Crossword Compiler 11 update History

Version 11.16, 13th December 2022

  • New option to include puzzle copyright under grid (File, Information and Grid Properties, Advanced)
  • New Print/Export Worksheet option to scale the grid to fill columns when printing wrapped multi-column page
  • Export, PDF option to scale the grid to fill columns when exporting wrapped multi-column page
  • Word List Manager now accepts dragged and dropped word lists and plain text files
  • Word List Manager's function to import a scored plain text list has new option to use different score separators
  • Misc very minor cosmetic tweaks

Version 11.15, 13th November 2022

  • Fixed Fit Theme Words bug with grids that would not fit all strings
  • Default, Englishes and Wikipedia additional word lists updated (re-download from order download page as needed)

Version 11.14, 24th October 2022

  • Fit Theme Word improvements: various filling improvements; progress/cancel pop-up for slow searches; safe time out for very slow cases
  • Grid menu, Delete All has new option to delete all non-theme words
  • New coded puzzle feature to set and edit custom code (Grid menu)
  • Coded puzzle option to print/export/copy to clipboard vertical code grid and vertical code solution
  • Statistics window shows number of theme words on main page
  • Added set of 17x17 grid patterns to the standard grid library
  • Clue Square Editor and Grid Properties clue font lines size box now has right-click menu option to change the default, or force change all squares to use the selected setting
  • Allow more random characters for word search fill around
  • Fixed issue on some machines with fill Accept button not working the first time
  • Fixed half-integer clue square lines on non-English systems
  • Fixed bug in display of Preferences and saving of style checking color

Version 11.13, 18th September 2022

  • Added "Scrabble score" statistic under File, Statistics, Letters
  • Insert Character has option to change the character set language
  • Tags popup window (Clue Editor) now resizes correctly, and shows more in drop-down list
  • Save button color changes when there are changes to be saved
  • Fixed issue with solution words being (wrongly) upper case
  • Fixed issue changing circle color with multiple square selection
  • Fixed word paste replacing locked letters
  • Fixed Clue Squares using 10 lines per square font size

Version 11.12, 18th August 2022

  • Added Find function to Review/Edit clues window (Ctrl+F)
  • Added Manual Word Selection window option to change the checked tick color
  • Added Edit menu, Current word, "Mark as theme" option to toggle whether current word is marked as a theme word (Cltr+Alt+T shortcut)
  • Added hint message when making word search with hidden phrase that seems to be too short for a fill to be possible
  • Small improvements to display of corner arrow window
  • Fix resizing of statistics window lengths and tags
  • Fix saving of multiple tags with spaces
  • Fix hiding of upper case solution words when opening a puzzle for solving by holding down the control key
  • Fix import of clue database as CSV when not keeping date column
  • Fixed changing grid changed state when using AutoFind to change word format

Version 11.11, 12th July 2022

  • Support for theme word tagging and adding custom tags to each clue (Clue Editor, top right below toolbar); Words from themed autofill, or Fit Theme Words, automatically get theme tag
  • Review distribution of clue tags in Statistics, Words, Clue tags tab
  • Preferences, Display tab can now customize the style checker, theme word and Grid Insight colors
  • XML output now preserves solution format when no clue
  • Fixed Grid Insight bug flagging words not in list
  • Fixed issue opening files with square brackets in file name
  • Fixed issue with silent installation
  • Fixed (mostly harmless) issue saving clues when clue and grid font style different
  • Fixed changing grid changed state when changing Lock setting

Version 11.1, 13th April 2022

  • New Pro Grid Filler options tab to exclude words from a blacklist or clue database (with optional recent date exclusion)
  • Added keyboard shortcuts for database Add new clues (Shift+Ctrl+A) and add current clue (Shift+Alt+A)
  • Fixed leading space in rich text export of fill-in or word search words
  • Fix for saving PDFs containing clues with em dash
  • Fix bug adding formatted clues to database that are all italic or underline
  • Fix for using Alt+Arrow keys on numeric keypad
  • Fixed vocabulary fill avoiding recently-used clue database clues
  • Fix rare case adding clue square corner arrows
  • Fixed various help file typos

