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Frequently Asked Questions About SHAZAM Professional Edition

This FAQ answers questions relating to SHAZAM Professional Edition.

Q1: Is a demo version of SHAZAM Professional Edition available?
Q2: How much does SHAZAM Professional Edition cost?
Q3: How do I upgrade to SHAZAM Professional Edition?
Q4: Does the Professional Edition allow menu driven execution of SHAZAM?
Q5: What are the installation requirements of the Professional Edition?
Q6: Does the Professional Edition offer the same econometric features as other editions?
Q7: How do I order a copy of SHAZAM?
Q8: Is the Professional Edition networkable?
Q9: How do I change the values of PAR and SIZE in the Professional Edition?
Q10: How do I work with Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets?
Q11: We are operating a Novell network and find that SHAZAM will not properly startup. What can we try?

Q1: Is a demo version of SHAZAM Professional Edition available?

Yes! Visit the download page.


Q2: How much does SHAZAM Professional Edition cost?

Full details about pricing are available here.

If you have an earlier version of SHAZAM then information about discounts is available here.


Q3: I have purchased SHAZAM Standard Edition but would like to upgrade to the Professional Edition.

Please register at the SHAZAM Store and contact us by email or contact our nearest SHAZAM Partner, so that the appropriate upgrade discount can be applied. Once the discount has been applied you may then proceed to purchase SHAZAM online for immediate download.


Q4: Does the Professional Edition allow menu driven execution of SHAZAM?

Yes. The Professional Edition has been built specifically to bring a high level of user friendliness to SHAZAM.  Notably, the ANALYTICS menu provides a menu driven User Interface for all techniques. The SHAZAM Wizards make it possible to perform estimation, run diagnostics, specify confidence intervals, restrictions, do hypothesis tests, construct forecasts and many other tasks all with the click of a mouse.  SHAZAM Analytical dialogs and Wizards also allow the construction of program statements so that as users become more demanding in their requirements they may easily make the transition from menu driven execution to more advanced analytical programming methods.


Q5: What are the installation requirements of the Professional Edition?

The minimum hardware requirements for the Professional Edition are detailed here. All earlier versions of windows such as Windows ME / 2000 / 98 / 95 / 3.0, 3.1 or NT 4.0 / 3.51 are no longer supported.


Q6: Does the Professional Edition offer the same econometric features as other editions?

Yes. All versions of SHAZAM offer the same econometric features.  Please visit here for a full list of all SHAZAM programming statements and commands.


Q7: How do I order a copy of SHAZAM?

Please visit the SHAZAM Store or contact one of our Partners.


Q8: Is the Professional Edition networkable?

Yes. To discuss any particular network installation issues please email SHAZAM support here.

Q9: How do I change the values of PAR and SIZE in the Professional Edition?

These can be changed as per any other SHAZAM version you may:

a) Set them on the command line eg. shazamp size=1234 par=5678
b) Enter them as the first commands in the command editor and press 'Run'
c) Use Single Window Mode to change the values

Note that to permanently set the values you may use the commands:

par xxx
size yyy
stop save

then exit SHAZAM and restart.  These will now be the default starting values.

Q10: How do I work with Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets?

Please see the Working with Excel page.

We are operating a Novell network and find that SHAZAM will not properly startup. What can we try?

Ensure the files shazamw.ini, shahelp, and demo are all given read write permissions.  If you still experience trouble please contact us here.