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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.

  • 761 Release Date: 2011-09-17

    • Resolved a problem with the CTS T4 data feed where the bid volume and ask volume were both being set for historical 1 Tick data. For a single trade, only one should be set based upon whether the trade was at the bid or ask. This can affect studies like Cumulative Delta Bars and Bid Volume Versus Ask Volume. This issue arose in a recent release due to performance enhancements. This issue is now resolved.
    • Corrected an issue with the TPO studies that arose in a recent pre-release.
    • Added new members to the ACSIL to support self-documenting of custom studies and systems. Documentation for these will be added shortly.
    • Added a feature which checks if a futures contract is expired. If it is, a message is displayed on the chart window. When you click this message, the Futures Symbol Rollover window is displayed.
    • Various other low-level improvements.
  • 759 Release Date: 2011-09-14

    • Resolved problem with Trading Scale Out functionality where an order would be canceled more than once unnecessarily.
    • Reduced memory usage of the TPO Profile Chart study and improved performance.
    • Various other low-level improvements.
  • 758 Release Date: 2011-09-13

    • Internal performance improvements to the TPO Profile Chart study.
    • Resolved a minor issue arising from a recent release where commands on the chart shortcut menu which is displayed when you right-click on a chart, were not always enabled.
    • Resolved a problem where order modifications when using the Rithmic trading platform service would not succeed. This issue recently arose due to changes Rithmic has made to their API.
    • Various other low-level improvements.
  • 757 Release Date: 2011-09-08

    • Second revision (pre-release only): Corrected a problem with the Chart Values tool when the Global Cursor option is enabled. The Chart Values tool may not have activated on all charts when used. This has been resolved.
    • Low-level internal improvements to the TPO Chart Profile study.
    • Resolved a timeout problem when downloading historical tick data from the CTS T4 service.
    • Various other low-level improvements.
  • 756 Release Date: 2011-09-08

    • When changing between Historical daily data and Intraday data within the same chart, the Days to Load setting is remembered for each chart data type.
    • All unneeded menu items on the Trading DOM windows have been removed. And the Chart menu on a Trading DOM window has been renamed to Trade DOM.
    • Removed menu items which are also on the top level Trade menu from the Trade Window Settings (S) menu.
    • Added a new Volume Profile drawing tool. This can be found through Tools >> Draw Volume Profile. It allows you to insert a Volume by Price study for the highlighted Date-Time range. Refer to the Draw Volume Profile documentation for instructions.
    • Various other low-level improvements and continued development with drawing tools.
  • 754 Release Date: 2011-09-03

    • It is now possible for a chart to change between an Intraday data chart or a Historical Daily data chart (used for bar periods with 1 day and greater). In Chart >> Chart Settings there is a new setting which allows you to change between a Historical Chart and an Intraday Chart. Or to always keep the chart as an Intraday Chart only. When you use any of the Toolbar buttons to change the period of the chart bars, the chart will automatically be changed to the appropriate data type needed. For example, if you currently have 1 minute bars and then you change to Daily bars, the chart will load Historical Daily data instead of Intraday data. Watch this video demonstration.
    • Various low-level Performance enhancements related to market data processing. There will be continued performance enhancements in the coming months.
    • Corrected a problem with the Volume by Price study where if the Number of Ticks per Volume Bar setting is initially set before applying the study to the chart, it would be incorrectly converted to an incorrect setting.
    • Updated the Volume by Price study to use the standard study Input list.
    • The initial release of our Trade Statistics reporting window has been released. This is found on the Trade >> Trade Activity Log >> Trade Stats tab. It provides detailed trade statistics based upon the displayed fills on the Trade Activity tab which are based on the control settings at the top of the window.
    • Removed support for the Inverse (-INV) data recording modes. These were seldom used. If you wish to invert the prices in a chart, use the 1/p study instead.
    • Various other low-level improvements and continued development with drawing tools.
  • 753 Release Date: 2011-08-19

