Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Quick Break

I'm very excited to announce that my first app is up for sale on the iTunes App Store!

My husband Ralph and I have been working on this for ages — he is the expert code monkey, and I've done the graphics and written all the crosswords.

My Quick Break crosswords have appeared for years in The Cairns Post. They are 13 x 13 quick crosswords (not cryptic), and mostly quite easy to solve, with the occasional tricky word.

I am no longer doing syndicated puzzles for newspapers (a rapidly dying field), so apps are the way forward.

This first volume contains 50 of my Quick Break crosswords. Volumes 2, 3 and 4 are in production.

Here are some screen shots to entice you!

 Just tap on the grid to bring up the keyboard, then start typing in your answers:
You can choose from four fonts and nine background papers, including dark papers and crumpled paper with coffee stains!
And you can choose the colours for everything - the grid, the text, and the highlight colours.

As I have vision problems, we have been very aware of accessibility issues. Some people with visual impairments find white text on a dark background easier to read, for example — with this app, you can do that. You can also zoom in on the grid, and set the app to do this automatically for you, if you wish.

Other options are marking wrong letters in red, having a timer, and locking correct letters. Typing a '?' will reveal the letter for the selected square. These 'cheated' letters have a red triangle in their corner.

It works on iPhones (including the 5), iPods, and iPads. It's waiting for you now!
ETA: Android versions coming in 2013!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Missing in Action

Apologies for the silence here — I'm doing a short contract as a publications editor for Early Childhood Australia, and don't have the time to write for the blog. Normal service shall resume in two weeks!

xo Denise