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TradeStation FAQ

Some versions of TradeStation and ProSuite have the ability to read data from Premium Data, Data Tools and Premium Forex. This FAQ has a number of categories:

TradeStation versions compatible with MetaStock format data
Opening a chart with TradeStation v8.1 and above
Opening a chart with TradeStation 2000i
TradeStation 2000i folder limitation and our Futures data
In TradeStation v8.1 and above, my futures chart shows pricing in 1/100 Price units - how do I change this to fractions such as 1/32s?
Decimal Places in TradeStation 2000i


TradeStation versions

Some versions of TradeStation have the ability to read our data in "MetaStock" format. The "MetaStock" data format has had many revisions over the years. They are:
(i) Pre-1996 - Computrac/"MetaStock" format - supporting up to 255 securities per folder.
(ii) "MetaStock" 2000-securities-per-folder format - Introduced with MetaStock v6.5 around 1997.
(iii) Y2K-compatbile "MetaStock" 2000-securities-per-folder format - Introduced with MetaStock v6.52 in 1999.
(iv) "MetaStock" 6000-securities-per-folder format - Introduced with MetaStock v8 in 2002.

TradeStation 2000i only supports the first MetaStock format - i.e. only 255 securities per folder. Therefore TradeStation 2000i is only compatible with our Futures and Forex data.

However, it is very disappointing that Omega Research have not updated their support of the MetaStock format since the early 1990s, considering that the product retailed for several thousand dollars. This means that TradeStation 2000i is NOT compatible with our ASX or US stock data, which has greater than 255 securities per folder.

In 2001, Omega Research Inc changed their name to TradeStation Technologies and went down a brokerage subscription model which had no support for third party data formats. However, in late 2005, TradeStation Technologies Inc. released version 8.1 Service Pack 1 which now supports the fourth format - i.e. 6000-securities-per-folder format. Therefore TradeStation v8.1 Service Pack 1 is compatible with all of our data. Note that TradeStation version 8.1 and above are only available through a brokerage subscription model.

Opening a chart with TradeStation v8.1 and above

Click the Symbol Lookup button on the toolbar as shown below:
TradeStation Symbol Lookup

Click the 3rd Party tab then click the add button as shown below:
TradeStation Third party

In the Type select "MetaStock", in the prefix use a prefix that you will be able to use for the Chart Analsys/Radar Windows... eg for Futures, FUT, then click the Browse button as shown below:
TradeStation Metastock

Select the data folder (eg. C:\Trading Data\Futures\Continuous Contracts\Back Adjusted) as shown below:
Tradestation select data folder

Select the symbol you wish to chart (e.g. US2__CCB) as shown below:
Tradestation select symbol

You can then optionally change some of the settings for the security. For certain securities, such as Futures, it is a good idea to select the Future category and also the appropriate price scale for that security, as shown below. Then click Next and then Finish.
Tradestation select category and price scale

The first time you chart a 3rd party symbol, you may find that it tries to open up the chart as intraday when only daily data is available. This is shown with the message "Data requeset failed: Requested interval is not supported by this 3rd party symbol. Intraday requests annot be supported by files containing Daily data" as shown below:
Tradestation interval not supported

To fix this click Format then Symbol as shown below:
Tradestation format symbol

Change the interval to Daily, and in the range select a long period of history (eg. 40 years back). If you want this set as default for future chats, tick the Set as Default button, as shown below:
TradeStation set interval to daily

Your chart will then show correct daily data in the right scale, as shown below:

Opening a chart with TradeStation 2000i

Click File -> New -> Tradestation Chart
Select 3rd Party Directory
Click New Dir
In the directory put the path you want to search - eg. c:\Trading Data\Futures\Continuous Futures\Back Adjusted
Data Type: Metastock


TradeStation 2000i folder limitation and our Futures data

As outlined above, TradeStation 2000i can only read the first 255 securities in a “MetaStock” data folder. This creates a problem with our Futures data where a number of market folders contain more than 255 deliveries – e.g. Gold C, Silver C, Brent Oil, Crude Oil, Heating Oil etc. To work around this issue, DataTools can reduce the number of deliveries in market folders to a specified number by removing the oldest ones first. To do this, click Program Utilities -> Reduce Number of Securities in Folders.

Note: New delivery months are added all the time, so you may need to run this utility periodically to ensure that folders are kept beneath the 255 limit.

If you prefer not to truncate your market histories, please upgrade to a later version of TradeStation, or view the Continuous Contracts instead.

In TradeStation v8.1 and above, my futures chart shows pricing in 1/100 Price units - how do I change this to fractions such as 1/32s?

TradeStation stores information about the units to be used within a file callled attributes.ini, which is placed into each MetaStock folder. Once a chart has been opened, you are unable to change the units within TradeStation. However, you can edit the attributes.ini file, then remove the entry for the security that is showing the wrong units, then follow the steps in the FAQ item "Opening a chart with TradeStation v8.1 and above".

Decimal Places in TradeStation 2000i

By default, TradeStation 2000i displays data up to to 3 decimal places. If you are looking at certain futures contracts or forex prices, these are often priced down to four or more decimal places. You need to make two changes to show the correct number of places on a chart and also have your indicators use the full accuracy of the data.

Step 1: Charts

To get around this limitation, click View then Chart Options, click the Symbol tab, then untick the "Display MetaStock data 1/1000 for new charts". Close down any open charts and open them again and you will now see them down to 5 decimal places, as shown below:

TradeStation 2000i how to display Metastock data to 5 decimal places

Step 2: Minimum Move

To ensure that your indicators and formulae work correctly, you will also need to modify the "minimum move" value. When you open a new chart, click the "Universe" button and change the "Min Move" to 0.0001 as shown below:
TradeStation decimal places minimium move metastock

TradeStation decimal places minimium move metastock