cTrader Desktop 3.5 Provides More Usability with a New Look

07 Mar 2019, 12:28cTrader Desktop 3.5 Provides More Usability with a New Look#1
cTrader Teamposts: 3391since: 23 Sep 2013

Dear Traders,

We would like to inform you that we have released cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta. The new version very much resembles and shares the benefits of cTrader Web. It is based on a symbol-centric concept and incorporates the Active Symbol Panel which provides a full market overview for a particular symbol. Other major changes include a new side menu which greatly improves navigation. Both features have been successfully introduced in cTrader Web already. Apart from that, this version has additional features and tools in cTrader Automate application. Overall, this update provides you with more usability and improves your overall trading experience.

Download cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta

Active Symbol Panel

Active Symbol Panel (ASP) is now available in cTrader Desktop 3.5. It provides detailed symbol information including Market Sentiment, Market Details, Trade Statistics, Market Hours, Inverted Rate, Leverage, and Depth of Market. The ASP panel has fast controls enabling you to quickly open new charts, create new orders and change symbols. You can now also link charts not only between the different charts but also charts with the ASP panel, as well as switch symbol from ASP panel in Watchlists. The introduction of ASP panel allows you to quickly grasp the current market situation for the symbol of your interest and take fast actions when the opportunity strikes increasing your trading possibilities.

Merged Side Menu

The new cTrader Desktop also has a new side menu merging all the applications, settings, fast controls and watchlists under one hood. The new menu contains full-screen mode, theme switching, sounds, and language selection controls at the top. The symbol finder and watchlists are embedded in the side menu under Trade application, followed by Automate, and Analyze applications. The merged menu not only greatly improves navigation but also saves more space once collapsed comparing to the previous version.

New Accounts Menu
The new Accounts menu provides fast access to your accounts that are linked to your cTrader ID.

New Layout Modes

New cTrader application layouts have been introduced, such as Show Active Symbol Panel and Show Tradewatch. By removing the ticks from both and collapsing menu, you will be able to see only charts on your screen, thus expanding your view. The new layout options are available in the menu bar and settings panel.

Added Live Renko Bar
For a fuller picture of the price movement, Renko charts have a live bar now.

Improved Visual Design and Application Layout
cTrader Desktop 3.5 has improved visual design of interface elements, controls and application layout to provide a more vivid trading experience.

New Features in cTrader Automate 3.5

cTrader Automate, which is now a native feature of cTrader, also got a facelift, as well as added new features.

New Look for cBots and Indicators Lists

Same way as Watchlists in Trade application, the cBots and indicators lists have moved in the side menu under Automate application, where now you can also find a Backtesting and Optimization progress bar and input parameters grouping for cBots and indicators.

New Methods in cTrader Automate API
Thanks to the new methods added, 3rd party applications that are using cTrader Automate API can now get all symbols, available in cTrader, read watchlists, change chart symbol and timeframe. Custom enums can be used for input parameters and parameters can be grouped on UI.

cBots Saving in Chart Templates
cBots can now be saved inside chart templates.

cTrader Desktop 3.5 will be released to brokers in the nearest future. Meanwhile, you can try the new features on Beta version.

Download cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta

 


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11 Mar 2019, 06:15#2
dmn posts: 125since: 26 Nov 2018

The merged menu not only greatly improves navigation but also saves more space once collapsed comparing to the previous version.

 

Underlined... I'm not experiencing this claim. The collapsed vertical left hand side menu seems to be the same in v3.5 as it was in 3.3

19 Mar 2019, 22:21#3
trader.calgoposts: 18since: 19 Feb 2018

Please realize API PositionSelectedEvenArgs pos, if you have free time

02 May 2019, 00:48#4
alex_mihailposts: 39since: 09 Aug 2018

When will this be released to brokers? Seem to be waiting ages on this one ...

12 May 2019, 13:21RE:#5
FireMystposts: 115since: 26 Mar 2019

Spotware said:

cTrader Desktop 3.5 will be released to brokers in the nearest future. Meanwhile, you can try the new features on Beta version.

