New in Echoview 13 for all users

Welcome to Echoview 13!

Echoview Software is pleased to present Echoview 13, our biggest and most exciting release ever.

Echoview 13 shows our commitment to supporting your hydroacoustic data processing experience with valuable functionality and the latest technologies. Read on to discover the many new features that will empower you to streamline your workflow and extract the best results from your data.

This page has been prepared for the full release of Echoview 13. The contents of the Help file may change, and we recommend you revisit this page with each subsequent update of Echoview.

New features are presented in these categories:

New features for all users

Key new features and enhancements
New operators and operator enhancements
Scripting and COM objects
Documentation changes
Bug fixes

New features for users of specific echosounders

New features for all users

Feature

How it works

Benefit

Key new features and enhancements

Trained models

Echoview Software is excited to announce its breakthrough into machine learning for hydroacoustic data processing.

In collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Australia, we have trained an inference model to create a bottom exclusion line in your echograms.

We are introducing this capability in the

Would you like to get involved or learn more? Please contact us at support@echoview.com

Easy to use operators that harness the power of machine learning.
Dataflow Toolbox

Introducing the Dataflow Toolbox.

  • Drag-and-drop new virtual variables, virtual lines or virtual surfaces and other dataflow objects into the Dataflow Window.
  • Quickly glance at all the Echoview operators suited to the data in the EV file.
  • Pin your favorite operators.
  • View recently used operators.

The implementation of the Dataflow Toolbox has streamlined the creation of virtual variables and dataflow objects and simplified virtual line properties inheritance.

Better operator and virtual object workflow.
Export image

Changes to the export of an image from single beam echograms, regions or selections allows:

  • custom data ranges
  • custom image resolution
  • splitting the export into multiple files
  • a color legend

Also available via COM (see Image export below).

Easily generate echogram pictures for presentations, publications, to train machine learning models, or scripted data review.

Fileset window

Usability improvements for the Raw Variables section of the Fileset Window simplify the management for numerous raw variables. Improvements include:

  • grouping raw variables by Transducer or Type
    • using the Collapse All, Expand All and + and - buttons to customize what you see
    • making groups of raw variables unavailable with checkboxes
    • ordering variables alphabetically in their group
  • searching for variables using a filter window
  • selecting multiple variables and opening a window type
Improved raw variable management.

Performance

Echoview's interface is now more responsive during heavy calculations, allowing you to interact and change settings, or to cancel acoustic variable exports that are in progress.

Many aspects of Echoview are also now faster, allowing you to process your data more efficiently, which will be particularly evident when using a powerful computer.

New features include:

More efficient workflow and time savings.

Export File options

The File export options Split exported files based on size and Target file size (MB) allow you to minimize file handling errors that can occur with large data exports and manage data sharing. The settings are offered for:

Options for export file handling.
Export Complex data to Matlab

The real and imaginary components of complex acoustic data can now be exported to the Matlab file format. The export is available for echograms, from the Dataflow window and from tables.

This feature is supported by the COM methods ExportData and ExportComplexData.

A complete complex data Matlab export.

Details panel

New Fileset Properties and data file information support for the Details dialog box.

Long filenames may be truncated (and aligned) so that distinguishing information at the end of the name is easily seen.

Easily accessible fileset and data file information.
Regions

New Regions features to help with your analysis workflow:

Improvements for regions benefit data analysis.

Echocheck

Echocheck can now handle files larger than 2 GB but the processing time can be several minutes or longer.

Updated Echocheck support for *.anpp files containing data packets supported by Echoview.

Updates for Echocheck.
Region altitude

Introducing a calculated Region altitude export value for the case where a region intersects an exclusion line. This change is supported for the max, mean and min variations of Region_top_altitude and Region_bottom_altitude.

Prior to Echoview 13, it exported no data.

For further information about Region altitude refer to Notes about schools detection: Other school descriptors.

A more useful export value.

Dataflow window

The new default Dataflow window layout Raw and Geometry improves the handling of new objects when they are added to an EV file.

The right-click Arrange Objects feature offers two new object layout options:

  • Raw and Geometry
  • All

The right-click menu now includes Select None and Select with Upstream Objects.

Options to aid dataflow workflow.

