The program now fully supports high-res screens, so the icons and interface will look beautiful at any resolution. The Review/Edit Clues, puzzle Statistics and Clue Database Manager windows can now be left open and automatically update as you edit the puzzle. There's also a new notes feature, for scratch work or notes for editors.
The word list manager is now much faster and easier to browse. Use the Word and Score filters to view and edit words starting with particular letters, matching a pattern, or with specific score. Select multiple words to delete them or change their scores.
Version 10 is fully unicode enabled, so you can use characters and symbols in almost any language. Word lists can have a specific character set (as before), but there is also a new list format supporting the full Unicode character set. The New Word List window lets you specify which characters to allow, and also the mapping of equivalent letters (e.g. whether accents are ignored or not).
The grid filler can now use up to 63 different letters.
The database features have been rewritten, with support for new custom fields, powerful searching, and flexible import and export. The Clue Database Manager how has easy browsing, with option to filter to show particular words. You can also search for matches to clue text or other fields.
You can now lock squares, words, or the block pattern and bars to prevent accidental changes. As before you can also lock the entire grid.
The statistics window has a new tab to show the distribution of letters. The window can also be left open as you edit the grid, automatically updating as you change things.
The Manual Word Selection can now be guided by you: if you don't want to fill the slot the program suggests, you can click on the grid to move to the slot that you do want to fill next.
The Pro Grid Filler also has a new options to fill directly from a clue database, or fill from multiple selected word lists. And it's now often twice as fast filling difficult grids!
Crossword Compiler 10 will run on Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10. There are no special system requirements. It will also run well within a Windows virtual machine running on a Mac. If you have version 8 or 9, version 10 can either be installed as an upgrade or a separate installation. Puzzle files and word lists from previous versions are fully compatible with this version. Old databases can easily be converted.