Crossword Forge
Crossword Forge
7.4.1

3.7

Crossword Forge free download for Mac

Crossword Forge

7.4.1
26 November 2014

Create crossword and word search puzzles.

Overview

Note: Crossword Forge is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for sale.

Crossword Forge generates crossword puzzles and word searches from customizable sources, letting you pull words from print, PDFs, the Web and more. Instantly create unique, challenging puzzles, and get your word-game fix on demand!

Engage Your Brain
Crossword Forge's generation engine maximizes word density based on your word choices, creating puzzles that effortlessly match newspaper grids in layout and design!

Customize Your Puzzle

  • Create Flash-powered interactive web puzzles.
  • Add scrambled word banks, bonus clues, and more.
  • Customize grid-shapes and incorporate backdrop images.
  • Edit existing puzzles with ease.
The word is out -- Crossword Forge is the ultimate puzzle-maker for your Mac!

What's new in Crossword Forge

Version 7.4.1:
  • Now requires OS X 10.7 or later
  • Fixes crash for spell checking on OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • The Mac version now takes up less room on disk

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21 Crossword Forge Reviews

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Anonymous
07 May 2005

Most helpful

Pros: Easy to use for both crossword and crossnumber puzzles. Responsive developer and frequent updates. Cons: No undo; no genuine page preview; setting page margins is not intuitive; no dynamic links among clues.
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Version 3.9
gotoheck1960
16 August 2017
Is there any way that I can obtain a copy of Crossword Forge 7.4.1 yet? Are there any copies left out there? I have loads of Crossword Forge puzzle files but can no longer access them to edit them and print them due to a brand new and updated hard drive making my Mac now a 10.11.6 version. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Version 7.4.1
mark-dakers
19 December 2016
I have made a collection of puzzles to use for teaching. They work fine on my macbook but the puzzles will not work on my windows laptop or my macbook air. I copy the whole folder across, but get the Error: can't find puzzle.xml message. Very frustrated - the software works so well, but if I can't share the puzzles then it is a waste.
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Version 7.4.1
Frankp
20 September 2016
Been using this for years and never had a problem. When I've asked for help to customize it I've gotten good responses from Sol Roberts.
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Version 7.4.1
aholler46
06 March 2015
I liked a earlier version of Crossword Forge very much. However, I am unable to unlock a download of the most recent version. Attempts to request help from Sol Robots by email have been unsuccessful. Their phone number is out of service. Some of their suggested websites containing reviews cannot be found, or the home page is blank, or adware immediately pops up. These results are suspicious. Five stars for Crossword Forge, although I'm sorry to read that it crashes on Mavericks. One star for Sol Robots.
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Version 7.4.1
Brighton-Pete
29 October 2013
Crashes immediately on startup. Just a non-stop bouncing icon. This is on Mavericks.
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Version 7.3
4 answer(s)
Selene-C
Selene-C
24 October 2014
Are you still having this problem? If so, please send your details to help@solrobots.com where we can help with your specific problem. Crossword Forge behaves correctly on Mavericks and Yosemite in our testing and for most users. But we want to address any issues you may be having.
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Brighton-Pete
Brighton-Pete
24 October 2014
After a year, I had forgotten about this app!

