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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.

  • 850 Release Date: 2012-05-05

    • When using the Jump Forward button on the Replay Window when the replay is running or when the replay is in a Paused state and you are at the end of the chart, a reload of the chart data no longer occurs. When resuming a replay from a Paused state, and you are at the end of the chart, a reload of the chart data no longer occurs. Both of these improvements make replay easier to use.
    • Set X and Y Constant Relationship scaling mode will now work with TPO Profile Charts and any chart that replaces the main price graph. The internal implementation of this feature has been improved.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 849 Release Date: 2012-05-03

    • Improved the logic with determining the order of files when joining Intraday data. This is used by the Edit >> Join Intraday Data function and the Chart >> Perform Future Symbol Rollover function. This solves an issue where sometimes files would not be joined in the correct order causing unexpected results in the Intraday data output file.
    • In the case of automated trading, when a trade signal is ignored based upon the automated trading logic, the bar starting Date-Time is now logged with the message indicating the reason for ignoring the trade signal. These messages are logged in Trade >> Trade Service Log .
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 848 Release Date: 2012-04-29

    • Simplifications and improvements with automated trading system Replay Back Testing. There is now one Back Testing option on the Replay Window. It is Accurate Trading System Back Test Mode. This provides a combination of the best accuracy and efficiency. Resolved an issue with Trade Statistics updating within a chart during Back Testing. When starting a Replay Back Test from the Chart Replay window, all prior trade simulation data for the symbol is now cleared and the simulated trade position is reset.
    • New fields outputted to the Spreadsheet System for Trading study spreadsheet. This includes Daily Total Win, Total Lose, Total Trades and Total Quantity Filled.
    • Corrected a problem with trade order modification on charts arising in version 847.
    • We have added new options to the Price Expansion and Price Retracement tools to show the levels in terms of Ticks, Point, Currency, and Risk Reward Ratio.

      The Price Expansion tool can be used to drag between the entry and the stop, and the levels can be used to evaluate different targets. The -100% level is the stop level, while the 0% level is the entry.

      The Price Retracement tool can be used to drag between an entry and a target, and the levels can be used to evaluate different stop levels.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 842 Release Date: 2012-04-18

    • Corrected an issue with Trade Statistics when a price multiplier is used for price data for a symbol.
    • Trade statistics and the Cumulative Closed Profit/Loss for charts are now consistent among all charts that calculate this data, since they use a common starting Date-Time which is based upon the first order fill for the symbol. The Cumulative Closed Profit/Loss can be viewed by using the Trading: Profit/Loss Text study.
    • Improved the Volume Weighted Average Price study. It can be calculated across any time period. The default is 1 Day. It can be based upon minutes or weeks or any time period as well. 4 standard deviation lines are now provided as well.
    • The number of ToolBar buttons that can be set to a custom time period per bar, has been increased from 10 to 20.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 840 Release Date: 2012-04-14

    • Improved TPO Profile Charts splitting and merging functionality. Small issues with this functionality have been resolved. Splitting and merging is now much faster. It is now possible to merge Day and Evening session profiles together without any other adjacent profiles being merged in. New commands have been added to the Split and Merge menu allowing removing the leftmost or rightmost merge from a merged profile.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 839 Release Date: 2012-04-11

    • Trade Statistics, Trade reporting, and Profit/Loss calculations now consider whether an order fill is an opening or closing fill. This makes all of this type of reporting more accurate in case there is missing fill data.
    • In the Volume by Price study, the Extend Value Area and Extend Point of Control inputs now have an option to extend Until Future Intersection .
    • In the No CLR version, there is a menu command Chart >> Link to Quote Spreadsheet , which supports linking a chart to the selected symbol on a Spreadsheet used for quotes. This functionality only works in the no CLR version. The new spreadsheet functionality in the no CLR version is still undergoing development. It is still very new and a lot more work is planned. It is OK to use for a quote board, but it still is not at the level of quality needed for the Spreadsheet studies and the Spreadsheet studies do not work with the new Spreadsheets.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 836 Release Date: 2012-04-03

