Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another update

Pushed some minor improvements up to http://www.xwordapp.com/:

  • Auto-layout: the app now attempts to guess the best number of columns for display. Hopefully his eliminates problems people were having with puzzles not fitting the screen. Let me know if you're having issues with it. Hint: for large puzzles such as the 21x21 sunday grids, use F11 to go full screen in your browser. (F11 again to exit full screen).
  • Circled grid cells: occasionally puzzles will come with circled cells in the grid. this is now supported by xwordapp.com. New York Times subscribers can see an example by looking at the July 3, 2011 puzzle.


  1. Cool stuff! Unfortunately the Kindle Fire's browser doesn't seem to recognize the puzzle squares as input boxes, so the keyboard doesn't pop up when I select an answer on the grid. Tapping on different squares does work to highlight different answers and letters. Bummed, because I don't know if Standalone is going to port their app to the Fire.

  2. Huh, I note that xwordapp.com doesn't work on the iPad version of Safari either, so I guess you're not really targetting the mobile market.

    I wonder how much tweaking would be required to make it work...