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20040719: McIDAS for XP 2004



>From: Virat Chatdarong <address@hidden>
>Organization: MIT
>Keywords: 200407192005.i6JK5iaW016033 McIDAS-X Windows XP

Virat,

>My name is Virat Chatdarong, a Ph.D. student at Parsons Lab, MIT.  I would 
>like to download McIDAS for Windows XP and would like to know if you plan 
>to support Windows XP in the future?

Yes, we will make the SSEC version of McIDAS-X for Windows XP available.

>My research will need GOES data to 
>analyse rainfall and my office-mate gave me an account to Unidata McIDAS 
>ftp site (ftp.unidata.ucar.edu).  However, it doesn't have any McIDAS for 
>windows XP there.  (I believe you only have the UNIX 2004.)

I hadn't downloaded the SSEC XP distribution yet, but I have now.
The McIDAS v2004 documentation on the Unidata web site is in its final
stages of preparation.  I had hoped to announce the v2004 release by
now, but I still have a few things to attend to before I can make
it.

>Please let me know what do I have to do to get the McIDAS program for 
>Windows XP

The SSEC v2004 distribution of Windows XP is now in the passworded
McIDAS FTP account on ftp.unidata.ucar.edu.  The distribution
consists of 10 files:

README
mcidas.profile
mcidas.mcenv
mcinet2004.sh
mcidas2004.sp
mcidas2004.sh
mcidas2004.tar.gz
MAY04PRG.TXT
MAY04OPN.TXT
MAY04INQ.TXT

Please be advised that McIDAS-X for XP does not run in a standalone
mode under Windows.  Here are the comments from the SSEC web page
regarding McIDAS-X on Windows XP:

  "You must be running Services For Unix 3.5 or greater in order to run
  McIDAS-X for XP version 2004.  Windows Services for Unix 3.5 is
  available for free at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads";


  "We do not have a specific X server that we recommend. We have tried
  many X servers, but have encountered problems, especially when cutting
  and pasting, with all of them. Some work better than others; at SSEC,
  many people use Exceed 6.1.1, X-Win 32 5.4 or MicroImages 4.2.1."

Also, please be advised that the McIDAS distribution for Windows XP
does not have any of the applications that we (the Unidata Program
Center) add for the Unix distribution.  Given this, there may be some
program pages in the Unidata McIDAS-X Users Guide that do not pertain
to the software that you will be using.

>and how to acquire GOES data.

There are a number of sites that make the GOES-East and GOES-West data
sent in the Unidata IDD UNIWISC (Unidata-Wisconsin) datastream
available through remote ADDE servers.  The list of those sites can be
found in:

http://my.unidata.ucar.edu/content/software/mcidas/adde_servers.html

If you are looking for higher resolution, real-time GOES data, we are
working on establishing ADDE server sites that will make it available.
We will announce to the Unidata community when the sites are ready.
Until then, getting the data off of the sites listed in the URL above
will have to suffice.

>I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
>Thank you very much in advance.

No worries.

>Regards,
>Virat

Cheers,

Tom Yoksas

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>>Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 14:40:55 -0500
>>From: McIDAS Help Desk <address@hidden>
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>>To: Virat Chatdarong <address@hidden>
>>Subject: Re: McIDAS for XP 2004
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>>
>>Hello Virat-
>>
>>You may want to contact Unidata support services at
>>address@hidden and ask them if they do plan on supporting XP
>>in the future. If they do not, then please contact our program manager
>>Dee Wade at address@hidden with your McIDAS and GOES data product
>>request.  She will be able to directly answer your McIDAS account
>>questions as well as the GOES data product information in which you are
>>interested.
>>
>>Thanks, Jay Heinzelman
>>McIDAS Help Desk
>>address@hidden
>>
>>Virat Chatdarong wrote:
>>
>> >Dear Sir/Madaam,
>> >
>> >My name is Virat Chatdarong, a Ph.D. student at Parsons Lab, MIT.  I would
>> >like to ask for more information on how to have an account with MUG, to
>> >download & use McIDAS-X for Windows XP and acquire GOES data product.  My
>> >office-mate uses McIDAS for Unix and he as access to Unidata
>> >McIDAS.  However, in the ftp site (ftp.unidata.ucar.edu) it doesn't have
>> >window XP version.  (It does have 2004 Unix version which I believe is not
>> >compatible with Windows XP.)
>> >
>> >Please let me know how to have an account and download the program.
>> >I'm looking forward to hearing from you.  Thank you very much in advance.
>> >
>> >Regards,
>> >Virat
>> >
>> >--------------------------------------------
>> >Virat Chatdarong
>> >Ph.D. Candidate - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
>> >Parsons Laboratory, Room 48-336
>> >Massachusetts Institute of Technology
>> >Cambridge, MA 02139
>> >
>> >address@hidden
>> >--------------------------------------------
>> >
>> >
>> >
>
>--------------------------------------------
>Virat Chatdarong
>Ph.D. Candidate - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
>Parsons Laboratory, Room 48-336
>Massachusetts Institute of Technology
>Cambridge, MA 02139
>address@hidden

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