Whirlwind WordSearch
Whirlwind WordSearch
4.0.0

5.0

Whirlwind WordSearch free download for Mac

Whirlwind WordSearch

4.0.0
03 November 2019

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 4.0.0:
  • Use ANY font on your computer for the word search puzzle letters, and the printed titles.
  • There's a whole new "Advanced" difficulty mode where you can turn on/off individual word directions, overlapping, decoy words, etc.
  • The puzzles now have a much better word-overlapping feature, so you can add more complex word-crossings with words that have shared letters.
  • New "Strike-through" option for the answer key.
  • Big cleanup of the user interface, better organization of all the new features.
  • New "Export" menu lets you convert and save your puzzles and answer keys to many sizes and formats: PDF, PNG, JPEG, SVG, IPUZ, and Text files.
  • You can optionally edit the list of letters used to randomly fill the puzzle, to your own smaller set.
  • You can optionally add an opaque "cell floor" color under the letters of the puzzle.
  • Added a very light woodgrain background to the window as an option.
  • Czech language added
  • Better display of Greek and German alphabet letters.
  • Nicer word list column layout on the printed pages.
  • The "Secret Message" you enter is now scanned for letters NOT in the current alphabet, and an error is now displayed if any are found. Spaces and other punctuation are automatically removed for you.
  • The Secret Message, if it exists, can now be optionally printed on the puzzle page under the grid, with a new Advanced setting: "Print Secret Message too"
  • Printed word List column layout is adjusted again... now there will be 3 or more columns to start with, unless there are longer words (>6 letters), in which case it will start with 2 columns to give room for longer words.
  • Due to big changes in how the new "Difficulty levels" work, your old 3.x documents can only be 95% migrated, and will not lay the words out the same way. So if an old document is read in, most of its settings will be the same, but a warning dialog will tell you to "Save As" if you want to preserve the old document exactly."

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1 Whirlwind WordSearch Reviews

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Mrchips
04 February 2013

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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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Version 1.0
Mrchips
04 February 2013
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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Version 1.0