This page is in support of the WHAT (Wolfberg's Helpful Anagramming Tool) program.
The WHAT program is available for sale in a variety of ways. You may pay for it using a credit card on the web or you may send a check to Mike. You may receive the program by downloading only or on various physical media plus downloading. We recommend the download only option. The basic cost is $19.95, discounted to $14.95 when paying by cash/check, with additional shipping and handling charges made for distribution on physical media. This page includes instructions on how to make your purchase - see below.
WHAT is a software product and not free shareware, however, there is a free demo form of the program named someWHAT. With the purchased product, there is a two-step licensing scheme to control WHAT's use. When you make your purchase, you are then e-mailed an authorization key that you must use twice:
When WHAT runs for the first time on a computer, it indicates that it needs both the authorization key you were given at purchase time and a machine-dependent password. In order to get that password, you must visit a particular web page where you will present the machine-dependent code presented to you by WHAT. This can be done easily by having WHAT start up a web browser and supply the appropriate arguments with the URL for you. The password will then be e-mailed to you. We will endeavor to do this within half a day (1-12 hours).
Be sure to have your authorization key available.
If you have just been using someWHAT, the demo version, we recommend getting rid of it and making a fresh start. Details about this are covered on a separate web page entitled "Moving from someWHAT to WHAT", where alternatives are presented.
Here is how to proceed:
WHAT is initially available to run on PC computers running MS/Windows®. We expect it will work with most current versions including W95, W98, NT, W2K, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. We believe it will NOT work with MS/Windows® Millennium Edition (ME). We have not established a minimum processor speed or memory size.
The complete installation, including documentation and two definitions files occupies about 15 Mb.
When you are setting up WHAT with your key and with your password, you should be logged into your machine with Administrator privileges, which is generally required for installing software, except not in W98.
The minimum screen size recommended to use this program is 1024 x 768 pixels, since the intended minimum size of the WHAT window is 918 x 700 pixels. If you want to play the Word-Building Game, the suggested minimim size is 960 x 642. If your screen has fewer pixels, some of the WHAT window will be off-screen. You may choose to run WHAT without its showing the left tabs. These are not required for most uses of the program, but they are helpful when formulating esoteric queries. If you are comfortable, turning off the left tabs, you can use WHAT with a minimum screen size of 800 x 575. If you run WHAT on a screen with a pixel density of less than 801 x 601, it will turn off showing the left tabs. According to the pixel density and window size, you may want to adjust the size of the font in the workspace. If you want specific instructions on how to alter the screen size on your computer, click here.
The numbers of pixels stated above assumes the computer is running with standard-sized fonts, which is 96 DPI. If you are running with larger fonts, such as 120, then you must increase those pixel numbers by the ratio of 120 to 96, which is 1.25. In this case, the minimum screen size would be 1000 x 719 instead of 800 x 575.
There are no definite plans to port the program to a MAC platform, but perhaps this will be done someday.
Your purchase of WHAT Version 1 entitles you to:
WHAT comes with these lexicons at the present time:
someWHAT comes with these lexicons at the present time:
WHAT can provide definitions in its output and in a Definitions window, and the product comes with such files for OWL2 definitions and for TWL98 definitions. You can also separately download either of these files whether or not you are a WHAT customer. The size of each of them is about 1 Mb. The WHAT User Guide specifies the format of a definitions file, and you are welcome to provide one for the program to use. At present, there are no definitions for Spanish words.
Although these definitions files are included in both WHAT and someWHAT distributions, they are included only for convenience. They are not part of what you purchase when you get the WHAT distribution. You can also get copies of these definitions file from this web site using these links:
These definitions files are executable, self-extracting Zip files. After downloading, perhaps to your desktop, double-click the file icon to expand the compressed version into the file OWLdefs.txt or TWLdefs.txt. You will be prompted where to place that file; it should go into the directory where your WHAT executable (what.exe) is. This is probably C:\Program Files\WHAT, the default choice set up for you. Once the expanded file has been placed, you no longer need to keep OWLdefs.exe or TWLdefs.exe.
Although WHAT supports multiple lexicons, it deals
with only one definitions file, and the setting up to use that
definitions file is done as the program starts up. You can see which
definitions file is being used as part of the report given when you
Click on the
Kagi will accept your payment by credit card.
Kagi will also accept your check via postal mail, but so will I, and when
you send it to me, you get a discount of $5.
The discount will also apply if you pay me directly by cash.
If you prefer, you can mail your check to me at:
WHAT - Michael S. Wolfberg
4 Rockwell Rd.
Westford, MA 01886-6312
and please make out the check to Michael S. Wolfberg. It is important you include "WHAT" as part of the mailing address (but not on the check). You will also need to print, fill out, and mail the purchasing form along with your check. It is imperative you write clearly, especially your e-mail address. If you are unable to do this, please e-mail the information required on the form to me at email@example.com. I plan to support your filling out the form, and just sending that to me directly by clicking on a button, but this is not available yet. You would still have to mail me a check and indicate which form you sent me electronically.
You may elect to receive the full installation of the program and its associated files in one of four ways:
After you purchase WHAT, an authorization key will be e-mailed to you. You can get this key pretty quickly when you make this purchase over the web at the Kagi Web Store. We are using the trusted site kagi.com to handle these purchasing transactions.
With the authorization key, you will then be able to download the full distribution and/or individual files involved with WHAT. Then when you first run the program, it will lead you through the steps to authorize your using it. This involves returning to this web site with your authorization key and a WHAT-supplied machine-dependent code. If you are connected to the Internet at the time, WHAT can browse the appropriate page, supplying the required data for you. Then, you will be sent your password via an e-mail message, probably within 1-12 hours. You will supply this password to WHAT just once, and your ability to run the program on this particular computer is complete. You will not have to deal with this subject or authorization as you use WHAT on the same computer.
Click on the button below to purchase WHAT now at the Kagi Web Store. The store may be unavailable on some Tuesdays between 1 and 2 p.m. Eastern time, when they perform maintenance. Otherwise, they are usable at all hours. The choices at the store allow for various distribution media, and we recommend the first option of getting WHAT via downloads only.
To communicate with me about WHAT, please send me e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org