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    Crosswords 4.4.136 release (April 19, 2018)
  • Flip arrow to match when board flipped
  • Fix problems when undos arrive at unexpected times
  • Don't crash when game connects while app's in background
    Crosswords 4.4.135 release (March 21, 2018)
  • Include latest Catalan translations (from Weblate)
  • Include latest German translations (from Weblate)
  • Fix rare bug showing duplicate one-letter hints
    Crosswords 4.4.134 release (February 6, 2018)
  • For better navigation with lots of saved games, make the scrollbar thumb draggable (and move it to the left side where it doesn't obscure anything)
  • When space is limited in Games List display, truncate player name rather than score
  • Include latest Catalan translations (from Weblate)
    Crosswords 4.4.133 release (January 24, 2018)
  • Don't crash (even occasionally) when closing the wordlist browser. (Reported via Google; thanks!)
  • Prevent setting wordlist browser min word length higher than max
  • Don't include current player's tiles in remaining tiles display
    Crosswords 4.4.132 release (January 18, 2018)
  • Communicate with relay via http when the custom protocol isn't working (e.g. when a wifi router or firewall blocks it.)
  • Improved translations for Catalan, French, Japanese and Norwegian (by Weblate volunteers)
  • Add a few menubar icons (thanks to The Noun Project)
  • Fix taps on left end of items in the Games List not always selecting/unselecting them
    Crosswords 4.4.130 release (November 20, 2017)
  • Offer to "Archive" finished games
  • Make tap on thumbnail toggle whether game's selected rather than open it. (Tap to the right still opens)
  • Bug fix: don't allow duplicate group names
  • Fix battery-hogging behavior on non-Google-play installs
    Crosswords 4.4.129 release (September 20, 2017)
  • Fix crash drawing game timer
    Crosswords 4.4.128 release (September 19, 2017)
  • Fix crash on a specific Samsung tablet
    Crosswords 4.4.126 release (September 6, 2017)
  • Add green chat icon for games with unread messages
  • Display games with unread chat at top of list
  • Put networked games that still aren't connected right below them
  • Fix crash on Samsung running (obsolete) Android version 4.4 caused by the previous release
  • Include latest French and Japanese translations
    Crosswords 4.4.125 release (August 30, 2017)
  • Fix delays bringing up the Invite dialog for new games
  • Explicitly specify application "theme" to fix a Samsung "upgrade" turning the titlebar white and so making menu icons disappear
    Crosswords 4.4.124 release (August 16, 2017)
  • Fix failure to create game from invitation after downloading missing wordlist
    Crosswords 4.4.123 release (August 13, 2017)
  • Fix crash when invitation requires a wordlist you don't have
  • Include latest Portuguese translations
    Crosswords 4.4.122 release (August 8, 2017)
  • Fix crash reported to Google Play store -- thanks!
    Crosswords 4.4.121 release (August 4, 2017)
  • Fix crash reported to Google Play store -- thanks!
  • Tweak logic for when Invite/Wait dialog is shown or dismissed
    Crosswords 4.4.120 release (July 23, 2017)
  • Timestamp in-game chat messages when they're created
  • Display timestamps (if present) to left of message sender's name
  • For games played via SMS data, resend dropped messages periodically
  • Tweak game's network status icon, removing black
  • Don't make sound announcing moves on one-device games
  • Fix crash reported to Google Play store -- thanks!
    Crosswords 4.4.119 release (June 2, 2017)
  • Don't offer to upgrade F-Droid builds (since I can't)
  • Pretty-up expander buttons on main games list
  • Fix About dialog disappearing after rotation
  • Fix infrequent crashes
    Crosswords 4.4.118 release (May 18, 2017)
  • Fix crash putting up alert too late
  • Fix crash when game save time is somehow in the future
    Crosswords 4.4.117 release (May 8, 2017)
  • Remove 54 (of 41871) words from the CollegeEng wordlist
  • Remove 3 words from the Top5000 wordlist
  • Make new CollegeEngFull wordlist available for download
  • Incorporate new French and Japanese translations
  • Address crash reported through Google
    Crosswords 4.4.116 release (April 30, 2017)
  • Enable side-by-side display for tablets
  • In service of above, rewrite pretty much everything dialog-related. :-) (Please report bugs!)
