At a Glance
- Very powerful word puzzle creator with many options
Premier crossword compiler also creates Sudoku, word searches, and other puzzles.
Despite its name, Crossword Compiler isn’t limited to compiling
crossword puzzles. This heavy-duty puzzle generator can handle
Sudoku, word searches, coded puzzles, clues in squares, and four
different types of crosswords–including a vast variety of shaped
crosswords and the option to design your own.
At $49, this software is not for dilettantes; it packs too many
options and has a steep learning curve. It is perfect for teachers,
however, and others who want to generate their own high-quality
word puzzles for specific purposes.
When I tested Crossword Compiler I was able to generate a custom
crossword puzzle within minutes. However, figuring out how to save
the words and clues, and using them to generate a word search
puzzle took quite a while. This program is not exactly intuitive.
To use it to full advantage, it’s important to carefully read the
comprehensive Help file before diving in.
Here are some of the options that Crossword Compiler offers:
puzzles in six languages (seven if you consider American and
British English to be separate tongues); eleven types of puzzle;
the ability to export interactive puzzles to Web pages; the ability
to create your own word and clue databases; dozens of ways to edit
your puzzles. That’s just a sampling of the possibilities; you’ll
want to download the demo to get a more complete picture of the
Teachers and people who enjoy developing word puzzles should
give Crossword Compiler a try. The demo is not time-limited, but it
does print a watermark across any puzzles that you create.