What Is New
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.
- Added Multiply -1 and Chande Momentum Oscillator studies.
- When the Chart Values tool is set to be always on, then it is always on even before beginning drawing with another tool.
- Added a new input to the Spreadsheet studies named Alert/Order Signal Only on Bar Close. When this is set to Yes an Alert and/or order signal will only be given on the close of the last bar.
- When a text drawing is moved or adjusted it now appears in the position of your mouse pointer as you move it around. It also will not prompt for text changes, when you set it in place.
- Added the study Synthetic VIX.
- For advanced custom studies we have added an additional 80 arrays. There are 5 new extra arrays per sc.Subgraph structure. These can be accessed by using sc.Subgraph.ExtraArrays[n][n1], where n can be from 0 to 4 and n1 is the same index value as used with second set of brackets with sc.Subgraph. This required a major change in our custom study interface, if you see any problems with back-compatibility, please let us know. These new arrays also lay the foundation to eliminate passing background arrays to our array operation functions such as sc.ADX().
- For the Spreadsheet System for Trading study, you can choose to use a limit order individually for any of the 4 order signal columns and specify the limit price to be used. The limit prices are specified in column J. In version 262 rev. 2 the limit price cells have been moved down to row 22.
- For the Spreadsheet System for Trading study, the Buy Entry and Sell Entry Counts are preserved between sessions. They can be easily reset by changing them directly on the Spreadsheet.
- Due to some significant changes this version is considered a Pre-Release and is being tested.
- When a logarithmic scale is used and there are negative values in the scale range, a linear scale will be used and the graph will display properly. Negative values cannot be in a logarithmic scale. In the past negative values would cause the graph to not appear. If there are any problems with the display of your charts or studies, please let us know.
- Added commands to the Help menu to download the current version and pre-release version, and update the current running copy of Sierra Chart. This makes updating extremely easy especially if you are running multiple installations.
- Revision 2 of 259: Additional improvements to Range Bars to deliver a constant range according to your setting. This is accomplished by splitting data records and by improved logic when gaps occur.
- Added a command to the Help menu to access remote assistance. This feature lets a support engineer view your desktop and assist.
- Corrected a remaining problem with the constant range scale type.
- Improved the pitchfork tool so the lines are always parallel. There were some certain rare cases where this may not have all always been the case depending upon screen resolution.
- Interactive Scale Move now works with a logarithmic scale.
- Some other low level improvements. Such as an option to automatically open the study settings window when a new study is added. We also plan to allow direct access to the settings window for a study from the chart.
- Fixed a problem that has existed for a while where if more than one Quote Request for a symbol were entered on a Spreadsheet used for quotes, then only the first one would update.
- Corrected a problem with the Upload Chart function arising from the prior pre-release.
- Additional improvements have been made to the SC Real-Time and Historical Forex Data service.
- The constant range scale type has been improved to be stable when auto-centering is off and scale changes are made through interactive scale feature. Other improvements have been made as well. The scale can be moved beyond the values of the last bar.
- Added Historical Volatility Study.
- New recording modes have been added. For complete information see Recording Modes. The suffix -INV can be added to any symbol to get the inverse price. This is very useful for the SC Real-Time and Historical Forex Data service. For example, you can use EURUSD-INV, EURUSD-INVBID, EURUSD-INVASK, EURUSD-INVBIDASK, or EURUSD-INVBAAVG. The SC Forex Historical Data Server supplies historical data only for -INV and -INVBID out of these new modes.
- Added the Moving Average - Triple Exponential study.
- Improvements have been made to the SC Real-Time and Historical Forex Data service.
- The Sierra Chart Trading interface now works with TransAct for approved users.
- Modified the Renko study to handle smaller box sizes for volatile markets.
- The Stop or Limit price for a Stop Limit order can now be automatically set. This applies to order entered through the chart or trade window. To activate this feature select Trade >> Open Trade Window for Chart>> Advanced >> Automatically Set Other Price for Stop Limit Orders. Select the desired unit and enter your value with From Other Order controls.
