This eliminates unnecessary rejection messages from the trading server.
  • 2109 Release Date: 2020-05-22

    • Corrected a problem when there is a manual reconnect to the data feed, the backup server would be used, for order routing services provided by Sierra Chart. This would include LMAX and the Sierra Chart Order Routing Service. A reconnection will now still use the primary server.
    • Corrected a problem with the Add Additional Symbol study where the Intraday volume data was not being set correctly.
    • Corrected a problem with OCO orders where when manually canceling one side of an OCO order, the other side was not being automatically canceled. The automatic management of OCO orders was still functioning correctly in relation to sibling order fills. This is a recent issue. This issue never applied to bracket orders.
    • Corrected a problem with the size of the highlight box on Chart DOM under certain conditions.
    • Corrected problem with the ACSIL sc.GetPersistent*Fast functions where initially when used, a memory address returned could become invalid when calling the same sc.GetPersistent*Fast function again to access more than one persistent variable. This would result in the stored persistent data being stored in an invalid location and then next time the variable is accessed with the function that value would not be accessed. This would only occur on the initial use of the sc.GetPersistent*Fast functions.
    • Corrected a problem with sending Chartbooks using the new file format using the File >> Send File to User functionality.
    • When the Subscribe RT Data and Download Historical Data During Scan option was disabled, during a scan, historical data for the chart was still being downloaded if it needed to be. This is now resolved and the historical data will not be downloaded.
    • Saved Default Study settings has now been reimplemented using the standard file format used for Study Collections and Chartbooks for studies. These files are now saved in the /DefaultStudySettings subfolder in the Sierra Chart installation folder. Existing Default Study settings from prior versions that were saved are no longer compatible and you need to resave them in this version or higher.
  • 2104 Release Date: 2020-05-13

    • New enhanced Chartbook file format. This format offers the following advantages:
      -About 20-27% reduction in file size.
      -Faster saving. Done on a background thread.
      -Common file format. Same as trade activity log.
      -Variable length strings. So there is no longer any length limit for alert conditions, or the trade window text tag, or study short names, or subgraph short names.
      -The permanent storage block for studies is now 4K rather than 512 bytes.
      -Compatibility with upcoming change for date and time values to support microsecond time stamping.

      Chartbooks saved in this version are not compatible with version 2092 and earlier, however a backup of the version of your Chartbooks before this file format change is made. "Backup2092" is added to the file name in the copy of the file made. This copy of the Chartbook can be used in earlier versions just by opening it through File >> Open Chartbook.

      The backups are directly contained within the Data folder for immediate access. No need to go to the Backups folder. You can go back to a prior version of Sierra Chart. If using version 2092 or earlier, you can then open your Chartbooks that have the name: [Chartbook name].Backup2092.Cht. You can then do a File >> Save As to save back them to the original name.

      Trade Window configurations and Study Collections also use the new file format. So these files when saved in 2093 and higher, do not work in earlier versions. However, there are backups made of these files in 2094 and higher in the usual way in the Backups folder.
    • New method for referencing drawings in Alerts. This allows for referencing the value of the drawing at a bar position relative to the current bar. For more information, refer to Referencing Chart Drawings in the Alerts documentation.
    • The sc.PersistVars data structure in ACSIL has been removed and is now a null pointer. Code that uses this needs to be updated to use the new persistent variable functions.

      For more information, refer to Notice: Study Exceptions in New Versions and Code Efficiency. Older custom studies that use sc.PersistVars need to be modified and recompiled or they will cause exceptions given in the Message Log. If you are using User Contributed Studies you need to enable "Install Optional Components" on the Sierra Chart installer when updating, to get the newest User Contributed Studies DLL file. Otherwise, some studies will cause exceptions.
    • New Scroll Wheel option for changing bar spacing in Global Settings >> General Settings >> General 2 >> Scroll Wheel. The new option supports changing the bar spacing and maintaining the same position of the current bar being pointed to with the Chart Values tool when holding the Shift key.
    • New color settings for the Volume by Price study to support Bid Volume and Ask Volume horizontal volume bar coloring for the Point of Control and Value Area.
    • Support for triggering identical re-downloading of historical data in main instance from sub instance.
    • Support for moving client-side manage Attached Stop orders to breakeven.
    • New Study Subgraph Draw Styles added.
    • Corrected a problem with Trading Statistics reset time in a chart when a chart is using a different time zone as compared to the global time zone setting in Sierra Chart.
    • Other development and various issues resolved.
  • 2090 Release Date: 2020-04-21

