CROSSWORDS: Sources: Applications

CROSSWORDS: Sources: Applications webadmin Thu, 01/20/2011 - 11:51

Summary

  • tablet appAs mentioned earlier, desktop and mobile applications can automatically download puzzles from selected sites, optimize puzzle size/layout for different size displays, and provide a consistent (and often customizable) user interface, along with other features.
  • There are a large number of crossword apps (some free) that provide puzzles (some free, others via in-app purchases)
  • Several apps access a single puzzle source, e.g., Guardian, NYT, Penny Dell, Telegraph
  • We will focus on two, popular, well-maintained applications that are cross-platform and that can access puzzles from multiple sources:
  • Across Lite
  • Crosswords
  • Below is a table of a few applications for solving crosswords (apps for Authoring will be covered later).
  • This list is incomplete and likely out-of-date -- additions, corrections welcome.
App Name Platform(s) Cost Formats Features Screen
  • alphabetically by app name, or app site
  • check vendors and app stores for latest versions, features and requirements
  • desktop/laptop:
    Mac (Macintosh),
    Win (Windows),
    Lnx (Linux)
  • tablet: iPad, ...
  • smartphone: iPhone, iPodT (iPod Touch), Palm, Blackberry, Android
    iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPodT
  • eval or free 'light' version available?
  • .puz (Across Lite) format
  • other file formats?
  • common: Check/Reveal, printing, etc.
  • read FAQs and review articles (via vendor or app sites).
  • image, gallery (slideshow) (for a few apps)
Across Lite [Litsoft];
[via NYT]
Win
Mac 10.3+
Mac 9.x-10.2
iPad
free .puz +check/reveal
+print
+customize ui
-download
-support
across lite
Gallery: Across Lite on Mac & iPad
Demo: on Mac?
iPad tour
Solve Crosswords With Across Lite
Across Trainer iPad $7 .puz ?
American Crossword Tournament app list
Black Ink Mac $25 .puz ?
Boatload of Crosswords Win $20 100,000 puzzles
play online
CrossCraze Win $20 ?
Crossword Twist Win, Mac, Lnx $10 Fill-In; Jigsaw; Cipher
Crosswords Android GooglePlay
iOS7 iTunes
iOS4+: ? Light; Classic iTunes
Mac 10.6+ iTunes
Palm OS
Web OS catalog
Win 8/RT: ? Daily store
$10
$10
free/$10
free/$10
$20
$20
$10
$10
.puz +download:
  US sites: 20
  'UK': 5; $: 4
  see *Web Sources
  free: limited

+browser .puz
+sync w/ desktop
+check/reveal
+customize ui
+puzzle info
+support
+print
crosswords
Gallery: regular, Classic iPad
Demo: on Mac?
FAQ: regular, Classic
You Should Play: Crosswords 8/10/2012
Crossword Puzzle Fans, Toss Away That Eraser 7/11/2012
CrozzWord Mac (8.x-10.x)
Win
Zaurus (Lnx)
S-E P800
iPaq PPC
others
(Java-based)
NA .puz
others
+download
-sites out of date
+check/reveal
+customize ui
+cross refs
+puzzle info
-print
-support
mac crozzword
Gallery: Zaurus, etc.?
Demo: on Mac?
DigWords Win, Mac $20 ?
download.com: Win, Mac app list search: 'crossword',
check Platform
Hamel, Ray app list (=50) +authoring
-few viewers
-list up-to-date?
iTunes Store:
Games: Word
(starting with "C")
app list: iOS search: 'crossword'
in iTunes app or
on your device
KrossWordz Mac $8 .puz ?
New York Times Crossword iOS, Win free ? free: samples, mini-crosswords
$: current, archive
- NYT only
Improvements Made to NYT Crossword iOS App 1/14/2015
New York Times Crossword app gets its appeal across (and down) version 2.0; 5/31/2014
(UK) Crossword Puzzles app list
USA Today iPad free 2 weeks puzzles; +news
Word Buff app list
2 Across
2 Across LE
iPhone,iPodT $6
free
?

Misc. Apps, Devices, References

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Across Lite

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Across Lite webadmin Mon, 04/04/2011 - 18:58

Intro

Screenshots

  1. Litsoft: download Mac,Win; free
    download
  2. Mac; open a local .puz file
    open
  3. Puzzles1: after opening fresh puzzle
    opened
  4. Puzzles2: after entering a few answers
    answering
  5. Help: separate, via web browser
    help
  6. Help: user manual in web browser
    help
  7. Check: letter, word, all
    check
  8. Reveal: letter, word, all, incorrect only
    reveal
  9. Preferences: Solving
    prefs: solving
  10. Preferences: Layout
    prefs: layout
  11. Preferences: Printing
    prefs: print
  12. Preferences: Tools
    prefs: tools
  13. Print: puzzle, solution; 2-page option for large puzzles
    print
  14. Puzzles3: all done|
    done
  15. iPad; App Store: Across Lite; free
    iPad app
  16. iPad; App Store: Across Crossword Trainer; $
    iPad app
  17. iPad; Library of puzzles
    library
  18. Page layout; note: thumb keyboard border
    layout
  19. List layout
    layout
  20. Commands
    commands
  21. Settings
    settings
  22. Help
    help

