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If you have any questions regarding SonarTRX, please check the FAQ page or contact us at support@sonartrx.com. You can also post questions and share information on the SonarTRX Yahoo Group. To join the group, click here.

Updating SonarTRX

To check what version of SonarTRX you are running, click the Help button in SonarTRX. This will bring up the "About SonarTRX" window which shows the specific version numbers. Compare those with the most recent version numbers listed below:

If you are running an older version of SonarTRX, you can compare the Release Notes that came with your release with the release notes shown below. (Release notes can be accessed from the "About SonarTRX" window, via the "SonarTRX Documentation" button.)

To receive a download link for the latest version, existing customers with an active maintenance agreement can send an email to support@sonartrx.com. If you currently use SonarTRX Pro 10.10 (or older), please see the FAQ page - Question and answer #13 - for instructions on how to upgrade your USB license key to run the latest version.

Release Notes

2013/12/05: SonarTRX 13.1

Base products (SonarTRX / SonarTRX(x64), SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Feature: SonarTRX-SI and the full version of SonarTRX now supports import of recordings made with older versions of the Humminbird firmware. No other changes apply, except minor changes to the installation instructions.

2013/10/18: SonarTRX-SI 13.1

Base products SonarTRX-SI:

  1. General: This is a preliminary build of SonarTRX-SI only.
  2. Feature: Support import of recordings made with older versions of the Humminbird firmware.

2013/10/01: SonarTRX 13.1

Base products (SonarTRX / SonarTRX(x64), SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. General: Support licensing of SonarTRX using both software based/SL-type licenses and hardware based/HL-type licenses. The installation instructions (readme-installation.htm) and some of the licensing system supporting files have been updated. SL-type licenses are provided in the form of a unique License key (text string) along with license update files exchanged via email.
  2. General Licensing: Updated version of the custom Sentinel HASP/LDK Run-time installer. The new version allows for installation of SonarTRX on several computers, while still having the ability to move (“rehost”), the active SL-type license key to the desired computer, using the Sentinel Remote Update System (RUS.)
  3. General Licensing: Include External License Manager (hasp_rt.exe) to support future use of driverless configuration.
  4. Bug Fix: If SonarTRX was started without having a USB license key attached, or without having a valid SL license installed, there would be a long delay before any warning message was shown.

2013/08/15: SonarTRX 13.1

Base products (SonarTRX / SonarTRX(x64), SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. General: SonarTRX now ships with the SafeNet Sentinel 6.60 Run-time environment installer, which includes fixes that allows for running SonarTRX in trial mode on Windows 8 without warnings about Virtual machines detected.
  2. Bug: Fixed problem with Imagenex Yellowfin file importer. The symptoms were that the importer would not succeed importing data from the sonar file when certain combinations of NMEA 0183 messages were present in the recording.
  3. Bug: Resolved issue with activation process due to changes to the Sentinel Run-time environment. The symptoms were that watermarks would still be present in the images, even after entering activation codes.

2013/06/29: SonarTRX 13.1

Base products (SonarTRX / SonarTRX(x64), SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. General: The Lowrance SL2 file importer was fixed to handle import of recordings made with newer versions of the Lowrance sonar/recording software. The changes to this maintenance release only affect SonarTRX-LSS Pro and SonarTRX Pro.
  2. NOTE: No feature changes were made to SonarTRX-SI, which has support for Humminbird sonar recordings only.

2013/06/08: SonarTRX 13.1

SonarTRX-LSS only:

  1. General: The Lowrance SL2 file importer was fixed to handle import of recordings made with newer versions of the Lowrance sonar/recording software. This maintenance release was only provided for SonarTRX-LSS.

2013/04/26: SonarTRX 13.1

Base products (SonarTRX / SonarTRX(x64), SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. General: SonarTRX now ships with the SafeNet Sentinel 6.56 Run-time environment installer, which is now certified for Windows 8 by Microsoft.
  2. Bug: Fixed problems with the Edgetech file importer when NMEA data is present in the JSF file.
  3. General: Resized several forms to properly handle default Windows 8 window styles. (This applies to the Import dialog, Mosaic dialog and certain confirmation messages etc.)
  4. Gemeral: Changes were made to Mosaic creation dialog in the way it handles parallel processing.

