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Pidgeot
Pidgeot

Jan-30-2007 12:13

Hello, fellow Sleuths!

Over the last two months, I've been working on a brand new Sleuth helper. You might not think that sounds all that special - after all, great helpers are already available - but what makes this one different is that it's automated!

What it does is monitor your progress in the game, and extract relevant information from the pages. The information is stored and analyzed, in order to help you determine who did it, and who didn't.

It's heavily inspired by Evita's JavaScript-based Sleuth Helper, so a special "thank you" goes out there.

The application is made with Delphi 2005, and should run on any machine with Windows NT/98/ME/2K/XP/Vista and Internet Explorer 4 or later. Additionally, source code is included (ZLib license) in case someone wants to port it to another platform and/or language (such as Java).

The program can be downloaded from http://download.birdiesoft.dk/SleuthHelper.exe (330 KB), and a screenshot of the program can be seen at http://download.birdiesoft.dk/sleuth_helper.png.

Please take a look at the help file before using the program (it's very short), so you are familiar with how the program works.

(Disclaimer: The application depends heavily on the current structure of the game pages, and changes to this may break the program. Although the application is designed in such a way that it should fail entirely if something goes wrong, this cannot be guaranteed. Use of this program is entirely at your own risk, and any cases lost because of errors in the program should not be blamed on the program or the author.)

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chris schuster
chris schuster

Jul-4-2007 12:37

I've tried the links, they're not working for me.

Nancy Droo
Nancy Droo

Jul-4-2007 19:34

I also am having the problem when I pick a lock and the person has no information for me...I get 2 error boxes and most of my info is lost that I had gained and I am not able to get any new info added without quitting the Helper and restarting...sometimes it is no big deal but if it near the end of my fact finding mission it can be quite frustrating....but other than that I really enjoy Sleuth Helper...Keep up the Great work...Thanks

Pidgeot
Pidgeot

Jul-5-2007 13:41

This should be fixed for v1.14, which I'll put up as soon as I have time. Unfortunately, that might take a week or two, since I have some pretty urgent development tasks that need to be done first.

I'm also planning to add a third mirror, which should hopefully allow more people to get the helper.

In the meantime, you can send me your e-mail address in a PM, and I'll send the latest release of the helper to you.

Kirstie Bones
Kirstie Bones
Old Shoe

Aug-7-2007 04:32

Just thought i'd give this page a bump up to the top, easier to find for those i recommended it to. Also might be interesting to those who have not seen it.

flautim
flautim

Aug-11-2007 16:05

Good idea Kirstie - it's so helpful that we ought to keep it on the front page - actually, can it be sticky posted?

bellaron
bellaron

Aug-11-2007 20:17

Okay, i downloaded this yesterday on my friends computer. Got home and went to do it on mine just now and it says that it no longer exists. What's up? :( I'm sad as it's a brilliant program!

Dave Von Wave
Dave Von Wave
Well-Connected

Aug-17-2007 05:51

I noticed something interesting that should be easy to change.
When you go to the fortune teller and you only one (potential) person left the numbers in the bottom right corner only change if he says there are no more people. It would be nice if would change to 9 of 10 instead of 9 of 9-10 when that happens.
It is definetly a low on the list item. But it would be nice to change.

Also would be nice to see individual "no match" fields go green instead of going by the whole row. Would make it more visually effective to see which evidence to concentrate on.

All in all though, I absolutely LOVE this software.

Pidgeot
Pidgeot

Aug-17-2007 16:49

flautim: Though it WOULD be nice, I don't think it'll be stickied - it IS, after all, not an official program, and stickying the thread might give that impression (which could bring negative side effects with it).

Bellaron: You need to be a bit more specific if you still need help, but I'm guessing there were server issues.

Dave: It's a bit more complicated to color individual fields due to the component I'm using, but I'll look into it. It *should* be possible, but since I haven't looked closer into it yet, I obviously can't give any guarantees just yet.

As for the thing about the number, I can probably squeeze that into v1.14. If I don't, I'll put it in the one after that.

Now that I've mentioned v1.14, I'd like to repeat that it's (still) due any day now. I'm currently arranging extra mirrors, which is taking longer than I'd hoped for.

I'm currently hoping to release in about a week from now, but no guarantees.

Lady Zeugirdor
Lady Zeugirdor
Vigilante

Aug-17-2007 17:48

Thanks for your hard work, Pidgeot. I love this program...software...ah whatever you call it. It's great : )

Dan Morihiko
Dan Morihiko

Aug-18-2007 10:22

This is awesome! Thanks a lot Pidgeot.

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