Project Analyzer FAQ
Q: Help! I can't install the newest Project Analyzer version!
A: If you're a licensed user, use the Keyword request form to receive your current keyword and installation instructions.
Q: Which Visual Basic versions does Project Analyzer support?
A: Project Analyzer v10 supports all Visual Basic versions from 3.0 to 6.0, as well as Visual Basic .NET versions 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013. It can also analyze the VB code in the codebehind classes of an ASP.NET project.
Q: Does Project Analyzer support VBA?
A: Project Analyzer supports Office VBA, but you need VBA Plug to analyze any Visual Basic for Applications code.
Q: Help file displays error 'The page cannot be displayed' or 'Action canceled'
A: Right-click the file project.chm, click Properties, then Unblock. Explanation: Windows places a block on downloaded .chm files. The block makes the help file display either 'Action canceled' or 'The page cannot be displayed'. Alternative solution: Read the Online Help
Q: Can I evaluate Project Analyzer before purchase?
A: Sure. Check out the Download section.
Q: How can I test Project Analyzer with my big projects?
A: The free demo allows you to analyze any 10 source files in any project or solution. All the features are enabled (except for macros). Of course, the results will be limited when you make a partial analysis. The full version works on code of any size: it has been used to analyze over 2 million lines in one run.
Q: The demo is limited. Can I get a full evaluation copy?
A: Project Analyzer works on any type of VB code, including yours (as long as it's on the list of supported VB versions). The free demo works on projects of any size, but for a maximum of 10 source files at a time. You can try each and every feature with the demo (exception: macros are disabled). The only limitation is that the analysis results will be incomplete or inaccurate when you haven't analyzed all the code.
Unfortunately we cannot provide evaluation versions other than the free demo. However, you can trust Project Analyzer works on your code as well. Project Analyzer comes with a money back guarantee. You can also check out the Reference list to see who use Project Analyzer already.
Q: Is my project too large for Project Analyzer?
A: No. Project Analyzer is robust software. It is designed to work on systems of any size, up to millions of lines and hundreds of projects in one run. We haven't yet found a program too large for Project Analyzer. If your VB system contains millions of lines, please contact us, you might have the record. The larger the project or solution, the more useful Project Analyzer is for you.
Q: How do I analyze an ASP.NET web site without a .vbproj or .sln file?
A: Starting with Project Analyzer v9, choose Analyze directory in the File menu.
Q: How do I learn to use Project Analyzer?
Purchasing and licenses
Q: How do I order? How much does it cost?
A: You can order on-line or off-line. Read more
Q: What are the differences between the various editions?
A: See the editions comparison chart.
Q: Which version do I need to analyze .vbg's or .sln solutions?
A: The Enterprise Edition.
Q: Can I get Project Analyzer on CD or DVD?
A: No, we don't produce CDs or DVDs.
Q: We are x users interested in the software. How much is it for us?
A: The licenses are based on the number of users. If 2 people use the same software, you need 2 licenses. Each license allows 2 installations for the same user. You can install it on your desktop and laptop as long as you're the user on both machines.
See the Online Help for the licensing options and details.
Q: Is it a floating license or a machine license?
A: It is neither. It is a user license. Each license covers one user and two installations. As an example, one license allows installation on a desktop and a laptop PC, as long as it is for the same user. For details on old Project Analyzer licenses until v7, please refer to the old version help file.
Q: Do we get support?
A: Of course! As a user, you get unlimited support. Just contact us! If you've found a bug or want to share an idea, just drop us a note!
Q: Are there any maintenance fees?
A: There are no continuous maintenance fees to pay. Minor version updates are free within the same version number. The license covers new installations for 3 years free of charge.
Q: Can I use Project Analyzer on weapons systems?
A: No, unfortunately not. Project Analyzer may not be used for the design, development, production, use or stockpiling of weapons. If you truly believe the world requires more weapons, you need to make them without Project Analyzer. If your use is not covered by this sentence, you are welcome to use Project Analyzer.
Installation and activation
Q: How many installations can I make?
A: A single-user license allows 2 installations at a time. You need to activate the full version online before use.
Q: How can I reinstall on another machine?
A: When you have already done 2 installations and need to move to another machine, please contact us for the instructions.
Q: Can I activate the full version off-line?
A: You need access to the web and email to activate the software. Online access is not required on the installation machine, however. You get an activation code by using another machine.
Q: Which run-time files does it install? What Windows versions does it run on?
A: See the system requirements.
Q: Do I need the .NET Framework or Visual Studio installed?
A: No! Project Analyzer works independent of either Visual Studio or the .NET Framework. Exception: .NET assembly analysis, which is an optional feature, requires .NET Framework 4 or 4.5.
Q: How about updates?
Q: My keyword doesn't get me to the newest version
A: Check to see if you are eligible to a free upgrade or if you need to purchase the latest upgrade. If you believe the upgrade is free, use the Keyword request form. We'll help you to get and install the software again.
Q: What is dead code?
A: Dead code is extra code that you can remove because it's not used anywhere in your program.
Q: How much dead code can there be?
A: We have heard of several hundred kilobytes of dead code in a single project. Some users have said their project contained 30% or 40% of dead code.
Even if your project has just 10% of dead code, it's worth taking it out. Think of the large EXEs and those functions that no-one knows what they were for!
Q: Why is a procedure "dead" although it is in use?
A: A procedure may be marked dead if it is called by other procedures. This happens only if the callers themselves are dead. You could as well remove all those procedures. This is a pretty unique feature in Project Analyzer.
Q: Why is a variable "dead" although it is written?
A: In addition to being totally out of use, a variable can be "read but not written" or "written but not read". This is kind of semi-dead code. You should review the variable to see whether you should remove it or add the missing read or write.
Q: How can I easily remove dead code?
A: Project Analyzer lets you manually review your dead code and decide if it is worth saving or should rather be deleted. Project Analyzer Enterprise Edition includes a problem auto-fix feature that automatically removes all dead code that can safely be removed.
Q: Project Analyzer hangs
A: If a file you are analyzing is on a network drive and the network drive is not available, Windows may cause Project Analyzer to hang. You can verify this by opening the project file with a text editor (Notepad) and searching for paths such as
Q: Project Analyzer doesn't find files on a network path
A: Copy the files to a local directory and try again.