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Old 04-06-2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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SHO Let me introduce you to the underwater-world of S3F...


Have you ever thought...


...that there are way too many different tools for SH3 to handle out there?
S3F uses all you need!

...that the copying and configuration of multiple installations is not intuitive enough?
S3F does just that for you!

...that patching and configuring mods in multiple locations is "too hard, too heavy", too?
S3F solves just that!

...that "H.sieing" takes too much handwork?
S3F now includes "automated H.sie"!

...that installing "Stiebler" takes too much handwork?
S3F soon includes "Stiebler"!

...that you would eventually like to have a "all-in-one-box-lovely-solution"?
S3F is just that!





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Current internal working version: 1.7.7.2b • Last Update of this page: 20170222 • Status: BETA, RFC=yes


" S3F " is an addon for our beloved subsim #1. It is available FREELY for everyone and free of charge.
Here on the first page of this very thread you will find everything you need.

I sincerely hope my tool will enhance game fun and reduce installation woes for you folks!


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Old 04-06-2014, 12:55 AM   #2
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Highlights & Key-Features at a Glance:
█ = COMPLETED
█ = IN THE WORKS, WITH RESULTS ALREADY VISIBLE
█ = NOT BEGUN WITH SO FAR
  • has been tested working on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8/8.1, and 10.
  • works with all known Mega-Mods for SH3 (GWX, NYGM, WAC etc.)
  • scans ALL fixed harddisks installed in your computer
  • scans a particular area that you may select
  • seeks files pertaining to SH3
  • recognizes which Mega-Mod(s) you have installed
  • replaces (=includes!) with new code:
  • 4GB-Patch dependent on what Proc_Architecture you are running - FINISHED 20140411
  • MultiSH3 V1.0.1.0 - a complete recode called "S3M" has been FINISHED 20140419
  • APi-File-Data V0.9 - FINISHED 20140412
  • S3H is a recode that completely applies the H.sie-patch - FINISHED 20141218
  • S3S is a recode of the 4C-Code-Addon by Stiebler
- recognizes and MD5Sum-validates previously installed versions of:
  • JSGME V2.6.0.157 - FINISHED 20140326
  • S3C V3.2.0.203 - FINISHED 20140326
  • SH3-MissionEditor - FINISHED 20140326
  • SH3-MissionEditorX2 - FINISHED 20140326
  • H.sie-OptionsSelector - FINISHED 20140326
  • Stiebler-OptionsSelector - FINISHED 20141220
  • SetKeys V1.3 - FINISHED 20140412
With this ONE found version for every tool listed here, S3F is able to run any other SH3-installation. Not more than only ONE version each is necessary and S3F provides code for that. S3F only uses MD5Sum-validated versions, i.e. unchanged and current versions as listed above. Outdated versions of the tools listed above are ignored.

This especially applies for users of the good, but old GWX 3.0 Gold: This mega-mod has an outdated JSGME included. So if you want S3F to recognize JSGME, update to the latest version of JSGME and do not ask this over and over again - it is LOGIC!




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Old 04-06-2014, 12:56 AM   #3
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S3F allows you to...
█ = COMPLETED
█ = IN THE WORKS, WITH RESULTS ALREADY VISIBLE
█ = NOT BEGUN WITH SO FAR
  • ...scan your system and find every installation of SH3...
  • ...auto-detect a number of reknown tools/add-ons and lets you use them...
  • ...make as many copies as you want...
  • ...configure them...
  • ...patch them...
  • ...configure mods...
  • ...upgrade your SH3-installation to V1.6B1 automatically...
  • ...soon even up to V1.6B1-4C
  • ...and play SH3 without fiddling with dozens of files, outdated resources and broken download-links...
ENJOY that you now can have everything that you need for SH3 in the palm of your hand...
...and run all that from only ONE MENU...

Simply select one of your SH3-installations and then choose which program to run for that selection...

In short: S3F finds what you have and brings everything on ONE screen like this:








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Old 04-06-2014, 12:56 AM   #4
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Short Instructions:

  1. Download the latest archive (Current download-links are always provided in post#1 of this thread!).
  2. Unpack to ANYWHERE you want. Desktop is fine! Simply overwrite an earlier version. I recommend to use 7-Zip.
  3. Simply run the .exe-file. Until further notice... RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR(!)
  4. Allow it through your security-software (Defender? Avast? Norton?).
  5. Let S3F scan your system. That takes time. Do NOT click anything. Simply let it run!
  6. S3F will then display a list of all found SH3-installations and SH3-tools that you can use.
  7. Select one of your installed SH3-installations.
  8. Click on one of the program-icons below to run THAT program with THAT SH3-installation.

You figure the idea and how easy it is? Enjoy...

