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  • Interactive Text Hooker - new text extraction tool

    Interactive Text Hooker (ITH) is a tool to help you extract text from Japanese games.
    It works very like AGTH. if you are familiar with AGTH you will find it easy to work with ITH.
    Right now ITH is not quite stable and under developing. Please help me test it and report any bugs you find.
    Also any suggestion about new features or improvement is welcome.
    Latest ITH 2.3 (2011.7.9). ITH64 1.0 (2011.5.15). 3.0 test.
    Latest engine support module(10.15).


    Manual & Tutorials
    User manual: http://code.google.com/p/interactive...iki/UserManual
    English: http://craneanime.blogspot.com/2011/01/tutorial-ith-interactive-text-hooker.html
    Korean: http://blog.naver.com/foolmaker/30098345502
    Vietnamese: http://vnsharing.net/forum/showthread.php?t=235841
    Just googled these tutorials out. Thanks to the authors of these tutorials. I'm just too lazy to write one.
    If you also write tutorial please send me the link and I will add it here.
    Chinese(need register): http://bbs.sumisora.org/read.php?tid=10997379
    Written by me. Also ITH Chinese version can be found here.

    Links:
    ITH at Google code: http://code.google.com/p/interactive-text-hooker/
    ITH at Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/interactive-text-hooker
    AGTH main thread by Setx: http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=36807
    AGTH tutorial by fhc: http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59189
    Advanced AGTH Video Tutorials by Freaka: http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=80401
    Translation Aggregator by ScumSuckingPig: http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=94395
    VirusTotal: http://www.virustotal.com/

    System requirement:
    Intel Pentium4 or later processor. Recommend OS is Windows XP or later.
    Technically your processor must support SSE2 and OS support common control library 6.
    ITH is also assumed to work in 64-bit Windows.

    Basic usage:
    Spoiler

    Please put ITH.exe, ITH.dll and ITH_engine.dll in the same folder.
    To let ITH extract text from a game, click on the process button,
    it will open a dialog with a process list. Find your target and click attach then.
    When you don't want to extract more text from that game, click detach to tell ITH stop extracting.
    After attached, the shorter drop-down list will contain the pid and name of the game you select.
    If ITH could extract some text, the longer drop down list in the main window will have more than one item.
    When you select one text will appeared in the big square.
    Every item is called a thread. Try to go through every item and find if the text is the same
    to the text in the game.

    User-defined hooks:
    Spoiler

    Also UserHook. AGTH uses this term in its thread.
    When the default hooks doesn't give you right text you want, you will need to install a user-defined hook.
    A special string is needed to inform ITH about the hook you want to install.
    This string is called H-code in AGTH terms. Usually it's game and version dependent.
    Refer to AGTH help and Freaka's video tutorial for further information.
    ITH can handle AGTH H-code, so if you have an AGTH H-code for a game, ITH will also work well for that one.
    Input this string right to the process list(the shorter drop down list) and press enter, a new hook will be installed.

    Thread window:
    Spoiler

    You can manage thread linking information and comment here. Thread linking is a mechanism to merge thread.
    Select the sender thread at the top, then select a thread in link to list.
    Click set, a link will be created to that. Notice that no cyclic link is permitted. Like 1>2>3>1.
    Link list will list all thread on this chain one by one.
    Last sentence contains the last sentence from one thread.
    Comment is some text to describe the thread.
    After you have commented some thread, its name will change in the main window.


    Hook window:
    Spoiler

    Click hook in the main window will open a dialog to help you manage hooks.
    But it is for advanced users who are familiar with H-code internal.

    H-code defined by Setx: /H[X]{A|B|W|S|Q|H}[N][data_offset[*drdo]][:sub_offset[*drdo]]@addr[:module[:{name|#ordinal}]]
    addr->Hook Address, data_offset->Data Offset (when data_offset is negative value, sub more 4 from that, e.g. -8 for EAX, but still -4 for EAX in H-code)
    *drdo->Data Indirection when after data_offset, Split Indirection when after sub_offset
    sub_offset->Split Parameter, also sub 4 when negative.
    Module/Function Base(ITH original): Here fill hash values of module and name. You enter a string in the right blank,
    click hash module/function, then hash values is calculated and filled into this 2 blanks.
    CheckBoxes on the left enable correspond function.
    CheckBoxes On the right correspond to charset option.
    A->Big Endian (ITH different from AGTH defination), B->None, W->Unicode
    S->String, Q->String&Unicode, H->Hex value, N->No context.
    Last Char(ITH original), give in string pointer and extract last char of that string.
    Click generate code you will see h-code of this hook in the bottom.
    Notice that module and name is string in AGTH h-code, but ITH can't get string back from hash.
    Click Remove Hook to remove current selected hook from target process and clear all threads from that hook.
    Click Modify Hook to modify current selected hook. In fact original hook is removed and ITH insert new hook base on parameters in hook window.


