December 21, 2011 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Palo Alto, California - Literate Software today announced the availability of Across Lite personal crossword solver for the iPad. The app is available as a free download from the App Store. The app represents the third generation in the evolution of Across Lite line of products also available for Mac OSX and Microsoft Windows based computers.
Across Lite crossword format is the most common format used for digital publication of crosswords - from online newspapers to independent authors. The New York Times, for example, has used this format to publish the crosswords on the website since 1996. Litsoft makes free personal crossword solvers available on multiple platforms to support the electronic distribution of crosswords in this format.
Crossword solving enthusiasts fall roughly into two camps - puzzlers that prefer to solve their crosswords on paper with no other distractions, and gamers that prefer a flexible software interface that lets them challenge themselves in accuracy and speed of solving. Previous generations of Across Lite software have catered to the latter with customizable user interfaces and to the former with flexible printing options.
The iPad is a device designed to move from the printed world to the digital world. Along with other eReaders, it has succeeded very well in moving people to the digital format for books. A significant reason for this success lies in preserving as much of the physical book-reading experience as possible while combining it with advantages that only electronic formats can bring. Without a similar approach to crossword solving, the puzzlers who prefer printed medium find the iPad unsatisfactory for that purpose.
For example, Peter Gordon, who was the editor of the well-regarded crosswords published by The Sun, uses Across Lite on his computer to download online crosswords and to print them for solving. "Software is too limiting while solving," he says. "When I am solving on paper, my pen can enter letters while I am scanning clues or thinking about answers. Software also provides a tunnel vision into the list of clues that is quite different from the way I am used to studying the clues with a printed crossword."
For Fireball Crosswords, his crossword subscription service for serious crossword puzzlers, he supplies crosswords in both Across Lite and PDF formats, knowing very well that a large number of them still prefer the paper. He also provides Across Lite formats and print formats for his crosswords published by The Washington Post on Sundays and by The Week on Fridays.
The third generation of Across Lite, introduced first on the iPad, bridges this gap between puzzlers and gamers by providing an interface that looks like and can be solved like a printed crossword, but can also be switched instantaneously to a software-like view. Crossword solvers will even find the ability to switch back and forth very useful, creating a new paradigm for solving that wasn't possible before.
Amongst numerous other original features introduced in this generation of Across Lite, a noteworthy feature is an original invention that Litsoft calls SmartMove. This feature is designed to simulate the habits of expert crossword solvers who instinctively solve in a criss-cross fashion leveraging previously entered letters. On completing a clue, the app can suggest the next best clue to solve to leverage as many of the entered letters as possible. "This is very useful, like automatic bookmarking and page-turning features of eReaders," says Peter Gordon. "It is an example of what software can do to help even those who like the printed-paper experience. I don't consider it cheating at all."
Across Lite personal solvers have set the standard for crossword solving whose original features such as pen and pencil modes, ink saver printing features, flexible check and reveal commands, the means to handle rebus puzzles, etc., have been widely copied as essential features in other crossword products. Its current and past clients include major publishers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Yahoo and AOL.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 5.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Across Lite Crosswords 3.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.
Literate Software is the leading vendor of online crossword publishing products since 1995. It is the creator of the Across Lite platform that has become the de facto standard for online crossword publishing with more crosswords published each week in this format than any other. This platform was almost entirely responsible for growing the online world of crosswords over the last decade by providing a reliable publishing platform and a wide distribution of solver software. Several million copies of Across Lite are in use world-wide on multiple platforms. Copyright (C) 2011 Literate Software LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.