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User Guide

Part 1. Quick start

This section aims to get your charts up and running in a snap.

1.      Get your Playback ladder

The playback ladder acts like a command center for controlling what your charts shows. Click on the Playback icon found at the top of VXCharts to make the ladder appear

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2.      Important parts of the ladder


Referring to Figure 1-2


1, 2 - The Playback time/date allows you to specify the time/date which the charts should playback

3 - Sample button will load the charts for 28th Oct 2009. It is used to quickly bring up your charts just to test that everything is working correctly.

4, 5, 6 - This are controls to Pause(4), Stop(5) and Fast Forward(6) the playback of your charts

7 - This green price with a price inside is the current price of what you are trading

8, 9 - When you click on either of these columns, you queue for a trade. Blue(9) will queue for a long trade while Pink(8) will queue for a short trade

7 - The trade log button allows you to review your playback trades in a notepad or Excel


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3.      Click on the Sample button

Your charts should load up and the data should start loading

4.      Click on the Pause button

Your charts and ladder will stop growing. This gives you a chance to look at what has happened and follow the next few steps slowly.

5.      Click on the Red column below the current price

Assuming you clicked on 583.7, you will see a bright red bar appear at this price. This is the ladders way of indicating that you have a short order at 583.7

6.      Click on the Play button

The ladder will start moving again and very shortly you should hear a prompt saying your order has been filled. You will also see a bright red price (1), this is the stop loss target. The Yellow bar (2) would be the entry price (e.g. 583.7), the bright green price (3) is your profit target. (4) shows your current position, -1 means you have 1 short position and (5) shows the price where this short order was entered (583.7)

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7.      Wait for the price to hit the profit target

Once the price hits your target, the bright red and green bars will disappear. You may click on the Trade Log button to review your trades.

Part 2. Customization

In this section, we will show you how to customize various aspects of your charts.

1.      Arranging the charts

In case your charts are all over the place. You can quickly arrange them to a default layout by choosing ChartsDefault Layout. This will layout the charts such that they do not overlap each other

2.      Important parts of a chart

It is important to note that there are 4 main areas on each chart. This is because when you right click on each area, the options that appear will be different.

(1)     Price bars - where the main candle sticks are

(2)     ERG - main indicator that we use

(3)     PV - 2nd indicator that we need

(4)     Time - shows all information related to time

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3.      Resizing the areas

You can resize the various areas by dragging (Move the mouse while holding down the left button) them up and down. If you resize the time area left and right, you will notice the price bars will become thinner and fatter to be inline with the time area.

4.      Show/Hide some information for PV

Traders sometimes prefer to hide information to de-clutter their charts. The PV indicator adds 3 pieces of information (lines, prices and comparison) to the charts. You can toggle between showing/hiding them by double clicking on the PV area.

5.      Show/Hide some information for Lagmeter

The Lagmeter measures the amount of lag in the data feed can be toggled by double clicking on the Time area


6.      Switching Themes

Traders generally prefer either a white or black based colors. Choose ChartsBlack Theme for a dark colored theme (Suitable for traders with very large monitors) or ChartsWhite Theme (Suitable for notebooks and smaller displays)

7.      Advanced color configuration

Traders who wish to have more control over the appearance of their chart colors may right click on an area to bring up the Properties dialog. We shall use the ERG properties dialog for explanation.


It should have been explained that the colors of the price bars are actually derived from the ERG, therefore, to change the color of the bars, you would need to change the colors found in the ERG. The colors can be found under ERGFallingForeColor(1) and ERGRisingForeColor(1).


The background color of the ERG also changes as the SL changes direction. These colors are found under SLFallingBackColor(3) and SLRisingBackColor(3).


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8.      Copying your settings

VXCharts allows the trader to copy the colors and visual settings from one chart quickly from one chart to another.


(1)     Right click on the area you wish to copy from and select Copy properties.

