Welcome the Using The Template Editor

 

The template editor is an alternative way to change a chart template without using the normal menus and mouse.  You never actually have to use this editor unless you want to but it is a good way to see what is in a template.

 

Template Editor

 

Click "Menu Circle" ==> "Templates" ==> "Edit Template" to load the template editor for the current active chart.  You can also load the template editor from the chart  by "Chart Right Click Menu" ==> "Templates" ==> "Edit Template".

 

 

The template is listed in the template editor as a tree structure in the left panel.

 

 

The tree has five main areas. 

 

General Properties

 

When "General" is highlighted in the tree you will get a list of general properties of the template in the right hand properties panel.

 

Chart Type  - This is a pull down that describes how the chart data is plotted. 

 

  • Bar - Each close price will be drawn as a bar from the low of the chart.
  • Candle - Each bar on the chart will be a candle using open, high, low, and close.
  • Line - Each close on the chart will be connected by a continuous line.
  • Fill - Each close on the chart will be connected by a continuous line and the area under the line will be colored according to preferences or by signal color bars.
  • High Low Close - Each bar will be a line connecting the high and low with the close marked on the right of the line.

 

Chart Zoom - This describes how much to zoom into the chart: 1 = no zoom  and each increase in number increases the zoom.

 

Extended Trading - True: After hours trading turned on.  False: After hours trading turned off.

 

Info Window - True: info window is displayed on the chart. False - no info widow.

 

Log Scale - True: log scale.  False: linear scale.

 

Close Trendlines - True: close based automatic trendline generator turned on. False - turned off.

 

High Low Trendlines - True: high low based automatic trendline generator turned on. False - turned off.

 

Number of Bars - This is the number of historical bars requested from the data vendor, the actually number on the chart may be less if the data vendor doesn’t have that many.

 

System Volume - True: Add a volume study in a lower panel, False: no volume.

 

Studies

 

This section will list all the studies in the template. Click the plus sign in front of the study to open the structure of the study

 

 

For definitions, how a study is structured, and how to modify the study using properties see "The Structure of a Study".

 

Studies Menu - These options area available at the top of the Window or in the right click menu when the mouse is over a study.

 

 

Copy Study To Chat - This will copy the link in the current chat channel.  When anyone clicks on the chat link it will load this study into their program.

 

Copy Study For Forum or Blog - This will add the study to the clipboard which allows you to paste a link into a forum or blog.  If anyone clicks on the link while in the program it will add the study to their program.

 

Copy Study To Disk - This will create a file in the data/studies subdirectory to allow emailing of a study. 

 

Edit Study - This will load the study into the study builder wizard, see "Building a Study with the Study Wizard".  The wizard can be used as an alternative to editing the study directly in the template editor.

 

Delete Study - This will delete the study from the template.

 

Signals

 

This section lists all the studies attached to a chart signal.

 

Color Bars - This will color each bar on the chart with the latest buy/sell/neutral condition of the attached study.

 

Color Chart - This will color the background of the chart with the latest buy/sell/neutral condition of the attached study.

 

Arrows - You can add as many studies as you want to this mode.  Each study will be display with buy and sell arrows on the chart.

 

Dots - You can add as many studies as you want to this mode.  Each study will be display with buy and sell colored squares on the chart.

 

Color Chart Background - This will color the chart background with the buy or sell color of the bar above it suing the attached study.

 

Color Chart Border - This will color the border of the chart with the latest buy/sell/neutral condition of the attached study.

 

 See "How To Use Chart Signals" for more information .

 

Signals Menu - These options are available at the top of the Window or in the right click menu when the mouse is over a signal title.  If the mouse is over a study you will get the study menu listed above.

 

 

Add Signal - You can add a chart signal directly in the template editor by right clicking on the signal name  and selecting a study.  Only studies with signals will be displayed. 

 

Delete Signal - This will delete the study from the chart signal.

 

Draw Tools

 

This section lists all the draw tools associated with the chart.  Each draw tool will also list the symbol it goes with since draw tools are symbol specific.  In other words, a trendline for AAPL will not try to display on a chart with GM, only when the chart is displaying AAPL data.  

 

 

If you click on a draw tool you can edit any of it properties in the right property window.  For more information on draw tools and their properties see "How To Use Draw Tools".

 

Draw Tool Menu - The draw Tool menu has only one option, "Delete Draw Tool" which deletes the draw tool under the mouse for the right click menu and the highlighted draw tool from the window top menu. You cannot add a draw tool from the template editor.

 

Support Resistance

 

This lists all the studies in the support resistance group attached to the template.  See "How To Use Support and Resistance" for more information on building, using, and saving support resistance lines.   You cannot add or delete support resistance lines using the template editor but you can modify the appearance and input properties of each line.  Just click on the line of interest and the properties will be listed in the right property window.

 

 

Input Values - These are the default chart line input values that can be changed by the user. 

 

Input Default Type - This tells the program what type of input is being used.

 

  • Number - The input is a number to be used in a calculation.
  • String - The input is a symbol to be used with the STOCK Operator.
  • Price - The input value will be ignored and will be replaced with the current last trade when calculating.  Useful for stop loss calculations.

 

Input Name - The name of the input.  Only used for reference in a support resistance line. Do not change or the support resistance line will cease to work.

 

Input Value - This is the default value of the input, it can be either a number, a reference to number series,  the last stock trade,  or a symbol depending on how the Input Default Type is set.

 

Is Fractal - If true the input uses the value as a reference to a number series.  For a PhiCube clubs this would be  the appropriate four, five, or six series.  For any other study it would refer to the Fibonacci series.   For the Fibonacci series the references and number would be  1=2, 2=3, 3=5, 4=8, 5=13, 6=21, 7=34, 8=55, 9=89, 10=144, 11=233, 12=377, 13=610, 14=987, 15=1597.

 

Line Appearance - This describes the appearance of a support resistance line on the chart

 

Line Color - The color of the line.

 

Line Width - How many pixels wide the line is.  Because you can have a lot of support resistance line that may be very close together, it is recommended that this only be 1.

 

Line Style - Determines if the line is to appear solid, dotted, or dashed.

 

Theme Line Color - If set to true this chart line will use a predefined color set in the preferences theme.  This allows automatic changing of colors when changing from a theme with a light back ground to one with a dark background and visa versa.

 

Line Color Alpha - This determines how transparent the line is.  A value of 255 is completely opaque, a value of 0 is completely transparent.