McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2006b
04 December 2006 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to the mcidas-users list:
The full and incremental releases of McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2006b were recently added to the McIDAS Website. See the Fastrack section of the McIDAS-X Software page for download and installation instructions.
The 2006b full release installs a complete version of McIDAS-X (all modules, whether or not they've been modified). The 2006b incremental release contains only the modules that have changed since the 2006 upgrade (distributed in May 2006). A more technical description of differences between the incremental and full release is found in the Fastrack Information page near the bottom of the McIDAS-X Software page. Incremental releases are not available with McIDAS-X for XP.
Changes first appearing in Fastrack version 2006b include:
- numerous level 1b server updates, including support of NOAA-18 [inquiries
13024, 12967, 12806, 12640]
- updates to the MSG calibration for bands 5-10 
- updates to the MTSAT HRIT servers 
- updates to the MODIS servers for band 26 transfer failures and the new DAAC
compressed files [13557, 13616]
- new FSD LRIT servers 
- updates to the towns database for the TOWNS and FIND commands, particularly
to include Puerto Rico 
The complete list of changes in version 2006b is available at the Fastrack
Software Changes page.
Each Fastrack version is an intermediate release of McIDAS-X software. All changes in each Fastrack version have been tested by SSEC McIDAS User Services; however, a complete system test has not been performed. Therefore, Fastrack versions may not be as stable as a fully-supported upgrade (e.g., version 2006) and we recommend that you do not install Fastrack software on mission-critical workstations. We also ask that you report any problems you encounter with Fastrack software to the McIDAS Help Desk.