Metatrader SDS_TradeManager EA – Installation Instructions

This post is specifically on how to install and register the Metatrader SDS_TradeManager EA

The Metatrader SDS Trade Manager EA will be supplied to you as two files:

SDS_TradeManager.ex4
SDSMT4Reg.dll

The first one is a standard EA and is installed in the usual way (see below if you don’t know how to do this). The second file however is a Windows DLL library file which needs to be installed in a different location. After installation you’ll need to register your software as well. This is also described in this post.

A. Installing the SDS_TradeManager EA

1. Go to your Metatrader charting software and select the File | Open Data Folder menu option. This will open up your Windows Explorer at the appropriate folder.

2. You will see a selection of folders. Double click on the MQL4 folder which will lead you to the following folders

3. As the SDS Trade Manager EA is an Expert Advisor you need to navigate into the Experts folder and save the file there. That’s it!

B. Installing the SDSMT4Reg.dll DLL file

1. Repeat the process above except that at step 3 instead of the Experts folder you need to go to the Libraries folder and save the DLL file there.

C. Getting Your Registration Code

The next step is to apply the EA to a chart so that you can get it registered.

1. Firstly you need to get your Mt4 installation to recognise the new files. The easiest way to do this is simply to shut down and restart your Mt4 charting program but you can also go to the Navigator Panel, right click on Experts and select Refresh to update the listing of all your EA’s

Refreshing the Experts list

2. Once you have done this then you should see the file SDS_TradeManager listed in your Experts folder. Now you need to apply it to chart. Make sure that the AutoTrading button is switched on (so it is showing green) and then drag and drop the EA onto your chart.

The AutoTrading button

3. This will bring up the Expert SDS_TradeManager input dialog box. Select the Common tab and make sure that Allow DLL imports is ticked. There’s no need to bother about the EA inputs until you’ve registered so for now you can simply click on OK

4. Once you do this then the EA should be applied to the chart so that you see a smiley face in the top right-hand corner of the chart. You should also immediately get an Alert message saying that the software is not yet registered and giving you a Hardware ID code.

The Alert Message – note, your Hardware ID will be different

5. Make a note of the Hardware ID carefully. It’s possible for this number to be positive or negative so please include any minus sign. Then e-mail this to the e-mail address shown on the Alert message dialog box. You will be sent a registration file which you will need to install (see below)

D. Installing Your Registration Code

1. You will be e-mailed a simple registration file with a .reg suffix. Copy this to any convenient location on your computer, then right-click on it and select Merge (this may be different on different Windows operating systems). Alternatively you can simply double-click on it.

2. Again, depending on the operating system, you may well get one or more messages asking if you’re sure that want to make changes to your computer and registry and you may need to give Admin permission to this but rest assured that it’s just installing a very simply entry to the registry. If you’re in any doubt you can open the file in a text editor (it’s a simple text file) to see the contents.

3. Once that has been done you can then go back and apply the SDS_TradeManager EA to your chart again and this time there should be no alert message and the smiley face icon should appear in the top right-hand corner of your chart. This means that you’ve successfully installed and registered your software

Trouble Shooting
Should you find that the EA doesn’t work after following all the above steps then here are some points to bear in mind:

1. Look at the Experts tab in the Mt4 Terminal Panel. This will show any error messages which will be very useful.

2. If you see messages about not being able to find or load the DLL then please re-check the following points:
a) the DLL is located in the Libraries sub-folder and not anywhere else
b) the Allow DLL imports button has been checked on the Common input tab.

3. If you still can’t get it all to work then e-mail the info@snapdragonsystems.com e-mail address saying what is happening and giving a screenshot of the Experts tab. They will talk you through sorting it all out.

Installation Instructions for the Risk-free Pyramid Addon Strategy for ForexTester

This post is specifically about how to install the Risk-free Pyramid Addon (RPA) Strategy into ForexTester.

The RPA strategy will be supplied to you as a Windows DLL library, so a file called RPA.dll. To install:

1. Shut down your copy of ForexTester

2. Find the folder where ForexTester is installed. This is usually something like
C:ForexTester3
(or C:ForexTester2 if you’re running the older version)

3. Find the Strategies sub-folder (so C:ForexTester3Strategies for example) and copy the RPA.dll file there.

4. Re-start ForexTester and select the “Testing | Strategies List” menu option (or use the toolbar button). This will bring up the “Strategies list” dialog box where you should see the RPA strategy listed
    The Strategies list dialog box
    5. Make sure that the RPA strategy is highlighted and then click on the Properties button which will bring up the Strategy Properties dialog
    Strategy properties dialog box
    6. You will see a Hardware ID there (it won’t be the same as in the picture above), copy it to your clipboard and then e-mail it to info@snapdragonsystems.com along with your name so that your payment status can be checked.

