McIDAS-X Fastrack Version 2017.1
Software and Instructions
This page contains the software and instructions for installing McIDAS-X version
2017.1 on a Linux or Mac OS X workstation. If you are installing it on a Windows 7
workstation, go to the Windows 7 instructions.
McIDAS-X version 2017.1 is a fully supported Fastrack release. Significant
modifications made since the previous release (version 2016.2) are listed in
the bullet list below. The instructions for obtaining and installing McIDAS-X 2017.1
appear after the bullet list.
- Updated preliminary GOES-R Series ABI server and calibration and navigation modules
with bug fixes and enhancements. The enhancements include improved performance, allowing
multiband IMGCOPYs of ABI Level 1b imagery, and improved remaps of regions that include the earth
limb. See the DSSERVE command documentation
in the McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for information about creating GOES-R datasets,
and the GOES section in the Bands appendix
for information about its spatial and spectral attributes. GOES-16 launched 19 November 2016 and is
in extended checkout and validation phase for approximately one year. ABI test data distributed via
the GRB service is scheduled to
begin 01 March 2017. See the GOES-R Series website
for schedule updates and additional information.
- Added preliminary GLM_EVENT.cfg, GLM_FLASH.cfg and GLM_GROUP.cfg data files to
use when creating ADDE datasets of GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) netCDF point files
for use with the PT* commands. See the "GOES-R Series netCDF Dataset Remarks" section in the
DSSERVE command documentation in the
McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for information about creating the datasets.
- Updated Himawari servers to support Himawari-9 and to retain correct
calibration values of saturated pixels in infrared bands when IMGCOPY is used to create an
- Set the minimum shared memory segment size to 4 MB for commands run from the Unix
prompt or from mcenv. This change fixes a problem where commands run using those
methods failed on OS X 10.11 systems. The change ensures that commands will now have a shared
memory segment of sufficient size to complete properly on OS X 10.11 and other operating
- Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included in the McIDAS-X installation
files) to include two new commands (FRMDIR and PLT_SPC_RPTS) and include a new Python package that
can be used to run McIDAS-X commands in a Python environment on Linux and OS X workstations. See
the "Python Package" section in the McIDAS-XRD Software page
for additional information, including a link to a tutorial with installation instructions, how-to's
and an example script. See the Files Included in McIDAS-XRD
2017.1 page for the complete list of software included in McIDAS-XRD.
Before installing Fastrack version 2017.1, make sure you view the complete
list of Fastrack 2017.1 Software Changes.
Programmers and those who do local code development/modifications need to be
especially thorough in reviewing the list of updated modules and descriptions of
McIDAS-X 2017.1 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 2017.1, we ask that
you notify the McIDAS Help Desk if you
encounter any bugs. Please be sure to mention that you are running version 2017.1.
Also note that if you plan to upgrade to 2017.1 from a version earlier than
2016.2, 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 2015.1 to 2017.1, you must first read and perform any required
actions in the release documents for versions 2015.2, 2016.1 and 2016.2.
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 2017.1, 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 1.3 GB
||script that configures an ADDE remote server
- To install McIDAS-X and/or -XRD 2017.1 on your workstation, complete the
instructions in the section titled "Installing and Configuring McIDAS-X" in
Chapter 1 of the McIDAS