    Profile:
    Spoiler

    After attached to some process, you can add that to profile. ITH will record its path.
    If you enable auto inject in option window, ITH will monitor process and attach to that whose path has been record.
    You can also assign up to 4 user-define hook codes(h-code) to a record.
    If you enable auto insert in option window, ITH will insert these hooks after attached.
    Hook code contains module/function name will be transform into hash value.
    They represent equivalent hook. Module name is case insensitive while function name is case sensitive.
    Original : change to ! to indicate that's hash value.
    e.g. /HA4@123:foo.bar:abc -> /HA4@123!BD097770!C5840063

    On the left is a list of all games you have attached and added to profile.
    They other three boxes stores information about remote downloaded profiles.
    Click Refresh to list all profiles stored locally. You can update this list with the updater.
    Click a game on the left and click Find, ITH will find a correspond profile according to executable hash value.
    The click import to copy all information and insert hooks.
    .


    Option:
    Spoiler

    Split time: Time interval to insert line break. At least 100.
    Process delay: ITH will check one process if it's in profile. At least 50.
    If there are N processes running on your system, it takes N*PD for one round.
    This is the longest time ITH waits to attach after a process in profile launched.
    Inject delay: ITH delay attach after process in profile found. At least 1000.
    Insert delay: ITH delay insert hooks after attached. At least 200.
    Auto attach: ITH will attach to processes in profile automatically.
    Auto insert: ITH will insert hooks after attached automatically. Notice that auto insert will not work if auto attach is not enabled.
    Time unit is millisecond.
    Suppress: Enable suppress repetition function. This is the case ABCABCABC.
    Clipboard: ITH will copy the last sentence to the clipboard. Other tools which monitors clipboard will make use of it.
    Here "last sentence" means characters from right after the last line break to the current character

    Global filter: Global filter is a customizable filter that will apply to all threads.
    Currently only single character policy is implemented.
    Maybe in the future I will introduce more complex rules into ITH.
    All characters in the filter list will be filterd out before dispatch to correspond thread.
    Therefore those characters will not appear in final output.

    Full space at the beginning is by default filtered. If it's in the middle of a sentence,
    explicitly add it to global filter list.



    Miscellaneous:
    Spoiler

    Top: ITH will stay on top when pushed.
    Clear: Wiped out the text in the current thread.
    Save: Save profile for current game.
    This includes UserHooks, thread links, thread comment, and current select thread.

    Suspend/Terminate thread: You can suspend terminate some thread of some process.
    Select one thread and operation type, then click Execute.
    There's an box in the right upper corner of the process dialog.
    If you enter an function address here then operation will be proceed on all threads with the same start address.

    ITH is able to attach to multiple processes at same time, although it seems useless now.
    When you close ITH while a program, which is already attached by ITH, is still running,
    open ITH once more then ITH will automatically attached to that program.

    Link: You can type L[num1]-[num2] in the command line (without brackets, only number).
    ITH will make a link from thread num1 to thread num2.
    All text thread num1 receives will also be sent to thread num2.

    ITH will remove single character repetition, that is the case AAABBBCCC....


    ITH64:
    Spoiler

    Based on worldwide data taken during June 2010 from Windows Update 46% of Windows 7 PCs run the 64-bit edition of Windows 7.
    It's likely that more and more game engine will have a 64 bit version. Currently already one exist(CMVS64).
    Neither current ITH nor AGTH can hook 64 bit process, since they're all 32 bit program.
    ITH64 is designed to address this problem. It's native 64 bit program. Its internal architecture is reformed to fit the 64 bit environment.
    Although it's possible for ITH64 to hook 32 bit process, I want to leave that task to original ITH currently.
    In other word, ITH64 will NOT hook ANY 32 bit process. Please use original ITH instead.
    Maybe at some future point I will write a compatible layer. Then you need only ITH64 to do all your hook task.

