CHOOSING A PC JIGSAW PUZZLE PROGRAM thats right for you!
"There are quite a few Jigsaw Puzzle Programs
to choose from so here's some advice in picking
the best software for your needs."
What is a PC Jigsaw Puzzle Program?
A Jigsaw Puzzle program is a piece of software that will run on your computer. The software will typically be an executable file (example.exe) that will self install to your computer. The software that I use in my PC puzzles is a simple exe file that installs quickly and easily. Be sure to look for software that isn't too large and won't take alot of your computers' resources. The software I use is small & efficient and installs easily without banner ads, spyware or spamware. The software should also be easy to use and most of all - FUN!!!
Photo of one of my puzzles sample image...
What Can I Expect with the Software?
These puzzle packs that I am familiar with (there are many different versions out there) are really easy and simple to use. In fact, there are actually quite addicting in gameplay, just like the real thing! Make sure to pick software that has a user friendly interface and menus. Should have easy mouse movement as well as easy to rotate the puzzle pieces. Zooming in and out on the puzzle is also essential when choosing the software. Make sure the program has this functionality along with other features (see below for more features to look for).
Another thing to watch for is a lot of programs out there may install spyware and/or spamware without you realizing it. Make sure you pick the software from a trusted source and take precautions such as a firewall and spam blocker software. Keep in mind that the Puzzle Packs I sell contain NO SPAM & NO SPYWARE, so rest assured you can trust this software to run smoothly on your computer.
Advantages of Puzzles on Your Computer?
- No more puzzle pieces to lose - Ever get working on a puzzle and upon completing it, realize that there aren't any more pieces left, ie: you've lost some pieces (or the cat ate some)?
- Can save and resume your jigsaw play and status - Ability to save the puzzle and come back to it later. Also you do not need to tie up a tabletop like a real puzzle.
- Ability to have many jigsaw puzzles on your computer - You can store many many puzzles in a small amount of hard drive space for hours of puzzle play. No more puzzle boxes collecting dust in your closet!
- Interactive gameplay - Using a good puzzle program gives the user a rich playing atmosphere with fun sounds to make gameplay more interesting.
- No need for a large puzzle play surface - You no longer need to tie up a table or floorspace to assemble these puzzles! My software even allows you to choose from different texture floors & surfaces!
- Easy gifts - You can easily send these puzzles to friends and family thru email! Other programs do not have this functionality - Make sure the software you choose has this built-in...
- Can assemble a library of puzzles - Ever try to store 100+ puzzles in your house or apartment?! I make these puzzles myself and have many different themes and puzzle types from easy to difficult.
- Realistic Puzzle Pieces-Realistic 'rounded' edges and piece shapes add to the puzzle experience
- Piece Rotation-Enabling piece rotation adds extra difficulty and a whole new challenge.
- Easy Click & Drag Movement-Easy to move and position all puzzle pieces, as well as easy mouse rotations.
- User Friendly Menus & Interface-Look for easy menus and user interface toolbars
Menu interface options...
- Reshuffle & Sort-The auto-arrange feature will automatically arrange your loose pieces around the image, saving hours of tedious sorting.
- Show Edge Pieces-Ability to 'show only the edge pieces', very useful and a great feature
- Sound Effects-Great puzzle sound effects, look for this...
- Zoom & View-Ability to zoom in/zoom out on the puzzle - essential.
- Scrolling & Navigation-Ability to scroll the puzzle when needed.
- Save and Load-Save and load your progress in an instant. Ability to save your position.
- Your Choice of Work Surfaces-Ability to choose surface, a wooden table, or a carpeted floor & others
- Pieces Lock Together-Jigsaw pieces 'lock' together soundly upon fit.
- Ghosted Preview Mode-Draws a semi-transparent preview of the finished jigsaw in the background to act as a guide.
- Realistic Pieces-Varied pieces and types, Look for this...
My program has options to
choose your work surface....
choose your work surface....
How Many Puzzles & Variety?
If you like jigsaw puzzles alot, then having 10-20 puzzles won't keep you busy for long! My puzzle packs are ranging from easy to very difficult, so make sure to choose a pack that will give you enjoyment and challenge you at the same time...
The great thing about pc puzzles is that you can constantly keep adding to your collection as you work thru the puzzles. There really is no limit to how many of these puzzles you can have on your computer. My Pc Puzzle packs typically contain about 20 different high resolution photo puzzles per pack. This ensures my customers a lot of game play for their money! Make sure when choosing a puzzle pack to look for a variety of high quality puzzles along with a great user interface.
So in closing, make sure whichever software you decide in choosing that it has the features listed above. Having these features will ensure that your puzzle playing will be a rich and enjoyable time spent assembling your puzzles, and not a frustrating time wrangling with some difficult software. It's hard to be able to find all of these features in one piece of software and that is why I have assembled this guide to give some advice to readers. The software I use in my puzzle packs has these features (and more features not even listed).
Whichever puzzle software you do choose, hopefully this guide will help you in choosing your software as well as steer you clear of some potential clunky and/or just plain 'BAD' software! Have fun Puzzling and don not hesitate to ask me some questions about MY PUZZLES! Also if you would like to see some puzzle themes listed by me, let me know. I can also make custom puzzles for you from your very photos (provided to me). Thanks for looking!
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