NEW RELEASE: JStrack-3.3.4 (17Aug2012)
- JStrack-3.3.4 main installation files ...
EVERYONE needs these:
- 17Sep2012: - Minor release to lump in
all of the patches, etc. that have been released since the
last full update.
- JStrack E-mail List - I've created an
e-mail list for JStrack questions, discussions, etc. on
googlegroups.com. To subscribe or unsubscribe, see
JStrack e-mail list instructions.
- Windows users wanting to use the EXE files:
(if you don't aleady have them):
Windows EXE files for JStrack.
These have been updated for version 3.3.1, and
you must use these for 3.3.1/3.3.1a/3.3.2 and beyond (if you are
using the EXE files at all, that is).
Also note that the Windows EXE files are from Windows XP.
They are not current, and I have no way to make them current (no
Windows box now, just a Mac). They may have problems that I wouldn't
know about. If so, save yourself a lot of headaches and just install
the ActiveTCL Tcl/Tk release (read the documentation file!) and
install JStrack normally.
This is only the executables and path.tcl specific to the EXE version.
You still need the main JStrack release to be installed first.
- JStrack users on non-Windows systems (e.g.,
various Unix flavors, Mac OS X, etc.) also need portions of the
netpbm package. These
are required for viewing GOES EAST imagery. If you don't have these
installed, you'll need to download, compile, and install this package
(trust me, it's worth it on its own). The programs you need are
jpegtopnm, pamcut, and pamscale.
Other Things You May Need/Want
If you aren't using the Windows EXE release, you will need to have Tcl/Tk
installed before you do anything else. After you extract the archives
(and have installed Tcl/Tk), you will need to run autoconfig.tcl
(under the main jstrack directory).
NOTE: The code for satellite imagery and for creating an image file
from the main window REQUIRES the Img extension. This is included
in the ActiveTcl release for Windows. For Unix users, you'll need to
download it (see links below).
Links You Need to Have (and local copies of some files)
- Old Storm Data (1986–2006)
- Really Old Storm Data (1851–1985—courtesy of NHC site)
- Things you need if you are NOT running the Windows EXE release:
- Tcl/Tk 8.4.15 (all from other sites)
Info on previous versions
JStrack version 3.2.1
This release's primary purpose is to add a download with Windows
executables for the tracker program and for the autoftp program (which
automates data updates via JStrack's ftp code). The conversion to EXE
files on the windows side is something I've been working on for some
time, little by little learning more about how to use
tclkit.exe and sdx.kit.
All users using the plain Tcl/Tk version (i.e., not the EXE) should
download the non-EXE copy, extract the archive, and run autoconfig.tcl
- JStrack version 3.2.1
- Changes to the console: now using TkCon instead of the old
consoles (interp.tcl for Unix, and the "console" command in
Windows). Now there's a consistent console for testing, etc.
- Improvements to the watch/warning plots.
- Basically, it got up to three patches, which I decided was enough
to justify just wrapping up a new minor release.
- Old storm data no longer loads. Something I did
somewhere in the code broke this....I have no idea when this
happened, as I rarely even think about old storm data except when
testing (that's how I found this problem today!).
- JStrack version 3.1.0
Put simply, trying to get the data (reliably for all locations) from the
NHC products turned out to be both unreliable and impractical. So the
whole idea has been replaced with a new menu item on the menu bar. Just
select the Watches/Warnings button and a text window will pop up with
the watch/warning data for storms you have loaded.
The previous two releases really should have been 3.1.x, so this one
will make that step up.
- JStrack version 3.0.3
- Processing and plotting of NHC Watch/Warning data.
Note that, for now, at least, this relies very heavily on how
the NHC formats the information. The more formal formatting
used for the two storms while I was working on this worked fine.
The casual format used for the current (22Jul2010) tropical
depression is missed completely. Eventually, I hope to "teach"
the filter how to read the less formal versions, but for now,
just know that this is experimental, and may not even stay.
Either way, DO NOT EVER rely exclusively on JStrack or
any other non-official source for your watch/warning data!
- Improved handling of city and location names, including
- JStrack version 3.0.2
- NEW FEATURE - Plotting of city/location names
is now moved out of the incomplete category to the
- NEW FEATURE - Allows the GOES East satellite
imagery to be plotted directly on the tracking map.
See gulf_sat+map.gif for a
sample from early on in the process of adding this.
- fixes the problems with the filter introduced when the NHC
changed the date format from (e.g.) "2100Z" to "2100 UTC"
- has some limited city names for the gulf coast map...but only
the first time the map is loaded...this is very much an
incomplete work in progress, and I was thinking about disabling
it before making the above archive files, but I chose instead
to at least let people see where things are (or may be) headed.
- adds lots of other stuff—see the HISTORY file
for more information....