You're probably familiar with Across Lite, the popular crossword interface. Literate Software (LitSoft), the creators of Across Lite, have now launched a free crossword sharing/embedding service. This service allows you to embed crosswords in interactive format within web sites and blogs, and share them easily with others on twitter, facebook, emails, etc.
This is a great utility for amateur/freelance crossword setters as it lets them offer interactive crosswords from within their sites instead of having to host them elsewhere. It's pretty simple and quick to set up as well.How To Use The Service
Once uploaded, the service emails you the link to a private page. This gives you:
- A direct link to the crossword, which you can share on social media to send people to a custom page for your crossword
- Code for embedding the crossword, which you can copy-paste into your blog/website. You have two sizes to choose from: Standard width (595w x 440h) and Narrow (520w x 472h).
Note: You must have the rights to publish the crossword you upload!A Live Demo
Below is a narrow-width sample crossword, a US-style cryptic. [RSS readers: please visit the blog to view the interactive grid.]
Each solver gets their own copy of the crossword to solve. Work in progress can be saved via browser cookies.
Try it out for yourself. You can read more about the service and give your feedback to its creators Litsoft here. You might also like to follow the newly launched Litsoft blog for their thoughts on the commercial aspects of the crossword industry.
- Update Scanner: A tool for notifying you of online crossword updates
- An Introduction To Across Lite: The "Across format" and how to use it for solving crosswords.
- Crossword Solving Aids
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