Brief testing instructions for the Macrobond application
This document describes how you can test that your installation of Macrobond is working.
This document refers to Macrobond 1.10.
Check that Macrobond is available in the start menu. By default it is found in “Macrobond Financial/Macrobond”.
Start Macrobond from the Start menu.
If no user account has been configured, which is typically the case during a new installation, you will be prompted for a user name and password. Fill in the user name and password.
Please note that if you enter a user name and password and successfully log in, that user account will be associated with the current Windows user profile on the computer. You then need to contact Macrobond support in order to use that user account with another user profile or on another computer.
When a correct user name and password has been configured and the application can log on to the Macrobond server, the main screen will be displayed and will look something like this:
If you come this far without any errors it means that you have access to the Macrobond servers and that your credentials are correct.
The first time the application is started, it will download something called the “attribute database”, and this may take 10-60s depending on your internet connection. During this time you will see a text at the status bar of the bottom of the application. During this time you will get an “hour glass” if you try to access some functions in the application.
Create a chart
In order to create a chart, click on the tab Browse to the left of the application. Then select Overview, Major Countries and click on Denmark.
You will then see that the list of Actions at the top of the application is updated. Click on the Action “GDP”.
On the right hand side of the application, you will now see a chart:
Save the chart to the Local computer and then open
Test that documents can be saved locally and the Macrobond file type is correctly registered.
- With the chart open, select “File, Save as Analytics document”. Select “My computer” and enter a document name. The chart will now be saved to your local computer.
- Open Windows Explorer and navigate to “My Documents/Macrobond”. The name of the folder “My documents” may vary depending on the language of your Windows installation.
- You should find the file that you saved in this folder.
- Double click on the file and it should open up in Macrobond.
Copy chart to Microsoft Office
Test that OLE integration with Office works properly.
- Open the chart that you have created from “File, Recent documents” in the application
- Right click on the chart and select Copy
- Open Microsoft Word
- Select Paste (Ctrl+V)
- You should now see the chart in your Word document
- Leave Word running, but close the Macrobond application
- Double click on the chart in Word
- The Macrobond application should now be started and should show the chart that you double clicked on in your Word document
- Select some other background color for the chart in Macrobond:
- Close the document in Macrobond:
- Switch to Word and verify that the chart background was also changed in the Word document
- Verify that there is a menu/ribbon tab called Macrobond in Word where you can find the command “Refresh charts”
Access the Help portal
Select “Help, Getting started” in the Macrobond application. This should bring up your web browser to the Macrobond “Getting started” web page. This verifies that you have access to Macrobond web server.
Checking for program updates
Select “Help, Check for update”. This will check if you have the latest version. You should either get a message that tells you that you have the latest version or tell you that there is a later version. You should not get any error messages. This verifies that the application has access to access to the web server www.macrobond.com.
The Excel add-in
- Start Microsoft Excel
- There should be a Macrobond tab (in Office 2007 and 2010) or menu (older versions of Office). Currently only 32-bit versions of Office are supported.
- Select the “Macrobond/All series” command. This will bring up the dialog “Create time series data set”.
- Enter “Sweden new car sales” and press enter:
This will search for such series in the database.
- Add the series “Passenger Cars” to the data set by pressing the red + button.
- The selected series should be added to the list at the bottom right. Press the Add button:
- The dialog should now be closed, and the data should be imported into the sheet together with a red “Macrobond Data set” object:
The EViews add-in
Macrobond 1.2.2 and later includes an add-in for EViews. For the add-in to work you need EViews 7.2 Enterprise Edition (Apr 29 2011 build) or later. Currently only the 32-bit version is supported.
The first time EViews is started after Macrobond is installed or upgraded to a version that includes the add-in, the EViews application will detect that a new add-in is installed and offer the user to register the add-in:
Once the Macrobond add-in is registered, you will see the Macrobond Database in the list of databases shown when you select File|Open|Database in EViews:
To open the database, just press OK in this dialog. You will then see a window that contains a number of buttons at the top.
Press the Browse button and you will see a dialog where you can select series from the Macrobond database. Select a couple of series on random by pressing the red + next to the series. This should add the series to the right-hand side of the dialog.
When you press OK, you will see the series codes in the database window in EViews:
Bloomberg as data source
The Macrobond application can communication with the Bloomberg Terminal if it is installed and running on the same computer and retrieve historical time series. Please note that Bloomberg Anywhere cannot be used for this purpose.
Start by enabling support for Bloomberg data in the Macrobond application. This is done on the page “My series” in the Settings dialog found on the Edit menu:
Then go to the Analytics Activity by clicking on the tab Analytics on the tab strip to the left of the application. Create a new document by selecting File|New in the menu. In the list of data sources you should now find a source called Bloomberg as shown in the picture below. Enter the Bloomberg symbol “ibm us” as in the picture. Press Enter.
You should now see “International Business Machines Corp” in the list. Click on the red + next to the title and you should see a line added to the graph in the document to the right.