    • New Input settings for the Large Volume Trade Indicator to control whether the Squares or Circles are drawn, and whether the Volume text is transparent or has a background.
    • Resolved a exception issue with studies that could occur under some rare conditions.
    • Resolved a problem where data for historical daily chart data files in the main instance of Sierra Chart was being unnecessarily downloaded for continuous futures contracts charts in a sub instance.
    • Added new ACSIL functions: sc.GetBidMarketDepthStackPullSum, sc.GetAskMarketDepthStackPullSum, sc.GetChartReplaySpeed, sc.GetYValueForChartDrawingAtBarIndex.
    • When using the Chart >> Chart Settings >> Split Data Records option, only last trade price is repeated for the new split records rather than the original open, high, low values.
    • Enhancements to the Percent Change Since Open study. It now supports any timeframe for the calculation (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months) and can be based on other studies.
    • Added Volume Point of Control for Bars study.
    • Resolved problem where there can be overlapping market depth quantities in the market depth displays during a chart replay. This is when historical market depth data has been recorded and is being replayed.
    • The Error Filtering settings and functionality has been removed. It is something that should never have been added and is simply not useful and by default it has been disabled for at least 7+ years now. It is a nonsense feature which makes no sense. There simply are no real errors which exist in the market and it is not the proper way to handle any incorrect or out of range pricing condition anyway.
    • Continued development of new Chartbook Format.
    • Various low-level development and improvements and issues resolved.
  • 2079 Release Date: 2020-04-06

    • Resolved a FIX client order identifier issue for linked orders. In most cases this did not cause a problem but did cause a problem in version 2072 with connections that use the DTC protocol. The area of code this issue arose in, has been completely changed to ensure there is no possibility of a condition like this ever occurring again and this will be released in version 2080.
    • Restored this from version 2072 which was reverted in 2078: "Resolved a Server Order ID mapping issue with the Sierra Chart Order Routing Service and LMAX which could occur under rare scenarios. This issue only potentially occurs when a backup order routing server is connected to when there are open orders."
    • Continued development of new Chartbook Format.
  • 2078 Release Date: 2020-04-05

    • Prerelease 2077 has a new Replay Mode named Calculate Same as Real time. This is what we recommend to use instead of Accurate Trading System Back Test Mode if you have any performance issues with Accurate Trading System Back Test Mode.

      This is a much more practical mode to be using and provides much better performance. And will give a result which is much more consistent to real-time updating. This is also a mode which should be considered as an accurate mode and is much faster. It is a good balance between bar based back testing and Accurate Trading System Back Test Mode.
    • Resolved a problem from recent releases with continuous futures contract charts when Loading by Date Range and the ending date is not specified.
    • This has been reverted in this version and versions 2072 through 2077 have been locked out for SC order routing users: "Resolved a Server Order ID mapping issue with the Sierra Chart Order Routing Service and LMAX which could occur under rare scenarios. This issue only potentially occurs when a backup order routing server is connected to when there are open orders." It revealed a FIX Client Order ID issue which occurs with linked orders. The Client Order ID for linked orders issue has been resolved in version 2079.
  • 2072 Release Date: 2020-03-30

    • When performing a chart replay and not using Standard Replay and instead using one of the back testing modes, if the data loading and study calculations are very time-consuming, there now will be more of an opportunity to stop the replay rather than the user interface being in an often frozen state doing calculations.
    • Implemented support for multiple connections from the Denali Exchange Data Feed to the same computer system.
    • Resolved a Server Order ID mapping issue with the Sierra Chart Order Routing Service and LMAX which could occur under rare scenarios. This issue only potentially occurs when a backup order routing server is connected to when there are open orders. Users should update to this version or higher as soon as possible.
    • New Color Settings in Graphics Settings: "List Box Header Color", "List Box Adjust Header Width Divider Color", "List Box Header Divider Color", "List Box Header Text Color". Adjust these color settings to get the appearance you like for the headers for the different listboxes within Sierra Chart. This lets you control the headers independent of operating system colors.
  • 2070 Release Date: 2020-03-24

    • Default Currency Code for stock symbols when using Interactive Brokers has been removed from the Global Settings >> Data/Trade Service Settings and now must be specified on stock symbols other than simple US stock symbols. Refer to Stock Symbol Formats for Interactive Brokers. The default currency code setting has been out of date now for about two months due to recent changes to stock symbol formats for Interactive Brokers.
    • Corrected a problem with the Trading System Based on Alert Condition study where when studies that it depends upon are calculated at an earlier index than the last calculated index, there was an incorrect bar index internally specified for the buy/sell entry/exit functions. This would cause entry/exit signals from the prior bar starting with the starting calculation index where the alert condition was true being followed, when they should have been ignored.
    • When selecting Help >> Install Previous Version, the prior version of Sierra Chart previously installed before the latest update, will be installed. This allows for a very easy method of rolling back without remembering the prior version number.
    • We are in the process of changing the visible button text for some Control Bar buttons to be more descriptive. In those cases there may be two lines of text. You can change the button text to whatever you want through the Control Bar Button Properties. You also have the ability to adjust the font size of that text per individual button. For the new multiline text that is being updated for some buttons, the default is an 8 point size but we may remove that and leave the default at the global Control Bar Text size. To change the global Control Bar Text size, refer to Control Bar Buttons Text Size. Any customizations you have made to Control Bar Buttons will remain when updating to this version.
  • 2068 Release Date: 2020-03-19

