McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2012.1
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2012.1 on an 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 2012.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2011.1) are listed in
the bullets below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2012.1
appear after the bullet list.
- No longer support McIDAS-X on IBM AIX. Support for this
platform ended 30 April 2012, as originally announced in the 2012
Operating System Support Plans.
- Added new command keyword TRACKING= and client environment variable
MCTRACK to allow the client to request whether to track image data.
If tracking is on, ADDE IMG* commands that are issued when an image is
being ingested will receive the data as it comes in. If tracking is off,
the commands will receive only the data that was available when the command
was issued. Tracking is available only on some servers, and can be disabled
by the server administrator. See the McIDAS User's Guide's Setting
the Image Tracking Mode section for more information.
- Updated the USCOUNTY.MAP, USSTATE.MAP and USZONE.MAP files to match
the current National Weather Service AWIPS Map Database. These are the files
that are used by the MAP command's STATE=, MARINE=, COUNTY= and ZONE=
- Added support for the 31 new National Weather Service WSR-88D Dual
Polarization radar imagery products available on NOAAPORT. The updates
include server modifications, new image enhancements and new user-friendly
IMGDISP.CORE entries that use the default dataset names in McIDAS-XCD 2012.1.
- Added COMS HRIT servers and calibration module to allow creation
of datasets of COMS data in HRIT format on local and remote servers, and
display or manipulation of the data using the IMG* commands. See the DSSERVE
command documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for
information about creating the datasets.
- Updated the AVHRR Level 1b servers to use the file's line-by-line
lat/lon navigation if the NAVTYPE=LALO keyword is specified in the IMGCOPY,
IMGDISP or IMGREMAP command. Also updated the servers to work with pre-KLM
series NOAA POES satellites.
- Updated the MODIS servers to fix string initialization problems when
the MRTSWath package is used to correct the "bowtie distortion".
Also updated the instructions in the McIDAS User's Guide's Appendix I section
MODIS Servers to use MRTSwath for Bowtie Correction to include MODIS
file requirements and additional MRTSWath installation information.
Before installing Fastrack version 2012.1, make sure you view the complete
list of Fastrack 2012.1 Software Changes,
and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also
view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack
2012.1 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these
two documents for future reference.
McIDAS-X 2012.1 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 2012.1, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2012.1.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2012.1 from a version earlier than
2011.1, 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 2009.2 to 2012.1, you must first read and perform any required
actions in the release documents for versions 2010.1, 2010.2 and 2011.1.
See the past
versions page for
links to those and other materials from past versions.
To obtain and install McIDAS-X and/or McIDAS-XRD 2012.1, 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
||script that configures an ADDE remote server
- To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2012.1 on your workstation, complete the
instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in
Chapter 1 of the McIDAS