New in Echoview 9 for all users

Welcome to Echoview 9!

Echoview Software is very pleased to announce the release of Echoview 9. We are committed to improving the depth and efficiency of your acoustic data processing, regardless of your processing methodology. We are pleased to introduce features that will improve processing speed and simplify your work flow.


New features are presented in these categories:

New features for all users

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

Specific echosounder or sonar changes

New features for all users

Feature

How it works

Benefit

New application

Echoexplore

Echoexplore is the latest addition to Echoview Software’s suite of tools for researchers collecting echosounder and sonar data files. Echoexplore can locate up to 2000 compatible data files on your computer, extract basic metadata, and allow you to browse the files that have been located.

Search for subsets of data files based on:

  • Geographical position
  • Date and time
  • Data file format
  • Keywords (in file URL)

Results are displayed on a map and as a list.

For further information refer to About Echoexplore.

An easy way to find and explore data files on your computer.

Key new features and enhancements

Wideband Frequency Response graph

Use View menu, Graph, Wideband Frequency Response to display a graph of the frequency response for selections and regions on pulse compressed wideband variables.

Graph Properties allow the specification of Y axis, averaging, calculation window size, variables and data type. Types of the graph include:

  • Sv frequency response
  • TS frequency response
  • TS and Single target mask variable frequency response

Wideband frequency response data for single targets may be exported from a wideband frequency response graph or from a wideband single target echogram.

Wideband frequency response export is supported by Echoview COM with: ExportSingleTargetWidebandFrequencyResponse and ExportSingleTargetWidebandFrequencyResponseForRegion.

The following features have been removed from Echoview to support the new and easier-to-use graph:

  • The Target frequency response graph and its data export.
  • Single target detection - Wideband operator settings for Frequency graph window size above and below.
  • The Variable Properties, Graph page Wideband target frequency response settings.
  • The Complex single targets data type.
A versatile and easy to use Wideband Frequency Response graph.
Vegetation analysis export

Introducing a Vegetation analysis export to output the analysis of the samples in intervals between two lines. One line could be a Threshold offset line that detects a vegetation boundary.

Vegetation analysis export is licensed under the Habitat Classification module.

A new analysis that can complement bottom classification or water column analysis.
Derive raw variable automation

Introducing new Fileset Properties dialog box settings that allow you to choose how to derive raw variables. Transducers can now be created based on the data contained in new EV files. Channel numbers can also be reassigned if they don't match what is expected.

  • The Using transducer frequency setting allows greater flexibility when dealing with data from multiple transducers. This method can be applied to Simrad Ex60, Simrad EK80, BioSonics DTX and Echoview EVD file formats.
  • The Using transducer/channel number setting derives raw variables based on a transducer number and/or channel number. It is the method assigned to pre-Echoview 9 EV files.

For background on the usefulness of the Using transducer frequency method refer to About Filesets: Deriving raw variables.

Offers greater flexibility and choice when deriving raw variables.
Transducer Properties

Two new Transducer Properties dialog box settings that display frequency and fileset information associated with a transducer on the Dataflow window.

These changes together with the new Derive raw variable methods improve Echoview's handling of data from multiple transducers and transducer frequency changes.

Offers better transducer information.
Dataflow Sticky Notes

On the Dataflow window use Shortcut menu (right-click), New, Sticky Note to add annotations to the Dataflow window.

Templates include Sticky Notes.
Flexible annotation on the Dataflow window.
EV File setting Introducing the EV File setting Save file locations relative to the EV Files. When selected, data files are saved using a relative path (if possible) otherwise an absolute file path is used.

Flexible data file handling.

Echoview Data File Format

The Echoview Data File Format additions include:

  • Data compression can be applied to binary sample data.
  • Exported data respects Analysis page Exclude above and Exclude below lines and surfaces.
  • COM Compression support under EvVariableAcoustic.ExportEVD and EvVariableVirtual.ExportEVD.
  • Steered angles from the first ping are exported for ME70 single beam variables.
  • New file format support for Boolean, Multibeam boolean, Single target data and sounder-detected lines.

For further information refer to About the Echoview Data File Format.

Improvements in export performance and file size.

Region class symbols Echoview offers an extended selection of region class symbols with settings for size and color to improve the display of regions on cruise tracks. Enhances work flow for regions.
Expanded analysis exports

All analysis exports now output values for Height_mean and Thickness_mean.

Note, a change to the Height mean and Thickness mean algorithms may result in slightly different values for Height mean and Thickness mean. Consequently, analysis variables that use the Height mean or Thickness mean in their calculations may be affected. These include: NASC, ABC, Density_number, Area_backscattering_strength, NASC_noise and ABC_noise.

