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Release 20140331

The most recent version of Qxw is release 20140331.

What’s new?

The principal new features in this release compared to release 20130906 are as follows:

  • Facility to allow filler to choose which lights are affected by answer treatment
  • Arbitrary permutations of letters arising from answer treatments
  • Jumbled lights
  • Free light path import and export
  • Patterns to restrict cell contents
  • Experimental facility to read TSD format dictionaries
  • Option to include numbers in exported solution grids
  • Entry letter/digit histogram with live update
  • Colours for cell numbers and marks
  • Simple support for codewords
  • Simple templates for blocked grids
  • Various user interface improvements, including new keyboard shortcuts to simplify use on some laptops

Manual

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.

Alternatively, you can download a 64-bit x86 binary (about 150 kbyte) or a 32-bit x86 binary (about 150 kbyte). These archives each contain an ELF executable plus some examples.

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 qxw hyphen windows at quinapalus dot com.

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.

Source code

The source code for this release (which ordinary users will not normally need) is available.

Additional source code for the Windows version:

You may also want...

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.

mail at quinapalus dot com


Release 20140131

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.


Release 20130906

Manual

Linux

Windows

Source code

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.

Release 20110923

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.

Manual for this version.

Source code.
qxw_20110923-1.debian.tar.gz; qxw_20110923-1.dsc; qxw_20110923-1_i386.changes; qxw_20110923-1_i386.deb; qxw_20110923.orig.tar.gz.

Release 20110826

ELF binary.
Manual.
Source code.
32-bit x86 Debian binary package.
qxw_20110826-1.debian.tar.gz; qxw_20110826-1.dsc; qxw_20110826-1_i386.changes; qxw_20110826-1_i386.deb; qxw_20110826.orig.tar.gz.

Release 20071028

ELF binary.
Source code.


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