    • Support for server-side OCO orders when using the CTS T4 service has been added.
    • Historical Daily data for Historical charts is now downloaded directly from the CTS T4 service instead of our own sources. Therefore, when using the CTS T4 service, if you have Historical charts you will need to change the symbol of those charts to use the CTS T4 symbol. The symbol can be changed through Chart >> Chart Settings. The CTS T4 symbols can be found through File >> Find Symbol. The procedure at the present time to open a new Historical Daily chart when using T4 with this version is to first find the symbol in File >> Find Symbol, copy it and then past it in to the File Name box in File >> New/Open Historical Chart. Once this is done, your chart will be part of a chartbook or you can simply open it from the file listed in the Open File window.
    • Updated the CTS T4 interface to use the newest API function for downloading historical data.
    • Added a Horizontal Grid Line Increment setting to the Scale settings. When this is set to something other than zero and horizontal grid lines are drawn, the grid lines will be drawn at the set increment, rounded to the nearest tick.
    • Various other low-level improvements and continued development with drawing tools.
  • 750 Release Date: 2011-08-19

    • It is now possible to Cancel a bar based back test. Simply press the Escape key on your keyboard when a bar based back test is running and Sierra Chart has the focus. A bar based back test is started with Trade >> AutoTrade System Bar Based BackTest.
    • When using the Adjust Regions tool and you are hovering over the boundary between chart regions, the dividing line that displays is thinner. It is now 2 pixels wide rather than 4 pixels wide. This is sufficient to see, however it is not too wide in case the Adjust Regions tool is always active when using other Tools.
    • There has been a 77% reduction of processing required to evaluate Simple Alerts. This improves the efficiency of Simple Alerts, the Color Bar Based on Alert Condition study and the Color Background based on Alert Condition study. This allows you to increase the Number of Bars to Calculate input significantly higher when using these studies without a significant increase in CPU load.
    • Corrected a long-standing issue where the shortcut keys for Copy, Cut and Paste commands in Settings (dialog) windows did not always work. They will work now.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 749 Release Date: 2011-08-18

    • Corrected a problem with the trading Scale Out feature where both orders in an OCO group would not be canceled if one of them were to be canceled due to a Scale Out action. This arose in a recent release relating to the change made to not cancel the other side of an OCO group of child orders when one of them is manually canceled.
    • Corrected some minor issues with editing of Global Symbol Settings.
    • Added support for the Scale Out functionality with Automated Trading. When Support Scale-Out is enabled on the Settings menu on the Trade Window for a chart, then Exit orders from automated trading systems will perform a Scale Out operation.
    • Improved the Scale Out functionality, so that it works when you are reversing a position and you have Attached Orders working, and you did not use the Reverse/Cancel command.
    • Corrected a problem where when the Profit/Loss Format setting is set to Currency Value in Chart Settings, it was not being saved.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 748 Release Date: 2011-08-13

    • Added the Text (Large) Display For Study study. This lets you display the last value for any Study Subgraph from any chart, on a chart as large text. You can also display the last price from the main price graph from another chart as well.
    • Corrected a problem from a recent release with the Apply Global Symbol Settings command in Chart Settings where under certain conditions the Session Start Time and End Time would be set to 0:00 and 0:00, preventing most of the data from being displayed in the chart.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 747 Release Date: 2011-08-12

    • New Option: Tool Settings >> Square Drawing Anchors, allows anchors to be drawn as squares vs circles.
    • New Option: Tool Settings >> Anchor Uses Drawing Color, if enabled, drawing anchors are drawn with same color as underlying drawing, otherwise they use the next option.
    • New Option: Tool Settings >> Anchor Color, if anchors are not using the drawing color, this color is used instead for all drawings.
    • New Menu Item: Tools >> Show Chart Drawings, when disabled, all user drawn chart drawings are hidden on all charts. There is a toolbar button for this function as well.
    • When multiple drawings are selected, and drawing numbers are shown, the keyboard can be used to resolve the selection by typing the drawing number followed by the ENTER key.
    • Included the latest TransAct data feed interface files.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 746 Release Date: 2011-08-09

