Crossword Forge

Crossword Forge

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 3 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.3
  • Total Downloads:
    24,236
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 12, 2013
  • Price:
    Free to try (Export/print-limited); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    6.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    17
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.3
Version 7.3:
  • Writing mask letters in the puzzle mask editor is now easier and more obvious. We now include a "Write" control specifically for this purpose.
  • Added an "Update Word List..." in the mask editor which will synchronize your changes from the puzzle mask editor to the main word list. This allows you to build puzzle manually much easier than before. Here's the basic synchronization rules: 1. If the word is only in the mask it will add it to the word list and the puzzle grid 2. If the word is in both the word list and the mask, but not yet in the puzzle grid, it will add it to the puzzle grid 3. If the word is only in the word list, and the word doesn't have a clue specified it will be removed. (this rule doesn't apply for word search puzzles) 4. If the word is only in the word list, and the word does have a clue specified you can optionally remove it. You can manually override the synchronization actions of any of the above. You can also specify clues for any words. This is great for when adding new words via the mask editor. Words that don't fit any of the rules above are not altered.
  • Pressing the new "Update Puzzle" button will also cause Crossword Forge to run a check to see if islands are necessary for the given puzzle. If so, Crossword Forge will warn you. It also provides a way for you to easily turn on "puzzle islands" from within the warning dialog.
  • Added Irish Gaelic as a built-in language.
  • Other minor improvements added.
General
Publisher SOL Robots
Publisher web site http://www.solrobots.com
Release Date February 08, 2013
Date Added February 12, 2013
Version 7.3
Category
Category Home Software
Subcategory Hobby Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.55MB
File Name crossword_forge_win.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 24,236
Downloads Last Week 17
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Export/print-limited
Price $49.95

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