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Happy Easter and Office Hours
Posted by Julia Skorobogata on 06 April 2018 08:41 PM

Hello SciChart customers,

Our team wishes everyone Happy Easter! To all of you who has celebrated it last week or will do this weekend!

Our office will be closed Monday,  April 9th. 

We hope you all enjoy your holidays and spring!

Best regards,

SciChart team


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SciChart WPF Pricing Plan Changes
Posted by Julia Skorobogata on 05 April 2018 01:04 PM

SciChart WPF Pricing Plan Changes

SciChart WPF is now entering its sixth year since the first version was published! During that time we have gone from a small one-person company to a team of over ten developers, lovingly crafting, maintaining and delivering High Performance WPF Chart components, actively used by thousands of customers around the world!

The SciChart WPF Chart controls that you see now are more advanced than we ever thought we would create, and we are still developing and adding features, fixing bugs, supporting and maintaining this successful product.

Furthermore, we have always strived to maintain excellent tech support. It’s not always possible (we do have our failings from time to time) but overall customers rate us as excellent on tech support. We care about the products that we make and want users to have a good experience using them.

In light of this, we have resisted changing pricing as long as possible, however we feel at SciChart that we have to make a small change to our pricing model in order to maintain the excellent level of service that we provide. This change is to raise the price of SciChart WPF 2D Professional only, keeping all other products the same.

An overview of Pricing Changes

The pricing of SciChart is currently as follows:

  • WPF 2D Pro: $899
  • WPF 3D Pro: $999
  • WPF 2D Enterprise: $1499
  • WPF SDK Pro: $1749
  • WPF SDK Enterprise: $2549

We propose to change the pricing of SciChart WPF 2D Professional only, raising it from $899 USD to $1090 USD per developer license with 1-year support and updates.
The price of renewals placed will also be raised, from $449.50 to $545 per developer license with 1-year support and updates.
The cost of all other products will remain the same.
The cost of the no-support options of SciChart WPF will remain the same.

When will the pricing Changes come into effect?

This pricing change will come into effect on May 1st 2018. Any orders placed after this date will reflect the new pricing.

Will there be other pricing changes?

We cannot rule out further pricing changes, but we have no intention to change any of our other pricing at this time.

To beat the price rise!

You can beat the price rises if you were intending to purchase or renew SciChart WPF 2D Pro by:

  • Purchase a 1-year, 2-year, 3-year or lifetime support license before May 1st and you will get the current lower pricing.
  • Renew an existing SciChart WPF 2D Professional licenses now with a 1-year, 2-year, 3-year or lifetime renewal before May 1st and you will lock in the current pricing (until your renewal is next due).

For Sales Enquries

Please contact us at sales [at] We will do our best to answer any questions you have and process orders quickly if you wish to place them before the deadline.

Contact Sales

Best regards,
SciChart team

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Performance Improvements in SciChart WPF v5.1 
Posted by Andrew on 21 February 2018 02:38 PM

SciChart WPF v5.1 will be released in the next few days. Here’s a sneak peak what we have added along with many features & bug fixe! 

Back in 2012 when SciChart WPF first came into existence, our main goal was to deliver High Performance, Realtime Charts to desktop applications on the Windows Presentation Foundation platform. Over the years our performance goalposts have moved. Originally we wanted to draw 100,000 points in realtime, then a million, then ten million! SciChart WPF v4 was an extremely fast & performant version of SciChart which was able to draw 10 million points (or more) for line series, a million or so for scatter series, and could comfortably draw hundreds or even thousands of series.

However, our users want more! Some of our power-users are using SciChart to draw huge datasets, so as a result, we’ve undertaken work to improve the speed of our WPF Charts in certain key areas, including:

Performance of Line Series when many series / few points

SciChart WPF v4 had a bottleneck where there were many series, each with few points. In this case the lossless resampling algorithm built into SciChart was unable to reduce the data drawn on screen. As a result the bottleneck because raw drawing of points.