Ah yes and as for the question "Why no installer?" - I share the opinion of Oleh Yuschuk, the programmer of Ollydbg: "No installation means also no trash in registry and system directories."



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Old 04-06-2014, 12:57 AM   #5
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Icon-Descriptions (current menu):

As previously mentioned, the icons that S3F displays are dynamically dependent of what you have installed on your system, your "U-Boot". These icons appear in the lower area of the S3F-window and look like this - IF AVAILABLE AND ACTIVE IN "COLORED":


1. 4GB Patch
This function executes the routines that check the version and display further file-information of the previously selected installation of SH3 and allow you to enable/disable the 4GB-Patch. Important to notice is that it is nonsense to 4GB-Patch an existing SH3.exe on a NON-64bit-Windows-System. All information given in this direction, be it even from your favorite modder, is WRONG. Read on ntcore's page why - because he was the one who had this idea. This is why this option is activated only when S3F is run on a 64bit-system.

IMPORTANT is that you deactivate your Anti-Virus-Software for the moment this patch is run. Otherwise you will run into problems, learn more here.

2. S3H, the fully automated H.sie-Patch - new: in "Patch&Fix"
A click on this button starts the S3H (=automated H.sie for S3F ) in V1.6.9.91b and newer. It carries out automatically:
all append commands
all merge commands (merge.s is 347 lines)
all hardcode-patch offsets
supplemental files
in short: the complete H.sie-Patch!
A H.sie-patch correctly installed the old way can easily be removed by just deactivating the mod-part that the old H.sie-patch adds to the MODs directory of your installation.

S3F with S3H (the automated H.sie-patch recoded in S3F) is the new way and goes into the same direction. S3F constructs a mod in the MODs directory of your installation which is called S3H-H.sie-Patch-V16B1 - start JSGME and move your mouse over it. It will then display:
Code:
___________________________________________
S3H - the automated H.sie-patch V16B1 (S3F)
¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
The major difference between the old and the new way is that the new way runs fully automatically and leaves no handwork to do for the user, i.e. S3F automatically activates that newly constructed MOD rescans and shows your version as tuned to "V1.6B1". All the file-work is carried out by S3F, too. Not to forget about that...

Another difference between the old and the new way is that the old way misinterpreted an sh3.exe that already HAD been patched to 4GT, so that the old H.sie-patch was not applicable in that situation. S3F however (and I use H.sie's original detection-method) blanks that patch and therefore recognizes all SH3-versions correctly.

IMPORTANT is that you deactivate your Anti-Virus-Software for the moment this patch is run. Otherwise you will run into problems, learn more here. AGAIN: Make sure your free or cheap AntiVirus-Software is set to OFF or IGNORE (AVAST! AVG! All that!).
Patches are changes to the actual code of an .exe or .dll, so these AntiVirus-Kits will be irritated. There is no way around that.

3. JSGME - Jonesoft's Generic Mod Enabler - new: in "MODS"
If found as previously installed on your system and validated as correct version, you can click on this icon to view, change, load, save the mod-setup for the previously selected big-mod.

4. S3C - Silent Hunter III-Commander
If previously installed and validated as correct version, you can start S3C for the previously selected big-mod here. If that big-mod is either GWX, LSH or NYGM, this will be recognized and the supplemental files will be injected.

5. SH3 - Silent Hunter III
This is self-explanatory as in fact most of the project. Here you simply start the installation that you have just selected.

6. ME1 - MissionEditor - new: in "Missions"
This starts the standard MissionEditor - if found and verified.

7. ME2 - MissionEditorX2 - new: in "Missions"
This starts the standard MissionEditorX2 - if found and verified.

8. SK - SetKeys - new: in "Settings"
If you have SetKeys installed and your installation is valid, then you can select any installation of the list and run SetKeys for that installation. S3F automatically detects your language and starts SetKeys with the corresponding language-file of that installation.

9. S3M - Silent Hunter III MultiSH3Copy - new: in "Settings"
Select the installation that you want to run this routine with and then you can make a copy of that very installation and have it installed so that the "MultiSH3"-functions are applied, i.e. that your "My Documents\SH3"-path is changed from SH3 to whatever you like - it only has to be a THREE-DIGIT-long combination of chars/numbers, i.e. GWX, NYG, LSH, 123, 999, ...



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Old 04-06-2014, 12:58 AM   #6
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NEW MENUS COMING UP IN NEXT VERSION:





The Patch&Fix-menu shows path and file-version of the selected installation
and then offers the pretty self-explanatory options as described on the
right (en/de depending of what S3F detects as your language).



