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To use your methods, should I invest in charting and filtering software right from the start?

Assuming that you have a reasonable amount of capital to start with, you should buy it now. You will find that free Internet charting is rather limiting. However, you might want to start there briefly, while you figure out what tools you are going to use, so you can make sure they are in the software you buy.

I qualified my answer with reference to your capital, because it would be silly if you had only small capital to spend a significant part of it on software.