Version 11.06, 5th March 2022

  • Review/Edit Clues has option button to show and allow editing of explanations/citations, change spacing and font size setting
  • Clue database can now store formatted clues (bold/italic/underline/superscript/subscript)
  • Clue/Clue Square Editor database clue list right-click menu option to convert quotes to italics, and option to jump to clue by selecting grid and typing first letter
  • Print/PDF for review window has new button to quick-set common crossword submission settings
  • Web upload registration has a button to re-set the password, and Web Site Admin function in the export window has a new button a change the password
  • Save as Templates now has option to clear the current grid in the saved template (so just saving default size and settings)
  • Grid typing direction can now be changed by dragging the mouse half a square down or across within a square (allowing you to move the cursor and change the typing direction in a single mouse gesture)
  • Clue Square Editor can be resized horizontally to see longer database clues, and looks up database clue automatically from existing corner arrow
  • Print/Export Worksheet has new option to centre the grid when printing with clues below the grid
  • Tweak to support some partially overlapping continued words in XML export and the solving applet
  • Updates for Windows 11 compatibility/cosmetics
  • Fixed loading of clues with underline from xml
  • Fixed changing default clue square lines in Grid Properties
  • Fixed printing/PDF of grids with some partially transparent PNG images
  • Fixed generating coded puzzle solution code with extended alphabets
  • Fixed manual word selection window not showing database clues in database font and Use Word button being incorrectly disabled
  • Fixed some conflicting keyboard shortcuts in Square Properties

Version 11.05, 17th January 2022

  • [17 Jan: fixed regression in File, Copy to Clipboard, Clues]
  • Clue database clues can now be edited in the Clue Editor/Clue Square Editor; Delete key deletes selected database clue.
  • Right-click option in Clue Editor/Clue Square Editor database clue to show the column headers (click on headers to sorts clues), and option to hide hints
  • Word Search Options tab setting to preserve accents or case
  • New Filter button in New Puzzle window to find grid patterns with particular word length distribution (Pro version)
  • Fit Theme Words has new option Use longest word slots, to ensure theme words fill all the longest word slots in the matching grids (Pro filler)
  • Fit Theme Words will now show option to show the set of longest fitting words if the full set of theme words will not fit
  • Back button during manual word selection now selects first word that was not previously tried; previously-used word color can be customized (Options tab)
  • Added Clues in one paragraph option under Export, Plain text.
  • Show a warning if opening a puzzle that is already open
  • Square properties remembers last active control
  • Alt+Enter saves and closes Clue Square Editor
  • Statistics, Accidental Words now also checks the complete words in the grid
  • Fixed issue exporting xml with clues having some formatted non-English text or symbols
  • Fixed bug changing settings from AutoFind when Grid Insight enabled
  • Fixed saving of drop-down citation defaults in Preferences
  • Fixed issues backing up with no files open and custom lookups
  • Fix display of long word length string in grid preview
  • Fix bug opening grids with empty alphabet
  • Fixed bug using AutoFill on (virtual) systems with only one CPU core
  • Fixed Print/Export Worksheet for large puzzles with side numbering
  • Fixed diagonal arrows getting lost during grid resize
  • Fixed file access error in Word List Manager after pattern search
  • Added set of 11x11 grid patterns to the Standard grid library (thanks to Peter Sim)

Version 11.04, 7th December 2021

  • Square Properties can now set circle color and background color independently
  • Added new clue numbering option (Clue Properties) - Random by direction
  • Various fixes for Backup/Revert, and more robust error handling

Version 11.03, 3rd December 2021

  • Support for version 2.x .puz file inport/export (including Unicode clue/info support)
  • Lower toolbar shows lock icon when grid is locked
  • Added Edit Clue right-click Copy menu item (and slightly re-ordered)
  • New Puzzle wizard allows customization of alphabet when making coded puzzles
  • Added bar count to Statistics (bars between letter squares only)
  • Updated File, Open window, and added Encoding selection drop-down to plain text import windows (e.g. for UTF-8 encoded Unicode text)
  • Fix for current clue not being saved when closing Review/Edit Clues
  • Fixed issue exporting scrambled puz files with a rebus
  • Fix for exporting PDF with Dutch IJ ligature
  • Fix for loading some v10-saved PDF export settings

