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Black Ink is a crossword solving application for Mac OS X, its intuitive interface and advanced puzzle solving tools are a joy for crossword lovers of all ages and skills.

Black Ink connects users with the puzzles they are passionate about. Download new puzzles from the Internet, solve them with an advanced on-screen editor, or print them out for the long weekend away from the office. Black Ink covers all of the puzzle-solver's needs.

What's New

Version 1.6.1:
  • New support for premium puzzle downloads from New York Times and American Values Club.
  • Fix a bug where the puzzle chooser would appear upon launch even when already opening a document.
  • Fix a crash that could sometimes occur while closing a puzzle.


OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Pengman Member IconReview+28

I've been using this program for a long time.
Many, many hours of enjoyment.
Classy program, classy support if there are ever any questions.

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Version 1.1.7
VeryCarla Member IconComment+49

I'll tell you what, Daniel. I'll pay $25 for Black Ink when I can use it to create crosswords. Heck, I might even pay $35. Make the program worth $25. Don't just price it there because you think that makes it sound "professional". There are plenty of people who can afford $25 for a one-trick pony like Black Ink, but I'm not one of 'em.

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Version 1.0.8
gryphonent Member IconReview+444

Overpriced. Krosswordz is $8 and has exactly the same functionality. Actually, I think it does look a bit better. The lookup feature is missing... but then again, most people can open a browser themselves.

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Version 1.0.6
Red Sweater Software (Developer)

Sorry you feel the price is so great as to warrant a 2-star rating. I think that's pretty harsh, considering the app is still valuable even if you don't personally think it's worth the cost.


Well.. as your app doesn't offer any advantage over the competition, which is 1/3 the price, I've to compare your app on price only, don't I?


gryphonent, you rated it only two stars for features, and then go on to admit that you only considered the price? So if you don't like the price then the features don't exist? That doesn't even come close to making sense.

Red Sweater Software (Developer)

Mechanist, thanks for noticing that. I'm also curious as to whether the application ever crashed for Gryphonent. I pride myself on the stability in Black Ink, and I am surprised to see it receive only 3 stars in that area.

John-o Member IconReview+26

Finally! A Universal Crossword app that doesn't suck!! Seriously, this is the reincarnation of MacXword (I believe that's what it was called), whick was bought by a new developer (Daniel Jaikut of Red Sweater Software), and he is being incredibly responsive to feature requests and bug reports. If you're a crossword junkie and have an Intel Mac, this is the app for you. Period.

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Version 1.0.2
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Version 1.4.1
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Version 1.2.3
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Version 1.2.2
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Downloads 15,825
Version Downloads 133
Type Games / Puzzle
License Shareware
Date 05 May 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.95
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