Whirlwind WordSearch
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Versatile word-search maker.   Commercial ($9.99)
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Whirlwind WordSearch is a new versatile word-search puzzle maker for Macintosh, tailored to create professional-looking word-search puzzles aimed at beginners or advanced puzzle solvers.

Using Whirlwind WordSearch, the user can generate many puzzles from their own word sets, choose the difficulty and the size of the puzzle, and choose from a wide variety of built-in shapes. The generated puzzles and answer keys can be printed or copied into page layout software for publishing in newsletters, books, or classroom hand-outs.

Features:
    What's New
    Version 1.1:
    • Direct copy-paste commands allow you to easily copy the puzzle, word list, and answer key to other documents in one step.
    • You can choose different colors for the title, letters, and grid-lines of the puzzles, to add contrast when adding your puzzles on top of colored or textured backgrounds.
    • You can choose different grid-line sizes, from 1/2 point up to 4 points.
    • Turning off the Answer page printing now also turns off the answer-key preview on-screen, which lets you "play" the word search puzzle on-screen without seeing the answer key.
    • Re-arranged the user interface to be less "crowded."
    • Removed "crinkled paper" background behind window, cleaner appearance.
    • Completely updated user guide.
    • The usual "minor bugs fixed".
    Version 1.1:
    • Direct copy-paste commands allow you to easily copy the puzzle, word list, and answer key to other documents in one step.
    • You can choose different colors for the title, letters, and grid-lines of the puzzles, to add contrast when adding your puzzles on top of colored or textured backgrounds.
    • You can choose different grid-line sizes, from 1/2 point up to 4 more...
    Requirements
    • Intel, 64-bit processor
    • OS X 10.6 or later



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    Mrchips reviewed on 04 Feb 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.
    [Version 1.0]


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    Downloads:162
    Version Downloads:112
    Type:Education : Miscellaneous
    License:Commercial
    Date:19 Mar 2013
    Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
    Price: $9.99
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    Whirlwind WordSearch is a new versatile word-search puzzle maker for Macintosh, tailored to create professional-looking word-search puzzles aimed at beginners or advanced puzzle solvers.

    Using Whirlwind WordSearch, the user can generate many puzzles from their own word sets, choose the difficulty and the size of the puzzle, and choose from a wide variety of built-in shapes. The generated puzzles and answer keys can be printed or copied into page layout software for publishing in newsletters, books, or classroom hand-outs.

    Features:
    • Choose from a wide variety of built-in shapes, ready to go.
    • Quick entry of your word lists. Type them in or copy/paste a list from word processor or web. Pick a difficulty-to-solve, from "very easy", to "diabolically difficult." Create puzzles ranging in size from 4x4 letters up to 35x35 Work without a net... runs anywhere, no need for an internet connection to create your puzzles. Save your puzzle word list files, and open them again later to instantly create whole new puzzles. Tailor the printing options to suit a variety of audiences and needs. Supports Full-Screen mode in OS X 10.7 Lion Comprehensive User Guide contains tutorials, tips, and explains every option, gets you up-to-speed right away. Export to PDF and copy the puzzles right into your own newsletters, worksheets, books, or other publications. A built-in spell-checker alerts you to any misspelled words in your word-list before you print. Double-checks your word list for accidentally typed duplicate words. Double-checks the final puzzle, eliminating randomly-generated duplicates of your words and "naughty" words. The word-search software quickly and meticulously builds customized puzzles based on your settings: Choose a "very easy" puzzle, and it will only place your words across and down. It will not overlap any of the words, and it will fill the rest of the puzzle with letters that are not in your words, making it easier to find the words. Choose a harder puzzle, and it will start adding your words backwards and on diagonals. It will fill the rest of the puzzle with any letters (or only letters from your word list!) And on the hardest level, it will even sprinkle pieces of your own words in other puzzle locations as visual decoys.


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