Seaterm V2

SeatermV2© is a terminal program launcher for setup and data upload of Sea-Bird instruments developed or redesigned in 2006 and later. The common feature of this generation of instruments is the ability to output status responses in XML. SeatermV2 is part of our Seasoft V2 software suite.

Seaterm V2 Features

SeatermV2 can be used with the following instruments:

  • SBE 16plus V2 SeaCAT C-T Recorder (version 2.0 or later firmware) with RS-232 interface
  • SBE 16plus-IM V2 SeaCAT C-T Recorder (version 2.0 or later firmware) with Inductive Modem interface
  • SBE 19plus V2 (version 2.0 or later firmware) SeaCAT Profiler
  • SBE 25plus Sealogger CTD
  • SBE 37-SMP, 37-SM, 37-SIP, 37-SI (all version 3.0 or later firmware) MicroCAT and 37-SMP-ODO, 37-SMP-IDO, 37-SIP-IDO MicroCAT, with RS-232 or RS-485 interface
  • SBE 37-IMP and 37-IM (all version 3.0 or later firmware) MicroCAT and 37-IMP-ODO and 37-IMP-IDO MicroCAT, with Inductive Modem interface
  • SBE 39plus Temperature (optional pressure) Recorder
  • SBE 54 or PN 90588 Tsunameter
  • SBE 56 Temperature Logger
  • SBE 63 Optical Dissolved Oxygen Sensor
  • Glider Payload CTD (GPCTD)

SeatermV2 launches one of the following terminal programs, depending on the communication protocol required for the selected instrument:

  • Seaterm232 — for instruments that communicate via RS-232
  • Seaterm485 — for instruments that communicate via RS-485
  • SeatermIM — for instruments that communicate via Inductive Modem telemetry
  • SeatermUSB — for instruments that communicate via USB telemetry

The terminal program can send commands to the instrument to provide status display, data acquisition setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests. For most instruments, data uploaded with the terminal programs can be processed with the post-processing software in Seasoft V2 (SBE Data Processing). Refer to your intrument manual and the software Help menu for instructions on using Seaterm V2.

SeatermV2 was designed to work with a PC running Win XP Service pack 2 or later, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit systems).

If you discover reproducible bugs in SeatermV2, please document the steps taken to achieve them and send a report to software@seabird.com. We welcome any suggestions for new features and enhancements.

Note: For best performance and compatibility, Sea-Bird recommends that customers set their computer to English language format and the use of a period (.) for the decimal symbol. Some customers have found corrupted data when using the software's binary upload capability while set to other languages. To update your computer's language and decimal symbol (instructions are for a Windows 7 operating system):

  1. In the computer Control Panel window, select Region and Language.
  2. In the Region and Language window, on the Formats tab, select English in the Format pull down box.
  3. In the Region and Language window, click the Additional settings . . . button. In the Customize Format window, select the period (.) in the Decimal symbol pull down box, and click OK.
  4. In the Region and Language window, click OK.

Seaterm V2 2.4.1

September 2, 2014
SeatermV2_4_1.exe for Windows XP/Vista/7

The Revision History describes each version of software -- including bug fixes, modifications, and new features. You may not need the latest version; revisions often include improvements and new features which may have little or no impact on your operation. Review this site regularly to view the latest changes. You may choose to download a revision if the bug fixes, modifications, and features would be useful in your operation.


SeatermV2 Version 2.4.1
02 September 2014

Additions:

  1. Update features for use with production version of SBE 39plus.

SeatermV2 Version 2.3.1
18 March 2014

Additions:

  1. Update features for use with production version of SBE 39plus.

SeatermV2 Version 2.3.0
17 September 2013

Additions:

  1. Add compatibility with SBE 39plus (not yet released).

Modifications:

  1. Update default location of .ini and .txt diagnostics files for compliance with more operating systems.
  2. Update USB driver used for SBE 56 and SBE 39plus.
  3. Update Upload dialog box to remove address range selection in bytes.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.6c
16 May 2013

Modifications:

  1. Update XML command files that are installed with the software for instrument firmware updates; software is unchanged.
    Note: File name is SeatermV2_2_6c.exe (for software version 2.2.6c), but because the software did not actually change, the installation program still shows the version as 2.2.6, and selecting Help / About in SeatermV2, Seaterm232, Seaterm485, and SeatermIM shows the versions as 2.2.6.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.6b
29 April 2013

Modifications:

  1. Update XML command files that are installed with the software for instrument firmware updates; software is unchanged.
    Note: File name is SeatermV2_2_6b.exe (for software version 2.2.6b), but because the software did not actually change, the installation program still shows the version as 2.2.6, and selecting Help / About in SeatermV2, Seaterm232, Seaterm485, and SeatermIM shows the versions as 2.2.6.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.6a
21 March 2013

