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JiXii is a jigsaw puzzle game that allows you to use your own images to break apart and put back together again. You can change settings (such as image size, number of pieces, piece patterns), game sounds and appearance (background colors, highlight method, option for piece outlines, seamless pieces). Timer is available to keep your records. In the registered version, your settings, puzzle state and record will be saved automatically. Puzzles can be saved separately as JiXii documents or as simple Java applets which you can upload to your site or give your friends as stand-alone puzzles.

What's New

Version 3.3:
  • Internal revision mostly for faster piece creation and drawing on a Retina display.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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Prince_Isaac Member IconComment+300
Prince_Isaac
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*** Off Topic ***

I've been searching the net for a web-based jigsaw puzzle generator for the Mac, without success.

If anyone knows where such an app might be found, please reply below.

Many thanks!

P I

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Version 3.2
Corpsecorps Member IconReview+761
Corpsecorps
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Frowned my own previous comments because I had made them regarding version 2.x that I had had sitting on my drive, not on the new version 3.

Until trying this app, I hadn't worked a Jigsaw for... who knows how many years. Pretty fun with when you don't have 500 or 1000 pieces and can use your own folder of photos. The variety of features and customizations is great. Being able to see just edge pieces, and the like, take a lot of the tedium out of puzzle solving.

Cons?

A few elements work in slightly odd ways. I've also noticed one minor bug and two other annoyances. Firstly, when the pref to make the puzzle seamless where joined is turned on, it doesn't work "seamlessly". In some places (especially near the corners of pieces) little residual bits of highlighting are left behind, and sometimes 1 or more entire edges will remain highlighted. First I thought they all eventually got fixed, but just finished a puzzle where at the end, there were 2 pieces with their common edge joined, while all other edges (6) were left visible.

Secondly, when the pref is turned on to have the selected puzzle piece follow the mouse automatically, the delay between pushing the mouse button, and the piece selecting, and thus attaching to the mouse pointer, is far too long. I find myself clicking about 1/3 of the pieces twice to get them to follow the pointer because I don't hold the button long enough.

Lastly, when a chunk of multiple connected pieces is rotated, there's a noticeable delay between pressing the key, and the rotation taking place.

I'd say, on the whole, the reactions to events needs to be snappier.

Wishes:
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In addition to snappier reactions, it would be nice if JiXii didn't ask to record your time when you're pausing mid-puzzle, and when you DO choose to record the time, instead of just allowing a memo, it recorded the filename automatically, in case that image comes up again.

It's nice that JiXii allows you to choose a blue highlight outline for the selected puzzle piece, OR to give it a colored tint, but both have drawbacks as implemented. The blue highlight being square and wide instead of following the shape of the piece is distracting. A thin but anti-aliased, puzzle-piece-shaped border automatically colored for good contrast with the puzzle itself, or at least allowing a color to be chosen, would be much superior.

I usually go with tinting, but in difficult areas of similar color like skies, tinting even slightly can make it much more difficult to place the piece. Some aid, like a key to toggle tinting would be excellent.

Pardon getting so wordy, but I have 2 more minor items. A brief flash of the outline, or some other visual indication of a piece being placed in the right position, in addition to the optional sound effect, would be great. Sometimes they just pop into place while one is dragging them, and it seems like they've been dropped. I wouldn't mind having an option where clicking the mouse is *required* to attempt to put the piece in place.

Last of all, it would be nice if the original picture view would remain the same size from puzzle to puzzle, and pieces would not be placed under it if it's visible when they're scattered.

Anyway, I'm only griping and wishing because I LIKE IT!

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Version 3.1
Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761
Corpsecorps
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Seems like a very slick little app with a good set of options.

Got only 3 small complaints:

1 - It's a bit too realistic in that there's sometimes a single puzzle piece missing. (maybe related to an infrequent situation where the puzzle is large on the screen and lots of pieces are jammed up at the top halfway off screen when scattered)

2 - Seems odd that it won't accept a keypress to rotate a puzzle piece while it is being dragged.

3 - The way the timer sets and operates is clunky.

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Version 3.1
veggiedude Member IconReview+34
veggiedude
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I'm a big fan of the Super Jigsaw collection by Gamehouse, but I've always wished they would include the ability to use my own Photos and Pictures. So finding this program was a godsend. I think the author should visit the Gamehouse games and borrow some of their ideas. For user friendliness, GH wins big, simply because they use cool sound effects. I sorely miss the 'click' noise when the pieces 'snap' together. JiXii is a good effort, but it needs to be more user friendly to make it feel like a well rounded game.

Here is my wishlist:

1) Implement soundfx, especially for clicks with the mouse and for when pieces snap together.

2) Link the program to the iPhoto library so snatching photos is a snap.

3) Link the game to iTunes, so we can have our own soundtrack in the background!

Even though JiXii falls a bit short, I intend to send in my shareware fee.

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Version 2.8.1
veggiedude
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After playing around with it a bit, I disovered that the game does indeed have sound FX, but they are OFF by default. Maybe you should have them ON by default? Just a suggestion.

Here's a couple more comments for improvements:

1) Please conform keyboard commands to OS X standards - for example, preferences should be Command-Comma (instead of Command-Y).

2) Making a puzzle only 30 or 24 pieces is very hard to do. I have a three year old who loves to do puzzles on the computer, but at her level, about 30 pieces is the best she can handle. It takes me about 30 seconds trying to manuveur the mouse in a tiny increment to do this!

trollin (Developer)
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Hello veggiedude,

Thank you very much for your purchase and suggestions.
Please find below my current replies:

- Sounds are off as default in order not to disturb people when JiXii is tried for the first time in a place where you must be quiet - just want to be cautious.

- Command-Comma: yes, it may be time to change. When I first made JiXii, I looked at some programs using Command-Y - seemingly I picked up wrong ones. Afterwards, noticed but kept it not to confuse the long-time users of JiXii, while no one claimed to change.

- Link to iPhotos: I may be able to improve the current option of "selecting your image folder".

- Link to iTunes: I am not sure what to do... selecting your background music folder, maybe? You can anyway use iTunes, while you are playing JiXii...

- An easier way of making puzzles with a small number of pieces: I will try to improve this aspect in the next update.

Meanwhile, hope you and your daughter enjoy JiXii. Trollin

veggiedude
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Version 2.9 adds all the features I thought were necessary. The best puzzle game available!

trollin (Developer)
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Glad to know that you like the new version. Cheers!

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Anonymous
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I am a jig-saw puzzle addict & this better, don't lose any more pieces. More fun than a stick in the eye!

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Version 2.4.1
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Downloads 17,140
Version Downloads 62
License Shareware
Date 18 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.00
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