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McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2007b
Now Available

25 March 2008 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2007b was recently added to the McIDAS Website. See the Fastrack section of the McIDAS-X Software page for download and installation instructions. Each Fastrack release is a complete version of McIDAS-X (all modules, whether or not they've been modified).

Changes first appearing in Fastrack version 2007b include:

  • updates to MTSAT servers to allow copying of multiple bands [inquiry 14010]
  • updates to Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) servers and calibration modules in preparation of EUMETSAT's change from spectral to effective radiance scheduled for 05 May 2008 [inquiry 14114]; see MSG Radiance Change Release Notes for details
  • updates to MSG navigation module to improve navigation near the limb [inquiry 13938]

The complete list of changes in version 2007b is available at the Fastrack Software Changes page.

Note to Mac OS X users:
Please note that this Fastrack release was tested only on Mac OS X 10.5 Intel systems configured according to the Apple section of the Planned System Configurations page. We have been unable to successfully build McIDAS-X on Mac OS X 10.5 PPC systems thus far. Also, we did not build or test this Fastrack release on Mac OS X 10.4 (Intel or PPC), but believe it will probably work on those systems.

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.