Black Ink - Solve crossword puzzles with style

Developer: Red Sweater Software

Current Version: 1.6.7

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 3.8 MB - Download


Solve Crossword Puzzles With Style:
Everything you need to download, solve, and print puzzles.

Black Ink is a solving app for "Across Lite" format puzzle files. Black Ink does not come with any puzzles per se, but can be used to download and open puzzles from the web.

Get Black Ink and start solving puzzles on your Mac today.

Compatible with OS X 10.6 and later, including macOS Sierra.

- Resizable puzzle display.
- Print newspaper-style paper puzzles.
- Check your answers with most puzzles.
- Race the clock with our puzzle timer.
- Top-notch support from respected Red Sweater Software.

Black Ink opens and solves puzzles that use the Across Lite format, which are distributed by several free and paid sources in the United States, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and others.


Release Notes:

A subtle usability issue that’s bothered us for years is Black Ink’s propensity to, in some instances, redraw the solved letters of a puzzle ever so slightly off from the previous location. This had the effect of causing some letters to appear to “jiggle” as you type in the answers for adjoining squares.

We finally figured out the cause of that problem, and fixed it along with a crashing bug affecting Touch Bar Macs, and a possible energy-saving change to prevent Black Ink using the unnecessarily powerful graphics card on some Macs:

- Fix a problem where puzzle grid answers could shift slightly while solving

- Add NSSupportsAutomaticGraphicsSwitching to Info.plist to depending on high power GPU

- Workaround a bug that could cause Black Ink to crash when waking a Touch Bar Mac from sleep

We hope you appreciate the long-time maintenance of this legendary Mac crossword app. Please take a moment to tell your friends and leave a rating in the app store.

Having problems? Drop us a line [email protected], we are happy to help!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.2.3
Review by tombolav

Make sure you have free time. - I bought this app on a whim right before I sat down to work. Not a very smart move on my part. I'm not someone who usually plays crossword puzzles but having it on the computer allows me search for the answers online and in the thesaurus (i.e. cheat.) I am afraid I'm spending more time playing this now than I thought I would. Maybe I wil actually learn some new words while I'm at it.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.5.3
Review by Paul12325

No Updates - I had to invest time poking through the app to no avail and looking on the web and support sites to find whether these crosswords get updated and how often. I've done the same NY Times Classic puzzle from 1998 for the past 2 weeks. A great app, but misleading. They are at the mercy of when their sources publish new puzzles - which isn't often because their sources each charge premium fees for daily updates. Wish I knew this before I spent $5 on an app for crossword puzzles when you can find plenty for free.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people