In SciChart v5.1 we have added a new experimental drawing mode, which applies to line series only. This mode improves the performance of line series drawing up to 4x faster than previous version(s) of SciChart.


To enable faster drawing of line series, use the following code:

<s:SciChartSurface s3D:DirectXHelper.TryApplyDirectXRenderer="True"
PerformanceHelper.SetEnableExtremeDrawingManager(sciChartSurface, true);
DirectXHelper.SetTryApplyDirectXRenderer(sciChartSurface, true);


Performance of FIFO / Scrolling series

SciChart WPF v4 had a bottleneck where FIFO (first in first out) DataSeries were used. In this mode, the dataseries had to be unwrapped from a circular buffer before being drawn. This copy step took some time and for larger data-sets (>10Million points) it caused a severe performance bottleneck.

In SciChart v5.1 we have added a new experimental set of resampling algorithms, which performs resampling in-place (does not unwrap). The result is the performance of FIFO Series is up to 4x faster than previous version(s) of SciChart.

To enable faster FIFO resampling, use the following code:

<s:SciChartSurface s3D:DirectXHelper.TryApplyDirectXRenderer="True"
PerformanceHelper.SetEnableExtremeResamplers(sciChartSurface, true);
DirectXHelper.SetTryApplyDirectXRenderer(sciChartSurface, true);


Performance of Scatter Series with PaletteProvider (per-point colouring)

SciChart WPF v5 had a bottleneck where the Scatter Series was used with the PaletteProvider (changing point-color frequently as data updates). This was reported by several users who wanted to visualize a fourth dimension of data.

In SciChart v5.1 we have added a new series type: ExtremeScatterRenderableSeries. This series type adds an optimization which is available for DirectX only. When the optimization is enabled, points are drawn as batches and there is no performance hit when switching color dynamically in the scatter series. The new implementation is over 10x faster than the old scatter series when palette provider is enabled. (For non paletted series, the performance is the same).


To enable faster performance Scatter Series with PaletteProvider, use the following code:

<s:SciChartSurface s3D:DirectXHelper.TryApplyDirectXRenderer="True">
        <s:ExtremeScatterRenderableSeries x:Name="scatterSeries">
                <s:EllipsePointMarker Width="5" Height="5"/> 
DirectXHelper.SetTryApplyDirectXRenderer(sciChartSurface, true);
scatterSeries.PaletteProvider = new TestPaletteProvider(new Color[] { Colors.Red, Colors.Green, Colors.Blue ... } );E

// where ExtremePaletteProvider defined as 
public class TestPaletteProvider : IExtremePointMarkerPaletteProvider 
    private readonly List<Color> _dataPointColors;
    private readonly Values<Color> _colors = new Values<Color>();

    public TestPaletteProvider(List<Color> dataPointColors)
        _dataPointColors = dataPointColors;

    public Values<Color> Colors { get { return _colors; } }

    public void OnBeginSeriesDraw(IRenderableSeries rSeries)
        var indexes = rSeries.CurrentRenderPassData.PointSeries.Indexes;
        var count = indexes.Count;
        _colors.Count = count;

        // copy required colors from list using data point indices
        for (int i = 0; i < count; i++)
            var dataPointIndex = indexes[i];
            _colors[i] = _dataPointColors[dataPointIndex];


Performance and accuracy of resampling large datasets

Additional functionality has been added in SciChart v5.1. With a re-write of our resampling algorithms taking advantage of templating in C++ we now have the fastest, most accurate resampling algorithms ever, taking care of many edge cases that were reported such as handling datasets which included NaN (null points) and uneven datasets.

These improvements are enabled by setting the following code in your application:

<s:SciChartSurface s:PerformanceHelper.EnableExtremeResamplers="True">
PerformanceHelper.SetEnableExtremeResamplers(sciChartSurface, true);


How Fast is SciChart’s WPF Chart?

You can see our updated performance benchmark over here at How Fast is SciChart’s WPF Chart! Over the years we have worked hard to maintain and improve performance, so that SciChart can be used in Big-Data, scientific and financial applications around the world.