    • "Periodically Save Sheet In Minutes (0 = Disabled)" Input for Spreadsheet studies has been implemented.
    • Jump to previous and next order fill commands added to the Trade menu.
    • Even distribution method for trading Scale In has been added.
    • New Chart/Trading DOM order entry types to move stops and targets to price.
    • Changes to the Inputs to the Large Volume Trade Indicator study to support enhancements. There are now separate Inputs to control the Marker Style and whether Text is displayed or not.
  • 2066 Release Date: 2020-03-12

    • Added new Even Distribution option for Trading Scaling Out. This will also be supported with Scaling In in the next release.
  • 2065 Release Date: 2020-03-11

    • Control Bar buttons for drawing tools now use single or multiline text with an 8 point font size by default. This is because the previous images are too small on 4K monitors and based upon the color of the button, they may not be well visible. While larger images could be used for higher resolution monitors, text is very easily scalable based on resolution. There is also no question as to the particular drawing tool that a button is for. It is supported to use the previous images. To do this, follow the Control Bar Button Properties instructions and in particular follow step 10.

      We are not intending to cause users any difficulties, but there was a significant issue with the images where they were not legible on very high resolution monitors. This has been reported many times to us. And images in general, have difficulty with scaling and visibility problems based on the background color.

      This is why we deliberately came up with a method and took the detailed time to implement this, by which you could still use the default drawing tool image but not have to specifically select a particular image file. This is a very easy process through the Control Bar Button Properties window where you press the Reset button and choose the option to Use Image. This is all. It is a few seconds per button. Also, you do not even have to use the Reset button either. We are just saying that for completeness.
    • Resolved an issue where a Target or Stop Attached Order would not activate when the parent order fills, if either the Target or Stop order in the same OCO group was canceled before the parent order filled. This is now resolved. This was not a common scenario.
    • When using the Volume by Price study and the Volume Bar Calculation Method is set to other than Total Volume, now the Value Area and Point of Control calculations are based upon the selected Calculation method.
    • New ACSIL functions added: sc.GetStudySummaryCellAsDouble, sc.GetStudySummaryCellAsString, sc.StartChartReplayNew, sc.GetSymbolDescription, sc.GetTradeWindowTextTag, sc.StartScanOfSymbolList, sc.StopScanOfSymbolList.
    • Added new studies: Trading the Nines, Moving Average Elastic Volume Weighted, Trade Quantity Graph, Generalized Double Exponential Moving Average, Rollover Date Display.
    • New data line formats for Trading Levels study: "Date, Label, Color, Width, TopValue, BottomValue", "Date, Label, Color, Width, Value". Performance improvements for the Trading Levels study.
    • Resolved issue with scale out, when either the Target or Stop Attached order has been canceled and a scale out operation is performed after. In this particular case, the scaling out would not have been performed. This is now resolved.
  • 2060 Release Date: 2020-03-04

    • New TPO profile chart shortcut menu commands to change the subperiod display style and also enable or disable text data above or below TPO profiles on the chart.
    • Resolved a rare issue which could cause an exception in the network socket communication processing thread when a network connection which uses TLS is closed. It is recommended that all users update to this version or higher. This issue is rare. We found it during some unrelated testing and we think it has been rarely encountered if at all. It only affects connections which use TLS.
    • Implemented support for a more compact message from the Transact data feed. This message does not provide market depth data. Version 2061 implements an even more compact message.
    • Rithmic order modification issue related to when the order quantity does not change, is resolved.
    • When using the DTC server in Sierra Chart, market data requests are no longer allowed from remote systems. Only requests which come from the local system are allowed. This is to ensure compliance with market data rules from exchanges.
  • 2056 Release Date: 2020-02-21

    • OpenGL performance improvements.
    • Corrected a problem using OpenGL where multiple transparent objects on a chart would not display with the proper color and would appear black.
    • Corrected a problem with connections to FXCM demo trading accounts.
    • The calculations during the processing of market depth data during a chart replay, are now consistently done at the end of a related batch of depth updates. This makes calculations like the market depth pulling and stacking values consistent during a chart replay as compared to real-time chart updating.
  • 2055 Release Date: 2020-02-21

    • Implemented avoidance of a situation where when modifying the price of an order on the client side like from automated trail order management, where this order has a new order quantity still in transmission to Sierra Chart from the server due to bracket order management, the quantity on the server is maintained rather than getting overrided by an incorrect quantity from the client side. This solves a condition which we have seen sometimes over the years which can result in an incorrect final order quantity for a child/attached order.