2013/02/20: SonarTRX 13.1

Base products (SonarTRX / SonarTRX(x64), SonarTRX-SI):

  1. General: This is the first update of 2013, hence the new version number (13.1).
  2. Feature: The Humminbird file importer now supports import of data from recordings made with version 6.60 of Humminbird software. (Upgrade to this version of SonarTRX is not needed, unless you have updated your Humminbird sonar to Version 6.60 of the sonar software.)

2012/12/02: SonarTRX 12.1

Base products (SonarTRX / SonarTRX(x64), SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. General: SonarTRX now ships with the SafeNet Sentinel 6.51 Run-time environment installer, which is compatible with Windows 8.
  2. Feature: The batch processing tool can now generate tracks from multiple sonar recordings in one operation. In addition, the tool has an option to update the Windows File Creation Date of the file based on the start time of the sonar recording. (This makes it possible to use windows Explorer to sort the sonar recordings by recording date.)

2012/10/01: SonarTRX 12.1 (x64)

New product: 64 bit version of SonarTRX Pro:

  1. General: The 64 bit version of SonarTRX Pro supports processing of larger sonar recordings and creation of larger MasterImages. This version requires a 64 bit Windows operating system.

2012/09/23: SonarTRX 12.1

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. General: SonarTRX now ships with the SafeNet Sentinel 6.5 Run-time environment.
  2. General: The SonarTRX installation programs now creates desktop icon. All versions of SonarTRX have been tested for use with Windows 8.
  3. General: Internal changes has been implemented to prepare for upcoming 64 bit version of SonarTRX.

2012/08/03: SonarTRX 12.1

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Feature: Humminbird importer: Improved robustness in terms of handling invalid records (corrupted data), and provide warnings regarding empty channels, corrupted index files, lacking memory resources when try to load very large sonar recordings etc. Improved robustness of code that regenerates Humminbird index files (*.IDX)
  2. Feature: Lowrance SLG file importer: Supports additional variations of the file format. The channel orientation for SLG files can be specified in the *.options.xml file associated with the recording. (Example use: Single-channel Towfish system that generates SLG files with starboard or port sidescan data can now be imported. Improved status reporting during SLG import.
  3. Feature: XTF file importer: The (British) Ordnance Survey National Grid (EPSG:27700) can now be specified as the coordinate system for projected coordinates in the XTF file. If the Northing and Easting values are switched in the XTF fields, this can also be specified in the *.xtf.Options.xml file.
  4. Feature: SonarTRX can now use template import option files. The template *.Options.xml files are stored in the users My Documents\LEI\SonarTRX subfolder. When importing a sonar file for the first time, the template options file is copied to the folder of the sonar file. This feature can be used to configure default preferences for a particular sonar file type. Example1: Lowrance SL2 files can be imported, by default, with the left and right sidescan channels flipped. Example 2: Lowrance SLG files can be imported, by default, assuming that the data is from the port sidescan transducer.
  5. Bug Fix: XTF file importer: Fixed various UTM-projection related issues.
  6. Bug Fix: Improve robustness of code that retrieves MasterImage settings to prevent errors when generating image-tiles.

2012/07/16: SonarTRX 12.1

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Feature: SonarTRX can now check to see if there is a more recent release available for download. This is done by clicking on the Help button from the SonarTRX main window. If the computer is connected to the internet, it will show this information in the caption of the "About SonarTRX" window. To receive a download link, please contact Support@SonarTRX.com.
  2. General: The "About SonarTRX" window, accessed from the Help button in SonarTRX, will indicate if SonarTRX is running in 32 bit or 64 bit mode (The window caption will show "x86" or "x64" in brackets.).
  3. Bug Fix: Changes were made to the SonarTRX Viewer to attempt to fix issues with labels not shown in the proper location (on the “SRC/..” tab.) This would occur in certain cases, after the form was resized, or after completing a processing-task.

2012/07/11: SonarTRX 12.1

This update is for the full version of SonarTRX only (i.e. not SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Bug fix: SonarTRX Pro has been updated to resolve an issue with importing XTF files with UTM coordinates. The bug is only an issue if the XTF file contains positions in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection instead of geodetic coordinates. The data would not import, even if the UTM zone was specified in the “*.xtf.options.xml” file associated with the XTF recording.