Modifications:

  1. Update XML command files that are installed with the software for instrument firmware updates; software is unchanged.
    Note: File name is SeatermV2_2_6a.exe (for software version 2.2.6a), but because the software did not actually change, the installation program still shows the version as 2.2.6, and selecting Help / About in SeatermV2, Seaterm232, Seaterm485, and SeatermIM shows the versions as 2.2.6.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.6
06 March 2013

Bug Fixes:

  1. Seaterm232:
    a. Fix upload bug for 16plus V2 or 19plus V2 that occurred if OutputFormat=3 or 5.
    b. Fix upload bug for 25plus that occurred only in SeatermV2 release 2.2.5.
  2. SeatermIM: Fix upload bug for 16plus-IM V2 that occurred if #iiOutputFormat=3 or 5.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.5
04 February 2013

Modifications:

  1. SeatermUSB: Clean up upload, plotting, and export process.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.4
14 January 2013

Additions:

  1. Seaterm232: Add Discover Serial Ports button on Serial Port Configuration dialog (which appears when you select Configure in Communications menu).

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.3
05 December 2012

Additions:

  1. Seaterm232: Add support for new instruments with both RS-232 and SDI-12 interfaces: SBE 37-SMP-ODO and 37-SMP.
  2. Seaterm232: Add feature to prompt user for header information for uploaded XML data file from SBE 25plus.

Bug Fix:

  1. Seaterm232: Fix bug in SBE 25plus upload that caused program to crash.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.2
17 September  2012

Bug Fix:

  1. SeatermUSB: Fixed a bug in exporting of time for SBE 56 data; when exporting to a .csv file and using the yyyy-mm-dd date format, time was off by 2 hours.

SeatermV2 Version 2.2.1
10 August 2012

Bug Fix:

  1. Seaterm232: Fixed a bug in conversion of time for SBE 54 Tsunameter data.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1m
25 June 2012

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Seaterm485: Complete addition of compatibility with SBE 37-SMP-ODO RS-485 MicroCAT.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1L
07 June 2012

Additions/Modifications:

  1. SeatermV2: Remove SBE 16plus V2 RS-485 from Instruments menu.
  2. Seaterm485: Add compatibility with SBE 37-SMP-ODO RS-485 MicroCAT.

Bug Fixes:

  1. SeatermUSB: Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented SeatermUSB from launching in Windows 7.
  2. Seaterm: Fixed a bug that resulted in a failure to convert SBE 39 data.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1k
23 May 2012

Modifications:

  1. Seaterm232: For SBE 25plus, if upload fails or is cancelled, Seaterm232 sends Escape character to CTD to interrupt.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1j
22 May 2012

Additions/Modifications:

  1. SeatermV2 and SeatermIM: Add compatibility with SBE 37-IMP-ODO MicroCAT.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1i
7 May 2012

Additions/Modifications:

  1. SeatermV2 and Seaterm232: Add compatibility with SBE 37-SMP-ODO MicroCAT.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1h
16 April 2012

Additions/Modifications:

  1. SeatermV2 and Seaterm232: Add compatibility with SBE 25plus.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1g
12 March 2012

Additions/Modifications:

  1. SeatermV2 and Seaterm232: Add compatibility with SBE 63.
  2. SeatermUSB: Add Upload All and Report on toolbar.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1f
27 April 2011

Bug Fixes:

  1. Fixed bug in version 1.1e related to latest revision of SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, or 19plus V2 firmware, which allowed integration with WET Labs RS-232 sensor(s): If a WET Labs sensor was not integrated (i.e., WetLabs=n), when data was uploaded SeatermV2 created .hex files with an incorrect scan length.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1e
19 April 2011

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Added support for SBE 37-SMP, 37-IMP, and 37-SIP firmware version 4.0 and later.
  2. Added support for SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, and 19plus V2 integrated with WET Labs RS-232 sensor(s).
  3. SBE 56: Temporarily removed firmware update feature (will be added back in at a later date).

