Text Notes/Searching

If you want to make a note anywhere on a chart, just use the Rectangle tool that’s already there.

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After you have drawn the rectangle, you will instantly be presented a dialog box in which you have the option to enter a text note. It can be fairly lengthy if you want. (If you want just a highlight, no problem, just cancel the dialog box). You can also choose whether or not to make the note public by the checkbox at the lower left of the dialog box. You can watch this little movie to see the steps, although it’s pretty clear already.

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From then on, any time you mouse over the highlighted area, it will show the text note.

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We’ve also improved the style dialog box for highlighting. As you change the slider bars, you will instantly see what the highlight would look like. Importantly, you can also make the opacity so low as to be totally invisible. This is useful if you want to put text notes on a chart without having any visible shape showing.

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The entry of text notes is the “input” that Slopers contribute. The “output” is just as interesting, however, because you can search through the text notes of all Slopers to see the charts they have posted and what their annotations are.

To do this, click on the Watch Lists link and choose Search Public Notes.

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Type in whatever word or phrase you would like to search and click OK.

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Whatever symbols are found will be displayed in alphabetical order in a special new watch list called Search Result. You can go through this watch list just as you would any other.

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As you look at the symbols, the chart will be displayed with any and all notes from all the users. All the annotated shapes will be displayed as a simple outline (irrespective of the colors and opacities used by the original posters), and you can mouse over any of these areas to see what each note says.

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If you want to remove the search result watch list, right click on it and click Delete.

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Finally, if you’d like to be exposed to all public notes at all times, just go to the Preferences icon (extreme right icon in SlopeCharts) and check the “View all public notes” checkbox. As long as you are in this mode, you’ll see rectangles denoting where anyone has made a note, and you can mouse over those shapes to see what it is they wrote about that portion of the chart.

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