Elvis SAS Log Analyzer
version 1.6, 2011-12-21
Elvis takes a SAS log, either from the clipboard
or from a saved file, and allows you to view it, navigate around it, search it
and more. This makes working with large SAS logs much, much easier and faster than simply looking at the log in a non-specialised viewer
such as a plain text editor, Internet Explorer or Notepad. (NB: SAS is a registered trademark of The
View the demo now.
- colour-coding of each line according to its type (MPRINT, MLOGIC, SYMBOLGEN etc);
- quick and simple hiding of certain line types, entire macro calls, or even all calls to a certain macro;
- the ability to define a "special" line type, recognised by your own application-defined prefix (eg "SPECIAL: This is a custom note.");
- the Call Tree pane which displays all macro calls in the log, and their hierarchical relationship to each other;
- the Quick Find pane which gives instant access to ERRORs, WARNINGs, "special" lines and highlighted lines;
- the Highlighting dialog which allows multiple search terms to be highlighted, and searched for, throughout the log;
- Views, which allow you to save commonly-used combinations of options and quickly restore them;
- Reports, summarising important log information: recover runnable SAS source from MPRINT lines, summarise all called macros, etc.
||Now includes SAS Date Calculator, an intuitive, graphical way to convert between numeric SAS date values and real dates, and to calculate date ranges. See the demo here.
This is a completely free trial version of Elvis, so you can download it and try it out with absolutely no risk. The free downloadable
version below will only read the first 800 lines of each log - to unlock the full power of Elvis, you will need to buy a registration code.
For a single user, this costs just US$49 through
RegNow; please enquire for multi-user and academic discounts.
(316Kb, Windows 7/Vista/XP)
This file is a full installation program; once downloaded, simply double-click the file to run it
and you'll be guided through the installation procedure. If you decide that Elvis does not meet your needs, you can uninstall using the normal
Add/Remove Programs process. Elvis does not require .NET, Java or any other runtime support.
Ratcliffe Technical Services' NOTE: newsletter: "a promising tool", "good value".
A detailed web-based User Guide is available here - it will open in a new window.
Version 1.6 released 2011-12-21: Some bug fixes. Elvis is now built with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 - this means
it will no longer work with Windows 2000 or earlier.
Version 1.5 released 2008-11-07: The Quick Find pane now displays lines colour-coded in the same way as the
main log window. Improved load times and scroll-bar handling for large logs (>60,000 lines). Fixed some bugs to do with unbalanced macro
Beginning / Ending lines.
Version 1.4 released 2008-03-02: The major new addition is the Date Calculator (see above, or the User Guide).
Elvis now also includes drag-and-copy functionality from the main Log Window, including immediate creation of a new Highlight term from the
Version 1.3 released 2007-03-07: Logs without MPRINT lines are now handled correctly; macro calls that follow each other without any
intervening lines are now handled correctly when loading a new log.
Version 1.2 released 2007-02-01: Instant online Elvis registration now available via RegNow; new 'SAS source' report recovers runnable,
formatted and indented SAS code from the MPRINT lines in your log; Elvis will now handle logs with the Version 9 'MPRINTNEST' option switched on; improved cross-platform
detection of source lines.
Version 1.1 released 2006-04-09: This production version includes some changes to trial-only features of Elvis, including a nag screen, and
is the first version to have a full-featured installer. Several minor updates to the formatting and layout of some dialog boxes are also included, and a new built-in
view "MPRINT only" has been added.
Version 1.0 released 2006-01-22: First production version; incorporates several bug fixes and finalises the behaviour of the macro call
show / hide functionality when MLOGIC lines are not being shown.
Version 0.9b released 2005-12-11: Addition of reporting functionality - this release includes a single report showing all macros called in
a log along with their autocall locations; F3 / F2 keypresses now move to next / previous of all lines of interest, not just highlighted lines; bug fix - a macro call
immediately following another ('Ending execution' followed by 'Beginning execution' on consecutive lines) will now be recognised correctly.
Version 0.8b released 2005-10-01: Addition of new 'any line of interest' toolbar buttons; updated 'jump to first ERROR' option on opening
a log to allow jumping to the first ERROR, WARNING, special-prefix line, highlighted line, or the first of any of those types.
Version 0.7b released 2005-09-18: Some bug fixes; highlighting/searching now optionally case-sensitive; improved usability of Highlighting
dialog; increased line limit in demo version to 3000; added highlighted lines to the Quick Find pane; added option to jump to first ERROR: on opening a log.