The most recent version of Qxw is release 20200708.
The principal new features in this release compared to release 20140331 are as follows:
Many thanks are once again due to Peter Flippant for porting Qxw to Windows, and to the beta testers, in particular Nick Warne, for their assistance.
Making crosswords with Qxw (PDF, about 1.3 Mbyte). A version of this manual is included in the Windows download.
Download Qxw-20200708 for Linux: Debian and derived distributions
If you are using a Debian or derived distribution such as Ubuntu or Mint on a 64-bit x86 machine (‘amd64’ architecture, suitable for both Intel and AMD processors despite the name), you can install this package: qxw_20200708-1_amd64.deb (about 260 kbyte). This package is tested under Xubuntu 18.04. If you are using a 32-bit x86 machine (‘i386’ architecture, again for both Intel and AMD processors), you should use qxw_20200708-1_i386.deb (about 255 kbyte). This package is not tested.
Many systems are set up so that simply clicking on one of these links will take you through the installation process. If that doesn’t work, download the appropriate file and run the commands:
sudo apt-get install gdebi sudo gdebi qxw_20200708-1_amd64.deb
replacing ‘amd64’ with ‘i386’ if necessary.
Download Qxw-20200708 for Linux: Slackware
Nick Warne has kindly prepared a SlackBuild of this release for Slackware 14.2. It can be found at http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.2/games/qxw/.
Download Qxw-20200708 for Linux: other options
Further installation options are available for some earlier releases of Qxw: see below.
Download Qxw-20200708 for Windows
If you are using Windows 7 or later double-clicking on the following link should take you through the installation of Qxw: QxwSetup-20200708.exe (about 20 Mbyte). You may have to answer some ‘Are you sure?’ questions, which are a security feature of the most recent versions of Windows. After installation you should see a desktop icon that launches the program and one that opens the manual. The program also associates itself with files whose names end in ‘.qxw’, the conventional extension for its saved crosswords.
For Windows-specific questions (for example, relating to installation problems), please write to .
The source code for this release (which ordinary users will not normally need) is available.
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The 18+ UKACD dictionary file (gzip’ped, about 800 kbyte). This is a version of UKACD18 with the bowdlerisations from UKACD17 undone and some errors corrected. This dictionary is included in the Windows download. The original versions of UKACD17 and UKACD18 are also available. Licensing information.
If the UKACD is not a suitable dictionary for your application, you may wish to consult the FAQ for information about sources of alternatives.
The Qxw downloads include the source code for a couple of example plug-ins. Nick Warne has written some more, available here on Google Drive.
Qxw is free software
Qxw is free software. That doesn’t just mean that you don’t have to pay for it; it also means that you have the freedom to share, study and modify it. More precisely, both Linux and Windows versions of Qxw are licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.
The program is Copyright ©2011–2020 Mark Owen; parts relating to the Windows port are Copyright ©2013–2020 Peter Flippant. More legal stuff.
Please let me know if you would like to be informed when new versions of Qxw are released. E-mail reports of bugs and other suggestions are welcome.
Release 20190909 has the same features as release 20200708 plus a couple of extra bugs, and so users are encouraged to switch to release 20200708.
Release 20190722 has the same features as release 20190909 plus a couple of extra bugs, and so users are encouraged to switch to release 20190909.
The principal features in this release compared to release 20130906 are as follows:
Manual: Making crosswords with Qxw (PDF, about 1.3 Mbyte). A version of this manual is included in the Windows download.
Nick Warne’s SlackBuild of this release for Slackware 14.1: http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.1/games/qxw/.
Windows installer for Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or later: QxwSetup-20140331.exe (about 5.8 Mbyte). Many thanks are once again due to Peter Flippant for this port.
Release 20140131 has the same features as release 20140331 plus a couple of extra bugs, and so users are encouraged to switch to release 20140331.
This release is Copyright ©2011–3 Mark Owen; parts relating to the Windows port are Copyright ©2013 Peter Flippant. More legal stuff.
Previous releases were only available to run under Linux.
Download a 32-bit x86 binary: Qxw release 20110923.
Manual for this version.
This page most recently updated Fri 4 Feb 16:49:50 GMT 2022
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