SeatermV2 Version 1.1d
22 March 2011

Bug Fixes:

  1. SBE 56: a few minor bugs related to discovery of SBE 56 were corrected.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1c
10 March 2011

Additions/Modifications:

  1. SBE 37-SIP-IDO MicroCAT: modification of Seaterm232 to accommodate initial production release.
  2. SBE 56: modification to ease discovery of SBE 56 when another serial port on the computer is using an FTDI USB to Serial adapter.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1b
03 March 2011

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Added SBE 56 Temperature Logger to Instruments menu; selection of SBE 56 launches SeatermUSB, a new terminal program.
  2. SBE 37 MicroCATs: Seaterm232, Seaterm485, and SeatermIM now automatically launch SBE Data Processing's Data Conversion module when you upload data from an SBE 37 MicroCAT, allowing you to quickly convert uploaded .hex file to a .cnv file.
  3. SBE 37-SI, SIP MicroCATs: When Seaterm232, Seaterm485, and SeatermIM enter a value for Sample Interval into .xmlcon configuration file created upon data upload, value is based on sampling speed (1 sec if no pressure sensor, 1.5 sec if pressure sensor included) if MicroCAT is sampling continuously (SampleMode=3) instead of SampleInterval=programmed into MicroCAT.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1a
20 October 2010

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Added XML command files for SBE 37-SMP-IDO and 37-SIP-IDO (RS-232 versions).

Bug Fixes:

  1. Fixed a bug that named capture files with .ca instead of .cap extensions.

SeatermV2 Version 1.1
06 October 2010

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Added compatibility with new instruments: 37-SMP-IDO, 37-SIP-IDO, and 37-IMP-IDO MicroCATs (Conductivity, Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, optional Pressure).
  2. Modified upload of data from all MicroCATs. SeatermV2 now uploads MicroCAT data to a .xml data file, and then automatically converts it to a .hex data file and also creates a .xmlcon configuration file. The .hex data file can be converted to a .cnv file in SBE Data Processing's Data Conversion module, using the .xmlcon configuration file. This allows the user to modify calibration coefficients, based on post-deployment calibrations, to account for drift during the deployment.
  3. Software rebuilt using Microsoft's Visual Studio 2008 (previously used 1998 version)

SeatermV2 Version 1.00l
28June 2010

Bug Fixes:

  1. Glider Payload CTD: Soc coefficient for integrated frequency oxygen sensor was saved to .xmlcon file with insufficient significant digits.
  2. Glider Payload CTD: Cast header was omitted from uploaded .xml file if user chose to upload all data as a single file, by scan number range, or by address range.

SeatermV2 Version 1.00k
11 June 2010

Bug Fixes:

  1. Corrected a few minor bugs (no impact on instrument setup or data upload).

SeatermV2 Version 1.00j
28 May 2010

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Compatibility with SBE Glider Payload CTD added to Seaterm232.
  2. Modified upload defaults:
    a. Seaterm232 - Default is all data separated by cast if the instrument is a 19plus V2 or Glider Payload CTD, otherwise all data as single file. Previous default was address range.
    b. SeatermIM and Seaterm485 - Upload default is all data as single file.  Previous default was address range.

SeatermV2 Version 1.00i
14 December 2009

Bug Fixes:

  1. SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, or 19plus V2 interfacing with GTD RS-232 sensor: Conversion of .xml data file uploaded from memory to a .hex file omitted data from GTD.
  2. SBE 37-SI/-SIP (RS-232 or RS-485) or 37-SM/-SMP (RS-485 only): Conversion of .xml data file uploaded from memory to a .cnv file always used a latitude of 0 in depth calculation if sound velocity and density were not also output.

SeatermV2 Version 1.00h
23 July 2009

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Added compatibility with SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, and 19plus V2 interfacing with Aanderaa Optode RS-232 sensor.

SeatermV2 Version 1.00g
06 February 2009

Additions:

  1. Added compatibility with SBE 37-IMP-IDO MicroCAT.

SeatermV2 Version 1.00f
12 January 2009

Bug Fixes:

  1. Added automatic setting of OutputExecutedTag=Y during upload process, which is necessary for upload of headers for SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, and 19plus V2.
  2. Fixed upload for SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, and 19plus V2; automatic conversion from .xml to .hex was not working.

SeatermV2 Version 1.00e
31 December 2008

Additions/Modifications:

  1. Updated XML command files to correspond to latest firmware revisions for instruments.
  2. Improved Convert utility for SBE 37 MicroCAT data files, providing more options for parameters to upload and/or calculate.

Bug Fixes:

  1. Fixed upload for SBE 37 without pressure sensor, which previously did not work.
  2. Fixed upload for SBE 16plus V2; headers were not uploaded previously.
  3. Improved upload process to minimize possibility of crashes.

SeatermV2 Version 1.00d
04 November 2008

Initial release of Win 2000/XP terminal program for SBE 16plus V2, SBE 16plus-IM V2, SBE 19plus V2, SBE 37-SM/ -SMP / -SI / -SIP / -IM/ -IMP (firmware version 3.0 and later), SBE 54, and PN 90588.

