The ODS Graphics Designer allows you to design and build your own statistical graphs in SAS, without having to learn how to program in the new graph template language (GTL). The ODS Graphics Designer is a rich user interface that allows you to design these graphs based upon your own data, and then save those designs as graph definitions that you can "replay" in a SAS program later.
For more information about the ODS Graphics Designer and the incredible graphs that you can create by using it, see this SAS Global Forum paper by Sanjay Matange.
In SAS 9.2, ODS Graphics Designer is installed only with SAS/GRAPH in your SAS environment, so it can be run only on a machine that has SAS installed. But while the designer application can be run only with a local SAS installation, the graph definitions that you create can be replayed in any SAS session, local or remote. You can even render these graphs within SAS stored processes.
We often receive requests to make it easier to access the power of the ODS Graphics Designer from within SAS Enterprise Guide. To support this request, we’ve created a series of custom tasks that allow you to:
- Launch the ODS Graphics Designer from within SAS Enterprise Guide, if you have SAS and SAS/GRAPH installed on the same machine with SAS Enterprise Guide.
- Replay the graph definitions (SGD files) that you can create with the ODS Graphics Designer. This requires only the SGD files you created and appropriate data to render the graph, plus access to a SAS session, local or remote.
You can download the task from this location. The custom tasks are included within a single DLL inside a ZIP file. The ZIP archive also contains documentation for how to install and use the tasks. (Note: you do not need administrative privileges on your PC to install a custom task! You can drop it into your user profile area on Windows, and SAS Enterprise Guide automatically detects it. See the PDF documentation with the download for details.)
The features offered by these custom tasks are likely to appear in future versions of SAS Enterprise Guide. If you try it and like it, provide feedback in the comments. If you think of ways to improve the tasks, tell us that as well.