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Insider TA™ Frequently Asked Questions

For any questions or comments on Insider TA™, email us at support@stockblocks.com.

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How long has Stock Blocks Inc® been around?

To be exact, 7125 days and counting!  Stock Blocks® was incorporated in May 1995. The "Stock Blocks" name and 3-stacked-blocks graphical logo have been in the public eye since that time, and collectively are a registered trademark of Stock Blocks, Inc.

Our product Insider TA™ has been reviewed by a variety of software publications. You can access some of them by going here. All of the reviews mentioned reference previous Insider TA versions, but the topics discussed remain relevant to our latest Version 7.0.

How is Insider TA different?

Insider TA emphasizes volume in its analysis methods. It's primary charting technique is based on Richard Arms' Equivolume Charting, which we refer to as "Box Charting".

Realizing of course that there are no guarantees, what kind of performance can Insider TA provide?

Performance could vary depending on one's portfolio of stocks, commission fees, slippage, and other factors from the market place. For this reason we do not provide the "performance" per se, leaving the user to create and analyze one's portfolio within the framework of available funds. Insider TA can provide effective means to help one achieve this goal.

Can Insider TA analyze Futures and Commodities data?

Yes, Insider TA can analyze futures for commodities/indices, as long as the data provider does appropriate back-adjusting to make the data consistent over a reasonable time (such as 100 days or more) and the data is in ASCII format (for Insider TA Professional, data could also be in Metastock format).

CSI is our chosen source for commodities data. Using CSI, you can do the back adjusting and export any desired list to ASCII format for subsequent analysis by Insider TA, which can place buy and sell tags according to Richard Arm's equivolume analysis techniques.

For information on Insider TA and CSI, see our support page.

Please describe the analysis methods (used by Insider TA)

Refer to our program overview

What are the system requirements for Insider TA?

Insider TA's requirements are:
  • The following Windows platforms are supported for Insider TA:
    • Microsoft Windows XP Home or Professional
    • Microsoft Windows Vista or 7 Home or Professional (32-bit or 64-bit systems)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or 2008
  • The latest service packs and security updates are recommended for all platforms.
  • 20 MB disk space, plus another 220MB for the MPeg-4 (MP4) tutorials.
  • Intel Pentium or compatible, 1.4GHz minimum (2GHz+ recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • CD or DVD drive
  • 1024x768 or higher resolution monitor
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • Color quality above 256 colors (32-bit or 16-bit is sufficient)
  • A Windows-compatible sound card and speakers for viewing animated tutorials.
  • A functioning system clock with the date and time accurately set.
  • Internet connection for periodic License Validations and Internet Updates.
Insider TA v7.0 is a 32-bit application.

Can I review a demonstration version of Insider TA?

Yes. The Insider TA is available as a free download.

After downloading the demo, I see that the help pulldown's Tutorials option is disabled. Why?

That option is shown disabled because the MP4 tutorial files are not included with the demo due to their large size. You can view them online here.

Do you accept Paypal?

Yes. Our payment process is through Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to pay with Paypal. Your credit card statement will show PAYPAL *STOCKBLOCKS. You can purchase Insider TA here.

Can I pay by check?

Yes. Personal checks will have a 10-day holding period. Certified checks or money orders are preferrable. Please mail to the following address:

    Stock Blocks, Inc.
    Attn: Orders
    PO Box 416
    North Stonington, CT 06359

Can I download the software?

When purchasing Insider TA here, you will be presented with two options: Packaged shipment or Electronic download. If you choose the electronic download option, please note that you will not be able to download the software instantly. Please allow 1 to 2 business days for us to prepare your digital package, which includes your personalized Insider TA license. We strive for "same day" service, but that may not always be the case. You will receive an email with a download link when it is ready.

Is there a charge for Insider TA updates?

Updates are free within the major version that you purchase, or for at least 1 year from purchase date. These are referred to as build updates (for example, 7.0 to 7.1). Build updates are obtained via the Internet using Insider TA's Internet Update Facility.

If you have Insider TA v6.1 or earlier, you can upgrade to v7.0 for these Upgrade Prices .

Does Insider TA Download data?

Insider TA is not a data downloader. Instead, it is for analyzing data that has already been saved to your computer via a 3rd party service.

