McIDAS-X for Win7 Fastrack Version 2013.1
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2013.1 on a Windows 7 workstation. If you are installing it on a Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation,
go to the Unix instructions.
McIDAS-X for Win7 version 2013.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2012.2) are listed in
the bullets below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X for
Win7 2013.1 appear after the bullet list.
- Changed support of McIDAS-X on Apple, HP and Microsoft systems as follows:
- On Mac OS X systems, changed support from 10.6 and 10.7 to 10.7
and 10.8. Along with this change, the issues that prevented use
of the McIDAS-X GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1 command on OS X
10.6 and later have been resolved, so they are now supported on
OS X 10.7 and 10.8 systems running McIDAS-X 2013.1.
- No longer support McIDAS-X on HP-UX or Windows XP systems. Support
for these platforms ended 01 January 2013, as originally announced
in the 2013 Operating System Support Plans.
- Updated the Meteosat calibration module with correct coefficients for
Meteosat-10 and -11.
18 Dec 2012 press release, Meteosat-10 is scheduled to replace Meteosat-9 as the prime operational
satellite at 0 degrees on 21 January 2013. To display Meteosat-10 data correctly (with accurate
calibration) the data source must have McIDAS-X 2013.1 installed. So if the Meteosat-10 data is on the
user's local workstation, the user must have 2013.1 installed on the workstation. If the Meteosat-10 data
is on a remote server it will be displayed correctly if the remote server is updated to 2013.1
(or if the user copies the data to a local workstation that is updated to 2013.1).
- Updated the COMS calibration module to give the correct albedo values (0.0 to 100%).
- Added new keyword GATEway= to DATALOC command. The new keyword adds the ability
to specify a gateway for SSH tunneling of ADDE transfers. For more information, see the
Transaction Logging and
Restricting Access documentation in
the McIDAS User's Guide.
- Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to include five new
TAF stations (KADF, KCXP, KSDL, KHND, K36U) and changed the VOR station ID for Vero Beach
from VRB to TRV.
Before installing Fastrack version 2013.1, make sure you view the
complete list of Fastrack
2013.1 Software Changes
, and, if you do any programming or local
code development/modification also view and complete the appropriate
actions described in the Fastrack
2013.1 Programmer Notes
(pdf). You might want to print or download
these two documents for future reference.
McIDAS-X 2013.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. 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 will occur at least once
on each platform during each calendar year. If you elect to install 2013.1, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2013.1.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2013.1 from a version earlier
than 2012.2, you must first read and perform any required
actions in the release documents for each of the versions you skipped
so you know about their major changes and any required actions in the
interim. For example, if you are upgrading from version 2010.2 to 2013.1,
you must first read and perform any required actions in the release
documents for versions 2011.1, 2012.1 and 2012.2. See the
past versions page for
links to those and other materials from past versions.
To obtain and install McIDAS-X and/or McIDAS-XRD 2013.1, complete the following steps.
- Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following
files to the ~mcidas directory
on your McIDAS-X for Win7 workstation.
Note: The installation will fail
if the names of the downloaded files do not exactly match those listed
below. If your web browser changes the names of the files during
download (e.g., mcidas2013.1_win7.tar.gz becomes mcidas2013.1_win7_tar.gz),
you must rename the files to those below before installing.
||compressed tar file containing binaries, source and data
files; compiled version of -X & -XRD is about 646 MB (updated 28 January 2013 at 21:37 UTC;
if you downloaded and installed McIDAS-X 2013.1 before then, go to the MSG Correction page to determine
if you should install the correction)
||environment variables used by McIDAS-X
||template for creating a .profile file in user accounts that don't have a pre-existing .profile
- To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2013.1 on your workstation, complete
the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring
McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the
McIDAS User's Guide.