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The all-new eSignal, version 11, is so new and represents so much more than a typical product upgrade, it is
important to know what’s new and what’s changed. This is not just a standard Release Notes document, but also
a vital summary of what is in eSignal 11, what is not and what you can expect in future releases.

Intuitive Interface
Right away, the first thing users experience is the dramatic shift to a new, modern look and feel in the software.
Toolbars no longer take up a large amount of space and the windows have depth and curves. The following
features all relate to the new interface.

Tabbed Pages
Users have long requested the ability to
support multiple pages within eSignal.
We knew at the start that this would be
a powerful feature and a must-have as
it helps streamline a trader’s workflow
for better performance throughout
market hours. Using this feature is as
simple as clicking Page -> Open; a new
tab appears at the bottom of eSignal 11
with the name of the page you've
selected.

Docked Windows
Have you ever been building a page in
eSignal 10 and tried to get the windows
lined up just right? It can be a
frustrating endeavor, especially with
many windows. eSignal 11 makes this
simple with docking mode, which
automatically lines up windows, allows
the user to adjust the size of each and quickly move windows around. For those who prefer more control, the
standard window mode allows complete freedom of window movement.

In docking mode, moving windows around is just as easy as dragging a window to a new location; all the other
windows adjust to the new location automatically. You can even drag a window out of the page… detaching
windows is now just that easy! Ctrl + Drag brings a detached window back into eSignal 11.

Themes
Simply put, a theme defines the look of the new eSignal. From colors of the menus and toolbars to the default
schemes of each window type, a theme sets the tone for how the whole application appears. Take for example,
the “Frost” theme seen above. Two themes are available and we have more themes on the way for 2011.

Page Previews
One simple nicety that Windows 7 has proven to be a success is the ability
to quickly see what each item is along a tabbed bar. eSignal 11’s page tabs
do exactly this by popping up a small preview pane when your mouse
hovers over a tab.

As an aside, try dragging a tab to a new location or use your mouse wheel
while hovering over a tab.

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Language Packs
Embracing our global marketplace is also another goal for the next generation of our products, and eSignal 11
does just that with its new language packs. In essence, this is a way to use eSignal in a different language
altogether! Each word or phrase within the application has an identifier associated with it, so it is simply a matter
of mapping each text piece with a translated version of that same word. eSignal 11 has been translated into 8
different languages so far:

• English
• Spanish
• German
• French
• Italian
• Russian
• Chinese
• Japanese

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Undo / Redo
The ability to undo a mistake is an essential feature and has been missing in eSignal until now. One unique twist
on eSignal 11’s implementation is how tasks tracked by the Undo / Redo feature are organized by window. Our
Undo / Redo allows the user to back out errors in one window from earlier in the day without having to back all
changes out for all other windows.

For instance, I may have entered a bunch of symbols in my Watch List earlier in the morning and have done a lot
of work in charts throughout the day. Later that afternoon, I discovered that I deleted a few symbols in my Watch
List by accident. Instead of having to back out all the chart window work to undo the symbol deletes, with a few
Ctrl+Z presses on my Watch List, I have everything back to where it was. In essence, the Undo / Redo is tracked
separately from window to window.

New Windows / Features


Studies / Formulas in Watch List
One of the biggest features to come out of eSignal 11 is the ability to put your studies and formulas into your
Watch List (the new name for the Quote Window, see below). Any technical indicator that eSignal carries can now
be loaded; even Add-On and custom EFS formulas!

By doing so, you can create custom scanners by sorting lists of symbols with an unlimited number of possible
trade setups. EFS and Add-On Studies (e.g. Arps Trender below) can even provide Buy / Sell signals.

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Trade Manager / Money Management Planner
eSignal 11’s Trade Manger is dramatically improved to give you even more
power and flexibility to trade as the market changes. It enables you to quickly
place or modify orders with a single mouse click while viewing real-time market
depth on a price ladder. The new layout of this window makes it more refined to
take less space, yet includes more powerful tools below the ladder, such as
SL+ to set the Stop Limit tick offset.

Another powerful addition is the Money Management Planner. This tool


enables the active trader to set an unlimited number of pre-defined stop and
profit targets that is automatically sent to your broker once a position is opened.

Research Window
The Research window is a consolidated,
single stop for all your equity research
needs. Earnings Estimates, Analyst
Ratings, Financial Ratios, and so much
more round out this new offering. Bringing
in all the best parts of eSignal and
Interactive Data’s research together into
one cohesive window.

The best part about eSignal 11’s


Research window? It’s all in one place
and symbol-linked. Click on a stock from a
Watch List to quickly access the vitals of
that company when the Research window
is part of your page. The Profile Page
(shown below) provides all the significant
highlights of the company in one
consolidated view, or just pick your own
Research home page from the drop-down.

