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2014-06-24App features

New version of Macrobond released: 1.13

Macrobond is proud to release version 1.13 of the Macrobond Application.

The new version can be installed directly via the Macrobond platform by clicking the yellow line that appears on the screen or by selecting "Check for update" on the Help menu. If you need assistance, a description of how to upgrade may be found here. You might need additional help from your IT-department.

Selection of new functionality

Dynamic text

All texts in charts can now use Dynamic text in order to reference values and metadata of time series.

For instance, you can have a textbox with a text like “The last value is 2.33“, where the number 2.33 comes from a time series and is automatically updated.

The part of the text that is dynamic is written within curly brackets. The example above might have been written like “The last value is “. The text within the brackets will be processed and replaced with the result in the output.

You can have any number of dynamic text elements in a text. For example: “The value at is “, which could result in something like “The value at 2009 Q2 is -4.09”

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You may also reference metadata, such as the region. In this example, the default legend text is set to “”:

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In order to make it easier to enter Dynamic text as part of the text, we have introduced a new text editor dialog that is used when you edit any text in a chart. There are also two new shortcuts for this dialog: double click on a chart element that is associated with a text or select it and then press Ctrl+E.

The editor presents lists of available dynamic text properties, gives you syntax highlighting, useful tooltips and suggestions of dynamic text properties as you type.

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You can read much more about Dynamic text on the help site.


Axis value labels

We have added a new type of labels called Axis value labels. These labels are always presented to the right of the chart and are primarily intended to show the last value:

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The text can be customized and by using Dynamic text you can, for instance, include the region and unit of each time series:

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New standard style sheets

The default Macrobond style sheet has been updated with a new look. You will also find that the location of the default style sheet has been changed so that it is found in a specific location called Macrobond. Macrobond can now provide more than one style sheet and there are currently two variations available:

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The new Statics analysis allows you to add several statistics for each series. You can specify the estimation sample range for each calculation and also determine if the resulting time series should cover the whole range or only the estimation range.


Links to documents, series folders and series

You can create links to documents, series folders and series that you can click on to open them in the Macrobond application. For instance, here is a link to a Macrobond document:

Macrobond chart library : Examples/Financial/Investment strategy

You can create such a link by selecting Copy for a document in the File Open/Save dialog. You can then paste the link into an Office document or e-mail.

This is a link to a folder:

Economics - by country > United States > Prices > Consumer Price Index > All Urban Consumers > Totals

Links to series folders can be created by selecting Copy for a folder in the Series browser.

Here is a link to a series:

United States, Consumer Price Index, All Urban Consumers, All Items

Links to series can be created by selecting Copy for a series in the Series browser.

This is a link to a Release:

Japan, Corporate Goods Price Index

It can be created by selecting Copy for an item in the list of releases in the Release Activity.


New buttons for adding/inserting analyses

We have improved the user interface for adding/inserting analyses. There are now two buttons, called Add and Insert that will show a structured menu of the analyses:

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New setting in the Scalar analysis: One series per input

Traditionally the Scalar analysis produces one series per calculation. We have now introduced a new option, called “One series per input”, that will produce one series per input series where each series contains all the calculations. This can be used to produce a chart like this:

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Pin favorite colors

You can pin colors to the list of recently used colors so that they are always presented at the top:

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Selection of series in Cross section analysis per calculation

In the Cross section analysis you can now specify a description of each calculation and the selection of what series to include is also per calculation.

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The list of most recently used documents is per account

If you use the same Macrobond account on several computers you will notice that list of most recently used documents, which you can find in the Start activity and on the File menu, is synchronized between your devices.


Delete from the list of most recently used documents

You can remove an item from the list of most recently used documents by selecting “Remove from recent documents” from the context menu (right click) on an item in the Start activity:

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Rolling regression

With the Rolling regression analysis you can calculate how the result from a linear regression model varies over time.

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Data range for graphs in scatter charts

When selecting a graph in a scatter chart, you can limit the data range to include in the chart:

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Select a graph via the menu

Usually you select a graph by clicking on it with the mouse. There are cases when this is difficult though. Such as if you have made the graph completely transparent or selected a display range that does not include any values. For this purpose you can now select a graph from the Chart menu:

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Search for related series

We have started to add hierarchical relationships to some of our series. You can see this as new Search Actions for series such as US GDP:

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New formula functions

There are some new formula functions:

NextGreaterOrEqual, NextLessOrEqual, PreviousGreaterOrEqual, PreviousLessOrEqual, FirstGreaterOrEqual, LastGreaterOrEqual, RunLength

Here is an example that uses the PreviousGreaterOrEqual function:

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