'X9x Download' Tool: OPUS
Continuing support for Windows XP Users
For iGage Users of the
X90D-OPUS, X900+, X91+, X91+S, i80 GPS/GNSS receivers who are still
using legacy Windows XP computers. A work-around for the new secure
On the 19th of December
2016, NGS transitioned to a HTTPS (Secure) website and OPUS
occupation form as part of the 'HTTPS-Everywhere
for Government' program. This is an
excellent enhancement because it makes your interactions with the
NGS private and secure.
However, the Microsoft 'Internet
Explorer' web browser deployed with Windows XP computers is not
compatible with the new secure NGS website.
This means that if you run the
iGage 'X9x Download Tool' from a Windows XP computer, the tool can
no longer assist you in submitting files to the OPUS engine. The
following error message is displayed:
If your Windows XP machine
had an early copy of the 'Google Chrome Browser' or the
Firefox browser installed then you may be able to manually submit OPUS
jobs using these alternate browsers. (Unfortunately it is no longer
possible to install Chrome on Windows XP machines.) However the X9
Download tool is not capable of automating Chrome or Firefox.
We are happy to announce a
new https: compatible automatic upload tool for users of X9
Starting in Build 9530 of our
download tool, we are including a distribution of the 'OPUS_Upload'
application which is capable of automatically submitting jobs to NGS.
You can install this latest
build by visiting the Update web page and installing the latest
tool, here is a link:
X9 Download Tool
Update Page ]
The installer is a code-signed
installation tool that will update your existing application to the latest tool.
It will also install the tool directly on machines without existing
Once installed, you will
probably notice that the X9x download toll has a new desktop icon:
When you start the X9x
Download tool, click on the 'Configuration' tab, then check the 'Use
Direct OA Submission':
With this box checked, the
X9x Download tool will launch a helper application and automatically
send your occupation file to the NGS server.
Look on the bottom status
line for 'End HTTP work', then click on the 'Close' button. Since
your browser can't evaluate the secure result webpage, you won't be
able to see the OPUS submission confirmation page.
The OPUS Upload tool
automatically selects OPUS-Static or OPUS-Rapid Static based on the
length of your occupation (files longer than 118 minutes are
submitted as static.) The OPUS Upload tool won't allow you to
Include/Exclude CORS stations. If you need to use advanced
functionality, you will have to manually submit jobs using Firefox
or an older version of Chrome.
The latest version of the X9x
Download tool also includes several major enhancements:
- A new RINEX tool
which fixes some errors reading some HCN files.
- An updated version
- The ability to trim
the beginning and end of an occupation file.
- A direct launch for
- A direct job upload
to iGage for assisting with errant observation files
As always, if you have any
problems with the download tool or your iGage receivers, please call
us. We can remotely help you update your download tool and assist
debugging any submission issues.