Seems to be working fine on Yosemite now though.
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ScottUpdate
ScottUpdate
10 November 2014
Sol Robots' MacUpdate developer profile says "I actively respond to user feedback." But it took a YEAR for Sol Robots to respond to Brighton-Pete's feedback. So I'm hesitant to spend $50 on an app that receives such slow responses to feedback.
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Selene-C
Selene-C
11 November 2014
Sorry. That is my bad. Questions on MacUpdate were being sent to a little used email and I completely missed that comment last year. Most of our tech support questions go through our help email (help (at) solrobots.com). But I promise, we answer!
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MadMikey
20 September 2012
Trying the demo but it locks up and I have to do a force quit when ever I click on chose a picture for the background. HELP??
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Version 7.2.1
4 answer(s)
Selene-C
Selene-C
20 September 2012
What type of picture are you trying to select? Crossword Forge supports a lot of image types (BMP,GIF, JPEG, MacPaint, PDF, PICT, PNG, Quicktime Image Format, RGB Planar, SGI, Targa, Tiff). Can you try a different image type? What version of Mac OS X are you using?
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MadMikey
MadMikey
20 September 2012
I never get that far. When I click to browse a browser never comes up and all i get is the spinning beach ball. Running Mountain Lion 10.8.2
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Selene-C
Selene-C
20 September 2012
Can you drag a picture from the Finder to the Picture Backdrop box? I would be interested to hear if that is a workaround for the hang when you click Choose Picture. We haven't tested Crossword Forge on that version of the OS. We are looking into that right now.
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MadMikey
MadMikey
20 September 2012
I think I fixed it. I had just installed Mt. Loin 10.8.2. I went and did a disk repair, permission repair and reset the PRAM. I now works. Hopefully this was the problem. Thanks for your prompt responses.
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Mtcobra
17 December 2011
After downloading this version (7.0.5), a check on “About Crossword Forge” reveals that you have version 7.0.6. I'll post this on the developer's site if I can.
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Version 7.0.5
1 answer(s)
Mtcobra
Mtcobra
17 December 2011
Done and done. Apparently I hopped on board at mid-version change. So.... Never mind. :-)
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Stephen-Fry
10 November 2011
We use this for our monthly non-commercial basketball club paper. It's fairly simple to create a crossword puzzle within minutes. Does what it advertises and the price as about right too.
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Version 7.0.2
User799
10 November 2011
Version 7.0. Excellent software. I love it. The only thing I miss is the ability to have a forced blank space between words in the puzzle. Say, you want to put "Alexander the Great" as an answer; the puzzle will not allow the spaces, so the student must write in "AlexandertheGreat". Otherwise, fantastic.
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Version 7.0.2
1 answer(s)
Cortis
Cortis
10 November 2011
Hi User799, We extract the spaces by default, but you can turn this feature off in the preferences. Look in the Languages tab under the language you are using and uncheck "Extract Spaces".
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eric-pye
18 August 2011
So let me get this straight... If I purchased Version 5 and never upgraded to Version 6, I get $15 off an update to Version 7. If I had Version 5 and paid to upgrade to Version 6 prior to May 2011, I have to pay full price for Version 7. Is that correct? Does that seem fair? As I loyal Crossword Forge customer I feel like I just took one up the proverbial you-know-what!
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Version 7.0
7 answer(s)
Pcbogert
Pcbogert
18 August 2011
Looks from their website that if you bought a copy in the last three years you qualify for a free upgrade.
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Sol Robots
Sol Robots
18 August 2011
Hi Hakushodaimao. If you bought before May 2011 but less than three years ago you get this update for free. Up until May we had a policy of 3 years of free upgrades and we continue to honor that. Frankly I'm sad that we had to abandon that policy for new customers, but two things have pushed us to move to a more traditional versioning scheme (e.g. under the new scheme customers will get all the updates from 7.0 to 7.9 but 8.0 is a reduced cost paid upgrade ). Why we abandoned our 3 years policy? #1 People mostly get confused by the 3 years of free upgrades. So it's a headache for the customer and been challenging for us to manage as well. #2 The Mac App Store provides no way for us to know when a customer bought, let alone not charge them until 3 years later. Hence the new policy. I believe though we've structured the upgrade so that its very fair (although confusing, even for us). if you, or anyone feels that they aren't getting a fair deal, send an email to help@solrobots.com explaining your situation. We will do our best to do right by you.
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eric-pye
eric-pye
19 August 2011
Yes... my bad... Didn't remember the three year thing, so obviously was confused, too. Perhaps Sol Robots can make this a bit clearer on the purchase page. I do see the "Eligible for a free upgrade?" link, but assumed it didn't apply to me.
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Sol Robots
Sol Robots
20 August 2011
Hi Hakushodaimao. Ok, we've tried making it less confusing (it's hard with the dates) and we've updated our store. Let us know what you think.
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MisterE
MisterE
17 September 2011
I love this application but the Mac App Store is Evil. I do not want the company that makes my hardware and the OS that runs the hardware to be the sole outlet for apps that run on that hardware / OS. It's too much power and as you can see it results in developers changing policies and "selling out" because the MAS is easier to market their apps today. I get that but it's short-term thinking. Look at the App sore for iOS. How long before Apple decides it knows what's best for you to have on your Mac and starts a screening process for MAS apps? No doubt it will all be in the name of security and keeping people safe, every major power grab today is done for this reason but, do not think for a second Apple isn't greedy for as much control and power as possible. So, once developers' only outlet is the MAS you lose any leverage to guarantee yourself a fair deal. When (not if) Apple establishes this distribution monopoly and then changes the rules of the game developers will be the ones taking it up the proverbial you-know-what and consumers will get shafted too. I'd also rather pay $35 or $40 for an app such as this direct to the developer rather than $50 because prices have been raised to cover Apple's cut. Apple is doing just fine selling hardware last time I checked and do not need to be putting their hands in Mac developers' pockets. iOS is different, it started that way so I can't complain but this is BAD for the Mac platform.
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MisterE
MisterE
17 September 2011
Oh and websites like this one will be the first casualty of the MAS and then Apple will control and moderate what people have to say about applications on the MAS.
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Bernak
Bernak
26 October 2011
Thanks for the information. Still got a surprise with the text: "Eligible for a Free Upgrade? (...) Note: Items purchased from the Mac App Store are not eligible." I did buy the MAS version, just because of the usually simple update process, but well, actually was not buying everything as I though. Please add a comment on the AppStore that those versions are not eligible for everyone to know. We assume wrong that the MAS products have the same policy :S . Thanks
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$49.95

3.7

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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