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McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2016.1
Software and Instructions

This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version 2016.1 on a Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation. If you are installing it on a Windows 7 workstation, go to the Windows 7 instructions.

McIDAS-X version 2016.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant modifications made since the previous release (version 2015.2) are listed in the bullet list below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2016.1 appear after the bullet list.

  • Added preliminary GOES-R ABI servers and calibration and navigation modules to allow creation of ADDE datasets of mission-standard GOES-R Series netCDF format files on local and remote servers, and display or manipulation of the data using the IMG* commands. See the DSSERVE command documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for information about creating the datasets, and the GOES section in the Bands appendix for information about its spatial and spectral attributes. As of February 2016, the first satellite in the series is scheduled for launch in October 2016. See the GOES-R Series website for schedule updates and additional information.
  • Added HimawariCast servers and calibration module to allow creation of ADDE datasets of HimawariCast HRIT files in JMA standard format (segmented or combined) on local and remote servers, and display or manipulation of the data using the IMG* commands. See the DSSERVE command documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for information about creating the datasets, and the Himawari section in the Bands appendix for information about its spatial and spectral attributes.
  • Updated the WWLIST and WWDISP commands to accommodate Flood Warning products that are in mixed case rather than upper case.
  • Updated the USCOUNTY.MAP and USZONE.MAP files to correctly render the counties and zones with waterway borders that were previously not being rendered correctly. Also updated USCOUNTY.MAP to use the current shapefile from the National Weather Service GIS-AWIPS Shapefile database. The US*.MAP files are used by the WWDISP command and the MAP command's COUNTY=, MARINE=, STATE= and ZONE= keywords.
  • Updated the McIDAS-XRD OMTP servers to set the image start scan value to "1" and append "corrected time" to the memo field value to indicate that the server is listing/displaying the corrected image times for OpenMTP format files. To see these updated values in your IMGLIST command output, include the keyword FORM=ALL (includes both the start scan and memo field) or FORM=MEMO (includes just the memo field).

    The corrected image times change in the OMTP servers was first implemented in version 2015.2. Prior to that, the (uncorrected) image times were for the end of the image rather than the image start time. The additional changes included in this 2016.1 release are intended to make it easier for users to determine whether the image time is corrected (2015.2 and later) or is uncorrected (2015.1 and earlier). Note that all of the issues described here (corrected vs. uncorrected time, start scan change and memo field change) only affect OMTP servers, e.g., INDOEX imagery on the SSEC Data Center servers.

Before installing Fastrack version 2016.1, make sure you view the complete list of Fastrack 2016.1 Software Changes, and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack 2016.1 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these two documents for future reference.

McIDAS-X 2016.1 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 2016.1, we ask that you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2016.1.

Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2016.1 from a version earlier than 2015.2, 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 2013.1 to 2016.1, you must first read and perform any required actions in the release documents for versions 2014.1, 2015.1 and 2015.2. 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 2016.1, complete the following steps.

  1. Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following files to the ~mcidas directory on your McIDAS-X workstation.
    File name Size Description
    mcidas2016.1.sh 28 KB install/uninstall script
    mcidas2016.1.tar.Z 238 MB compressed tar file containing source & data files; compiled version of -X & -XRD is about 1.1 GB (updated 05 April 2016 at 20:00 UTC)
    mcinet2016.1.sh 18 KB script that configures an ADDE remote server
  2. To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2016.1 on your workstation, complete the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the McIDAS User's Guide.
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