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Feb
13
Documentation Theme & Usability Update
Posted by Andrew on 13 February 2019 06:24 PM

As part of ongoing work to improve the user-experience for our customers, we have just quietly rolled out improvements to our documentation for WPF Charts, iOS Charts & Android Charts.

Changes include:

  • A brand new stylish theme in SciChart Green!
  • Easier to read pages with cleaner styles.
  • Responsive output for mobile & tablet devices.
  • Many small corrections and improvements to the documentation.
  • Making it easier to find information via Google using Title tags and structured data.

 

It’s now easier than ever to find what you need from Google

Useful related links are now scattered throughout the docs

A new, responsive theme in SciChart Green!

You can check out the documentation for our iOS Charts, Android Charts and WPF Charts here:

SciChart’s Charts have hundreds of hand-written documentation pages across our platforms, as well as thousands of automatically generated pages from actual .NET/Xamarin assemblies, Java libraries, and iOS Frameworks.

By creating documentation which is easy to read, easy to search, we believe it will make your day more productive as you work with SciChart. All of our documentation is online, and indexable & searchable via Google. Just try now googling for something like ‘SciChart RolloverModifier Custom Tooltip‘. There’s a high probability you will find the information you need!


Responsive design for tablet & mobile now means you can view our chart documentation on your favourite device[/caption]

 

More improvements on the way

We’ve recently delivered automatic search of the forum as you type questions, and more improvements are on the way soon, such as a feature-request voting system, and intelligent search as you open support tickets.

Watch this space!

Best regards,
[SciChart Team]

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Feb
11
SciChart: Roadmap for 2019
Posted by Andrew on 11 February 2019 09:59 AM

This year we have a lot of exciting releases planned. We have been working very hard behind the scenes on research & development to improve our existing set of products, plus create new products. This work is often hidden from view but we want to give you an insight into what we are working on and when we hope to release!

SciChart – Achievements so far

We last published a roadmap two years ago and discussed how its our intention to become market leaders in cross-platform, high performance real-time charting. That was an ambitious plan for a small, privately owned company like ours without any external funding or debt! However, we are well on our way to achieving it. Here is a run-down of what we’ve achieved since the last roadmap update.

2012 – 2016

Oh wow, this is how the website looked in 2012!

We were just getting started really, during this time we went from zero (just a guy with a laptop) to a team of about 7, releasing versions 1, 2 and 3 of our WPF charts.

It’s funny to look back at those days and realise how bad our graphic design was!

April 2016
3D WPF Charts by SciChart

WPF 3D Charts were released in 2016

We released SciChart v4 which included WPF 3D Charts. The 3D Charts have been extremely successful and are used by companies all over the world to carry out complex, hardware-accelerated visualization of data in 3D. This work also pushed us into the position of Market Leader for High Performance WPF Charts, pushing us past our main competitors in volume (number of licenses sold).

Summer 2016

iOS/Android Charts v1

We released a first version of our iOS/Android charts. SciChart for iOS/Android was performance tested vs. various competitors and easily became the worlds fastest iOS & Android Chart component (ios performance tests, android performance tests). Pretty soon after we had a success with one of our customers using SciChart Android on an embedded system to create a medical testing device.

Summer 2017 

Xamarin support was added in v2 of SciChart iOS/Android

We released version 2 of our iOS/Android Charts. More chart types, a better API and more examples. Xamarin support was added. The demo applications were added to the app store and play store.

In 2017 we also completed a redesign of our website including Why-SciChart pages, Case-Studies and a reviews campaign, netting us a whopping 242 reviews with 98% positive to date!

Throughout 2018

SciChart WPF v5 continues to be improved

Several releases of SciChart WPF v5.x, which added contours in 2D & 3D, filters API, DiscontinuousDateTimeAxis, Market Profile series, Radar Chart, Extreme Resamplers & performance improvements, Free surface mesh, 3D Polar chart, 3D Ellipsoid chart, 3D Cylindroid chart, and Financial trade annotation drawing tools.

You can see a list of the release notes here:

In addition, we released hundreds of bug fixes & minor updates via our Nightly Build / NuGet feed, and have also been working very hard to move more of our chart code to C++ (the original cross-platform language) to allow us to complete our vision. These sort of things you don’t see but are a huge piece of work required to make the next steps possible.

SciChart – The Roadmap for 2019

The coming year looks set to be packed with releases which will include the following.

Just Released (now)

We just silently released a documentation update for all our three platforms. Find information more easily with improved google search results as well as a cleaner, easier to read theme. Also the Forums now have an auto-search function which has already helped reduce the number of duplicate questions!

