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and works with them to develop standards.   
 
and works with them to develop standards.   
  
The [[Technology Committee]] evaluates and certifies software for use at tournaments and clubs.  
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The [[Technology Committee]] evaluates and certifies word judge software for use at tournaments and clubs.  
  
 
NASPA also licenses the [[NASPA Word List]] and [[NASPA School Word List]] for use by developers.  
 
NASPA also licenses the [[NASPA Word List]] and [[NASPA School Word List]] for use by developers.  
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Certification and licensing are separate processes; software may be either, neither, or both. Uncertified, unlicensed software is listed here only for information purposes, and not as an endorsement.
 
Certification and licensing are separate processes; software may be either, neither, or both. Uncertified, unlicensed software is listed here only for information purposes, and not as an endorsement.
  
== Tournament and club software ==
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== Certified word judge software ==
 
 
=== Word judge (software self lookup) ===
 
  
 
NASPA recommends that [[tournaments]] and [[clubs]] use laptops running word adjudication software to process  
 
NASPA recommends that [[tournaments]] and [[clubs]] use laptops running word adjudication software to process  
 
challenges in competitive games.  The following Software Self Lookup (SSL) programs were evaluated by the [[Technology Committee]] and are approved for use in club and tournament situations as noted below.
 
challenges in competitive games.  The following Software Self Lookup (SSL) programs were evaluated by the [[Technology Committee]] and are approved for use in club and tournament situations as noted below.
  
; [[Zyzzyva]]
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=== [[Zyzzyva]] ===
: developed by [[Michael Thelen]], is used at all major events, including the [[National SCRABBLE Championship]], [[National School SCRABBLE Championship]] and [[Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship]]
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* '''Features''': anagramming, definitions, word judge, word study
: Systems: Linux, macOS, Windows
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* '''Developers''': [[Michael Thelen]], [[Ross Brown]]
: Acceptable for tournament and club play
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* '''Systems''': Linux, macOS, Windows
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* '''Notes''': certified and licensed, used at all major events,including the [[National SCRABBLE Championship]], [[National School SCRABBLE Championship]] and [[Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship]]
  
; [http://www.wolfberg.net/what/ '''WHAT''']
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=== [http://www.wolfberg.net/what/ WHAT] ===
: developed by [[Mike Wolfberg]]
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* '''Features''': anagramming, word judge
: System: Windows
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* '''Developer''': [[Michael Wolfberg|Mike Wolfberg]]
: Acceptable for tournament and club play
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* '''System''': Windows
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* '''Notes''': Certified and licensed. Stands for "Wolfberg's Helpful Anagramming Tool".
  
=== Tournament management ===
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== Tournament management software ==
  
Tournament management software assists the director in pairing players, recording game results, generating pairing reports and standings for printing, and generating final tournament data for submission to NASPA for rating of tournaments.
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Tournament management software assists the director in pairing players, recording game results, generating pairing reports and standings for printing, and generating final tournament data for submission to NASPA for rating of tournaments. There is not yet a certification process for this category of software.
  
 
There is at least one popular software package not listed below, at the request of its publisher.
 
There is at least one popular software package not listed below, at the request of its publisher.
  
; [[tsh]]
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=== [[tsh]] ===
: developed by [[John Chew]], is used at all major events, including the [[National SCRABBLE Championship]], [[National School SCRABBLE Championship]] and [[Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship]].  It has a very rich set of features, but most directors need some help at first learning to use it.  tsh runs under OS/X, Linux, DOS and Windows.
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* '''Features''': tournament management, word judge
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* '''Developer''': [[John Chew]]
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* '''Systems''': DOS, Linux, macOS and Windows.
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* '''Notes''': used at all major events, including the [[National SCRABBLE Championship]], [[National School SCRABBLE Championship]] and [[Canadian National SCRABBLE Championship]].  It has a very rich set of features, but most directors need some help at first learning to use its command-line interface.
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== Licensed software ==
  
== Study tools ==
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The following software contain licensed copies of NASPA word lists, but have not been
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certified for competitive use.
  
Note: the Technology Committee does not evaluate or endorse the various study tools available, but has provided a list here for information purposes only.
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=== [http://www.tylerhosting.com/hoot/ Hoot] ===
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* '''Features''': anagramming, word judge, word study
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* '''Developer''': [[Dana Bell]]
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* '''Systems''': Android, Windows
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* '''Notes''': Licensed, but not certified as a competitive word judge tool.
  
=== Game analysis ===
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=== [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=www.scrabbleclock.com.scrabbleclock Wali Timer] ===
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* '''Features''': anagramming, game timer, word judge
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* '''Developer''': [[Wali Khubaib]]
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* '''Systems''': Android
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* '''Notes''': Licensed, but not certified as a competitive word judge tool or game timer.
  
; [http://www.quackle.org Quackle]
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=== [http://www.wordupdude.com/ Word Up Dude] ===
: developed by [[Jason Katz-Brown]] and [[John O'Laughlin]], is the strongest SCRABBLE playing program in the world. It is used by many players for training, and to analyze their games to improve their future play.
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* '''Features''': word game
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* '''Developer''': [[Timothy Gardner|Tim Gardner]]
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* '''Systems''': Android, iOS
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* '''Notes''': Licensed to use official word lists in its own word game.
  
