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The difference between crossword puzzle files and word list files

EclipseCrossword saves two main types of files: crossword puzzle files, and word list files.  Crossword puzzle files have icons with the black and white EclipseCrossword logo.  Word list files have icons with a red letter A.  You can double-click either type of file to open it in EclipseCrossword.

Screenshot of EclipseCrossword file icons
Left: an EclipseCrossword puzzle file
Right: an EclipseCrossword word list file

So what's the difference?  A word list is just a list of words and clues that you can use in a puzzle.  You can't print it or make web pages from it; it's just a building block to use in making puzzles.  A crossword puzzle file, however, can be used for everything that EclipseCrossword allows, including making new puzzles.  A crossword puzzle file actually contains all of the words and clues that were used to create it.

Then why would you want a word list file if a crossword file contains a word list?  A crossword puzzle file contains just the words and clues from the original word list that was used to create it.  If EclipseCrossword wasn't able to fit all of the words into the final puzzle, then the crossword puzzle file won't contain those words that didn't fit.  The word list file contains all of them.  So, we recommend keeping your word list files around too.

Exporting other file types

Important  You can also produce other types of files with EclipseCrossword, including web pages (HTML files), WMF files, EPS files, and RTF files.  These files are for using in other software or sharing with others, and can't be opened again in EclipseCrossword after they've been saved.


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