Crossword Forge
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Create crossword and word search puzzles.   Shareware ($49.95)
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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
What's New
Version 7.3:
  • Writing mask letters in the puzzle mask editor is now easier and more obvious. We now include a "Write" control specifically for this purpose.
  • Added an "Update Word List…" in the mask editor which will synchronize your changes from the puzzle mask editor to the main word list. This allows you to build puzzle manually much easier than before. Here's the basic synchronization rules:
    1. If the word is only in the mask it will add it to the word list and the puzzle grid.
    2. If the word is in both the word list and the mask, but not yet in the puzzle grid, it will add it to the puzzle grid.
    3. If the word is only in the word list, and the word doesn't have a clue specified it will be removed. (this rule doesn't apply for word search puzzles).
    4. If the word is only in the word list, and the word does have a clue specified you can optionally remove it.
    You can manually override the synchronization actions of any of the above. You can also specify clues for any words. This is great for when adding new words via the mask editor. Words that don't fit any of the rules above are not altered.
  • Pressing the new "Update Puzzle" button will also cause Crossword Forge to run a check to see if islands are necessary for the given puzzle. If so, Crossword Forge will warn you. It also provides a way for you to easily turn on "puzzle islands" from within the warning dialog.
  • Added Irish Gaelic as a built-in language.
  • Other minor improvements added.
Version 7.3:
  • Writing mask letters in the puzzle mask editor is now easier and more obvious. We now include a "Write" control specifically for this purpose.
  • Added an "Update Word List…" in the mask editor which will synchronize your changes from the puzzle mask editor to the main word list. This allows you to build puzzle manually much easier than before. Here's the basic more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.4 or later



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Crossword Forge User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 7.x:
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Brighton-Pete commented on 28 Oct 2013
Crashes immediately on startup. Just a non-stop bouncing icon. This is on Mavericks.
[Version 7.3]


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MadMikey reviewed on 20 Sep 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??
[Version 7.2.1]

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Sol Robots (developer) replied on 20 Sep 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 replied on 20 Sep 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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Sol Robots (developer) replied on 20 Sep 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 replied on 20 Sep 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 commented on 17 Dec 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.
[Version 7.0.5]

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Mtcobra replied on 17 Dec 2011
Done and done. Apparently I hopped on board at mid-version change. So.... Never mind. :-)
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Stephen_Fry reviewed on 10 Nov 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.
[Version 7.0.2]


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User799 reviewed on 10 Nov 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.
[Version 7.0.2]

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Sol Robots (developer) replied on 10 Nov 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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Hakushondaimao reviewed on 18 Aug 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!
[Version 7.0]

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Pcbogert replied on 18 Aug 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 (developer) replied on 18 Aug 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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Hakushondaimao replied on 19 Aug 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 (developer) replied on 19 Aug 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 replied on 17 Sep 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 replied on 17 Sep 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 replied on 26 Oct 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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Capobello reviewed on 28 Apr 2011
Love the program, I have no complaints at all...five stars in every category.

What I object to is the update/upgrade policy. The form requires that I remember the date I purchased the software. Maybe I should have saved that information but didn't. Does that mean I'm locked out? Why not just base it on the current serial number and email. I really hate upgrades that make us go through hoops.
[Version 6.3]

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Sol Robots (developer) replied on 13 May 2011
Thanks for the kind review. You don't have to remember the date. All information on the upgrade form is optional, we just would like to collect as much information as we can on the form so that it is easier for us to verify that you have previously purchased. A human handles the rebate process, so even imprecise information is better than none. If for some reason we can't find your information on the first attempt, we will ask you for more information. If all of this fails, and we can't validate your purchase, we will offer to downgrade your license and refund your new purchase.

We are working on a new upgrade process that should be easier.

Sorry for any confusion the current forms have caused you.
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nighthawk090 commented on 25 Feb 2008
Downloaded to try out, but version listed with new features as 5.3, site download and linked macupdate download still says 5.2.8........
[Version 5.3]

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Cortis Clark (developer) replied on 25 Feb 2008
Sorry, forgot to change the version number on the build we sent out. We have since fixed the problem and uploaded the new version. The only change being the version number.
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franco reviewed on 24 May 2007
The application works well and does what it is said to do. However, as an Italian user, I feel the lack of an important feature, which is very common in latin languages countries which use many, many polisyllabic words, as at least in mine: the capability to "block" the "black" cells in the desired positions prior to start building the puzzle, so obliging its construction around them. Many puzzles in my country are developed with a symmetrical placement of black cells which are in quantity much less than the open (letters) ones. If the developer is interested, I could e-mail them pictures of some of those typical puzzles.
I hope this can be implemented in some future version. Because of that I've dropped down one star.
[Version 5.1.7]

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Cortis Clark (developer) replied on 24 May 2007
The crossword puzzles "Crossword Forge" makes are "free-form" (sometimes also called "criss-cross" or "framework" puzzles).

I would be happy to see an italian style crossword. To send us comments, use the contact link which appear at the bottom of our web page.



Disclaimer:
Keep in mind that we can't promise when or if a particular feature will get added.
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Satyrica reviewed on 25 Jan 2007
Awesome app! True Mac style: easy to use, lots of great features!
[Version 5.1]


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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 7.3]



dat66lv rated on 24 Dec 2012

[Version 7.2.1]



ashcode rated on 20 Sep 2012

[Version 7.2.1]



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Emrys0821 rated on 25 Nov 2011

[Version 7.0.3]



rzphotoman rated on 11 Nov 2011

[Version 7.0.3]



Cerfdoc rated on 11 Nov 2011

[Version 7.0.3]



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Philippe Vadez rated on 10 Nov 2011

[Version 7.0.3]



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Misha rated on 10 Nov 2011

[Version 7.0.2]



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Hakushondaimao rated on 19 Aug 2011

[Version 7.0]



Heydenreich rated on 10 Feb 2011

[Version 6.2]


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Version Downloads:2,467
Type:Games : Puzzle
License:Shareware
Date:08 Feb 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $49.95
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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!


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