Template files

  • Templates can now apply a workspace to new EV files.
  • When creating an EV file, you can now choose any EV file as a template using the New From Template... option from the file menu, or the Browse button on the New EV File dialog box.
Speeds up workflow.

General changes

The following changes make Echoview features easier to use:

  • The Variable Properties dialog box Grid page Show time/distance grid list now supports the options: Time (minutes), Time (hours) and Time (days).
  • The text display area for multibeam objects in the Dataflow window is increased.
  • New Dataflow window drag and drop behavior for objects suitable for Platform Position source and Heave source.
  • Improvements to Dataflow drag and drop processes for single beam and multibeam data.
  • Merge Fish Tracks is more robust.
  • Echoview is more stable when deleting multiple dataflow objects.
  • New user-defined keyboard shortcuts for:
    • Line status
    • Find Next Line Break
  • Add single beam *.boolean.csv and multibeam *.boolean.mb.csv text data files via the Filesets window.
  • The Detect schools message now displays the number of schools detected.
  • Echoview may automatically adjust the Line colors on graphs and echograms to improve the contrast between the line and background.
  • The Echoview Status bar displays data file information for raw variable echograms only.
  • Panel 1 of the Status bar displays a tally and the region type of selected region items in the Regions window.
  • The path to default live viewing folders is changed.
  • The Calibration Report, Target Summary section now includes First target and Last target times.
  • Target length export files now have the *.targetlength.csv extension to distinguish from *.length.csv data exports.
  • Echogram Show time Grid labels display the date and time for every interval.
  • A previously specified ECS filename persists while you browse for an existing ECS file.
  • Synchronize and zoom interactions between echograms and other windows is improved.
  • Echoview installation now includes example Simrad EK80 data that can be used with Echosim 80.
  • Close a specified type of window with the feature Window menu, Close All, WindowType.
  • Undo and redo support for virtual surfaces (see About Undo and Redo).
  • Display the Color legend label on either side of the Color bar.
  • Multibeam bottom detection now supports transducer elevation within the range 0 to 90°. Previously, the detection was successful for purely, downward-pointing transducers.
  • Echoview's corrupt data file handling now sends error messages after data files are added to a fileset.
  • Virtual position variable exports now output an empty value under GPS_filename.
  • Improved workspace handling for an empty Wideband frequency response graph.
  • If you have classified an existing region, Echoview will designate a new region under that class. However, new fish track regions will be labeled under the classification used for the latest fish track instead.
  • Improved CTD handling for sample edges and special data value -999 dB.
  • Echoview 13 generates position variables and GPS fixes for specific NMEA codes. Previous versions attempted to derive position variables and GPS fixes from other NMEA codes as well.
  • New Detect Schools default keyboard shortcuts, that can also be customized.
  • WMS map support is improved.

New operators and operator enhancements

Noise removal and noise estimation

Introducing new operators for managing noise in single beam and wideband operands:

The Transient noise removal operator is renamed as Transient noise sample removal.

A wide variety of signal and noise operators for post-processing.

Wideband data

Support for wideband data is included for these noise removal operators:

Noise removal tools for wideband data.

XxYxZ Statistic

Introducing the XxYxZ Statistic operator for multibeam data. Statistics include:

  • Mean
  • Minimum
  • Maximum
  • Median
  • Percentile
  • Standard deviation
  • Variance
  • Mean absolute deviation
  • Coefficient of variation
  • Kurtosis

A versatile new convolution filter for multibeam data.

Near-field depth estimation

Introducing the Near-field depth estimation line operator. This outputs a depth line derived from the near-field range of the transducer, which can serve as an exclusion line for data affected by unwanted near-field effects. A new tool to assist with data quality assurance.
Linear offset Introducing the Linear Offset operator to create a surface offset from an existing surface. A multibeam tool.

Code operator

The Measurement class has three new attributes:

  • ping_mode (via the new PingMode class)
  • tilt_angle
  • bearing_angle

Expanded support for multibeam data.

XxY Statistic Changes to improve the XxY Statistic operator performance. Time savings.

Live Export

Echoview applies exclusion lines and thresholds to the output of Live Export.

For further information refer to Using live viewing: Live Export.