  • Capitalize the W in CrossWords: this is not a crossword puzzle game
  • Fix game timers
  • Make blank-tile-picker dialog prettier
  • Remove pick-face-up option for networked games. (It didn't work anyway.)
  • Don't open a closed group when moving games to it
  • Fix occasional crash
  • Switch from ant to gradle (dev. detail)
    Crosswords 4.4.115 release (January 9, 2017)
  • Request permissions when they're needed, e.g. ask to send SMS messages when a game is being configured to communicate using SMS
  • Change order of games to put oldest in which it's your turn at the top
  • New two-color icon for notifications (required by the newer Android that supports just-in-time permissions)
  • Use less battery by being smarter about how often to check the relay for moves (This will mostly impact those installing from F-Droid.)
  • Stop mis-identifying tablets as data-SMS-capable (only GSM phones are)
  • Shorten default rematch game name
  • Allow board "squares" to be wider than tall if it fills the screen better
  • Improvements in localization for French, Catalan, Dutch, Czech and Japanese (via Weblate)
    Crosswords 4.4.114 release (November 28, 2016)
  • Fix (by inspection) two crashes reported against 112 via the play store
    Crosswords 4.4.113 release (November 28, 2016)
  • Work around drawing glitch that appeared with release of Android Nougat
    Crosswords 4.4.111 release (September 16, 2016)
  • Display at the top of the list games in which it's the local player's turn
  • Display at the bottom of the list games that have ended
  • Fix crash launching app in side-by-side mode
    Crosswords 4.4.110 release (August 30, 2016)
  • Fix a couple of crashes introduced in 4.4.109
    Crosswords 4.4.109 release (August 23, 2016)
  • Add side-by-side mode for tablets. For now, it's an option tablet owners will be encouraged to enable. Later it'll always be on.
  • Improve board snapshots
  • Make alerts' content scrollable (for very small screens)
  • Move "Play sound" preference
  • Remove old ways of zooming board (since modern phones have multi-touch screens)
  • Fix invitations creating unclosable games
    Crosswords 4.4.108 release (July 18, 2016)
  • Fix problem with invitations on older Android versions (e.g. 4.2 and 4.3)
  • Chat fixes: send without closing the window, expand for longer messages, smart editing, etc.
  • Fix so Bluetooth finds tablets as well as phones
  • Add ability to disable relay play (to save battery for users who play standalone only)
  • Improvements to French and Japanese translations
    Crosswords 4.4.106 release (March 13, 2016)
  • Reduce power usage by combining all green-to-red turn-length timers into one
  • Include player names in chat display
  • Revert recent change preventing multiple checks in SMS and Bluetooth invitation dialogs
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 105 release (Feb 21, 2016)
  • When creating a game to rematch, preserve the original's settings for hints, board size, timer and phonies
  • Fix tiles left of tray divider sometimes being included in hints
  • Unless "View tiles out-of-turn" is enabled, show summary of last move when scoreboard entry is tapped
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 104 release (Feb 4, 2016)
  • Fix in-game lookups using They'd changed the URL format...
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 103 release (Feb 3, 2016)
  • Work around problem in latest Android dev tools blocking upgrades to older devices
  • Fix memory leak sending messages on behalf of closed games
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 102 release (Jan 28, 2016)
  • Rematch option allows creating a new game with the same opponents, and takes care of sending invitations to the remote device
  • Improve how invitations are created and sent, including making it easier to resend when necessary
  • Finish fixing problem with moves being dropped
  • Add Japanese translation; update Catalan, Dutch, and French (Thanks to Weblate and the translators!)