Best regards,


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Christmas 2017 & New Year Opening Hours
Posted by Andrew on 22 December 2017 12:18 PM

Hey SciChart customers,

I wanted to take a moment before the holiday season starts to really thank you for supporting us throughout 2017. This year has been a good year for SciChart, with some ups and downs, some delayed releases (but they arrived!) but overall a GOOD year, thanks to the continued support of our customers, users and supporters.

As we go into Christmas 2017 I want to say to everyone have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas I want to wish you Happy Holidays and a relaxing time as the world winds down.

In 2018 we will be working hard to maintain and developer our WPF, iOS, Android and Xamarin Charts, and we also have some new projects on the way. We hope 2018 will be a prosperous new year for all of our customers!


Practical Stuff! Office Opening Hours

We shouldn’t have to say it but there are some practicalities to take care of.

Every year we get at least a few support requests on Christmas Day. Guys, we won’t be answering them until Wednesday 27th 
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Coming Soon to SciChart Q3/Q4 2017
Posted by Andrew on 29 September 2017 01:46 AM

We’ve been quiet for a while, so we thought it was a good time to make an announcement about what we have been working on, and what we are doing soon for SciChart in Q3 & Q4 2017.

Website Upgrade – Why SciChart, Testimonials, Showcase and More

Over the summer, the SciChart website has undergone a revamp! We’ve included a lot more information to help prospective customers with the right information to help them choose SciChart as a charting component. This includes the new styled menu, as well as Why SciChart and Showcase pages. Have a look if you haven’t already! We hope you like what you see!

New SciChart homepage is looking slick!

Why SciChart? We give you reasons to choose SciChart for your projects.

Testimonials & Review feedback for our chart components.

SciChart WPF v5 Coming Soon

Our flagship product: SciChart WPF, is undergoing a major revision. This is a huge release which incorporates a lot of feature requests, bug fixes and improvements which you have requested.  SciChart WPF v5 is in BETA now and will include:

WPF 2D Chart New Features & Improvements
  • New Uniform and NonUniform 2D Heatmap Chart Types – up to 10x faster heat map rendering with DirectX.
  • Linear interpolation or solid cells support for 2D Heatmap Chart types (DirectX only).
  • Metadata and PaletteProvider support for 2D Heatmap Chart types.
  • Radar 2D Chart Type.
  • Contours 2D Chart Type.
  • New MVVM Axis API for adding / removing axis via view models
  • New MVVM Annotations API for adding / removing annotations via viewmodels
  • Filters API – allows changing filters to SciChart data-series for transforms of data (think MovingAverage, LowPass Filter, HighPass Filter).
  • DiscontinuousDateTimeAxis – allows hiding time gaps in a DateTimeAxis. useful for trading charts hiding overnight trading sessions and weekends, but also any chart that requires a true X-Y DateTimeAxis with some excluded sections of time.
  • .NET4.5 and SharpDX 3 Support. If time permits we will update to Sharp DX v4.
  • No more dependency on the obsolete D3DX9_43.dll and D3DX10_43.dll for SciChart.DirectX.dll
WPF 3D Chart New Features & Improvements
  • Waterfall 3D Chart Type.
  • PaletteProvider support for 3D Surface Mesh chart type allowing nulls (holes) in surface mesh or custom colouring per cell.
  • Non-uniform Surface Mesh chart type – with uneven spacing in cells in 3D
  • Contours support on Surface Mesh.
  • *.obj file 3D object support for adding objects to a 3D Scene from disk or memory stream.
  • Up to 10x faster Scatter 3D Chart Type
  • Up to 10x faster Point Line 3D Chart Type
  • Improvements to placement and quality of axis labels
  • No more dependency on Visual C++ 2013 Runtime for SciChart.Charting3D.dll
Contours on WPF Heatmaps

Contours on Heatmaps

WPF Chart Surface Mesh with Contours

SciChart WPF v5 has Contours support built-in to Surface Mesh chart

Object *.obj file in 3D WPF Chart

Loading 3D *.obj files into WPF 3D Charts

WPF 3D Chart with custom color and nulls in Surface Mesh plot

Nulls (gaps) and custom colors in Surface Mesh

SciChart UWP BETA Coming Soon

SciChart for Universal Windows Platform!

