CrossFire 1.3 Release Notes
The latest release of CrossFire is v1.3
. This release brings the
software up to date, using
the latest version of Java and providing better installation
experiences. Its grid-filling approach has been improved to provide
significantly better fills, better use of multiple processors, and
adjustable speed/quality tradeoffs. And, of course, we've squashed
every bug we could find.
Changes at a Glance
- Improved grid filling:
- Superior fill quality.
- Multi-core support.
- Tunable speed/quality tradeoff.
- OS Support:
- Macintosh: Distributed with a proper installer.
- Macintosh: Auxiliary files placed in standard ("/Library")
- Windows: Explicit compatibility with Windows 8 and 10.
- Windows: Improved font scaling for high-DPI displays.
- Linux: The same nitty-gritty installation experience you know
- Third party puzzle formats:
- support for ipuz import/export.
- improved .jpz import.
- Notepad support for .puz files.
- Updated to Java 1.8.
- Improved puzzle printing.
- Cleaned up default dictionary.
- Removed obsolete Java Applet
- Improved undo/redo for puzzle meta-information.
Backwards compatibility issues
- Unless you install the new version on top of an old version (which
is your choice), CrossFire will continue to use the existing
dictionaries. You can use the config/preferences dialog to point to the
new "default.dict" file.
- The grid filler will produce better results (measured against your
dictionary word scores), but may run slower on some machines. The
Speed/Quality trade-off slider in the config/preferences menu will let
you return all the way back to the old behavior by moving the slider all
the way to the left.
If you want even better fills and don't mind waiting, you can move
the slider to the right. Consider moving it to 80% rather than all the
way, as the ultimate quality setting will definitely make you wait a