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Important Notes on Charts
In various sections in this part of the manual, we will explain our reasons for implementing various charting components. This is not meant to be a lecture on "our way being the only way", rather - we just want to explain why we did the things we have. We don't pretend to have all the answers and there are likely things we wouldn't advocate that work for people.
For the first 10 years of Jigsaw's existence, our execution and order flow tools did not include traditional charting. This was intentional as we wanted a product that got traders focused on the tools our partners in the professional world focus on. Charts were implemented in daytradr a response to rising data costs and the way exchanges are moving to have traders with multiple applications recognized as professionals (with much higher data fees).
The current version of charting is focused on intraday, time based charts. This will be followed with additional intraday charts (range, tick based) and then we'll add in the higher timeframe charts - daily and weekly. So far, there has been very low demand for these higher timeframe charts.
This section discusses all charts EXCEPT the Auction Vista (heatmap) chart. Click here for information running the Auction Vista Charts.
Our Charts are designed for ease of use. The charts use our own internal color scheme. You can choose light or dark background. Whichever you choose, all studies/drawings will be highly visible on that background without you needing to change any color settings. We believe in software working "out of the box" and not needing you to spend hours tinkering with things to make them look right. This will be a major change for most and we believe you'll come to prefer this approach once you get over the fact it's such a different way to deliver charts.
To open a chart, go to the main platform menu:
Click to open the Chart window. The Chart and Symbol Search will then open in a separate window.
Once the instrument has been selected, you will be able to select a chart type:
Chart Type Section
Double click any chart type to select it. Currently we allow 1 chart type per chart.
Enter the properties (timeframe, lookback period, chart specific properties) here.
Click Apply to see the results but keep the Chart Settings window open, Click OK to accept settings and close Chart Settings window. Click Cancel to cancel setting changes.
The menu bar at the top of the chart looks like this:
Choose Background Color Scheme (light and dark available)
Re-center the chart
Open Indicator/Study Settings
Switch between Pointer/Cross-hairs
Toggle Drawing Tools On/Off
Toggle Info Window On/Off