Just ordered a personal copy of Stata 13 (I wanted to go all out and get Stata MP, but the little voice of reason in my head convinced me to buy a one-year licence for Stata IC instead), and two things have jumped out at me already.
- Man, it runs nicely on my new iMac. The computers at UOW weren’t too bad, and the IT department there keeps them on a reasonably generous upgrade cycle, but top-notch new tech makes a hell of a difference.
- This might be a new feature in Stata 13, or it might be due to the OS change (I used Stata in a windows environment for my honours), or I may just not have had the good sense to find and activate the feature before, but in my .do files selecting a parenthesis causes its partner to be highlighted in red. Seems simple, but already in my short life as an economist I have spent a non-trivial amount of time debugging my code only to discover that I either omitted or inverted a parenthesis somewhere. This small feature should therefore make a difference to my mental health in the long run.
Any other nice aspects of Stata 13 or Stata on a Mac OS that I should know about? Let me know in the comments section.