Welcome! This video will take you through a quick tour of Macrobond, highlighting the most essential and fundamental features of the application, to help you get started. Once you have watched the video you should have a good idea of how the application is organized, and a basic foundation for exploring further. We’ve put together some resources on the page that will help you get working and provide some answers if you get stuck.
To make working in the application as easy as possible we have created activities. You’ll find the activity tabs on the left side of the application, here. Think of each activity tab as the ideal space to do particular kinds of tasks. When selecting one of these activity tabs you’re activating the tools you need for the tasks you’d like to do. We like activities because they make it simpler and less cluttered to work in the application. So, what are the different activities for?
[03 Start activity]
The Start activity page is divided into three sections, Recent documents, Latest news, and Help topics. These give you quick access to your most recently used documents… notifications about new features, updates and data additions… and links to user guides.
[04 Browse activity]
Selecting the Browse activity allows you to easily find, compare and visualize time series from the database. Browse is especially effective for simply and quickly comparing the same indicators across different countries.
[05 Analytics activity]
The Analytics activity is the powerhouse of the application. In Analytics, you can find and add time series to a document, create and apply calculations and analyses, and generate different charts and tables. We call these presentations. You can also use the editing tools, here, to customize the layout and formatting of your presentations.
[06 Search activity]
In Search, you can use keywords to find time-series across all the databases in the application.
[07 Releases activity]
Use the releases tab to stay up to date on data release events from the different sources in the database.
[08 ‘Flexi tab’]
The fifth and final activity tab allows you define a default activity for that tab yourself. The activity is defined by selecting one of the three options from the pop-up menu below the tab, which are referred to as secondary activities.
[09 My series activity]
You'll find the secondary activities from the pop up menu below the tab. Select this activity to upload external data to create and edit your own time series. These time series can be used in all the same ways as the Macrobond time series, as well as being combined with them.
[10 Style sheet activity]
In the Style sheets activity, you can predefine settings for the layout and formatting of your charts. Applying a stylesheet creates a uniform appearance for charts and tables, in accordance with your specifications.
[11 Web publish activity]
The Web publish tab provides you with a simple way of publishing Macrobond charts online, for example to blogs, websites or social media channels. Charts can either be published as static or dynamic. With Dynamic charts, any changes to the data will automatically generate changes to the published chart online.
[12 The End]
Now you should have a good sense of how the application is set up and the main elements you'll be using. For more information on the topics we just covered have a look at the articles in this section. Otherwise you can move ahead to the next section, on finding data in the application. Here you can choose to learn the basics, and then get straight to work, or keep going for more in depth information on how to access and select data.