Well, Here it is! The following link is to the HBSI Sonar Data File Converter Windows Installer download. The program will convert the Humminbird Sonar Files to different Sonar File Formats that can be played back on the PC with the corresponding viewer.
HBSI Sonar Data File Converter
This release is 1.01 and includes the YellowFin .872 Converter and the Deep Vision Technologies .dvs Converter. You can download the Viewers at the following links.
Deep Vision Technologies - Deep View FV
The YellowFin Viewer is by far a more capable Freeware player and offers the option to save the .872 File over to XTF Format. Deep Vision offers more capable Viewers on their site, but they are not Free. They do offer the DeepView SE that will do playback and mosaic.
There is a help file with the program and links to the downloads above as well. If you have any problems with the install or any questions, please use this post as a support forum. We would like to hear feedback on the Unit you use, the software version, and the file sizes you have successfully converted. So far, we know it works on the 987 with ver. 3.740, the 997 with ver. 3.63, and has successfully converted up to a 428Mb file. It should work fine on the other units as well, but would like to confirm this.
As new versions and updates become available, they will be posted here.
I want to note that uvbraze and boogman helped me tremendously on this project and we are continuing to work on a dedicated HB Viewer. As soon as we have something to post we will put the source code up for everyone. If anyone wants the source for this project, please email me directly through this site.
I also want to thank everyone else who helped on the SON files, hydrograph, peter, JB, pmn929 and Craig for the use of this site.