    • We have made some enhancements to the new Renko bars Bar Period Type. Refer to the updated documentation in Chart Settings for Renko in Ticks for all of the latest functionality.
    • Resolved an abnormal shutdown issue arising in version 835 with the new performance improvements to the volume at price data.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 835 Release Date: 2012-04-01

    • Significantly improved the performance of the Zig Zag study when using labels on the Zig Zag lines. When the Additional Output for Spreadsheets input is set to Yes with this study and the Spreadsheet study is on the chart, this study will output the Reversal prices into a separate column on the spreadsheet.
    • Renko Bars: In Chart >> Chart Settings, you will see a new Bar Period Type for Intraday charts named Renko in Ticks. This setting will let you create Renko bars direct from the underlying data in the data file. This is a huge advantage over the Renko Chart studies because there will be less memory use and faster loading times. This is what we recommend using going forward. The other primary advantage is that all of the Volume related studies, especially the Cumulative Delta Bars studies, are all 100% accurate with this new Renko bar.
    • Some low-level improvements with position handling with the various Trading services. The synchronization of the Internal position data and the Service position data, if they are out of sync, is instantaneous now when a full refresh of position data is received from the Trading service.
    • Significantly improved performance with Volume At Price data. Chart data loading times have been reduced about 40%. Memory use has been reduced about 40%. This data is required when using any of the following studies: Volume by Price, Volume Value Area Lines, Numbers Bars, Numbers Bars Additional Calculated Values, TPO Profile Chart. And any other studies requiring this data.
    • Any custom studies that you have developed use the sc.VolumeAtPriceForBars ACSIL member will require code changes. For example code on how to work with the updated version of sc.VolumeAtPriceForBars , refer to the scsf_VolumeAtPriceArrayTest function in the /ACS_Source/studies7.cpp file provided with Sierra Chart.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 831 Release Date: 2012-03-21

    • Added a complete set of ToolBar buttons and menu commands for chart linking. The menu commands can be found under Chart >> Linking . The ToolBar buttons can be added through Global Settings >> Toolbars >> ToolBar 1-8. You will see them listed in the Chart Linking section of the available ToolBar buttons.
    • Improvements with the handling of positions data with the PFG Best trading service and the Trading Technologies Trading platform service.
    • Added to the Global Settings >> Trade Settings window an option to choose between FIFO or LIFO order fill matching modes. This is used with Trade Statistics and Trades reporting. The name of the option is Use Last In First Out Fill Matching.
    • Various low-level improvements with Trades and Trade Statistics calculations.
    • For Data and Trading services that both historical Minute and Tick data, we now have an improved procedure to download historical chart data from them. When you choose the option to download historical Intraday Tick data, Sierra Chart first will request Minute data if it is a longer-term data request. After that the historical Tick data will be downloaded. The Minute data and Tick data will be joined together, so you have a complete set of long-term history without any gaps. The maximum amount of historical Tick data will be requested and included in the chart data file. Prior to that, the historical data will consist of Minute data. There is nothing special you need to do for this feature. This all works automatically. However, one thing that you can do is select File >> Data/Trade Service Settings on the menu and increase the Maximum Historical Intraday Days to Download to the number of days that you require. One thing to be aware of with this method of downloading is that during the download process, you will not see the bars immediately appear on the chart, they will appear after the download is completed.
    • This version no longer requires Windows Administrator level access when running. However, if you have Sierra Chart installed into a folder on your computer, such as the Program Files folder that prevents a program from writing into that folder, then Sierra Chart will not function properly unless you enable Run As Administrator in the Compatibility settings accessed from the Windows shortcut for Sierra Chart.
    • The sc.UseTool() function has changed slightly in several ways:
      • The s_UseTool.DrawingType member should be used to specify the drawing type instead of setting the s_UseTool.Tool number. The DrawingTypeEnum constants (DRAWING_TEXT, DRAWING_LINE, ...) need to be used instead of the old TOOL_* constants that were assigned to the s_UseTool.Tool field.
      • Old code will continue to work without the above changes, but should be changed.
      • All of the studies that Sierra Chart provides have been updated with the above changes where necessary.
    • Windows 2000 is now supported again. Beginning with a recent release, it was not possible to run Sierra Chart on Windows 2000 and now it is.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 829 Release Date: 2012-03-14

