CROSSWORDS: Authoring

CROSSWORDS: Authoring webadmin Mon, 01/17/2011 - 17:02

Summary

  • cruciverbalistCrossword authors (aka "cruciverbalists") create puzzles using a variety of methods: paper, online sites, applications
  • paper: watch Merl Reagle in action in WordPlay
  • featured websites: custompuzzles, armoredpenguin, emogic
  • featured application: Crossword Compiler [slideshow]
  • [Refs]: "How Crossword Puzzles Are Made"
  • [Refs]: "Why are crossword puzzles symmetrical?"
  • [Refs]: "These Are The Longest Words In The English Language, And They're Insane"
  • [Refs]: "A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World"

Quotes

Simplified Authoring Process

  1. buildingchoose overall theme or list of words
  2. pick a grid size, shape and layout
  3. fill in main words / phrases
  4. fill in other words
  5. create clues
  6. add title, author, copyright
  7. publish in various formats, e.g., web (JavaScript or Java), .puz, .pdf

Paper

  • papergraph paper, pencil, dictionary & thesaurus
  • + great flexibility
  • - time consuming

Web Sites

Applications

  • crossworddesktop apps to generate puzzles, e.g., Crossword Compiler
  • + grid generation, clue numbering
  • + dictionary for reference or auto-fill-in
  • + output in variety of formats: interactive / static web page, .puz, .pdf, .jpg, Word
  • + various platforms, i.e., Windows (Win), Macintosh (Mac), Linux (Lnx)
  • - learning curve
  • 2 types- cost
  • see Applications section: draft alphabetical list of selected desktop authoring applications
  • see References section: general articles about authoring, cruciverbalism

CROSSWORDS: Authoring: Applications

CROSSWORDS: Authoring: Applications webadmin Wed, 03/28/2012 - 13:07

Summary

  • crossword compilerMany crossword authoring applications / tools are available.
  • They vary by platform (Mac, Win), cost, puzzle formats and features.
  • Featured: Crossword Compiler
App Name Platform(s) Cost Formats Features
application: 'Word', 'Excel' var. free, $$ .doc, .pdf table
spreadsheet
+ familiar; easily editable
- time consuming
American Crossword Tournament app list var. var.  
CPT Crosswords Win $125  
Crossdown Win $60 web, .pdf  
CrossFire Win,Mac,Lnx $50 ? one of the major tools used (besides Crossword Compiler)
Crossword Compiler Win $49+ web,.puz,.pdf,.rtf crossword compiler
Gallery: on Mac
Demo: on Mac?
Example Puzzles (Steve)
Tutorials
Crossword Construction Kit Win $25 web, .jpg tutorial
Crossword Creator Pro Win $5 Word format  
Crossword Editor Mac 10.5+ $25  
Crossword Forge Win, Mac $50 web, .pdf  
CrosswordMaster Mac $25 ?  
Crossword Publisher Win $20+  
Crossword Weaver Win $40+ web, .pdf  
Crossword Wizard Win, Mac $29-49 -discontinued?
download.com: Win, Mac app list var. var. search "crossword" for Platform
Eclipse Win free web, .doc tutorial
Hot Potatoes Win free tutorial
Magnum Opus Win,Mac,Lnx free web, ? (formerly 'Crossword Express')
Ray Hamel app list (=50) var. var. -list up-to-date?
Super Crossword Creator Win, Mac $40+ tutorial
Sympathy Crossword Construction Win $160 web, .rtf tutorial
(UK) Crossword Puzzles app list var. var.  
Word Buff app list var. var.  

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Crossword Compiler (on Mac)

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Crossword Compiler (on Mac) webadmin Tue, 03/08/2011 - 11:53

Intro

Screenshots

  1. Main: initial screen
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  2. New: type of puzzle? choose Freeform/Vocabulary
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  3. New: size? choose 17x17
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  4. New: which initial words to include?
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  5. New: some words to auto-fit
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  6. New: generated (24 words in ~0:30). Accept
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  7. Fill: add areas for more interest?
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  8. Fill: words auto added from dictionary. Accept
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  9. Clues: review and edit (none yet)
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  10. Clues: typing in a few
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  11. Clues: lookup 'terminology' in WordWeb dict.
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  12. Clues: lookup 'OLLI'
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  13. Save puzzle 'olli_course'
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  14. Export. which formats?
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  15. New. American 15x15 puzzle
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  16. Fill. all words from dictionary
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CROSSWORDS: Authoring: References

CROSSWORDS: Authoring: References webadmin Wed, 03/28/2012 - 11:31

General

Cruciverbalists

Editors

Publishing

Tools