    • Renamed Session Position to Internal Position since by default the Session (Internal) Position data is saved between sessions and it is position data maintained by Sierra Chart. Therefor, this is a more correct term. The option to save the Internal Position data between sessions has been removed. It is now always saved between sessions.
    • Renamed Workbook and Worksheet to Spreadsheet. The documentation will be updated as soon as possible. All of the former Worksheet studies now begin with Spreadsheet. For example: Spreadsheet Study .
    • Included updated TransAct price feed interface files that have been provided by TransAct.
    • Revision 2: The Color Background Based on Alert Condition study was updated in a recent release to use the new Background Draw Style. This created a drawing problem with existing instances of this study on charts and in study collections. This has now been resolved and the Draw Style is now always forced to Background.
    • Beginning with version 731, for Spreadsheet studies, we force the input Support All Subgraphs to Yes. This is intended to be removed soon. It is an outdated input setting to maintain compatibility for custom Spreadsheet studies developed years ago. It is being removed to avoid any potential confusion and simplify the internal code. If your existing Spreadsheet Study configurations have it set to No, then you will need to examine how all of the study subgraphs are now outputted to the columns beginning at AA and update your formulas appropriately. Until then, avoid using versions 731 or greater if this change will affect your use of the Spreadsheet studies.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 745 Release Date: 2011-08-04

    • Fixed an issue with the new market statistics data feed where if there is an internal reconnection to the data feed, the updates for the market statistics symbols would not start. This has been resolved.
    • Improved the identification of whether a trade should be considered a bid trade or ask trade when the trade is between the current known bid and ask price. This improves the accuracy of Bid Volume and Ask Volume.
    • Improvements with the processing of the Trading Technologies data feed.
    • Corrected an issue that when there are a large number of cells highlighted on a Spreadsheet and the Spreadsheet is active, Sierra Chart could become sluggish when accessing the menus.
    • Renamed the Worksheet menu to Spreadsheet. Moved the commands that are specific to Spreadsheets from the Edit menu to the Spreadsheet menu.
    • Continued improvement to Drawing Tools.
    • New Bar Based Back Testing: Sierra Chart now has the capability to perform a high-speed back test using the loaded bar data on both Historical and Intraday charts. This type of back testing is less precise than using a replay from the data file records. Although, the advantage is that it is fast and works with Historical charts as well.

      Attached Orders and the use of Trailing stops can still be used with this type of back test. The way we implement back testing in Sierra Chart is very much like real trading in the live market using actual order types.

      To access this feature select Trade >> Auto Trade System Bar Based BackTest on the menu.

      The results can can be viewed in Trade >> Trade Activity Log. And Trade >> Trade Positions Window.
    • Corrected a problem with the selection of Alert Sounds in General Settings when the current alert sound is blank. This issue arose in 744.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 741 Release Date: 2011-07-28

    • Removed the user contributed studies from the Sierra Chart Custom Studies and Examples list in Analysis >> Studies >> Add Custom Study, and moved them to the User Contributed Studies list. Therefore, when you are using this version or higher and you are using user contributed studies, you may get an error with those studies and have to remove them from the chart and then add them again from the User Contributed Studies list.
    • Due to some changes in recent versions with the internal structure of the Toolbar, if you upgraded to one of these recent versions, the Toolbar buttons may have changed from your configuration. This has now been resolved and the Toolbar will have your prior configuration in this version. However, if you already made changes to your Toolbar to restore it to the way that you had it before after updating to a recent version, then with 741 you will notice a problem again and you will have to reconfigure your Toolbar. Going forward this will not be an issue.
    • Continued drawing tool development. Corrected some issues with recent drawing tool development.
    • Corrected a problem with deleting retracement/extension drawing levels under a certain condition.
    • Corrected a problem with the new Reversal Bars type.
    • When an Attached Order is canceled the other order in the same OCO group, is not automatically canceled. For example, this lets you cancel a Target or a Stop and the corresponding Stop or Target will remain in effect. The other order in an Attached Order group will still be canceled when one of them fills.
    • There has been a change with the ACSIL member sc.VolumeAtPriceForBars. The prices are now stored in Ticks as an integer rather than float values. Therefore, to convert to the actual price you need to use: float Price = it->first * sc.TickSize;. For the current code example, refer to the scsf_VolumeAtPriceArrayTest study function in the /ACS_Source/studies7.cpp file.
    • New option: Tool Settings >> Double Click Brings Up Drawing Properties.
    • Retracement tools now allow zero and 100% levels/labels to be used to adjust drawings.
    • Copy/Adjust and Copy Move Drawing options returned to Tool Menu.
    • Erase Lines/Text Mode now draws all drawing handles as numbers, and drawings can be deleted with the keyboard by typing the drawing number followed by the ENTER key.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 739 Release Date: 2011-07-22

