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Calumk

Calumk

Tinkerer

from London
13 posts

Ok So The Who's Quily app is a camera app, It seems to (sometimes) be in sync with the website.


Are we meant to match the pictures maybe?

September 15, 2012 11:37 pm
abhimat.gautam

abhimat.gautam

Tinkerer

20 posts

Reminds me of Clippy…

Abhimat Gautam

September 15, 2012 11:53 pm
Maulsel

Maulsel

Moderator

from New York
254 posts

What exactly do you mean by "in sync with the website?" Which website, and how?

September 16, 2012 12:45 am
blue_fireball_eater

blue_fireball_eater

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from Nashville
2,757 posts

I think he means the website that links to the app. That quilly and the quilly generated in the app seem to randomly alternate between quilly styles.

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September 16, 2012 1:12 am
blackbox

blackbox

Tinkerer

21 posts

I agree with Abhimat that Quilly looks a lot like steampunk version of Clippy smile

Also something tells me that the true purpose of the app will be revealed later. Perhaps if you take a picture of some object (or a QR code) it will activate a hidden feature, give you a hint for a puzzle or unlock more loot?

Of course I might be wrong and all it does could be adding a quilly on top of a sepia-toned photo, expecting us to tweet and post the results in order to advance MacHeist's viral campaign. In that case it would be incredibly lame.

Agent Orange

September 16, 2012 1:16 am
redsteven

redsteven

Gearhead

62 posts

blackbox wrote:

Also something tells me that the true purpose of the app will be revealed later. Perhaps if you take a picture of some object (or a QR code) it will activate a hidden feature, give you a hint for a puzzle or unlock more loot?

If I had to guess, I'd say you're probably right.

I also noticed that it shows everything REVERSED (flipped) in the viewfinder. But I realize that it then flips it over when it finally takes a picture.
Interesting though...

September 16, 2012 3:06 am
Godfather

Godfather

Gearhead

55 posts

Will be interesting to see how this factors in to the Heist because @johnred has already said you don't need an iOS device to complete the missions..

September 16, 2012 3:21 am
blue_fireball_eater

blue_fireball_eater

Moderator

from Nashville
2,757 posts

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

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September 16, 2012 3:57 am
roflmonkey

roflmonkey

Automaton Tech

from Albany
200 posts

Quilly is also on the front page. Take a picture of him swinging there, maybe?

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September 16, 2012 4:09 am
allyorbase

allyorbase

Automaton Tech

from Honduras
178 posts

roflmonkey wrote:

Quilly is also on the front page. Take a picture of him swinging there, maybe?

This is what I got...

https://twitter.com/thetweetblaster/sta … 68/photo/1

And we're back!

September 16, 2012 4:13 am
blue_fireball_eater

blue_fireball_eater

Moderator

from Nashville
2,757 posts

So let me get this piece MH3 and MH4 together...Steve Jobs traveled back in time to the steampunk "age" using the iPhone as a time machine...now Quilly is holding him hostage and tickling his feet to get him to answer questions?

Brilliant!

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September 16, 2012 4:15 am
allyorbase

allyorbase

Automaton Tech

from Honduras
178 posts

blue_fireball_eater wrote:

So let me get this piece MH3 and MH4 together...Steve Jobs traveled back in time to the steampunk "age" using the iPhone as a time machine...now Quilly is holding him hostage and tickling his feet to get him to answer questions?

Brilliant!

I think you've got it!

There goes one and a half years of work on this heist! You've cracked the case!

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September 16, 2012 4:18 am
sheldonc

sheldonc

Automaton Tech

129 posts

I've noticed that on some pictures you get an odd vertical interference pattern. Sometimes it covers just part of the image, sometimes the entire image. At times it looks like the vertical lines forms a very crude, 1-bit version of a previous photo. I've isolated, layered and scanned the lines with a variety of interpreters, as yet to no avail.

