Puzzle Maker

Developer: Hokua Software LLC

Current Version: 2.9.0

Last Updated: 1 year ago

Download Size: 2.5 MB - Download


Create crossword and word search puzzles using your own words! You choose the words, and Puzzle Maker can make a crossword and word search from them.


*Design Puzzles:
Use the grid editor to design your puzzle. Use the Inspector to set colors, fonts, and layout.

*Generate Puzzles:
Use Puzzle Maker's advanced algorithm to automatically create crossword and word searches for you. For crosswords, Puzzle Maker can find dense word clusters and maximizes the number of word crossings.

*Edit Puzzles:
Change fonts, add colors and modify layout. Don't settle for a boring black-and-white puzzle.

*Nice Printouts:
Tired of your puzzles looking like they were printed off a web site? With Puzzle Maker, your printed puzzles will look great - no website logos, no unwanted text. Print your puzzle document in either portrait or landscape layout.

*Unicode Support:
Create puzzles using any alphabet supported on the Mac. Puzzle Maker even supports right-to-left languages such as Hebrew

*Puzzle Preview
Choose from a selection of possible puzzles for the best pick.

*Export As Image:
Export your puzzles to a high quality image (PNG), so they can be included in another document or a website.

*Export As A Web Page
Want to share your puzzle with the world? Puzzle Maker lets you export your puzzle as an interactive web page, so people all over the world can solve your puzzle. Supports IE9+, Firefox 4+, Chrome, Safari 4+, and Opera 12+. Also works on the iPad and other tablets. Upload your web puzzles to mywordpuzzles.com.

*Export to iBooks Author
Include interactive word puzzles in your electronic books made with iBooks Author.

*Export to .puz (crosswords)
Play your crosswords in popular crossword players, such as Black Ink by Red Sweater Software.

*Multi-Core -- High Quality Puzzles, Fast:
Puzzle Maker takes advantage of your multi-core Mac to deliver a good-looking puzzle, fast.

*2 for the price of 1:
Puzzle Maker is both a crossword puzzle maker and a word search maker. Don't use 2 separate programs: create both type of puzzles from the same word lists!

*Other features:
-Checks for accidentally included common "naughty words" in word searches.
-Word searches can include a hidden message.
-Adjust word search grid width & height.
-Choose if you want words to be placed backwards or not.


Release Notes:

*bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by joelheffner

It works! - This app works well. I like the way it exports to Pages as well as letting you create a PNG file and a TXT file if you want to put the puzzle together yourself. The only suggestion I have is that it should allow you to add words just by clicking on return instead of requiring you to click on the + button. That would speed up the puzzle making process.

Found helpful by 10 out of 10 people
Version 2.1.1
Review by rollingeyes.com

Crashes all the time - I haven't been able to make even one puzzle, it crashes every time. I want a refund now!

Found helpful by 1 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.9.0
Review by Rhyleikay

Great app: BUT... - I can not save individual puzzels without deleting pervious puzzles. Also, once I have saved a puzzle I cannot import it back into the app to make changes. It is very frustrating to work on a puzzel for an hour or so just start all over! Developers, you have a great product… please make it more user friendly. In advance, thank you.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people