SAS Universal Viewer

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SAS Universal Viewer

Hi there

I have SAS 9.4 installed on my PC.

Prior to 9.4 I had 9.1 and the SAS viewer both installed.

Without the viewer installed, when I double-click on a SAS dataset in Windows the file opens within SAS itself - which is slow and cumbersome.

Can I install the viewer and have it cooperate with SAS 9.4? Isn't the viewer old 32-bit software? Is there a 64-bit version of the viewer?

Anybody have a link?

Thanks

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Re: SAS Universal Viewer

Since it's "free" SW, it should/could be a part of your SAS software order, and then a part of your SAS depot. Check with the SAS representative at your site.

On download at support.sas.com, a 9.3 version is available (32 & 64 bit) versions. As standalone they should work on 9.4 SAS stuff, but can't guarantee how this will work regarding registry entries etc.

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Re: SAS Universal Viewer

Thanks Linus.

When I went to install the 64-bit viewer from your link above, the software first wanted to run the 9.3 deployment wizard.

That's when I decided to cancel since I have 9.4 successfully installed.

Should I go ahead anyway?

Occasional Contributor
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Re: SAS Universal Viewer

OK, so I finally found out that the viewer comes bundled with the 9.4 disks. Our IT people decided not to install it Smiley Sad

So I've finally got it installed.

Now I can't figure out how to get it to start in maximised window size!

The old instructions refer to some registry setting which don't appear to exist anymore:

http://support.sas.com/kb/7/119.html

Occasional Contributor
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Re: SAS Universal Viewer

OMG! Worst thing I ever did was install this bloody SAS Universal Viewer.

It is s-o-o-o slow!

What the hell is wrong with it?

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Re: SAS Universal Viewer

Try using the old SAS System Viewer instead.   Only problem I have had is that it will not read version 9 files generated by 64 Unix SAS.   I have not tried it on SAS 9.4 generated datasets.

Occasional Contributor
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Re: SAS Universal Viewer

Don't think it works with 9.4 datasets:

http://www.jiangtanghu.com/blog/2013/08/27/sas-system-viewer-doesnt-support-sas-9-4-dataset/

Is anyone else experiencing really slow performance from the Universal Viewer?

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Re: SAS Universal Viewer

Yes.  It is why we keep the 9.1 viewer around.

Steve Denham

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