2012/07/09: SonarTRX 12.1

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. General: The version number was changed to 12.* to reflect releases for the 2012 calendar year. (The previous release was 10.14)
  2. SonarTRX now includes SafeNet Sentinel Run-time environment installer version 6.23.
  3. Feature: Improved processing speed. SonarTRX now makes better use of Multi-Core computers by allowing for processing of sonar-channels in parallel.
  4. Feature: Faster to import data. Slant Range Correction (SRC) is no longer done as the data is read from file. This reduces the time it takes to import data, since SRC can be done more efficiently in parallel, by multiple CPU’s, after the raw sonar data has been read from disk.
  5. Feature: The altitude calculation /digitizing feature is now included in both SonarTRX-SI and SonarTRX-LSS. Some minor improvements were also made to the digitizing feature to ensure that the digitized points are saved to file.
  6. Feature: A new Beam Angle Correction (BAC) mechanism can be used to improve the slant range corrected images. BAC can be used to bring out more details at far ranges, and better balance the overall brightness and contrast of the images. The new automatic BAC mode relies on statistics for the average intensity of the return at various beam-angles.
  7. Feature: The sonar recording times can be displayed in UTC or in Local time (based on the computer clock). These preferences can be configured from the advanced settings dialog, available from the F2 function key.
  8. Feature: The Lowrance importers (slg and sl2) supports specifying alternate start-time in the options.xml file (time of the first ping in the sonar recording). This is to ensure proper time-synchronization with other data from the survey. (This feature was added in the LSS 10.14 custom build dated March 23, 2012.)
  9. Feature: Two additional color schemes were added to the default (auto-generated) color scheme file. One is a brown scheme similar to what found on the Humminbird sonars. The other is a color spectrum with a broader range of color variations. (The color spectrum scheme was initially added in the LSS 10.14 custom build dated march 23, 2012.)
  10. Feature: The optional EdgeTech importer is now able to handle additional EdgeTech systems and *.jsf file message types. (This change was added in the 10.14 custom build dated March 30, 2012.)
  11. Feature: Previous versions of SonarTRX would limit the number of soundings to be imported from a sonar file. This limit was 100000 pings, but has now been increased to 1 million in order to handle larger files. If the computer runs out of memory, consider using clips to import a sub-section of the recording only. Another way of conserving memory is to import only the channels of interest. (To process sidescan data, there is normally no need to import the down-imaging channels.)
  12. Feature: The file import dialog allows for manual creation of the “options.xml” file associated with the sonar recording.
  13. Feature: The summary dialog now shows the altitude source used when generating the Slant Range Corrected (SRC) data. It also shows status flags for each of the various statistics (Histograms).
  14. Feature: Viewer: Fixed various issues with time-pickers for targets and clips when no clips or targets were present. Display slant range angle for the cursor in the viewer (assuming the range is to an item on a flat sea-bed.)
  15. Usability: Progress bars are now hidden by default, until processing tasks are active. This results in smaller size dialogs for better display on 1024 x 768 screens.
  16. Bug fix: The Lowrance SL2 importer did not correctly interpret sonar recordings with resolutions below the highest level. Symptoms: Only a sub-set of the soundings in the file were imported, and the left and right sidescan data were sometimes offset. (This fix was included in the LSS 10.14 custom build dated March 27, 2012.)
  17. Bug Fix: Resolved issue with timestamps for clips and targets written to the *.clip.xml files and the altitude bottom lock settings in the *.altitude.xml file associated with a given sonar recording. Problems would occur if these files were generated, and at a later point in time the computer clock was configured to a different time-zone or if the daylight savings would change. The new version interprets the old xml files and has tools to correct the problems from the import dialog. The clip files for some Humminbird recordings may need to be manually edited with a text editor to correct for DST. If the recording clip files (*.clip.xml) do not contain any custom clips or targets, they can be deleted manually (and re-generated as needed.)
  18. Bug Fix: The Export of raw ping data did not properly reverse the data from a left sonar channel. The column name for the time is now titled “UTC+0.0” to indicate that times are always in UTC.
  19. Bug Fix: The optional EdgeTech importer generates more accurate preview-information about available data in the file. (This fix was added in the 10.14 custom build dated April 3, 2012)
  20. Bug Fix: Resolved issue with auto-correction of slant range corrected images due to pixels with zero intensity.

