Release notes for May 20, 2017



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On May 20, 2017, we will release thinkorswim version 1900. Features include:


Drawings Made Easy and Accessible


Annotating thinkorswim charts with drawings and notes is vital in technical analysis. We want to make that as easy as subscribing to laundry detergent on Amazon. One thing that we have heard over and over is that you want your drawings everywhere. So we thought, let’s make that happen. Just use the charts as you do today, and we take care of the rest. All of your drawings will be saved automatically and immediately, and they are stored in the cloud so, no matter where you log in to your thinkorswim, your drawings are there.


Most people will be able use the charts, and nothing will change. For the charting superstars who have multiple sets of drawings, we have introduced a new drawing set feature that will allow you to switch among all of the different groups.

  • Every chart now has a drawing set.
  • Each drawing set is uniquely tied to a symbol. This means symbol A may have three sets where symbol B can have any number of sets, and you cannot pull up symbol A’s sets while on symbol B.
  • The drawings set Default is loaded on all new charts.
  • If you draw on the Default set or any set, all of the charts with that set loaded will display these drawings.
  • To start fresh, simply create a new set by clicking on “drawing sets” and then “create drawing set.”
  • You can remove drawings for the set or clear the set entirely by right-clicking anywhere on your chart and selecting “Clear Drawing Set.”
  • Drawing sets are automatically saved when a new drawing set is created.
  • If you want to change your Default set, save the drawings from Default as a new set and clear Default.
  • All drawing sets can be renamed or deleted with the exception of Default.

As to not interrupt existing drawings or drawing practices, we are migrating old drawings, wherever they happen to live, to their new home.

  • Any drawing that you did not explicitly save as a set prior to May 13 will be migrated to a set.
  • We did not want to take liberties with your workflow, so we introduced a set that is Unsaved.
  • The new Unsaved set is only associated with the chart in its current state. You can draw on top of this set, but if you close the chart (edit the grid or close a detached chart), the Unsaved drawing set will be gone.
  • Unsaved sets cannot be displayed on any other chart.
  • To unlock all the benefits of sets, simply save the Unsaved set.

More information here: Drawings FAQ

Additions to Candlestick Pattern Editor

With the recent release of the Candlestick Pattern Editor, we left a few stones unturned. So we decided to revisit this tool while the iron was still hot and introduce some new functionality. With these updates, you can truly build all of your Candlestick patterns with great ease.

  • In addition to the existing Up, Down, Doji, and Mixed types of candles, you can now add Ascending and Descending trend. This is done by clicking the center of the candle you want to define.
  • You can now define a high or low point on any given candle as the highest or lowest point. Just drag the point to the very top or bottom of the Editor window and drop it in the area that appears.
  • For mixed groups of candles, you can now drag and drop the Open, High, Low, or Close point of the group.
  • We have also enabled Sharing for you Custom Patterns. So create, customize, and share away!

Breakout Signals added to popular studies

Many of the studies that all chartists are familiar with have an unstop set of rules. The beauty in these rules lies in the simplicity. Due to these two factors, we have decided to allow you to enable breakout signals on some popular studies.

  • The breakout signals are found as an input in the Customization window of your study.

  • The studies that include breakout signals are MovAvgExponential, SimpleMovingAvg, CCI, Momentum, MACD, MACDHistogram, RSI, StochRSI, StochasticSlow, StochasticFast, and StochasticFull.
  • In a similar effort to adding these signals, we have added two new studies using this same concept: StochasticFullDiff and MomentumPercentDiff.
  • All of these studies are fully documented in the Charting section of the learning center.


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