Whirlwind WordSearch
Whirlwind WordSearch
4.2.0

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Whirlwind WordSearch4.2.0

12 May 2020

Versatile word-search maker.

Overview

Whirlwind WordSearch is a powerful and easy-to-use word search puzzle maker. It creates uniquely engaging word search puzzles from your own lists of words... in many different languages! You will be building and printing professional-looking puzzles right away.

Are you searching for a great Macintosh puzzle-maker? The solution is right here!

You can save your word search puzzles for opening again later. When you re-open them, you can re-print them, or create new puzzle shapes and sizes from the same word list. You can also easily copy and paste the high-quality (PDF) puzzle and answer graphics into your own specialized word processing documents for re-printing in books, newsletters, or classroom handouts.

You can choose from many built-in puzzle shapes, and the puzzles can range in size from as small as 4 letters across and down, all the way up to 50 by 50 letters.

Make your puzzles stand out by choosing your own font and colors for the letters and grids.

It is not just a pretty puzzle though, underneath is a powerful puzzle-generator. Quickly change the "Difficulty to Solve" setting to create easy, difficult, or diabolical puzzles.

Any randomly-created "naughty words" are detected and removed (in all supported languages), offering classroom-safe puzzles.

You can export high-quality puzzle and answer images into your own word processor for printing in books, newsletters, social media/blogs, or classroom handouts.

All of this for one price... no monthly fees, no extra upgrade costs. Ever.

Here's a list of features that present Whirlwind WordSearch as an outstanding puzzle-generator. Compare these features against ANY word-search software you are using now...

Features
  • Create puzzles in any font, upper or lower case.
  • Choose from a wide variety of unique built-in puzzle shapes: Square, Rectangle, Circle, Heart, Diamond, Bow-tie, Pinwheel, X, UL-Wedge, LL-Wedge, UR-Wedge, LR-Wedge, Checkers, Square-hole, Donut, Right-Arrow, Left-Arrow, Up-Arrow, Down-Arrow, Plus Sign, Up-Triangle, Down-Triangle, Crescent, Cross, Onion Dome, 4-Clover, Square-Peg, Round-Hole, Mushroom, Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon.
  • Need puzzles in something other than English? You can create puzzles with words in French, Spanish, Swedish, German, Russian, Japanese (Hiragana and Katakana), Danish, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish, Greek, Sanskrit, Dutch, Ukrainian, Catalan, Portuguese, Czech.
  • Create puzzles ranging in size from 4-by-4 up to 50-by-50 letters (that's a lot of words!)
  • Quickly export high-quality images of your puzzles and answer keys for printing or publishing in your own books, newsletters, social media/blog, or classroom handouts... supports PDF, PNG, JPEG, SVG, IPUZ, and Text file formats.
  • Supports Dark mode and Full-Screen mode.
  • Now there are two difficulty modes, "Basic" and "Advanced". You can use the "Basic Difficulty Mode", which lets you simply move a slider from "very easy" puzzles to "very hard" puzzles, without worrying about all the details of how it works. If you want more control, you can switch to the "Advanced Difficulty Mode" which lets you control each of the fine-grained parameters yourself.
  • Easily enter your word lists, even import them from your word processor or the web.
  • Add an optional "secret message" into your puzzle, which will be inserted between your words as a secondary puzzle to solve.
  • Add "hidden words" into your puzzle that are not in the word list or answer key (for adding copyrights or extra credit words.)
  • Work without a net... You can run Whirlwind WordSearch anywhere... you never need an internet connection to create, save, and print your puzzles.
  • Save your puzzle word list files, and open them again later to instantly create whole new puzzles, or share them with other Whirlwind WordSearch users.
  • Tailor the display and printing options to suit a variety of audiences and needs.
  • Includes a comprehensive User Guide that contains tutorials and tips and describes every option, getting you up-to-speed right away. Advanced features are explained, helping you create high-quality and uniquely personalized puzzles.
  • A built-in spell-checker alerts you to any misspelled words in your word-list before you print.
  • Whirlwind WordSearch thoroughly checks the final puzzle and removes any randomly-generated duplicates of your words.
  • Whirlwind WordSearch also removes randomly-generated "naughty" words in your chosen language!
  • No monthly fees or upgrade costs... buy it once, use it forever.