  • Make it easier to "discover" and enable play-via-SMS (GSM phones only)
  • Fix memory leak that caused crashes if you opened a lot of games in a short period
  • Ask player for name the first time it's needed rather than when newly installed game first opened
  • Fix occasional failure to refresh thumbnails
  • Don't allow removing players when game is locked (in Game Config screen)
  • Put back long-tap (a.k.a. "context") menus in Games List screen. Because I like them
  • No reminders in robot games by default
  • Tweaks to Chat screen, and confirm before deleting chat history
  • Tweak notifications to make them more useful
  • Other minor bug fixes
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 101 release (Jan 3, 2016)
  • First part of a staged release fixing occasional stalls in networked games.
  • (The next release will work only with itself and this one, so please upgrade!)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 98 release (Sept 21, 2015)
  • Complete and up-to-date translations into Dutch, French and Catalan. What language is next?
  • Allow copying invitation URL to clipboard so you can paste it into any messaging app you like
  • Improvements to in-game chat experience (but more are coming)
  • Show a "toast" when hint button can't find any moves
  • Add SMS to the list of ways you can invite somebody
  • When displaying Bluetooth-connected devices to invite, skip stuff like headphones
  • Turn off email invite attachments. They didn't seem to work anyway, and aren't needed on modern Android.
  • Fix very old memory leak
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 97 release (June 19, 2015)
  • Full French localization
  • Change how games communicate: instead of using only one means (e.g. Bluetooth, SMS, or the internet/relay) a game can use all three, switching based on what works at the time
  • Game creation requires only picking whether you're networked or not, not how to communicate (though you can still control that if you like)
  • Separate inviting from playing: e.g. you can invite via Bluetooth to a game that will be played via SMS
  • A game that needs remote players has a dialog on top of it at all times you can use to invite players. The dialog goes away when invited players connect.
  • But when a game hasn't connected yet, warn, and don't let it send an invitation
  • On startup, if on a phone configured for other than English, offer to download an appropriate wordlist
  • New games are placed in the selected group (if any, otherwise in default as before)
  • Add new-games buttons to main screen, and offer to hide them after a while
  • Offer to turn Bluetooth and SMS on directly rather than just take you to the Android prefs app
  • Hide public rooms interface by default, and add a preference to turn it back on
  • Remove option to invite using SMS, since invitations are too large now. (Will address in a release soon.)
  • Kill play-via-SMS for non-GSM phones. (Google's making it too hard to support this, and non-GSM phones are only found in one country anyway.)
  • Deal with deletion of dictionary that's been set as default
  • In popup menu from in-game wordlist button, show only wordlists in same language as game
  • When assigning new tiles, don't sort tiles to left of tray divider
  • Remove "Reconnect" button from network status info
  • Include info for all communication means being used in network status, and only show an icon in networked games
  • Show status message after writing to SD card
  • Fix a few crashes
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 96 release (April 7, 2015)
  • Fix crash sorting tiles
  • Mods for cleaner fdroid builds
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 95 release (March 4, 2015)
  • Fix crash copying games
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 94 release (February 24, 2015)
  • Change "protocol" of messages passed between games to include more information.
  • Replace "Do not show again" button in new-player hint dialogs with a checkbox
  • Resend pending messages every time game is opened
  • Fix crash downloading wordlists from outside the app
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 92 release (January 24, 2015)
  • Set a default language to fix bug setting default wordlists when default language hasn't been set
  • When game is over tap on opponent's score will show you his/her tiles
  • Fix a couple of potential crashers
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 91 release (Oct. 13, 2014)
  • Add "New group" button to move-game-to-group alert
  • Make selection of default language for new games explicit
  • When issuing new tiles into tray, sort only the ones to the right of the divider; leave those to the left alone
  • When you choose to download a new wordlist while configuring a new game, assume you want to use it for the game
  • Fix a few more little bugs and annoyances
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 90 release (Oct. 1, 2014)
  • Enable play via Bluetooth
  • Enable invite-via-tapping (NFC/"Andriod beaming") for Bluetooth games
  • Make tray divider wider so easier to grab and drag
  • Make new game entries collapsible to save space for those who don't use them
  • fix half-height board bug
  • fix occasional crash creating a new game immediately after a delete
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 89 release (August 27, 2014)
  • Include summary of move in notification bar message
  • On board, hide crosshairs except when a tile is being dragged
  • Add debug setting to change turn reminder frequency
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 88 release (August 20, 2014)
  • Post reminder notifications when it's been your turn for one, two or three days
  • Fix crash when a player has a password