2012/03/16: SonarTRX 10.14

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Feature: The sonar data viewer /editor and the mosaic creation tool can now optimize brightness and contrast of the images. The viewer also has an option to customize the correction factors for individual channels. Histograms of both original and corrected images are rendered using the selected color scheme. Brightness and contrast settings in the viewer can be used when generating the mosaic images.
  2. Feature: Sonar data can now be imported with individual correction factors for each channel, minimizing the need for image correction in the viewer or during mosaic creation. The summary information dialog shows the parameters used during import (if any) for each channel.
  3. Feature: The new viewer / editor include the ability to view the data at various zoom-levels, for closer inspection of data at various ranges.
  4. Feature: The new viewer / editor have tools to digitize altitudes and altitude limits for recalculation of first echo return (altitudes) from each channel. This is useful for sidescan sonars that do not provide altitude estimates in the recorded files. In conjunction with the PlusPack, this feature can be used to generate a permanent altitude data-file that can be used the next time the recording is processed.
  5. Feature/Usability: The XYZ export, ping data export and target export now formats the output using the selected Windows display-culture: Semicolon is used as csv file separator in cultures that use comma as the decimal separator. The XYZ and ping data export also allows for TSV (tab separated files) and TXT output.
  6. Feature: The Humminbird importer now supports use of (import) options file with correction factors for each channel.
  7. Bug fix: The Imagenex SportScan importer did not properly import a sub-set of the channels.
  8. Feature/Bug fix: The sonar data viewer/editor user interface for the targets did not properly show the correct tile index of the target. The tile of the selected target is now activated when user select the target.
  9. Bug fix: When generating mosaic images and selecting to export XYZ data, the meta-data file was not always created.
  10. Bug fix: The logic to determine image tile index for a given Target did not always generate correct results for targets located at the boundary between tiles.
  11. Bug fix: The sonar data viewer / editor did not properly save/restore preferences for the Range limit, if the unit preference was set to a non-SI unit. In addition, the default value for the Display altitude option was previously set to “Undefined” instead of “SensorAltitude”.

PlusPack:

  1. PlusPack Feature/Usability: The XYZ and alternate data export now checks the bathymetry source and selected channel and shows a confirmation message before initiating the export.
  2. PlusPack Bug fix: When importing sonar data from a file without altitudes and then using the Viewer/Editor to load altitude from alternate data file, SonaTRX did not update status information for each channel (Altitude source and min/max altitude values). This prevented the system from generating slant range corrected images.
  3. PlusPack Bug fix: Resolved issues with exporting alternate data to a file and then (in the same session) importing data from the same file.