    Usage of ITH64 is almost the same to original ITH. Only difference is about register representation in h-code.
    Original h-code has the following register map:
    EAX -> -4, ECX -> -8 ... EDI -> -20
    New 64 bit version is as this:
    RAX -> 0, RCX -> -8 ... RDI -> -38, R8-> -40 ... R15 -> -78
    It becomes zero-based and the increment is changed from 4 to 8.

    Example code for current CMVS64 engine.
    /HA-40:-48@4E050:cmvs64.exe
    This means that at 4E050 in module cmvs64, r8 contains data and r9 stores split parameter.
    Be aware of architecture difference when writing h-code for ITH64.
    I strongly recommend that new code use a base-offset style to indicate the real address.
    Not only because the address has become longer, but also to avoid problems when the target module is map into random address.


    Why ITH:
    Spoiler

    AGTH is a big success in text extraction.
    With UserHook function it can solve more than 95% current text extract issues.
    But new games usually need H-code to help AGTH working, and common users have no way to write one.
    ITH is designed to recognize much more game engines than AGTH and insert proper hooks automatically.

    1)ITH now can detect many popular game engines.
    Currently KiriKiri, BGI, RealLive, ShinaRio, CMVS, MAJIRO, rUGP, Malie, NitroPlus, Lune, QLIE,
    Apricot, CandySoft, AB2Try, Debonosu, System40, CIRCUS, AtelierKaguya, Waffle, YU-RIS,
    TinkerBell, AbelSoftware, SofthouseChara, LiveMaker, Bruns, CaramelBox, Pensil.
    More will be added later. If you find some engine ITH currently can't detect, feel free to request it here.
    I will then study that engine and try to find a way to detect it.
    General speaking ITH works well without special codes for more than 70% new released games.

    2)ITH has a graphic attach/hook insert interface. You don't need to pass parameters to ITH via cmd or link target line.

    3)ITH is able to insert multiple UserHooks into target process, while AGTH only one.

    4)ITH can join threads together as your wish(Link function), while AGTH will join many together, sometimes with useless threads.
    Since ITH is able to insert multiple UserHooks, this also means you can join text from different hooks together.
    This is useful when the text process function appears at different place.

    5)ITH can detach from process, remove/modify UserHook while the process is running.
    You don't need to restart the process when you find you have inserted wrong hooks.
    Bad hooks won't crash the process, just yield error message.
    This means you can use try-error method to guess hook code more efficiently.

    6)ITH is open source and is under developing. More features will be added to ITH in future versions.

    a) AGTH has option to hook common system routine(/X?), ITH currently only hook APIs in GDI32.dll


    IMPORTANT note:
    I have submit this program to VirusTotal, some anti-virus software report ITH as malware.
    I use NOD32 and it report nothing here. There is some aggressive technique that may be used in virus.
    ITH requires administrative privilege to function properly, means it has potential to damage your computer.
    I promise that original ITH will not
    1)spy programs other than you tell it to attach,
    2)create/modify/move/delete any files without explicit prompt, other than "ITH.pro" and "ITH.ini" resides in its folder,
    In the case of ITH64, it will create "ITH64.pro" and "ITH64.ini" respectively.
    3)create/write/delete any system registry keys,
    4)send/receive any information through network.
    Make sure you have checked hash values to ensure it is original version.

    Hash value of ITH
    Spoiler

    Hash values for current ITH.exe
    MD5 : 339360e57c9940ab33631071947a8e42
    SHA1 : f8a1b98c7b77b0b1fa45a1998bb80c0a6f34aad2
    SHA256: 540a5ec6f6d5092b1d76f96427d8cd344103b256e4526ad460 2b1a25ef1c882e

    Hash values for current ITH.dll
    MD5 : 2685073a5825725d09bb6671f99ac151
    SHA1 : 6e5cffd1886d7d131c91a6afe20244b79f3d89ac
    SHA256: 34548ec22b4e22774255b13c0ac799d13a535c03bcb84a0e4a ad3a06d454ad6e

    Hash values for ITH_engine.dll (2011.7.9)
    MD5 : 6d9cd2bf506aede1bcc40b1db8b116e0
    SHA1 : f066d124ee91de2da0dc89c864390969602aff3b
    SHA256: c61e1fe060d5bf6e69c1b70a122f51e406714e7821ea43761e 0046ad6dc505ce

    Hash values for current ITH_engine.dll (2011.10.15)
    MD5 : c027319d9f652747c2beb9be2cc0a6e7
    SHA1 : cdb6b380e859cf45c6747ac5880d2ac4896c251d
    SHA256: faca50c43ab62b2366d4b927d234dcf4522e01e369c415a9ac 9b1d27dd632d90


