SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3

New Features in SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3

Here are some of the new features in SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3:
  • a new program editor with autocompletion for hundreds of SAS statements, procedures, and options. The program editor also provides parenthesis matching, built-in syntax and function help, and automatic code formatting.
  • new views and charts for the OLAP Analyzer. You can now view scatter plots, bubble plots, and tile charts from the OLAP Analyzer. Also, when you open an OLAP cube, the OLAP Analyzer can automatically create the best graph based on the data.
  • code analysis to quickly identify the different parts of the program and convert the program to a process flow. You can also use code analysis to take advantage of grid computing.
  • explicit pass-through mode for queries that use data from an external database.
  • the ability to open reports that were created with SAS Web Report Studio.
  • several new and enhanced tasks that you can use to analyze your data.
For more information about the new features and enhancements, see the “What's New in SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3” topic at

Differences between SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2 and 4.3

Before upgrading to SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, review the following differences between the 4.2 release and the 4.3 release:
  • SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3 no longer includes the SAS syntax help files. However, there is now built-in syntax and function help that is available in the program editor. The full SAS syntax help is also available from
  • The new Map Chart task creates a two-dimensional (choropleth) or three-dimensional (block and prism) color map that shows the variation in the value of a response variable for different geographical areas, such as counties, states, and countries.
    The Create Map Chart task no longer requires specially prepared data (“feature tables”) in order to create useful maps. Now, it is easier to create map charts using only a map data set and your response values.
    The Create Map Feature Table task, provided with earlier versions of SAS Enterprise Guide, is no longer needed and is marked as deprecated. Your existing projects that use this task will still run. However, you will not be able to create new steps that use the Create Map Feature Table task.
  • In previous versions of SAS Enterprise Guide, the project file stored external file references as absolute paths. In SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, these external file references are stored as relative paths, which makes it easier for you to move the project file, data, and programs to a different folder or a different machine. In SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, it is recommended that you use pathnames that are relative to the current location of the project file instead of using a full path.
  • In the Import Data task, there are two new performance options that enable you to specify the level of data cleansing to perform on the imported data. To perform data cleansing, SAS Enterprise Guide downloads data from the server to the client. You can specify how much data is downloaded to optimize performance.
  • In SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, you can open reports that were generated by SAS Web Report Studio. You must be running SAS Web Report Studio 4.3 to open prompted reports in SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3. For more information, see
  • If the input data source for a task is from a DBMS engine, then SAS uses the sort functionality on the database to sort the data before running the task. Using the database functionality rather than the SORT procedure, which is used for files that are not saved to a database, optimizes the performance of the SAS task.

Upgrading to SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3

To upgrade to SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, run the SAS Deployment Wizard. This wizard automatically detects if there are SAS software products in your order that are more recent than the products you have deployed on your machine. For example, if your order includes a new release of SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner, then both products are upgraded when you run the SAS Deployment Wizard. You do not need to run the SAS Deployment Wizard separately for each product upgrade. Also, if you have not applied the third maintenance release for SAS 9.2, then these updates are installed as well. If your SAS order contains any new products that were not in your current deployment, you must rerun the SAS Deployment Wizard to add the new products to your deployment.
For instructions on how to upgrade to SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, see Upgrading SAS Products.

Uninstalling SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2

The SAS Deployment Wizard installs SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, but it does not uninstall SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2 from your machine.
To uninstall SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2, use the Uninstall facility in Windows operating environments.
To remove the metadata for a release of SAS Enterprise Guide, unconfigure the EG Server Data component on the metadata tier. You will remove this software component and any capabilities for that release of SAS Enterprise Guide. These capabilities are also removed from any roles that use these capabilities. Roles are not removed because the roles might contain capabilities from the new release of SAS Enterprise Guide. Adding new capabilities to existing roles occurs when you install the server data for the new release of SAS Enterprise Guide.