Version 7 added full support for Sudoku puzzles, including automatic generation at a specified difficulty level.
There are many other new features, including grid style checking, new square formatting options, improved multi-list AutoFind search and more.
View numbers in the grid and preview AutoFind
Make multiple vocabulary puzzles and change size
You can now press the Size button during the fill to increase the size to fit more words in or decrease the size to make a more compact grid. Generate multiple vocabulary puzzles and press the arrow buttons to browse the fills and choose the best one. Press the Next button to force it to generate a new fill from scratch.
AutoFind only shows word lists which have matches
Find Word has new Check All option to check all the word lists
New Square Properties: background circle, custom number text, top-right corner text, formats in puzzle, no across/down clue
Style Checking - during grid design, color squares in the grid that are inconsistent with American or Cryptic/quick styles
Pro Grid Filler option to view most complete failed fill
Grid menu coded puzzle option to set code grid hint letters (visible in code grid)
Can change font size in Clue Square editor
Grid Properties option to set number color
Change word scores in Pro Grid Filler's Manual Word Selection window
New theme fill option for "Maximum" theme
Create Vocabulary Puzzle: new option to extract clues from a complete puzzle and remake it
Added Canadian and Australasian English options
AutoFind now shows selected word in the grid
Hint URLs for clues in the applet
Option to clue one letter words
Numerous other enhancements
New features since Crossword Compiler 6.x
Generate and view multiple vocabulary puzzles.
Pro Filler: Manual word selection now shows selected and forced words in the grid; new option to show partially-forced intersecting word choices
Word list features now preserve punctuation and capitalization. The Word List Manager has new features to handle word formatting and case. Old word lists can still be used.
New option to use clues from a clue database - inserts clues automatically
Clue databases are now stored in a generic "CSV" (comma separated values) format. This makes it much easier to import and export to other programs, and the files can be opened in Excel, etc. for editing if desired. Old databases can be converted easily.
Export printable web pages with the puzzle and clues in columns. Support for right-aligned numbers.
Include timer in Java applet.
Applet enhancements: color wrong letters, save and restore solving time, improved support for input of extended characters, support for relative file locations
Clue editor improved to allow selection of clue database and to change the database lookup word
Enhanced clue database manager, with easy database selection
Improved support for multi-user installations.
Change and format the solution word for each clue. Export answers with correct capitalization. If you are using a formatted word list the formatting is all automatic.
New Find Word window - improved support for large numbers of word lists
AutoFind, Find Word and Anagram windows re-sizable. Size and position is saved.
Multi-charset support improved, support for XP themes
Define equivalent letters for a word list (Word List Manager) - intersect letters with different accents, etc.
Include multiple letters in a square for printout/export
Duplicate/filter word lists using a search pattern