Hopefully the icon makes it pretty obvious that this is an application for solving crossword puzzles. In fact, Black Ink is the successor to the most popular crossword solving application on Mac OS X: MacXword, formerly available from Advenio, LLC.
MacXword was the first AcrossLite-compatible client on Mac OS X, and has evolved over the years into the most feature-filled and elegant product in the category. When I acquired the product from original author Stephan Cleaves two months ago, I did so with two goals in mind:
- Stay the best.
- Get even better.
Black Ink is everything that MacXword was, and more:
- Fully compatible with Intel-based Macs.
- Ported from Java to Objective-C and fine-tuned for performance.
- Streamlined UI emphasises finding and solving puzzles.
The best part about this acquisition is that I love, and always have loved crossword puzzles. I’ve even gone so far as to try my hand at composing them. I’ve let my passion for puzzles diminish a little bit over the years, but Black Ink makes it so easy to download and solve puzzles, I’m finding it the perfect antidote to my stress-filled days.
If you love crosswords, and you have a Mac, you need to check out Black Ink.
If you love crosswords and you don’t have a Mac, maybe it’s finally time to change that.
PS: Yes, this is the “java app!“
Update: Stephan Cleaves offers a good historical perspective on MacXword, and how it ended up becoming Black Ink.