MetaStock Real Time 3.5
by Thom Hartle and John Sweeney
Equis International Inc.
3950 South 700 East, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Product: Real-time quotes, technical analysis, graphics and system testing.
Price: Real Time, $495. Regular version (end of day), $349. Upgrade from 3.0, $49 to $89. For
end-of-day quotes, DownLoader Signal specific, $39.
Equipment: Signal datafeed; Intel 286 or better machine (386 recommended) with 640K RAM
conventional memory, hard drive with 3.2 megabytes (MB) or more, DOS 3.0 or better, EGA/VGA
graphics. Supports up to 3 MB of Lotus/ Intel/Microsoft Expanded Memory Specification (LIM EMS)
Over the years, MetaStock has grown into a true power-house, having bested in the market
innumerable other entrepreneurs and several major corporations in its nicheódata management, charting
and technical analysis for retail (and many institutional) customers.
My theory for this is that folks were us attracted by the access to many data sources and the pricing;
retained by ease of use and support; and kept excited by the regular stream of upgrades bubbling out of
Salt Lake City. MetaStock brought movable graphic windows to the DOS world before before Microsoft
did, built in nearly every indicator (more than 65) that any trader would use N and, when lagging in the
ability to create indicators, quickly introduced a formula d builder and system testing capability that met
the needs of most traders. The main users' manual is close to 500 pages and easy to follow, loaded with
examples, suggested interpretations of indicators and tips for the user.
MetaStock RT seems to be the logical follow-on: a real-time package with all the features we're used to
ticking away in real time. That sounds simple, but geez! it's real time . Anyway, how did the drudgery of
installation go? Not worth talking about. Signal was already installed, and MetaStock installed itself.
When I was ready to go real time, I shut down the Signal quote display program to avoid any port
conflicts and then fired up MetaStock. I had been warned to turn off our Smart Drive
terrninate-and-stay-resident (TSR), which I did.