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Myotisoft Transect Pro - App for Visualizing Acoustic Bat Data

Myotisoft TransectPro is a tool for visualizing and performing geospatial analysis on acoustic transects using GIS software like ESRI ArcGIS, MapInfo, or Quantum GIS. Simply grab a bat detector and a GPS unit, then drive, bike, or walk your transect route from start to finish. When you get home, TransectPro will allow you to view every bat call exactly where it was recorded, including detailed statistics and metadata about the call! You may proces a single transect, you may compile multiple runs of a single route, or you could compile every run of every route over multiple years, TransectPro will output an ESRI Shapefile with a detailed attribute table that will allow you to analyze trends geospatially and temporally.

TransectPro works most seamlessly in a workflow with SonoBat, but does not require it. Use its automated species classification feature, selecting the SonoBatch option to “rename files” on consensus decision, and TransectPro will include the species attribute in its Shapefile output. Alternately, you may manually rename recording files by appending your own species identification label to the end of the filename; for example, rename the file M00097.wav to M00097-MYOSOD.wav. Anabat users may use the “Species” field in AnaLook.

Full spectrum recordings from Pettersson, Binary Acoustic Technology, and Wildlife Acoustics bat detectors are supported, as well as AnaBat ZeroCrossing files. Full spectrum recordings from Pettersson, Binary Acoustic Technology, and Wildlife Acoustics bat detectors are supported, as well as Titley Anabat zero-crossing files. Any GPS unit which saves files in the universal GPX format, such as common units from Garmin, or in DeLorme’s GPL format will work; you can even use your iPhone or Android smartphone as a GPS unit! TransectPro runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux


Requirements and Download Transect

To view your bat call locations on Google Earth or a GIS program, you don't need to have a bat detector with a built-in GPS. Your project personnel don't even need the same brand of detector. Consider that Transect is really at the end of your data post processing workflow and do this homework first:

  • Record with any detector generating a timestamp (luckily this is any modern full spectrum device from Pettersson, Binary Acoustic Technologies, BatBox Griffin, Wildlife Acoustics, legacy device data processed using the SonoBat Batch Attributer, and also Anabat files).
  • Simultaneously record a GPX track log file using a modern GPS (even a smartphone app does this, we like MotionX GPS).
  • Optionally (though rather strongly suggested for the prettiest TransectPro eye candy) remove all noise files, properly attribute your files with rich metadata, and manually verify species classifications and resulting filename extensions.

Once you've got your folder of bat calls the way you like them (post processed, etc.) and the GPX track file is handy, then it is time to unleash TransectPro on them both. Even a very large dataset will only take a few seconds to produce a Shapefile.

You may download TransectPro to evaluate it using your own data. We would love your feedback, and actively support requests for features and enhancements. Please email to let us know what you think; no comment too small, no feature request too big!

Download Myotisoft TransectPro (MS Windowsor Mac OS X)

Additional Downloads:

Shapefile Attributes Description (Excel .xls)

Purchase Transect

You may purchase TransectPro for $199.00. You will receive a registration code by email within two business days. An educational discount is available to current students or faculty at an educational institution ($169.00). Your purchase of TransectPro comes bundled with our Google Earth visualization tool Myotisoft Transect, and we think you’ll agree that they complement each other well as you start processing large amounts of transect data..

We hate annoying software licensing just as much as you; by purchasing Myotisoft Transect, you may install it on multiple computers if you need to, and you may share it within your local office to allow those working on your same projects to use it on those projects. Contact us if you’d like to negotiate a site-wide or corporate license for large companies or agencies.

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Example TransectPro output: four runs of a single driving transect route displayed with Quantum GIS.
Bat calls are classified by species, and are overlain with topography, elevation, hydrology, and geology layers.