L_S3SK
L_S3K
L_S3M(MultiSH3Copy=MultiSH3 with copy-function)
L_copies the selected SH3-INSTALLATION to a specifed target
L_and sets XXX in Filemanager.DLL
L_S3M(MultiSH3) only changes FMDLL of the selected SH3-INSTALLATION
L_OptionsSelector BOS II for both S3S & S3H for the selected SH3-INSTALLATION



L_JSGME
L_JSGMEMV
L_JSGME4S3C


S3C
L_enforces %path% & enforces roll-back, then starts S3C
L_runs JSGME for S3C


SH3
- just runs it
- runs it with S3C
L_enforces %path%
L_enforces roll-back
- runs it with S3DC
L_enforces S3DC-Settings-File







- Connect&Play With The World

..Tunngle.....TS3......Jitsi
L_NO SKYPE! Warning
L_NO HAMACHI/LAN ON INTERNET, comparison-display




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Old 06-15-2015, 03:46 AM   #7
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4. S3C - Silent Hunter III-Commander
If previously installed and validated as correct version, you can start S3C for the previously selected big-mod here. If that big-mod is either GWX, LSH or NYGM, this will be recognized and the supplemental files will be injected.
BL!TZKR!EG, I've got one question - don't know if I understood correctly or not, but does it mean that having SH3/GWX and SH3Commander fresh installed, using your S3F and S3C button I don't have to install additional files from SH3Commander to GWX for proper installation and can use GWX/SH3Commander as full pack?
Always after installing GWX and SH3Commander is necessary to install addon files to make them compatible - it's automated now thanks to your stuff or not?
Sorry for my maybe clear question, but I wanna be 100% sure.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:40 AM   #8
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Please allow me to show you something that you will love:

Let me introduce you to my newest program!

They steal on a large scale.

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Old 04-13-2014, 05:52 AM   #9
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I hope we're not going back to the old days of bitter intensity and in-fighting.

Should that be the case then remedial action may be necessary.

I suggest people take their differences to PM.
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Great program and contribution to the mod pool.

I don't give 2 turds what the creator did in his pass life or if he is dogging somebody else that seemed to be a dictator to work with anyhow. I don't care if the guy is a Christian fundamentalist or he voted for Nixon in 72'. I also don't give a damn if he had a fetish for 12 year olds or he was a racist. A great piece of work is a great piece of work. And I grade his work without prejudice.

I also don't give two large stinky turds if other people in this forum downloaded this mod or not, and I could care less what they think or do with their own hard drives, so quit telling us about it! Frankly, I'm tired or hearing about it! You don't like the mod, GREAT! Here's a lollipop! Enjoy the rest of your day! Because I'll be spending the rest of my day enjoying this new front-end!

Considering that, Blitz, I hope you continue using your coding skills well and produce some other great front-end apps for us for SH3.

Cheers.

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Old 04-27-2014, 12:04 PM   #11
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Great program and contribution to the mod pool.

I don't give 2 turds what the creator did in his pass life or if he is dogging somebody else that seemed to be a dictator to work with anyhow. I don't care if the guy is a Christian fundamentalist or he voted for Nixon in 72'. I also don't give a damn if he had a fetish for 12 year olds or he was a racist. A great piece of work is a great piece of work. And I grade his work without prejudice.

I also don't give two large stinky turds if other people in this forum downloaded this mod or not, and I could care less what they think or do with their own hard drives, so quit telling us about it! Frankly, I'm tired or hearing about it! You don't like the mod, GREAT! Here's a lollipop! Enjoy the rest of your day! Because I'll be spending the rest of my day enjoying this new front-end!

Considering that, Blitz, I hope you continue using your coding skills well and produce some other great front-end apps for us for SH3.

Cheers.
Very succinct and to the point but not something I'd care to read again.

It will be most appreciated if you would tone it down a little in the future.
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Okay,

we are now testing the injection of supplemental S3C-files for these big-mods:
  1. GWX
  2. NYGM
  3. LSH (5.1 only)
If you want to take part in the testing of this new function, write me.

You must have:
  • at least one of the above mods installed
  • S3C (SH3C - Silent Hunter III Commader) installed anywhere you like


So far I have two willing testers (1 GWX, 1 LSH) but nobody for NYGM yet.
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I downloaded and installed your frontend and it seemed to work great, but after finding my files, it asks for three characters and "enter" to confirm. I have tried about every three character combination I can think of with no result. What is this and what do I need to do?
By the way, it looks great so far.
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Whoops? Is this the new welcome-thread now?

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I downloaded and installed your frontend and it seemed to work great, but after finding my files, it asks for three characters and "enter" to confirm. I have tried about every three character combination I can think of with no result. What is this and what do I need to do?
By the way, it looks great so far.
Keneek,

thanks for your feedback. But this does not tell me much.

Please follow post#12 and provide us with more info:
- make a screenshot so we see what you are talking about
- tell us what you did last before the prg asks you for 3 chars (did you click on the S3M funtions at the bottom right maybe?)
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