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Crossword Forge

CNET Editors' review

Crossword puzzle and word search enthusiasts who want to try their hand at creating their own will appreciate the tools and help found in Crossword Forge. While you won't be able to print or view your puzzles without the answers displayed, you can still get a good sense of how this program works.

The interface is designed for business, with tabs for easy access to create your puzzle in steps, from the title to the background. The hardest part is coming up with the clues and answers. Crossword Forge makes the rest fairly simple, and you need only type in your clues and answers in their appropriate fields. Hit the Make Puzzle key and your puzzle is arranged for you. By default, the program will try and fit in every answer, but you can also specify how many of your answers you want Crossword Forge to shoot for. We were pretty impressed with the results and how many of our answers were arranged in official crossword format. Like a standard word processor, you'll find simple options to choose the font, its size and style, and to designate block size and puzzle width and height. Educators will like the numerous language options, including Russian, Spanish, and Arabic.

There is no time restriction given for Crossword Forge, but you can only view or print your puzzles with the answers displayed. The same goes when exporting to bitmap, text, or PDF format. The Web export option is completely disabled, but you can see a sample Web puzzle. We recommend Crossword Forge for anyone interested in making puzzles for the classroom or just for fun.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice to use"

    September 23, 2009  |   By beyondtoday

    Version: Crossword Forge 6.0.2

    Pros

    apart from justr begining able to make a crossword this one allows you to add background pictures to make your puzzle more pleasing to look at

    Cons

    the web feature is a little confusing if you are not knowledged in file comand directions. the spell checker doesn't work while typing

    Summary

    if you are looking for a easy to use creator this one is good even with it's minor problems I already mentioned as for price it's not to bad compared to others that are curently out there

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    August 30, 2009  |   By beyondtoday

    Version: Crossword Forge 5.6

    Pros

    simple to figure out without a help guide. has web features as well as save to jpeg

    Cons

    not as many designs as others

    Summary

    for a fast build crossword maker this one is easy to setup and work with although limited in some of the crossword designs it's still fun to work with and share with your friends

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Help you create fun classroom activities!"

    June 15, 2006  |   By every day

    Version: Crossword Forge 4.6

    Pros

    user-friendly, very easy to create different sort of word games, definitely helpful for prep

    what I like the most about the product is their support- I had a hard time using the program, but they got rid of all the problem(s) I had, and made it work. The product is great, and so is the support.

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