- Added support for the SC Forex service for levels 3, 4 and 10. This will be available until March 1, 2008.
- Some additional low-level improvements to Tool and Chart Drawing related ACSIL functions were made to provide better support for Kiwi's Copies Lines From Another Chart study.
- Sierra Chart now offers a Real-Time and Historical Forex Data service. For complete information, refer to the Sierra Chart Real-Time And Historical Forex Data Service page. Historical Daily Forex data is and has always been available with the Sierra Chart Historical Data service.
- Some improvements have been made to Range bars, and additional improvements will be made in the next version.
- Better handling of IB True Data symbols. Data for these symbols are continuously restarted every 5 minutes in case the data feed stops from Interactive Brokers.
- Corrected a problem with the Difference (Single Line) study from the prior version.
- Added a study that writes chart bar data in real-time to a text file. The study is called Write Bar Data To File.
- Added a draw style called Candle Outline.
- Optimized and added a study named 'Copies Lines from another Chart' developed by Kiwi, to our custom study list. This can be found under Analysis >> Studies >> Add Custom Study >> Sierra Chart Custom Studies. This study was updated in the second revision of 251.
- The tool related functions in the Advanced Custom Study Interface and Language no longer accept a Line Number of zero. If zero is used, it will be set to 1. This should not be a problem. However, if your custom studies do not function correctly and they are using tool functions, then you may need to update your code.
- Corrected a problem with the Spreadsheet System for Trading study where the position data in column J in a Spreadsheet was not reset to zeros when there was no position data available for the symbol. The Spreadsheet in this case may have showed any previously received position data. Potentially this could have been a minor problem if any formulas relied on this position data until the time that position data became available for the symbol. This was corrected in the second revision of 251.
- Our Intraday data importing function, which imports text data into a Scid or Mnd file has been improved to handle many more data line formats. See the Exporting and Importing documentation page.
- Improved the Candle-Stick coloring logic when open and close prices are equal.
- Corrected a problem with displaying Alert Messages.
- Low level improvements have been made to the Drawing Tool related functions which are part of the Advanced Custom Study Interface and Language. If your advanced custom study uses the sc.UseTool(Ex) or related functions, you may need to rebuild your DLL if you see any problems when using this version or higher.
- Updated the interface to TransAct to properly format the data received for the CBOT contracts that are moving to CME GLOBEX beginning January 14, 2008.
- Improved the detection of Intraday data in an ASCII/Text format. This applies when you open an Intraday text file from File >> Open Historical Chart.
- We have internally updated the RSI studies to be faster. It is recommended if you have these studies in your charts or in study collections, that you verify all your input settings. Some inputs have changed.
- sc.RSI function has been added to the Advanced Custom Study Interface. This calculates the Relative Strength Index.
- Added the Stochastic RSI study.
- Corrected a problem that arose from 245 that prevented the trading functionality from working properly and caused errors.
- Added Bracket Trader Integration for Back Compatibility purposes. We do not provide support for this, you will have to contact Bracket Trader.
- Added the Demarker study.
- Added support for reading number of trades and Bid/Ask Volume when directly opening an ASCII file to chart. Added support for more ASCII data file formats. All of these formats, other than the standard export format for SCID files, can be imported into a SCID file in an upcoming version.
- With the Study Overlay study, the name of the main price graph from the source chart is shown on the data line above the study for easier identification.
- For the DTN IQ feed service, out of order time-stamps in historical Intraday data records are not filtered. This solves the problem that some users had with missing data. We have also advised DTN of this out of order time-stamp problem.
- Corrected a problem from version 242 for the DTN IQ Feed Service that did not filter out data earlier than the last time in the file. This would cause duplicated data. DTN IQ Feed has had time stamping problems with their historical data. This will cause Sierra Chart to filter out some historical data. We are working on removing this filter. This problem arose from the work we did to remove this filter.
- Corrected a problem with IB backfill downloading of FOREX data that arose in version 240.
