by John Sweeney
RTR SOFTWARE INC.
19 W. Hargett Street, #204
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919 829-0786
Fax: 919 829-0891
Product: Technical analysis screening, reporting and system-testing package.
Equipment requirements: IBM AT or PS/2 compatible with 640K RAM. CGA/EGA/VGA or Hercules
graphics adapter; hard disk drive with at least 2 MB available memory; IBM Proprinter, Epson dot
matrix or Hewlett-Packard LaserJet printer; DOS 3.1 or later, but 5.0 is recommended. Compatible
with Windows 3.1. Hasn't been officially tested under OS/2, but it ran well for us.
Data sources: MetaStock, Dow Jones, CompuTrac, Savant (Technical Investor), Inmark (Market
"The Technical Analyst's Dream Machine" is what developer RTR Software bills TechniFilter Plus
as. Indeed, the aspirations are great: match issues with specific technical patterns, create indicators that
no other package can match, test buy/sell strategies, optimize strategies, chart the indicators and
strategies and do it all automagically, without human hand-holding.
RTR Software has always been a purist's delight. The company developed TechniFilter in the early days of
computerized technical analysis, and driving force Clay Burch has consistently improved it, all the while
publishing one of the best company newsletters available. Every other month, the newsletter comes up
with new indicators or trading systems. For those developing systems, the newsletter alone is a must-read.
Now, along with the TechniFilter Plus package comes RTR'S "Reports, Strategies and Formulas," a
compilation of formulas for just about anything, screening reports and 18 trading strategies, all of which
have been developed and tested over the years that RTR has published TechniFilter Plus and its
newsletter. Together with a manual that's doubled in size since its introduction, it's a sweet package for a
very reasonable price.