Sunday, 12 November 2017

Anagram Solver Guide

This is a guide for the Anagram Solver iOS app - a powerful word search engine helping you to find anagrams, solve crosswords and much more.

The guide will explain how to use the app, make the best use of advanced features like filters and show you plenty of examples of how to use the app for many popular word puzzles / games, such as Scrabble, Crosswords, 4 Pics 1 Word, Word Cookie and Countdown.

For the Android version of this guide, please visit the Android Anagram Solver Guide

Anagrams

Type in the letters you have, press Search to find all the possible words that can be made from those letters.
Enter the letters steam, to find: mates, meats, satem, tames, teams

For Countdown fans, guess these conundrums: ONEREDPIE, QUITESEXI and DOGGIRUNN
Try them in the app to see the answers.


Sub-Anagrams

Once all the anagrams have been found the app will then search for smaller words that use the same letters

Enter the word hearts to find: earth (s), share (t), rate (sh), she (art)
Note that the unused letters are shown after the word in brackets.

Anagrams and sub-anagrams are useful in many word games and are essential for apps like 4 Pics 1 Word and Word Cookie where you have many letters but need to make smaller words. See the Filters section below for filtering by word size.


Blank Letters

Games such as Scrabble or Words With Friends have blank tiles, you can use + to represent a blank tile.

Enter google++++ to find bootlegger, boondoggle, egyptology



In the screenshot above, the google letters are black and the 4 blank letters, ++++, are in red.


Two Word Anagrams

Enter Manchester United to find mechanised nutter, inducement haters, untested chairmen

The space indicates to the app to look for two words that use all the letters. In the example above the app will first search for words of length 10 and 6 letters, and then search for other combinations of words that total 16 letters.

For now, only two word anagrams are supported, so if you enter 3 or more words only the first two will be used.


Crosswords / Missing Letters

Enter c..v.r to find clever, clover, carver

The . (period / full stop / dot) represents a missing letter. In this example the app will compare the pattern c..v.r to all the 6 letter words in its list of 130,000 (280,000 if Pro) words.

This type of search is also useful for bad handwriting! Not sure what letters have been scrawled, use a . and see what matches you get.


Shortcuts

If you have many missing letters, you can use numbers to represent a group of dots

Enter z9 to find zookeepers, zombielike

z9 is equivalent to entering z.........


Suffix @ Prefix

Whereas a . represents a single letter, @ represents 1 or more letters

Enter @ace to find face, hyperspace, peace

You can also mix . and @ in your search,
Enter sup@x. to find supergalaxy
Here @ represents ergala and the . y


Supergrams

Find larger words that contain your anagram letters, use * to represent 1 or more extra letters (blank tiles)

Enter microsoft* to find discomforting, nonconformists, oversimplification


So here, all the letters in microsoft appear in these words and are shown in black in the screenshot above, the red letters are the extra letters represented by *


Definitions

You can press the information icon on the right of a word to look up its definition on Google.  You can change from Google to Merriam-Webster, MW Thesaurus, Collins, Oxford Dictionaries or Wikipedia via the settings menu.

Instead of using the settings menu to change the default dictionary provider, you can long press a word to bring up a dialog of options:



Pressing copy will copy the word to the system clip board which you can paste back into the query field on the main screen.


Filters


Most searches will return 500 results (5000 if you upgrade to Pro), too many to easily wade through. You can press the filter button (it's on the top right) and get to the filter screen as shown above. You can set up 1 or several filters, press search and the app will perform the search again but this time with the filters applied.

As an example lets say you are playing Scrabble with the letters zsltera in your tray and you want to attach them to a tile on the board, say m. So enter zslteram as your query:


Press the filter button, top right, I would like to use up my z tile and the word must start with m


 Press search to run the search with the filters you have set



The other filters, especially for word size are essential for word games such as 4 Pics 1 Word and Word Cookie.


Settings

You can get to the settings screen by pressing the menu key, top left  on the main screen and then pressing Settings



The settings shown above are
  • Dictionary Definition - choose which dictionary provide to use when you press the information icon next to a word
  • Letter highlighting, chose the colour of the letters in Blank and Supergram searches
  • Automatically Show keyboard, enable to cause the keyboard to appear when you go to the main screen
  • Allow long press on results, disable to prevent you from accidentally causing a long press on a word making the lookup options appear 
For Pro users you can switch between word lists, Standard with 130,000 words and Pro with 280,000 words. You can also increase the results limit to a massive 5000 words!


Go Pro

You can upgrade the app by making a small in app purchase for less than the price of a coffee.  For most folk, the standard app is more than enough for most word games and puzzles and I would only advise upgrading if you are a Cryptic Crosswords fan or detest ads enough to pay. 

Note that the only ads I show is a small banner along the bottom of the results screen. The ads are provided by Google Admob.

From the Menu, press Go Pro:


Press Buy £1.99 (I'm in the UK but similar prices in other countries) and then follow the standard Apple in app purchase menus to complete the sale. Once the sale has successfully completed the app will load the Pro word list, remove ads from every screen, disable loading of any ads and unlock the Pro settings. 

If you buy a new phone or have re-installed the app, press Restore Purchases and the app will check if you have already made a purchase and enable Pro if you have.


Help Out

Thanks for using the app and if you have upgraded to Pro, thanks again.

If you can think of any other uses for the app, please enter them in the comments below. Reading comments in the app store and feedback from emails, users have found all sorts of uses for the app such as deciphering handwriting, learning English, writing poetry,  writing quizzes, creating puzzles and even helping with a hearing disability ( I think they enter part of the word they heard)

Tell your friends about the app, it's available for all Android and iOS devices. You can send me feedback via email from the main menu in the app.

I hope you will enjoy using the app for years to come, remember it's not cheating - just saving you a little time ;)


Mark
App Developer

2 comments:

  1. Hi! Great app!
    It would be good if you could also indicate sequences of letters that need to be in a particular order. For games (like Paperback) where the cards or tiles may have more than one letter on them.

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    1. I'll be adding more filters in the next release such as a word filter where the word must contain a sequence of letters that you specify.

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