Yuriy on our team has managed to create a prototype for SciChart on UWP. Can you believe it! This has been hard work due to the maturity of the UWP API. We have faced problems such as lack of MarkupExtension, no support for Bindings in styles, no dependency property inheritance, no RelativeSource FindAncestor binding etc… However, through hard work and sheer determination he has managed to get a chart rendering with several of our series types in Universal Windows Platform. We hope to be releasing a BETA for this shortly along with the release of SciChart WPF v5.

SciChart iOS/Android v2.1 Coming Soon

SciChart iOS Android Pie Chart Donut Chart

SciChart iOS v2.1 will feature Pie and Donut Charts

  • Pie Charts
  • Donut Charts
  • Animation functions on chart load, or on data-point added

After the release of SciChart iOS/Android v2.1 we aim to be focussing on our getting-started guides, documentation and more as per your feedback from our features survey.

We would welcome your continued feedback on what you would like added to the iOS & Android charts.

Q4 2017 and Beyond

What else are we working on? As well as projects for the immediate future, this is our roadmap for the rest of 2017 and beyond.


SciChart iOS/Android Documentation, Getting-Started Guides

We’re continually trying to improve our SciChart iOS & Android documentation to make it easy to use and get started, and maintain the great reputation we have from SciChart WPF into our new products.

If you would like to feed back on what documentation topics you want added to SciChart iOS & Android, please contact us.


SciChart iOS/Android Examples and Showcase Appstore Publication

We are also planning to publish the SciChart iOS/Android Examples to the AppStore as well as the SciChart iOS/Android Showcase. The showcase features some great demos, including the Spectrum Analyzer demo, the ECG demo and now a new Trading App demo. These are available currently from our Github repositories: and

SciChart iOS Android Showcase Trading App demo

SciChart iOS Android Showcase Trading App demo

SciChart iOS Android Showcase Spectrum/Audio Analyzer App demo

SciChart iOS Android Showcase Spectrum/Audio Analyzer App demo

SciChart iOS Android Showcase ECG/EKG App demo

SciChart iOS Android Showcase ECG/EKG App demo

SciChart iOS/Android 3D Chart Prototype

It is very early days but we are working to include our 3D engine into SciChart iOS/Android to allow 3D Charts on these platforms. We hope to release this in 2018.


SciChart iOS/Android ReactNative and NativeScript Support

SciChart iOS Android NativeScript ReactNative Charts

SciChart iOS & Android is compatible with NativeScript and soon ReactNative

Super popular ReactNative and NativeScript frameworks allow javascript or TypeScript software development on the iOS & Android platforms, but with near native performance. We are working on prototypes to demonstrate how to include our super-fast native iOS & Android charts.

We already have a very early prototype for using SciChart with NativeScript on our Github repository: This shows a simple line chart (nothing more) and shows you how to use SciChart iOS + Android with this popular framework. More to follow!

Contact Us for Feedback

Is there anything else you would like us to add to SciChart, SciChart’s documentation or examples or our website? Please contact us!


Best regards,

[SciChart Team]

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SciChart WPF Examples, Tutorials source now on GitHub!
Posted by Julia Skorobogata on 09 March 2017 09:00 AM

In the past few weeks, we have been working on shaping our product and vision for SciChart WPF, with the help of feedback from our userbase and potential customers. One of the requests which you have asked for is the ability to have the SciChart WPF Examples source code available *outside the installer*. As a result, we have taken the step to setup automatic publishing of the SciChart WPF Examples Suite to Github, referencing the SciChart WPF DLLs from NuGet. We are hoping that this will be a powerful resource which will enable our users to fall into the pit of success when using SciChart!

What is in SciChart WPF Examples Repository?

