Houston conference – mission completed :-)

I really enjoyed 2007 AmiBroker conference in Houston organized by FTMonitor. Great atmosphere, great people, valuable presentations, lots of good ideas floating around. Not to forget a couple of decent restaurants we visited :-). Thank you to all participants and speakers and big thanks to Richard for organization of this event.

Check out soon ftmonitor.com site for Camtasia recordings of all presentations.

AmiBroker.com’s own presentation in PowerPoint format is available for download here: New features in AmiBroker 4.90.

AmiBroker 4.86.0 BETA released

A new beta version (4.86.0) of AmiBroker has just been released.

It is available for registered users only from the members area at:
http://www.amibroker.com/members/bin/ab4860beta.exe

(File size: 1 263 347 bytes, 1.2 MB)

The installer includes also the newest AmiQuote 1.92.

If you forgot your user name / password to the members area you can use automatic reminder service at: http://www.amibroker.com/login.html

The instructions are included in the READ ME file:
AmiBroker 4.86.0 BETA Read Me

CHANGES FOR VERSION 4.86.0 (as compared to 4.85.0)

  1. Added ‘every tick’ RT chart refresh in Professional Edition to already existing 1-sec and up refresh intervals
  2. MDI tabs implemented
  3. AFL: Added GetPerformanceCounter( bReset = False ) function
  4. Fixed crash that sometimes occurred when chart using RequestTimedRefresh() was closed
  5. Added “Cancel” button to “Do you want to save database: Yes/No” dialog that appears on AB exit when database is modified
  6. Added registry key for controlling built-in exception handling.
  7. AFL: atan2( y, x ) implemented
  8. AFL: FFT( array, size = 0 ) function implemented
  9. Fixed: pre-defined color table in broker.prefs sometimes got corrupted
  10. Repainting of RT quote window is now flicker-free on Windows XP and higher
  11. Symbol->Organize assignments, added ability to remove multiple symbols at once from watch list, index and favourite categories

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. Promised new Account Manager functionality is still under development and has been hidden/disabled in this release and it will appear later in one of upcoming beta versions.
  2. If you are using Firewall you may need to check if it did not block Broker.EXE file after upgrade. (It happened to some users that firewall blocked AmiBroker after upgrade and they could not connect to RT data sources due

TWS 860.9 breaks compatiblity? Or… rather internal IB problem???

Following IB “tradition” new version 860.9 of TWS breaks compatiblity with existing 3rd party software.
It gives “invalid symbol” error in many cases.

The only TWS recommended version to use is 858.6 or earlier.

If you already upgraded to 860.9 you need to revert back to 858.6
http://www.interactivebrokers.com/download/tws40_install_prev.exe

General rule is NEVER upgrade TWS until we give OK that new version of TWS is OK,
as in the past there were many cases where TWS just broke compatiblity with their previous APIs
and things just stopped working without any warning.

Again: never update TWS until we say that new version is OK.

UPDATE July 5th, 2006:

Apparently there is no problem at all with TWS 860.9 but there is a problem with *SOME* IB accounts,
that behave strangly. A couple of users reported it and I have seen strange things happening on my own account (”invalid symbol” problem) but … it all fixed itself (or rather IB has changed something to fix that) and all TWS versions (including 860.9) work OK now. No changes in software but things stop and re-start to work. The only reason that comes to my mind is that IB is doing some changes on their servers and this is causing problems on *some* accounts.

UPDATE July 6th, 2006: THE PROBLEM IS NOW FIXED WITH UPDATED VERSION 1.6.6 OF IB PLUGIN

TWS fixed (858.6 or higher)

Update to previous post about TWS :
it seems that IB staff has fixed this problem as our recent tests show no problems with newest versions of TWS – 858.6 and higher.

Donate future development of IBController

UPDATE: Donations for IBController are not accepted anymore.

As you know automated trading interface for AmiBroker is provided to everyone for free. You can just download it from http://www.amibroker.com/at/
Quite recently however someone asked me if there is an option to pay for IBController because he wanted to donate the development. So for everyone who wants to donate for further development of IBController I have created a payment option ($100 one time fee) here:

If you use IBController extensively and want to donate for further development you may consider spending $100 for it. Note that it is considered strictly a donation and you won’t receive any extras in return except warm feeling that you helped the development of the software you are using and guarantee that if ever IBController changes its status (i.e. from free software to commercial one), you will have license to use it and receive free upgrades.