    • Added support for downloading of PFG Best Historical Tick by tick data. This is necessary for Numbers Bars and high accuracy Volume Profiles when using the PFG Best trading service.
    • Added new menu command: Edit >> Screen Images >> Save Chart Image to File. This command lets you take an image of the chart and save it to a file on your computer system rather than uploading to the Sierra Chart website. Use this command if you do not need to have the image uploaded to the Sierra Chart website.
    • Added the Chart >> Chart Settings >> Advanced Settings >> Align Order Cancel Box to Right option. This lets you align the "X" cancel button on an order line over to the right side of the chart. This may be a more convenient location for some users.
    • Fixed problem with Closed profit/loss in the Trading: Profit/Loss Text study.
    • Added an option to set the connection type in the Global Settings >> Data/Trade Service Settings for TransAct. The choices are Demo, Simulated Live and Live.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 828 Release Date: 2012-03-08

    • Added a new option to the Time and Sales Settings to combine time and sales records into a single row in the Time and Sales window if the time and price are the same. This is very good at consolidating data.
    • Added in an earlier version: The Trade Activity Log Trade Statistics and Trades tabs now support the capability to display results for all symbols that there is data for the Trade Activity Log.
    • Added in an earlier version: Trade Activity Log now supports fill-to-fill trades in addition to flat-to-flat trades.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 827 Release Date: 2012-03-06

    • The connection to the Rithmic trading service is now performed in the background so the user interface of Sierra Chart does not freeze during the connection process.
    • Some improvements have been done to the Trading: Profit/Loss Text study.
    • The Trade Orders and Positions window is now a separate top-level window which is accessible on the Windows taskbar.
    • Corrected some issues with the maintaining of Trade Statistics and Trades data within charts. This data is used by the Spreadsheet System for Trading study. And this is also related to Filled orders displayed on a chart.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 826 Release Date: 2012-03-03

    • Resolved some issues related to Trade Statistics and Trades reporting, and Profit/Loss values.
    • New study added: Trading: Profit/Loss Text . This displays various Profit/Loss values on the chart. These values can be positioned anywhere on a chart window. It is fully customizable.
    • Corrected a problem with the insertion of missing fills when using the FXCM Trading service. Not all fills were inserted. This is now resolved.
    • Corrected a problem submitting orders with a non-hedging FXCM account. Orders which would normally reduce the size of a position were being rejected. This arose in a recent release. This is now resolved.
  • 823 Release Date: 2012-2-23

    • Added the SuperTrend Stop study.
    • Added support for inserting missing order fills to the Trade Activity Log when using the TransAct trading service.
    • Always symmetrical candlestick bars with all high-Low bar thicknesses and bar spacings. (fourth revision)
  • 822 Release Date: 2012-2-17