Insider TA Professional is compatible with CSI Data, TC2000 version 7, Metastock, and ASCII files. Any of these formats contain the high, low, and volume for each trading day (these are the minimum data requirements for Insider TA's box charting technique).
If you are interested in more than just domestic stock data, we highly recommend CSI. They are the premier data provider of stocks, world futures, options, indices, and more.
For U.S. stocks, you can also try TC2000 version 7 which provides data for NYSE, AMEX, and NASDAQ exchanges

For those who do not want a monthly fee-based data service, we highly recommend MLDownloader by Trading-Tools.com. MLDownloader downloads intraday, end of day and historical stock quotes, Options and Foreign Exchange data from yahoo.com, quote.com, and other public Internet sites. The program gives you the option of saving your data in MetaStock® or ASCII files.

There are other notable downloaders -- contact us if you need assistance. In short, there are a number of fine products at a nominal cost that gather data automatically from free online resources.

What data types are compatible with Insider TA?

It depends on what edition of Insider TA you are using:
  • Insider TA Standard handles ASCII data files.
  • Insider TA Professional handles ASCII data files as well as direct compatibility with CSI, TC2000 version 7, and Metastock.
For more comparisons between the Professional and Standard editions, refer to this page.

Can Insider TA read directly from the new TC2000 v12?

No. You will still need to use TC2000 version 7 as you've been doing all along. Both TC2000 v12 and TC2000 version 7 can be on your computer at the same time. Worden will continue to support and maintain TC2000 version 7 indefinitely. Per Worden, it will not cost you anything extra to maintain local data downloaded by TC2000 version 7.

What kind of support is offered?

Insider TA comes with a 240 page Users Manual along with the conventional pop-up help facility that's integrated with the software. (A printed version of the Users Manual will be included if you purchased Insider TA as a physical shipment.) An electronic version of the Users Manual (in Acrobat PDF format) is supplied regardless of how you purchased Insider TA (physical shipment or electronic delivery). We also include a set of animated tutorials (these are not included with the demo download, due to their large size).

Our web site also contains a variety of information on how to use Insider TA. And of course, free unlimited email support directly with us here at Stock Blocks.

Does the demo version have an unlocking code if I purchase?

No. The Insider TA demo version is not a "locked" version of the working software. Also note that if you purchase Insider TA (Professional or Standard) as an electronic download, there will not be an instant download. Please allow 1 or 2 business days for us to prepare your digital package, which includes your personalized user license. We will email you a download link when it is ready.

Does Insider TA require an Internet connection?

Yes, but only during certain events:
  1. Build Updates: The Insider TA software has an Internet Update Facility feature that facilitates easy updating to the latest software build for the current version.
  2. Periodic check-in: Due to piracy concerns, there is a license verification system designed to protect the intellectual property of Stock Blocks, as well as our registered users in the event their copy is inadvertantly copied or misplaced.
Other than the above times, general operation of Insider TA does not require an Internet connection.

Can Insider TA work with a real-time data feed?

No. The ability to use Insider TA for real-time data (such as ESignal) is something that has been discussed for a while, and hopefully will be included in a future major update. We do not have a projected date of release for a version containing this feature.

[I don't have the Pro Version]. Can I use Insider TA to view my TC2000 data files [with the Standard Version]?

Yes, by exporting your TC2000 data to ASCII format. TeleChart 2005/2007 works the same way. For instructions, refer to this page.

How can I load [TeleChart] Watch Lists into Insider TA

Insider TA recognizes your TC2000 version 7 watchLists automatically.  You will see them listed in the File Entry Panel.  Just click the WatchList you would like to view, then select from one of the symbols in that list.

What good reference materials are there regarding [Insider TA's analysis methods]

Insider TA's box charting principles are derived from Richard Arm's "Equivolume" charting techniques.  For more information on this topic, we recommend you read his book, titled Trading Without Fear.  Point & Figure charting is covered quite well in a book by Thomas J. Dorsey, titled Point and Figure Charting: The Essential Application for Forecasting and Tracking Market Prices.
Profits in Volume: Equivolume Charting
Trading Without Fear : Eliminating Emotional Decisions with Arms Trading Strategies
Point and Figure Charting: The Essential Application for Forecasting and Tracking Market Prices

What is the Volume Analyzer and VA Rank? How do you take advantage of these tools?"

Click here.

Regarding the BUY and SELL tags that Insider TA inserts in the graph when the "VA Rank" Function is turned on... I observed the overall percent yield over the number of transactions reported, and figure there's a broker's commission being worked into the yield calculations. Is this true?

By default, a 2% simulated broker fee is worked into each individual buy and sell tag. You can configure this to any value from 0 to 10%.

On certain stocks the BA FUNCTION window will show a very FLAT line on the bottom of the window with just a narrow TOWER shape usually near the middle of the line... Why is this lower graph like this and is there some setting I should use to make this more relevant. It doesn't seem to effect the placing of the BA BUY signals but it is disturbing to see these graphs come out this way."

An excellent question... here's why.


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