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Tripwire Wormhole Mapping Tool Guide - by Annisir Kaugan

Tripwire is an open source wormhole mapping tool, hosted for free to the public, built for use with EVE Online. Using the latest in internet security standards it is the most secure tool in New Eden.

Its owned and managed by Daimian Mercer, who constantly improves it. Its a browser based tool and has been updated to use ESI.

Registration

Registration is simple enough. Go to the Tripwire site and follow the process. For the majority of players registering as a User is enough. Players with their own Corporations can register as Admin in order to set up masks and permissions for use by the entire corp.

Registration

Registration
Registration

Registration

Once you have done this your registration is complete and you can set a username and password via the Tripwire settings.

You can now login to the application and begin to utilise its many features. It is possible to set up Tripwire accounts for individual characters in order to prevent data being lost between accounts or characters.


Using Tripwire

The main browser window, may appear complicated at first.

Browser Window

It can be broken down into 5 main areas as shown in the image. System, Signatures, Notes, Mapping Area and Profile.


The Profile Area; it shows which character is currently logged in. Selecting the name allows switching between characters. Customise Layout unpins the windows and lets the user move the entire layout around. How it is laid out is purely down to personal preference . Mask Admin is only available if the character is logged in as Admin and is only used for administration of the corporate mask.

Profile Settings

The Settings button is the most important option. Signal Cartel pilots should only use the Signal Cartel mask unless mapping Thera, in which case the Eve-Scout mask should be used. Other Coporations may have their own requirements. This area also allows the user to manage user name and password settings, add additional characters and share masks between them.

The majority of users should not need to change preferences but it might be something that a more experienced that a user will find useful.

Personal statistics contains information on wormholes and signatures added and deleted, as well as systems visited.

Account Settings

All pilots should also set the Signature paste default life to 24 hours. This prevents problems with bad wormhole data being recorded which can upset Tripwire.

Signature Life

The Notes area is self explanatory. Click on the + in the top left left corner to add a note. It can be useful to remember unusual features or perhaps information about corporate ownership or activity in the system.

Notes Window

The System Area is quite complex. It contains a wealth of useful information.

System Area


Every section has a ‘?’, clicking on it brings up a help window or tutorial for that section. More help features will be added in future releases.

The System statistics graph is a visual indicator of activity in the system. This also works in normal space and can give clues to whether a system is potentially dangerous. Running the mouse over the chart gives more detailed info.

In that respect the links are very handy as well.

Anoik.is gives detailed info on wormhole systems, statics and other potential connections as well effects.

DOTLAN shows more detailed system statistics and routing information.

zKillboard shows kills in the system, how long ago and who did them. A good pointer to an active and potentially dangerous system.

Always make sure the current system is actually the one you are in. Tripwire sometimes defaults to Jita and pilots, mistakenly, add signatures to it. The search function can be used to check out a system for search and rescue or for a good spot to begin wormhole diving.

As long as the ‘Follow’ button is set to orange Tripwire should automatically update to the current system as you change systems.


The Signature Area is the part of the interface that people will use most of all. It is principally used for mapping wormhole chains and recording sites of interest.

Signature Area

In the example above the ‘Ruined Blood Raider Monument Site’ is highlighted in order to activate other buttons. The trash can icon allows signatures to be deleted, the pencil allows them to be edited. An entirely new signature can be added manually by using the plus sign icon.

The Automapper populates the mapping area.


Editing

The Edit Signature pop-up allows a lot of information to be added about a signature. Its particularly useful for wormholes. Extra wormhole sigs can be created when jumping through them. This will be explained in more detail later but the Edit function allows these extra sigs to be corrected. Which is worth doing since information on the Corp mask is shared. Also the wormhole’s Life and Mass state can be edited to reflect the current status. Even a wormhole that hasn't been explored can be noted to say what kind of space it leads to. Its a good idea to get to a safe point before doing the editing.


The next step is probably the most useful aspect of Tripwire. Information from the Eve client can be copied across to Tripwire. General info in the form of notes and also other info from Anoik.is and other places, and specifically Signature data can be copied directly across to Tripwire, potentially saving a lot of time.

Probe Window

First select an entry in the Probe window. Any one will do. Then use Ctrl-A to select all, and Ctrl-C to copy. Then Alt-Tab to Tripwire, click on the Signature window and use Ctrl-V to paste. If there are discrepancies Tripwire will delete the missing Sigs. It may be that wormholes have expired or sites have been run.


Click to Delete

Editing

The Edit Signature pop-up allows a lot of information to be added about a signature. Its particularly useful for wormholes. Extra wormhole sigs can be created when jumping through them. This will be explained in more detail later but the Edit function allows these extra sigs to be corrected. Which is worth doing since information on the Corp mask is shared. Also the wormhole’s Life and Mass state can be edited to reflect the current status. Even a wormhole that hasn't been explored can be noted to say what kind of space it leads to. Its a good idea to get to a safe point before doing the editing.


This can be done for K-Space or J-Space systems. Keeping the information up to date and accurate is extremely useful on the shared Corp mask.

The Mapping Window shown below, displays a lot of useful information, but it can only reflect what has been added. The C2 system J121749 shows ‘????’ because the type field wasn't updated. The type L005 C2 system connecting to J105801 has not been explored, or entered, othewise it would show a system name. The same goes for the row of systems along the bottom of the window. Somebody has examined them and input the type into Tripwire but they have not updated the Sig or explored the related systems.

The mapping window can also show if a connection is End Of Life (EOL) of close to its mass limit by means of a dotted line.

Mapping

Tripwire is a valuable tool. Learn to use it properly and you will never get lost again.

I have tried to cover as much as I can. I hope people find the guide useful and I’m always happy to accept suggestions as to how to improve it. ... Annisir Kaugan