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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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Joey
Joey "Bulldog" Bane
Washed Up Punter

May-1-2009 09:56

The source site of the download is still active and Pidgeot is still answering to mails sent on the address posted there. Don't know though whether he might be interested in updating the helper, considering indeed he is not playing Sleuth any more.

As for your question, Hug, for what my opinion matters, I think it's right. I won't open again the issue of whether helpers are good or not as it has been debated already in another thread, but from my point of view the helpers were "tracking down speeders" and if it wasn't for them, I'm not sure I would be playing at this point...or at least for sure I would be playing a lot less.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

May-1-2009 10:09

I think it was clear that Pidgeot does not wnat to update it for us anymore, he has graciously offered his help with the source for anyone that needs it. I would rather not bother him with this if we don't have to. I know of one other player that is looking at the source as I write this post. If any of us can get it up and working great, if not, some of us may have to go back to paper and pencil or one of the other helpers that are out there.

Margo Channing
Margo Channing
Well-Connected

May-1-2009 10:22

OH NO, I've never used paper and pencil. This helper is the only way I know how to play. Yes, I am one of "THOSE PEOPLE". lol I read the posts about how awful it is to use the helpers but I rather enjoy the game by using it. I have no idea about the source, but I hope someone is able to fix it. And thank you to anyone who is working on it.

Sultry De Mon
Sultry De Mon
Con Artist

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Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

May-1-2009 15:09

the paper is the flat white bit, the pencil is the sharp pointy bit that writes on the flat white bit.

Margo Channing
Margo Channing
Well-Connected

May-1-2009 15:24

Wow, thanks for that wonderful tidbit of information Secret Squirrel. :-) But I still prefer the helper. Saves the trees and all that.

Adam Carter
Adam Carter
Big Winner

May-1-2009 15:51

I have made an effort at recompiling the Sleuth Helper to work in all circumstances. It is untested, so I urge you all to tread lightly with it. If you get an FA, I will not be paying Shady for you :)

http://sleuthvhhelper.co.cc/SleuthHelper.exe

This version does not need installing, so you can just download it to your desktop.

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

May-1-2009 16:16

Thanks Adam, I'll give it a try a bit later!

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

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Lolita Marinez
Lolita Marinez
Sleuth About Town

May-1-2009 22:00

I have 2 FA's and not enough money to pay Shady! Looks like I'll be sharpening a lot of pencils!! Oh wait. I use notepad on the computer. Here come the typing calouses on my fngers!

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