lol, you would have the same experience if you were going from Sierra to NT. NT is not easier, it's just very familiar to most people.
File->Data/Trade Service Settings, set up your account, max historical days set to a lot (mine is 60), intraday data storage time unit to 1 tick
File->Find Symbol, find it, then Open Intraday Chart, wait for it to download
Global Settings->Graphics Settings, set some colors/fonts/etc, and be sure that Chart->Graphics Settings has "Use global" checked, and to customize each chart simply uncheck this box
Tools->Tool Settings, "Pointer" in first drop-down box, check "Support Left Click to Select Chart Drawings", "double click on drawing...", "enable drawn volume profile selection", "switch to pencil cursor", as a few options to get you started that I find useful
Global->Customize Chart Shortcut Menu allows you to assign any command to the right-click menu so you have fast access to drawing tools, and anything else you want, also keyboard shortcuts are completely customizable.
Chart->Chart Settings contains most of the essential chart information like hours, days to load, etc.
Right-click the price scale, and set "Interactive Scale: Move" and a left-click drag will move the scale, and a ctrl+Left-click draw will resize the scale. Clicking on the chart with the Pointer tool drags it, unless you have Chart->Show Scrollbar enabled, in which case you use the scrollbar to move. Tools->Chart Values/Crosshairs is a good tool, and you can turn on a global crosshair of course.
Tools->Draw volume profile is obvious, and on a new chart do Analysis->Studies and use the TPO chart for Market Profile, or Volume by Price for a volume profile (which you can also add to a TPO chart). You can right-click profiles in the TPO view and merge left-right, show letters in their own column, split profiles, and all that stuff.
You can create your own study collections that you can apply with Analysis->xyz, and studies are in Analysis->Studies. It is easy to do things like subtract one indicator value from another, overlay one instrument onto another, roll over your contract and manually shift prices/volume for a period, and the spreadsheet study lets you see your study and price/volume data in a spreadsheet that works just like excel, so you can do stats and the like easily, without having to do an export. It has a DOM which shows you 10 price levels and a profile. Everything updates 40ms (vs. 100ms in NT).
Oh yeah, and the main reason I initially switched: the extending rectangle tool. NT just couldn't fix the damn rectangle tool, and when the anchor points were too far off the visible chart area the whole thing would disappear. I missed quite a few trades because my shaded area disappeared because as time passed, the anchor points were off the chart. Zoom in and rectangle appears, zoom out and it disappears. Speaking of drawing tools, if you want to show your drawings in another chart, that's easy too, it's in settings.
It's fast, it's reliable, new functions come out all the time, new builds are about two per week. When there is a bug in SC, it gets fixed, and if they don't have time or don't want to, they tell you, instead of saying "We will add this to our request list" when they really mean "The list has hundreds of requests from years back and yet we have no intention of ever doing anything about it" like some vendors do.
In fact, just about everything is customizable, down to minute details about a chart's appearance. You can have a left scale, change the border color, show/hide region dividing lines, customize the text along the top line of a chart, and just about anything else. In fact, for every time I've wanted to customize something and couldn't, it was simply that I had not yet found the option.
Now I have officially gushed. Sorry for the long post, but this should get you started if you are willing. Sorry to derail, let me know if you have any questions.
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