Version 11.02, 23rd November 2021

  • Clue Editor, added database right-click menu option to configure which columns are shown (e.g. can include citation, esp. combined with making Clue Editor wider)
  • Add puzzle clues to Database: replace function now has option to replace only clues with specific citation (or other field value)
  • Added Copy to right-click in Review/Edit Clues
  • Grid Properties, Clue Squares advanced setting "Space vertically independent of content" (to give same positioning regardless of whether text has accents or descending characters)
  • Ctrl+Return accepts and inserts all forced letters shown by Grid Insight
  • Applet now locally saves before Submit/Mark/completion URL link, so fill state is not lost when going back to the page
  • Added drop-down menu to Save PDF in Print/PDF for Review to save PDF with alternative option for extended characters (can help using some unusual unicode characters)
  • Allow making grids only one square wide/high
  • Fixed fill word score issue with forced words
  • Fixed sizing of text in squares with two letters in
  • Fixed width of date column in database clue list views
  • Fixed old bugs with AutoFind after deleting assigned word list
  • Fixed RTF export of non-square puzzles, and fill-in words in Italian version
  • Fixed update of clue count after database edits in Clue Editor
  • Fixed issue changing screen resolution with certain windows open
  • Fixed alignment of some linked clue numbers in Review/Edit
  • Fixed restoring files from old version 8 backup files with no settings
  • Fixed issue with all-user upgrade installations
  • Collins Dictionary add-on updated 18 Nov, matching latest digital edition (with many new words)

Version 11.01, 8 November 2021

  • Clearer grid preview image in New Puzzle wizard
  • Fix for some button icons on Windows 7
  • Show AutoFill menu (and hence shortcut) also for making sudoku
  • Prevent scroll zoom during AutoFill

Version 11

Updates for previous major version

Version 10.25, 27th March 2021

  • Fixed issue with templates in some character sets, and backwards compatibility of English puzzles
  • Fixed refilling without selected word (bug since 10.24)
  • Fixed print/export of Italian-style blocks
  • Fixed bug using clues from clue database files with periods in the name

Version 10.24, 20th February 2021

  • Clue Editor's explanation/citation and solution word now support Ctrl+V paste mid-text
  • Statistics word list does not now change scroll position whenever grid is edited
  • Added Dutch IJ ligature to Insert Character
  • Rich Text output of word search words now respects column setting
  • Fixed target pixel width in picture export to file
  • Fixed handling of empty word slots in Statistics, words, select words not in spelling list
  • Fixed duplicate subword warning for word searches even when that option not selected
  • Fixed first clue database look up in a databases with non-equivalent letter indexing options
  • Fixed used word list during filling after stopping a continued fill
  • Fixed applet display of multi-letter solutions with spaces
  • Fixed font in Merge grid library window
  • Fixed saving of grid font with non-Western charset when no characters used
  • Fixed edge grid border drawing after removing squares to make shape
  • Print/Export Worksheet, Save to PDF uses default filename and respects option to always export to puzzle folder

Version 10.23, 3nd February 2021

  • Fixed wrong solution letters when completing a fill after viewing multiple fills
  • Templates starting with a grid library name will use that grid library by default (e.g. template "American - custom" will always use the American grid library)
  • Vocabulary puzzle window can now also open text files in Unix/Mac format
  • Fixed update of review/edit clues after word deletion and option changes
  • Fixed display of underline text in applet export and applet clues
  • Fixed word list manager when no theme lists installed and match list update after deleting search pattern

Version 10.22, 5th January 2021

  • Fixed opening XML puzzles with one letter word clues
  • XML export includes more complete solution word formatting information
  • Improved applet display/alignment of puzzles with numbered sides
  • Fix for rare issue with WordWeb auto-format of solution words

Version 10.21, 17 August 2020

  • Fix showing of duplicate words in Statistics (similar words and word list)
  • Fix for editing grid letters for words with clues and Review/Edit window open
  • Applet fix for non-square puzzles with key words

Version 10.20, 24 April 2020

  • Fix for occasional disappearing letters when filling around existing filled word slots
  • Fix for occasional errors using Fit Theme Words with Fill Around

Version 10.19, 6 March 2020

  • Statistics window now updated for each complete fill considered, and allows highlighting of selected items
  • Fix for occasional hangs when the AutoFill reports no fill immediately, and issues with manual word selection
  • Drop-down when converting .csv clue databases for setting the indexing option directly
  • Fix for saving of puzzles with non-Western clues
  • Fixed bug searching in Word List Manager