TWS 858.4 is broken

The most recent TWS (858.4) has some serious issues, see:
http://www.interactivebrokers.com/discus/messages/2/34933.html?1145996463
and
http://www.interactivebrokers.com/discus/messages/2/34913.html?1146089324

So don’t install it. If you already upgraded to TWS 858 you should install previous version 857 from IB download page:
http://www.interactivebrokers.com/cgi-bin/jtwsControl.pl?ib_entity=uk
scroll down to “standalone downloads – previous versions”.

Direct link:
http://www.interactivebrokers.com/download/tws40_install_prev.exe

AmiBroker 4.80.1 official release

A new version (4.80.1) of AmiBroker has just been released.

This is a official release version, with full setup, updated help files, plugins and everything else.

32-bit version is available to the public from:
http://www.amibroker.com/download.html

64-bit version is available from:
http://www.amibroker.com/x64/

CHANGES FOR VERSION 4.80.1 (as compared to 4.80.0)

  1. fixed problem with Easy Alert window not accepting new alerts in some circumstances
  2. included new IB plugin version 1.6.3 (FC issue #54)
  3. included TC2K plugin 1.4.3

AmiBroker 4.80.0 release candidate

A new version (4.80.0) of AmiBroker has just been released.

This is a RELEASE CANDIDATE version, with full setup, updated help files, plugins and everything else.

It is available to the public from:
http://www.amibroker.com/download.html

CHANGES FOR VERSION 4.80.0 (as compared to 4.79.0)

  1. Added extra information to “detailed log” to show commissions charged during scaling and both average and current exit price
  2. Partial exit (scale-out) profits are included now in trade stats
  3. Fix EOD missing Friday if “Filter weekedns” is turned ON and Daily compression uses Night / Day session settings (#28659)
  4. AFL Editor: Added F1 handling of for/while/do-while/if-else
  5. “SCAN” now displays prices using 4 decimal places
  6. Fixed problem with progress bar locking active window instead of AA window when in run-every mode
  7. Fixed: Layouts messed up with multiple instances running (ext.ID: 3)
  8. “Margin requirement” in the AA settings renamed to “ACCOUNT margin” to clearly show that it is NOT futures margin
  9. Eliminated resource leak in ExportImage OLE function
  10. Fixed potential thread interlock in Indicator Maintenance wizard (should prevent hangup especially on multi-CPU/core machines)
  11. Indicator tables are written to file (broker.newcharts) after each chart insert, before and after Ind. Maintenance just to prevent data loss if AB is not closed properly
  12. Symbol->Watch List->Import refreshes entire symbol tree, not only watch list leaf
  13. added few new formulas into FormulasIndicators folder

ATTENTION: Existing users should pick “UPGRADE” version of the setup and should NOT change the installation directory that is automatically detected from previous installation. So to perform upgrade just keep on clicking on “NEXT” button without changing any defaults.

AmiBroker Feedback Center launched

Today we launched new on-line service called AmiBroker Feedback Center at:
http://www.amibroker.com/feedback/

AmiBroker Feedback Center is the area to enter feature requests / suggestions and bug reports, view issues reported by others and track development and resolution/fixes of the bugs submitted.

In not so distant future there will be voting capability added that will allow everyone to show how given suggestion is important for the community.

In order to enter AmiBroker Feedback Center please login with your AmiBroker members’ area username / password that was included in your registration e-mail.

If you forgot or lost your password you can retrieve it automatically using password reminder service at: http://www.amibroker.com/login.html

Note that this is “external” list (visible to all registered users) but we also manage our “internal” TO-DO list that is not exposed to the public for many reasons (competitive, technical, etc). The “internal” list contains all things submitted in the past so there is no real reason to re-submit old suggestions if they were confirmed already. But it also does not hurt if you do.

We also reserve right to add/edit/remove any entries posted in AmiBroker Feedback Center on our own discretion.

64-bit versions of AmiBroker and AmiQuote available

We are proud to announce the release of probably world’s first 64-bit technical analysis software platform.

64-bit versions of both AmiBroker and AmiQuote are available now from http://www.amibroker.com/x64/.

Main benefits of 64 bit versions include:

  1. performance increased by 25% compared to 32 bit edition running on the same machine
  2. ability to use physical memory (RAM) upto 1 TERA byte
  3. ability to use virtual memory upto 16 TERA bytes

To run this software you need to use 64-bit capable CPU and 64-bit edition of Windows.
For more details check http://www.amibroker.com/x64/.

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