Managing Optimizations
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Optimax keeps track of the history of all of your optimizations. These appear as a list in the Run History pane of the main window, shown below.

The Run History pane enables you to go back and review the results of previous optimizations.

You can delete historical runs by highlighting a row, then by using a right-click and selecting Delete Run on the context menu, as shown below:

Selecting a row and right-clicking displays a context menu in the Run History pane.

The data for these historical runs are stored in a folder on your PC - in Program Files/Optimax/Run History - as shown below. Deleting a run within Optimax deletes the associated numerical folder.

Optimax stores run history in folders on your PC.

You can also delete run history folders manually if you wish; be sure that Optimax is not running if you choose to manually work with the Run History folders.

You can also protect and or unprotect a run using the associated context menu options. This sets the associated folder attribute to read-only, and will protect you from accidentally deleting a run you wish to keep. To then delete it, you must unprotect it first.

Notes & Comments
By expanding the Run History pane, you can type in comments for each run to the right, as shown below.

Here you can type free-form comments.

To begin typing, double-click the desired cell, or highlight it and press F2. Pressing Enter saves the comment; pressing Escape cancels the changes. The maximum comment length is 128 characters.

If you want to store longer comments or more complex information, right-click the row as shown below.

Here you can select from two types of documents.

Each of the first two menu items will open a document for you to store additional notes in. If you select the RTF item, Optimax will create a file named N#.RTF where # is the run number, and open it using the default program for RTF files (Word, for example.) This file is stored in the run history folder associated with that run.

By selecting TXT, Optimax will create a similar file, but with the TXT extension, and open it with the default program associated with TXT files - usually Notepad.

These can be used for storing any type of notes you like; you could even cut & paste your strategy into the notes file. This way you will always have a copy of the EasyLanguage that you used in that run (in case you change it later,) and you will have the basis for version management for your strategies.

Remember, Optimax never transmits your information to the Internet, so you don't need to worry about us being able to see your source code.

When you start Optimax it transmits your Customer Key to our servers for the sole purpose of verifying your level of access to Optimax functionality. No other information is ever transmitted to the Internet.

Thumbnail & Indicator Cache
The thumbnails displayed in the equity grid and the indicators displayed beneath it are cached in the run's associated GIF subfolder, shown above. If you keep a lot of old optimization runs, this cache can start to take up a lot of space. You can safely delete GIF subfolders if you want to keep save space. The next time you display a run, Optimax will recreate the GIF subfolder and rebuild the thumbnails within it.

If the thumbnails or indicators become corrupt for some reason, you can force Optimax to rebuild them by shutting it down, deleting the associate GIF subfolder, starting it back up and displaying the run again. This procedure should clear up any problems you have should you encounter display corruption.

You can archive your old optimization data by moving the numerical run history folders to another location - to CD for example. You can copy this data back at any time and the next time you run Optimax it will find and display these runs. We recommend that you always leave the most recent optimization run folder in place, since Optimax begins numbering by finding the highest existing number and adding 1 to it. If you remove the highest numbered folder, Optimax will begin sequencing from number 000001 and you will end up with duplicate folder names. Although you can rename folders (be sure to use an entirely numeric name,) this does make run management more difficult for you, and so is not recommended.