Looking for a charting software

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Old Apr 18, 2012, 9:34am   #11
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In which sense you mean that Amibroker is more powerful, in charts, scanning or in what sense you mean
@Fran8,

charting and scanning/screening (in MS it's the module Explorer) are imho also strong implemented in Metastock. If that are your main objectives, Metastock may be a good choice.

But there are some parts Amibroker (and others) have surpassed Metastock in the last years:

1. the implemented formula language MSFL is relatively easy to learn but you achieve also relatively fast the limits. In this situation you have the possibility to extend the language with external DLLs. For this you must have good knowledge of the MDK (Metastock Developer Kit) and of a prof. programming language like C/C++, Delphi or PowerBasic etc. You can also extend the Amibroker language AFL with external DLLs, but you don't have to to do it in 99,9% of the cases, because this internal language is already very powerful...

2. the backtesting environment for the development of trading systems in Amibroker is complete incl. portfolio backtesting. In MS you have to buy additional tools (Tradesim etc.).

3. there's no prepared interface for automated trading in MS. In Amibroker there's a solution for Interactive Brokers and you could use this as "blue print" for developing other broker interfaces

Only my two cents...

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Old Apr 18, 2012, 10:38am   #12
 
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Hi Fran8

One of your criteria on your first post was something "as cheap as possible"
Both metastock and e-signal are at the top end of the pricing so by all means take a look but may be excessive regarding price. I exclude metastock because I run MAC, e-signal is the main "feed" supplier for a lot of other services so is considered one of the best online systems. In addition I know people who run Metastock and applying your own "criteria" and rules for searching for opportunities can be complicated. I also exclude AmiBroker as I run MAC but it looks reasonably priced, as is ProRealtime. I suggest you use a couple of demo accounts and see which suits you best. Plenty of training videos which are free to access on Prorealtime
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 12:04pm   #13
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Fran8 started this thread Is very clear that people like a lot Amibroker and prorealtime. I will have a look at them since I will like to get the charting software by the end of the month.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 12:20pm   #14
 
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Nothing to loose with demo accounts, I don't know for sure with ami broker but proreatime is a fully functioning demo, no cut down service or "please upgrade" for this option. All the features and listings are available on demo account, just no RT feed.

Best of luck and let us all know which you end up preferring!
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 1:54pm   #15
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Fran8 started this thread Thanks a lot to everyone. I will try booth demos from Amibroker and Prorealtime and tell you guys how it goes
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Old Jul 9, 2012, 11:23pm   #16
 
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Thanks a lot to everyone. I will try booth demos from Amibroker and Prorealtime and tell you guys how it goes
What did you choose to go with in the end?

I want Walk Forward Optimisation and Analysis as per Bob Pardo so will likely go Amibroker but would welcome your feedback.
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Old Jul 22, 2012, 12:28am   #17
 
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Hi Fran8,

I'm sure You will find what You need in Vestracharts. Alerts, screening, scans, historical datas, logging positions on charts and a very user-frienly environment. Check it out.
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Old Aug 7, 2012, 4:41pm   #18
 
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Hello, Iím testing currently protrader2 platform. Their charts are very impressive. Tool bar is fully customizable: you can add to it any button you want. The same thing is with timeframes you can modify them whenever you like. A very useful tool is chart overlaying. I make trading analysis on different pairs at once that is why itís very convenient for me to look after price action of many currency pairs at the same time. When I have not enough time for charts monitoring I use visual advisor and it opens a needed order for me or alerts me. Anyone has ever tried protrader2?
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