Releasing in next 4 weeks
  • SciChart WPF v5.3 is in testing for release very soon, which will include Animation Functions on series, ability to rotate Polar charts natively (a many times requested feature), and option to avoid Tooltip Clipping when many charts close together (another hotly requested feature) plus many reported bug fixes.
  • SciChart iOS v2.5 will be released very soon with a patch to support Metal as well as OpenGL ES for the latest iOS devices.
  • SciChart WPF v5.4 will feature .NET Core 3.0 Support, which is in progress now and we believe will be ready before the Microsoft release of .NET Core 3 for Windows Desktop Applications
  • We are shortlisted for a major award which is being announced in just over a month! We can’t talk about it just yet but we are super excited (and crossing fingers and toes) hoping that we stand a chance of winning! …
Releasing in next ~2-3 months
  • SciChart iOS/Android v3 is nearly ready: a major version upgrade with a new improved API for iOS charts, and 3D Charts to both iOS & Android platforms.
  • We are rolling out a Features Request system on the website, allowing you to suggest features & vote on them. Vote power will be linked to your purchase history, so higher value clients will have more vote power. We will only be doing feature requests logged in the new system, so when it is released, get voting!
  • We are rolling out improvements to the Knowledgebase, search and support desk. These include closing the support desk to non-paid customers and ensuring that you are given relevant search results when you first request support.
  • We will be removing the lower cost, no-support option for our charts, instead, introducing multiple support tiers including standard and enterprise; which may include remote support, to add value to enterprise clients who demand the best and most effective support channels.
  • We will be releasing a new, cross-platform Licensing Wizard, written in Electron & React, it will work on Mac OSX and Windows desktops, allowing you to activate licenses, get news about updates and more on all our chart platforms.
Releasing later this year
  • Mac OSX support for our iOS Chart library. We have delayed this release for now as we wanted to focus on the re-work of our iOS charts to include 3D & Metal, but the code is largely portable. We aim to refocus on Mac OSX support soon.
  • SciChart.js: fast, realtime javascript charts using our C++ rendering engine ported to WebAssembly and WebGL to allow streaming, realtime 2D & 3D Charts for the web, Electron, React, Angular and Vue.js applications. This is a very exciting project which started recently. We have some early results that our charts will work in a browser and will be developing them over the course of the year.

A feature packed year!

Thank you for your continued support of SciChart. We wouldn’t be where we are today, without you, the customer. To say thank you, we have a feature-packed year planned for you!

Remember that if you are a customer of SciChart, you will receive all major & minor releases that fall within your support subscription plan. It makes good sense to keep up to date and to renew SciChart WPF, iOS or Android so that you get the latest releases.

If you haven’t yet purchased but are thinking about doing so, take a look at the above, we have come a really long way in a short period of time and we believe the best is yet to come!

As always, we welcome your feedback and comments. If you have something to say, good or bad, please contact-us, as it can help shape the business.

Best regards,
Andrew

 

 

 

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Feb
6

This is a very early prototype …  but we wanted to share with you some exciting news … SciChart is working on a High Performance, Realtime Javascript Chart Component for the Web. 

SciChart.js – in progress now

Known as SciChart.js, this component will utilise our extensive 2D & 3D rendering engine built in C++, we currently use across our market-leading WPF, and iOS & Android Charts. Our proprietary rendering engine provides us with the ability to draw primitives in Immediate-Mode rendering at extremely high speed as well as high performance 2D & 3D Charts on multiple platforms. Millions of lines and thousands of primitives on screen at once at not a problem for SciChart. Our rendering engine has been successfully compiled to WebGL and WebAssembly , a new native binary format for the web, enabling native speed by taking advantage of the CPU and GPU. All in a cross-platform, browser-based, javascript compatible package.

Prototype Fast, Realtime 2D & 3D Javascript Charts

Traditional chart components for the web tend to be based on Javascript or Typescript and the HTML5 Canvas, however these are simply too slow to be able to display large amounts of data required for creating big-data applications, or realtime applications that require higher performance in the browser. SciChart however is an excellent choice for applications that require big-data visualization or applications that require real-time charts such as medical applications, or financial trading applications and we are excited about the prospect of WebAssembly for totally changing the web in the future.

So what will SciChart.js be able to do?

Well we are aiming to support our whole host of 3D Charts that we currently support in WPF (Windows), and soon iOS and Android, in the web browser for the first release. We intend the library to be fully compatible with vanilla Javascript applications as well as ASP.NET, Knockout.js, Angular, React and Vue.js.

