Constructing => General Discussion => Topic started by: dalums on August 30, 2012, 05:12:15 AM

Title: Grid generator
Post by: dalums on August 30, 2012, 05:12:15 AM
Can anyone recommend an online - or application - grid generator? I'm thinking of a program that would allow one to input grid parameters (number of words, lengths of words, number of letters, etc.) and then create conforming blank 15x15 grids.
Title: Re: Grid generator
Post by: Mel Rosen on August 30, 2012, 11:21:03 AM
Crossword Compiler for Windows (CCWin) has a feature that might help. (Might be in the CCWin Pro version, not the basic version.) It consists of an expandable library of empty grids. When you start a new puzzle the program shows a panel asking what type of puzzle ... cryptic, "American," Sudoku, shape, etc. If you select "American" and then "15x15" you will see a list of grid parameters on the left with the highlighted one shown in a preview pane. The "Grid Library" pull-down offers sorting-display options, including "number of words and blocks" and "sorted by word lengths." Additionally, you can supply a list of theme entries and CCWin will show you the library grids that can accommodate those entries. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Grid generator
Post by: dalums on August 31, 2012, 04:26:03 PM
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately (at least in this case), I'm on a Mac, using Crossfire. The app is not bad, but it doesn't seem to have a comparable grid generator, and I haven't had any response to two customer support queries. I was hoping to find a Mac-friendly standalone. I suppose I could go to CC, using Parallels Desktop.