2012/02/10: SonarTRX 10.13

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Feature: Additional SonarTRX functionality is now available in an “Add-on” called “PlusPack”. Version 10.13 of SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI and SonarTRX-LSS can make use of PlusPack features, provided that a PlusPack license has been installed on the system. Please see the separate feature-list at the end of this post for more information.
  2. Feature – Altitude calculations: A smoothing filter has been added to the altitude calculation features. The filter uses a moving average window and also ignores deviant soundings. Altitude preferences are persisted between sessions, either as default application settings, or in the *.Altitude.xml file associated with the sonar recording. Altitude calculation can also be done using multiple altitude limit definitions in the *.Altitude.xml file (“SonarBottomLockSettings” xml nodes). However, there is currently no user interface in SonarTRX to edit these entries. Only the first entry is shown in the user interface. Bottom-lock definitions can be captured to the clipboard using click & drag mouse operation in the viewer and manually pasted into the *.Altitude.xml file as XML nodes. The xml file can be reloaded for use during processing.
  3. Feature - Viewer: The SonarTRX viewer now shows histogram of the data loaded in memory for each sonar channel. This can be useful for evaluation of image-correction or first echo return calculation parameters. By selecting a intensity range window in the histogram (click & drag to define a horizontal range), the corresponding gain and multiplier factors can be determined (i.e. K0 and K1 for use to correct the slant range corrected images, or for use in the Options.xml file during import.)
  4. Feature: The sonar recording cataloging feature (batch) now also extract the starting point coordinates from some of the sonar file types. (Humminbird *.dat and Lowrance SLG only). The catalog also includes the files that for some reason could not be evaluated (corrupt files or files that could not be interpreted).
  5. Feature - Humminbird importer: Improved ability to handle corrupted Humminbird recordings.
  6. Feature – Lowrance importer: The left and right channel can now be switched during import, if the transducer is mounted in the opposite direction. This option can be specified in the *.sl2.options.xml file associated with the *.sl2 recording.
  7. Feature – Lowrance importer: The *.slg importer can now import older versions of the slg file format.
  8. Feature – Licensing system: The SonarTRX installation now includes version 6.22 of the SafeNet Sentinel runtime environment (command line) installer. This version is more robust and reliable than previous installers and better handles User Access Control (UAC) in Windows. The online FAQ document has been updated with information on how to download and use the GUI version (w/user interface) of the installer, should the command line version cause problems.
  9. Bug fix - Viewer: Improved handling of data with bad Latitude/Longitude values in the built-in viewer and mosaic creation dialog. SonarTRX now saves additional viewer preferences.
  10. Bug Fix – Mosaic feature: Resolved issue with mosaic tool if imported data is not time-stamped. The feature to reject image-tiles based on average vessel velocity no longer skip tiles when the data has no time-stamps.
  11. Bug Fix – Mosaic feature: The ability to include the sonar file name as a part of the image tile file names in a mosaic did not work properly.
  12. Bug fix – Humminbird importer: When SonarTRX regenerates corrupt Humminbird *.dat files, it did not always generate template clip files for that recording.
  13. Bug Fix – Lowrance importer: The *.sl2 importer did not properly import a subset of channels from the file. (The channels that were not imported were improperly flagged as “available”, causing issues when trying to create slant-range corrected images)
  14. Bug Fix – Lowrance importer: The *.sl2 importer’s preview and batch cataloging feature did not always determine the correct number of pings in each sonar channel.

PlusPack:

  1. PlusPack Feature: SonarTRX w/PlusPack can import precise positions and absolute elevation from RTK-GPS systems via the new alternate data import mechanism. This feature can be used to provide absolute elevation of the seabed (xyz data), independent of the tidal level or water level of the surface. This feature can also be used to “re-navigate” the sidescan data to the positions of a transducer on a Towfish, ROV, AUV or ASV, should such positions not have been stored in the original sonar recording, or if USBL or other tracking systems have been used for the positioning.
  2. PlusPack Feature: SonarTRXw/PlusPack can export bathymetric raw data files (XYZ files) in both projected and geodetic coordinate systems. There is also a sampling rate option to control how many soundings are included in the XYZ file. Meta data about the xyz information is saved to a separate text file, including projection, sampling rate, altitude source, units, vertical offsets etc.) There are also options to output depth instead of elevation and switch the sequence of the latitude and longitude column in the output file. In addition, the elevation of the water surface (if available & imported from RTK GPS) can be exported as the 4’th column (for use during river surveys, or any surveys where the water-level may fluctuate).
  3. PlusPack Feature: SonarTRX w/PlusPack can export & import depth below transducer (altitude) values to and from external files via the new alternate data import mechanism. This feature can be used to load altimeter data or manually edit the altitude used for generating slant range corrected images.
  4. PlusPack Feature: SonarTRX w/PlusPack can export raw ping data to plain text csv files for external analysis.