What's new in Whirlwind WordSearch

Version 4.2.0:
New:
  • Added an "Arabic Numbers" alphabet for number-sequence word searches
  • The BASIC mode difficulty slider now locks to discrete values, and displays a number for each setting, and sports a visual arrow-indication of the word layout directions
  • Size of the printed title/subtitle text can be fine-tuned with the "Puzzle title letter font size adjustment" slider
  • Renamed the ADVANCED tab to PAGE DETAILS, which also avoids confusion with the ADVANCED difficulty mode
  • Added a new "vertical adjustment" slider for the vertical positioning of letters in the grid, in case you have a strange font that isn't centering correctly in the puzzle. This is in the Layout tab, under Puzzle-Letters
  • Added ability to choose different letter-fill options in Advanced-Difficulty mode
Bug fixes:
  • When bringing up the Print dialog, the dialog now correctly previews the properly laid out pages
  • Any of your word-list words that would be identical if reversed (e.g. "BAT" and "TAB") are now detected in error as "duplicates", since they would look the same in the puzzle if laid out right to left
  • The word list on the puzzle page will now print the words with the same number of columns as the word list on the answer page
  • Big change to how the "fill empty puzzle" logic works in "ADVANCED" difficulty mode. Now you can choose specifically to add decoy words in for almost all styles. You still cannot add decoys to the "fill with letters NOT in your words" style, since adding the decoy wordlets would then scatter letters that are IN your words too, which is not what you chose
  • if the secret message has any alphabetic letters that are not in your chosen alphaset, it will now give an error and highlight the bad letter, as described in the user guide section 3.11
  • Title and subtitle text on printed pages once again show only a single line each, and will truncate if too long (although note that you can now shrink the font size to accommodate longer titles.)
  • If you choose a higher difficulty level where the puzzle is only supposed to be filled with letters from your words, it will 100 percent respect that now. Some letters outside your words were sometimes slipping in when Whirwind was stamping out "naughty words", this is now corrected

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How would you rate Whirlwind WordSearch app?

1 Reviews of Whirlwind WordSearch

5
Mrchips
04 February 2013
Version: 1.0

Most helpful

If you feel like having a little fun with words, Whirlwind Wordsearch may be for you! I've used it to create puzzles for friends using words that are personal to them, like their children's names, favorite foods, or places they've visited recently. To make a puzzle you simply enter a list of words, select a puzzle shape and difficulty, and press "Create!" In a moment you'll have a puzzle you can print, and a "cheat sheet" for you. You can also print to PDF, do a "rectangular" select, and copy the puzzle to an email or document. Of course you can make puzzles you will enjoy solving, too. Just ignore the "solution" below the puzzle (hide the window if you like) and only print the first page (the second page is the solution). A nice future feature might be the ability to hide the solution in the window so you can save paper if you only want to solve your own puzzles. Still, a very good and entertaining v1.0 effort! Full disclosure: I was a beta tester and the developer did use some of my suggestions.
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5
Mrchips
04 February 2013
Version: 1.0
If you feel like having a little fun with words, Whirlwind Wordsearch may be for you! I've used it to create puzzles for friends using words that are personal to them, like their children's names, favorite foods, or places they've visited recently. To make a puzzle you simply enter a list of words, select a puzzle shape and difficulty, and press "Create!" In a moment you'll have a puzzle you can print, and a "cheat sheet" for you. You can also print to PDF, do a "rectangular" select, and copy the puzzle to an email or document. Of course you can make puzzles you will enjoy solving, too. Just ignore the "solution" below the puzzle (hide the window if you like) and only print the first page (the second page is the solution). A nice future feature might be the ability to hide the solution in the window so you can save paper if you only want to solve your own puzzles. Still, a very good and entertaining v1.0 effort! Full disclosure: I was a beta tester and the developer did use some of my suggestions.
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