Welcome to Hoot


Hoot is a Scrabble™ and word game study tool I've been developing. Like similar tools, it is used to study words for play in Scrabble™, Words with Friends™, and other word scoring games. It is designed to be easy to use. Word searches in Hoot are based on the currently selected lexicon, which stays resident in memory, so it is quite fast doing searches. With the new Query mode, you can specify up to 8 criteria for a search, choosing from about 20 search options. Within search results you can also execute a context sensitive search on a selected word.

Extending the primary word searches, Hoot includes a slide show mode that is similar to Lexpert. The slide show will display each result individually and allow you to rotate slides manually or using a timer. While in slide show mode you can also flag words as known and hide known words so you can focus on learning new words. The slide show also has the option of displaying subsearches of the active/selected word. While studying 4 letter words containing a J, for example, you can view the extensions for each word in the list. There is also a Tiny version of the slide show that you could put on top, in the top left corner of your screen. There are also two quiz options, one which uses a slide show interface and subsearches. Hoot also has partial support for French menus and a French lexicon can be downloaded here.

Hoot comes with a help file that elaborates on the useful features of the program and the pages are also available on-line. View Help here or get the help file in the downloads section. See the Change log for changes not updated in the help file. I also have a short list of sites and links to other word game tools elsewhere. The standard release includes the Word Judge 2 lexicon (similar to OCTWL2014), and you can import and export other lexicons, or create your own from a word list. Updates do not include the database.

Hoot runs under Windows and uses the .NET framework, which is usually installed with Windows. For older versions of Windows you may need to install the .NET 4.0 framework. Note: You will also need to have Microsoft Access or install the Access run-time. See downloads for a link to the Microsoft download. Developed using Visual Studio 2010, it is likely to run on most versions of Windows with 1GB of memory, although it normally uses between 100MB and 300MB. If you have a problem installing Hoot, please contact me. Please mention any error messages you encounter. I test the operations in Hoot continuously, but I can't test new installations very easy or every action with every update.


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