Navigating Echoview

Echoview makes extensive use of Microsoft Windows navigation and presentation conventions. Toolbars, menus and dialog boxes all work in a manner which will be familiar to users of applications such as Microsoft Word or Excel. In addition, customized shortcut keys are used for common tasks and to make using Echoview as ergonomic as possible.

We recommend using one hand on the keyboard for tasks such as scrolling and zooming echograms, while the other hand makes selections with the mouse, particularly when working with large data sets.

Context-sensitive menus

Menus and menu choices in Echoview vary according to the context. For example, the Fileset menu appears when a filesets window is active, the Echogram menu appears when an echogram window is active.

Echoview also makes extensive use of the Shortcut (right-click) menu to give quick access to frequently-used commands.


Shortcut keys have been widely implemented in Echoview, permitting rapid navigation and reducing mouse travel.


The Echoview window offers a number of toolbars that provide quick access to useful features and actions.

Toolbars can be displayed or hidden using View menu > Toolbars > Toolbar name. In addition, toolbars can be moved (with the mouse pointer) to any position on the screen.

The following toolbars are available:

Note: Windows can have an associated icon that is used on tabs or in menus.

Workspace and docking

The Echoview application opens an Echoview window. You can arrange Echoview display elements within the Echoview window. You can also arrange Echoview display elements outside the Echoview window (on the desktop or extended desktop). Collectively the workspace can be saved by Echoview so that when you open the EV file, your workspace is reinstated.

The docking system used by Echoview allows you to arrange Echoview display elements in a number of ways to suit your workflow.

  Echoview display element



Echograms, Scenes, Dataflow, Fileset

Dialog boxes

Utility dialog boxes

Messages, Region browser, Live viewing, Details

Dock to Echoview window (sides)     P
Dock to pane P    
Tab to a panel P    
Float P P P

Panels and panes

The ideas of a panel and panes within panels underpin how window to window docking (and the arrangement of windows) works in the Echoview workspace.

A panel can contain a window or windows. In the case of multiple windows in a panel, each window in the panel occupies a pane. A special case is where a panel has one pane, the Echoview application window is one example of this special case.

Drag windows to a new position:

  • Panes display (transparent) docking guides. The drag-shadow of the window shows where a window can dock.
  • Docking a window to a pane in a panel can split off a new panel. Panels can be fluid.
  • You can resize panels and panes. Mouse over and drag resize dividers.
  • Tabbed panels display forward and back arrows, to move through tabs, when display space is inadequate.
  • Once a simple panel is tabbed, it is possible to change it to a panel with more panes (whilst maintaining the Tab ability).
  • Press CTRL to stop a window from docking.
  • With many windows, it may be easier to arrange docked windows if you float windows elsewhere before you re-dock.

Window menu, Arrange All

Optimizes panels and panes within the Echoview window.

Window menu, Arrange Panes

Optimizes panes in a panel.

Window menu, Close All

Options to close all instances of a window type.


See also Global keyboard shortcuts, Filesets window.


Specify how a new window is opened, to dock or float, with:
File menu > Configuration > Interface > set When opening a new window.


Echogram information

The nature of the data under the mouse pointer is displayed or can be acquired from these places:


Type of descriptors

Echoview status bar

Information about lines, range/depth, beams, geographic position, time, data file.

Information tool bar

Ping, range/depth, data value, display minimum.

Details dialog box

Details can include: General, Range, Target, Ping (from file), Navigation, Rendering, File, Color display, Calibration, Analysis, Grid, Notes.

Messages dialog box

Displays information, warning and error messages that are generated during the course of Echoview's operation.

See also

Echogram navigation
Graph navigation
Echogram status bar
3D Navigation