    • Corrected some minor issues with the handling of the filter settings on the Trade >> Trade Activity Log window. Attached Orders that were submitted during a chart replay would not be displayed when Replay/Backtest is selected.
    • Corrected a problem with Numbers Bars where when using a small tick size, this would need to be .01 or smaller, the volume at a particular price level within a Numbers Bar may not have shown the total volume for that price level. This would only have affected some price levels. This issue has been resolved. Total volume calculations were not affected. Other volume related studies were not affected.
    • Various fixes to drawing tools related to the tool development that is ongoing.
    • New option: Tool Settings >> General >> AutoSnap Sensitivity - controls how sensitive the snapping is when moving the mouse.
    • New option: Tool Settings >> General >> Include Open/Close In AutoSnap - allows either OHLC or HL to be used in AutoSnap calculation.
    • Parallel Lines can now be moved as a group that maintains the original drawing shape. This can be accomplished with the context menu Move Line options or by selecting the middle portion of the original trend line (between two anchors).
    • Linear/Raff Regression Channels can now be moved as a group that maintains the original drawing shape and does not recalculate the channel. If the channel is adjusted, then the channel will recalculate.
    • Various low level improvements.
  • 737 Release Date: 2011-07-20

    • Added new Constant Range scale options to the Scale window. These are useful when using the Chart DOM and Trading DOM. For the fastest access to these options, right-click on the scale numbers on the right side of the chart or Trading DOM and select Scale. One of the options will cause automatic centering to always use the Last price when you are using Constant Range with Auto Centering , instead of the average price of the last 2 bars. The other option relates to automatic scale adjustments when using Constant Range scaling, to keep the High-Low of the last bar or the last trade price, in the case of a Trading DOM, always within view. This can be disabled if this kind of functionality is not desired when using the Trading DOM.
    • There is now the ability to set the text color independently for Numbers Bars. This color setting is available in the Global Settings/Chart >> Graphics Settings window. Additionally, the last trade price on the last Numbers Bar, is bolded and has a slightly larger font.
    • Corrected a problem from version 635 where chart data may load slowly, especially in the case of large files.
    • Continued improvements with drawing Tools. Resolve some issues with chart drawing selection for modification of a drawing.
    • There were some internal changes to the sc.SymbolData structure. If an Advanced Custom Study (ACSIL), uses this ACSIL member, then the DLL file will have to be rebuilt on this version in order for it to function properly.
    • Improvements to the Chart >> Chart Settings >> Continuous Futures Contract feature for creating futures continuation charts.
    • Various low level improvements.
  • 735 Release Date: 2011-07-18

    • Added support for Reversal Bars as a basic bar type. This is set through Chart >> Chart Settings >> Intraday Bar Period. This is very similar to the Point and Figure Chart study. This type is most useful when using the Numbers Bars Graph Draw Types. With this new Bar Period Type, there is no longer any need to use the Point and Figure chart unless you require some of the special features that it provides.
    • Improved the IQ Feed data feed connection and reconnection code.
    • Upcoming: Added support for two new Range Bar types: Gap Filled and True. Gap filled bars do exactly what is said and fill in the price gaps. True Range bars, are bars that have the specified Range in Ticks, if possible, and do not have any modification of the open, high, low and close values of the bar. These are pure unmodified range bars.
    • Updated the Parabolic study to reverse on the bar that intersects the parabolic value rather than the subsequent bar.
    • New option on Tools >> Settings >> General Tab >> Require SHIFT key for Click Thru of Multiple Drawings: By default this is on, and the click thru operates as it did previously, which requires the SHIFT key to be pressed to cycle thru multiple drawings that can be selected with the current mouse click. When you clear this option, click thru will work with no SHIFT key being pressed.
    • New option on Tools >> Settings >> General Tab >> Allow Drag To Modify Chart Drawing: By default this is off, and a mouse click is required to start a modification and a mouse click is required to place the final point. When turned on, the mouse down selects the anchor point and starts the modification, dragging continues the modification, and the mouse up places the final point.
    • New option on Tools >> Settings >> General Tab >> Keep Chart Drawing Selected After Modification: By default this is off, and drawings are not selected after a modification. When turned on, a chart drawing remains selected after being modified, so you can immediately modify the same or different anchor point.
    • Pitchfork was changed so the first portion of the center line can be selected to adjust the first point.
    • Linear Regression Tool / Raff Regression Channel
      • These have been reworked to be stand alone tools instead of just a group of trendlines.
      • The Raff Regression Channel was broke out to be a distinct tool type, was added to the Tools menu, and a toolbar button was added.
      • Both regression types can be cut/extended like normal extending trendlines. The cut just turns the extensions off, and does not "cut".
      • Both regression types can be used as targets for "Make Lines Parallel".
      • Each linear regression tool instance has its own levels that can be modified with the chart drawing properties dialog.
      • The adjust/move drawings work like other drawings. The anchors can be selected or the ends of the level lines can also be selected to adjust. Move allows the drawing to slide left or right. The channel will recalculate based on adjustment/movement.
    • Various low level improvements.
  • 733 Release Date: 2011-07-12

