G7: New for 2010ΒΆ

Work in 2010 provided some important new features, improvements to existing features, and a variety of bug fixes. The G7 Help files and the G7 Reference Manual also have been revised and updated. Several new routines have been added to the Software Demonstrations section of the Inforum web site to display the capabilities of G7.

The most important new capabilities are these:

  • A variety of new keywords and functions have been defined. A new page in the User Guide provides details on G7 variables, keywords, and functions.
  • Users now can create and manipulate strings and refer to them by name anywhere within a G7 script.
  • Extended the capabilities of the spreadsheet interface. Provide ability to set fonts when printing text and data to worksheets. Added ability to create documents of various file types, such as comma-separated values (*.CSV) and HTML (*.HTML). Added a routine to print vector data and to insert Excel formulas into a worksheet.

New graphical features and improvements for G7 include:

  • Improvements for the graphical management of data banks.
  • Added control over the auto-complete feature of the G7 command box.
  • G7 now remembers many additional user preferences, including the precise window position for the main window, the editor, the graph window, and the graph button bar; the editor font; the editor background color; and the autocomplete setting for the G7 command box.

New and modified commands for the G7 scripting language include:

  • Calculations of macro time series with the f command and vector elements with the vf command now may employ the +=, -=, *=, and /= operators familiar to C++ programmers.
  • Up to 500 variables now may be employed in G7 ordinary regression equations and SUR models.
  • Improved stability of @log(), @exp(), and @sqrt() functions.
  • New ability to specify additional arguments after the arguments filename in fadd command: fadd <script file> <argument file> [<arg> [<arg>] ...]
  • Added ability to calculate partial matrix sums with the getsum routine and allow the source data to be in a different Vam bank.
  • Improved ability to print the names of vectors and matrices contained in a Vam bank.
  • Improved ability to build or update data by linking series.

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