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The official 97NOVpl2.0 release of MIDAS available now!

Dear MIDAS users,

As from today the official 97NOVpl2.0 release of MIDAS is available
on our ftp accounts. 

Best of success and enjoy MIDAS!
	- ESO-MIDAS group.

 MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0 official announcement
 1- What's new or upgraded in MIDAS 97NOV ?
 2- Platform availability
 3- Source and binary distribution for MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0
 4- MIDAS 97NOV documentation
 5- MIDAS under the GNU General Public License
 6- MIDAS on a CD-ROM
 7- Technical Support and Network Services

1- What's new or upgraded in MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0?
- old and new (long) descr. formats are both supported, use SET/MIDAS 
  to switch to old descr. format; however, this is not really recommended 
  because the new format is backwards compatible. But if you have 
  compelling reasons go ahead.

- Support for displays supporting true color mode (i.e. having 8 bits per
  red, green, blue color component) has been implemented. A new 5th 
  parameter has been added to the INITIALIZE/DISPLAY command to set up a 
  display for true color mode.

- normally double quotes (") are taken as special characters to enclose 
  spaces in a single token; using a backslash in front will make the 
  double quotes be treated like a normal char, e.g.:
     Midas> write/out \"this is a quote\"
     "this is a quote" 
     Midas> write/out "this is no quote"
     this is no quote

- command OUTDISK/ASCII has been added to convert Midas images to ASCII 
  files which contain one data value per file record, i.e. the pixels 
  are stored as a single column. Several data reduction packages require 
  ASCII input data to be in that format (e.g. MATLAB).

- Random number generator which does not need the NAG library was added

- Correction of problems in the OVER/ERROR command with
  logarithmic error bars and with using sequence parameter.

- Plot (meta) file names are now case sensitive 

- Context CCDRED: a number of command have been updated

- Context CCDRED: a bug in the command for applying the 
  illumination correction was.

- Context ALICE: fix problem with printing the displayed 

- A bug was fix in the command GET/GCURSOR. The values are
  now correctly appended to in the descriptor.

  For details use the command: help [News]  or click on [News] topic in 
  the graphical user interface.

2- Platform availability.
   MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0 has been installed and verified on the following 

   - SUN Solaris 2.5     - HP HP-UX A.10.20(2) - PC Linux/2.0.28
   - DEC OSF1/V4.0 (1)   - SG IRIX/5.2	       - IBM AIX/V4.1

   - Alpha(AXP) Open VMS V6.1 and V7.0, Fortran V6.3 and DECC V5.3
   - VAX Open VMS VMS V6.1, FORTRAN V6.4 and DECC V5.3

   (1) On OSF1/V4.0 MIDAS does not work when running on a "Advanced File 
       System" (AFS) due to a bug in the OS which was reported to Digital.
       In the meantime there is a patch available from DEC - for details
       contact Carlo Izzo at Max-Planck (izzo@rosat.mpe-garching.mpg.de).

   (2) The packages "pepsys","romafot" and "irac2" are not available with
       the binary version of MIDAS for HP-UX 10.20

3- Source and binary distribution for MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0
   As you may already know, MIDAS is available under the GNU General 
   Public License since 95NOVpl2.0. Since then we are not requiring 
   anymore the prior MIDAS User Agreement in order to get access to MIDAS

   97NOVpl2.0 is also available in binary format for all supported
   platforms. Binary copies of MIDAS are already compiled
   and ready to run. Installation is reduced to just the tuning of
   some configuration files.
   Source and binary copies of 97NOVpl2.0 are available in our 
   anonymous ftp account:

   - Ftp host: ftp://ftphost.hq.eso.org 
   - Ftp account: "ftp". Password: <Your mail address>
   - Directories: /midaspub/97NOV/sources	(MIDAS sources)
   		  /midaspub/97NOV/linux		(PC Linux/2.0.28)(1)	
                  /midaspub/97NOV/hp_ux		(HP HP-UX A.10.10)(2)
		  /midaspub/97NOV/alpha_osf	(DEC OSF1/V4.0)	
		  /midaspub/97NOV/ibm_aix	(IBM/AIX 4.1)	
		  /midaspub/97NOV/sg_irix	(SG IRIX/5.2)
		  /midaspub/97NOV/solaris	(SUN Solaris 2.5)
   - Files: README.<platform>

   (1) The binary of MIDAS for Linux/2.0.28 was done in a slackware 
       distribution with the 'f2c' (fortran_to_C converter) and not with
       'g77' so no Fortran library is necessary. This binary copy of 
       MIDAS has also been tested and verified in a Linux RedHat 4.2 
       distribution (Linux/2.0.30).

   (2) The binary of MIDAS for HP-UX 10.10 has been tested and verified
       to run also on HP-UX 10.20.

