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McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2015.1
Software and Instructions

This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version 2015.1 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 2015.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant modifications made since the previous release (version 2014.1) are listed in the bullet below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2015.1 appear after the bullet list.

  • Added Himawari HSD servers and calibration module to allow creation of datasets of Himawari-8 data in HSD (Himawari Standard Data) format on local and remote servers, and display or manipulation of the data using the IMG* commands. The satellite was launched 07 October 2014 and is scheduled to start operations on 07 July 2015. See the DSSERVE command documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for information about creating the datasets, and the Himawari section in the Bands appendix for information about its spatial and spectral attributes.

Before installing Fastrack version 2015.1, make sure you view the complete list of Fastrack 2015.1 Software Changes, and, if you do any programming or local code development/modification also view and complete the appropriate actions described in the Fastrack 2015.1 Programmer Notes (pdf). You might want to print or download these two documents for future reference.

McIDAS-X 2015.1 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 2015.1, we ask that you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2015.1.

Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2015.1 from a version earlier than 2014.1, 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 2012.1 to 2015.1, you must first read and perform any required actions in the release documents for versions 2012.2, 2013.1 and 2014.1. 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 2015.1, 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
    mcidas2015.1.sh 28 KB install/uninstall script
    mcidas2015.1.tar.Z 163 MB compressed tar file containing source & data files; compiled version of -X & -XRD is about 1.1 GB
    mcinet2015.1.sh 18 KB script that configures an ADDE remote server
  2. To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2015.1 on your workstation, complete the instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in Chapter 1 of the McIDAS User's Guide.