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McIDAS-X 2017.1 Fastrack Version
Now Available

28 February 2017 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2017.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website. The significant changes in the release include the following:

  • Updated preliminary GOES-R Series ABI server and calibration and navigation modules with bug fixes and enhancements. The enhancements include improved performance, allowing multiband IMGCOPYs of ABI Level 1b imagery, and improved remaps of regions that include the earth limb.
  • Added preliminary GLM_EVENT.cfg, GLM_FLASH.cfg and GLM_GROUP.cfg data files to use when creating ADDE datasets of GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) netCDF point files for use with the PT* commands.
  • Updated Himawari servers to support Himawari-9 and to retain correct calibration values of saturated pixels in infrared bands when IMGCOPY is used to create an Area file.
  • Set the minimum shared memory segment size to 4 MB for commands run from the Unix prompt or from mcenv. This change fixes a problem where commands run using those methods failed on OS X 10.11 systems. The change ensures that commands will now have a shared memory segment of sufficient size to complete properly on OS X 10.11 and other operating systems.
  • Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included in the McIDAS-X installation files) to include two new commands (FRMDIR and PLT_SPC_RPTS) and include a new Python package in the Unix version that can be used to run McIDAS-X commands in a Python environment on Linux and OS X workstations.

McIDAS User Services issues its McIDAS-X software updates via fully-supported Fastrack releases (including online documentation updates). This means that the software is fully supported by SSEC, and that each change to the software has been tested on all of the supported workstation configurations. Full system testing occurs at least once on each platform during each calendar year.

If you have questions about this release, call the McIDAS Help Desk at (608) 262-2455, or send email to the Help Desk.

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