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20010914: access to mcidas source

>From: Greg McCurdy <address@hidden>
>Organization: University of Nevada/DRI
>Keywords: 200109141715.f8EHF9109670 McIDAS-X access


>Earlier this week the drive our mcidas system is on crashed and since we
>are rebuilding the configuration I wanted to update the program.

Sound like a good move :-)

>unable to gain access to the unidata ftp site.  Either I can't read the
>note that lists the account and passwd or I just can't type.  Could
>someone confirm for me the user and password I should use? Thanks.

Since we are moving to a new way of distributing software, I would much
rather you use it to grab the McIDAS-X 7.80 release than FTP.  Below is
the body of the text I sent announcing the availability of Unidata McIDAS-X
7.80.  In the announcement is the procedure for registering as a Unidata
user and downloading via the web 7.80.  Please let me know if you have
any questions or problems with the new procedure.

 Unidata McIDAS-X Users,
 Version 7.8 of Unidata McIDAS-X is now available for download by
 educational institutions worldwide!
 Even though passworded FTP access is still available, users are
 strongly encouraged to download the new distribution by using the
 'Download Software' link on the Unidata McIDAS-X 7.80 HomePage:
 Unidata McIDAS-X Version 7.80
 The web method of package download, which is being developed as the
 standard for Unidata offerings, requires that you register as a Unidata
 user before you will be allowed access.  The registration process will
 only take a couple of minutes, so please signup!  While you are at it ;-),
 please fill out the Unidata User's Committee survey:
 Unidata McIDAS-X 7.80 is a combination of SSEC McIDAS-X 7.80,
 McIDAS-XCD 7.80, and various applications and enhancements from the
 UPC, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, CSU/CIRA, and others.
 Featured upgrades in this release are:
 - an ADDEized version of the Tcl/Tk MCGUI interface
 - a GUI startup interface that allows users to modify and save
   session parameters.  To use the GUI startup, simply run:
   mcidas config
   from the Unix command line after you have finished the 7.80 upgrade.
 - "built-in" access within MCGUI to a set of cooperating remote ADDE
   servers for currently supported datasets:
   Model output    Satellite Imagery     Point Data    Weather Text
   ------------    -----------------     ----------    ------------
   RTGRIDS         AMRC                  RTPTSRC       RTWXTEXT
                   TOPO     (all sites have these images; they are part
                             of the Unidata McIDAS-X distribution)
                   RTNOWRAD (for those who subscribe to the NOWrad (tm)
                             composites from WSI Corporation)
   The list of datasets supported by the MCGUI will be increase throughout
   the fall.
   The current set of sites providing cooperative ADDE services is:
   Site                            Datasets
   Plymouth State College          CIMSS, GINICOMP, GINIEAST, GINIWEST, RTIMAGES
   Universite du Quebec a Montreal ME7
   stratus.al.noaa.gov             RTIMAGES, RTNEXRAD, RTPTSRC, RTWXTEXT
   University of Georgia           CIMSS, GINICOMP, GINIEAST, GINIWEST, RTGRIDS,
   cacimbo.ggy.uga.edu             RTIMAGES, RTNEXRAD, RTPTSRC, RTWXTEXT
   University of Nebraska-Lincoln  CIMSS, GINICOMP, GINIEAST, GINIWEST, RTGRIDS,
   papagayo.unl.edu                RTIMAGES, RTNEXRAD, RTPTSRC, RTWXTEXT
   University of Wisconsin/AMRC    AMRC
   adde.ucar.edu                   RTIMAGES, RTNEXRAD, RTPTSRC, RTWXTEXT
   We hope that the list of cooperating servers and the collection of
   datasets that they provide will grow as you, the Unidata McIDAS
   community, volunteer to provide access to your local data holdings
   through ADDE.  Please contact Unidata User Support for additional
 - more tightly integrated support of NEXRAD Level III imagery data in
   all IMG* (IMGDISP, IMGPROBE, etc.) commands.
 - station database enhancements that provide access to the increasing
   numbers of surface METAR and synoptic sites
 - and more...
 A complete list of changes contained in Version 7.80 can be found in:
 McIDAS-X/XCD Release Notes 
 Please send any/all questions related to installing this distribution
 or upgrading from a previous distribution to Unidata User Support
 at address@hidden

Tom Yoksas

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