    Hash value of ITH64
    Spoiler

    Hash values for current ITH64.exe
    MD5 : 394b168b58e2f8da89fa73c507ea1136
    SHA1 : 412a3fdac7b9ec42bafd30f2fc2f821c25c2513d
    SHA256: 180dea1d34c23260bfbef0d529ecfdea437395d86ca8f44ac6 a1730c44a51b0d

    Hash values for current ITH64.dll
    MD5 : 523089418cc41e410f1c58f71e277b2b
    SHA1 : 251eb10d20d1083e99d2697db30d987c561bd970
    SHA256: 12073ed66c13967818b7778ce3e5ac37f0edd87f4e8adf9b6c 4c02a4849b0511

    Hash values for current ITH64_engine.dll
    MD5 : 2657858b2beb04dc104adcccbb343691
    SHA1 : 6bb730cbfc7715d5b8c5f56c008923d6d25a5ebf
    SHA256: 78b4ae62b19e04bce75ba2bdd5bf7ca3c1d5db3e95df53db9e 8c2117329e6a35


    About the source:
    Spoiler

    From 2.2 source code of ITH is under GPLv3. Older source is no longer available.
    ITH is written in C++ and inline assembly, compiled by VC10.0.
    A ready-for-compile project pack is also uploaded. Please get ntdll.lib and msvcrt.lib from latest WDK.
    Since I begin develop ITH with VS10.0 so maybe it's inconvenient for those under 10.0.
    I develop this program in WIN7 64 so it's assumed to work well under both 32 and 64bit OS.
    Attached Files
    Last edited by kaosu; 03-02-2012, 08:27 PM.
    sigpic
    Got stuck at AGTH H-codes? Have a try of ITH, supports more game engine.
    http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=208860

  • @ Kaosu

    Thanks for your quick response.

    I've tested ITH v6.19 until now. And there is nothing happens related to previous bugs.
    now ITH is more stable than olds after v2.2.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by foolmaker; 06-21-2011, 07:07 AM.

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    • 1. Userhook Suggestion

      If ITH can name the userhook option to anything else ?

      Until now, ITH only represents the user hook option like UserHook0, 1, 2 ...?
      It may be trivial, but I want to rename those to speaker, choice, description...
      what do you think about it? Is it useful? If then, how to type a thread's name is also required.
      For example, /ha4@xxxx;speaker

      2. Detach problem
      Like Andys, I experienced the same situation when I played 雪鬼屋温泉記.
      Although I closed the game, ITH 2011.06.19 still hooked its process
      and EXE file remained in the Task manager.
      Last edited by foolmaker; 06-23-2011, 03:37 AM.

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      • @foolmaker: 1. Usually content of a hook can vary quite a lot(one hook can generate many threads).
        A per hook comment mechanism is not a precise way as per thread comment.
        Per thread comment is already implemented since 2.0.
        Currently you can add custom description(comment) for every thread in the thread dialog.
        After you add some comment to a thread its name is changed.

        2. I will study that game soon after I finish downloading.

        I'm working on custom filter these days and almost finish it.
        I think I may release 2.3 beta soon
        Last edited by kaosu; 06-23-2011, 06:39 AM.
        sigpic
        Got stuck at AGTH H-codes? Have a try of ITH, supports more game engine.
        http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=208860

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        • @Kaosu

          ....huh????
          Until now, I've missed that Comment in Thread dialog could add description in thread name.


          And ... ITH v2.3 highly expected

          FYI, This game (雪鬼屋温泉記) is hooked nothing from both ITH&AGTH....without userhook.
          Here I give ITH profile output what I found for your convenience. Not very good for playing but maybe playable

          better Hook option
          Code:
          /HW-8*0@8A30:PgsvTd.dll
          Last edited by foolmaker; 06-23-2011, 10:36 AM.

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          • Thanks a lot for the program Kaosu!

            Is it possible to add a line break between linked threads? I'm trying to link threads containing the name of the speaker and the speech text itself, and i'm getting a run on sentence.

            I'm rather new at using ITH so i don't know if its a bug or i am doing something wrong but it seems that when i try to unlink threads, the threads do not seem to extract text anymore.

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            • 2.3 beta is out. Custom filter is ready for test.
              After revising engine support module I will release 2.3.

              The format of ITH.ini is changed. Since it doesn't contain much information,
              I didn't make the new one backward compatible. Simply let ITH generate a new one should work fine.

