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- CRB PowerSystem™ Quick Start Tutorial

PowerDist - Distributes data files to PRO, Meta (CompuTrac (MetaStock)), and ASCII (.CSV) formats.

STEP 3: Distribution of Historical Data from CD

1. Launch CRB PowerDist: Use the CRB PowerDist shortcut on Desktop OR
Click Start > Programs > CRB PowerSystem > CRB PowerDist

Data Packages:

2. Select each Package then set the Format(s), Action and Destination for each.

Package pending setup for distribution
Package set up for distribution
Package excluded from distribution

  1. A. Format: Select PRO (default), Meta (CompuTrac (MetaStock)) and/or ASCII (.CSV)
    (All 3 formats can be setup for output)
  2. B. Action:
    • Select Distribute to distribute the Package.
    • Select Do not Distribute to omit the Package from distribution.
  3. C. Destination: Select Default, One folder per symbol, Single flat folder or Specify folder.

    Format = Pro (Default)

    • Default:
      • Futures/Cash, COT, Options and Volatility Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first 2 characters of symbol.
        (C:\Program Files\CRB\PowerSystem\Data\Pro\Futures\SP\; ...\COT\SP\; ...\Options\SP\; ...\Volatility\SP\)
      • U.S. Equities and Mutual Funds Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first character of symbol.
        • (C:\Program Files\CRB\PowerSystem\Data\Pro\Equities\K\; ...\Funds\F\)
    • One folder per symbol: (PowerLink 4 - Auto-Distribute)
      • Path: Click to browse for location.
        • Futures/Cash, COT, Options and Volatility Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first 2 characters of symbol. (i.e. C:\CRB\Pro\SP\; C:\CRB\Strikpro\SP\)
        • U.S. Equities and Mutual Funds Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first character of symbol. (i.e. C:\CRB\Stocks\K\; C:\CRB\Funds\F\)
    • Single flat folder: (PowerLink 4 Default)
      • Path: Click to browse for location.
        • Distributes all data for a Package in a single folder.
          (i.e. C:\CRB\Pro\; C:\CRB\Strikpro\; C:\CRB\Stocks\; C:\CRB\Funds\)

    TESS Users:
    • Futures:
      • Select Single Flat Folder
      • Set Path to C:\CRB\PRO.
    • Equities and Events:
      • Select Single Flat Folder
      • Set Path to C:\CRB\STOCKS.

    Format = Meta (CompuTrac (MetaStock: master/.dat/.dop))

    • Default:
      • Futures/Cash, COT, Volatility, U.S. Equities and Mutual Funds Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first 2 characters of symbol.
        (i.e. C:\Program Files\CRB\PowerSystem\Data\Meta\Futures\SP\ and \COT\SP\; \Volatility\SP\; \Equities\KR\; \Funds\FG\)
      • Options Package: Creates sub-folders based on first 2 characters of symbol AND sub-folders for each Contract. (i.e. C:\Program Files\CRB\PowerSystem\Data\Meta\Options\SP\SP2005M\)
    • Specify folder: (PowerLink 4 Default)
      • Path: Click to browse for location
        • Futures/Cash, COT, Volatility, U.S. Equities and Mutual Funds Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first 2 characters of symbol.
          (i.e. C:\CRB\Master\SP\; C:\CRB\Stockmaster\KR\; C:\CRB\Fundmaster\FG\)
        • Options Package: Creates sub-folders based on first 2 characters of symbol AND sub-folders for each Contract. (i.e. C:\CRB\Strikmaster\SP\SP2005M\)

    Format = ASCII (.CSV)

    • Default:
      • Futures/Cash, COT, Options and Volatility Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first 2 characters of symbol.
        (i.e. C:\Program Files\CRB\PowerSystem\Data\Ascii\Futures\SP\ and \COT\SP\; \Options\SP\; \Volatility\SP\)
        • ASCII Line: Futures and Options (T,D,O,H,L,C,V,I); COT (T,D,C,N,R);
          Volatility (T,D,I,H)
          • Creates comma (,) delimited files (.CSV) from the Individual Contract files with the selected columns. (i.e. Futures: ccyyyym.CSV and ccNFVOI.CSV;
            Cash: cc----Y.CSV; Options: ccyyyymssssP.CSV; COT: cc----C.CSV;
            Volatility: ccyyyym.CSV)
      • U.S. Equities and Mutual Funds Packages: Creates sub-folders based on first character of symbol. (i.e. C:\Program Files\CRB\PowerSystem\Data\Ascii\Equities\K\ and \Funds\F\)
        • ASCII Line: U.S. Equities (T,D,O,H,L,C,V); Funds (T,D,O,H,L,C)
          • Creates comma (,) delimited files (.CSV) from the Individual Contract files with the selected columns.
            (i.e. U.S. Equities: KRI.CSV; Mutual Funds: FGRIX.CSV)
    • Specify folder:
      • Path: Click to browse for location.
        • Distributes all data for a Package in a single folder.
          (i.e. C:\CRB\Text\)
      • ASCII Line: Futures and Options (T,D,O,H,L,C,V,I); COT (T,D,C,N,R);
        Volatility (T,D,I,H); U.S. Equities (T,D,O,H,L,C,V); Funds (T,D,O,H,L,C)
        • Creates comma (,) delimited files (.CSV) from the Individual Contract files with the selected columns. (i.e. Futures: ccyyyym.CSV and ccNFVOI.CSV;
          Cash: cc----Y.CSV; Options: ccyyyymssssP.CSV; COT: cc----C.CSV;
          Volatility: ccyyyym.CSV; U.S. Equities: KRI.CSV; Mutual Funds: FGRIX.CSV)

  1. D. Path: Set location for One folder per symbol, Single flat folder or Specify folder.
    • Click to browse for location
  2. E. Use short file names (OPTIONS ONLY):
    • Check to preserve the use of 8 character symbology (i.e. SP1065R5) found in earlier versions of PowerLink.
    • Left unchecked, long file names using 12+ character symbology (i.e. SP2005M1065P) will be created.
  3. F. Filter:
    • Select a Filter from the drop-down OR click to create your own Filter.

NOTE: ALL available Symbols for a Data Type (i.e. Futures) on the CD will be distributed if a Filter is NOT selected. If you will be downloading the Agricultural, Financial, or Major Markets Packages and do NOT require data for other markets you should select the corresponding Filter.

Support Package:

  1. A. Format: Support
  2. B. Action:
    • Select Distribute (default) to distribute the Package.
    • Select Do not Distribute to omit the Package from distribution.

    Format = Support (.LST)

    • Automatically updates the Symbol list files: CCmaster.lst, SSmaster.lst and MFmaster.lst; and Expiration date files: FUTexp.lst, OPTexp.lst and Help Menu file: PowerSystem.chm in the Installation Path
      (i.e. C:\Program Files\CRB\PowerSystem)

3. Click Apply Selection to complete setup for each Package.

4. Click Next to proceed to Distribution Summary.

5. Distribution Summary: Verify the Packages, Formats, Paths, and Filters for distribution.

6. Click Next to proceed to Distribution Process OR Back for changes.

7. Distribution Process: Click Done to finish OR Check Launch Synthetic Data Generator when done then click Done to proceed to CRB PowerGen.
(exits or launches CRB PowerGen (STEP 6))

Back to STEP 2 | Proceed to STEP 4 | Proceed to STEP 6


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