Increased usefulness of commonly-used analysis exports.
Details dialog box

Introducing updates to the Details dialog box for objects under the mouse pointer on the Dataflow window. New details include:

Note: Object tooltip information is no longer available.

Information where it is needed.
2D school detection 2D school detection support is now available for single beam wideband data. Live viewing support for real-time school detection is also included. Increased flexibility for wideband data processing.

Analysis export information

Exporting single targets for each fish track within a region class is now easier.

All variants of the Analysis by Regions and Analysis by Cells exports can now output results in database mode as well as spreadsheet mode. The database mode export can provide detailed information with a new (regions).csv file. A (targets).csv file may also be output with suitable exports.

Easily available and more informative analysis exports.

NMEA string support Echoview now supports the following NMEA strings:
  • $PASHR data output by the Applanix POS MV instrument.
  • $PAMOT, $PADPT and $GPRPY data output by early AOS (Acoustic Optical System) instruments.
  • $IIGLL, $GPHDT, $GPHVE and $GPATT.
  • NMEA strings where the NMEA checksum is calculated incorrectly.
Expands supported NMEA strings.
General changes

The following changes make Echoview features easier to use:

  • A new Merge fish tracks shortcut SHIFT+M.
  • The F8 shortcut can be used to access the Scene Properties dialog box when a scene object is selected in the Dataflow window or when a Scene window is active.
  • The Dataflow variables Roll, Pitch, Heading and Vessel Log now have drag and drop nodes.
  • The Details dialog box lists ping details for variables specific to Echoview Data File Format files.
  • An Apply button for the Fileset Properties dialog box.
  • The Welcome screen now supports the use of &, [ and ] characters in file names.
  • A Reset button on the Variable Properties and Line Properties Notes page to reset the variable name. Optional Short names for variables has been removed. Variable and dataflow object name uniqueness accompanies these changes and existing EV files may be affected.
  • Color legend display range values can now be set to three decimal places.
  • ECS file wideband table array values may be delimited by space or a semicolon.

    This facilitates copy-paste from a calibration data file to an ECS file.
More efficient work flow and time savings.

Licensing changes

Habitat classification

Vegetation analysis export is licensed under the Habitat Classification module.

Enhancements for the Habitat classification module.

Echoview Essentials

The Beam median filter 3x3 operator is now licensed under the Echoview Essentials module.

Previously, the operator was licensed under the Advanced Operators module.

A change in operators for the Echoview Essentials module.

New Operators and Operator enhancements

Line range bitmap

Introducing the Line Range Bitmap operator. The operator creates a bitmap where data points in each output ping will be true if the line range at the time of that ping is within the limits specified, and false otherwise.

A flexible bitmap operator that accepts line depth.

Threshold offset

Introducing the Threshold offset line operator that uses a threshold to detect a boundary relative to a specified line. Vegetation, ring down, surface bubbles or shadow zones can cause such boundaries in the water column.

Vegetation lines can be used with the new Vegetation analysis export.

A new virtual line tool.

XxY Statistic

The XxY Statistic operator offers new statistics:

  • Standard deviation
  • Variance
  • Mean absolute deviation
  • Coefficient of variation
  • Kurtosis

Upgraded operator features.

XxYxZ convolution

The XxYxZ convolution operator accepts multibeam variables and offers algorithms similar to the XxY convolution operator.

Convolution for multibeam data.

Calibration subset

The Calibration subset operator outputs a variable containing the subset of pings whose specified calibration setting is within a range of values.

Extended subset choice.

Wideband frequency select

The Wideband frequency select operator extracts the echogram for a single frequency within the frequency range of a wideband acoustic variable.

Support for variables derived from wideband data.

Wideband frequency subset

The Wideband frequency subset operator suppresses frequency components that lie outside a defined frequency range of a wideband acoustic variable.

Support for variables derived from wideband data.

Multibeam target detection

New sample-edge midpoint properties define a tighter target perimeter. New target properties include:

The target properties are available under the multibeam target detection operator and with single target data exports.

Expands the suite of multibeam target properties.

Single beam convolution

The single beam convolution adjacent ping suitability test is updated to check for matching start range and sample thickness. The operators affected include: XxY Convolution, XxY Statistic, nxn Convolution, Dilation, Erosion and Median.

Updated convolution algorithms.

Expanded operator support for wideband data

Additional data type support for the:

  • Mask operator: Pulse compressed complex Sv, Pulse compressed complex TS, Complex angular position, Complex power dB, Complex Sv, Complex TS, Pulse compressed complex Sv, Pulse compressed complex TS and Pulse compressed complex power dB.
  • Target bitmap operator: Pulse compressed complex Sv, Pulse compressed complex TS, Complex power dB, Complex Sv, Complex TS and Pulse compressed complex power dB.
  • Target samples bitmap operator: Pulse compressed complex Sv, Pulse compressed complex TS, Complex power dB, Complex Sv, Complex TS and Pulse compressed complex power dB.
  • Processed data operator: Complex power dB, Complex Sv, Complex TS, Pulse compressed complex power dB, Pulse compressed complex Sv and Pulse compressed complex TS.