    • Various drawing tool related improvements. Complete details will follow shortly.
    • Added the study Previous OHLC-Variable Period to the list of available studies.
    • With the PFG Trading service, whenever positions are requested from the FIX server, only Top Day positions are requested. This resolves a problem where the position may show twice the quantity of the actual position.
    • Corrected a login problem with the Rithmic trading platform service that occurs with some types of demo accounts.
    • When duplicating a chart, the size of the original chart is now used for the duplicated chart. This feature was implemented recently and there was a small issue with the positioning of the duplicated chart. That has been resolved.
    • Various low level improvements.
  • 731 Release Date: 2011-07-08

    • Various drawing tool related improvements.
    • Corrected a bug with loading continuous Intraday charts when using the Continous Futures Contract option in Chart >> Chart Settings, where the chart's main symbol would be loaded more than once. This problem may have caused duplicate data in the chart, and a point where the timestamps jump back to the beginning of the file.
    • Various low level improvements.
  • 729 Release Date: 2011-07-1

    • This version supports an additional method to select and then Move or Adjust chart drawings. To enable this functionality, select Global Settings >> Tool Settings >> General and enable Support Left Click to Select Chart Drawings. Chart Drawing selection works only with the following tools: Pointer, Chart Values, Hand, Adjust Regions.
      • Adjusting: Do a single left click on a chart drawing. Handles will appear. Click on either end of the drawing to adjust it.
      • Moving: Do a single left click on the chart drawing. Handles will appear. Click near the center of the drawing to move it.
      • Copying: A copy can be performed by using the methods described above while also pressing the Control key on your keyboard at the time you do the second click with your pointer.
      • Deleting: Do a single left click on the drawing you want to delete. Press to Delete key to delete it. You can click on multiple drawings before pressing the Delete key.
      • You will still be able to right-click on a drawing to perform any of these actions as well.
    • Various improvements to tools, including the Pitchfork tool.
    • Corrected some issues relating to the new tool development.
    • The Hand tool now supports vertical chart movement and scaling as well. To enable this, select Global Settings >> Tool Settings >> General and enable Support Vertical Scaling/Movement with Hand Tool.
    • Corrected a problem where order submission to Trading Technologies, for order types which require prices would fail for some futures contracts. This was a minor rounding issue that apparently became a problem on the new TT FIX Adapter.
    • Corrected a problem from the prior prerelease where order modifications would fail when using some trading services.
    • Can now change the background colors of the ChartDOM. This can be set with the ChartDOM Ask Background and ChartDOM Bid Background color settings in the Global Settings >> Graphics Settings window.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 726 Release Date: 2011-06-30

    • Corrected a problem when using a real-time price multiplier on a chart and sending Attached Orders by Position. The order prices are now correct.
    • Efficiency improvements to reduce CPU usage related to the use of Symbol Settings in various areas of the program.
  • 724 Release Date: 2011-06-29

