In fact, the Tick Data Suite is a commercial alternative for the free Birt's patch script, so every fault or deficiency in the latter are addressed in the Tick Data Suite with full technical support to its clients. Here is a brief table listing the differences between products:
|Feature||Birt's patch||Tick Data Suite|
|Tick data backtesting||yes||yes|
|Variable spread backtesting||yes||yes|
|2 GB limitation removal for FXT files||partial1||yes|
|Can use FXT files larger than 4 GB||no||yes|
|Compatibility with Metatrader 4 build 414 and above||no||yes|
|Variable spread autodetection (no configuration, no MT4 restart required)||no||yes|
|Avoids problems with regular backtesting||no2||yes|
|no need to run a script after each MT4 restart||no||yes|
|Compatibility with 3rd party tools; as the Walk Forward Analyzer||no||yes|
- Only available for MT4 builds 405 and above if the MSVC++ 10 runtime is installed and available for builds 402 and below for select operating systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008).
- A crash will occur if a regular backtest was performed before running the script then another backtest afterwards.