2012/01/26: SonarTRX 10.13 BETA

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Feature: SonarTRX can now export bathymetric raw data files (XYZ files) in both projected and geodetic coordinate systems from your sonar recordings. There is also a sampling rate option to control how many soundings are included in the XYZ file. Meta data about the xyz information is saved to a separate text file, including projection, sampling rate, altitude source, units, vertical offsets etc.)
  2. Feature: SonarTRX can now import precise positions and absolute elevation from RTK-GPS systems via the new alternate data import mechanism. This feature can be used to provide absolute elevation of the seabed (xyz data), independent of the tidal level or water level of the surface. This feature can also be used to “re-navigate” the sidescan data to the positions of a transducer on a Towfish, ROV, AUV or ASV, should such positions not have been stored in the original sonar recording, or if USBL or other tracking systems have been used for the positioning.
  3. Feature: SonarTRX can now export and import depth below transducer (altitude) values to and from external files via the new alternate data import mechanism. This feature can be used to load altimeter data or manually edit the altitude used for generating slant range corrected images.
  4. Feature: SonarTRX can export raw ping data to plain text csv files for external analysis.
  5. Feature: The SonarTRX viewer now shows histogram of the data loaded in memory for each sonar channel. This can be useful for evaluation of image-correction or first echo return calculation parameters. By selecting a intensity range window in the histogram (click and drag to define a horizontal range), the corresponding gain and multiplier factors can be determined (i.e. K0 and K1 for use to correct the slant range corrected images, or for use in the Options.xml file during import.)
  6. Feature: The sonar recording cataloging feature (batch) now also extract the starting point coordinates from each recording. (Humminbird *.dat files only). The catalog also includes the files that for some reason could not be interpreted.
  7. Feature: Improved ability to handle corrupted Humminbird recordings.
  8. Bug fix: When SonarTRX regenerates corrupt Humminbird *.dat files, it did not always generate template clip files for that recording.
  9. Bug fix: Improved handling of data with bad Latitude/Longitude values in the built-in viewer and mosaic creation dialog.
  10. Feature: SonarTRX can now save additional viewer preferences

2011/12/31: SonarTRX 10.12 - updated version

Base product (SonarTRX Pro):

  1. Feature: An updated version of SonarTRX 10.12 includes support for DeepEye 340 sonarfiles by DeepView (*.dvs)

2011/12/23: SonarTRX 10.12

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI, SonarTRX-LSS):

  1. Feature: User preferred display units and data entry units can be configured from the main SonarTRX window via the “F3” function key. This is of particular use to customers who prefer working in feet, miles per hour, knots etc. The previous implementation only allowed for SI units (meters, m/s etc.)
  2. Feature: A new “Batch process” command button in the main SonarTRX window has been added to allow processing of multiple sonar files. This feature can be used to select one or more sonar files to generate a “Table of content” file (*.csv/*.xml) with basic information about each recording, such as: Available channels, start time, duration and the total number of pings etc. The Batch process dialog is also shown if trying to import more than one sonar file from the import command button. In the future, the Batch process feature will be enhanced to allow processing of multiple files in one operation.
  3. Feature: The mosaic “doc.kml” file can now be generated with hidden sonar coverage area polygons (the “Areas” folder under the data from each sonar channel). The preference for this is available from the Mosaic Dialog. Please note that the pop-up window that shows up in Google Earth when clicking on the coverage area for a particular image tile is not available if the polygon is hidden.
  4. Feature: The Lowrance importer for *.sl2 and *.slg files and the Imagenex SportScan & YellowFin importer now supports display of available time-interval and estimated number of pings during import. They also support import of clips, or time-intervals of data.
  5. Feature: The Lowrance *.slg and *.sl2 importer and the Imagenex SportScan & YellowFin importer now supports use of an *.options.xml file containing image correction parameters. These parameters allows for correction of the sonar data during import.
  6. Feature: The name of the sonar file can now be appended to the master image file name the same way for the individual image-tiles when generating a mosaic. This makes it easier to avoid naming conflicts when importing master images to other applications.
  7. Bug fix: Improved notification and handling of errors that may occur when reading Humminbird (& other) sonar files directly from SD memory cards. The work-around is to copy the files onto the computer hard-drive.
  8. Bug fix / robustness: The Humminbird file importer now detects inconsistent index files (*.idx) for each sonar channel and regenerates them as needed. This may occur if a power-failure happens while the sonar is recording data.
  9. Robustness: Humminbird sonar recordings can now be imported even without a valid *.dat file. This may occur if a power-failure happens while the sonar is recording data.
  10. Feature: When importing sonar files, the user can now browse for sonar files of all supported types without first selecting specifically which type of sonar file to import.