    • When connecting to the Open E Cry Trading service, a unique identifier is now provided from Sierra Chart. This allows Sierra Chart and the OEC Trader software to be used at the same time. However, it is now necessary to allow Sierra Chart to be used on your OEC account by accessing your account through the OEC website and allowing the Sierra Chart third-party application. For additional help with this, contact OEC.
    • Corrected an issue when using the FXCM Trading service where Synchronize Service and Internal Positions on Connect would not function due to continuous position updating.
    • Added support for inserting missing order fills to the Trade Activity Log when using the FXCM Trading service.
    • Improved trading integration with TransAct. An unusually encountered issue involving fill processing has been resolved.
    • When an automated trading system modifies an order or cancels an order, and there is currently a pending modification or cancellation of that same order, the new modification or cancellation will be queued and will be processed when the prior operation completes. This has always been the case when Sierra Chart is performing its own order management. It should have been the case with order modifications from an ACSIL trading system. However, there was a decision previously that order cancellations should be immediately followed even if there is a pending operation on the order. This is no longer the case.
    • When there is a manual modification of an order, and there is already a pending modification or cancellation of the order, then the modification will be queued and will be processed when the prior operation completes. When there is a manual cancellation of an order, it will be immediately processed as always without regard to whether there is current modification or cancellation on the order.
    • Improved accuracy with Bid Volume and Ask Volume with the Trading Technologies data feed. Testing shows that it is still not 100% accurate, however it should be better.
    • Various continued improvements and development with Trade statistics reporting, Trades reporting, and trade Profit/Loss values.

      In the past Sierra Chart had limited trading statistics reporting. There were a few trading statistics fields maintained for each symbol listed in the Internal Positions tab of the Trade Orders and Positions window. These values would accumulate based upon the received order fills, until they were reset. It was not possible to have them start from a particular Date-Time unless you reset them at that particular time. Although in the case of a back test, they would be automatically reset and would indicate the trading results for the period of the back test. These old fields also would only have knowledge of the real-time fills received. They would not have any consideration of missing fills which were later downloaded by Sierra Chart. In recent months we have developed a new Trade Statistics and Trades tabs on the Trade >> Trade Activity Log window. These displays provide very detailed trading statistics and reporting of your trades for a specified period of time. These tabs also take advantage of missing fills which are downloaded from the Trading service server upon a connection to the Trading server. We have now removed all of the old fields from the Internal Positions tab of the Trade Orders and Positions window. All of the same data can now can be found on the Trade Statistics tab of the Trade Activity Log. In this version all of the development we have been doing in this area over the last few months is now considered finalized and a few outstanding issues have been resolved.

      Additionally, each chart now maintains its own Trade Statistics and Trades list internally when needed. ACSIL trading systems and the Spreadsheet System for Trading study now obtain the trading statistics data they need from this new internal Trade Statistics data and Trades list within the chart. For example, the Closed Profit/Loss you see displayed on a Spreadsheet when using the Spreadsheet System for Trading study comes from the trading data maintained within the chart and it will represent the closed trades since start Date-Time of the chart.
    • If you have an ACSIL trading system that uses the trading statistics data in the s_SCPositionData structure, this includes CumulativeProfitLoss, WinTrades, LoseTrades, TotalTrades and TotalQuantityFilled, then sc.MaintainTradeStatisticsAndTradesData needs to be set to TRUE in the study function in order to have the data for these members maintained. All other members of the s_SCPositionData structure will be set regardless of how the sc.MaintainTradeStatisticsAndTradesData flag is set.
    • The trade statistics cells (Daily Closed Profit/Loss, Cumulative Closed Profit/Loss, Win Trades, Lose Trades, Total Trades) outputted to a Spreadsheet when using the Spreadsheet System for Trading study now originate from the Trade Activity Log and are calculated from the first Date-Time in the chart and based upon the available fill data.
    • The feature to display the Closed Profit/Loss in the Trade Window Internal position field box for Open Profit/Loss when the position is flat for the symbol, has been removed. You will now see the Daily Profit/Loss (DPL) displayed at the top left of the chart or Trade DOM. This represents the Profit/Loss for the day and also includes the Open Profit/Loss.
    • There have been some internal changes with the storage of Time and Sales data. Any ACSIL study that uses sc.GetTimeAndSales needs to be recompiled on this version or higher to avoid compatibility issues which could lead to problems with reading the Time and Sales data and potentially stability issues. If you are using Visual C++, you just need to use the SierraChart.h header file from this version or higher when recompiling.
    • When using a 1 Month profile period with the TPO Profile Chart study, it is now possible to specify a letter/block time period of less than 1 Day when using the TPO Profile Chart study on an Intraday chart.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 821 Release Date: 2012-2-8

