Installing from source on DebianBefore we can install Word Search Creator, we need to install the Qt4 developer tools:
aptitude install qt4-dev-tools
Now, download the source, unpack it and cd to the unpacked source directory. To build the application, just:
In order to install it system wide, as root:
If you are running KDE, run
kbuildsycoca4to rebuild your application menus.
Create a Word SearchWhen you first open Word Search Creator, there is a control box on the right side that you use to create the word search. Here you can type in a word list and set the size of the grid (or set it to automatically enlarge based on the words you give it). Type in a title and hit Create/Shuffle to generate your word search (hitting it again will, as the name suggests, shuffle your word search).
The menus give you a number of other options you can set. By default, words are only hidden left to right or top to bottom, but you can choose which directions are allowed. You can also choose how the word list is ordered, and edit the formatting. Perhaps one of the coolest features is the ability to change the shape of the puzzle by excluding squares from the grid.
Having fun with itYou can work the puzzle right there on screen, highlighting the words as you find them, and they will automatically get struck off the list.
You can also save it as a word search file, export it to pdf or svg, or copy it to the clipboard as an image (Ctrl + C). Working with it as an image, you can also use an image editor to decorate your word search. Here, I have simply filled in the empty squares and given it a yellow background color to highlight the smiley face.
Try it out yourself, and have fun!