Greater data processing flexibility with wideband data

Data type change

The Complex single targets data type was found to be unnecessary and is removed.

Simplification.

Attenuated Signal Removal Default value for Context window size changed from 3 to 31 pings. Improved detection of attenuated signal pings.
(Line) Smoothing filter Maximum value for smoothing window size changed from 49 to 251 pings. More sizes for the smoothing window.

Scripting and COM objects

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

If you are interested to know more about COM automation, please contact us for further information.

ExportSingleTargetWidebandFrequencyResponse

ExportSingleTargetWidebandFrequencyResponseForRegion

Support for the export of wideband frequency response data from Single target detection - Wideband echograms using the new methods in EvVariableAcoustic and EvVariableVirtual:

ExportEVD

Introducing additional Echoview Data File format binary data compression support under EvVariableAcoustic.ExportEVD, EvVariableVirtual.ExportEVD and EvVariableBase.ExportEVD.

GoToPing, GoToPingRange, GoToRegion

Support for the display of a ping, ping range or region using the new methods in EvVariableAcoustic and EvVariableVirtual:

Properties

Get acoustic variable Properties of the current variable with:

EvVariablesCollection

The FindByName search for names can consider names with or without the name of the fileset.

Wideband Frequency Response graph

EvSingleTargetDetectionWidebandParameters, FrequencyResponseWindowSizeAbove and FrequencyResponseWindowSizeBelow have been removed to support the new and easier-to-use graph.

Variable Name changes

The variable name uniqueness change introduces these changes:

  • EvVariableBase.Name is read-only. FullName and ShortName are deprecated.
  • EvVariableAcoustic.Name is read-only. FullName and ShortName are deprecated.
  • EvVariableVirtual.Name is read-only. FullName, ShortName and SetFullName are deprecated.
  • EvVariablesCollection. FindByShortName is deprecated.

Documentation changes

64-bit video codecs

Updated information for viewing videos under Echoview 64-bit.

Calibration terminology

Updated the definitions for Major-and Minor-axis Angle Offset and Major-and Minor-axis Angle Sensitivity.

Direction horizontal, Direction vertical

Updated Beam geometry: Directions with a note about Direction vertical and Direction horizontal calculations. A 7 decimal place comparison is used for angles very close to cardinal points. High precision is used for all other angles.

 Multibeam target overlay

Updated documentation with two tips about the display of the target overlay data.

 QPS SD note

Added a note about QPS SD file size and display performance.

 3D school detection

Correction to the documentation of stage 1 of the basic 3D school detect algorithm; the correction only affects the documentation.

Kongsberg - unlisted file support

Added a note about file support for Kongsberg EM series echosounders.

Variables

Updated documentation about editable variables.

Windows Vista

Removed documentation for Microsoft Vista support as Vista is no longer supported by Echoview.

Known issue

The Region by Cells analysis export outputs incorrect Density number values.

Bug fixes

Graphs

Graphs respond correctly to changes in Z - vertical offset and Echogram mode (Depth or Range). Previously, some graphs were not updated immediately.

Dataflow Groups

Dataflow window Groups are now handled in a consistent way. Previously, spurious Groups could appear/disappear and Group Property name could be inconsistent with the Group name.

Dataflow notifications Fixed an issue where the Dataflow did not account for data type changes. There is now a notification when an incompatible data type in the operand of a virtual variable is detected.

Note
: There will be no notification where two operands need be the same type, and one changes.

Display of regions

Regions created on Alongtrack windows are unaffected by Echogram display limit changes. Previously, regions created on Alongtrack windows were displayed incorrectly on the Echogram when the display limits changed from Manual to Automatic.

Selection movement

Fixed an issue where echogram selections moved unexpectedly, while scrolling vertically.

Cruise tracks

Fixed an issue where vessel tracks passing over 180 degrees longitude were plotted incorrectly on the cruise track.

Variable properties

Issue with Region class display fixed.

Dataflow copy/paste

Improvement to performance when copying and pasting Dataflow objects. Previously, copying a large number of variables could cause crashes.

Formula operator

Improved invalid formula element checks and warning messages. Previously, invalid formula elements could cause crashes.

Kongsberg M3

Kongsberg M3 range calculations are now consistent under Echoview 32 and 64-bit versions.

New features for users of specific echosounders

There may be specific version 9 features for your echosounder - please take a minute to check what's new.

See also

Echoview Release History
Echoview Experimental features in this release