    • Improvements with CTS T4 integration. Support for historical data for expired futures contracts with CTS T4.
    • Continued development with Trade statistics data for charts and in the Trade Activity Log.
    • Some small issues resolved with drawing tools.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 819 Release Date: 2012-1-27

    • Added Use Day Session Only input to the following studies: Pivot Points-Daily, Daily OHLC, Daily OHLC Single Point. The main purpose of this input is to allow you to base the calculations on the day session only while displaying 24 hour data in the Intraday chart. In order for this input to work properly you must set both the primary Session Times and the Evening Session Times for the chart the studies are applied to in Chart >> Chart Settings.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 818 Release Date: 2012-01-25

    • Added support in the Point in Figure study to use a percentage of the last trade price in the chart as the Box Size.
    • Added a command to the Window menu named Chart Window Always Visible. This allows a chart window to be always visible even if it is not part of the active chartbook. Refer to the Chartbooks documentation for more information.
    • Historical fills from the TT server that are listed in Trade >> Trade orders and Positions now use the timestamp from the server for the Entry Date Time, which corresponds to the time of the order.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 814 Release Date: 2012-01-18

    • When using the Trading Technologies trading platform service, missing order fills for the past week are automatically filled in to the Trade Activity Log after connecting to the Data and Trade server.
    • Added a Save Password option to the Sierra Chart login window. If you uncheck this option, your password will not be saved and you will have to enter it each time you start Sierra Chart. This is useful if you use Sierra Chart on a live trading account.
    • Resolved some issues with the management of Spreadsheet windows.
    • Added a Close Trade Window command to the Trade Window Settings (S) menu. This is useful for quickly closing the Trade Window when attached to a chart.
    • Added a new Auto Coloring option for study Subgraphs. In the Auto Coloring list box on the Subgraphs tab of the Study Settings window, you will see a new option named Angle Based Gradient . press delete For complete documentation refer to Auto Coloring on the Chart Studies page.
    • Implemented support for futures spreads on the Trading Technologies trading platform service. Refer to the Exchange Traded Spreads section on the Sierra Chart Trading Technologies page.
    • A problem has been resolved from recent versions (809 through 811) where when performing trading, whether simulated or non-simulated, an abnormal shutdown potentially can occur under certain conditions.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 811 Release Date: 2012-01-13

    • Resolved a problem with Simple Alert evaluation where not all of the available Spreadsheet Functions were supported. Resolved some other minor Simple Alert formula evaluation issues. These issues arose in a recent release.
  • 810 Release Date: 2012-01-12

    • Added the input Always Use Market Order to Flatten on Reversal to the Spreadsheet System for Trading study. When a reversal is performed, and you are using a Limit order, the position is flattened with a market order when this input is set to Yes. And the Limit order is only used to establish the new position.
    • Using a new TD Ameritrade data feed which includes more trades than the previous one being used. The volume of individual trades is now accurate.
    • With the Trading Technologies Trading platform service, missing fills for the current day are automatically filled in when connecting to the trade server or when pressing the Refresh Trade Data button on the Orders and Positions window. This is useful if the fill was missed due to connectivity problems or you were not connected at the time the fill occurred. The missing fills will be listed in the Trade >> Trade Activity Log. The Trade Statistics and Trades tabs will now always be accurate because missing fills are inserted.
    • Updates to the To the Tick user study.
    • ICE futures symbols when using the Trading Technologies platform service: Beginning with version 809, there is now a new required symbol format for ICE futures. ICE symbols end with ICE_IPE. The old format was Symbol-YYYYMM-ICE_IPE. The new required format is: Symbol-[3 digit month name]YY-ICE_IPE. You need to go to each of your charts and Trade DOMs that uses an ICE symbol and set it to the new format. To do this, select Chart >> Chart Settings on the menu. Press the Find button beside the Symbol box and select the updated symbol from the available symbols list. Be aware that in some cases the symbol you should selecting from the list is the contract month which is one month forward than you are already using if you are using the old format. This is the case with some ICE contracts. It is essential to use this new format in order to receive historical data and have properly reported position data for ICE symbols.
    • Various low level additions, changes and improvements.
  • 808 Release Date: 2011-12-28

