The new ODS Graphics Designer allows you to create graphs in SAS® quickly and easily using an interactive "drag-and-drop" interface. It also provides considerable flexibility in graph creation and modification. The designer is available in SAS 9.4 and 9.3 as part of Base SAS, under the Tools menu.
A tutorial is available at http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/grstatdesign/61690/HTML/default/viewer.htm#titlepage.htm. If you would like to follow along with the examples in the tutorial using SAS on your PC, you must do the following before you launch the ODS Graphics Designer:
libname DESIGNER 'C:\MyExtractionFolder';
SAS/GRAPH® was the method used for graphing in SAS before the release of SAS® 9.2. After using SAS/STAT to output data sets and tables, users could then code using SAS/GRAPH to produce desired graphs.
ODS Statistical Graphics became available with the 9.2 release and has been enhanced in SAS 9.3 and 9.4. Through the inclusion of an ODS statement in the program, graphics are automatically produced when using SAS/STAT®.
The SAS® 9.2 release also gave us new SAS/GRAPH® procedures. Some of these are SGPLOT, SGPANEL, and SGSCATTER.
Both SAS/GRAPH® and ODS Statistical Graphics provide the user with excellent, but different, graphing options. Note that some options available with SAS/GRAPH® may not be available when using ODS Graphics and vice versa.
ODS Graphics Documentation:
To view and perform other tasks with SAS files, without needing SAS on your PC. See: Build your own SAS data set viewer using PowerShell.
This article was updated: 09/24/2021