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SAS/SPECTRAVIEW Software User's Guide

Getting Acquainted with the Interface

The SAS/SPECTRAVIEW interface is a point-and-click, button-driven interface that provides the functionality to visually explore data.

Invoking SAS/SPECTRAVIEW Software

  1. First, bring up the SAS System. For information on bringing up the SAS System, see your SAS Installation Representative.

  2. Issue one or more LIBNAME statements to assign a libref to each data library containing data sets that you want to use in the session. For example, libname mylib 'mypath';. Details are provided in Assigning Librefs to Data.

  3. Then, invoke SAS/SPECTRAVIEW with a command or as a SAS procedure. On a command line, issue the command spectraview; acceptable abbreviations include spectrav and sview.

    Invoking SAS/SPECTRAVIEW with a Command


    Or issue the SPECTRAVIEW procedure, which can be abbreviated to proc spectrav; or proc sview;. Note that you do not need to include a RUN statement.

    Invoking SAS/SPECTRAVIEW as a Procedure


Looking at the Initial Display

Once you invoke the software, the initial interface display appears. By default, the interface is ready for you to load data; that is, [Data] and [Load data] are already selected. From the initial display, you can do the following:



Selecting Buttons

You interact with the software by selecting buttons with your graphics input device, which can be a mouse, a pick, or a stylus. SAS/SPECTRAVIEW treats all graphics input devices the same. For simplicity, this document refers to the graphics input device as a mouse.

To select a button, position the cursor on it, and click the left mouse button. Once selected, the button becomes shaded, and in many cases, additional buttons appear. Note that in some situations, the software will select a button for you by default.

Using the Windows

You view and manipulate images in display windows, and you communicate with the software in the text window.

Display Windows

There are four display windows, which provide different views of an image:

Display Windows


Instructions to resize the display windows are in Resizing the Display Windows.

Text Window

Using the text window, which is located to the right of the three basic function buttons (that is, [Data], [Palette], and [Tools]), you can enter text and receive messages from the software.

For example, when you position the cursor on a button, a one-line help message, which is usually a description or instruction, displays in the text window. In response, you usually select a button, enter a value, or use the cursor in a window. You also use the text window to enter specifications, such as for a WHERE clause or to enter text to be added to an image.

Text Window


Instructions to resize the text window are in Resizing the Text Window.

Using Global Buttons

Global buttons, located at the top middle of the interface above the text window, display at all times. Global buttons provide the following capabilities:

Global Buttons


[Xform] To transform an image by rotating and zooming, to probe for a response value, or to manually move a cutting plane through the volume grid.
[Reset] To reset the display window's orientation, the color palette, or the entire software.
[Axis] To define axis labels.
[Save] To save an image as a PostScript file or a TIFF file or to save data values to a SAS data set.
[Help] To display the online help.
[Anno] To add annotation to an image by defining text, displaying the response legend, or displaying the bounding box.
[Exit] To terminate SAS/SPECTRAVIEW software.

Accessing Online Help

SAS/SPECTRAVIEW provides online help for the interface buttons and sliders. By default, when you position the cursor on a button, a one-line help message displays in the text window. To display more detailed online help, you use the [Help] global button.

To access the detailed online help:

  1. Select [Help], then [Detail]. The software opens the Online Reference window.

  2. Move the window to a position so that you can view both it and the SAS/SPECTRAVIEW interface window. You can move the window by dragging it to any location. You can also pop it behind the interface.

    In order for the Online Reference window to be visible, the SAS/SPECTRAVIEW interface should be set to pop-to-top only when you select its window border. If the Online Reference window does not stay on top, you need to modify your window manager files as explained in Controlling the Online Reference Window.

  3. Click the SAS/SPECTRAVIEW interface window to make it the active window.

  4. Position the cursor on a button or slider and wait a moment. Note that to display online help, you only have to position the cursor on a button; you do not have to select it.

    Online Reference Window


  5. If the text is longer than the window, shift the text vertically with the scroll bar on the right. Clicking the up arrow shifts the text up; clicking the down arrow shifts the text down. You can also drag the scroll bar itself up or down.

To remove the Online Reference window and continue the one-line help message in the text window, select [Help], then [Brief]. To turn off both, select [Off]. Note that you cannot close the Online Reference window from the window itself.

Using the Detailed Online Help

The text for each button follows a top-down structure. Information that you need frequently appears at the top. Concepts and other information that you may read only once appears lower down. Each button's information

Recognizing and Using Cursors

As you use the interface, you will notice several cursors presented as symbols. These symbols represent different actions to help you perform an activity. The default cursor is an arrow. The default cursor will change for some activities. For example:

Exiting the Software

You exit SAS/SPECTRAVIEW with the [Exit] global button, which is located at the top right of the interface. Exiting SAS/SPECTRAVIEW returns you to the SAS System.

  1. Select [Exit]. The button becomes highlighted, indicating that you need to confirm the request.

  2. To confirm the request, select [Exit] again.

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