   For a proper installation of MIDAS from sources follow the procedure 
   of the installation document provided in PostScript (installunix.ps.Z)
   and DVI format (installunix.dvi.Z)

   MIDAS is distributed on all platforms with Graphical User 
   Interfaces GUI using the Motif dynamic shared libraries, except for 
   Linux where all GUIs are linked with the static Motif library.

4- MIDAS 96NOV documentation.
   There is no new release of documentation for MIDAS 97NOV. The 96NOV
   is used instead.

   ESO-MIDAS documentation is available in Postscript and DVI format
   (eventually also in HTML format) from our "anonymous" ftp account:

   - Ftp host: ftp://ftphost.hq.eso.org
   In our "anonymous" account:
   - Ftp account: "ftp". Password: <Your mail address>
   - Directory: /midaspub/97NOV/doc (link to /midaspub/96NOV/doc)

   - Files: README.doc
            vol1.ps.Z        ESO-MIDAS Volume A: System
            vol2_ps.tar      ESO-MIDAS Volume B: Data Reduction
            vol3_ps.tar      ESO-MIDAS Volume C: Command Description
            env.ps.Z         ESO-MIDAS Environment.
            agldoc.tar.Z     AGL Documentation
            ididoc.ps.Z      IDI Documentation
	    midas-faq.doc.Z  ESO-MIDAS Frequent Asked Questions
	    midas-html.tar.Z ESO-MIDAS complete documentation in HTML

   In particular cases printed copies and updates of documentation 
   can also be obtained from ESO. If you absolutely need hardcopies 
   of the documentation please contact the User Support Group at 

5- ESO-MIDAS under the GNU General Public License
   ESO-MIDAS is a copyright protected software product of the 
   European Southern Observatory, and provides general tools for 
   image processing and data reduction 

   As of the 95NOV release, patch level 2.0, ESO-MIDAS is available
   under the GNU General Public License. This means that the 
   ESO-MIDAS system is available, free of charge and can be freely
   redistributed on certain conditions. As a consequence of this 
   distribution policy User Agreements between research institutes 
   and ESO will not apply as of ESO-MIDAS release 95NOVpl2.0 and will
   not be prolongated when they expire. 

   A short statement of the GNU General Public License as included in
   all relevant ESO-MIDAS files follows below. The full GNU 
   License text is included in the ESO-MIDAS release as separate
   text file.

	--------------- ooo -----------------
   Copyright (C) 1995 European Southern Observatory (ESO) 

   This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or 
   modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as 
   published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the
   License, or (at your option) any later version. 

   This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, 
   but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of 
   General Public License for more details. 

   You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License 
   along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software 
   Foundation, Inc., 675 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. 

   Correspondence concerning ESO-MIDAS should be addressed as follows:
   Internet e-mail: midas@eso.org
   Postal address: European Southern Observatory
   Data Management Division - User Support Group
   Karl-Schwarzschild-Stra_e 2
   D 85748 Garching bei Munchen
	--------------- ooo -----------------

   Our current schedule anticipates the creation and distribution of
   the patch level of MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0 on CD-ROM by the end of June
   1998, or shortly thereafter.

   The ESO-MIDAS CD-ROM will contain the release 97NOVpl2.0 and latest
   patch files, and will include source code, binaries, documentation, 
   and verification procedures. The complete list of what is on the 
   CD-ROM is given below.

   - ESO-MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0 sources
   - ESO-MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0 binaries for:
        - PC/Linux 2.0.28 or higher
        - HP-UX 9000 A.10.20
        - Sun/Solaris 2.5
        - Silicon Graphics IRIX 5.2
        - Alpha/OSF1 V4.0
        - IBM/RS6000 AIX 4.1
   - Calibration data for all platforms above.
   - Demo data for all platforms above.
   - ESO-MIDAS 97NOVpl2.0 ready to run from CD-ROM on PC/Linux.
   - ESO-MIDAS 97NOV documentation in:
        - Postscript format
        - DVI format
        - HTML format
   - Complete latest RedHat distribution for PC/Linux.
   - Xephem latest release with sources and binary for PC/Linux

   Research Institutes can order the CD-ROM directly from the ESO-MIDAS 
   Group by just sending an email to midas@eso.org. Others are kindly 
   invited to contact ESO Education and Public Relations Department at 

7- Technical Support and Network Services:
   ESO is not in the position to give active support to individual users 
   outside research institutions to support ESO-MIDAS installations 
   on PC/Linux systems. Also, as of the 95NOV release we have reduced the 
   support for VMS and OpenVMS systems. Therefore, users who have problems 
   or questions concerning ESO-MIDAS running on these systems are advised 
   to use the "midas-users" mailing list for obtaining feedback and 
   solutions to their questions from other users. 

        - Electronic mail: midas@eso.org
        - Post: Data Management Division - User Support Group.
                Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2,
                D-85748 Garching bei Muenchen

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