Black Ink is great for solving puzzles on your Mac, but also a fine tool for printing supported puzzle formats in a professional-looking layout suitable for solving on paper. For Black Ink 1.4, I made major strives towards improving the printing features of the app. The major new printing feature is an option to “squeeze” everything for a puzzle onto a single sheet of paper. For larger puzzles this can create a grid and clue list font size that are quite small, but for many folks it’s a priority to get everything on one sheet for easy solving-on-the-go.
Also notable in this release is the return of user-customizable puzzle sources. I removed these in 1.3 because I thought it was more trouble than it’s worth for most users. But for those who do discover sources and are able to configure the settings in Black Ink, this is a much-missed feature.
Complete change list:
- Printing improvements
- Support a new “fit on one sheet of paper” print option
- Support live-updating of print preview as settings are changed
- Fix issues with printing when clue list printing is disabled
- Fix a bug where some clues would rarely not get printed
- Work around a printing issue on a pre-release version of Mac OS X
- Other Fixes
- Prevent possibility of crashes with some accidental keystrokes in puzzle view
- Remove Houston Chronicle as it stopped publishing Mar 25, 2011
- Prevent double-quoting titles of puzzles already in quotes
- Further fixes for Mac OS X 10.4 functionality
- Fix to show puzzle document names as “Black Ink Puzzle Document” in Finder
- Restore ability to add custom puzzle sources to the default list