Settings to enhance analysis.

Region Bitmap

The Region Bitmap operator allows the specification of multiple region types and multiple region classes. Versatile bitmap specification and workflow efficiency.

Region statistic

Improvements for the Region statistic operator include:

  • New operand data types:
    • TS, Power dB
    • Complex power dB, Complex Sv, Complex TS
    • Pulse compressed complex power dB
    • Pulse compressed complex Sv
    • Pulse compressed complex TS
  • Support for fish track regions.
Increased versatility for the Region statistic operator.

Mask

The Mask operator now offers a Custom mask value.

Widens the flexibility of the operator.

Multithreading

All acoustic operators are now multithreaded. These operators are newly multithreaded:

Improved performance.

New Operand data types

Vessel speed at pings now includes support for operands with wideband data types.

Multibeam target detection now supports Multibeam magnitude and Magnitude unspecified dB operands.

Multibeam target overlay now supports Multibeam magnitude operands.

Kovesi image denoising now supports Multibeam magnitude operands.

The Processed data operator now supports multibeam magnitude operands.

Additional operand data types.

Scripting and COM objects

For more information about the COM objects refer to Scripting with COM objects.

Command interface

The Echoview Command interface allows you to access Echoview properties and actions. Use the Console dialog box to immediately interact with the Command interface. Use a script to execute batch commands.

Support includes:

  • Updated Console text colors to differentiate information types.
  • Grouped settings for Media properties under PageMediaPosition.
  • Grouped bottom classification variable Classes properties under PageClasses.
  • Updated array handling documentation for adding an item, removing an item, and the return value when querying an index that exceeds the array's length.
  • More EV File, Variable and Transducer object properties are now available. Some of these are read-only.
  • The properties ExcludeBelowLineOrSurface and ExcludeAboveLineOrSurface supports surfaces.
  • Implemented an easier way to amend supported variable and EV File properties in arrays with +=|, -=| and All.

Note: We strongly recommend checking that any scripts written for previous versions of Echoview that include EvApp.Exec content still works as expected. We also recommend you incorporate built-in scripting safeguards that will report any errors that may occur.

COM for virtual lines COM for virtual lines is accessible via EvApplication.Exec and the Command interface for the creation and handling of virtual lines.

Target file size

Set a data export maximum file size for these COM methods:

Regions

Delete all regions in an EV file with EvFile.Regions.DeleteAll.

Apply your classification rules (see Classify Regions) to all analysis regions in the acoustic variable with EvVariableAcoustic.ClassifyRegionAll.

Complex data to .mat

Matlab .mat file format is now available for the real and imaginary components of complex acoustic data under these COM methods:

Image export

Custom image export from a single beam echogram COM support now includes:

Enums

The enum values under ETimeDistanceGridMode now includes eDistanceWaterCurrentMeters, eTimeHours and eTimeDays.

ETimeDistanceGridMode specifies the Grid page Show time/distance grid, and is used by:

Documentation changes

Data processing workflow

The Data processing workflow page draws from the Echoview Training Learner Guide. Key content links are listed with respect to data processing.

Multibeam target properties

Updated multibeam target property documentation discusses the handling of non-contiguous samples and linked satellite samples.

COM Cancel export

Updated COM documentation for Cancel export button behavior. Affected methods include:

Export Georeferenced Samples

Updated the Export Georeferenced Sample value list for supported data types and file extensions.

Variable Properties - Multiple Variables Selected

Updated the Variable Properties - Multiple Variables Selected documentation for Checkbox behavior.

Graph linking

Updated the Graph linking documentation for Variable Properties behaviors.

*.depth.csv export

Added *.depth.csv file documentation.

Export via Table

Updated the documentation for available tables and exports from the Table window.

Detect surface

Simplified and reorganized the Detect surface, preview and export multibeam bottom samples data documentation.

School detection while live viewing

Updated the documentation for School detection while live viewing algorithm: Notes for separate regions that merge.

Beam Select and Angle Select

Added more tilt information for the Angle Select and Beam Select operators.

WRL files

Updated the documentation for third party VRML viewers for .WRL files.

Ping modes

Updated the About ping mode documentation for tilt and bearing ranges.

