McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2014.1
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2014.1 on a Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation. If you are installing
it on a Windows 7 workstation, go to the Windows
McIDAS-X version 2014.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2013.1) are listed in
the bullets below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2014.1
appear after the bullet list.
Added new -tcl85 compile flag to the McIDAS-X 2014.1 install script.
The flag is used on Linux and Solaris systems to build McIDAS-X with the option of using
Tcl/Tk version 8.5.9. If you do not specify the -tcl85 flag, McIDAS-X is
built using Tcl/Tk version 8.4.2 on Linux and Solaris, and 8.5.9 on Windows and Mac OS X.
Version 8.5.9 allows sites with custom GUIs to utilize some new data/time capabilities and
is the only version available for Windows and Mac OS X. Users of 8.5.9 may see some problems
with scrolling and resizing windows when using the McIDAS-X GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1
Increased the value of MAXGRIDPT from 2,000,000 to 8,000,000
in gridparm.inc and mcidas.h so the GRD* commands (GRDCOPY, GRDDISP, etc.)
now work with grids that contain up to 8 million points. Also increased
the value of MAXDFELEMENTS from 25,000 to 43,200 in areaparm.inc and mcidas.h
so the IMG* commands (IMGCOPY, IMGDISP, etc.) now work with full globe images at
1 km resolution.
Updated the MSG servers to accommodate MSG-3 and -4 (Meteosat-10
and -11) Rapid Scan Service files.
Updated the AVHRR Level 1b server to support Metop-C data.
The satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2017, per
Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to include five new
TAF stations (CNY, DRO, KAEG, MTW, TEX), five new GFSMOS/NAMMOS stations
(KLNL, KLUM, KPCZ, KRCX, KTKV), and hundreds of small airports and other
navigation points referenced in PIREP reports; also changed FAJS to FAOR for
Johannesburg SA, TAF ID K22 to SJS for Big Sandy Regional Airport KY and
corrected lat/lon/ele/type for stations AIY and EEN.
Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included in the
McIDAS-X installation files) to include two new servers (omtpadir and omtpaget)
and one new command (FIXFY2D_NAV2012). See the
Files Included in
page for the complete list of commands, servers and
data files included in the package.
Before installing Fastrack version 2014.1, make sure you view the complete
list of Fastrack 2014.1 Software Changes,
and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also
view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack
2014.1 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these
two documents for future reference.
McIDAS-X 2014.1 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 2014.1, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2014.1.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2014.1 from a version earlier than
2013.1, 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 2011.1 to 2014.1, you must first read and perform any required
actions in the release documents for versions 2012.1, 2012.2 and 2013.1.
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 2014.1, complete the following steps.
Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following
files to the ~mcidas directory
on your McIDAS-X workstation.