Brainy's BullCharts* TipSheets
Number 18
Published: 29 November 2009

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the 18th edition of my BullCharts software Tip Sheets, focussing on tips and hints for BullCharts (the Australian charting software package).

This Tip Sheet is just a real quick one. I have been so busy enhancing my Share Market Toolbox web site, and starting weekly Share Market Analysis (complete with a few charts) that I have nearly forgotten about writing another Tip Sheet (it has been a while).

There are two things to mention here - the special presentation session at last month's BullCharts User Group meeting (October meeting) on the topic "How to set a Stop Loss - 7 different ways". And a couple of great BullCharts questions from last week's User Group meeting - to do with multiple price charts and Workspaces (see below).
Don't forget to visit my Share Market Toolbox web site - an arsenal of weapons to help you tackle the share market - now includes a special Members-only Area.
I am always happy to receive feedback and suggestions for these Tip Sheets (and my Toolbox web site). Please feel free to send me feedback, or requests for additional topics for these Tip Sheets or the monthly eNewsletter articles.

Good luck with your trading.

Robert Brain ("Brainy")
(Contact details below.)

Topics in this Tip Sheet edition:
  • Two final workshops
  • Multiple Price charts
  • Tile and resize the windows
  • Float a price chart window
  • Workspaces
  • "Stop Loss - 7+ ways to determine"
  • More information
  • This TipSheet might look strange?

  • Multiple Price charts

    In BullCharts it is easy to have multiple price charts displayed. Then a series of tabs appear across the bottom of the screen - one for each chart (if the chart window is "maximised").

    To create the first price chart, simply use the menu option FILE - NEW to create a new chart (or use the Control key and the letter N). To create a second chart in addition to the first one, use the same steps - FILE - NEW.

    Note that the two price charts can display the same security - if you have the "Synchronise all chart windows" option selected (this is normally a toolbar button on the left side of the screen). Click this button once to turn the synchronise feature on, and click it again to turn it off.

    Tile and resize the windows

    When you have more than one price chart open, you can either view each chart in a "Maximised" window that takes up the full BullCharts window, or you can "Restore" the price chart windows and rearrange them.

    You can use the small buttons in the top right corner of the window, or a menu option. Take a look at the options under the BullCharts menu item "Window".

    The options available include: Tile Windows; Vertical; Horizontal; Cascade; and Float.

    Click on the "Tile" or "Vertical" or "Horizontal" options to see the effect - the price charts are "tiled" inside the BullCharts window.

    As with most Windows programs, provided the program window is not "maximised", you can adjust the size of the window image. Just mouse-click on an edge (or corner) and drag the item up, down, left or right.

    Or mouse-click on the title bar across the top of the window, and "drag" the bar and window around the screen.

    Float a price chart window

    If you have more than one monitor attached to your computer, it is easy to move one or more price charts across to the other monitor.

    Assuming that you already have the multiple monitors set up, just do the following in BullCharts.

    Click once on the price chart that you want to move (to "select" this window), and select from the menu: WINDOW - FLOAT WINDOW.

    The selected window is now floating, and can be dragged across the screen, and onto another monitor.


    Once you have more than one price chart, you might like to "save" the layout so that you can easily recreate this layout another time.

    The whole layout of the price charts, and the Security Manager Control Panel is called a Workspace. You can use the menu option FILE - SAVE WORKSPACE to save the layout. Or if you have a recent version of BullCharts (3.8+) you can use the Workspace Manager.

    To "open" this workspace another day, simply view the Workspace Manager and double-click on the desired Workspace, or from the menu, select FILE - OPEN and search for the saved Workspace file (the Workspace Manager is a much easier way to do this).

    "Stop Loss - 7+ ways to determine"

    I delivered a presentation on this topic to the October BullCharts User Group meeting. A copy of it is uploaded into the User Group Yahoo Forum, so you can download it from there.

    I also need to upload this presentation into my Share Market Toolbox web site, along with the other presentation files - you can see a list of the available presentations here - click this link. (Some of them are only available to my Toolbox Members.)

    More information

    More details on some of the topics in these Weekly Tip Sheets are included in Brainy's Monthly eNewsletters that are now bundled into Brainy's Share Market Toolbox Membership privileges. Feel free to click on the relevant link at right to view samples and more details.

    These weekly Tip Sheets for BullCharts* users are intended to be short, quick grabs of information. They are not a replacement for the monthly detailed Brainy's eNewsletter articles, which cover these same topics but in much more detail. The eNewsletters articles also cover Technical Analysis and Share Trading topics.

    Also see the BullCharts on-line help (in BullCharts, hit the F1 key), and the relevant User Guide Chapter for more details (this is supplied with the software and copied to your hard drive as a PDF file).

    Note: Any screen shots shown in this newsletter are snapped from BullCharts version 3.8.2.

    FEEDBACK? - I am very keen to receive feedback about these weekly BullCharts Tipsheets. Please feel free to email me with comments, or suggestions. Contact details are included below.

    * - BullCharts is: " innovative charting and technical analysis system. It provides a feature rich and powerful set of tools with access to the latest strategies from local and overseas authors in analysing the dynamics of the stock market."

    This TipSheet might look strange?

    This TipSheet has been composed in HTML and distributed using an online service, and is intended to be viewed in HTML (ie. web language) format. Some parts might look a little strange, especially if you are viewing a basically text-only version. I am working on a text-only version.

    We have also found that some web-mail clients (eg. Hotmail and Yahoo mail) can mess up some aspects.

    Please feel free to send me feedback if anything looks strange.

    Good luck with your trading.

    Robert ("Brainy") Brain

    Two final workshops
    VSCH computer lab - workshop venue

    There are just two of my hands-on workshops scheduled for the rest of this year in the VSCH computer lab - a Hands-on Trading Workshop on Friday night 4th December (trading FTSE index CFDs with $100,000 of fantasy money), and a second Investment and Trading Strategies Workshop on Saturday 12 December (Workshop #2 - Alan Hull).

    More information (session details, dates, costs, venue) on my web site here.

    The venue is the Vermont South Community House. To enrol for any of these, you need to contact the VSCH directly by phone or email. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or phone me (or catchup at a BullCharts User Group meeting, or an ATAA meeting).

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