You can configure a chart so it looks like a DOM with VAP if you like and hide the bars.
I trade with SC trough TT and Velocity and it works reliable, except when TT has changed the X_Trader version lately. But that was on Velocity's site.
As others mentioned befare the replay feature is for me the best I know, because you can replay while you are watching live data, or you can replay all charts in a chartbook.
For me it is not the look but the feel of a platform, which is important.
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I subscribed to SC for some months but made a come-back to NT.
It was a little pain using a template setup for, say Euro (6E), for another instrument, say YM; you'll have to learn to do different settings for different instruments, and also for different chart types (i. e. Range, Minute, Renko, Ticks, etc). I don't like this aspect of SC. For example, if Chris makes his 6B template posted in post #204 above, available, I cannot use it "as-is" for say YM, or ES; it will not plot as required, until the settings for YM is setup.
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SC doesn't use templates. Instead, they use chartbooks, and study collections (.StdyCollct in the \data folder) shown in the Analysis menu, which you can apply to any chart.
Each chart must be set to the proper Price Display Format for the instrument symbol, but that can be handled automatically in the Global Symbol Settings pane.
The only weird thing when sharing chartbooks is with range bars, which are set in points not ticks. A 5 tick range bar chart for the ES would be set to 1.25, for the 6E it would be 0.0005, for the YM it would be 5.0, and for the TF it would be 0.5.
Why do you suppose they need all those logs? Perhaps because they know things may not work?
Anyway, I think Sierra does log your trade activity in TradeActivityLog.dat in your SierraChart dir. To me, this is what needs to be logged. Some other minor events like losing data connectivity might also be nice to know about, and perhaps if a custom indicator blew up. Besides that, not sure what else you really need to track if you have already tested the code.
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Sierra has a Message Log, a Trade Service Log, and a Trace Activity Log. There is also a Trading Positions window, and a Trade Orders window. For them to say SC logs nothing is not accurate.
SC does lack some of the trade performance figures that Ninja provides, and what Sierra does provide is not in an easy format to grasp, but the data is there if you want to copy it to your own spreadsheet for further analysis.
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