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Hi Jim, > I'm curious what the progress has been on the NetCDF-4/HDF merge project. I > am anxious to try it out as soon as possible. But basically I'd like to know > what the development and release schedule is. Thanks, We're scheduled to present our final review to NASA for the project in August. The software has been available in alpha release form for a while, and we continue to update that frequently, but the alpha release needs more testing and release engineering before a beta release will be ready. The beta release will also get rid of artifacts in the alpha release format that are just placeholders for new HDF5 enhancements, such as dimension scales. The HDF5 enhancements we depend on are available in an HDF5 development snapshot but not yet in a general HDF5 release. So if you choose to try testing with the alpha release, you should be warned that the beta and subsequent releases will not support reading files created by the alpha release that contain these development artifacts. The development and release schedules are available from: http://my.unidata.ucar.edu/content/software/netcdf/netcdf-4/devplan.html and http://my.unidata.ucar.edu/content/software/netcdf/release_schedule.html and you will note from those plans that we're close to being on schedule, but the beta release has been delayed due to a few unanticipated problems, dependencies with the next HDF5 release, and the need for work on ncdump and ncgen utilities that wasn't included in the original proposal. We'll update the online schedule soon. --Russ