Software Upgrades

Dartcom iDAP image output settings window
Dartcom iDAP/MacroPro

Features manager window with appearance options
Features manager window with appearance options

Cursor mode and range rings around station point
Cursor mode and range rings around station point

Animation with frame details overlay and synchronised playback
Animation with frame details overlay and synchronised playback

Upgrade your Dartcom software to the latest versions and enjoy the benefits of new and improved features, with a year of free updates and technical support.

At Dartcom we continuously develop our software to improve it, add new features and fix issues. If your Dartcom system no longer qualifies for free software updates, read on to discover what you’re missing.

Software upgrades include the latest software versions and a year of free updates and technical support. The updates are provided on our Downloads page. Support is available via email and telephone.

Recent enhancements we have made to all our software include:

  • Optimised for Windows 10 and Windows 7. Earlier versions of Windows such as Vista, XP and 2000 are no longer supported.
  • Compatible with 64-bit and 32-bit variants of Windows.
  • Each program can now use up to 4GB of RAM on 64-bit Windows (previously 2GB) or 3GB on 32-bit Windows (previously 1.5GB).
  • Rigorously tested for quality and reliability.

We have also made specific improvements to each program.

XRIT Ingester

  • The GOES HRIT service is now supported, including EMWIN and NWS products. If you currently have a GOES LRIT system your receiver may also need upgrading – please contact us for details.
  • The EUMETCast GOES ABI level 1B NetCDF service is now supported, with output of images to iDAP/MacroPro.
  • The positions and sizes of the main window and pop-up status windows are now remembered between sessions.

Polar Orbiter Ingester

  • The recently launched JPSS-1 satellite is now supported (X-Band EOS systems only).
  • Temperatures in up to three locations can now be monitored, with tracking lock-out to protect equipment if limits are exceeded. This requires the new Dartcom temperature sensor unit.
  • The positions and sizes of the main window and pop-up status windows are now remembered between sessions.

iDAP/MacroPro

  • The Reference points window has been replaced with two new windows – Series manager and Features manager. Features are equivalent to the existing reference point databases. Multiple Features can be grouped into a Series and applied to all images, or each image can have its own unique Series.
  • As well as Points Features, you can also create Track Features (such as storm tracks) that have lines drawn between the points.
  • The colour, font, size, text style, marker symbol and line style for each Feature can be configured.
  • Range rings can be added to Feature points and the station marker. This allows approximate distances to be gauged “Radar”style.
  • A new MacroPro operation has been added to allow a specific Series to be assigned to an image automatically.
  • A new Appearance tab in the Configuration window allows the appearance of the station marker to be changed – colour, font, size, style and marker symbol. The colour, font, size and style of the latitude/longitude legends and animation frame details can also be changed.
  • Google Earth KML files can be imported into Features and used to create new map overlays in the Overlays Utility window.
  • A new Cursor mode allows a “sticky” cursor to be dropped on an image. The read-outs then stay locked to that point instead of following the mouse. The cursor point is saved with each image.
  • The current cursor point and station position can be added to Features quickly.
  • A new proprietary animation system has been developed by Dartcom to replace QuickTime. It allows much faster updates when new frames are added by MacroPro. The frame date and time are now shown in a text overlay which stays at a constant size as the animation is resized.
  • Existing QuickTime animations are converted to the new format automatically, normally producing significantly smaller files.
  • If several animations are open, they can be played synchronised together. When playback of an animation is started, it becomes the “master” for all the others, which show their corresponding frames. The position slider and next/previous frame buttons work in the same way. This allows animations of different bands, areas or products to be compared easily.
  • A high-resolution DEM data set (1 minute of arc) has been added.

More information

For prices, how to order, or if you have any questions about the software upgrades, please contact us.

XRIT Ingester software

Polar Orbiter Ingester software

iDAP/MacroPro software