(2)     Go to other charts, right click

(3)     Select Paste Properties if you wish to duplicate all the parameters of the area

(4)     Or select Paste Colors, if you only want to copy over the colors

9.      Saving configuration

Your customization and arrange can be saved so that they will be loaded instantly when VXCharts starts up the next time. Do this by clicking on Save

Part 3. Chart Handling

In this section, we will show you how to handle your charts and perform various tasks with them.

1.      Navigation

You can move your charts around by dragging left and right. This applies also applies to the ERG and PV indicators.

2.      Price bar behavior

The price bars will automatically adjust and move themselves by default in a few different ways.


(1)     Center & Resize - the bars will fit such that the maximum and minimum price are both visible to the trader, the bars are then centered onto the chart

(2)     Center - the price bars are only centered onto the chart, maximum and minimum price may not be visible

(3)     None - the price bars will not move themselves in any way


You may toggle between the 3 modes by double clicking on the Price Axis area


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3.      Insert a drawing

You may insert a marking by double clicking on any area. An arrow will appear, pointing to the spot where you double clicked. We have inserted 2 arrows on the price bars and ERG as shown in Figure 3-2 below.


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4.      Moving the drawing

When you move your mouse cursor near the tips of the drawing, a point will appear.


This point will either be a circle(1) or a square(2). To move the drawing as a whole, drag on the circle(1), to move only 1 point, drag on the square(2).


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5.      Editing the drawing

Move your mouse cursor near the drawing to make a point appear as show in Figure 3-3. Double click on the point and you will see a dialog appear.


You can associate text to a drawing by entering it in box(1). The shape of the drawing can also be changed from an arrow to another Shape by selecting from the Shape dropdown list in box(2)


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6.      Other options for drawings

You can get a list of the options by doing a right click on the point of a drawing


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(1)     Delete - will delete the selected drawing

(2)     Clone - will create another copy of the drawing

(3)     Clone to all charts - will create a copy of the drawing on every other chart

(4)     Horizontal line - will create a special drawing will fixed to the price but not to the time

7.      Saving drawing as template

Templates are used to store commonly used drawings so you wont have to type them in each time. You can do that by selecting any numbered tabs from 2-30. Enter the text and select the correct shape. Click Save.


To use this template, create a brand new drawing, double click on one of its points and select the template you want to apply and click OK.


Note: Tab C and 1 must not be used. Tab 1 is the default template applied when you first creating a drawing.

8.      Taking a snapshot

VXCharts allows charts to be captured as an image and uploaded to the internet. Choose from the Charts menu


(1)     Snapshot to Folder+Upload - Save a snapshot of all charts to an image locally on your hard disk and upload it to the internet

(2)     Snapshot to Folder - Save a snapshot of all charts to an image locally on your hard disk only

9.      Snapshot one chart only

This option should only be used only when necessary as all charts should be captured together to paint the whole picture. Click on the top left icon of each chart and choose

(1)     Snapshot to Folder+Upload - Save a snapshot of this chart to an image locally on your hard disk and upload it to the internet

(2)     Snapshot to Folder - Save a snapshot of this chart to an image locally on your hard disk only

10. Reviewing your snapshots

Choose from the Charts menu Explore Snapshot Folder...


This will open up a windows explorer with all your snapshots in it.


Part 4. Getting Help

VXCharts will evolve over time and this guide may not contain the latest updates on all its features, in case you come across anything unfamiliar, our technical support is available to provide more assistance

1.      Tickets and chatroom

There are 2 main methods of getting help.


(1)     Login to the chat room during trading hours (9am to 12pm EST/9pm to 12am GMT+8)


To login, click on the green Chat icon.


In the chat room, you may send a private message to another user by double clicking on their nickname.


(2)     Ticket/knowledgebase system on http://www.vxcharts.com/support


Before opening a ticket, be sure to do a quick search on your question first. Many of the common questions have already been documented in the database.

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