There are even pages dedicated to various regional markets that give you a glimpse into how those markets are
performing without your having to subscribe to those exchanges. Some of the items in the Research window are
subscription-based services, such as DJ News Plus, but the vast majority of content is available with eSignal
Premier subscriptions and up.

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Redesigned Windows
Earlier versions of eSignal do a lot of things right as evidenced by the very popular Advanced Chart window.
However, there were many areas we could improve on. As each window was brought in, we had the chance to
holistically review our strategies. In some cases, we left windows the way they were with just interfaces changes,
and in other areas there was a complete revamp. Read on for a summary of each.

Watch List
Many of eSignal’s window types have very similar features that duplicate common functions (i.e., Quote,
Summary, Portfolio, Hot List). Throughout the design of the new application, we looked at where windows could
come together into one cohesive, easy-to-use window. The new Watch List window does exactly this and more.

The image to the right shows Hot Lists and Sector Lists inserted into a list of other symbols. Each section is
separated by a comment, which enables the user to quickly collapse any symbol list into one row (as it is with the
Commercial Banks sector in the example).

The Summary window features are brought in through the use of an icon at the top (to the right of the “Default”
header seen here). This enables the user to scroll symbols left and right instead of up and down. The portfolio
functionality has also been merged with the inclusion of a new portfolio heading and columns to go along with it.

Another nice difference is the ability to easily drag and drop a symbol to another window. With this one mouse
action, a chart, Trade Manager or any other window’s symbol can quickly be changed without even requiring
symbol linking.

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Chart Window
The popularity of the Advanced Chart in the 10 series
made it clear that we needed to be careful in a redesign.
Change too much and it would be a jolt to the workflow for
users, so this had to be balanced with new software
design.

One of the key features in the new Chart window is the


way each object is clickable…studies, lines, even the
candles and bars are selectable. From there, you can
drag and drop them to overlay or re-order them, or with
just a quick double-click, you can edit the selected object.
There are also toolbars that slide down into view, and then
tuck back up into the title bar when you’re finished with
them, to save you even more space.

Just as we did with the Watch List, the goal of the Chart window is to combine the majority of all graphical
windows from the eSignal 10 series (e.g., Standard Chart, Point and Figure, Market Profile) into one cohesive
area. The design of such pieces is still in process, and we expect to complete this integration over the next few
versions.

Hot List Window 


For those who haven’t fully acclimated from the Leaders window (pre-10.5 builds), Hot Lists are pre-built scans
that look through the markets to identify the best trading opportunities and update them automatically every 30
seconds. There are the traditional gainers, losers and volume lists here, but also unique scans, such as Unusual
Volume, Most Volatile and Trade Rate Hot Lists.

There are a few unique aspects to the way Hot Lists are implemented in eSignal 11. For example, the Hot List
window has fully customizable columns, and with eSignal 11 it is easily rolled into an existing Watch List window.

Market Depth
There’s one key differences
between the legacy 10.6 window
and what’s in eSignal 11. For
those that use this window often, it
will be clear…the old data buttons
along the bottom are gone in favor
of a more intuitive drop-down
menu at the top. This menu
natively knows exactly what types
of depth data are available for
each symbol, which enables a
much more refined look and the
window can become that much
more compact.

Time & Sales


Functionally speaking, the Time and Sales Window is almost identical to the 10 series. Yet, there are enough
usability differences to bring that, “oh wow” feeling. A great example of this is a new drop-down tray used for
filtering. With a quick left click, all the filters slide down so you get the data you need fast.

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News Window
Get all of eSignal’s powerful news services in a powerful, compact window. Scan today’s headlines on keyword
searches or by category or service, or grab up to 15 days back on a single symbol to find all the news on a
specific company. As with the Watch List’s multi-window functionality, this News window combines more than one
level of information into one easy-to-get-at place.

Detailed Quotes
Originally called the Detail window but now renamed and reworked, the Detailed Quotes window makes a
dramatic appearance in eSignal 11. The inclusion of a “Big Price” makes it very easy to see the current action
while the Mini-Chart adds to both visual and functional appeal. These two new extras are optional for those who
need the more traditional compact data window.

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Option Chain
Embracing the new options window in
eSignal 11 will be a pleasure with this
new look-and-feel. The symbol entry,
month and strike filters are in drop-
down menus at the top, and the rest of
the filters slide into view with a single
click of the Filter icon in the Title Bar.
The right-click menu is clean and
intuitive and can include the underlying
symbol in a small customizable quote
area at the top of the chain.

All the Greeks are present, as well as a


few new option indicators. This fresh
and organized take on a data-heavy
window is a welcome addition to the
eSignal 11 line-up.

What’s Still to Come


While eSignal 11 introduces many new and redesigned features, not everything has been brought over yet from
the eSignal 10.x series. The table provided below shows what is in eSignal 11 and what has not yet been
implemented. Please note that eSignal 11 is constantly in development, and this is a snapshot of where the
product is as of the date of these Release Notes.

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