To simplify and efficiently work with analytical data and to trade, the Option Workshop interface contains multiple child windows, which can be customized by adding the necessary forms and changing their location and size. The figure below shows an example of the main application form.
User interface consists of the following elements:
- Main toolbar – provides access to the main analytical and trading functions (the buttons are described in Table 1)
- Workspace – is used to place forms
- Information panel – displays information about data and Data source status connection (see Status bar)
- System panel – contains buttons of interaction with support (see Technical support)
Table 1 presents a description of the main toolbar.
Table 1 – Buttons on the main toolbar
|Instruments tree||Instruments tree|
|Positions manager||Work with trading accounts, strategies, positions|
|What-if scenarios||Create and edit What-If scenarios|
|Strategy templates||Create custom options spread templates. These spread templates can be applied to any options series, to view all of the spreads qualities including its price and the greeks, or to add a positions to a strategy.|
|Instruments Board||View detailed information about instruments|
|Orders manager||Place, edit, and track order execution|
|Delta hedger||Work with Delta hedger|
|Market maker||Work with Market maker|
|Futures Orders Stairs (FOS)||Work with Futures Orders Stairs (FOS)|
|Settings||Designate application settings|
|System log||View log events|
|System information||View information about the license and the program version|
|Documentation site||Open the documentation site|
To monitor the data source connection status, Option Workshop contains indicators located in the status bar in the bottom of the Option Workshop window.
|Click to open the Log form.|
|Click to open the Transport control form.|
|Data source name||Shows the name of the currently active data source|
|Blinks when a transaction is sent to the data source|
|Blinks when data is received from the data source|
|Indicates there is no connection to the data source|
|Indicates connection to data source is being established|
|Indicates the data source is connected|
Indicates whether Option Workshop receives information about trading schedule or not.
To display information in the most useful way, Option workshop allows you to customize how forms appear on the screen. To move forms:
- Click-and-hold on the desired form’s title.
- Move the mouse cursor to the icon locations.
- Release the mouse button. The form will be fixed in the appropriate position.
Icons description and examples of forms arrangement are presented in Table 3 – Icons description.
Table 3 – Icons description
|Place form on an entire working area|
|/||Place form on the left/right part of the window|
|/||Place form on the top/bottom part of the window|
|/||Аlign forms side-by-side in the workspace|
|/||Аlign forms top-to-bottom in the workspace|
Each child window may be undocked from the main window and placed anywhere on your screen. Option Workshop also works well in multi-monitor configurations.
Many child windows have special buttons on their toolbars. Click this button to get contextual help.
Saving interface settings
To save interface settings (location and size):
- Open the Settings window by clicking the button on the toolbar.
- Open the Support tab and click the Open configuration folder button.
- Сreate a backup copy of all files of the
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Option Workshopfolder (except the logs folder).
For easy navigation in the Active windows selection window (opened by pressing Ctrl + Tab), forms are grouped by type:
- Strategy charts;
- Option desks;
- Spread desks;
- Other windows.
To quickly switch between windows in Option Workshop use the arrows on your keyboard.