Tutorial 114 | Drawing rectangular zones on a chart

Draw rectangular zones on a chart using input data

Tutorial 114 demonstrates how to use the rectangular drawing tool to draw colored zones on a chart. The tutorial demonstrates how easy it is to draw and style rectangles using TradeStation 9.5 drawing objects. The tutorial is in response to a customer request.

Tutorial 114 applied to three charts

Tutorial 114 applied to three charts

The tutorial program use BN points to set  the start and end points of the rectangles. The rectangle class is used together with several of its properties and the create class. The tutorial uses a method to create the rectangles, which is called from several places in the program. Tutorial 114 can create 5 rectangles.

The tutorial has been kept intentionally simple.

The program is available for download for a small cost or for FREE to Gold Pass members.

EasyLanguage technical lessons

In the tutorial video and the program comments you will learn:

  • How to write a method with several inputs
  • How to use the Rectangle class
  • How to create a BN (Bar Number) point
  • How to extend the rectangles to the right
  • How to vary the transparency of the rectangles
Tutorial 114 showing rectangles with various alpha value settings

Tutorial 114 showing rectangles with various alpha value settings

This tutorial was developed using TradeStation 9.5
Version: 9.5 (Update 15). I had major problems with update 14 running under Windows 10 (totally unrelated to this tutorial), with TradeStation continually crashing whenever I tried to open a workspace or to create a chart.
This tutorial uses the ExtRight property of the Rectangle class. This only became available in release 14 of TradeStation 9.5. In the video, I describe a workaround if ExtRight is not available.

Inputs

double Zone1_Hi( 2168), // The price level of the upper edge of the rectangle for the first rectangle
double Zone1_Lo( 2167.8), // The price level of the lower edge of the rectangle for the first rectangle
string Zone1_Color( “Blue”), // The color of the first rectangle
int Zone1_Shading( 0), // The shading pattern of the first rectangle
int Zone1_Transparency( 100), // The alpha value of the first rectangle (between 0 and 255)

double Zone2_Hi( 2167.5),
double Zone2_Lo( 2167.3),
string Zone2_Color( “Red”),
int Zone2_Shading( 0),
int Zone2_Transparency( 100),

double Zone3_Hi( 2167),
double Zone3_Lo( 2166.8),
string Zone3_Color( “Green”),
int Zone3_Shading( 0),
int Zone3_Transparency( 100),

double Zone4_Hi( 2166.7),
double Zone4_Lo( 2166.5),
string Zone4_Color( “Goldenrod”),
int Zone4_Shading( 0),
int Zone4_Transparency( 100),

double Zone5_Hi( 1800),
double Zone5_Lo( 1700),
string Zone5_Color( “Ivory”),
int Zone5_Shading( 0),
int Zone5_Transparency( 100);

Code for Gold Pass members

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Tutorial 114 was developed for TradeStation 9.5 update 15 and will not work with MultiCharts.

Video demonstration of tutorial 114

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