What operating systems are compatible with Seasoft?

Current Sea-Bird software was designed to work on a PC running Windows XP service pack 2 or later, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (both 32-bit and 64-bit). We chose Windows because of its widespread availability, and suitability as an acquisition platform. Sea-Bird provides the software free of charge as part of our instrument support. Because of this, we do not have the resources to write and provide support software for other operating systems, such as Apple, Unix, or Linux.

  • If you have a valid PC emulator on your system, the Sea-Bird software may run, but we have no way to confirm this, or that the I/O connections to the instrument will properly function.
  • If you have access to a PC running Windows, you can use Sea-Bird’s software to convert the data from our proprietary format to ASCII (in engineering units of C, T, P, etc. with calibration coefficients applied); then you could use your own software on a different computer to perform additional processing.

What language format is recommended for use with Seaterm and Seaterm V2?

For best performance and compatibility, Sea-Bird recommends that customers set their computer to English language format and the use of a period (.) for the decimal symbol. Some customers have found corrupted data when using the software's binary upload capability while set to other languages.

To update your computer's language and decimal symbol (instructions are for a Windows 7 operating system):

  1. In the computer Control Panel window, select Region and Language.
  2. In the Region and Language window, on the Formats tab, select English in the Format pull down box.
  3. In the Region and Language window, click the Additional settings . . . button. In the Customize Format window, select the period (.) in the Decimal symbol pull down box, and click OK.
  4. In the Region and Language window, click OK.

I am confused by all these software names. Which software does what?

Sea-Bird’s software package is called Seasoft©. Seasoft is available in both Windows and DOS versions. However, processing capability added to our software after early 2001 has been added only to the Windows versions (for example, processing data from new Sea-Bird instruments or interfacing to additional auxiliary sensors). Sea-Bird recommends that all customers use the Windows version, unless there is a compelling reason to run DOS.

Windows Software

  • Seasoft V2 — Seasoft V2 is actually a suite of stand-alone programs. You can install the entire suite or just the desired program(s).

  • Deployment Endurance Calculator — calculates deployment length for moored instruments, based on user-input deployment scheme, instrument power requirements, and battery capacity.
  • SeatermV2 — terminal program launcher that interfaces with Sea-Bird instruments developed or redesigned in 2006 and later, which can output data in XML. Can be used with SBE 16plus V2, 16plus-IM V2, 19plus V2, 25plus, 37 (SI, SIP, SM, SMP, IM, IMP, all with firmware 3.0 and later), 37 with oxygen (SIP-IDO, SIP-ODO, SMP-IDO, SMP-ODO, IMP-IDO, IMP-ODO), 39plus, 54 and PN 90588, 56, 63, and Glider Payload CTD. SeatermV2 provides setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests.
  • Seaterm — terminal program that interfaces with most older Sea-Bird instruments, providing setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests.
  • SeatermAF — terminal program that interfaces with instruments that provides auto-fire capability for autonomous operation of an SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler (with an SBE 17plus V2 or AFM) or SBE 55 ECO Water Sampler, providing setup, data retrieval, and diagnostic tests.
  • Seasave V7 — acquires, converts, and displays real-time or archived data. Seasave V7 is an entirely new version of Seasave, officially released March 2007.
  • SBE Data Processing — converts, edits, processes, and plots data; some of SBE Data Processing’s most commonly used modules include Data Conversion, Bottle Summary, Align CTD, Bin Average, Derive, Cell Thermal Mass, Filter, and Sea Plot.
  • Plot39 — plots ASCII data that has been uploaded from SBE 39plus, 39, or 39-IM Temperature Recorder or SBE 48 Hull Temperature Sensor.
  • Seasoft for Waves-Win32
    Provides setup, data retrieval, data processing, auto-spectrum and time series analysis, statistics reporting, and plotting for the SBE 26 and SBE 26plus Seagauge Wave & Tide Recorder. Also provides setup, data retrieval, data processing, and plotting for the SBE 53 BPR Bottom Pressure Recorder.

Can I install my Sea-Bird CD-ROM on multiple computers or give it to another interested scientist?

You are free to install the software on multiple computers and to give the software to any interested potential user.

Sea-Bird's Seasoft© software is provided free of charge to Sea-Bird users and is not subject to any license. Seasoft is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, as well as other intellectual property laws and treaties. All title and copyrights in and to Seasoft and the accompanying printed materials, and any copies of Seasoft, are owned by Sea-Bird Electronics. There are no restrictions on its use or distribution, provided such use does not infringe on our copyright.

The software is posted on our website, and anyone can download it.