[gradsusr] * * * New GrADS release 2.0.a9 * * *

Jennifer Adams jma at cola.iges.org
Fri Sep 3 14:27:07 EDT 2010

Hoop's 32-bit (i686) linux build of 2.0.a9 has also been posted to  
COLA's ftp site and linked from the downloads web page. Thanks, Hoop!

On Sep 2, 2010, at 11:53 AM, Jennifer Adams wrote:

> Hi, Everybody!
> I have posted GrADS version 2.0.a9. The GrADS downloads web page (http://iges.org/grads/downloads.html 
> ) has been updated with links to the source code and a few pre- 
> compiled binaries. Don Hooper and John Huddleston generously provide  
> 32-bit linux and windows binaries, I will post them when they are  
> available as their busy schedules allow.
> This new release has a rather long list of new features and bug  
> fixes; many of these were implemented as a result of requests or  
> reports from users (including the recent revelation of junk bytes at  
> the beginning of some grib files). Thanks for your valuable input!  
> Please see http://iges.org/grads/changelog-2.0.txt for the complete  
> list. I recommend you look carefully at the change log if you are  
> going to use 2.0.a9.
> There is a new GIS interface for creating shapefiles with contours  
> (from gridded data) or points (from station or gridded data sets).  
> New commands are set gxout shp, set shp, clear shp, set shpattr, and  
> q shpopts. Please read the shapefiles documentation -- it will guide  
> you to the reference pages for all the new commands and gives some  
> examples (including images) of how to use this new capability.
> To write out a KML file containing contours, use the new option '- 
> ln' to set kml. The option to create a KML file with contours does  
> not require any extra libraries and will always be enabled.
> There are three new template substitution string options, for  
> forecast times expressed in minutes, hours+minutes, or days+hours 
> +minutes. Documentation page templates has been updated with more  
> detailed information.
> There are two new startup options to use when invoking GrADS:
> -a	sets the aspect ratio of the graphics page, so you are no longer  
> limited to 8.5 x 11 or 11 x 8.5.
> -C	enables colorization of the text in the command window
> Please see http://iges.org/grads/gadoc/gradcomdgrads.html
> Files that are templated on E but not T do not have to be padded  
> with missing data if ensembles do not have same start/end times.  
> This is for binary and SDF formats, it was never necessary for grib  
> data.
> Enjoy!
> --
> Jennifer M. Adams
> 4041 Powder Mill Road, Suite 302
> Calverton, MD 20705
> jma at cola.iges.org
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Jennifer M. Adams
4041 Powder Mill Road, Suite 302
Calverton, MD 20705
jma at cola.iges.org

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