Version 10.18b, 10 November 2019

  • Fix for copy to clipboard with non-West European fonts
  • Warning for odd Windows state likely to cause crashes

Version 10.18, 2 November 2019

  • Making a word search from a word list now uses the word list's Equivalent Letter setting consistently
  • Fixed issue exporting PDF with Greek (and some other non-Western) characters
  • Fixed issue repeatedly finding long anagrams
  • Optional Collins dictionary WordWeb Pro add-on updated to 13th edition (if purchased, re-download from order download page)

Version 10.17, 16 August 2019

  • Words Used/Unused toolbar button now available for vocabulary puzzles as well as word searches
  • If the statistics window is open, it now updates if clues changed in the Clue Editor or Review/Edit Clues
  • Statistics window includes additional clue character count including numbers, headings, formats etc.
  • Fixed speed/hang issue using Fit Theme Words with Style Checking (Pro Filler only)
  • Fixed compatibility issue for word searches in solving applet on some web pages
  • Fixed centring of grid when exporting grid and clues with centred grid selected
  • Possible fixes for rare program hangs

Version 10.16, 29 April 2019

  • Exported BMP, JPG and PNG files now have the exported resolution DPI metadata consistently set (as TIFF previously).
  • Web Export, Connection Settings option to use https (non-https remains default for now)
  • WordPress plugin updated for WordPress 5.1+

Version 10.15, 27 October 2018

  • Review/Edit clues window now supports Shift+Ctrl+V to paste from the clipboard as plain text
  • Fixed some issues importing .puz and plain text clue files containing bracketed numbers that are not word lengths
  • Fix clue page wrapping when printing multi-page clues with clue numbering by position
  • Update grid display correctly after using "Apply settings from template"
  • Fix bug changing equivalent letter mapping of Unicode word lists
  • WordPress plugin updated to support blocks/WordPress 5, plus compatibility fixes

Version 10.14b, 1 July 2018

  • Reverted change to https for web upload as some people reported issues

Version 10.14, 24 June 2018

  • Add confirmation when clearing clue list in the Vocabulary Puzzle window before saving it
  • Fixed issue importing external .cluedatabase database files
  • Fixed checking of 2x2 sudokus
  • Fixed issues when using manual word selection Fill Grid and Find Word windows at the same time
  • Export Fill-in Words will now work if "Clue one letter words" option selected

Version 10.13, 18 February 2018

  • Added Clue Database Manager menu item to delete matching filtered clues
  • Manual word selection window now allows deleting of words in a theme word list but prevents impossible change of score from a theme list (fixing crash bug)
  • Fixed Pro Filler occasional crash bug when using manual word selection
  • Fixed some issues with editing databases in the Create Vocabulary Puzzle window
  • Fixed max word length using AutoFind any length and no set letters
  • Find Words sort by length option now saved
  • Fixed bug using Find Word with ^ (NOT) before letters
  • Fixed issue exporting web puzzles with Chinese on some non-English Windows systems
  • Word lists now more robust to external file changes, e.g. using the program more than once in two virtual desktops
  • Fixed bug exporting plain text clues with answers separated by tabs
  • Fixed issue exporting .puz files in German and some other locales
  • Bold and italic square properties now preserved when loaded/saved to XML
  • Fix for some error handling issues during printing
  • hosting site can now be used with https
  • WordPress plugin updated for latest compatibility

Version 10.12, 16 August 2017

  • Vocab and word search puzzles now ignore all punctuation (include left/right quotes)
  • Fixed issue with option to automatically use clue during manual fill if the default clue setting is random
  • Fixed bug opening .puz version 1.4 files with notes
  • Fixed highlighting of some similar words when selected in the similar words list
  • Fixed issue deleting empty words in word list manager

Version 10.11, 28th April 2017

  • Fixed solving applet bug drawing continued word arrows with custom arrow style
  • Fixed generation of 3x3 sudoku with custom numbers
  • WordWeb Pro updated to version 8.1

Version 10.1, 4th March 2017

  • New Clue Database Manager filter option to only show words with multiple clues
  • AutoFind window now has right-click to edit/delete words and change scores
  • New Edit menu, Select All options for key word and circled squares
  • Add puzzle clues to database option to also change the puzzle clue citations if setting in the database
  • Fixed issue using Backup with filenames containing equal signs
  • Fixed bug exporting applet solution string for word searches
  • Fixed applet solution submission and marking for puzzles with linked clues
  • Fixed minor issues with display of long linked clue numbers in clue editor/clue review window
  • Added setting under Options, Display to disable smooth cursor drawing (to avoid rare problems with disappearing cursor)