    • Added the sc.RefreshTradeData function to ACSIL.
    • Corrected a problem with the processing of TT historical fills data that is received upon a connection to the service and periodically refreshed, where the order quantity and filled quantity displayed were not correct when there are multiple fills for an order. This did not affect real-time processing of fills, that was always accurate.
    • When Global Settings >> Trade Settings >> Synchronize Service an Internal Positions on Connect, is enabled and a position update is received from a Trading service, the Internal position quantity for the same symbol is set to the same amount if it is different.
    • Combined the Trade Orders window and Trade Positions window into a single window. This can be opened with Trade >> Trade Orders and Positions.
    • Various low-level issues resolved and improvements made.
  • 807 Release Date: 2011-12-23

    • Added a new command to the Trade menu, Trade Orders window and Trade Positions window named Refresh Trade Data. This replaces the Refresh Order List, Refresh Service Positions, and Synchronize Positions commands. It performs all of these operations with a single command.
    • Added the Daily Net Change Percent (DChg%) to the Global Settings >> Customize Chart Header list.
    • Corrected an issue with the Continuous Futures Contract feature which could cause out of order data under certain conditions.
    • Added: Maximum # of Open Contracts to the Trades tab in the Trade Activity Log.
    • Change to Automated Trading Management: When the quantity of Working or Working Exit orders is calculated for the purpose of the management of automated trading orders, orders that are in an OCO (order canceled order) Group, are counted as a single order in this version and higher. For example, if there is a Sell Target and a Stop order (Attached Orders) in the same OCO group, each with a quantity of 2, this will be considered a total quantity of 2 rather than 4. Previously, this would be counted as 4. The reason for this change is that because one order will cancel the other, or when one order partially fills the other order in the same OCO group will be reduced by the partial fill quantity, then these orders should be counted as one order. It is highly recommended that if using Attached Orders with your automated trading system, that you first test your system in Trade Simulation Mode when upgrading to this version or higher to be certain your Trading system still functions OK with these changes.
    • Various low-level issues resolved and improvements made.
  • 805 Release Date: 2011-12-14

    • Chart Drawing Alert dialog has two new options:
      • Alert Once Per Bar
      • Only Blink On First Bar
    • Parallel Line/Rays Chart Drawings can now extend forward or back.
    • New vertical alignment option on Chart Calculator drawing tool, allowing labels to be initially placed on the top or bottom "Edge" on the chart region.
    • Chart Calculator drawing tool labels can now be selected and moved vertically to move them out of the way of other drawings or bars.
    • Resolved some issues with the Countdown Timer study. The Countdown Timer study can easily be moved anywhere on the chart by right clicking on it and selecting Move Drawing.
    • Resolved some issues with bar based back testing (Trade >> AutoTrade System Bar Based Back Test). After these issues have been resolved, this feature has now been verified to work properly and accurately under all conditions.
    • Continued enhancements to the Numbers Bars studies.
    • Various low-level issues resolved and improvements made.
  • 802 Release Date: 2011-12-05