    • Continued improvements with the Trading DOM and ChartDOM. A Profit/Loss column can be added with different formats. This is added through Global Settings >> Customize Trade DOM/ChartDOM Columns. To change the format of what is displayed in the new Profit/Loss column, click on the header of the Profit/Loss column on the ChartDOM.
    • The Chart >> Perform Futures Symbol Rollover command, now has the original functionality to Join Previous Data as well as only rollover the symbol and not join in the previous contract data.
    • Added a New Daily High/Low Alert study.
    • Internal changes with the integration to the CTS T4 trading service. This resolves an issue where the trade volume was not always accurate for a trade received from the data feed.
    • Corrected various charting and data recording issues when using symbol suffixes such as -BIDASK and potentially other ones as well.
    • Improvements with downloading historical data when using the CTS T4 service.
    • Continued development of the new Continuous Futures Contract feature in Chart >> Chart Settings >> Advanced Settings. This feature now works properly with Historical Daily charts. This feature will load in historical data from prior futures contracts to create a continuous futures contract chart. The rollover from one contract to another is dynamically managed.
    • Code changes with the Trading Technologies data feed integration. There is now accurate as possible identification of whether a trade is at the bid or ask which improves the accuracy of Bid Volume and Ask Volume. This should also lessen the occurrence of Inside Trades in the Time and Sales window. However, be aware that these changes depend upon an accurate data feed from TT. If the data feed is not accurate with regard to bid and ask data, then Bid volume and Ask volume will not be accurate either.
    • Added the function sc.Input[].GetSelectedCustomString() to ACSIL inputs. This function will return the actual text string for the currently selected custom text string for Study Inputs that use a custom list of text strings.
    • Corrected an issue with the Parabolic study when it is used on charts that have small values. This would be for symbols where the Price Display Format needs to be 0.000001.
    • Added the support for the following identifiers for Simple Alert conditions: DAILYHIGH, DAILYLOW, LASTTRADESIZE, BID, ASK, LASTTRADE, PREVIOUSDAYCLOSE. These values will be zero unless the symbol is active, valid and there is a connection to the Data or Trading service.
  • 720 Release Date: 2011-06-16

    • Corrected a problem from version 719 with order modifications on the chart or Trading DOM.
    • Updated the connection method to DTN IQ Feed to the new required method that does not require the direct loading of a IQ Feed DLL. This creates a more reliable connection method.
    • Corrected an issue relating to some recent updates to the Three Line Break Chart study.
    • Continued development of the new Continuous Futures Contract feature in Chart >> Chart Settings.
    • Small update to the connection settings for the TransAct service.
    • Added Display DOM Depth Totals, Display DOM Depth Percentages and Display DOM Spread to Global Settings >> Trade Settings.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 718 Release Date: 2011-06-15

    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 716 Release Date: 2011-06-11

    • Continued enhancements to the Trading DOM/Chart DOM.
    • Improved the formatting of Position line on the chart and Trading DOM.
    • Corrected issue with alert processing while downloading data for a chart.
    • Solved a problem when using studies such as Study/Price Overlay which refer to other charts, where under certain conditions a full recalculation of the studies on the chart would occur at times that are not needed. This solution will reduce CPU usage.
    • When the trading DOM is resized, the scale is no longer reset.
    • Can change the symbol of a chart when using a remote chart data file to a different remote chart data file through Chart >> Set Remote Chart Data File.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 714 Release Date: 2011-06-07

    • The global Ignore Quantity For Position Profit/Loss Calculations option has been removed.
    • In Chart >> Chart Settings >> Advanced Settings, there is now a new setting to display the Profit/Loss value on the chart and on the Trade Window using any of the following formats: Do Not Display, Currency Value, Ticks, Ticks - Ignore Quantity, Currency Value & Ticks, Curreny Value & Ticks - Ignore Quantity.
    • The selectable quantities in the order quantity box in the Trade Window are now based on the Default Order Quantity in the Global Symbol Settings for the symbol.
    • Continued improvements to the Trading DOM and ChartDOM. Columns can be customized through Global Settings >> Customize Trade DOM/ChartDOM Columns.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 712 Release Date: 2011-06-02