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September 16, 2012 4:56 am
flagg

flagg

Urchin

2 posts

it generates vintage horizontal flipped photos with random flippy position/vests

tried on myself with front camera and seems not to track yourself

so maybe specific image or some kind of qr code

September 16, 2012 6:59 am
5genju

5genju

Gearhead

from London
92 posts

This could be a Hurbert like in the first missions. Maybe we need to find this 'clippy' hidden on some websites

Orange juicer

September 16, 2012 7:04 am
h0efi

h0efi

Tinkerer

from Germany
18 posts

The Code(?) seems to be generated every time a photo is taken, then (together with a few other filters) merged into the picture.
I took 2 photos and they differ only in the code (and Quilly):
http://cl.ly/image/1M343O3D3E42

September 16, 2012 8:45 am
Calumk

Calumk

Tinkerer

from London
13 posts

What Background did you take the pictures against to generate that code?

Because most of the time, I see no code, only occasionally.
I took pictures on white backgrounds and black backgrounds, and no code appears

Just once, on the left hand side of this image:
http://imgur.com/7PjMZ

September 16, 2012 9:09 am
h0efi

h0efi

Tinkerer

from Germany
18 posts

Calumk wrote:

What Background did you take the pictures against to generate that code?

I took a sheet of paper. Here are some other photos I got:
http://cl.ly/image/211b472A3K3Q
http://cl.ly/image/3l1Y1G451M2O
http://cl.ly/image/1B2T3k2w0O1k
http://cl.ly/image/0k340p10122B
PS:
How do I embed pictures?

September 16, 2012 9:18 am
flitzefisch

flitzefisch

Automaton Tech

from UK
209 posts

If you start at the taptaptap homepage and follow Quilly by clicking him, you get a trail leading to Wikit, Kedisoft, Corel, Macpaw, Numbnotes, Telltale Games and Fuelcollective (seven spiders?) before ending up at www. whosquilly.com -- I also believe that the software will be of use later (23 MB programming code just for putting a drawing on top of sepia tones images is a bit hefty). Maybe its used for some bonus missions.

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September 16, 2012 9:23 am
h0efi

h0efi

Tinkerer

from Germany
18 posts

Calumk wrote:

Ok, Code seems to appear only when the idevice is shaken while taking the photo, or possibly held at a certain orientation?

I can't confirm this. I only held it still.

September 16, 2012 9:23 am
Calumk

Calumk

Tinkerer

from London
13 posts

I dont see him on the taptaptap homepage...
But i agree we may need to wait to work out what this is for

September 16, 2012 9:28 am
dracofusco

dracofusco

Tinkerer

from Kentucky, USA
14 posts

I also do not see him on the taptaptap page, but Quilly shows up on any photo you take, not just him on the swing of the first page. I also feel like the reversed text means there is a hidden link of some sort. I cannot recreate the code using any of the scenarios above, b&w, paper, shaking, websites. Anyone got a foolproof one that works every time yet?

EDIT: I tried scanning the codes posted earlier with a scanner app, nothing comes up as of yet. It seems like we have to wait, these are modified QR Codes, but a special app is needed to read them.

May the heist be with you.

September 16, 2012 10:11 am
h0efi

h0efi

Tinkerer

from Germany
18 posts

I too do not see anything quilly-related on the taptaptap site, but I noticed, the camera flipping only appears, when switching the front camera(right switch) on and off again.

edit:
any ideas whether the color of the code(?)-fragments depends on photo behind it?
http://cl.ly/image/0V0v2w0g3g0l

September 16, 2012 10:33 am
90s2313

90s2313

Urchin

6 posts

Anybody already tweeted a picture out of the Quilly app? Did that help you in any way?

September 16, 2012 10:39 am
h0efi

h0efi

Tinkerer

from Germany
18 posts

FOUND SOMETHING!
the app uses the last taken photo for the 'interference':
http://cl.ly/image/3Y1D080U0a3W

90s2313 wrote:

Anybody already tweeted a picture out of the Quilly app? Did that help you in any way?

Nothing.

September 16, 2012 10:54 am
dracofusco

dracofusco

Tinkerer

from Kentucky, USA
14 posts

Several people have the interference feature, I do not. My version just overlays Quilly, no codes, no interference, no anything. How bizarre, I'm going to re-download.

May the heist be with you.

September 16, 2012 10:58 am
xaledo

xaledo

Automaton Tech

from Copenhagen, Denmark
211 posts

The interference only shows up once in a while for me - maybe on every third photo or so. Sometimes it takes up maybe a 5th of the image, other times it stretched across the whole thing.

