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Chart Picture through EL?

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Chart Picture through EL?

Does anyone know how to take a screen shot of a chart through easy language? It can be done if you buy an indicator but I like to do things myself.

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it will likely be along the lines of using the command line to execute a macro or call the program that does the screenshot. The downside with the command line is that the commands are applied to the chart that currently has the focus (basically the one you last clicked into). This can lead to unwanted results.



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My Solution

Thanks for your input ABCTG . Got me thinking. Since there is no way to do this I wrote app in Visual Studio. You would have to replace your email address and mail client then compile it and finally call the exe from within your EL code. Henry @ Multicharts wrote an elegant function to call apps or DLL's and its called

ShellExecute.pla sample

So I use that function to call my Exe file when I want to take a screenshot and email it to me from within TS.


using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Net.Mail;

using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.IO;
using System.Drawing.Imaging;
using System.Reflection;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace MailScreenShot
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            // Capture the screen to a stream
            Bitmap memoryImage = new Bitmap(SystemInformation.VirtualScreen.Width,
            Graphics memoryGraphics = Graphics.FromImage(memoryImage);
            System.IO.Stream stream = new System.IO.MemoryStream();
            memoryImage.Save(stream, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Jpeg);
            stream.Position = 0;

            // send mail
            string to = "";       //  Replace with your email address
            string from = "";   //  Replace with your email address
            MailMessage message = new MailMessage(from, to);  
            message.Subject = "Tradestation";
            message.Body = @"Trade Alert";
            Attachment attach = new Attachment(stream, "MyImage.Jpeg");
            SmtpClient client = new SmtpClient("Your Mail Client");   // Replace with your email client
            // Credentials are necessary if the server requires the client 
            // to authenticate before it will send e-mail on the client's behalf.
            client.UseDefaultCredentials = true;
            catch (Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine("Exception caught in CreateTestMessage2(): {0}",

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