Is it possible to import external files for manipulation using Proc Document? For instance importing a file that has previously been created and stored in C:/Table1.pdf to a new document store using ODS Document and Proc Document.
Think of an ODS DOCUMENT as the place when you store your ODS OUTPUT objects -before- they go into the final result file.
For example, you have an analytical job on some large SAS datasets that takes 10 hours to chug through all the analysis. The final output of the analytical job is an ODS PDF results file -- an external PDF file. It would be appropriate to store the OUTPUT objects from the 10 hours of analysis in an ODS DOCUMENT store.
What if, 3 weeks after you create the ODS PDF results file, your boss says that an RTF file of the analysis is needed. What do you do? Maybe you can't spend the 10 hours all over again to run the analytical job in order to create an ODS RTF file??? If you stored the output objects in an ODS DOCUMENT store, then you could simply REPLAY the output objects to ODS RTF (using the DOCUMENT window or PROC DOCUMENT) -- but WITHOUT needing to spend the 10 hours again.