Though we have had some pretty good debates over the the possible Caesar solutions to the Zodiac ciphers, Doranchak has agreed to let me post his new software, which he says that all can use for free. So thanks to Doranchak for that. And these are some excellent and very useful programs!
Here's something I whipped up over the last few weeks:http://oranchak.com/zodiac/webtoy/stats.html
You can use it to explore various statistical properties and patterns of an assortment of cipher texts. You can enter your own cipher texts as well.
It's probably full of bugs right now since this is an early release. Please find them and let me know about them! Would also love to hear suggestions for improvements.
Documentation is a work in progress.
And be careful which Search buttons you click on towards the bottom - some of them take a few minutes to run.
For worst results, use Internet Explorer. You can get by with it, though (I think I killed many of the IE-specific bugs already).
Quick update: I've finished the first cut of the documentation. Hopefully it isn't too confusing.http://wiki.zodiac-ciphers.dreamhosters ... Scope_Help
I would love to hear any suggestions about how to improve the application.
AK Wilks: I asked Doranchak if he could add the Zodiac 340 Graysmith Raw/Bullitt/Obiwan/Kite/Wilks Proposed Solution to the available ciphers to be analysed, along with a way to expose Caesar shifts, and this was his reply.
Doranchak: Here's a link that will put that text into CryptoScope:http://is.gd/1EdSKE
If you want to expose the Caesar shift grid, the best way is to use the tool I posted here:http://oranchak.com/zodiac/akwilks.html
You can put whatever message and text you'd like there, then click "Search", and it will show the Caesar shift grid if there's a match. To force the grid to display, make sure the message can be matched (for instance, you can use any letter of the text as the message, and you'll force a match).
AK Wilks: Special thanks to Doranchak for making his software available to us guys (and gals) on the "other side" of the cipher debate! Hopefully people will experiment with this and post any interesting results.