StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems - StarFish Scanline

The user-friendly data acquisition and logging software package for StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems.

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VERSION: 2.1.2 (BUILD 2003) Version History
PUBLISHED: 20/01/2012
PLATFORMS: Microsoft® Windows® 2000 / XP / Vista / 7

There are two options available for StarFish Scanline installation:

Web Installation

Download the Web Installation 'ScanlineSetup.exe' to your PC or Laptop and run the file. This installation method requires an active internet connection on your PC or Laptop during the software installation as any additional files are only downloaded as required.

Full Installation

Download the Full Installation 'ScanlineSetupFull.exe' to your PC or Laptop and run the file. This installation method includes all files for software installation and does not require an active internet connection on your PC or Laptop. Download the file most appropriate for you.

StarFish Scanline is the user-friendly data acquisition and logging software package for Tritech's range of StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems.

StarFish Scabline operates from any Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/Vista based PC or laptop to capture and display real-time side scan sonar data from any StarFish Seabed Imaging System. Scanline can also acquire data from several other sensors including GPS, compasses and speedometers and all data can be recorded, replayed and exported from the software.

StarFish Scanline's easy-to-use hardware manager interface means you'll be up and running in no time. Users can quickly add, remove and configure all hardware devices recognised by the software in one location.

Additional features include:

  • Helpful 'Wizards' guide you through many hardware management tasks making system configuration very simple
  • The sidescan plotter window displays sonar data as a standard 'waterfall' image
  • The operator can control whether port, starboard, or both sonar channels are active and displaying data
  • Side scan data can be magnified or stretched to change the aspect ratio of seafloor targets and help aid in their identification
  • The orientation of data plotting on the display can be changed (from top-to-bottom, left-to-right, or vice-versa) to help users interpret real-time sonar data relating to the boat
  • A depth plotter is also available which will display altitude of the sonar above the seabed. The depth value can come from either processed sonar data or an echosounder
  • Gain, Contrast and Range settings for the sonar can be altered using standard 'dual channel' controls but more experienced users can choose to independently control these settings for each channel if they wish
  • There are also a wide variety of colour palettes which can be used for the sonar display. These include a range of high contrast (non-linear) palettes which are better at highlighting targets against seabed textures, and several inverted palettes which improve viewing contrast when operating in direct sunlight

Capturing Your Data

When capturing real-time sonar data from StarFish or playing back a log file, it may be desirable to capture an image of the current display window (or all windows). Scanline allows the user to perform a screen capture or 'snapshot' of the current display window(s) to an image file (BMP, PNG, TIFF or JPG).

If you require advanced post-processing of log file data, Scanline's Data Export Wizard will convert existing StarFish log files into industry standard XTF (eXtended Triton Format) or CSV (Comma Separated Value) text file formats, suitable for use in third party analysis software.

StarFish Scanline has several 'widgets' which can be displayed on either side of the main display. These 'widgets' provide extra control functionality or show data from hardware sensors. Default widgets include Vessel Details (Heading / Velocity / Position), Log Player, Hardware Manager and GPS Satellites.

The built-in web browser window within StarFish Scanline allows users with an active internet connection on their PC or laptop to view online content from the news page and read the very latest StarFish news headlines as soon as they are published directly from the software.

User's can customise the StarFish Scanline environment settings to select which units of measurement, speed, position and signal level (sonar gain and contrast settings) they wish to use. It is also possible to customise the layout and position of menus and toolbars, as well as creating completely new toolbars with your own group of commands. You can, for example, change the default appearance of the menus and assign new keyboard shortcuts to your favourite toolbar and menu commands.