Version 10.09, 17th January 2017

  • Added Edit menu Select All functions to select all letters, blocks, filled letters, etc.
  • Fixed issue saving clues with subscript and superscript
  • Added Cancel option to save changes prompt when switching lists or closing the Word List Manager
  • Edit box now updates to match selection after deleting word in Word List Manager
  • Edit Clue's "Capitalize"/"Initial Upper" right-click function now have effect if word is currently upper case
  • Fixed bug saving default Max Cheats setting in applet export
  • Collins dictionary now available as WordWeb Pro add-on

Version 10.08, 29th October 2016

  • Added confirmation prompt when deleting word lists
  • Fix toolbar when doing repeat fills
  • Fixed issue changing clue database folder
  • Applet fix for use with German Eszett letter
  • Fix for export of word search solution to PDF image
  • File Export, with option set to use puzzle folder, now defaults to puzzle folder
  • Oxford English Dictionary and New Oxford American Dictionary add-on dictionaries for WordWeb updated with latest 2016 data (if you have them, re-download from your order download page)

Version 10.07a, 8th October 2016

  • version 10.07a Fixed issues with changing the default clue database folder
  • Fixed bugs in Word List Manager's Change Format/Case function
  • Fixed problems exporting word search solutions to PDF
  • Fixed missing default word using 'Add Current Clue' when no clues currently in database

Version 10.06, 21st September 2016

  • version 10.06a fixed review/edit bug in initial release
  • Fixed bug doing a vocabulary fill in a fixed shape
  • Fixed further issue with spacing in PDF export
  • Fixed Clue Database Manager editing bugs
  • Fixed issue using Review/Edit clues when clue numbers are hidden

Version 10.05, 21st August 2016

  • Added %F placeholder for filename when adding patterns to a grid library
  • Added right-click menu to letter frequency list in Statistics to change sort order
  • Fixed quick scroll to typed letter in AutoFind and Find Word
  • Fixed bugs using Word List Manager edit box to delete word and importing text lists with very high ANSI characters
  • Fixed issue with some characters in PDF export
  • Fixed issue with changing background colours when using Square Properties on multiple-square selection
  • Fixed small Clue Square editor bugs
  • Fixed issue with display of formatting in solution even when not set to be solution visible

Version 10.04, 17th July 2016

  • Manual Word Selection setting whether or not to automatically use selected database clue (options tab)
  • Fixed plain text export in Windows text format for non-Western puzzles
  • Fixes for Find Word pattern search with letter groups
  • Fixed issue with default background colour of new clue squares
  • New option in Options, Clue Editing to make clue square clues upper case
  • Fixed issue exporting key word grid for loop-circled key words

Version 10.03, 30th June 2016

  • Fixed grid filling bug
  • Fixed rare bug adding words to words lists
  • Updates to ipuz Sudoku output

Version 10.02, 21st June 2016

  • Fixed uppercasing of code hint letters
  • Fixed AutoFind (any length)
  • Fixed submitted solution checking for uploaded web puzzles
  • Fixes for ipuz sudoku export/import
  • Fix word search puzzles using lines to mark key words
  • Fix issue with extended characters in word search fills
  • Fixed issue filling puzzles with one-letter words enabled
  • Changed clue square editor default database clue to being top/right clue
  • Fix for saving of Clue Database indexing setting
  • Fix for Web Publish upload
  • Fixes for non-Western non-unicode word lists

Version 10.01, 11th June 2016

  • HTML grid export now includes high-res images
  • Fixed bug converting clue databases with dates where not all clues have dates
    (If you have converted databases missing dates, please reconvert after this update)
  • Clue Square Editor preserves word case/accents when using database
  • Clue editor now supports next/previous navigation buttons and standard shortcuts (and no longer changes clue on mouse wheel)
  • Clue Database Manager now saves column sizes
  • Applet fix for solution message on grid with pictures
  • Applet element tag classes for AlphabetLetter, ClueList, PuzzleCopyright, PuzzleTitle (for use in custom css)
  • Various bug fixes
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