      This feature is only available with the Sierra Chart Order Routing Service. It is not supported with any other service. And this is yet another reason why if you are serious about futures trading, the best choice is to use the Sierra Chart Order Routing Service.
    • Added new study - Moving Average - Generalized Double Exponential.
    • Fixed issue with Parallel Lines/Rays when extending in both directions.
  • 2050 Release Date: 2020-02-14

    • Updated the STIX study to be able to reference the Add Additional Symbol study within the same chart.
    • Added new Input to Volume by Price study to control whether future intersection extension lines stop at a volume profile, or at intersecting chart bar.
    • Resolved an issue with the Quote Board when using a scroll wheel which could cause an abnormal shutdown of Sierra Chart.
    • Redundant connection support when using the LMAX trading service. If the connection to the primary server fails, the backup server is used. This applies to both market data and for trading.
    • Removed support for CQG Demo accounts. Users instead need to use the Simulated Trading Service for simulated trading using a server-side environment. Additionally, the Delayed Exchange Data Feed is available for trial users and Advanced package users. These services provide a high quality of service far and above which is available with a CQG demo account. You have access to outright futures data, futures spreads and futures options data. All of these types of markets can be traded.

      One reason a CQG account should be avoided is because after the demo period is up which would be at most 30 days, you are locked out of that account for good. You have no access to market data, you have no access to your orders, positions, or fill history.

      Whereas with Sierra Chart, you have access to your simulated account as long as you want. You can have access to the delayed futures data feed as long as you want without paying any exchange fees. You are in control rather than having your account suddenly withdrawn because the trial has ended. With Sierra Chart, all that you have done with the program, including creating Chartbooks, the recorded daily, intraday and market depth data, and all of your trading history, all remains with your Sierra Chart installation at all times under your own control.
    • When updating to version 2048 or higher, it is necessary to convert the trade activity log format. This is necessary to support proper delete trade activity operations and to optimize queries. To do this follow the steps below:
      1. Select File >> Disconnect.
      2. Select Global Settings >> Convert Trade Activity Format.
      3. Select File >> Connect to Data Feed.
      4. This procedure only needs to be done once.
  • 2048 Release Date: 2020-02-08

    • Corrected a problem where under some conditions when left clicking on a Chart/Child window tab or Chartbook tab, the mouse pointer capture was not getting released preventing interaction with the menus or control bar or other elements of the main program window until you switch to another window and back again.
    • Added a new ACSIL flag variable to s_UseTool to control whether a user drawn drawing can be copied to other charts or not. And also a Chart Drawing can be right clicked on and you can select the command to control whether it can be copied to other charts or not. This command has to be added to the Chart Drawing menu first.
    • Added support for new bond Price Display Format options. This includes, half, quarter, and eighth 32nds. When using CBOT bond futures symbols in Sierra Chart, you must update to this version or higher. All of the Symbol Settings for all the different supported services that support CBOT futures, have been updated to use these new formats. Otherwise, the bond prices will not display properly.
  • 2044 Release Date: 2020-02-01

    • This change from a recent release has been reverted for the Trade Statistics calculations in a chart: The reset now only is performed when there is an order fill in a new trading day and not when the time is merely encountered according to the time in the chart.

      A reset of the daily trade statistics will now occur when the new trading day is encountered even when there is not a new fill in a new trading day.
    • There was a problem with performing a trade activity query for trade accounts with [ ] characters. This was a problem for simulated Transact accounts. This is now resolved in this release. One effect of this issue is that order fills would not display on a chart for these simulated accounts.
  • 2043 Release Date: 2020-02-01

    • The historical Intraday data service for the Gain Capital trading service has changed. This is a mandatory update and it supports the new historical intraday data implementation for Gain Capital users. You need to update to this version or you will lose access to historical Intraday data if you are using Gain Capital.
    • The current Chart Drawing Tool is specific to each individual chart and is no longer global.
    • Added new study - Moving Average - Elastic Volume Weighted
  • 2039 Release Date: 2020-01-25

    • Corrected a problem from a recent release where historical data downloads and real-time data requests were failing when using CME group spreads with the SC Data-All Services service.
    • Corrected an apparent problem with the Daily Profit/Loss reset time under some conditions within a chart. The reset logic has been simplified. The reset now only is performed when there is an order fill in a new trading day and not when the time is merely encountered according to the time in the chart.

    • Added new sub window/tab to the Trade Activity Log that shows the consolidated view of profit/loss and other relevant statistics, per symbol and trade account. The number of fields here will be expanded upon.
    • Support for Top Step Trader through Rithmic has been removed. You will need to use an older version of Sierra Chart if you want to use Top Step Trader. There is also available the Simulated Futures Trading service which can be used.

*Last modified Wednesday, 18th March, 2020.