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McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2010.1
Now Available

07 June 2010 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2010.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

The significant changes for McIDAS-X version 2010.1 include the following:

  • updated the GVAR server and calibration module with correct coefficients for GOES-15
  • updated the netCDF image write server so that the netCDF image files it creates via the CF=YES keyword in commands IMGCOPY, IMGFILT, IMGOPER and IMGREMAP are fully CF-compliant (the server in McIDAS-X 2009.2 contained errors that resulted in netCDF image files it created not being CF-compliant)
  • updated the GRDIMG command so that the day and time assigned to the output image matches the forecast day and time of the grid, as calculated using its FHOUR value (e.g., if the source grid has day=100 time=06 fhour=36 the image output by GRDIMG will have day=101 time=18)
  • updated the MSG navigation module and the ADDE server to correctly label the starting coordinate for the infrared image; with this correction, the upper-left image coordinate for a full-disk infrared image is 3,3 and the center pixel is at earth coordinate 0°,0° and image coordinate 5571,5571; Compatibility Note: in order for this fix to work as stated, both the client and server workstation must be running version 2010.1 (if the server is running 2010.1 and the client is running an earlier version, or vice-versa, there likely will be an offset of up to 1 line and element compared to previous versions of McIDAS-X)
  • reverted the Tcl/Tk version from 8.5.7 back to 8.4.2 to correct problems on Linux and other platforms; Mac OS X users may still see problems with an enlarged font when using the GUI
  • included preliminary updates for new radar products available on NOAAPORT; the remaining updates (including default datasets in McIDAS-XCD, server updates, new image enhancements and user-friendly access to the datasets via the IMGDISP.CORE file in McIDAS-X) are planned for the next -X and -XCD Fastrack releases
  • updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included in the McIDAS-X installation files) to include two new commands (DIRLIST and NL) and six new servers (maadir, maaget, maaadir, maaaget, maaaadir and maaaaget); also made significant updates to the IMGPARM command, including the ability to create a multi-banded image of parameters

McIDAS User Services issues its McIDAS-X software updates via fully-supported Fastrack releases (including online documentation updates). 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 occurs at least once on each platform during each calendar year.

If you have questions about this release, call the McIDAS Help Desk at (608) 262-2455, or send email to the Help Desk.