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McIDAS-X for Win7 Fastrack Version 2014.1
Software and Instructions

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

McIDAS-X for Win7 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 for Win7 2014.1 appear after the bullet list.

  • 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.
  • Added the MCDESKTOP environment variable for use with the DEV=D global keyword. This environment variable allows DEV=D to be used on Windows 7 workstations which have their desktop directory in a non-standard location. For more information, see the DEV Global Keyword documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide.
  • 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 for Win7 workstation.
    Note: The installation will fail if the names of the downloaded files do not exactly match those listed below. If your web browser changes the names of the files during download (e.g., mcidas2014.1_win7.tar.gz becomes mcidas2014.1_win7_tar.gz), you must rename the files to those below before installing.
    File name Size Description
    mcidas2014.1_win7.sh 20 KB install/uninstall script
    mcidas2014.1_win7.tar.gz 156 MB compressed tar file containing binaries, source and data files; compiled version of -X & -XRD is about 646 MB
    mcidas.mcenv 8 KB environment variables used by McIDAS-X
    mcidas.profile 4 KB template for creating a .profile file in user accounts that don't have a pre-existing .profile
  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.