2011/10/26: SonarTRX 10.10

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

  1. Feature: Better support for towed sonar: SonarTRX image-tiles can be relocated to correct for layback, cross-track offset and images can be adjusted for towfish heading (i.e. when towfish is pointing at an angle relative to CMG of the tow vessel). The corrections are done on the tile-segment level (i.e. constant offset values are used for a given batch of mosaic images.) This feature can be used to achieve a better match between mosaic-images from multiple tows of opposite direction or with different length of tow-cable.
  2. Bug: Fixed problems with the XTF file-importer: TVG correction during import was not always applied; Bad timestamps sometimes caused crash; StarFish XTF files "Sensor Primary Altitude" is now used as sonar altitude for use during slant range correction.
  3. Bug: Fixed problems with the Imagenex SportScan file-importer: Files with only one channel and no coordinate information can now be imported.
  4. Usability: Disable generation of track and targets in kml file if mosaic is relocated.
  5. Usability: Prevent generation of target file (*.csv) if no targets are defined.

2011/11/15: SonarTRX 10.9

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

  1. Feature: The viewer allows for definition of "Targets" (waypoints) associated with a given sonar recording.
  2. Feature: Newly captured Targets can be easily pasted to Google Earth as KML placemarks for immediate validation.
  3. Feature: The Targets can also be included as KML placemarks along with the mosaic image tiles.
  4. Feature: Ability to calculate altitude (time of first echo return) based on sonar data
  5. Feature: A detailed XYZ file (*.csv) containing soundings along track can be exported along with the mosaic image tiles.
  6. Feature: Depth values can be converted to elevation by correcting for transducer-depth and the elevation of the water surface relative to a vertical datum
  7. Usability: The Imagenex SportScan and Yellowfin importer is more capable, and handles import of select data channels
  8. Feature: The viewer can display optional grid-lines at a various range-intervals

2011/8/6: SonarTRX 10.8

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

  1. Feature: Display of speed corrected images
  2. Feature: Cursor information that shows time, altitude, range, horizontal range etc.
  3. Feature: Measurement tool - click and drag cursor to show differential values
  4. Feature: Tool to estimate the height of a bottom feature by measuring the size of the shadow
  5. Feature: Birds eye view that shows the navigation track of the sonar recording, the cursor location and position of the active tile etc.
  6. Feature: Ability to capture precise start/end time of a clip.

2011/7/6: SonarTRX 10.7

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

2011/5/11: SonarTRX 10.6

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

  1. Feature: The image range-cropping feature introduced in version 10.5 now allows for individual range limits for starboard and port sidescan channel.
  2. Feature: SonarTRX images have improved sharpness compared to previous versions.
  3. Usability: The XTF file-importer has improvements in how it handles files with certain Klein 3000 sidescan sonar data packets.
  4. Feature: SonarTRX can also be used to generate images from Tritech StarFish XTF files.

2011/4/21: SonarTRX 10.5

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

  1. Feature: The sidescan mosaic image tiles can now be cropped at a certain sonar range. This provides better control when producing maps that includes overlapping sidescan recordings.
  2. Feature: The naming of the SonarTRX mosaic image-tiles can now be customized in order to make it easier to manage the imagery with 3'rd party mapping programs (Global Mapper, Manifold GIS, ESRI etc.)
  3. Feature: The XTF file-importer now supports import of named "clips" of data (i.e. pings within a certain time-range). This makes it much quicker to process just the desired areas from a particular sidescan sonar recording.

2011/3/26: SonarTRX 10.4

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

  1. Feature: Support for Lowrance XTF files, Imagenex YellowFin and SportScan sonar files.
  2. Feature: Option to generate images in various Color Schemes (Color palettes)
  3. Feature: Support for import of named "clips" from Humminbird data files.
  4. Feature: Generation of geo-referencing files for import of images into Global Mapper and ESRI products.
  5. Feature: Ability to filter out periods of slow motion or excessive course changes.
  6. Feature: Use of navigation data from alternate sources in XTF file.
  7. Feature: Creation of kml file with links to online location of mosaic images (simplify publishing).

2011/2/12: SonarTRX 10.3

Base products (SonarTRX, SonarTRX-SI):

  1. Feature: Visualization of Humminbird down-imaging channels in Google Earth
  2. Feature: Import "clips" of data from Humminbird sonar recordings (i.e. data between two times)
  3. Feature: Sonar images can be "relocated" if you want to keep the location of the recording a secret when sharing your kml file.
  4. Usability: Google Earth placemark labels have been made optional (to reduce clutter when viewing a large number of images)
  5. Feature: Ability to click on an image-tile to get extensive information about the data (Recording file name, time, depth, distances, ping numbers etc.)