McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2011.1
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2011.1 on an AIX,
HP-UX, Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation. If you are installing it on
a Windows workstation, go to the Windows
7 or Windows
McIDAS-X version 2011.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2010.2) are listed in
the bullets below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2011.1
appear after the bullet list.
- Updated support of McIDAS-X on Microsoft, Apple and Red Hat systems as follows:
- Added support for Microsoft Windows
7 Enterprise with Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA). This is a brand
new McIDAS-X package with separate installation files and instructions.
See the McIDAS User's Guide's Chapter 1 section titled Installing
McIDAS-X on Windows 7 Workstations for details.
- On Mac OS X systems, changed support from 10.5.8 Intel to 10.6.8. With
this change in OS, gfortran was updated to 4.6.0, gcc was updated to 4.2.1,
and XQuartz was updated to 2.6.3. Please note that due to a Tcl/Tk incompatibility
with OS X 10.6, the McIDAS-X
GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1 command are not available/supported on
OS X systems.
- On Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems, changed support from 4.0 Intel, 5.2
PPC and 5.5 Intel to 5.2 PPC, 5.7 Intel and 6.1 Intel.
- Added new keywords to the EU, IMGRGB and TXT2MD commands. In EU the new
keyword FORM=ALL formats the TABLE option output to list each brightness level and its
coresponding enhancement values on a separate line. This new option makes it easier
to import enhancement values into another environment. In IMGRGB the new keyword
BASETHRESHOLD= specifies a threshold for which the grayscale value is considered to
be part of the map outline. In TXT2MD the new keyword CONTINUE=YES continues writing
data to the MD file even if it encounters a line in the input text file that contains
an invalid time format.
- Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to match
the current NWS version. The updates include the addition of 11 new
TAF stations (UACK, UHHH, UNOO, USCC, USCM, USSS, UWOR, UWUU, UAUU, UAKK,
UACC) and RAOB station 35671, plus correction of erroneous information
in entries for stations 74646, KCSM, KF30, KMIU, KS32, KSTZ.
- Updated the GVAR calibration module with correct coefficients for GOES-14 and -15.
- Added enhancements to a subset of MODIS ADDE image servers to correct
"bowtie distortion" of select MODIS imagery by specifying the
NAVTYPE=RECT keyword in the IMGCOPY, IMGDISP, IMGFILT or IMGOPER command.
The bowtie correction is done by remapping the data on the fly using the
MRTSwath package from USGS, and is available only on the subset of MODIS
servers listed in the McIDAS User's Guide's Appendix I section titled Configuring
MODIS Servers to use MRTSwath for Bowtie Correction.
- Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included
in the McIDAS-X installation files) to include three new commands (AWSLOC,
CATOMTP and TAFLIST), one new data file (AWSLOC.TXT) and thirteen new servers
(ashxadir, ashxaget, awipadir, awipaget, awipaput, catgadir, catgaget, modcadir,
modcaget, modvadir, modvaget, nssxadir, nssxaget).
Before installing Fastrack version 2011.1, make sure you view the complete
list of Fastrack 2011.1 Software Changes,
and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also
view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack
2011.1 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these
two documents for future reference.
McIDAS-X 2011.1 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 2011.1, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2011.1.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2011.1 from a version earlier than
2010.2, 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 2008 to 2011.1, you must first read and perform any required actions
in the release documents for versions 2009.1, 2009.2, 2010.1 and 2010.2. See
versions page for
links to those and other materials from past versions.
To obtain and install McIDAS-X and/or McIDAS-XRD 2011.1, complete the following steps.
- Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following
files to the ~mcidas directory
on your McIDAS-X workstation.
||compressed tar file containing source & data files; compiled
version of -X & -XRD is about 1.1 GB (updated 09 December 2011
at 20:50 UTC; if you downloaded and installed
McIDAS-X 2011.1 before then, go to the IMGFILT
Correction page to determine
if you should install the correction)
||script that configures an ADDE remote server
- To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2011.1 on your workstation, complete the
instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in
Chapter 1 of the McIDAS