              @foolmaker: I don't have the games that require custom filter support in hand.
              Please help me test it I will get to work with engine support soon.

              @nivaj: Line break is inserted when a certain time elapsed but no text received.
              The time amount can be set in option window(split_time).
              About the unlink issue, I will study it soon.
              Last edited by kaosu; 06-27-2011, 06:27 AM.
              sigpic
              Got stuck at AGTH H-codes? Have a try of ITH, supports more game engine.
              http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=208860

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              • Hi!! Kaosu. Thanks a lot for the program I really like it.
                Hope you release 2.3 Full version soon ^^.

                [Chariot] 処女と魔王とタクティクス

                I test this game with both 2.2 (2011.5.3) and 2.2 (2011.6.17)
                ITH could not extract text in this game

                I still not test it on 2.3 beta

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                  1. I tested version 2.3 beta briefly. There are visible glitches in the window. I have attached a screen shot.
                  2. In the option window there's a typo in "charcater".
                  3. In the option window ITH assumes English keyboard layout in the "Character" field.
                  Attached Files
                  Last edited by Stomp; 06-27-2011, 04:26 AM.
                  AGTH wiki

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                  • As hyakki pointed out, ShinaRio 2.49 is out in the wild http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showth...60#post3024060. The hooking mechanism for 48 still works, so it should be enough to replace that == check with an >=.

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                    • @Kaosu

                      1. Simple question about custom filter
                      Is the custom filter only delete each char ?
                      I hope that ITH can replace it to another character, too.

                      I have tested this game 雨芳恋歌 「センセイ。わたし、もうオトナだよ……」
                      and I find some awesome characters like followings.
                      each characters has to be replaced the noticeable

                      ,, -> ─
                      ,, -> ~
                       -> !?
                       -> !!
                       -> あ
                       -> お
                       -> ん
                       -> い
                       -> ぁ
                       -> ぉ
                       -> ぬ

                      * ITH now replace these characters to the simple black character like ' '


                      Until now, I have some reports for ITH. but I need some time to play June's game.
                      I'll report soon.

                      Best regards
                      Last edited by foolmaker; 06-27-2011, 06:04 AM.

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                      • I fixed bug&typo mentioned by Stomp and revised ShinaRio engine detect suggested by Freaka.

                        @supperpig: I may look at this game after I finish downloading. Just too many games in a few days.
                        My internet bandwidth is overwhelmed... If it's a common engine I will add it to 2.3 release.

                        @Stomp: About the keyboard issue, I don't change it.
                        The usually scenario I assume is like this:
                        You encounter some character to filter and just copy&paste them to the char field.
                        So I think usually user needs not to input the character by keyboard.

                        @foolmaker: Currently it only removes useless character.
                        I may implement complex rules in the future.
                        About the character issue, don't know if it's locale problem.
                        Can you post a screenshot? Is it normally displayed in the big picture?
                        I use SHIFT-JIS for multibyte encoding. Works fine on my CHN WinXP.
                        Last edited by kaosu; 07-04-2011, 06:12 AM.
                        sigpic
                        Got stuck at AGTH H-codes? Have a try of ITH, supports more game engine.
                        http://www.hongfire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=208860

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                        • @Kaosu

                          Well.. hmm I already removed that game
                          again I'm downloading it now. ...;; and show it soon.

                          That game uses Unicode value for string. Of course It displayed in the game screen, too.
                          But Not ITH. ITH just insert blank value in the position displayed those chars.
                          Since It has been shown like awesome type.. like あ'', い'' ...

                          I think that scenario writer was willing to show some non-standard Japanese for fun.

                          FYI.
                          ITH can not hook this game basically. It need user hook option.

                          I add screenshots (some with AGTH window)
                          Attached Files
                          Last edited by foolmaker; 06-27-2011, 08:00 AM.

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                          • According to a quick google search the unicode characters from E000 to F8FF fall into a "Private Use Area", which most likely means you're free to do whatever you want with it, e.g. if you want to define your own font with it's own characters.

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                            • @ Freaka

                              Thanks for your additional explanation.
                              That's why I need replace function for custom filter

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                              • Originally posted by foolmaker View Post
                                @ Freaka

                                Thanks for your additional explanation.
                                That's why I need replace function for custom filter

                                Why don't you just use TAHPlugins Substitutions for that? Or am i missing something that makes using that impossible?

                                I think there's enough tools out there that can already do what you want, so there's no need for kaosu to do it once more.

                                He could add some more engine support in the time he would need for a substitution function.

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