    • New option: Global Settings >> General Settings >> General 2 >> Reset Bar Size/Spacing/Scale On Timeframe Change.
    • New symbol cursor tracking mode, which is similar to global cursor tracking, but only activates on charts with the same symbol. Activate with Tools >> Symbol Cursor On, or with the associated ToolBar button.
    • New option Use Chart Graphics Settings For Subgraph Colors added to the Study Settings window on the Subgraphs tab. For studies that use standard price bar Graph Draw Types, this option, when selected, will use the current bar color settings in Graphics Settings.
    • Show All Drawings window now supports multiple selection with the Control and Shift keys, making it easier to delete/show/hide a group of drawings.
    • It is now possible to adjust the height of the regions in a chart if you are using more than one chart region, when you do not have the Adjust Regions tool active. To do this, hover your pointer over the division between chart regions in the Values Scale on the right side of the chart. You will see a short horizontal line displayed. Click and drag your pointer to adjust the height of the region. Release the pointer to set the new region height.
    • It is now possible to interrupt the automatic login on the main Sierra Chart login window by pressing the Cancel button and still keep the main login window displayed. This allows an easier method to modify your Account Name if necessary.
    • Resolved an issue with the Cumulative Delta Bars-Ticks study when using the Renko Chart Enhanced study.
    • Resolved a small potential issue with the Trade Statistics and Trades tabs data on the Trade Activity Log which arose in a recent prerelease.
    • Continued Numbers Bars improvements. Keep in mind the Numbers Bars feature is now a study as we indicated previously.
    • Various low-level issues resolved and improvements made.
  • 800 Release Date: 2011-12-01

    • Added a new Input to the Spreadsheet studies named Chart Data Output Sheet Number . By default this input is set to 0. This means the chart data will be outputted to the Sheet number which corresponds to the chart number. For example, chart #1 will have its data outputted to Sheet1. With this Input, you can control what Sheet number to output the chart data to. If you set this input to 10, then the chart data will be outputted to Sheet10 on the Spreadsheet.
    • Continued improvements to Numbers Bars. There is now a new study named Numbers Bars Additional Calculated Values. This study calculates and displays various additional calculated values below Numbers Bars. The Input settings from the prior Numbers Bars study for displaying these various calculations have been removed. You need to use this study now.
    • Corrected a problem with the minimum and maximum Ask and Bid volume difference calculations displayed below Numbers Bars.
    • Corrected a problem with the interface to the Rithmic trading service where under certain conditions Sierra Chart would freeze when downloading historical data. This is now resolved. This is a recent issue that arose with changes to market data processing.
    • Various low-level issues resolved and improvements made.
  • 795 Release Date: 2011-11-22

    • The Numbers Bars feature in Sierra Chart now is a study that is added through Analysis >> Studies rather than a Graph Draw Type setting in Chart Settings. When updating to this version or higher and you are using one of the Numbers Bars Graph Draw Types in Chart Settings, you will notice that a new study will be added to the chart named Numbers Bars . The Numbers Bars type, the color settings, the options for the additional text data displayed underneath Numbers Bars is now all centrally controlled through the Study Settings window now for the Numbers Bars study. This makes it easier for us to add further improvements to to this study. At this time, the Numbers Bars Graph Draw Types cannot be used on other studies. Therefore, if you are using one of the Numbers Bars Graph Draw Types on the Point and Figure study, you will alternatively need to use basic Reversal charts. You can easily create a Reversal chart by setting the Reversal in Ticks setting in Chart>> Chart Settings for an Intraday chart.
    • Solved a memory leak issue with the ACSIL tool function: s_UseTool::Text::Format.
    • One thing that was done in an earlier version, is that we have removed the Start Market Depth Updates setting from the Chart >> Chart Settings window. The starting of market depth updates is now managed automatically by Sierra Chart, if the service does support starting market depth updates independently from level 1 updates.
    • Resolved a program freezing/deadlock problem that occurred under certain conditions when using the Rithmic Trading platform service. This issue arose with the recent changes to market data processing.
    • Added new subgraph Draw Styles: Left Hash and Right Hash. These allow the Open/Close dashes to be independently drawn from ASCIL. The constants to use are DRAWSTYLE_LEFT_PRICE_BAR_DASH and DRAWSTYLE_RIGHT_PRICE_BAR_DASH.
    • Tool configuration 1-8 menu items can now be added to the Chart Drawing Menu, and the menu items use the tool configuration name, if specified.
    • New Graphics Settings color settings: "Chart Trading Order Line Text Color" and "Trade DOM Order Line Text Color" allow setting the text color for Order lines and the Position on a chart and Trade DOM independently from the chart background color.
    • Added to the ACSIL the following member: sc.TradeAndCurrentQuoteSymbol
    • Various low-level issues resolved and improvements made.
  • 793 Release Date: 2011-11-18

