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Thread: Slopey's BPC Trade tool - now with auto-price uploading

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    Slopey's BPC Trade tool - Updated to 1.35 (8/6/14 - 1725 BST)

    Updated to v1.35 - uninstall, download, reinstall - profit!

    Hi All,

    The latest version of my little Best Profit/Commod info Windows application is here:

    From Here


    The app uploads the data to a backend database, which is shared by:

    The Web version of the app - see: Here

    And the Android version of the app - available from: Here



    To use:

    - Run it "As Administrator"

    - leave it running in the background while you play ED. It'll upload prices as you dock/fly around.

    - after docking, pop in and out of the market 3 or 4 times if you want to force the app to grab the data, otherwise it takes a few minutes before it's available. Just pop into commod market, then click exit two or three times, quite easy.

    I've added in if a commodity is produced/consumed by a station, if it's illegal and the "fence" price (the black market figure).

    The Best Profit Calculator will use fence prices at the destination if the commodity it recommends is illegal there, but in practice, those aren't as lucrative as trading legally.

    The BPC will try and upload stats from ED every 90 seconds or so, but it only uploads stats which change to keep the overhead tiny. Although the economy is dynamic, it doesn't move *that* fast so there's no need to keep sending the same data.

    In the same vein, it'll download prices from the database ever 60 seconds which is more or less instantaneous.

    If you'd like to disable uploading/downloading, use the tick boxes for Auto Parse (which is the upload) and Auto-Update (which is the download).

    (I'll have an android update out shortly which improves speed/stability).

    All 3 tools now share the same back end data, and with a few people running the BPC app on their machines and docking regularly, it should be quite up to date.

    Standard disclaimer - I wrote this app for my own amusement, no warranty or anything else applies - use at your own risk. It's also hooking into FD's train set, and if that is an issue, expect it to vanish overnight.

    In the meantime, enjoy Beta!!

    Updates

    4/6/14
    - added "Station Stock" page to the web version
    - added Last Update column to the web version

    4/6/14
    - Windows version updated to 1.2, added Last Update time to BPC and Station/Commod info

    8/6/14
    - Updated to 1.3, fixed column data error
    - App now warns if new version available
    - Backend fixes to stop massive price changes
    - Search area widened

    8/6/14
    - Updated to 1.35, fixed a schoolboy error. Whoops!

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    excellent, thank you very much

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    Oh, and while I'm here, for anyone on the "no likey" side of the fence, no need to re-iterate the standard debate on whether the tool is good/evil.

    There are threads already running elsewhere for that.

    If you don't like it, don't use it - up to you. If FD want to nerf it, it'll be trivial for them to do so, so relax.

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    Thumbs up

    Strewth Slopey that's an impressive amount of work you've done there.

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    Whoops - missed a DLL in the installed. Fixed now.

    If you get an sqlite3 error when you start it up, uninstall it through control panel, then download again, re-install.

    Should be good

    Soz!

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    Web version not bouncing back any results for me>

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    Working fine for me - are you using the default cargo/credits values?

    And remember that if there is no profitable route, you won't get anything back (which can be the case).

    And which browser? It works for me on Chrome and IE. (also just tested on Android KitKat browser, and iOS Safari - all good).

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    It works for me on my iphone.

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    I love handy tools like this!

    well done that man.

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    Thanks Slopey, used your tools in Jumpgate will be using the here too.

    Watch out for my NPC Octavian Vanguardius...I haven't seen him yet myself.

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    Originally Posted by Jimac View Post (Source)
    Thanks Slopey, used your tools in Jumpgate will be using the here too.

    Watch out for my NPC Octavian Vanguardius...I haven't seen him yet myself.
    Will do

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    Perhaps there should be a 'last updated' displayed somewhere for each market?

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    Originally Posted by Jimac View Post (Source)
    Thanks Slopey, used your tools in Jumpgate will be using the here too.

    Watch out for my NPC Octavian Vanguardius...I haven't seen him yet myself.
    Trading? Run out of babies to eat?

    Nice work Slopey, will be sure to check this out.

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    Nice tool, again no use tho.

    Any tool that publices profitable runs immediately stops them being profitable. Just helps those of us that can use a little common sense cash in on the sheep.

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    Ipad app

    Any chance of an ipad app for this ,also wondering how the android app updates the info since there is no connection to the PC for feedback ?

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