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EclipseCrossword

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For crossword fans, the question isn't why you should download this freeware crossword creator, but why you possibly wouldn't. EclipseCrossword may not be glamorous, but it will make quality crosswords of varying sizes in mere seconds. Better yet, your final creations will be printable or publishable in a number of formats, including Web pages.

The program uses a wizard-style interface to guide you through the steps of making your own crossword, starting with entering the clues and answers one by one and ending with a crossword puzzle that fits your size specifications. Both puzzles and word lists can be saved as Eclipse files or as HTML, while interactive crosswords can be created with Java or dHTML. Finally, the puzzles can be exported as RTF, WMF, or EPS files. EclipseCrossword is a great inspirational tool for creative puzzlemakers, or a complete solution for anyone who wants to whip up a basic crossword.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.2 stars

    out of 45 votes

    • 5 star: 31
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 7
  • Current version:

    3.4 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs aggressive Adware! Do Not Install!!"

    October 7, 2013  |   By cgreen2001

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    None - Deceptive program

    Cons

    Installs "Jolly Wallet" and "Quick Share". Windows uninstall will not delete.

    Summary

    Do not install

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Immediately able to use."

    April 10, 2013  |   By kenbutler55

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    It is self-explanitory.
    Modifies the puzzle many different ways so you can pick the one you like.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Summary

    I used it immediately to create a puzzle for my Bible study group. Not difficult to use.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Tried the rest - this was best! :-)"

    November 9, 2012  |   By mroftalp

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    Excellent simple setup and help files.
    Downloaded it and used it at once.

    Cons

    No real cons - some complaints here by others are missing the point:
    It is R.T.G. - even a Uni lecturer can run it at once! :-)

    Summary

    Anyone trying to teach anyone anything could use this tool. It engages the brain, a most difficult thing to do in this VISUAL age of dumbed-down fluoride drinkers.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A really good crossword program."

    October 31, 2011  |   By fperafan

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    It is really easy to create crossword puzzles with EclipseCrossword. This program is simple, clear, complete, plenty of options, and free.

    Cons

    None after one week using it.

    Summary

    Thanks a lot Green Eclipse for EclipseCrossword.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works very well"

    October 13, 2011  |   By tlink21

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    Pretty easy to understand how to use and make puzzles. I was making themed puzzled for our local weekly newspaper.
    I like the way it produces an "Answer Grid" same as the puzzle but filled in.

    Cons

    I doesn't make a full grid, in other words where there are not puzzle words there is just a gray area. It bothered me at first but then I used the gray space to put the sponsors name and puzzle theme, so it's not a con for me.

    Summary

    A very worthwhile download if you're planning to make crossword puzzles.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "No Unicode support"

    March 8, 2011  |   By grvsmth

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    It installed okay, and seems to do something.

    Cons

    I was looking for a crossword generator that would allow me to enter words in any language. Sadly, this didn't fit the bill.

    Summary

    It may be good for some languages, but not for all.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use and very fast."

    February 15, 2010  |   By DomDico

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    I like how it is free and very light but does so much. You not only make a puzzle but you can also make it a webpage and choose how you would like it to be printed. If you love crosswords or want to challenge friends, this is the program for you.

    Cons

    THere is only one thing I do not like about the program. I do not like the location of where it puts your name on the page.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "compact easy to use"

    February 9, 2010  |   By old student

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    simple easy to use program

    Cons

    none yet...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I really like this software!"

    December 7, 2009  |   By chrislagemann

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    II tried a number of "free" online crosswords and this was the best - hands down!
    I like the various options for saving the puzzles.
    Being able to adjust the size of the overall puzzle is great.
    Entering the words and clues was easy and intuitive.

    Cons

    No real cons. I once had an issue with accidentally erasing words and definitions I had already typed in, but I was trying something "different" and deleted them without realizing what I had done.

    Summary

    have recommended this program to dozens of instructors as an easy and quick way to prepare "vocabulary" puzzles for their students. I've used it for 3 semesters now. Everyone I recommended it to, that tried it, loved it too.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great program"

    October 27, 2009  |   By bmalkin

    Version: EclipseCrossword 1.2.57

    Pros

    easy to use

    Cons

    none that I can think of

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