This specialized application lets you build your own acrostic puzzles, but it isn't user-friendly. Enigmacross sports a small interface under a File menu with Puzzle, Options, Special, Tools, and Help as the only selections. You can create a puzzle from scratch or modify one of the included demo puzzles, but the program offers little guidance for effectively using either method. When you opt to create a new puzzle, a window appears to select the puzzle's height and width, but doesn't specify the format of the required author and quote or indicate which of the two offered fields the information should go in. The help file primarily offers general advice on selecting appropriate quotes and clues; it's a bit light on advice specific to using the program. You also can choose to solve one of the demo puzzles, which is a nice bonus but doesn't help you with the program's primary purpose of creating your own puzzles. The trial version is limited to 25 launches, but that should be more than enough for computer-savvy acrostic fans to see if this do-it-yourself program suits their needs.
What's new in version 7.01
ReleaseFebruary 23, 2011
Date AddedFebruary 23, 2011
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows XP
Enigmacross is a professional acrostic puzzle development application. Use it to construct real acrostics just like the kind which appear in newspapers and magazines. With Enigmacross's many features, routine tasks and errors are eliminated, leaving you to concentrate on creating entertaining and original puzzles. This latest version of Enigmacross includes Crossdown Quotebank.
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