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McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2014.1
Software and Instructions

This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version 2014.1 on a Linux, Mac OS X or Solaris workstation. If you are installing it on a Windows 7 workstation, go to the Windows 7 instructions.

McIDAS-X version 2014.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant modifications made since the previous release (version 2013.1) are listed in the bullets below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2014.1 appear after the bullet list.

  • Added new -tcl85 compile flag to the McIDAS-X 2014.1 install script. The flag is used on Linux and Solaris systems to build McIDAS-X with the option of using Tcl/Tk version 8.5.9. If you do not specify the -tcl85 flag, McIDAS-X is built using Tcl/Tk version 8.4.2 on Linux and Solaris, and 8.5.9 on Windows and Mac OS X. Version 8.5.9 allows sites with custom GUIs to utilize some new data/time capabilities and is the only version available for Windows and Mac OS X. Users of 8.5.9 may see some problems with scrolling and resizing windows when using the McIDAS-X GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1 command.
  • Increased the value of MAXGRIDPT from 2,000,000 to 8,000,000 in gridparm.inc and mcidas.h so the GRD* commands (GRDCOPY, GRDDISP, etc.) now work with grids that contain up to 8 million points. Also increased the value of MAXDFELEMENTS from 25,000 to 43,200 in areaparm.inc and mcidas.h so the IMG* commands (IMGCOPY, IMGDISP, etc.) now work with full globe images at 1 km resolution.
  • Updated the MSG servers to accommodate MSG-3 and -4 (Meteosat-10 and -11) Rapid Scan Service files.
  • Updated the AVHRR Level 1b server to support Metop-C data. The satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2017, per EUMETSAT's Metop page.
  • Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to include five new TAF stations (CNY, DRO, KAEG, MTW, TEX), five new GFSMOS/NAMMOS stations (KLNL, KLUM, KPCZ, KRCX, KTKV), and hundreds of small airports and other navigation points referenced in PIREP reports; also changed FAJS to FAOR for Johannesburg SA, TAF ID K22 to SJS for Big Sandy Regional Airport KY and corrected lat/lon/ele/type for stations AIY and EEN.
  • Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included in the McIDAS-X installation files) to include two new servers (omtpadir and omtpaget) and one new command (FIXFY2D_NAV2012). See the Files Included in McIDAS-XRD 2014.1 page for the complete list of commands, servers and data files included in the package.

Before installing Fastrack version 2014.1, make sure you view the complete list of Fastrack 2014.1 Software Changes, and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack 2014.1 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these two documents for future reference.

McIDAS-X 2014.1 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 2014.1, we ask that you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2014.1.

Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2014.1 from a version earlier than 2013.1, 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 2011.1 to 2014.1, you must first read and perform any required actions in the release documents for versions 2012.1, 2012.2 and 2013.1. 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 2014.1, complete the following steps.

  1. Download (e.g., right-click and select Save option) the following files to the ~mcidas directory on your McIDAS-X workstation.
    File name Size Description
    mcidas2014.1.sh 27 KB install/uninstall script
    mcidas2014.1.tar.Z 164 MB compressed tar file containing source & data files; compiled version of -X & -XRD is about 1.1 GB
    mcinet2014.1.sh 18 KB script that configures an ADDE remote server
  2. To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2014.1 on your workstation, complete the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the McIDAS User's Guide.