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Stat/Transfer by Circle Systems

Ever had a colleague send you an XYZ file that you wanted in ABC format—say, an SPSS file that you wanted in Stata format or vice versa?

Stat/Transfer makes it easy to move data among the different spreadsheet and statistical programs by providing a fast and reliable way to convert files from one format to another.

Stat/Transfer was developed by Circle Systems, Seattle, Washington, and may be purchased through StataCorp.

Stat/Transfer 13 supports all Stata datasets, from Stata 1 through the current release—Stata 14.

Stat/Transfer 13 is available for Windows (both 64-bit and 32-bit), Mac OS X, Linux (both 64-bit x86 and 32-bit), and Solaris.

Stat/Transfer supported programs

Microsoft Access (Versions 2.0 through Office XP version)
dBASE (all versions)
Delimited ASCII
Delimited ASCII with a Stat/Transfer SCHEMA file
Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) Schemas
Epi Info
Excel worksheets (all versions, including Excel 2013)
Fixed format ASCII
GAUSS (Windows and Unix)
JMP 10
MATLAB Seven Datasets
Minitab 14 (read only)
MPLUS (write only)
ODBC data sources (Oracle, Sybase, Informix, etc.)
Open Document Spreadsheets
OSIRIS (read-only)
Quattro Pro for DOS and Windows
S-PLUS (now supported through version 7)
SAS CPORT datasets and catalogs (read only)
SAS for Unix—HP, IBM, Sun
SAS for Unix—DEC Alpha
SAS for Windows and OS/2
SAS PC/DOS 6.04 (read only)
SAS Transport
SAS Value Labels
SAS version 7–9
SPSS through version 21 
SPSS Datafiles (Windows and Unix)
SPSS Portable Files
Stata (all versions, including 14)
Statistica versions 7–8 (Windows only)
Triple-S Survey Interchange Format

New options

  • Preserve numeric widths
  • Control over SAS Date and Time formats
  • Blank columns can be optionally transferred from worksheets
  • Value labels can be written to Excel

New control over variable order and characteristics

Stat/Transfer 13 has a new, editable, schema format for ASCII delimited files. If you write a file from any import source into this format, you can then re-order variables, change their names, types, and output widths, assign labels or do anything else you need to get your data in just the format you need. Then, when you transfer from this format into your chosen final output format, your changes will be applied.

Now supporting

Stat/Transfer version 13 has added full support for the following formats:

  • EViews
  • Genstat
  • Stata 14

Stat/Transfer features

  • Worksheet pages can be concatenated into a single output file.
  • Value label tags and sets can be preserved.
  • SAS value labels can now be read form transport files, CPORT files, datasets, and catalogs.
  • JMP support has been expanded.
  • Users can specify any delimiter for ASCII files and can combine adjacent black delimiters.
  • Generated programs and ASCII files can now preserve input widths.
  • In R and S-Plus, factors can now be converted to numeric variables with labels to string variables.
  • Support for longer string variables and longer value and variable labels has been added; Stat/Transfer is compatible with the limits of all supported programs.
  • A built-in logging and FTP facility is now available for troubleshooting.
  • Data viewer allows you to preview data in a scrollable grid before you perform your transfer.
  • Option to control the version and "flavor" of the output Stata dataset that will be written by Stat/Transfer.
  • Web self-update (Windows version).
  • Wildcards for tables and worksheet pages (move multiple tables in a single command).
  • Complete online documentation.
  • Preserves all of the precision of your data.
  • Support for extended (.A–.Z) missing values in Stata and SAS.
  • Produces HTML tables from data.
  • Automatically selects appropriate output dataset storage types.
  • Automatically optimizes output dataset storage types.
  • Allows manual control over output dataset storage types.
  • Produces missing values automatically.
  • Preserves variable names, value labels, and variable labels.
  • Supports value labels for string variables.
  • Allows selection of subsets of variables and cases for transfer.
  • Allows choice of worksheet page.
  • Runs in both menu-driven and batch modes.
    • Optionally enter transfer commands with copylike syntax.
    • Optionally build batch jobs and shortcuts for repetitive transfers.
    • Extensive options for customization.
  • Handles up to 8,000 variables; no limit on observations.

Command processor features

  • The command processor now has a flexible syntax for specifying input and output tables simultaneously.
  • The command processor now allows multiple input files to be combined into a single output file.
  • Automatic wildcard transfers (e.g., copy *.dta *.sd2).
  • Build batch jobs and shortcuts for repetitive transfers.
  • Directly zip files or run other DOS or Windows programs.
  • Enter transfer commands with a copylike syntax.
  • Keep or drop processing for field selection.
  • Save ODBC information for prompt-free connections.

Date/time support

  • Time and date-time types.
  • User-configurable formats for both reading and writing.
  • Fully Year-2000 (and Year-1600) compliant.

User interface features

  • Quick variable selection using wildcards and ranges.
  • More control over how worksheet ranges and field names are read.
  • Easy output path selection using a most-recently-used list.
  • More control over how user-missing values are processed.





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