Black Ink

Licence: Shareware (24.95)
Version 1.5.3 | Release Date: 2012-07-08 | Download
Black Ink 1.5.3
  • Fix broken behavior in 1.5.2 where clicking on the Dock didn't re-open the puzzle browser
  • Support GateKeeper for Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X 10.8
Version 1.5.2 | Release Date: 2012-05-26 | Download
Black Ink 1.5.2
  • Fix an issue that caused the puzzle browser window to erroneously report and expired evaluation period
Black Ink 1.5.1
  • Fix printing bug that omitted the puzzle grid by default for new users
  • Only show Tool Tip content for squares that have special characters
  • Fix appearance of demo-version info graphic on puzzle browser window
  • Fix an issue causing the Crash Reporter to fail on Mac OS X 10.5
Version 1.5 | Release Date: 2012-04-18 | Download
Black Ink 1.5

  • Support new options for printing puzzle grid at the bottom of the page
  • Cleaner printing layout for fit-on-one-sheet printing
  • Improve speed of printing puzzles

Version 1.4.1 | Release Date: 2011-08-05 | Download
Black Ink 1.4.1

  • Fix clue lists scrollbar appearance on Lion
  • Fix a problem where puzzles would no longer open after installing official Across Lite app

Version 1.4 | Release Date: 2011-05-20 | Download
Black Ink 1.4

  • 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
    • 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

Version 1.3 | Release Date: 2011-02-08 | Download
Black Ink 1.3

  • New web puzzle sources
    • LA Times Daily & Sunday
    • Newsday
    • USA Today
    • Universal
  • Rework the Startup preferences to be more user-friendly with reopening puzzles
  • Give keyboard shortcut Cmd-K to "Check Current Letter"
  • Now includes automatic crash reporter
  • Fix a bug that caused Black Ink to hang when printing on rare occasions
  • Fix a bug that caused puzzle timer to be placed off screen edge
  • Fix a bug that could prevent puzzle solving menu items from being enabled
  • Fix a bug that prevented canceling a stalled puzzle download from working

Version 1.2.2 | Release Date: 2010-11-22 | Download
Black Ink 1.2.2

  • Fix behavior of Open as Unsaved when the puzzle is not already open
  • Fix issues with showing and hiding the puzzle Timer window

Version 1.2.1 | Release Date: 2010-07-22 | Download
Black Ink 1.2.1

  • Fix issue with puzzles that have e.g. a blank center square (NYT 7/22/10)

Version 1.2 | Release Date: 2010-03-23 | Download
Black Ink 1.2

  • Printing improvements
    • New option lets you choose whether the grid appears on left or right of page
    • Clue text is now less likely to be split across two columns
  • Puzzle zoom factor is now remembered when you open new puzzles
  • Supports horizontal scrolling with Mighty Mouse and trackpads
  • Fix an occasional crashing bug when downloading puzzles
  • Fix a crash when trying to use OS X definition hotkey over puzzle grid

Version 1.1.9 | Release Date: 2010-03-14 | Download
Black Ink 1.1.9

  • Update the Philadelphia Sunday and Wall Street Journal puzzle sources.

Version 1.1.8 | Release Date: 2010-02-25 | Download
Black Ink 1.1.8

  • NOTE: The New York Times seems to have (temporarily?) stopped publishing their weekly free puzzle. We're leaving the puzzle source in Black Ink in the hopes they will reinstate functionality soon.
  • Support a new 'Start Over' menu item to clear a puzzle's contents.
  • Fix a bug that caused automatic app update checking from working as expected.
  • Fix an issue with puzzle sources failing silently after one failed puzzle load
  • Fixed some issues with puzzles that have special character answers such as É in them
  • Fix the timer window so it starts below puzzle window even when opening multiple puzzles.

Version 1.1.7 | Release Date: 2009-09-15 | Download
Black Ink 1.1.7

  • Puzzle Sources
    • Fix the Chronicle of Higher Education source
    • Remove Syndey Morning Herald - the paper has stopped publishing new puzzles
    • Fix a bug that could cause downloads to stop working until relaunching the app
  • Bug fixes and minor improvements
    • Can now hover over a long puzzle title to see a tool tip window with the entire content
    • Fix a visual bug with "Open As Unsolved" when the puzzle is already open
    • Fix a bug that prevented numeric answers from being checked correctly
    • Fix a bug that caused direction to change abruptly in puzzle that starts in "down" mode
  • Multi-character answer improvements
    • When revealing a multiple character answer, make sure the "revealed" color applies to all characters
    • Fix check-as-you-type for multi-character answers
    • Enter Multiple Letters menu item is now called "Enter Special Letters"
    • After entering multiple character answer, now jumps to next square same as when entering single
    • Fix a bug that caused reveal/correct to fail on some multi-character answers

