US NAVY Sonar/Lidar Editing Software Released To the World

The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) has spent 16 years developing the Pure File Magic Area Based Editor (PFMABE) software suite to edit the huge volumes of lidar and sonar data they collect every year. In accordance with 17 USC 105, copyright protection is not available to any work of the US government. Originally developed to run on RedHat OS with network distributed storage, it has been migrated to Windows 7. This software, and accompanying source code (Win & Linux), has been released to the public domain at, free for download with registration.

The Area Based Editor is a software tool that enables visualization and editing of hydrographic, bathymetric, and/or topographic data and simultaneous display of imagery data either as an over/underlay or in a separate viewer.   

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 6, 2015 at 6:13am

Perfect timing I have 1TB of sonar data to play with that I have collected thanks for posting.

Comment by Paul on April 6, 2015 at 6:18am

Great stuff let us know how it turns out. :-)

Comment by Harry on April 6, 2015 at 6:27am

I might dig into that code and see what I can learn.  I bet there's some real gems in there.

Comment by Gisela & Joe Noci on April 6, 2015 at 8:59am

You may be disappointed Gary - seems you may have to be american to register...


Comment by Paul on April 6, 2015 at 9:05am

With a program like vuze use the this torent file. that how I got my copy. 


Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 6, 2015 at 9:21am
I registered but the download is huge so am waiting for the everyone to goto bed before I try.
Comment by Dave Giles on April 6, 2015 at 4:03pm

It should only take about 40 minutes for me to grab 1.7GB from the magnet link with qBittorrent without going through their download page.


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