    • Various improvements to the Trade >> Trade Activity Log. There are now new controls on the top of the Trade Activity Log window to control filtering of what is displayed in the list below. There is greater internal efficiency with the management of data for rapid access to the data. Simulated data by default is now only held for 5 days. You can control how many days are kept in the log through Global Settings >> Trade Settings. There are different settings for non-simulated and simulated trade activity records.
    • The improvements to the Trade Activity Log lays the foundation for an upcoming trade performance and statistics display.
    • Included the latest TransAct price feed API files which connect to TransAct price feed.
    • Various continued improvements to the Trading DOM and ChartDOM. The ChartDOM column order can be configured through Global Settings >> Customize ChartDOM Columns.
    • Included version 4.3 of the Rithmic API.
    • Improvements to the File >> Find Symbol window. A clearly descriptive month and year are now displayed for each futures contract. Other minor improvements.
    • Added sc.GraphShortName to the ACSIL.
    • Added a new study Draw Style to color the background in a chart region.
    • Toolbar buttons for drawing tools now use a graphic representation rather than a text abbreviation.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 711 Release Date: 2011-05-24

    • Added a Synchronize Service And Internal Positions On Connect option to Global Settings >> Trade Settings. Unless there is a good reason not to, we recommend this option is always kept enabled.
    • Added a Percent Change field to the chart header. This field can be added by selecting Global Settings >> Customize Chart Header.
    • Added a new 64-bit floating point value Input type in the ACSIL. To set an Input to a value of this type, use the sc.Input[].SetDouble function, and use sc.Input[].GetDouble to get the value. Limits are also supported with this Input type, and can be set with the sc.Input[].SetDoubleLimits function.
    • Various enhancements to the Point and Figure study. New inputs have been added. These enhancements and inputs allow better support for Numbers Bars when using the study for a reversal type chart.
    • Added new Spreadsheet Quote Request fields for Buy/Sell Rollover Interest for the FXCM Trading service. This lets you see clearly the amount to be added or deducted to/from your account for carrying a position overnight.
    • Efficiency improvements with the creation of the underlying data for the new Ask/Bid Volume Difference Bars and the Cumulative Delta Bars studies.
    • Various enhancements to the visual appearance of the Trading DOM. The background for the area at and above the Ask price can be set a custom color the background for the area at and below the Bid price can be set another custom color. These are set through Chart >> Graphics Settings. Market depth is now in a single column.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 709 Release Date: 2011-05-20

    • Added the Ask/Bid Volume Difference Bars study. This study works with Intraday charts. It uses the Bid Volume and Ask Volume data. It displays candlestick bars indicating the Open, High, Low, and Close the difference between the ask volume in the bid volume for each bar in the chart. When you add the study to the chart, the chart may reload to allocate the necessary arrays.
    • Added the Cumulative Delta Bars study. This study works with Intraday charts. It uses the Bid Volume and Ask Volume data. This study displays the difference between the cumulative AskVolume and BidVolume for a symbol during a trading day as High-Low CandleStick bars. This is commonly known as Cumulative Delta in many trading forums on the Internet.
    • Improved the display of gridlines on the Trading DOM Mode windows. They are now solid lines drawn between the price ladder numbers.
    • Various low-level improvements.
  • 706 Release Date: 2011-05-15

    • Simulated orders can only be filled with data from the originating chart when doing replays. This eliminates an ongoing issue where when you are replaying multiple charts and they are not in synchronization, you can have an order fill unexpectedly or have a wrong fill price. This has now been solved. If you see any further issues do let us know.
    • An option has been added to the Trade menu named Only Orders From Chart. This option applies to each individual chart. It applies to the active chart when enabling it or disabling it. When this option is checked, then only orders that originated from the chart are displayed. All other orders from other charts or Trading DOMs are not displayed.
    • Updated the Rithmic software interface files to the latest files provided by Rithmic. We are told that this now will allow a connection to succeed to Rithmic when running Sierra Chart under Wine on Linux.
    • You can now change the background color of the Trade Window and the Chart Trade Mode box at the top left of the chart to a different color to indicate you are in Trade Simulation Mode . This color is controlled through Global Settings >> Trade Settings >> Chart Trade Settings >> Chart Trade Mode Box Color. There are going to be a few changes with this in the next release to improve the customization further.
    • Eurex symbols can now be used with the PFG Best Trading service.
    • Various low-level improvements.

*Last modified Friday, 02nd March, 2018.