Download cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta

 

 

A lot of developers/traders have multiple versions of indicators. In the attached example, how do I know from the menu which version is which?

Either the menu needs to be expanded, or might I suggest at the very least have your team implement a "tool tip" to display the full-name of the indicator when a user hovers over it.

Thank you.

 

12 May 2019, 13:24RE:#6
FireMystposts: 115since: 26 Mar 2019

Spotware said:

 

Download cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta

cTrader Desktop 3.5 will be released to brokers in the nearest future. Meanwhile, you can try the new features on Beta version.

Download cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta

 

You should provide users with the ability to 'expand/collapse' parameter groups.

The functionality I suggest is similar to putting a plus "+" sign next to each group label that will allow users to expand/collapse the group.

For example, in the attached screen capture, what if I don't care about the parameters in group G1 and want them hidden? This might be because they're a set of parameters that I set once and never have to worry about over and over (like an email address, or yes/no flag for raising alerts, etc).

Thank you! :-)

 

12 May 2019, 13:32RE:#7
FireMystposts: 115since: 26 Mar 2019

Spotware said:

 

Download cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta

New Features in cTrader Automate 3.5

cTrader Automate, which is now a native feature of cTrader, also got a facelift, as well as added new features.

New Look for cBots and Indicators Lists

Same way as Watchlists in Trade application, the cBots and indicators lists have moved in the side menu under Automate application, where now you can also find a Backtesting and Optimization progress bar and input parameters grouping for cBots and indicators.

cTrader Desktop 3.5 will be released to brokers in the nearest future. Meanwhile, you can try the new features on Beta version.

Download cTrader Desktop 3.5 Beta

 

This is an annoying new feature that requires 1 simple change to make it more practical for developers/bot users.

In 3.5, every time a user wants to run a bot with different values for parameters, the amount of clicks they have to go through to do so does not increase "usability".

For example, I load up a bot, set one parameter and after running, want to change the value of another parameter. What do I have to do?

I have to:

  1. click the cog-wheel,
  2. scroll down the parameter list to the parameterI want to change,
  3. and then change the parameter value.

Users should NOT have to go through this excessive clicking exercise every time.

SpotWare needs to seriously consider implementing the "pin" functionality Microsoft (and other companies use). See the attached screen capture from Visual Studio with the circled 'pin':

If I want that window to stay open, I click the pin to pin it so it stays open. Otherwise, it automatically hides (as you have it) when I'm not using that frame.

It is significantly more user friendly, and will not only allow users to keep the parameters minimized when they want, but also allow those who need to keep them permanently visible for testing/running bots to do so as well.

Thank you.

15 May 2019, 10:19Release Date#8
ctid1234940posts: 2since: 13 May 2019

I love the upgrade and there is a feature in Automate I would really like to use.

Spotware said [ON March 7]:

cTrader Desktop 3.5 will be released to brokers in the nearest future. Meanwhile, you can try the new features on Beta version.

 

Could you please approximate the term "nearest future". Are there complications?
Is it within days, weeks, months? Is Spotware responsible for the version change or the brokers?
So is there another delay (weeks?) with the broker implementing it?

16 May 2019, 12:07#9
pivotdojiposts: 1since: 10 May 2019

Still no synchronized crosshairs ?  It would be usefull for multiple timeframe analysis

17 May 2019, 14:29RE: Release Date#10
Panagiotis Charalampousposts: 3022since: 13 Jan 2017

ctid1234940 said:

I love the upgrade and there is a feature in Automate I would really like to use.

Spotware said [ON March 7]:

cTrader Desktop 3.5 will be released to brokers in the nearest future. Meanwhile, you can try the new features on Beta version.

 

Could you please approximate the term "nearest future". Are there complications?
Is it within days, weeks, months? Is Spotware responsible for the version change or the brokers?
So is there another delay (weeks?) with the broker implementing it?

Hi ctid1234940,

We still do not have an ETA for the release. We are polishing out some minor bugs. When we feel is ready for production we will roll it out to brokers.

Best Regards,

Panagiotis


Head of Community Management at cTrader