; Maven
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== Unlicensed software ==
: developed by [[Brian Sheppard]], is also a strong program, but was withdrawn from the market when its rights were sold to [[Hasbro]].  Sheppard continues to develop the program, a branch of which was available briefly from Hasbro in CD-ROM form.
 
  
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The following software is neither certified nor licensed, but may be of interest to our
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members.
  
=== Anagramming and word lookup tools ===
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=== [https://aerolith.org/ Aerolith] ===
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* '''Features''': word study
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* '''Developer''': [[Cesar Del Solar]]
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* '''Systems''': web app
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* '''Notes''': License pending. Features competitive high-score lists.
  
; [http://cowboyprogramming.com/2008/07/06/checkword/ CHECKWORD]
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=== [http://www.quackle.org Quackle] ===
: app for the iPhone that anagrams letters to find words. Also has a word judge feature (that has not yet been authorized by the [[Technology Committee]] for official use at tournaments or clubs).
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* '''Features''': anagramming, game analysis, game play
: System: iPhone
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* '''Developers''': [[Jason Katz-Brown]], [[John O'Laughlin]], [[John Fultz]]
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* '''Systems''': Linux, macOS, Windows
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* '''Notes''': License pending. Strongest SCRABBLE playing program in the world. It is used by many players for training, and to analyze their games to improve their future play.
  
; [http://www.wolfberg.net/what/ '''WHAT''']
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=== [http://www.poslarchive.com/math/software/qz/ qz] ===
: developed by [[Mike Wolfberg]], Wolfberg's Helpful Anagramming Tool. Also authorized SSL word judge for tournaments and clubs.
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* '''Features''': word study
: System:  Windows
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* '''Developer''': [[John Chew]]
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* '''Systems''': Linux, macOS, Windows
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* '''Notes''': Unlicensed. Generic flashcarding tool intended for word study, does not ship with word lists, supports bulk input of quiz text files
  
; [[Zyzzyva]]
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=== [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ulu-ultimate-lookup-utility/id1281832323 ULU] ===
: developed by [[Michael Thelen]], allows a variety of word lookup methods, includes definitions, cardbox studying, quizzes, etc.  Also authorized SSL word judge for tournaments and clubs.
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* '''Features''': anagramming, game timer, word judge
: Systems supported: Windows, macOS, Linux, etc.
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* '''Developer''': [[Seth Lipkin]]
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* '''System''': iOS
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* '''Notes''': License pending. Not certified for use a word judge or game timer.
  
 
== Legacy Software ==
 
== Legacy Software ==

Latest revision as of 22:03, 21 September 2019

Software plays a major role in organized SCRABBLE® activities.

NASPA's Web Committee offers web hosting space to software developers, and works with them to develop standards.

The Technology Committee evaluates and certifies word judge software for use at tournaments and clubs.

NASPA also licenses the NASPA Word List and NASPA School Word List for use by developers.

Certification and licensing are separate processes; software may be either, neither, or both. Uncertified, unlicensed software is listed here only for information purposes, and not as an endorsement.

Certified word judge software

NASPA recommends that tournaments and clubs use laptops running word adjudication software to process challenges in competitive games. The following Software Self Lookup (SSL) programs were evaluated by the Technology Committee and are approved for use in club and tournament situations as noted below.

Zyzzyva

WHAT

  • Features: anagramming, word judge
  • Developer: Mike Wolfberg
  • System: Windows
  • Notes: Certified and licensed. Stands for "Wolfberg's Helpful Anagramming Tool".

Tournament management software

Tournament management software assists the director in pairing players, recording game results, generating pairing reports and standings for printing, and generating final tournament data for submission to NASPA for rating of tournaments. There is not yet a certification process for this category of software.

There is at least one popular software package not listed below, at the request of its publisher.

tsh

Licensed software

The following software contain licensed copies of NASPA word lists, but have not been certified for competitive use.

Hoot

  • Features: anagramming, word judge, word study
  • Developer: Dana Bell
  • Systems: Android, Windows
  • Notes: Licensed, but not certified as a competitive word judge tool.

Wali Timer

  • Features: anagramming, game timer, word judge
  • Developer: Wali Khubaib
  • Systems: Android
  • Notes: Licensed, but not certified as a competitive word judge tool or game timer.

Word Up Dude

  • Features: word game
  • Developer: Tim Gardner
  • Systems: Android, iOS
  • Notes: Licensed to use official word lists in its own word game.

Unlicensed software

The following software is neither certified nor licensed, but may be of interest to our members.

Aerolith

  • Features: word study
  • Developer: Cesar Del Solar
  • Systems: web app
  • Notes: License pending. Features competitive high-score lists.

Quackle

  • Features: anagramming, game analysis, game play
  • Developers: Jason Katz-Brown, John O'Laughlin, John Fultz
  • Systems: Linux, macOS, Windows
  • Notes: License pending. Strongest SCRABBLE playing program in the world. It is used by many players for training, and to analyze their games to improve their future play.

qz

  • Features: word study
  • Developer: John Chew
  • Systems: Linux, macOS, Windows
  • Notes: Unlicensed. Generic flashcarding tool intended for word study, does not ship with word lists, supports bulk input of quiz text files

ULU

  • Features: anagramming, game timer, word judge
  • Developer: Seth Lipkin
  • System: iOS
  • Notes: License pending. Not certified for use a word judge or game timer.

Legacy Software

Software that is no longer actively supported, or has not been updated to current standards, can be found in a separate list of legacy software.