Crossdown is a professional puzzle development application for making crosswords like the kind published in newspapers or in magazines. It affords the constructor total control over the build, requiring a maximum amount of creativity and skill. Crossdown is also capable of importing "word webs" or "criss-crosses" from puzzle generators to take advantage of Crossdown's superior features and options. This latest version 7 of Crossdown includes Crossdown Librarian and Crossdown Cluebank. Librarian is a crossword puzzle database manager with which you can group any number of crosswords into collections for quick browsing, comparison, searching, duplicating and dozens of other uses. Crossdown Cluebank is a database for storing crossword puzzle clues. It is fully integrated with Crossdown, enabling you to bring up a list of clues to choose from for each grid entry, or "automatically" clue the entire puzzle with one click of the mouse. With Crossdown you can print crosswords in a variety of styles, and export puzzles in several popular graphic file formats for use with all word processors and desktop publishing software. You can deploy fully interactive crosswords to websites. You can generate puzzles as Adobe PDF files for distribution among other computer platforms. You can also generate standalone puzzle "player" game applications which can be run and solved on other Windows-based computers. Crossdown also incorporates a basic solve mode so puzzle authors can test out their own creations, or just have a little fun! Crossdown is developed by a crossword puzzle professional for other crossword puzzle professionals or serious amateurs. Crossdown supports all versions of Windows from XP to Win7, and has an indexed, illustrated on-screen Help.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My mother used to create and sell crossword puzzles, and she did it all by hand (the old-fashioned way). Recently, my husband decided he wanted to give it a try so I bought this as a gift for him. So far he has used it only to make the grid and put the numbers in the grid, If you move entries around, it keeps track of that and re-numbers them for you. He hasn't tried using the clue bank and the other features of the program.
I LOVE this program!
I had made seven 15x15 puzzles by hand using Word, laying out the grids, putting in numbers, etc. Then typing clues, formatting the puzzle page... What a chore. I can do a puzzle now in half the time it was taking me before. Not only that, but I am saving a fortune in erasers during the design stage!
I converted my first seven puzzles to Crossdown and now have a total of 27 complete since June 6. My wife loves to solve puzzles, but I found I got more challenge and enjoyment out of creating them. It now takes 3-6 hours to design a puzzle, depending on the difficulty of the grid (and she burns them up in about 25 minutes...) Once I grow the Cluebank database a bit more, that should save even more typing time.
Tech support must not sleep! I had a small problem (I was overlooking a step) and emailed Tech Support at 12:58 am CDT Sunday morning, expecting an answer maybe in the next day or two. Imagine my astonishment when I...
This program has lots of nice features. The one feature it does not have is auto-fill, which means you are going to have to find your own words and fill them into the puzzle.
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