I stretched the interference on this photo http://cl.ly/image/2b2F3x142F0S and got this http://cl.ly/image/2n3L1R1N1g0w.

Can someone explain how you know that the last photo taken is used for the interference?

September 16, 2012 12:10 pm
h0efi

h0efi

Tinkerer

from Germany
18 posts

Here some examples:
In the top left corner are some CDs visible, which I photographed before:
http://cl.ly/image/1R0d3e3V1M1E
In this photo you can see the keys of my calculator in the interference (they are round):
http://cl.ly/image/0f2m3z25280l

September 16, 2012 12:34 pm
techmom

techmom

Big Game Hunter

from Charm City Hon!
625 posts

I tweeted a pic. No nothing nada.

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September 16, 2012 1:36 pm
MacGizmo

MacGizmo

Automaton Tech

from In your closet
318 posts

I suspect it's too early for this sort of thing. They probably just want to get people signed up and downloading the apps at this point.

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September 16, 2012 2:40 pm
artist-illustrator.net

artist-illustrator.net

Dirigible Captain

from Manchester, UK
3,027 posts

Strike a pose!

https://img.skitch.com/20120916-j49p27ke2w6aa1jnq934p2d1g1.jpg

I'm feeling old

September 16, 2012 2:46 pm

xorppa

Urchin

5 posts

dracofusco wrote:

I also do not see him on the taptaptap page, but Quilly shows up on any photo you take, not just him on the swing of the first page. I also feel like the reversed text means there is a hidden link of some sort. I cannot recreate the code using any of the scenarios above, b&w, paper, shaking, websites. Anyone got a foolproof one that works every time yet?

EDIT: I tried scanning the codes posted earlier with a scanner app, nothing comes up as of yet. It seems like we have to wait, these are modified QR Codes, but a special app is needed to read them.

I've also havent been able to replicate your steps, but ive found a Huge Quilly on the site of Fuel Collective...

I think this is the first mission!

September 16, 2012 4:03 pm
roos

roos

Automaton Tech

from Minnesota
287 posts

What a find, xorppa! Sounds like things might actually be getting going faster than I'd guessed!

Aym

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September 16, 2012 4:52 pm
flitzefisch

flitzefisch

Automaton Tech

from UK
209 posts

Two days ago the taptaptap.com site showed a little Quilly in the top right corner, clicking on it brought you to wikit, there was a little Quilly and so on.

Some of them seem to have disappeared, but others are still there:
http://wikit.ycsoft.org --- lower right corner
http://macpaw.com/store -- lower right corner

I suppose, now the Quilly software hase been found, they will disappear.

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September 16, 2012 5:54 pm
allyorbase

allyorbase

Automaton Tech

from Honduras
178 posts

flitzefisch wrote:

Two days ago the taptaptap.com site showed a little Quilly in the top right corner, clicking on it brought you to wikit, there was a little Quilly and so on.

Some of them seem to have disappeared, but others are still there:
http://wikit.ycsoft.org --- lower right corner
http://macpaw.com/store -- lower right corner

I suppose, now the Quilly software hase been found, they will disappear.

Maybe this is all just showing us what apps to expect in the heist/bundle, they seem to be disappearing like you said.

And we're back!

September 16, 2012 5:56 pm
ashamar

ashamar

Urchin

from Chicago, IL
8 posts

allyorbase wrote:
flitzefisch wrote:

Two days ago the taptaptap.com site showed a little Quilly in the top right corner, clicking on it brought you to wikit, there was a little Quilly and so on.

Some of them seem to have disappeared, but others are still there:
http://wikit.ycsoft.org --- lower right corner
http://macpaw.com/store -- lower right corner

I suppose, now the Quilly software hase been found, they will disappear.

Maybe this is all just showing us what apps to expect in the heist/bundle, they seem to be disappearing like you said.

Quilly on http://macpaw.com/store links to http://www.kedisoft.com/blog/
and http://wikit.ycsoft.org/  links to http://numbnotes.com/

I have to agree that this seems to be a preview of the software coming in the heist.

September 16, 2012 7:19 pm
jacobcoy

jacobcoy

Tinkerer

from Southampton, UK
13 posts

Agree with allyorbase clicking on quilly on the fuel collective site directs you to telltale games of which we have already had a download from.

