A unit is anything you can express an operation in. In most cases, this is a currency, but it can also be a stock, or even a car or a house. A unit has different values over time, its value being express in another unit. Example: the ACME stock is worth 31.2$ on January 2009.
Editing units can be done in different ways:
This mode allows you choosing amongst the set of predefined units which one you would like to add to the current document.
This mode allows you creating your own unit. Parameters to be provided are:
Name: the comprehensive unit name.
Symbol: the unit symbol, displayed in most tables and drop down boxes.
Type: see Unit Types.
Reference Unit: the (other) unit used to compute value of the (current) unit. For example, if you have EADS shares, and want to see their value in euros, you should select € as reference unit in EADS unit.
Download source: The source to download quotes. The recommended one is "Yahoo".
Internet Code: The Internet code for this unit. If given this code, Skrooge is able to download the unit values from selected source.
This edition mode allows to download unit values from Internet, or to manually enter a unit value at a given date.
Even if Skrooge considers just about anything as a unit, it makes a distinction depending on their type:
- Primary Currency
This is the currency that will be used for displaying real operations amount.
- Secondary Currency
If defined, the value in the secondary unit will be displayed upon hovering over an operation amount.
Any currency, with no specific role for display.
This type of unit can be used for managing shares.
A stock exchange index, such as the Dow Jones, Nasdaq, CAC40, SBF120...
Any unit that doesn't fit in the above types.