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Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

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Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

Is there any new version of SAS coming support Mac? It is not that easy to use the SAS studio online! it takes time running   


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‎05-17-2016 02:03 PM
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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

I'm also a Mac User, and I can confirm that using Chrome or Firefox works perfectly well.

I have a slight preference for Chrome as it includes the Flash plugin... so that I do not have to install it (and update it each time there is an issue).

 

If you need a "local" install of SAS... well it depends, the way to go is through VMWare (I use VMWare Fusion 8) and run SAS in a VM.

I used Windows VMs (nice for the clients like Enterprise Guide) and CentOS Linux (nice if you want to simulate a server) VMs with great success... As usual having a lot a memory on your machine is a huge benefic when playing with VMs.

Just a work a caution if you use a Windows VM and you have a Retina display, the scaling of the user interface can be wierd and you might have to toggle off the "use retina high resolution" option in the display settings of your VM.

 

Hope that helps,

 

Michel.

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

SAS studio is the same on PC or Mac

 

What issues are you running into? 

 

Also, VMWare is dirt cheap so set up a Windows VM and have both worlds. 

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

If it is a problem with the browser, try an alternative like chrome or palemoon. Otherwise your problems might be on the server side, as SAS studio is purely web-based.

If it is a single-machine installation that runs purely on OSX, you might have a scaling problem; contact your SAS representative, as they should have supported you when setting up.

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

Hi,

 

I am not sure about your specific issue. I understand your issue is while working SAS Studio on Safari.

If that is the case, I understand, but then you can use Chrome (the most compatible webbrowser) and problem solved, as suggested.

 

In other hand, if your problem is on the SAS installation side, then you are right, it is not supported, only if you run a virtual machine, but this is a very easy process. I will drop a couple of links here, to check if they are aligned with what you need. Otherwise, please let your SAS representative know, that would be the best approach.

 

http://www.sascommunity.org/wiki/Running_SAS_on_Macintosh_OS_X_10.4_and_Above

 

https://support.sas.com/software/products/university-edition/docs/en/SASUniversityEditionInstallGuid...

 

 

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

Thank you very much for helping, I will download Chrome to see....

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‎05-17-2016 02:03 PM
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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

I'm also a Mac User, and I can confirm that using Chrome or Firefox works perfectly well.

I have a slight preference for Chrome as it includes the Flash plugin... so that I do not have to install it (and update it each time there is an issue).

 

If you need a "local" install of SAS... well it depends, the way to go is through VMWare (I use VMWare Fusion 8) and run SAS in a VM.

I used Windows VMs (nice for the clients like Enterprise Guide) and CentOS Linux (nice if you want to simulate a server) VMs with great success... As usual having a lot a memory on your machine is a huge benefic when playing with VMs.

Just a work a caution if you use a Windows VM and you have a Retina display, the scaling of the user interface can be wierd and you might have to toggle off the "use retina high resolution" option in the display settings of your VM.

 

Hope that helps,

 

Michel.

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

@MLehon have you ever used SAS on bootcamp on a mac? 

 

I am taking a course soon which needs to install the software onto the computer

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

@confused_saser I use SAS UE on a Mac.

I also run a Windows 7 VM full time with my Mac using VM, I don't use BootCamp as it partitions your drive. Instead I purchased a SSD that's 128GB and run it off that, but you can run a Windows VM without BootCamp using VM Ware/VM Workstation. I don't have SAS installed on it right now but have previously. 

 

Oracle VirtualBox, which is free is the other alternative.

 

If you're using it in a course they're likely to provide installation instructions for you. 

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

@Reeza Thank you for that! Super helpful.

 

The course I'm taking is charging me $50 to install SAS 9.4 on our computers, but I didn't realize that SAS University Edition was availbale for MAC as well now...which is free!! So I will try that instead.

 

Do you happen to know if the University Edition is not as great as SAS 9.4? Thanks again.

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

SAS UE is 9.4. It depends on what the version delivered with the course has licensed to tell which one would be "better" for you.

But UE usually covers all modules needed by beginners.

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

hmm that's good to know! thanks @KurtBremser they are just trying to steal our money!

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Re: Why we as Mac users face hard time with SAS!!!

The license your school offers will be a better solution.

It will likely have SAS/GRAPH, ETS and a different interface. 

For example, one area where SAS UE is weak is on the SAS/ETS module. Not all the time series procs are included.

SAS Studio is what's used in UE and your University will likely offer the course in SAS Base or EG. If it's Base it'll be fine but EG is significantly different.  

 

The ideal situation would be to pay the $50 and get the SAS version. You'll also have to pay for a Windows License for the Virtual Machine to run SAS. Hopefully your University should have good offers from Microsoft because the $249 for a Windows license is high, SAS requires Windows Pro the last time I checked.  VMWare would then be about $40 which means you're looking at 3-400. At that point you may as well buy a Windows computer. 

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