A most welcome announcement is that StrataSearch 4.0 will be a free upgrade for current users.
Here's Pete's posting of Sun Feb 24, 2008 in the StrataSearch Forum :
Yes, there are a number of issues that make StrataSearch 3.0 limited for futures use, although we still have some users that use it for that. Version 4.0 will have full futures and forex support, and I believe that these issues have all been covered. About 95% of the code is complete, but we still have to take it through some significant alpha testing. And, of course, create some documentation on the new features. But the hope is to have a beta version available by June, if not before.
For those that have been wondering, yes, this will again be a free upgrade for all current users.
So, for anyone who has not yet "taken the plunge" on StrataSearch on account of it being "stocks only", here's the smart path to take (IMO):
Start a StrataSearch trial now, and then buy your first StrataSearch license as your trial nears it's end. Begin learning the ins and outs of the program, and begin your planning as to how you want to define and score your automated searches. Go ahead and work with stocks for now, and operate with stocks, ETFs, or stock indexes as proxies for whatever instruments you think you will ultimately want to trade.
Here's the point - StrataSearch is a serious edge-producer, once you learn it well enough to apply some creativity to the tasks you set it to. Start to learn it NOW and you will be months ahead of all those who don't pick it up until sometime after the 4.0 version is released.
(Of course, we'd love for you to purchase your initial StrataSearch license thru CodeForTraders. Please read about StrataSearch in detail starting on our StrataSearch Product Pages and don't forget to take advantage of the CFT $100 discount on this page . )