Echoview's new interface lets you view and correlate more data with less work
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Large amounts of data and multiple views of that data are becoming ever more common. We’ve noticed that users of Echoview have an increasing number of windows open viewing portions of their data, and managing and synchronising these can be tricky. Echoview’s new windowing model allows you to snap windows together, layer them on top of each other as tabs, and drag them out to a second or third monitor. This new windowing model is not only more consistent with other applications you may be using, such as recent versions of Microsoft Office or Echoview’s sister product Eonfusion, but should greatly help organising and visually reviewing your data.
Echoview’s echograms and other windows will now fill up the entire Echoview window by default. When a new window is opened, they snap together, sharing the space. Windows can be resized by dragging the bars between them, and dragged to a new position simply by clicking and dragging the title bar or tab for that window.
You can see which window is the active window, the window for which the menus and toolbar items are displayed, by the orange highlight colour on its title. As with normal undocked windows, clicking a window makes it active.
An example docked window layout in Echoview 5
When you pick up a window with the mouse, a transparent blue rectangle will appear onscreen. Drag this to wherever you want to place the window. The Dataflow will show a small plus-shaped widget. If the mouse button is released while the mouse is over one of the four sides of this widget the window will be docked and snapped to that side of the Dataflow view. If the mouse button is released over the center of the ‘plus’, the window will become another tab, and it and the Dataflow view will share the same space.
Drag a window to a new position. This shows docking at the edges of the window, the 'plus' crosshair, tabbing two windows together, etc.
These widgets appear whenever you drag a window over another window. You may notice other, more transparent floating icons at the far edges of the Echoview main window itself. These will grow more visible as you move the mouse towards them, and they allow you to make the window that is being dragged to take up that entire side of Echoview’s main window. This can be very useful where data is best viewed in wide or tall configurations – you might dock an echogram to the top or bottom, for example, to see as many pings at once as possible.
If you want a window to float instead of dock, hold the Control key when you release the mouse button. To switch between tabbed windows, press Control+Tab to go to the next tab or Control+Shift+Tab to go to the previous tab.
Tip – multifrequency comparison: Suppose you have several echograms recorded at different frequencies, and you want to visually compare the same insonified watercolumn in each. If you dock several echograms so they are tabbed together, and click the ‘Synchronize’ button on the toolbar for each, you can then navigate through any one of the echograms and then using the tabs or keyboard shortcuts, flip between them and view the same area in the same place onscreen. This has been a common request for some time: we’re happy to finally provide an easy method to do it!
One common request we’ve had is to allow Echoview’s windows to be used on several screens at once. Previously, the only way to do this was to make the Echoview window itself span several monitors, a clumsy method at best and impractical if the screens were different resolutions. Now, you can drag a window out of the main Echoview window and it will float wherever you place it, including on a second, third or tenth screen! Other windows you then drag to the same place can then dock or tab with the first window, just like they can inside the main Echoview window.
We hope this new window model will prove to be useful and versatile. As always, we’d like to hear your feedback! Please contact Echoview Support with any feedback or suggestions.