If you are struggling in your games on Words with Friends or Scrabble, a little study will go a long way. Whether you are a beginner or expert, serious or casual, Hoot can help. If you are free to use external resources in your games (cheat), Hoot can help you find the best plays based on your rack and available tiles.
Hoot is a study tool for players of word games like Scrabble and Words with Friends. While Hoot can show anagrams for a set of letters, Hoot is much, much more than an anagram tool for word games like Scrabble, Words with friends, Wordsmith, Scrabulous and others. If the lexicon contains them, you can even use Hoot to search for words up to 21 letters for games like Super Scrabble.
Hoot has multiple search options (see below), and the entry screen lets you enter multiple parameters to consider including the number of letters, beginnings, and endings. You can specify sort order with two specifications (sort by, then by). Results are displayed in common format showing hooks and inner hooks with score in the margin. You can optionally show probability and playability rankings, and number of anagrams.
Look up the definitions of words by clicking on the word in the results. Both words and definitions are local, so Internet isn't required. Results are not limited to a certain number of words.
Use wildcards (?, *) in many searches, and pattern searching available using a modified regular expression engine. See www.tylerhosting.com/hoot/help/pattern.html
With each list of results, Hoot includes a context menu to let you expand your search based on a word in the results. For example, RAISE anagrams has PRAISE as one result. Long clicking on that word lets you search using one of nine different options, including
In addition to the search options you can use the app as an adjudication tool to handle word challenges in club play and tournaments according to NASPA rules. Enter multiple words and the app will tell if the play is acceptable without identifying which words are valid.
The current version of Hoot includes the NWL18 and CSW19 lexicons. NWL18 is the successor to OWL3/OTCWL16 that is published by NASPA. CSW19 or the Collins lexicon is used in most other English speaking countries. You can, however, use your own database from the desktop version of Hoot with one or more lexicons. (see below). Some lexicons can be downloaded from the Hoot website and imported into the app.
• Free unlimited version with no ads
• More than a dozen search options
• Easy to select search parameters (length, begins, ends)
• Wildcards (blank tiles) and pattern searches available
• Immediate results for most searches
• Results show word, hooks, inner hooks, score
• Word definitions (click)
• Nine context searches of word in results (long click)
• Word Judge
• Can install on SD Card
• Supports multiple window (split screen) on supporting devices
• Letter Count (Length)
• Hook Words
• Word Builder
• Contains All Letters
• Begins With
• Ends With
• Vowel Heavy
• Consonant Dumps
• Q not U
• Blank Anagrams (Stems)
Hoot for Android is in the first phase of porting from the desktop version featuring the Search options, and development is ongoing. Future versions may include zoom options, alternate displays, slideshows, and card quiz features used in the desktop version.
Hoot desktop companion
This app is a companion to the desktop program Hoot Lite. Using the desktop version you can create databases that can be used in the Android app. Importable lexicons and Databases are available for download from the website www.tylerhosting.com/hoot/downloads.html, including ENABLE (early Words with Friends) and ODS5 (French). The desktop version also lets you create your own lexicon from a plain text word list.