School detection with applied heave and CTD

Updated documentation for 2D school detection with applied heave and CTD.

Bug fixes

Reduce pings (Method 2)

Fixed a bug affecting the Reduce pings (Method 2) operator where it displayed random no data pings. The bug manifested when the operator was not updating correctly when an EV file was reopened, when adding a new data file to an open echogram, or during an export.

Code operator

The Code operator data type now changes accordingly when the current Python source file is substituted with one returning a different result_type.

Set Line Status

A bug affecting Set Line Status is fixed. Previously, Set Line Status may have behaved unexpectedly at the edges of a selection.

Graphs A bug affecting the update of graphs when Exclusion lines are changed is fixed.

Grid line date and timestamps

Grid line labels now consistently show the correct date and time. Previously, these may have defaulted to 1970-01-01 00:00:00 when displaying small time-intervals.

2D region detection and multibeam target detection

A ping time issue affecting 2D region detection and multibeam target detection is fixed. Previously, under ping time distance calculations, incorrect results were output when the ping rate was higher than 1 ping per second.

Formula operator

Fixed a Formula operator issue when handling pings composed of no data samples. Previously, Formula calculations for pings composed of no data samples could return an error or crash Echoview.

EVI files

A bug that affected EVI files is fixed. Previously, EVI files did not save custom CSV fields correctly and allowed incompatible files to be added to a fileset.

Multiple Variables Selected

A bug that affected Variable Properties - Multiple Variables Selected dialog box is fixed. Previously, the Grid page Show time/distance grid list Water current distance (m) item was missing.

Sample value update

A bug that affected the update of sample values is fixed. Previously, resolving an issue of a missing ECS file may not update echogram sample values correctly.

COM export

A COM bug that allowed the use of the Matlab file extension and georeferenced samples exports for data types not supported by the Echoview graphical interface is fixed.

Live Export

A threshold bug affecting the output of the Live export variable is fixed. Previously, thresholds were applied to the operator operand. See also new Live Export features.

Fixed a bug in the Live export operator where the variable would not execute the export if the first ping was larger than the limit in Limit file size by megabytes.

EV file

Previously, Echoview could crash when deleting and adding data files while an echogram is displayed. This is now fixed.

Wideband frequency response graph

The wideband frequency response graph export now correctly incorporates the value from the Maximum acceptable time difference from reference (seconds) setting.

Multibeam target detection

A bug affecting multibeam target properties is fixed by changing the precision and rounding of calculations. Multibeam target detection can be sensitive during initial target identification. The bug fix together with target identification sensitivity may result in large changes in target property values.

Minus, Plus, Threshold operators

A multibeam bug that could affect Minus, Plus or Threshold virtual variables is fixed. Previously, differences in operand multibeam data handling may have output no data (rather than a value) under Minus, Plus or Threshold operators.

Ping subset operator
  • A bug associated with changes to Ping subset properties which affected updates to multibeam echograms and the 4D window is fixed.
  • The operator now correctly identifies ping times to 0.1 millisecond precision for the output.

School detection while live viewing

Several bugs affecting school detection while live viewing are fixed:

  • The algorithm now persists with the current school detection when users change the echogram display extents. Previously, it initiated a new detection.
  • Changing the detection settings on the Regions page resets the school detection (see School detection while live viewing algorithm: Notes). In Echoview 11, 12 and 12.1 the detected school regions continued to extend.

Calibration Assistant

Calibration Assistant graph frequency axes update when the TS variable on the Required Settings page is changed. Previously, the frequency axes didn't update with the change.

A bug affecting the Calibration Assistant Report is fixed. Previously, a change in the Output may not have updated some values in the Calibration Assistant Report.

Cell Integration Results Layer number

A bug affecting the cell Layer number on the Integration Results dialog box is fixed, for cells formed with an undulating Line-referenced Grid.

COM EvDataPaths.Insert

A bug affecting EvDataPaths.Insert is fixed. Previously, this method appended the specified path to a list instead of inserting that path to the specified position in the list.

Vessel speed at pings variable A bug affecting Vessel speed at pings variables is fixed. Previously, the Vessel speed at pings operator incorrectly included bad GPS fixes in its calculations. Now the operator only uses good GPS fixes.

