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May 27, 2014

13 things to know about JMP documentation

Writing JMP documentation is a team effort. Susan Conaghan, Michael Crotty, Colleen McKendry, Karen Copeland and I work with JMP developers, technical support, and other subject matter experts to provide you with help so that you can quickly create and interpret your JMP reports and graphs.

There’s so much to know about JMP help. I’ve whittled down the list to 13 things to celebrate JMP 13 and Triskaidekaphilia (love of the number 13).

1. Visit Google to find help with JMP.

Precede a Google search term with “JMP”, and you’ll likely find the help that you need. A Google search leads you to the same help that’s installed with JMP.

2. Search all books in one PDF file.

JMP Documentation Library PDFThe Help > Books menu provides links to JMP documentation in PDF files. Open the JMP Documentation Library PDF file to search all books at once.

3. JMP 13 has a new help system!

The help system in JMP 13 has been completely redesigned with a more modern interface and browser-based features. The help appears in your default browser, where you can easily bookmark pages. And the help provides detailed search results on a page that’s easier to scan.

4. Add JMP books to your e-book library.

Designed for viewing in iBooks on the iPad and on the Kindle, the e-books provide interactive options and let you personalize your reading experience. Why choose e-books over PDF? Here are a few advantages:

  • Search for terms in the e-book or on Wikipedia.
  • Add bookmarks with a single tap.
  • Double-tap a word or drag your finger over a phrase to highlight, underline and enter notes.
  • Look up the definition of a selected word.
  • Carry JMP e-books everywhere, along with your other e-books.

Purchase the e-books at, Google Books, the Apple App Store or the SAS Bookstore for $3.99 to $9.99.

5. JMP provides help in many formats.

To give you the best experience, we provide JMP documentation in several formats:

Each of these resources contains the same information. You choose which format you prefer.

6. Help is only a click away.

Question-mark tool Click the question-mark tool on a JMP report or graph. Help for that item appears in your browser.


Question-mark tool on graph7. Read about JMP 13 new features.

Open the New Features documentation by selecting Help > New Features.

8. Find JMP Pro topics.

JMP Pro iconIn the documentation, you’ll find a JMP Pro graphic next to each topic that refers only to JMP Pro. Want a single list of JMP Pro features? In JMP, select View > JMP Starter > JMP Pro.

9. Learn about JMP every time you open it.

The Tip of the Day appears each time you open JMP. Tips provide help on topics such as automatically saving files, collapsing blocks of JSL code, and making data tables smaller. If you turned off the Tip of the Day in the General preferences, you can read the tips by selecting Help > Tip of the Day. Email the documentation team if you have any helpful hints for working with JMP. On a related note, the @JMPtips Twitter feed provides new tips on a regular basis.

10. Ask a question about a help topic.

Email icon In JMP 13, you can ask a question about any help topic. Click the envelope button in the upper-right corner of an in-product help page to email the documentation team. In the help on, click the “Email” link in the lower-left corner of the page.

 11. Documentation is consistently structured to make finding the information that you need quicker.

The statistical documentation is consistently structured so that each platform is covered in a separate chapter. A chapter begins with a quick description of the platform and a step-by-step example. The launch window and report sections are followed by statistical details at the end of the chapter. References are located at the end of the book. We began restructuring the documentation in this way a few versions ago and have almost finished the project.

12. Examples are based on sample data that are installed with JMP.

Hundreds of sample data tables are installed with JMP -- covering areas such as manufacturing, consumer research, medical studies, and nutrition. These sample data enable us to illustrate features in JMP. If you’re reading an example in the documentation, open the specified sample data table and then follow each step. View the folder of sample data tables by selecting Help > Sample Data Library. You can also view sample data in categories by selecting Help > Sample Data. Read about the new sample data in Michael Crotty's blog.

13. The Scripting Index is a script writer's best friend.

The Scripting Index in the Help menu describes the JSL functions and messages, provides the syntax, and includes one or more example scripts for each entry. Go to the Scripting Index to learn the syntax, click the Topic Help button to read extra details in the JSL Syntax Reference, and then consult the JMP Scripting Guide for more examples.

Enjoy using JMP 13!