  • Don't draw network status icon on top of game timer
  • Unselect games in group that's collapsed
  • Fix crash on older devices (with menu keys)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 87 release (July 25, 2014)
  • Don't prevent board displaying in the landscape orientation on large and x-large devices (tablets)
  • Fix changes for above to not crash on small-screened phones (thanks Anonymous)
  • Fix changes for above so Nexus 10 and other x-large devices still use the full screen in the portrait orientation (thanks DS)
  • Fix reported crash in new toolbar code (thanks Anonymous)
  • Fix reported crash receiving malformed SMS (thanks Anonymous)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 86 release (July 24, 2014)
  • Fix b85 changes so Nexus 10 and other x-large devices still use the full screen in the portrait orientation (thanks DS)
  • Fix reported crash in new toolbar code (thanks Anonymous)
  • Fix reported crash receiving malformed SMS (thanks Anonymous)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 85 release (July 23, 2014)
  • Remove lock of board in portrait display on "large" and "x-large" devices (typically tablets)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 84 release (July 16, 2014)
  • Rewrite lots of internals getting ready for dual-window display (on tablets)
  • Make translations (e.g. of menus) downloadable separately rather than built in to the app
  • Handle display and download of wordlists internally rather than handing off to a browser
  • Fix lookup/studylist for languages with only one lookup option
  • When you return from downloading a new wordlist or language your new game is now configured to use it
  • Add debug option to play via "data" SMS (works only if both devices are NOT on Verizon or Sprint in the US)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 83 release (April 25, 2014)
  • Display board in both portrait orientations
  • Fix mangling of unicode model names
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 82 release (March 27, 2014)
  • Add ability to select studylist items so subsets can be removed or copied out
  • Enable studylists by default for new installs
  • Fix bug with Wordlist browser selections
  • Improve Lookup/Add-to-studylist dialog
  • Fix bug clearing pending move when you long-tap a letter to see words it's in
  • Other performance and minor UI improvements
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 81 release (March 12, 2014)
  • Refcount wordlists so they can be reused across games and don't get destroyed early. Fixes hard-to-reproduce but oft-seen crash (or so my analysis says, anyway.)
  • Fix another less-frequent crash with BoardActivity dialogs
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 80 release (March 6, 2014)
  • Improve move retransmit when network unreliable
  • Fix kitkat-only drawing glitch
  • Add build timestamp to about dialog
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 79 release (Feb. 3, 2014)
  • Fix crash copying games
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 78 release (Jan. 31, 2014)
  • Add "Studylist" feature
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 77 release (Jan. 28, 2014)
  • Fix several crashes reported by users -- thanks!
  • Add menu to make rating Crosswords easier
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 76 release (Dec. 1, 2013)
  • Revert move to 16-bit bitmaps since it doesn't work on all devices
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 75 release (Dec. 1, 2013)
  • Fix crash on small-screen devices
  • Stop timer resetting every time game saved
  • Fix occasional crash when timer enabled
  • Use half as much memory drawing board and snapshots
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 74 release (Nov 29, 2013)
  • Fix crash when launching lookup on word on board
  • Add warning about Firefox browser
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 73 release (Nov 28, 2013)
  • Add thumbnails of board to main screen
  • Add ability to invite via NFC
  • Use Actionbar and select/act pattern on Wordlist Browser screen
  • Highlight most recently opened game in Games List screen by default
  • Disable play via SMS on KitKat (Android 4.4) devices: Google's broken some behavior it depended on
  • Disable hiding title bar on devices with Action Bar or without a menu key
  • Make tile borders thicker when selected in trade mode
  • Refuse to create more than one game from an invitation
  • Add lookup for German words
  • Fix disappearing games bug
  • Fix wordlist crasher (Thanks BM!)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 72 release (Nov 4, 2013)
  • Add support for x86-based Android devices (thanks to Brendan Le Foll)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 71 release (Oct 29, 2013)
  • More closely follow Android UI guidelines for main Games List screen
    • Show count of selected games or groups in title bar
    • Long-tap on games and groups selects or deselects rather than bringing up a menu
    • Tap on icon at left of game row selects or deselects
    • Tap on selected game deselects
    • Selecting any group deselects all games, and vice versa
    • Back button clears any selection, or exits if there is none
    • Most common actions now have icons for the action bar
    • A new game created when a group is selected is placed in that group
    • Clear selected games inside collapsing group
  • Add a couple of menu items to action bar for Board screen, as text for now pending getting icons
  • Remove introductory verbiage from main Games List screen
  • Fix bug on tiny-screen phones (Thanks O!)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 70 release (Oct 18, 2013)
  • Work around broken 2.3 menu API (Thanks 0!)
