One month after the release of the 1.5.2 version of QuantShare, we are happy to announce that yesterday we have released a new QuantShare version. This new version (1.6.1) corrects many bugs and adds several features to the trading software.
We put the main focus in this release on improving the user interface; we took care of adding new features and making some changes to make the trading software easier to use.
The first time a user starts the application, he will have to choose which market he want to trade. Currently we have added 39 markets, including several international markets, U.S. stock market, forex market, options market, futures market and Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) market. Once the user chooses a market, the list of symbols and the EOD quotes downloader of this market will be retrieved from the sharing server of this trading software and installed in a new QuantShare account.
This "Market Data" form can be opened by clicking on "Download" in the main menu, then clicking on "Download Data Wizard".
Several changes have been made to the screener. First, screens can now be saved. The formula editor control has been enhanced and a new wizard control was added. This control will make it much easier to create and update rules, and this in turn will improve your screening experience.
We have also added the ability to choose a custom time-frame for screening. In addition, you can assign a different time-frame to each trading rule. For example, you can screen for stocks using the following rules:
rsi(14) > 70 (with a daily time-frame)
rsi(14) > 70 (with a weekly time-frame)
The dynamic watchlist has seen the same improvement as the screener. The time-frame feature and the new formula editor were also added to the watchlist plug-in.
You can now specify which download items you want to execute automatically. The download plug-in will check the frequency value of each download item and starts these items if it deem necessary.
The Composite plug-in, which is a great tool to create composites and indexes, is now allowing traders to create composites that are even more advanced. With the introduction and the addition of the scripting feature, you can completely control the indexes and composites data.
Each time you download new quotes or custom data, the database's files get bigger and bigger. Due to how operating systems work, these files become more fragmented as you append new data to them. From now on, this trading software will rebuild the database files automatically whenever it detects that the fragmentation could hurt the application performance. The effects are huge; we have seen more than 300% improvement in loading quotes when applying this technique.
Several time-frame based functions have been introduced in this release. They allow you to switch from a time-frame to another within the QuantShare language and within the same formula. You can for example plot the relative strength index time-series of the stock "A" and for a weekly time-frame in a daily chart of another stock "B".
We have added a timer to each script execution. This timer will track and stop the scripts that take too long to execute or the ones that loop indefinitely.