Batch Files

In the Ganntrader in addition to having a default setting for each file you can also have a collection of setups stored in a batch file for quick reference. Select Active Batch allows for the creation, display and deletion of these batch files. The batch files can store any number of data file setups. For example you can create a batch file for Airline stocks, Grains, Metals, Long term trades, Active trades, Currencies etc. They are essentially a collection of setups while the Default File Setup discussed in the previous section is a single setup.

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Under the File menu you will find two selections, Show Active Batch and Select Batch File. The Show Active Batch selection and the Tool Bar icon will display the most recently selected Batch file. If no Batch file is currently active you will see a list of Batch files to select from. If you had clicked on Select Batch File this same box would have appeared.

New Name

The New Name button allows you to create a new batch file and will include the present chart on the screen as its first entry. It requires that the first chart setup be displayed on the screen. The name of the file can be up to 8 characters long and will be given the extension of GT3 automatically. There can be up to 200 different batch files with up to 200 setups in each. If you are not using a mouse with the program you must indicate OK by using the <Alt> key with the <O> key. Since the letter O could be a valid letter in a file name the <Alt> key is used to distinguish them.

Include Set-Up

The Include Set-Up button allows you to include additional charts and setups in the present active batch file. Simply have the desired chart displayed on the screen and hit this button. Include In Active Batch under the File menu performs the same function as this button.

Delete

The Delete button allows for the deletion of an entire batch file.

Show Contents

The Show Contents button is pressed after selecting a batch file from the list. A list of all the setups in the selected batch file will be displayed as the next screen shows. This button produces the same results at selecting Show Active Batch under the File menu. An example of a batch list is shown on the next screen.

Show Chart

Select a setup from the list and click the Show Chart button. That setup will be loaded. To see the next setup in the list simply hit the <Tab> key on the keyboard. Hit <Shift><Tab> to see the previous setup. If you hit the Show Chart button without selecting an item the first setup on the list will be loaded by default. As you can see in the above example, different data files or the same data file with a different setup can be included in a batch file. These will all be loaded from a circular list with each hit of the <Tab> key. After the last item is loaded from the list it begins again with the first.

Include Set-Up

The Include Set-Up button allows you to include additional charts and setups in this batch file. Simply have the new setup showing on the screen the way you want it saved and hit this button. Include In Active Batch under the File menu performs the same function as this button.

Delete

The Delete button deletes the selected setup from the batch file. Use itto remove a setup you no longer need or to delete mistakes. You can also click on the Tool Bar icon to perform the same task. There will be a message displayed to confirm your decision before the delete takes place.

Show Contents

The Show Contents button is pressed after selecting a batch file from the list. A list of all the setups in the selected batch file will be displayed as the next screen shows. This button produces the same results at selecting Show Active Batch under the file menu. An example of a batch list is shown on the next screen.

Show Chart

Select a setup from the list and click the Show Chart button. That setup will be loaded. To see the next setup in the list simply hit the <Tab> key on the keyboard. Hit <Shift><Tab> to see the previous setup. If you hit the Show Chart button without selecting an item the first setup on the list will be loaded by default. As you can see in the above example, different data files or the same data file with a different setup can be included in a batch file. These will be loaded from a circular list with each hit of the <Tab> key. After the last item is loaded from the list it begins again with the first.

Include Set-Up

The Include set-Up button allows you to include additional charts and setups in the batch file. Simple have the new setup showing on the screen the way you want it saved and hit this button. Include In Active Batch under the File menu performs the same function as this button.

Delete

The Delete button deletes the selected setup from the batch file. Use it to remove a setup you no longer need or to delete mistakes. You can also click on the Tool Bar icon to perform the same task. There will be a message displayed to confirm your decision before the delete takes place.

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The Print List button enables automatic printing of the batch files. Three modes are possible: Print the files from start to finish.

Print the files from a specified starting date to the end of the file. Print a specified number of price bars to the end of the file.

Parameters Saved in a Set-Up

Whenever a chart setup is saved the following parameters will be preserved:

A) The cursor price and time position.

B) The chart bottom and scale.

C) Any of the squares available under the View menu.

D) Any selected angles.

E) A planetary aspect's degree if different from the default 900.

F) A square, angle, 3D, range division or planet chart will return to the screen with the same selected angles and lines etc.

G) A daily chart will preserve its status as to 5, 6 or 7-day chart type.

H) The printer grid pattern. Different chart densities such as 8, 12 and 24 per inch can be mixed in the same batch file.

I) The values for the 1X1, planet angles and Third Dimension Factor.

J) Any setups made to a compressed chart such as a weekly or monthly will be saved.

These parameters will be preserved whether the setup is saved under Default File Setup or as part of a batch file.

If you want one of your batch files to be your default active batch simply load the batch file and select Options : Configure System and hit the Save button. You must also have previously activated the feature under Options: Configure System: Preferences: General: Item #2. Once the default active batch is saved you can click on the Tool Bar icon or select Show Active Batch under the File menu and not have to select the batch to open.

Don't be confused about the purpose of Default File Setup under the File menu. It is intended to be used to save only a single chart setup. When you save the default setup it is saved with the data file and is reloaded every time you load that data file.

If you want a group of these setups then use the Select Batch File or Show Active Batch selections under the File menu. To include a setup in a batch file you should select either of these items and hit the Include button in the box or select Include In Active Batch under the File menu.

Some Limitations

The Batch files save the location to the data files, not the data itself. This way the batch files are much smaller in size and the new price bars are automatically added to the end of a chart after you download new prices. A problem can occur with the CSI data format when the files in the sub-directory are sorted. Each subdirectory in the CSI format has a QMASTER file in it. The first entry in the QMASTER corresponds to file number F001.DAT, the second entry corresponds to file number F002.DTA and so on. When the sub-directory is sorted the QMASTER entries are sorted and then the file numbers are changed to match their new positions in the QMASTER. Unfortunately the entry in the Ganntrader batch file will still be pointing to the old location so you might see a setup for a corn file being placed on a gold chart. If you experience any problems such as this the only fix is to delete the batch file entry and re-insert it after making any corrections.

The MetaStock and Computrac formats generally do not have this problem since the file number is a separate entry in the MASTER file and does not necessarily correspond to its position in the MASTER file so sorting doesn't affect it.

The printer configuration is also saved in the batch file. This way you can have a mixture of grid densities in the same batch file. You may experience some difficulties if you begin using a new printer and attempt to use a batch file that might contain your old printer's settings. Installing 8-inch paper when the printer was set to print at ii or 13 inches when the file was inserted in the batch could also be a problem. The solution is to delete and re-insert the offending entry.

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