  • Hide board titlebar by default on pre-3.0 devices
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 69 release (Oct 11, 2013)
  • Fix relay registration problem (Thanks DS!)
  • Show Turn done/Pass in actionbar where possible
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 68 release (Sept 30, 2013)
  • Rewrite of networking code
  • Turn chat back on
  • Progress bar added for download of wordlists and upgrades
  • Fix Exchange tiles buttons
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 67 release (Sept 15, 2013)
  • Fix mystery crash -- I hope
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 66 release (Sept 10, 2013)
  • Fix menu missing on some tablets
  • Disable in-game Chat feature. (It has bugs that cause games to stop syncing moves. I don't think it's used much, but if I hear from users it should be a quick fix once I focus on it.)
  • Fix crash triggered by resignation
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 65 release (August 8, 2013)
  • Fix obscure crash -- upgrading directly from beta 30
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 64 release (August 7, 2013)
  • Fix too-short tray on large tablets
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 63 release (July 8, 2013)
  • Reduce amount of network traffic required to get moves
  • Make all wordlists available from wordlists button below board (on Android 3.0 and above)
  • Dim pending score counter (at right end of tray) when it's not that player's turn or game's over
  • Move more frequently used game buttons to left where they're more visible
  • Fix a few bugs
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 62 release (June 27, 2013)
  • Succeed at getting the Google Play Store to recognize that Crosswords runs on tablets
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 61 release (June 25, 2013)
  • Try, but fail, at getting the Google Play Store to recognize that Crosswords runs on tablets
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 60 release (May 2 2013)
  • Allow alternate spellings for tiles in the Find field in the wordlist browser, e.g. 'a' for 'A' and 'L-L' for 'L·L' (in Catalan). The new wordlist format requires this upgrade, so I will wait a few weeks before releasing new wordlists.
  • Upgrade built-in English wordlists.
  • Don't run SMSService if play via SSM is disabled
  • Fix bug with invites to SMS games where invitee is missing wordlist
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 59 release (April 6 2013)
  • Fix crash when wordlists downloaded to certain devices
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 58 release (Dec 29 2012)
  • Add ability to group games using Android's ExpandableList facility
  • Fix bug displaying name of wordlist when notifying a word is not found in the list
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 57 release (Dec 16 2012)
  • Include new game information as an attachment in email invites for use on devices that don't dispatch URLs correctly in received email (e.g. some by HTC)
  • Show final scores alert whenever a finished game is opened -- to make it more clear that it's finished
  • Fix flickering in main screen (games list)
  • Add option, off by default, to keep rack tiles square even when the screen is large enough that they can be taller
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 56 release (Dec 1 2012)
  • Improve invitation via sms/email: tap on link in message now launches Crosswords directly with a new game
  • Allow to create additional games from the same invitation, but only after confirmation.
  • Download app upgrades directly rather than by invoking the browser
  • Remove notifications when their games are deleted
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 55 release (Nov 16 2012)
  • Use GCM ("Google Cloud Messaging") for much faster notifications of new moves
  • Fix some Kindle Fire crashes
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 54 release (Nov 5 2012)
  • Quick bug fix: don't crash when Android gives for Downloads directory a path that doesn't exist
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 53 release (Nov 1 2012)
  • Add a second way devices can play: via SMS. If you and your friends have unlimited texting plans (ONLY IF!!) this is the way to go: connecting is easier, moves get transmitted more quickly, and less battery is required. See the FAQ
  • In the main games-list screen, replace green highlighting of the player whose turn it is with green transitioning to red over three days. That way you can see how long it's been that person's turn. Nothing happens -- yet -- when the three days is up. Maybe later that'll force a resignation.
