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
Optimization support no yes
Slippage simulation 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
Technical support 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.
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