The most recent version of Qxw is release 20140331.
The principal new features in this release compared to release 20130906 are as follows:
Making crosswords with Qxw (PDF, about 1.3 Mbyte). A version of this manual is included in the Windows download.
Download Qxw-20140331 for Linux
This version is in the repositories for Debian testing and some derived distributions. Use Synaptic or a similar graphical package manager in the usual way, or at the command line type
sudo apt-get install qxw
Check that you are being offered release 20140331, as this version may not yet have arrived in your repositories.
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_20140331-1_amd64.deb (about 150 kbyte). This package is tested under Xubuntu 12.04. If you are using a 32-bit x86 machine (‘i386’ architecture, again for both Intel and AMD processors), you should use qxw_20140331-1_i386.deb (about 130 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_20140331-1_amd64.deb
replacing ‘amd64’ with ‘i386’ if necessary.
Nick Warne has kindly prepared a SlackBuild of this release for Slackware 14.1. It is tested in the 32-bit version and can be found at http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.1/games/qxw/.
Further installation options are available for some earlier releases of Qxw: see below.
Download Qxw-20140331 for Windows
If you are using Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, double-clicking on the following link should take you through the installation of Qxw: QxwSetup-20140331.exe (about 5.8 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 .
Many thanks are once again due to Peter Flippant for porting Qxw to Windows, and to John Guiver and the other beta testers for their assistance.
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.
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 ©2011–4 Mark Owen; parts relating to the Windows port are Copyright ©2013–4 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 20140131 has the same features as release 20140331 plus a couple of extra bugs, and so users are encouraged to switch to release 20140331. Files: qxw_20140131-1_amd64.changes; qxw_20140131-1_amd64.deb; qxw_20140131-1.debian.tar.gz; qxw_20140131-1.dsc; qxw_20140131-1_i386.deb; qxw-20140131.amd64.bin.tar.gz; qxw_20140131.orig.tar.gz; qxw-20140131.tar.gz; qxw-20140131-w32.tar.gz; qxw-guide-20140131.pdf; QxwSetup-20140131.exe.
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.
This version is in the repositories for Debian and most derived distributions, such as Ubuntu. Use Synaptic or a similar graphical package manager in the usual way, or at the command line type
sudo apt-get install qxw
If you are using a Debian or derived distribution a 32-bit x86 machine (‘i386’ architecture), you can install this package: qxw_20110923-1_i386.deb. Many systems are set up so that simply clicking on the link above will take you through the installation process. If that doesn’t work, download the file and run the commands:
sudo apt-get install gdebi sudo gdebi qxw_20110923-1_i386.deb
Binary Debian packages for other architectures are available via Qxw’s Debian package page.
Alternatively, you can download a 32-bit x86 binary: Qxw release 20110923.
This page most recently updated Sat 9 Feb 18:37:53 GMT 2019
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