Save A Chart

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Save a Chart Page

Your SOFTWARE offers a number of different methods of saving charts, chart settings, user defined chart markings and images of the current screen. The exact manner of saving, and therefore which elements of the current screen will be saved, depends on the user's objective.

The titles of the following short explanations of Your SOFTWARE's Save options each contain a link to more detailed explanations later in this topic:

Save Chart Page

The Save Chart Page functionality allows certain changes to occur before those changes will become savable. For example, users can open a chart and then change its chart style, or even its symbol. Users are not initially able to directly save these changes, and are not prompted to save upon exiting.

This allows users to open charts, or create new ones, and not be bothered by the save process if only minor changes are made.

If certain other changes are made, such as adding indicators, Hi-Lites, etc., the Save Chart Page functionality will become enabled, and users will be able to save at any time, and will be prompted to save upon exiting. If the changes are saved, all changes, including the ones that previously could not be saved, will be saved.

When saved, charts are given the .hcp (HUBB Chart Page) file extension. As with other file types in Windows, clicking on file with this extension in Windows Explorer or the desktop will open the chart in Your SOFTWARE, and will first open Your SOFTWARE if it is not currently running.

Save Chart Page As...

The Save Chart Page As... functionality allows users to save the chart under a new name at any time.

In addition, it allows all changes, regardless of how minor, to be saved at any time: What-you-see-Is-what-you-save.

If an existing name is designated, a warning message will appear. The user can choose to overwrite the existing chart.

Save as Template...

To save the appearance of a chart, as opposed to its content, use the Save as Template... function. Later that appearance can be applied to other charts using the Load Template function and applying the previously saved template.

Chart Types, Indicators, Hi-Lites, series color schemes, chart background colors, time and price axis display and many other personalized screen display settings can be included in each template.

Save as Gif

Use this function to create an exact image of the current screen.

The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) provides ideal compression for images with limited colors. The small size of the resulting .gif image files allows them to be easily e-mailed and this common image format can be opened and viewed by a number of different browsers and applications.

Note - Save as GIF only saves the screen image.  Unlike the other methods of saving, it does not save any of the information used to make the image and cannot later be altered in Your SOFTWARE or any other financial analysis software.

Save Chart Page / Icon

In Your SOFTWARE the price data from which charts are constructed is always available, either on the local database or from the data provider's server. For this reason there is no imperative to save each chart every time a different symbol is charted. Most traders review charts of a large number of symbols, and view them in a number of different ways, and then proceed to an analysis of a new symbol. To save each chart would be time consuming and the large number of charts would be difficult to administer.

For these reasons Your SOFTWARE allows users to open new or existing charts, and later close them without being prompted to save minor changes. During this time both the save icon butn_save_disabled.gif or Action menu's Save Chart Page command will be disabled (grayed-out).

The changes which can be made to a chart before the Save icon or command will become enabled include:

  • chart_actmenu_savenochngps.gifChange Symbol
  • Change Chart Type
  • Change Interval (compression)
  • Apply Template

 

On the other hand, Your SOFTWARE recognizes that at a certain point, most users will normally want to save the changes they have made to the new or recently opened existing charts.

When any of the following changes are made, the save icon butn_save.gif or Action menu's Save Chart Page command will become enabled and the user can save all changes, including the ones that previously could not be saved:

  • chart_actmenu_savechangesps.gifChange in Current Range (Scale)
  • Add an Indicator
  • Add a Drawing Tool
  • Add a Hi-Lite
  • Change the Base Series Properties
  • Change the Chart Properties

Note that any changes can always be changed, at any time, using the Save Chart Page As... function, it is always enabled. Refer to the Save Chart Page As... explanation in the following section of this help topic.

Naming the Chart Page

To save all current changes, single-left mouse-click the enabled Save icon or Action menu's Save Chart Page command.

The Save Chart Page As... dialog will be displayed:

savchrtpgas..dialog.gif

This dialog follows the general file selection functionality fully explained in the File Management topic in the Shared Utilities section of this help,

Chart Page File Name

Auto Name

By default, the Auto Name is displayed. It is composed of  the base symbol and the chart's interval, and a number if more than one instance of this combination are already saved.