  • Download wordlists without using the browser when possible
  • Warn when you join a network game with a different wordlist from the host's, and give a chance to download and switch.
  • Don't allow networked games to have different wordlist for each player. That feature is for local games only now.
  • There's now a preference for where downloaded wordlists are stored instead of a question asked each time.
  • Recast game-over feature as "resigning".
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 52 release (Sep 20 2012)
  • Remember wordlist browser position, word size, etc.
  • Fix wordlist browser bugs for languages with more than one letter on a tile
  • New word lookup URLs for Catalan language lists
  • Display wordlist comment if present
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 51 release (Aug 23 2012)
  • Add auto-update for wordlists and the app itself (when side-loaded)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 50 release (Aug 15 2012)
  • Oops: Fix "Warn if phonies" option. (Thanks for the quick reports. :-)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 49 release (Aug 13 2012)
  • Add colored arrows to net status icon to show traffic in and out
  • Add debug features to copy games to and from sdcard
  • Center board vertically in tall narrow screens
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 48 release (Jul 19 2012)
  • Fix board to be narrower (not need scrolling) on wide screens
  • Add board-size option to game config screen
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 47 release (Jul 14 2012)
  • New tappable network status/game type icon on board
  • Tweak for better experience on large-screen devices like Kindle Fire
  • Improve drawing of scoreboard and tiles in rack
  • Tap in empty area of tray undoes one tile move, and arrow follows
  • Other minor bug fixes
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 46 release (Jun 19 2012)
  • Improve board layout for small-screen phones, e.g. Samsung Galaxy Y
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 45 release (May 30 2012)
  • Turn on undo for multi-device games
  • UI tweaks, e.g. frame in green the remote player whose turn it is
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 44 release (May 9 2012 )
  • Fix trades in networked games not being reported
  • Fix yet another Ice Cream Sandwich issue
  • Fix bug that prevented undo from working for networked games. (I'll turn undo back on in the next release, after everybody has this fix.)
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 43 release (Mar 12 2012)
  • Fix new crash drawing board on some versions of Android
  • In Wordlist screen remember which languages are expanded
  • In Word Lookup dialog fix contrast on some versions of Android
  • Fix old crash when two buttons pressed at about the same time
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 42 release (Feb 6 2012)
  • Fix nasty Ice Cream Sandwich crash -- my bad
  • Improve network game startup
  • Include room name in invitation email subject
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 41 release (Dec 2011)
  • One new game per invitation
  • Honor "Juggle players" setting when creating "New from" game
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 40 release (Dec 18 2011)
  • Offer choice between SMS and email for sending invitations
  • Improve handling of invitations and move notifications received
  • Make undo button easier to get to
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 39 release (Dec 8 2011 )
  • Add "email author" menuitem to Games List screen. Please do!
  • Enable pinch-to-zoom for board
  • Improve wordlist browser to filter by size, have larger text, and not barf when given empty wordlist
  • Add value/letter toggle button since space isn't so precious now (and remove menuitem)
  • Add Setting checkbox to disable crosshairs
  • Replace Restore menus in Settings with buttons
  • Fix problem with text color in word lookup dialog on HTC MyTouch
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 38 release (Nov 11 2011)
  • Make toolbar buttons slightly wider and the whole thing scroll
  • Added a wordlist browser, which you can get to by tapping a wordlist in the Wordlist screen, or by using the wordlist button on the game board. Eventually you'll be able to filter based on length, chosen tiles, etc. Right now you can scroll through all the words (even 2.7 million of them if you're playing in Polish) and tap to look them up.
  • Added the "download directory" to locations I search for wordlists. This means that if you're using a browser like Opera that doesn't respect apps' registering for certain types of data you can still use a wordlist you've downloaded.