- During a chart replay, the chart will update more often when using a fast chart update interval. This provides much smoother replays. Especially when tick data is used.
- Optimized and added Kiwis Trailing Stop to the list of available studies.
- For Internal Positions, the Profit and Loss field is always up to date and is based upon the unrealized Profit/Loss for the current position.
- Forex sell orders now work correctly with IB.
- Corrected a problem where the Go To Chart command on the Alert Log may not always work in some cases.
- Various other low-level improvements.
- Improved the downloading of OEC Historical Intraday Data and other OEC interface improvements to resolve issues that you may have experienced with data.
- When using TD Ameritrade, historical daily data comes from Ameritrade by default now.
- Stop-Limit orders can now be inputted through the chart trade interface. 4 new menu items have been added: Buy Stop-Limit, Buy Limit-Stop, Sell Limit-Stop, Sell Stop-Limit. The order of the words Stop and Limit indicate the order in which the 2 prices are inputted. If stop is first, then the price level where you initially click on the chart sets the stop price. You can then move your mouse pointer around to the limit price level. The second left click will then set the limit price. Right clicking during this process cancels the input of the Stop-Limit order.
- Updated the OEC Historical Intraday Data download interface to work with the major changes they have made in their version 3.1.2 client software.
- Added support for getting more historical data from TD Ameritrade. TD Ameritrade now provides historical daily data going back 15 years, and historical Intraday data back to May 1, 2007.
- Corrected a problem with reversal handling in the Spreadsheet System for Trading study. Reversals only apply when the Support Reversals input is set to Yes.
- Other minor improvements.
- Support for GAIN Capital/Forex.com has been added. Shortly, an account will not be required with them to access the forex data. Standard forex symbols such as EURUSD can be used. EURUSD-BID and EURUSD-ASK can also be used. Without -BID or -ASK the average price of BID and ASK is given.
- Some improvements with Spreadsheet System/Alert For Trading study. "Allow Opposite Entry with Opposing Entry Count" input has been added.
- Other minor improvements.
- Change to Spreadsheet System/Alert for Trading study: If the Buy Entry count is 1 or greater, and there is a Sell Entry, then Buy Entry is decremented by 1. Sell Entry is only incremented by 1 when Buy Entry is 0. The opposite rule applies when Sell Entry count is 1 or greater and there is a Buy Entry. Another change planned is that we will add an input named Allow Opposite Entry with Opposing Entry Count. When this input is set to No, then when Buy Entry count is greater than zero, then Sell Entries are not allowed until it reaches zero. The opposite rule when Sell Entry count is greater than zero.
- Herrick Payoff Index has been rewritten, it is now more efficient and has more inputs
- Various low level improvements
- Added Alligator as a separate study. Added Moving Average - Smoothed study.
- This version supports the Open E Cry version 3.1.2 client software which is required to connect to the simulation system. This will be required for the production system very shortly. Therefore, if you are using the simulation system, you must use this version or higher.
- Corrected a problem with the processing of position data by automated trading system formula's in the Spreadsheet System/Alert for Trading study.
- Added a new tab in the Positions and Balance window that keeps track of all the positions of the current session, that is, since Sierra Chart was started. This new tab is called "Internal Positions".
- Added the ability to use the Internal Positions for position calculations in both the Spreadsheet Study and the chart trading feature. This option can be found under Trade >> Global Trade Settings on the menu.
- Added a study named Percentage Price Oscillator.
- Corrected a minor issue with the Chart Values Tool from a recent release.
- TransAct Trading has been updated to work directly with their trade server. However, it can not be used until it is approved by TransAct. This is pending.
- Other low level improvements
- Corrected a problem with the Spreadsheet Study from a recent release where the "Use Excel" and "Use Price Graph Style" inputs did not work when set to Yes.
- Changed the behavior of the sc.BarHasClosedStatus ACSIL function.
- Improved the reporting of trade position data from IB in the Spreadsheet System/Alert for Trading study.
*Last modified Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017.