We’re aiming to support big-data and real-time streaming 2D Charts for Javascript shortly afterwards, by releasing a 2D version of scichart.js for web applications.

Prototype Fast, Realtime 2D & 3D Javascript Charts

OMGOSH When will it be ready?!

The first question we’re going to be asked is ‘When will it be ready!!’ We can’t tell you that just yet … It’s a big job to get our charts ready for the web, but we have already made a start a short while ago. Because we took the steps in the past to port a lot of our drawing code over to C++ for sharing with multiple platforms, its going to be easier to produce a new Fast Javascript Chart Component utilising WebAssembly and WebGL, as we are moving toward a shared code-base model as described in our Vision & Roadmap document.

So we will keep you updated. We hope to have some more results in a month, as we continue the compilation and bug fixing of our rendering engine in WebAssembly/WebGL.

What is SciChart? 

SciChart is a High Performance, Realtime Chart component. Capable of many millions of data-points, SciChart is the Best Chart component for WPF (Windows), providing extremely fast, and flexible charts for Big-Data, Scientific, Medical and Financial applications that demand the best performance and user experience. 

SciChart is also available for mobile devices, allowing extremely high performance charts on the iOS and Android Platforms. You can find out more about SciChart by visiting our website, or watching one of the videos below. 

Finally, if you are interested in being informed about SciChart releases, create an account at scichart.com, or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn. Emails will be sent out to our subscribers in the future!

 

Best regards,
Andrew

 

 

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Jan
30
Full site search now available on the forums
Posted by Andrew on 30 January 2019 05:41 PM

The SciChart Forums are a super popular resource for customers and trial users of SciChart to ask questions how to do things, how to add certain features to the chart in either WPF, or iOS/Android platforms. Over the years we’ve collected no less than 2,388 forum questions about our charts, which have been answered mostly by our staff and sometimes by the community to!

There are however a lot of duplicate questions on the forums, and sometimes the same thing gets asked again and again… In order to help reduce this duplciate content, and to help you find answers faster, we’ve invested in adding a custom search feature to the forum.

As soon as you type in the Question box, it will now start to search the SciChart site documentation, forum questions and knowledgebase articles, returning the most relevant results. Results are powered by Elastic Search, which doesn’t exactly give the same high precision results as Google, but it is a powerful, open source search engine that provides pretty decent results on multiple sources combined. We’re hosting the search engine on a linux server, separate to the SciChart website. You can check out the test interface at https://search.scichart.com. Our forum now requests results from search.scichart.com as you type, hopefully, providing you with very useful results!

SciChart Search in Forum, powered by Elastic Search

Further investment on the horizon

Watch this space as we’re hoping to invest further into small systems like this to give you a better user experience, and to help us to grow into the company we envisage, which is market leader in fast, flexible, powerful, charts on all major platforms.

If you have feedback about this system or wish to suggest some improvements, as always, we welcome you to contact us!

Best regards,
[SciChart Team]

 

 

 

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Jan
25

Recently one of our customers has given us to post a case-study about SciChart in their application. This is now viewable at our www.scichart.com/case-studies-consultancy page. Thank you to the customer! We love working with you! – SciChart Team

Customer Case Study – Quantitative Trading Application

“In the past we experienced a lot of pain with other third party chart controls, which failed to deliver over time”

“SciChart looks to be a great product, and has proven to us that a general-purpose chart control can be used within a specific scenario to create high performance, big data analytics applications.”

SciChart has recently carried out a licensing + consultancy project alongside a customer, a highly successful Quantitative Trading firm and global private investor. The Client’s focus is on technology and financial sector opportunities. Leveraging the unique understanding of risk management, they utilize complex quantitative research methods and leading-edge technology to develop world-class trading strategies.

The Client had a need for a powerful, general-purpose charting control, which any of the client’s application in the Windows environment should be able to use. In addition, there was a need for an application that will allow visualization of key trading related metrics using charts.

SciChart has provided our turnkey WPF Chart Software as well as developer hours as part of a licensing & consultancy deal, spanning more than a year and currently ongoing.

Read the full PDF below to find out more about how SciChart can be used in Quantitative Finance & Big Data applications, as well as the features achieved by our best-in-class WPF charts.

Read more in full PDF

Find out more

If you have a requirement for a charting application, and would like to hire our world class consultants, or, if you would like more information about our turnkey WPF, iOS or Android Chart components, please get in touch by contacting Sales.

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