  • Added "Pick tiles face up" option, settable when you create a game. This is primarily useful if you want to populate a board to match a game that already exists, say in a newspaper puzzle or online wordgame.
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 37 release (Oct 18 2011)
  • Extend ability to look up words to include those already on the board. Hold your finger on any played tile to look up any of the words that use it.
  • Fix password dialog crashes
  • Show wordlist along with player name in Game Config screen, and move below Language since it changes when language changes.
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 36 release (Oct 10 2011)
  • Add ability to look up words played by opponents via online dictionary sites. The list of sites is hard-coded, and I don't have them for most languages. Suggestions welcomed (including improvements for English)!
  • Rename 'Turn done' menuitem to 'Pass' when no points will be scored
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 35 release (Oct 10 2011)
  • Add ability to look up words played by opponents via online dictionary sites. The list of sites is hard-coded, and I don't have them for most languages. Suggestions welcomed (including improvements for English)!
  • Rename 'Turn done' menuitem to 'Pass' when no points will be scored
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 34 release (Sep 13 2011)
  • Don't ignore user's choice of wordlists. THIS MEANS THAT IN-PROGRESS GAMES NOT USING ENGLISH WILL BREAK. (But they were broken anyway: using English when you didn't want them to.)
  • Vastly (IMO) improve exchanging tiles: when in exchange mode, draw board disabled, and replace toolbar with buttons for commiting or abandoning the exchange
  • Stop getting confused when there are multiple wordlists with the same name. They'll all show up, and can be deleted.
  • Don't lose language choice for a game if user downloads a new wordlist
  • Change how recent score and bonus value are shown after long-tap on scoreboard entry or bonus square: use Android's Toast feature instead of drawing directly on the board
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 33 release (Aug 25, 2011)
  • Use the term "wordlist" instead of "dictionary" to not imply that there are definitions provided.
  • Add color of bonus hints -- the 2L etc. that appear on the board -- to set of editable colors
  • Change how downloaded wordlists are opened to consume much less Java memory. Downside: wordlists on external storage are not available when that storage is mounted on a computer over USB.
  • In the Wordlists screen, hide wordlists stored on external media when the media's not available. Notice when it becomes available and redraw the list.
  • Make a game's language one of several configurable attributes that can be displayed along with the game
  • Display relay connection state as being in one of three phases: configured, connected, and with all players present.
  • Fix rename of games to work when keyboard opened while dialog up.
  • Add icons to games list display so it&appos;s easier to tell networked from standalone. These are placeholders until I can get an artist to help out. :-)
  • Fix a family of crashes that occurred when dialogs were up and memory got low: rare, but annoying.
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 32 release (Aug 6 2011)
  • Fix three crashers, two rare and old but one new with b31 and easy to hit.
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 31 release (Aug 6 2011)
  • Invites can be in html or text
  • Games made renameable
  • Entries in games list now collapsible to save space
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 30 release (Jul 29 2011)
  • Introduces generation of email/sms invitations to new games
  • Player name queried on first start, used thereafter
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 29 release (Jul 7 2011)
  • By request: Add preference to leave screen on while you're thinking about a move
  • By request: Add preference to auto-juggle players when creating a new game
  • Fix various rare crashers reported via devices through google
  • fix nasty memory leak inside native code introduced when players got to have their own dictionaries
  • fix bug where moves were lost among networked games with more than two devices
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 28 release (Jun 6 2011)
  • Fix crash that so far happens on only one device -- my wife's
  • Fix contrast problems when using light-on-dark scheme.
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 27 release (May 16 2011)
  • Display dictionaries grouped by language
  • Show location (internal or SD card) of dictionaries and allow movement between locations (if you have an external storage card).
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 26 release (May 3 2011)
  • Dictionaries can be stored on SD cards
  • Each player can have a different dictionary. Robots have smaller ones by default to give non-expert players a chance against them.
    Crosswords 4.4 beta 22 release (Mar 8 2011)
  • Improved "chat" client -- keeps history etc.
  • Improved game listing (main page) shows when it's your turn
  • Periodic background checks for moves made by other devices
  • Lots of little UI improvements and a few bug fixes