Version 1.1.6 | Release Date: 2009-01-13 | Download
Black Ink 1.1.6

  • Fix a crash that could occur while changing preferences
  • Fix more issues with puzzle corruption when entering multiple character answers

Version 1.1.5 | Release Date: 2008-12-11 | Download
Black Ink 1.1.5

  • Fix a puzzle corruption bug when entering multiple characters

Version 1.1.4 | Release Date: 2008-12-08 | Download
  • Fix a bug where the selection jumped inappropriately to end of word
  • Fix a crashing bug related to selecting the wrong starting square on puzzles with black square in top-left
Version 1.1.3 | Release Date: 2008-12-04 | Download
Black Ink 1.1.3

  • New puzzle sources:
    • Chicago Reader
    • Onion AV Club
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Remove Little Rock Daily Record - no longer published
  • Bug fixes
    • Fix a problem with opening the wrong puzzle source when a source is disabled
    • Fix an issue printing puzzles of unusual dimensions

Version 1.1.2 | Release Date: 2008-06-25 | Download
Black Ink 1.1.2

  • Fix display of the "puzzle correctly solved" dialog
  • Fix to make sure download dialog closes after download
  • Fix problems with duplicating and adding custom puzzle sources
  • Fix a bug that caused last few clues of a puzzle to sometimes not print

Version 1.1 | Release Date: 2008-06-24 | Download
Black Ink 1.1

  • Dramatically improved puzzle printing quality
  • Improved highlighting of active clue in clue list
  • Fix for crashing scenario when migrating preferences to a new Mac
  • Improved reliability of puzzle downloads
  • Fix some bugs with timer restarting after pausing
  • Updated default puzzle sources
    • New: Boston Globe Sunday
    • New: Little Rock Daily Record
    • Removed: Washington Post Sunday

Version 1.0.9 | Release Date: 2008-01-24 | Download
Black Ink 1.0.9

  • Fix problem that caused puzzle letters too draw too small
  • Fix zooming of non-square puzzles

Version 1.0.9 | Release Date: 2008-01-23 | Download
Black Ink 1.0.9

  • Fix problem that caused puzzle letters too draw too small
  • Fix zooming of non-square puzzles

Version 1.0.8 | Release Date: 2007-12-20 | Download
Black Ink 1.0.8

  • Automatically stop timer when puzzle completed successfully
  • Fix a bug that caused drawer edge preference not to be respected
  • Update Houston Chronicle puzzle URL
  • Fix a rare hanging bug when keyboard navigating some puzzles

Version 1.0.8 | Release Date: 2007-12-19 | Download
Black Ink 1.0.8

  • Automatically stop timer when puzzle completed successfully
  • Fix a bug that caused drawer edge preference not to be respected
  • Update Houston Chronicle puzzle URL
  • Fix a rare hanging bug when keyboard navigating some puzzles

Version 1.0.7 | Release Date: 2007-10-08 | Download

Black Ink 1.0.7

  • Menu items for making puzzle larger/smaller
  • Add keyboard shortcut for opening web puzzle chooser
  • Fix correctly-solved detection for puzzles with multi-character answers

Version 1.0.6 | Release Date: 2007-08-01 | Download

Fix a bug from 1.0.5 that could cause the web puzzle source list to get cleared out.

Version 1.0.5 | Release Date: 2007-08-01 | Download

Update the URL for the Thinks.com web puzzle source.

Version 1.0.4 | Release Date: 2007-05-29 | Download

Black Ink 1.0.4

  • Fix corruption with puzzles containing multi-character answers
  • Don't show puzzle browser if opened with a double-clicked puzzle

Version 1.0.3 | Release Date: 2007-05-02 | Download

Black Ink 1.0.3

Improves reliability of web puzzle downloads, by downloading again if previous attempt was corrupted or the puzzle was not yet available on the server .

Version 1.0.2 | Release Date: 2007-03-28 | Download

Black Ink 1.0.2

  • Fix memory leaks
  • Allow selection for copy/paste of clue text and puzzle credits
  • Fix for "smart quotes" and similar characters found in some puzzles
  • Fix bug with puzzles having no value for any of author, title, or copyright
  • Add menu link to "Get More Puzzles..."
  • Fix "Show By Text" color order in Preferences
  • Center checkbox in web sources table and fix bug with size of table header for Web Sources

Version 1.0.1 | Release Date: 2007-03-23 | Download
Bug Fixes:
  • Fix a crash when loading puzzles of differing height/width (e.g. 15x16)
  • Fix inconsistencies in respecting "insertion movement" preferences
Version 1.0 | Release Date: 2007-03-21 | Download

First release.