Other new features in version 5.0
We've made a lot of changes to make Echoview 5.0 nicer on the eye and easier to use. Most obviously, version 5, as with every new major version release of Echoview, comes with a shiny new icon!
Other changes include an embedded color legend in echogram windows - this means that you can see the scale used for all echograms at the same time, whereas previously it could only be shown for one echogram at a time.
Echoview is now a single-document application. This means that one instance of Echoview can only have one EV file open at a time - new EV files will open in new instances of Echoview. This was a necessary change to complement our new docking functionality, but is also consistent with how modern software such as Microsoft Word works.
We've added support for several new tuples and formats:
- HAC BioSonics model 102 echosounder 1001 tuples
- Reson SeaBat 7018 beamformed data records
- Furuno FCV30 HAC tuples (with Furuno beam compensation)
The Variables & Geometry window has been renamed with a more general and shorter name: it's now the Dataflow window. We've also come up with a new color and shape theme for the icons that represent variables, lines, plaforms and transducers in the Dataflow window. This should make variables of different types easier to spot, especially when working with complex chains of virtual variables.
The Dataflow window showing the new icon shapes and colors on the left, and echograms with embedded color legends on the right.
Resample operators now allow you to use more than 9999 datapoints per ping when using a custom output range.
We've added a COM method for exporting echograms to image files: ExportImage.
Most of our dialogs now have a modern and more usable new look.
The new-look Variable Properties dialog
Although we hope that you'll never experience any crashes in Echoview, unfortunately they sometimes happen. Our goal is to find all bugs that cause crashes and fix them, but sometimes they can be hard to find. We've added a fancy new feature that will provide us with more information about what Echoview was doing when the crash occurred. If you see a crash, please click the 'Send Bug Report' button so that we can hunt down and exterminate all bugs!
If you ever see this, please click 'Send Error Report'.
You can now view multibeam, scanning-sonar and imaging-sonar data freely in Echoview’s demonstration mode. The 100 ping viewing limit has been removed, in fact now there is no viewing limit at all!
Support for the old scripting model has been removed from Echoview. We now only support COM scripting, and we are confident that COM scripting can do everything the old scripting model did - and more (much more!). If you'd like assistance with converting your old scripts to the COM model, please first check out the new COM scripting tutorial that can be downloaded from our tutorials page, or contact Echoview support if you are still having trouble coming to grips with the new model.
Finally, we've added a Welcome Screen that is displayed when you first start up Echoview. This interactive window tells you more about the new features in this version, and also provides you with easy access to recently-used files and templates.
The Welcome Screen shown on startup