September 16, 2012 7:48 pm
dracofusco

dracofusco

Tinkerer

from Kentucky, USA
14 posts

I just checked my loot page, I have a new discount coin for "Agent" so I think that is the bonus of being an iOS User, an extra discount off MacHeist 4.

Mission 1: Completed

Nice work everybody, now let's hope we get Mission 2 soon!

May the heist be with you.

September 16, 2012 9:19 pm
hobbesthewolf

hobbesthewolf

Automaton Tech

from California
129 posts

dracofusco wrote:

I just checked my loot page, I have a new discount coin for "Agent" so I think that is the bonus of being an iOS User, an extra discount off MacHeist 4.

Mission 1: Completed

Nice work everybody, now let's hope we get Mission 2 soon!

I don't think that the coin has anything to do with finishing the mission. I got the coin about an hour after I downloaded both the MacHeist Agent app and Who's Quilly. I'm pretty sure that there is more to come before this mission is considered complete.

September 16, 2012 9:31 pm
tegeril

tegeril

Gearhead

from Boston, MA
86 posts

Another interesting thing about the app...rotate the device. For every 90 degrees you rotate, the camera rotates 180 degrees.

Edit: but only the rear facing camera. The front facing camera stays right side up at all times.

-Aaron

September 16, 2012 10:18 pm
Gregori

Gregori

Tinkerer

from Rutland, MA
17 posts

I dunno - I've downloaded both the MHA app and Quilly - I've logged in on the MHA app, and screwed around with Quilly, but so far see no coin in MY loot...

<edit>
Hmmm...  Just after posting this, POOF... A coin!

September 16, 2012 10:54 pm

bor003

Automaton Tech

from A
232 posts

How are people getting the coin? After completing the released app?

September 17, 2012 12:14 am
hobbesthewolf

hobbesthewolf

Automaton Tech

from California
129 posts

bor003 wrote:

How are people getting the coin? After completing the released app?

The coin seems to have appeared after I downloaded the MacHeist Agent and Who's Quilly apps. It might take a little while to process. I'd check back in a few hours, you'll probably have it.

September 17, 2012 12:28 am
izdale

izdale

Sky Pirate

from the U.S.
1,768 posts

I have 2 coins. One is if you completed "The Heist" game that was released last year. The other is "Agent" for installing the MacHeist Agent app and logging in.

EDIT: A 3rd coin is now showing for the nanomission. So that's 3 possible coins

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September 17, 2012 12:31 am
hobbesthewolf

hobbesthewolf

Automaton Tech

from California
129 posts

I completed The Heist when it came out last year and I don't have the coin. I don't recall ever being asked my MacHeist username, though. I guess I'll just redo The Heist to get the coin.

September 17, 2012 12:53 am

dmatthews

Urchin

3 posts

As per Ashamar's links to the various sites.  I believe Quilly was giving hints to all the apps that are going to be available this season.  AppShelf from Kedisoft is one of the free apps that I've gotten already.

September 17, 2012 1:31 am
Cronos Dage

Cronos Dage

Gearhead

from Ontario, Canada
74 posts

What if you tried opening the app in iExplorer and checking out a few files?

Moderator Edit: No. Don't do it, and don't share it.

Cronos Dage

September 17, 2012 1:41 am
h0efi

h0efi

Tinkerer

from Germany
18 posts

Cronos Dage wrote:

Why does reverse-engineering the app never wo-o-orrrkk?

It does, just try opening the MHAgent app.

Anyway, Mission 1 is on the way!

September 17, 2012 4:32 am
sheldonc

sheldonc

Automaton Tech

129 posts

Checking some of the pages listed where Quilly is found, he has disappeared from some of the pages.

Wonder where he went?

"What? No small-talk? No chit-chat? That's the trouble with the world these days. Nobody takes the time to do a real sinister interrogation. It's a lost art." - James Bond, Goldeneye

September 17, 2012 5:20 am
murphy

murphy

Tinkerer

from Germany
25 posts

Cronos Dage wrote:

Why does reverse-engineering the app never wo-o-orrrkk?

I just looked at the files and can conclude for a quick run:

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September 17, 2012 4:42 pm
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