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Red Sweater Makes Easy Work Of Black & White Squares With 1.1.1 Update

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Red Sweater software (makers of the most excellent MarsEdit blogging tool) released 1.1.1 of Black Ink, your one-stop source for all things crossword puzzle-related.

Black Ink makes it easy to download free puzzles from sites like the New York Times & Wall Street Journal and 1.1.1 has added the Boston Globe & Little Rock Daily Record to its source list (and has removed the Washington Post). Print output (to printer or PDF) has been greatly improved to near typesetting quality with many tweaks and enhancements to the overall layout of each element. There are also some bug-fixes in the mix as well.

One of the core features of Black Ink is the ability to actually help solve crosswords, which should be a boon to anyone who is captivated by these puzzles but is often left stuck. For true aficionados, there are numerous features hidden beneath the surface. You can jump instantly to any clue simply by typing its number, or right-click to enter multiple letters and even start a timer if you plan on getting ready for some serious competition.

The program really is easy to use and makes solving hard crossword puzzles much easier. I’m seriously hoping for an iPhone/iPod Touch version, either just as a solving aid or being able to do crosswords on the device. As it stands, Daniel has plans for even more printing enhancements, including mechanisms for adjusting print size and accommodating you left-handers out there.

There is a 30-day free trial with the full version priced at $24.95. Downloads are compatible with OS X Tiger (10.4) or Leopard (10.5).

If you use Black Ink, let TAB readers know what your experiences have been in the comments.

One Response to “Red Sweater Makes Easy Work Of Black & White Squares With 1.1.1 Update”

  1. I am an avid crossword puzzler (mainly the New York Times). I use Across Lite to view and print the puzzles, because I prefer to do them in pencil by hand. However, Across Lite does have a lot of the features you mentioned above. It also has the distinct advantage of being free.