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Crosswords Classic on iPad

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Crosswords Classic on iPad webadmin Fri, 01/21/2011 - 10:49

Intro

Screenshots

  1. iPad: App Store; Classic; $
    app store
  2. iPad: App Store; Light; free
    light version
  3. Mac: App Store; Crosswords; $
    app store
  4. Mac: App Store; Light; free
    light version
  5. Main: clue highlighting; touch or kbd to toggle Across/Down or select clue; resize font w/ gesture; icons for puzzles/settings/cmds
    main
  6. Puzzles1: update; imported: (sync iTunes); bundles($); downloaded (internet: LAT)
    puz
  7. Puzzles2: add older puzzles: skipped update or new provider
    puz
  8. Settings1: providers (most free); more puz($); share times
    puz
  9. Settings2: skip; highlight; timer; display; kbd
    set
  10. Providers1: Premium($): Quigley; NYT; Telegr. Cryptic&Quick
    prov
  11. Providers2: US-style: Chron. of Higher Ed.; I Swear; Ink Well; Jonesin'; Joseph; NYT Classic; Newsday; People; ...
    puz
  12. Providers3: Premier; Sheffer; Onion; Wash. Post Puzzler&TV
    prov
  13. Providers4: UK-style&Cryptic: Independent Concise&Cryptic; Manchester Eve. News
    puz
  14. Commands1: Check; Reveal; Peek; Search: OneAcross.com; Google; new: Reference.com; Wikipedia; Wiktionary
    puz
  15. Commands2: Clear; Hints; Puz Info; Print
    cmds
  16. Info: Title; Author; Date; Diffic.; Source; % Compl.; Size; Time
    info
  17. Safari: LA Times(requires login; free account); select a puzzle
    lat
  18. Safari: Open with? -- Crosswords or Across Lite
    puz

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Crosswords on iPad

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. Crosswords on iPad webadmin Tue, 12/10/2013 - 15:54

Intro

Screenshots

  1. App Store
    store
  2. Main: clue highlighting; touch or kbd to toggle Across/Down or select clue
    puz
  3. Main: 2-finger tap to adjust font/grid size
    puz
  4. Puzzles1: icon view of downloaded puzzles
    puz
  5. Puzzles2: list view of available puzzles; bundles($)
    puz
  6. Puzzles3: Active Sources (free): A-M
    puz
  7. Puzzles4: Active Sources: N-Z
    puz
  8. Puzzles5: Disabled Sources
    puz
  9. Puzzles6: Other: Older; Browse; Bundles
    puz
  10. Puzzles7: Bundles($)
    puz
  11. Puzzles8: Older puzzles (for Active Sources) -- such as skipped update or new provider
    puz
  12. Settings: Account(for posting/bragging times); Skip; Errors; Timer
    puz
  13. Commands1: Check; Reveal; Hints (OneAcross.com); Rebus (more than 1 char)
    puz
  14. Commands2: Check current clue; hold down for entire puzzle
    puz
  15. Commands3: Reveal current answer; hold down for entire puzzle
    puz
  16. Commands4: Hints: lookup clue and answer patterns
    puz
  17. Info: Title; Author; Date; Diffic.; Source; % Compl.; Size; Time
    puz
  18. Browse1: other .puz sites; select LA Times (& login; free account)
    puz
  19. Browse2: LA Times; 4 weeks avail; select a puzzle
    puz
  20. Browse3: play immediately or download another
    puz
  21. Browse4: Steve's .puz section
    puz

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. CrozzWord on Zaurus, Mac, etc.

CROSSWORDS: Gallery. CrozzWord on Zaurus, Mac, etc. webadmin Fri, 01/21/2011 - 11:08

Intro

Screenshots

  1. Zaurus SL-5500: Linux handheld w/ Java, slideout kbd; 2001
    puz
  2. Puzzle: clue highlighting
    puz
  3. Categories: Local; Authors; Major Sites; Newspapers/Magazines; Themes: Arts, Business, Lang., Living, Misc., Place, Religion, Science
    puz
  4. Category: Author
    puz
  5. Category: Major Sites
    puz
  6. Category: Newspapers/Magazines
    puz
  7. Category: Newspapers/Magazines; Provider:NYT; "Hosts"(sources)
    puz
  8. Prefs: configuration, font, color, size
    puz
  9. Commands: Edit menu, Reveal : Letter
    puz
  10. Puzzle: letter shown (red corner)
    puz
  11. Puzzle: long clue, expanded cross-refs
    puz
  12. Help screen
    puz
  13. Info: Title, Author, Source, Size
    puz
  14. Mac OS 9
    puz
  15. Mac OS X
    puz
  16. Windows
    puz
  17. Sony Ericsson P800 (Symbian)
    puz
  18. iPaq PPC
    puz