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August 9, 2020

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Insider TA™ Frequently Asked Questions

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

Insider TA 7.5 Standard and Professional editions include the ASCII File Downloader utility. Using the free service levels from IEX Cloud and Alpha Vantage, you can now use Insider TA to download free historical data in CSV-format.

Additional FAQ's can be be found for the following topics:



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How long has Stock Blocks Inc® been around?

To be exact, 9213 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 7.5.

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". You can learn more about Equivolume Charting by perusing our list of recommended resources

Does Insider TA download data?

Yes it does! This is a new feature in version 7.5. Insider TA Professional and Standard editions can download historical stock data (in ASCII-based CSV format) from the IEX Cloud and Alpha Vantage data services. All of the features to this utility are fully documented in the help documentation that is provided with the Insider TA demo software. After installing, open up the help and search for ASCII File Downloader.

What data types are compatible with Insider TA?

It depends on which Insider TA edition (Pro or Std) that you are using:
For more comparisons between the Professional and Standard editions, refer to this 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:
  • Insider TA is a 32-bit application that is compatible with the latest Windows operating systems: (32 or 64-bit) Windows 10 / Windows 8 / Windows 7
  • 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/AMD or compatible, 1.4GHz minimum (2GHz+ recommended)
  • 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • Mouse or other pointing device
  • A functioning system clock with the date and time accurately set.
  • Internet connection for periodic License Validations and Internet Updates.

Can I review a demonstration version of Insider TA?

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

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.

Credit card data is stored by Paypal.    Stock Blocks, Inc. does not have access to your credit card number.

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

How is the software delivered to me after I purchase?

When purchasing Insider TA here, you will be presented with one option: Electronic download. 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 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, 7.5 to 7.6). 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 v7.5 for these Upgrade Prices .

Can Insider TA read directly from Telechart's cloud database?

No. You will still need to use TC2000 version 7 as you've been doing all along. 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 has a thorough context-sensitive pop-up help facility in the conventional Windows CHM format. We also include a set of animated tutorials in MP4 video format. The videos 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 when you purchase Insider TA (Professional or Standard), 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. 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 is based on Richard Arms' Equivolume charting techniques.  For more information on this topic, we recommend you read his book, titled Profits in Volume - Equivolume Charting .

Another book we recommend by Equivolume Charting expert Richard Arms is 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 .

What is the Volume Analyzer and VA Rank?"

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