The SciChart WPF Examples Repository can be found on Github under the ABTSoftware organization. This is a public repository with an open source License. You are free to clone it using Git or SVN clients, download the code, and use anything in it for commercial or open source purposes.

The repository contains

SciChart WPF Examples Source Code
  • The full source code for the SciChart WPF v4.x Examples Suite
  • The full source code for the SciChart WPF v5.x Examples Suite (BETA)

WPF Charts by SciChart WPF v4 SDK

SciChart WPF Tutorials


SciChart WPF Examples Sandbox

Cloning the Repository and Building the Source

  • You can clone the repository with Git, Tortoise SVN client, or download a zip.
  • You will need Visual Studio 2010, 2012, 2013 or 2015 installed.
  • You will need to setup the NuGet feed as per our instructions ‘Getting Started with NuGet’
  • After that just build and run. The SciChart.Wpf.Examples will get all packages from NuGet and will build and run!

Wait, What? SciChart Examples v5?

That’s right! You heard correctly. We are now publishing an Early Access Preview of the the SciChart WPF Examples v5 to the Github repository, along side SciChart WPF v5 BETA to our abtsoftware-bleedig-edge (BETA) NuGet Feed.

SciChart WPF v5 IS A VERY EARLY BETA. This version of SciChart is very much in flux. We wanted to be able to showcase what we have been working on as well as give some of our customers early access to the next major version of SciChart, which is currently on schedule to be released in May.

WPF v5 Burndown Chart as of March 2016. Expected delivery in May 2016 WPF v5 Burndown Chart as of March 2016. Expected delivery in May 2016

If you want to see what we’re doing for SciChart WPF v5, head on over to our Public Issue Tracker where you can see the sprints, the tasks in progress and our statuses. ‘Delivered’ state means published to NuGet & Github!

New Features coming soon to SciChart WPF v5

WPF Radar Chart

From one of the surveys we learned that  Radar Charts are important to many users.

This 2D Chart will be added to SciChart WPF v 5 to allow displaying radars with customizable axes and selectable series or data-points. This chart type has been built from the ground up using our fast 2D drawing technology and looks great!

radarchart The WPF Radar Chart type allows unlimited, configurable ‘Radar Axis’ with data series as Polygons, Point-Markers or Lines. Tooltips and Legends and theming come as standard

You can see an example of use here.

WPF Discontinuous DateTime Axis

In WPF v5 new DiscontinuousDateTimeAxis type is going to be introduced. This is a special axis type, specifically for financial / trading charts, which will allow you to skip ranges (overnight, weekend). It will support series with differing lengths for the first time in trading charts. This opens the possibility of all sorts of indicators and filtering techniques previously impossible with SciChart. It will allow you to use Range, Tick, Volume or Time based bars. It preserves the position on Annotations on time-frame changes. It allows showing/hiding of overnight trading on exchanges with extended trading data.

discoaxis The DiscontinuousDateTimeAxis type allows Volume, Range, Price and Tick Bars as well as a calendar for skipping overnight segments/weekends for true support for financial stock charts.

You can see an example of use here.

Uniform Heatmap Type

The heatmap type is undergoing radical transformation. We have a new FastUniformHeatmapRenderableSeries. This is up to 10x faster than the existing FastHeatmapRenderableSeries for the case where cells are uniformly spaced and supports the PaletteProvider API. This works best with DirectX.

The Uniform heat map type has been heavily optimised, now yielding up to 10x faster rendering when compared to v4.x FastHeatmapRenderableSeries The Uniform heat map type has been heavily optimised, now yielding up to 10x faster rendering when compared to v4.x FastHeatmapRenderableSeries

You can see an example of use here

Non-Uniform Heatmap Type

Still in progress, we have a Non-Uniform heatmap type which will supercede the existing FastHeatmapRenderableSeries. This fixes issues where the Y cells don’t match the spacing provided by the user. We also hope it will be faster and more flexible than the existing FastHeatmapRenderableSeries. Still a work in progress 
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