    7. Close the two open dialog boxes and wait for an e-mail with your registration codes.

    Installing Your Registration Code
    1. You will be e-mailed a simple registration file called RPA.reg. Copy this to any convenient location on your computer, then right-click on it and select Merge (this may be different on different Windows operating systems). Alternatively you can simply double-click on it.
    2. Again, depending on the operating system, you may well get one or more messages asking if you’re sure that want to make changes to your computer and registry and you may need to give Admin permission to this but rest assured that it’s just installing a very simply entry to the registry. If you’re in any doubt you can open the file in a text editor (it’s a simple text file) to see the contents.
    3. Once this has been successfully installed then re-start ForexTester and once again open up the RPA properties dialog box. This time you should see various input parameters as in the image below.
    The properties dialog once you have successfully registered
    In the ForexTester Journal tab you should also see a message stating that the software is registered
    The Journal tab after successful registration
    4. That should be it! Please refer to separate instructions on how to use the software (which will be posted as a separate blog entry).
    Troubleshooting
    If you have any problems with any part of this installation then one useful tip is to look at the Journal tab of ForexTester where helpful information is printed out. There you should see any error messages appear when ForexTester tries to load up the RPA DLL. Various messages about the registration status of the software are also printed out here.
    An example of the journal entry for when the RPA strategy hasn’t been registered – click to view full size
    Having checked in the Journal tab then next step would be to get in touch with Snapdragon Systems at info@snapdragonsystems.com

    ForexTester Easy Order Entry Script – Installation Instructions

    This post is specifically about how to install the Easy Order Entry (EOE) script into ForexTester.

    The EOE script will be supplied to you as a pair of Windows DLL libraries, so files called EasyOrderEntryLONG.dll and EasyOrderEntrySHORT.dll

    To install:

    1. Shut down your copy of ForexTester

    2. Find the folder where ForexTester is installed. This is usually something like
    C:ForexTester3
    (or C:ForexTester2 if you’re running the older version)

    3. Find the Scripts sub-folder (so C:ForexTester3Scripts for example) and copy the  two dll files there.

    4. Re-start ForexTester and find the Scripts panel. This is usually on a tab next to the Data Window but if you can’t find it then go to the View | Show Panels | Scripts menu option, making sure that there’s a tick next to it. You should see the two scripts listed there though you won’t initially see anything in the Hotkey section

    The Scripts panel
      5. Right click on one of the scripts and select Edit Script Properties. This will bring up the script properties dialog box. The first time that you do this you will see a message like the one below saying that your software has not yet been registered.

      6. You will see a Hardware ID there (it won’t be the same as in the picture above), copy it to your clipboard and then e-mail it to info@snapdragonsystems.com along with your name so that your payment status can be checked.

      7. Close the open dialog boxes and wait for an e-mail with your registration codes.

      Installing Your Registration Code
      1. You will be e-mailed a simple registration file called EOE.reg. Copy this to any convenient location on your computer, then right-click on it and select Merge (this may be different on different Windows operating systems). Alternatively you can simply double-click on it.
      2. Again, depending on the operating system, you may well get one or more messages asking if you’re sure that want to make changes to your computer and registry and you may need to give Admin permission to this but rest assured that it’s just installing a very simply entry to the registry. If you’re in any doubt you can open the file in a text editor (it’s a simple text file) to see the contents.
      3. Once this has been successfully installed then re-start ForexTester and once again open up the EOE properties dialog box. This time you should see various input parameters as in the image below.
      The EOE properties dialog after registration

      In the ForexTester Journal tab you should also see a message stating that the software is registered

      4. That should be it! Please refer to separate instructions on how to use the software (which will be posted as a separate blog entry).
      Troubleshooting
      If you have any problems with any part of this installation then one useful tip is to look at the Journal tab of ForexTester where helpful information is printed out. There you should see any error messages appear when ForexTester tries to load up the EOE dlls. Various messages about the registration status of the software are also printed out here.
      Having checked in the Journal tab then next step would be to get in touch with Snapdragon Systems at info@snapdragonsystems.com