User Defined Name

Alternatively, the user can type in a more descriptive name into the text box - for example an overlaid chart may contain both symbols' name in the title.

Place in Folder

To manage your charts, you can click to open an existing folder in which to save the new chart, or create a new folder using the Create New Folder function.

These processes are normal Windows functions.

Click Save to save the chart page and close the dialog box..

Subsequent Saves

After the first save, the Save Chart Page icon or Action menu command will again become disabled and will only become enabled again if any enabling changes (see list above) are made.

Save Prompt on Exit

When users Close a chart containing unsaved, enabling (see list above) changes, the following warning dialog will appear when you close the chart page:

chartsaveprompt.gif

Click Yes to save the changes made while the page was open.

Click No to discard all changes made in the current session. The next time the chart is opened, it will display the current data in the same form as it did the last time that it was opened.

Note - If the chart was new, and had never been saved before, the dialog will ask if you wish to save the symbol's chart, and then open the Save Chart Page dialog box where a name can be selected or created.

Changing a Saved Chart Page's Name

To rename the chart page or delete it, select it from the Save Charts list, and use the tools in the Chart Pages dialog box.

For more information see Managing Chart Pages.

Save Chart Page As...

chart_actmenu_saveas..ps.gifAt any time, all changes, regardless of how minor, can be saved using Your SOFTWARE's Save Chart Page As... functionality.

It works on the What-you-see-Is-what-you-save principle.

Drop down the chart page's Action menu and select the Save Chart Page As... command. Note that this command is available even when the Save Chart Page command and function bar icon are disabled.

Single-left mouse-click the Save Chart Page As... Action menu command.

Naming the Chart Page

The Save Chart Page As... dialog will be displayed. It will contain a system generated Auto Name, alternatively users can type their own chart name in and click Save to save the chart.

Continuing with the New Chart

Once the chart has been Saved As..., the new chart will be the current, open chart.

Users can continue working with the new chart, or simply Close it and later open it from the Chart Selection dialog box.

Any changes to the new chart can be saved subject to the rules outlined in the Save Chart Page section, above.

Save As Template...

One way to display different symbols in the same display format is to use Your SOFTWARE chart page templates. Specific Indicators and Hi-Lites can be part of a template, as well as visual display settings.

Use the Save As Template... drop-down Action menu command to save the display elements of the current chart as a template to be applied to other charts.

All elements currently displayed on a chart, except Drawing Tools and the current range (scope), will be saved in the new chart template's settings.

Each new template will be given a name by the user and is available in the New Chart dialog box's Template drop-down list, or the Load Template's dialog, for application to price charts.

For more information on saving and applying these convenient formatting control tools, go to the Chart Template help topic.

Save as GIF

savchrtgif.pngUse this function to create an exact image of the current screen. The exact range and all items currently visible in the work area will be included in the image.

It works on the What-you-see-Is-what-you-get principle.

The image will include only as much as is currently visible, for example if the navigation bar is dragged to the right, and the page monitor bar is dragged to the left, the work area will be narrow and tall. The current chart's resulting .gif will have these identical proportions - narrow and tall.

When the exact view to be captured is in the work area, left mouse click the Save as GIF command in the chart page pop-up menu (right mouse click anywhere in the price chart's work area to open the pop-up menu).

The Save Chart to a GIF File dialog box will open. Choose a location for the new .gif file, name the file and click Save to save it.

GIF Format Properties

The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) provides ideal compression for images with limited colors such as Your SOFTWARE screens.

The small size of the resulting .gif image files allows these files to be easily e-mailed or included in a web-page.

This common image format can be opened and viewed by a number of different browsers and applications.

It can be edited by common graphics editing software such as PhotoShop or PaintShop, but it cannot be reopened in Your SOFTWARE or any other financial analysis software. None of the price data used to create the initial image is retained in the .gif image file.

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