WordPlay Assistant v3.1 Is Here!

April 15, 2011

We’re proud to announce the release of WordPlay Assistant and WordPlay Assistant Free v3.1!

This new version includes the following new features

  • A notification bar icon to allow you to quickly reopen the app
  • The Crosswords tab can now be used with all Scrabble dictionaries (paid version only)
  • If you use a wildcard when generating anagrams via the Anagram tab, the letter being used as the wildcard will be shown in GREEN in the results
  • Added Clear buttons to all text entry boxes so you can quickly erase your last search
  • Text entry box contents will be saved so that when the app restarts they will be restored
  • Removed an unnecessary check for Airplane Mode prior to each search

The price for WordPlay Assistant remains 99 cents and WordPlay Assistant is free and ad supported.

Pick up your copy today at the Android Market!


WordPlay Assistant v3.0 Released!

February 27, 2011

We are proud to announce the release of version 3.0 of WordPlay Assistant today.

The main changes are that this is the first version with both a FREE and PAID version of the app.  The free version only contains the Anagram and Word Judge tabs and displays advertising from AdMob.  The paid version adds the Dictionary and Crosswords tabs and the ability to install the Scrabble dictionaries on your device (for when you are out of reach of the Internet).

The best news of all is that the price of the paid version is now just 99 cents!!!!  Pick up a copy today at the Android Market.

Additional changes…

The Anagram tab now has two text entries; one for tray letters and one for board letters.  The search results now show the board letters highlighted in red text to help players fit words on the Scrabble(TM) playboard.

The search history code has been cleaned-up necessitating the creation of V3 history data.  All prior history is removed when v3.0 is started the first time.

When sorting search results alphabetically, results are now indexed by the first letter of the word.  The scroll bar will present the user with the current index being viewed.

Crashes were fixed that were caused by hitting the Search button without any search string entered.  Applies to all tabs.

Progress dialogs have been fixed so that hitting Cancel will cause the search to be properly terminated and the user to be returned to the main screen.


WordPlay Assistant Definitions Return

October 26, 2010

The service that supplies dictionary and thesaurus services to WordPlay Assistant, dict.org, has returned to service and our customers should be able to get those services again from the app.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


WordPlay Assistant Definitions Down Temporarily

October 25, 2010

Dict.org, the service that WordPlay Assistant uses to get word definitions, is currently not operating.  Until this is resolved, WordPlay Assistant cannot display these definitions for our customers.

We apologize for the inconvenience.


WordPlay Assistant v2.2 Released

August 26, 2010

Today we are releasing WordPlay Assistant v2.2.

This version fixes many problems encountered due to network errors.  Previously, WPA would retry each request a number of times.  v2.2 fixes this by implementing infinite retries and allowing the user to cancel the request by adding a Cancel button to the dialog box displayed while a request is being made.  We have also included better error text whenever WPA makes a request while connected to public WiFi networks which require authentication before use.

v2.2 also turns off any typing auto-correction when entering words in any of the tabs.

We have also fixed history processing so that it works properly.


WordPlay Assistant v2.1a Released

May 31, 2010

WordPlay v2.1a was released today.

It contains better error handling for certain types of networking issues our customers were experiencing.  Some of those issues include the inability to find our dictionary server by its name, an inability to connect with or being disconnected from our servers, or a protocol error being encountered.

Most of those error conditions are recoverable so v2.1a will attempt to retry your requests 5 times before giving up.  If this occurs, you will still get an error dialog which you can report to us for diagnosis.


WordPlay Assistant v2.1 Released!

May 26, 2010

We’re proud to introduce WordPlay Assistant v2.1, the Scrabble(TM) player’s best friend.

This release builds on the Word Judge feature added in v2.0 by allowing you to enter more than one word to be judged.  Just separate the words with commas and the Word Judge will determine if one or more of the entered words is invalid.  This is great for determining if a single play on the board is valid for all words on the board that the play creates.

We’ve also added the ability to sort both anagram and dictionary lookups by word length…a great feature when you’re trying to unload as many letters in your rack as possible in a single play.

Both of the above features were requested by our customers.

Dictionary definitions have been beefed up in v2.1 by opening up the entire dictionary set provided by dict.org.

Finally, we’ve fixed a major problem caused by changing the orientation of your handset.  Previously, when reorienting the screen it was possible to crash WordPlay Assistant or cause the just submitted search to be resubmitted.  Neither of these situtations should occur in the future.

WordPlay Assistant is now better than ever!  Get over to the Android Market and buy it today!