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Author Topic: Do i need some software or something?  (Read 1447 times)


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Do i need some software or something?
« on: March 22, 2017, 05:06:47 PM »
I'm a new crossword writer and I've  been creating my puzzles in MS Excel.  It works pretty well.  I can mess around with my grid, use the empty space for word lists, alternate words, and possible theme answers.  I can use different tabs for different versions of parts of the puzzle that I am trying to finish.  But when i want to create a final document, things get a little unwieldy.  Is there some CW specific software I should be using (especially if I want to start submitting) and will it allow me the control and flexibility that Excel does?

Thanks again!


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Re: Do i need some software or something?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 09:42:04 PM »
Most constructors use Crossword Compiler. It does a great job of organizing everything, creating grids, managing word lists, suggesting clues, and formatting for submission. It's a Windows application, but some Mac users use it with the Windows simulation process (don't know the actual terminology). - to properly fill grids you'll need the Professional Grid Filler add-on. I think it is essential if you plan to sell puzzles professionally.

There are other options, but I haven't tried them. See software link in the resources section of this web site.
Mark McClain
Salem, Virginia, USA


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Re: Do i need some software or something?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2017, 11:40:17 AM »
Thank you.


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Re: Do i need some software or something?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2017, 04:44:02 PM »
Crossfire by Beekeeper Labs is another option, has support for windows, linux and mac. Plus it's grid filling capabilities are exceptional. It's not that expensive, comes with a lifetime license. I've got Crossword Compiler as well but its the Standard version, so tend to use a hybrid approach when constructing, Crossfire to design and fill the grid and Crossword Compiler for clue writing and final export.


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