Archive for February, 2010

Published by Kenneth on 28 Feb 2010

Trade Profiteer – 1.1.528

It’s time for a new version of the Trade Profiteer. This release includes only one enhancement:

TP-15 – Add commodity buy/sell summary

This feature was showcased in part in an earlier blog post, and now it’s available for everyone to play with. It’s nothing more than just a display of what has been imported for a particular island and could use some enhancements.

Java Access Bridge

There is a new caveat regarding the installer for the Java Access Bridge — it will try to obtain administrator privileges before installing, and Windows may ask you if you want to continue. This is normal, and you need to allow the script to run with administrator privileges.

Mac and Linux versions

Since the Trade Profiteer was initially released, there has been a few posts to the forum asking whether this program will be ported to other platforms. The only answer I’ve been able to give is "eventually".

I do intend to port the application to a framework that allows for easy cross-platform builds. The one I’m eyeing at the moment is wxWidgets. It’s been around for almost 20 years, has a huge community and is well-supported on all platforms I intend to target and then some.

There is one minor caveat. Like the previous version was locked to Windows because of the OCR code, this version is unfortunately tied to Windows because of the Java Access Bridge. There is a version of the Java Access Bridge for Linux and GNOME that I’ve seen around the web, but I’ve not yet found one for Mac OS X — if anyone finds one, please post a comment with the link or send it to me through the forum’s PM.

I’m also considering just porting the library over to wxWidgets — I’m not entirely sure at the moment how feasible that would be.

But once the 1.2 version of the Trade Profiteer has been released — meaning when all features have been finalized and the "insane profit bug" handled in some fashion, among other issues that may crop up — then development will transition over to developing the Trade Profiteer using wxWidgets.

Fair winds.

Published by Kenneth on 19 Feb 2010

Feature preview for the Trade Profiteer

I’ve been working recently on a new feature for the Trade Profiteer. As I haven’t posted anything of real substance in a while, I thought I’d post a screenshot so you all can see what I’m working on.

Island Review

Now as you can see, this feature will allow you to see what is being offered at a particular island. Right now this will be purely a summary feature, meaning you’ll pretty much see here what you can otherwise see on the commodity market screen — just with a little added organization options.

This feature will be expanded in the future based on ideas in my head and feedback from users. Let me know what you think.

Fair winds.

Published by Kenneth on 12 Feb 2010

Trade Profiteer – 1.1.512

Well it’s that time again — time for a new release of the Trade Profiteer.

New version: 1.1.512 (beta)


TP-12 – Filtering enhancements

The enhancement originally provided has been completely removed from the program. Instead it has been replaced with a far more granular shoppe filter that will be enhanced further. You will also find that when you click on the filter button on the "Island to Island" tab, there is small menu that comes up with three options:

  • Filter out commodities
  • Filter out shoppes
  • Reset all filters

The first option is the commodity filter that everyone is used to. The second option is the new granular shoppe filter. "Reset all filters" does just that.

Right now that is only enabled when there is a route loaded and only those islands will be available. What you will notice is that the new window it brings up has two radio buttons: Start Island and Destination Island. What this allows you to do is exclude shoppes from the profit calculation as either a starting shoppe or a destination shoppe, or both.

Like the commodity filters, these persist only through the instance you are running and are not stored off.

Bug fixes

No bug slips have been handled, but any minor bugs that may have been discovered have been fixed.

Java Access Bridge

I know there are users still reporting issues with the Java Access Bridge and getting everything up and running. I have written an article on my web site regarding this, so I invite you to read it first. An issue with installing the Java Access Bridge on Windows 7 has been discovered and is under investigation.

As always, feedback is certainly welcome. Fair winds.