3D objects

A bug affecting EV files with 3D objects created by Echoview 3 is fixed. Previously, the upgrade of 3D objects in such files introduced issues with missing 3D object properties which would corrupt the 3D object.

Marker regions

A bug affecting marker regions is fixed. Previously, EVI files that recorded marker regions in an EV file would block the reading of the same marker regions in a new EV file handling the same data.

Copied GPS operators

Bugs affecting copied GPS operators are fixed. Previously, copied GPS operators did not update correctly for availability or for drag and drop operands.

.targets.mb.csv

A bug affecting .targets.mb.csv files created by early Echoview versions that did not include the minor-axis angle is fixed. Previously, Echoview failed to handle such files correctly and targets were missing in the echogram.

VariablesLineEditable return

A bug affecting the command interface for the VariablesLineEditable command is fixed. Previously, bottom classification variables were included in the returned list.

Angular position color legend

Fixed a bug which distorted the output on the angular position color legends when you mix different color maps for the major and minor axes.

The new algorithm to compute the color legend causes the color value to differ from previous versions of Echoview.

Processing GPS data

Fixed a bug in the way Echoview processes GPS data using the Method 2 option where the distance it reports could be negative.

BioSonics live viewing

Fixed a bug in the way BioSonics live viewing handled update times. Previously, time errors interfered with live viewing file management.

3D objects

The handling for 3D objects that cross the data line is now applied to new and existing objects. Previously, only existing objects were handled correctly.

Multibeam display

Multibeam display fixes include:

A bug affecting the display of a surface-ping intersection in a virtual variable chain is fixed. Previously, displayed surface intersections were incorrectly updated when changing a surface.

The display of beams and targets in multibeam data where the spacing of beams is irregular and/or non-downward pointing ping geometries, is fixed.

The handling of the Thickness factor under the Target conversion operator is fixed. Previously, the setting incorrectly updated when the operand changed.

Issues with multibeam replay are fixed. Previously, a replay rate of 1 ping per second was incorrectly applied and affected slider times.

4D window

The 4D window time slider handling is improved when different pings have the same timestamp. Previously, the time slider failed to proceed past such pings.

Scene

The scene water surface is now displayed at the correct depth.

Wideband frequency response export

A bug associated with Wideband frequency response depths exported for irregular regions on upward facing data is fixed.

Beam median filter 3x3

The beam median filter 3x3 now handles no data values correctly. Previously, the beam median calculation for no data was incorrect.

TS substitution

A bug affecting TS substitution support for single target custom header names from Text data files is fixed.

XxY Statistic

A bug affecting the XxY Statistic operator is fixed. Previously, statistic-associated data type changes did not immediately update.

Flip echogram vertically

A bug affecting the display of regions when Flip echogram vertically is used, is fixed. Previously, the display of regions did not immediately update.

Undo and redo

The Undo and Redo list is reset when a data file is added or removed from a fileset. Previously, removing and then adding a data file to the fileset could result in erratic/unexpected Undo and Redo behavior.

EvApplication.LogFileName

Fixed a bug that affected EvApplication.LogFileName. Previously, LogFileName wouldn't allow the specification of a new Echoview log file location.

EvVariableAcoustic.GoToPingRange

Fixed a bug in EvVariableAcoustic.GoToPingRange where the function was incorrectly interpreting the specified range as a heave adjusted range instead.

Interchanging existing exclusion lines

Fixed a bug where Echoview was not implementing your change when you swapped between the currently listed Exclude targets above and Exclude targets below lines on the Single Target Detection page of a Single target detection operator.

CTD and BioSonics data BioSonics unspecified sample data are assigned a special data value of -999 dB before a CTD SoundSpeedProfile is applied. Previously, a SoundSpeedProfile was applied to uninitialized unspecified samples whose values reflected random numbers.
EvFile.Import Fixed a problem where importing region definitions with COM would delete existing regions.

Color scheme

Fixed an issue where angular color schemes weren't always displayed correctly when loading an EV file saved in a previous version.

New features for users of specific echosounders and sonars

There may be specific version 13 features for your echosounder or sonar — please take a minute to check what's new.

See also

Echoview Release History