Arc

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An Arc is a non-analytical drawing tool represented as an arched line and drawn for the purpose of highlighting the desired segment of a chart. For instance, Arcs can highlight a top, bottom, or a group of bars. Arcs can be of any formations that is has any inclination angle.


Inserting Arc

  1. Select one of three ways to insert an Arc:
    • In the menu select Insert, point to Drawing and click Arc.
    • Click the Arc Drawing Arc.png icon on the Drawing toolbar.
    • Click the arrow next to the Drawing Tools Show Hide Drawing Tools.png icon on the Main toolbar and select Arc from the menu.
  2. The cursor will change to the ArcArc-pointer.gif .
  3. In the Chart Area click where the Arc is to begin.
  4. Then keeping the left mouse button pressed move the pointer up, down, left, or right to position the arc.
  5. Release the button.


Moving Arc

To move an Arc without changing its angle:

  1. Point the cursor at the Arc that is to be moved.
  2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png.
  3. Then keeping the left mouse button pressed drag the drawing tool to the desired position.
  4. Release the button.


Reshaping Arc

To reshape an Arc (change its angle or length):

  1. Point the cursor at the Arc that is to be reshaped.
  2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png.
  3. Left-click the Arc and 2 small squares will appear on the Arc.
  4. Drag one of these squares till the drawing tool becomes of the desired shape.
  5. Release the button.


Formatting Arc

In MultiCharts one can change the settings of an Arc. All the changes are performed in the Format Arc window.

Each instance of an Arc has its own Format window. The number (if there are 2 or more Arcs in the same Chart Window) are shown in the titlebar of each Format Arc window.

One can change the settings of an arc: the color, style and weight of the arc and the trend line upon which the arc is based. One can choose any element of the arc to be displayed or hidden. A full arc can be also displayed. It is possible to change the time and price coordinates of the arc.


Setting Style

  1. Access the Format Arc window.
    To access the Format Arc window:
    1. Drag the cursor to the Arc that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then double-click.
    Or
    1. Drag the cursor to the Arc that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then right-click.
    3. Select Format 'Arc'… from the shortcut menu.
    Or
    1. In the Format Objects window select the Drawings tab.
    2. Select the Arc that is to be formatted and press the Format… button.
  2. Select the Data tab.
  3. To display or hide any elements of the Arc check or uncheck the corresponding check boxes.
  4. In the Color column, using the drop-down lists, select any of the preset 40 colors for the trend line and the arc or click the Others… button to select the custom colors.
  5. In the Style column, using the drop-down lists, select the desired styles for the trend line and the arc.
  6. In the Weight column, using the drop-down lists, select the desired weights for the trend line and the arc.
  7. Check the Display Full Arc check box to extend the arcs to the shape of an ellipse or circle (depending on the Divide Time/Price separately setting).
  8. Check the Use as Default check box to use these settings as the default settings when creating other Arcs.
  9. Click OK.


Setting Coordinates Precisely

  1. Access the Format Arc window.
    To access the Format Arc window:
    1. Drag the cursor to the Arc that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then double-click.
    Or
    1. Drag the cursor to the Arc that is to be formatted.
    2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then right-click.
    3. Select Format 'Arc'… from the shortcut menu.
    Or
    1. In the Format Objects window select the Drawings tab.
    2. Select the Arc that is to be formatted and press the Format… button. 2. Select the Properties tab.
  2. In the Coordinates section enter the desired time coordinates in the Start Date and End Date fields or use the drop-down calendars.
  3. In the Coordinates section enter the desired price coordinates in the Start Value and End Value fields.
  4. Click OK.


Cloning Arc

To clone an Arc:

  1. Drag the cursor to the Arc that is to be cloned.
  2. The cursor Pointer Pointer.png will change into Hand Hand.png, then right-click.
  3. Select Clone Drawing from the shortcut menu.