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McIDAS-X 2013.1 Fastrack Version
Now Available

11 January 2013 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2013.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

The significant changes for McIDAS-X version 2013.1 include the following:

  • Changed support of McIDAS-X on Apple, HP and Microsoft systems as follows:
    • On Mac OS X systems, changed support from 10.6 and 10.7 to 10.7 and 10.8. Along with this change, the issues that prevented use of the McIDAS-X GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1 command on OS X 10.6 and later have been resolved, so they are now supported on OS X 10.7 and 10.8 systems running McIDAS-X 2013.1.
    • No longer support McIDAS-X on HP-UX or Windows XP systems. Support for these platforms ended 01 January 2013, as originally announced in the 2013 Operating System Support Plans.
  • Updated the Meteosat calibration module with correct coefficients for Meteosat-10 and -11.
      Per EUMETSAT's 18 Dec 2012 press release, Meteosat-10 is scheduled to replace Meteosat-9 as the prime operational satellite at 0 degrees on 21 January 2013. To display Meteosat-10 data correctly (with accurate calibration) the data source must have McIDAS-X 2013.1 installed. So if the Meteosat-10 data is on the user's local workstation, the user must have 2013.1 installed on the workstation. If the Meteosat-10 data is on a remote server it will be displayed correctly if the remote server is updated to 2013.1 (or if the user copies the data to a local workstation that is updated to 2013.1).
  • Updated the COMS calibration module to give the correct albedo values (0.0 to 100%).
  • Added new keyword GATEway= to DATALOC command. The new keyword adds the ability to specify a gateway for SSH tunneling of ADDE transfers. For more information, see the DATALOC command, Transaction Logging and Restricting Access documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide.
  • Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to include five new TAF stations (KADF, KCXP, KSDL, KHND, K36U) and changed the VOR station ID for Vero Beach from VRB to TRV.

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.