Preparing to Install
Running the Heatmaps Setup Program
Running the Heatmaps Application
Using the Heatmaps Online Help
This document provides detailed instructions for including NeoVision Heatmaps as a powerful analysis tool in your Bloomberg environment. For more information about any portion of this document or about Heatmaps Pro for Bloomberg, please contact a NeoVision Sales Representative at 1-888-Heatmap (1-888-432-8627) or e-mail email@example.com
This section is provided for the System Administrator or Installation Technician.
Heatmaps software runs on the following computer configuration:
Tip: To set display color depth, select My Computer > Control Panel > Display > Settings and set the Colors drop-down list.
The Bloomberg Edition of Heatmaps requires access to Open Bloomberg data. Install Heatmaps on a computer that is configured as The Bloomberg terminal.
This Installation document contains the section Verifying Bloomberg to ensure that the Heatmaps software runs properly in your Bloomberg environment.
license.dat file must contain a separate entry for each computer on which you plan to
install Heatmaps. Licenses expire after a specified period of time. If you are
not sure that you have the appropriate license for this installation, refer to
This section is provided for the System Administrator.
In order to receive Bloomberg data, you must have a properly configured and authorized connection to BBComm. Always check that BBComm runs locally before installing Heatmaps or starting the Heatmaps application.
To check if BBComm is running and properly configured, run Bloomberg's API Demo program.
IBMin the Security ID text box.
You receive Heatmaps Lite installation software as a
self-extracting package. A license accompanies the installation software in a
Heatmaps Lite is an entry-level product that lets you view a limited number of specially designed Heatmap displays. The displays cannot be edited or altered in the Heatmaps Lite application. You can, however, order Heatmaps for Bloomberg Pro, which enables you to adapt the examples to your needs or to build entirely new Heatmaps specific to your financial needs.
Uninstall any previous Heatmaps distributions, as follows.
You are now ready to install Version 3.1.
You run the Heatmaps Setup program on the same computer that runs The Bloomberg application software.
bbhmlite.exeto extract and start the Setup program.
The remainder of this section explains Setup dialogs that ask for information specific to a Heatmaps for Bloomberg application configuration.
Tip: This document does not include instructions for those dialogs that occur in a typical Windows application Setup. For dialogs that this document does not specifically discuss, click Next> to accept the default value and continue.
In the License File Location dialog (Figure 3), enter or browse for the location of the
file included with the installation package. The example in Figure 3 shows
a directory called
Click Next> to continue.
The Database Username Defaults dialog (Figure 4) sets up the login information for any database that a Heatmap will use.
Note: This dialog pertains only to database authorization for Access or Excel files and not to The Bloomberg datafeed user name.
Select either the default,
defaults, prompt at startup or click the radio button labeled
System does not use usernames and passwords.
If you choose the
option, the databases shipped with the Heatmaps examples, which do not require
a user name or password, will still prompt for username and password. Advise
the user to leave these fields blank for example Heatmaps.
Heatmaps Lite does not use proprietary databases. Do not
Use defaults, see next screen.
The Bloomberg Market Reset Time dialog shows a default value for the local time of day when date-sensitive information, such as yesterday's closing price, is updated to The Bloomberg.
Bloomberg distinguishes between real-time fields and historical information. The datafeed sends real-time data, such as last trade, to the Heatmaps application as it changes, but does not update historic information unless the Heatmaps application requests it. The Bloomberg Market Reset Time forces a request for historic data.
The installation program provides an opportunity to override the default time. The update of so much information from the datafeed can slow down other work on The Bloomberg. Specify a local time when the markets you monitor are closed. If the user normally shuts down the Heatmaps application at the end of each work day, select a time after Heatmaps shutdown. If the user does not shut down Heatmaps, specify a time, such as after the workday ends, when the user typically does not use The Bloomberg. For example, 03:00 resets the market data a 3 AM.
Use the format
HH:MM in military time. For example, to reset data at 7 PM local time, set this
Click Next> to continue.
In most cases, leave the default value of 2 seconds for the interval at which the datafeed values are refreshed in all open Heatmaps displays.
Valid values range from 1 to 100 seconds. Shorter refresh rates require greater computer resources.
Click Next> to continue.
In the Confirm Installation Options dialog (not shown here), review the options selected during installation. Click Back> to make changes or Next> to complete the installation. The last Setup dialog provides an opportunity to review the readme text file.
Congratulations! You successfully completed the Heatmaps installation and can immediately begin to use the Heatmaps software. See the next section, Running the Heatmaps Application
This section contains the following information, all of which has changed since Heatmaps Lite Version 2.x and 3.0:
|Starting Heatmaps for the First Time||New and experienced end-users|
|Using the Heatmaps Online Help||All users and the System Administrator.|
|New Features||Experienced users|
Refer to Figure 7. You start the Heatmaps application from the standard Windows task bar:
The Heatmaps Online Help is a self-contained hypertext User Guide.
To get started as a new user, open the online Getting Started document. From the Heatmaps Viewer menu bar, click the Help menu, and then click Getting Started.
To access the complete Heatmaps Online Help system, do any of the following:
In the full Help system, you can find the sections you need from a hierarchical list of contents, an alphabetic index, or using full-text search.
Version 3.1 of the Heatmaps software adds the following new features to Version 3.0:
Version 3.0 adds the following: