[neutron-mc] McStas 1.10 release

Peter Willendrup peter.willendrup at risoe.dk
Fri Dec 8 15:47:47 CET 2006

Hello everyone,

The McStas developer team is happy to report that the 1.10 release of
our software is finally out.

You can get the installer package from http://www.mcstas.org/download

Among other things, the new release includes

* Much improved support for polarisation
* A new optimisation feature
* New components
* A complete .exe installer for Win32 systems, including all 
  needed support software

For a complete list of changes, see the attached CHANGES.TXT document.

Thanks to Peter Christiansen for his work on polarisation and to the
complete list of component contributors.

Best regards from

The McStas team:

Peter Willendrup   (Risø)
Emmanuel Farhi     (ILL)
Kim Lefmann        (Risø)

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* McStas, neutron ray-tracing package
*         Copyright (C) 1997-2006, All rights reserved
*         Risoe National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark
*         Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France
* Documentation: CHANGES
* %Identification
* Written by: KN, KL, PEO, EF, PW
* Date: 1997
* Origin: Risoe, ILL, ANSTO
* Release: McStas 1.8
* Version: 1.8
* Modified by: KN, October 26, 1998 : initial release 1.0
* Modified by: KN, March 31, 1999   : release 1.1
* Modified by: KN, January 31, 2000 : release 1.2
* Modified by: KN, May 18, 2000     : release 1.3
* Modified by: KN, July 28, 2000    : release 1.4
* Modified by: KN, PEO, March 16, 2001: release 1.4.1
* Modified by: PEO, EF, October, 10th, 2001: release 1.5
* Modified by: PW, EF, May 19th 2003: version 1.7
* Modified by: PW, EF, March 4th 2004: version 1.8
* Modified by: PW, EF, November 16th 2005: version 1.9
* This file is part of McStas  version 1.9, released November, 16th, 2005.
* It gives a 'changes' list from the beginning of the project
Changes in McStas v1.9.1, Mar 29, 2006

  - Update release, mainly bugfixes plus a few other things

  - Component manual slightly updated according to adding/modification of components.

  - mcgui: A few bugfixes. Note also that if you experience crashes when starting/running
    GNOME/Gtk2 applications, update your perl-Tk installation. Two ways to do this:
    1) Get the tarball from http://www.mcstas.org/download/Tk-804.027_gtk2_patch.tar.gz and
       install using 'perl Makefile.PL && make && make install'. 
    2) Do a 'make tk' in the McStas unpacked McStas source directory. This will download and
       install the tarball into your McStas system directory.

  - DiskChopper.comp - new disc chopper component. Chopper.comp made obsolete. 
    See mcdoc page / component manual for further details.
  - Guide.comp - reads reflectivity tables from disk.
  - Isotropic_Sqw - minor bugfixes, validated against PowerN, V_sample, etc.
  - PowderN - validated against Isotropix_Sqw, Squires, experimental data.

  - Because of rapid changes in the support software for McStas, the current release has support
    for only some releases of:

    * Scilab (Win32 and Unix) - pick release 4.0 if available or pick release 3.0 from , e.g. from

    * Perl (Win32) - on Windows we only support Perl 5.6 - pick

    * If you are running Unix with GNOME/Gtk2 applications, you may experience problems with mcgui
      crashing, please install updated perl-Tk as noted above.

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