    • Simple commission calculation support has been added to the Trade >>Trade Activity Log and used for Trade Statistics calculations. It is specified as a field at the top of the Trade Activity Log window. This is a round turn commission. Set the round turn commission value and press the Apply button.
    • The Number of Trades and Total Quantity Filled fields have been restored to the Internal Positions tab of the Trade Positions window. Also keep in mind this information can be obtained through Trade >>Trade Activity Log >> Trade Statistics for any selected period of time.
    • New stop order type has been added: Move to Breakeven Stop Target Triggered . This works identically to the Move to Breakeven Stop type, except that rather than using a fixed Trigger price, the the move to breakeven action occurs when a Target order fills in another OCO Group in the order set. You can specify the particular OCO Group used for the trigger to move to breakeven.
    • New stop order type has been added: Triggered Trailing Stop 2 . The Triggered Trailing Stop 2, functions identically to Triggered Trailing Stop, except that when the trigger price has been met and the trailing action begins, the trailing offset will be the trail offset specified with the Attached Order Trail Offset setting, rather than using the original Stop Offset as the trail offset.
    • Corrected some small issues with the Renko Chart Enhanced study.
    • New option on Tools >> Tool Settings >> Chart Values allowing the chart values tool to be configured to use a dotted line or a solid line for the cross hair.
    • The Chart Calculator drawing tool configurations can now specify the vertical and horizontal label location. If the alignment is set to Automatic, the label is placed based on the orientation of the calculator line and whether the label would be placed off the right edge of the chart.
    • Added GetUserDrawingByLineNumber() to the ASCIL interface, allowing studies to find and get information about a User Drawn ASCIL chart drawing. An example usage is in the scsf_GetToolExample() study in studies.cpp.
    • Various low-level issues resolved and improvements made.
  • 790 Release Date: 2011-11-10

    • Resolved an issue from a release about 20 days ago with Simple Alerts that use the CROSSOVER functions. The CROSSOVER functions were not always evaluated properly.
    • The Rectangle and Ext Rectangle chart drawings now support setting an alert on them. This can be done by right clicking on these chart drawings and selecting Alerts.
    • Added a new chart drawing Alert Subgraph named Entire Bar, which allows bar High or Low to trigger the alert.
    • The Trade Activity Log window now allows the Profit/Loss fields to be displayed in different formats similar to the Trade Positions window.
    • Various other improvements and issues resolved.
    • Resolved a problem with scanning where Alert Condition formulas may not have been evaluated for Historical Daily charts during the process of scanning if historical data had to be downloaded for the symbol.
    • Continued enhancements to the Trade Statistics and Trades tabs on the Trade Activity Log. Additionally, the data on these tabs can now be saved to a file and copied to the system clipboard using the commands on the File menu and Edit menu on the Trade Activity Log window.
    • Various low-level improvements and issues resolved.
  • 786 Release Date: 2011-11-02

    • It is now possible to add drawings from the ACSIL which are considered user drawn. Refer to the scsf_UseToolExample study function in the studies#.cpp file for an example.
    • The Countdown Timer study has been updated so that the countdown text can be moved around. Right-click on it and select Move Drawing. Move it to the new location and left click.
    • Corrected an issue arising in version 780 with PFG market data processing where real-time data was not being processed.
    • Various low-level improvements and issues resolved.

*Last modified Friday, 02nd March, 2018.