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MeLS 2008 Info Page
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Multi-Edit Lite 2008 for SAS® is developed and
designed for Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows NT & Windows XP, any prior versions of Windows which
Multi-Edit Lite for SAS® might be installed on may not operate properly
and will not be supported by MESI.
What is MeLS 2008?
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Function cascade allows you to quickly select a SAS function from a list sorted by type. This results in a
prototype of the function that shows you
all the arguments. Just overtype the parameters with your variables or constants.
Multi-Edit Lite 2008 for SAS® is a collection
of edit macros, templates, and other tools that allow Multi-Edit
Lite to become a "SAS® IDE". If you have worked mainframes, UNIX and PC boxes,
you've seen a lot of editors. Most IDE's have pages of checkboxes to select optional behaviors, but don't allow
you to make your own tools that operate within the edit environment. Multi-Edit Lite for SAS® 2008
does! Multi-Edit Lite for SAS® 2008 has the customization level beyond what you get from the ISPF
or Unix shell environment. This includes being able to create your own menus, tool bars, etc. With our tools you
can increase your productivity. With a copy of the SAS/PC you can develop, test, and fix at PC speeds, all
Both ISPF Edit and VI have features that many programmers often overlook (mask and line
exclusion in ISPF, abbreviations and find-and-print in VI as examples). These features
or their functional equivalents are available in Multi-Edit Lite for SAS®
2008. The tools that come with MeLS 2008 create short-learning-curve access to these
powers in ways specialized for the SAS® language.
SAS® editors needs to be flexible, conform to you, not the other way
around. Although the grouping of the products features may seem artificial, most tools
can be accessed in a variety of ways. For instance you can comment block a selected
group of text by selecting a menu item, pressing a tool bar button, or typing a template
keyword (with persistent blocks on). Please review all of the features to fully
appreciate the power and plasticity of our product.
Multi-Edit Lite for SAS Features Include:
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As you type, EZRTools will indent and undent your SAS code. It even adds "end" comments to the
termination of control structures.
Leave your mouse Alone
Nearly all dialogs, menus, toolbars and files can now be accessed via keyboard navigation.
New Command Maps
Three new Command Maps have been added including: UltraEdit, EMACS & Windows
Collapse mode allows you to view and edit a file in an outline-style format. Users can choose only to view lines that start at columns
less-than-or-equal-to 8, or perhaps you only want to see lines that contain the word "ERROR."
Definable Search Filters, Unparrelled Abilities
Extreme file search capability with the usage of Perl Regular Expressions. Search across 100's of files, search and replace or file search and
replace in no time at all. Perform simple literal text searches to advanced search and replace strings with use of three Regular Expression types.
No other editor can compare with the flexibility and power.
Template expansion is one of MeLS's most powerful and timesaving features. Template expansion allows
you to easily and consistently write repetitive tasks in your code that would otherwise bog you down with extra keystrokes. These templates are
completely editable and are not limited specifically to code items. The flexibility of the template system in MeLS allows
you to set up a template for virtually anything you can think of, everything from a comment header to an entire form letter is feasibly
Comparing files within MeLS 2008 is simple and powerful! To compare files, select Text | Compare Files and the File
Compare Utility dialog will appear.
MeLS2008 is designed to support any compiler and includes support for some of the industry's most commonly used compilers
and you can add your own compiler support with ease. Creating error processing regular expression strings to parse and locate the source of
errors is easy to do via dialogs.
Multiple Cursor Hilighting Formats
Mark line, stream and even column blocks which can be cut and pasted in other windows. Math operations can be done on marked blocks. Column
blocks can be set to paste/fill in a column.
Source files can be scanned and a list of functions can be tagged and later used to quickly navigate through the scanned files.
This feature is very helpful when dealing with unfamiliar code.
Use the Command Map You Prefer
MeLS2008 provides 9 user selectable and definable command maps. Are you more comfortable with Brief commands, or do you
prefer the key mapping of Codewright, Windows etc.? Simply select the command map (copy edit or create one of your own) which is most comfortable
to you and your off and programming, no need to learn all new key assignments! Still disagree with the provided key mapping? Simply select to
edit the currently used command map and assign the keys as you see fit for ultimate in convenience and flexibility!
Import/Export Your Setup Simply
Import or Export your configuration between work stations and colleagues. Share your
custom language support, color templates, menus, toolbars and more where every you need them.
Enhanced HTML Support
Enhanced HTML support includes image editing with the use of Image Magick, included HTML tag databases for Coldfusion,
JSP, Miva and HTML4, XML style tag termination, HTML Live Preview and more
Collapse mode allows you to view and edit a file in an outline-style format. Users can choose only to view lines that start at
columns less-than-or-equal-to 8, or perhaps you only want to see lines that contain the word "ERROR." Customize according to your needs.
Line numbers are displayed along the left margin of the editing window and may be enabled for the current file or for all files with a particular
The built in ASCII table will display a dialog of all the ASCII codes from 0 to 255. Both Hex and Decimal codes are shown for
two different fonts, labeled OEM and ANSI. A paste option will 'paste' the ASCII character corresponding to the currently highlighted ASCII code
into the cursor position in the currently active file window.
MeLS's Hex mode displays the current file in Hex format. This is primarily used for editing binary
files or for viewing unprintable characters in ASCII files.
MeLS2008 includes a fully functional scientific calculator with instant conversion to Decimal, Octal,
Binary and Hexadecimal with a click of the mouse! ME's calculator includes Tape, Paste options, conditionals and more!
Multiple Monitor Environment
MeLS2008 now supports use of multiple monitor environments and allows for switching back to single
display mode without any grief.
Visual Tabs and Spaces
With MeLS 2008 you can easily display Tabs, Spaces & Virtual Spaces.
Complete Ruby language support has been added along with support for XML-style standalone tag termination.
Maximum Editing Windows
Maximum number of editing windows has been increased to 2048.
Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day entries have been updated with new and updated tips to improve your use of Multi-Edit Lite
for SAS 2008.
Revert To Saved
New Revert to Saved file menu option.
Support has been added to allow ME dialog controls to use the new XP styles when the Windows XP theme is selected.
The Multi-Edit Lite for SAS 2008 virtual space character has been changed from the 0xFF to the 0x01
character which now resolves any Russian character issues.
File Lists with Filter Support
New generic file lists with filter support for listing Project files and tag files. Allows navigation file lists without
having to use the mouse.