Screen size ..................(Screen size determine work area size, which determine puzzle size, which influence the size of individual pieces)
Number of pieces ..........(This number is used as a guide only, restrictions may apply. More pieces = smaller pieces)
URL (address) ..............(Of interest: Wikipedia Commons)
Beware: Clicking on the “Create” button will cause the current jigsaw puzzle in the “Solve” tab to be replaced. Also, note that the more pieces there are, the longer it will take to generate the jigsaw puzzle, so you might experience a delay.
Alternatively, you can generate a Jigsaw Puzzle Key identifying uniquely the current state of your puzzle (progress included!):
(Be sure to copy all the characters!)
You can save this key for later use, or you can send this key to a friend, who can then use it to generate the same puzzle on his side.
A friend sent you a Jigsaw Puzzle Key? Enter it here to generate his/her custom-made jigsaw puzzle in your “Solve” tab:
(Be sure to paste all the characters!)
Beware: Clicking on the “Create” button will cause the current jigsaw puzzle to be replaced (Your selected “Screen size” setting will be preserved though.)
How to play (the solve tab):
Click on a piece to move it, then move mouse to desired position. Click again to position the piece. This is a little different than usual drag and drop as one doesn't hold down the mouse while dragging.
Left and right arrows (or alternatively 'A' or 'D', or mousewheel) to rotate a piece
Up and down arrows (or alternatively 'W' or 'S') to send a piece behind or on top of other pieces
'E' to toggle on/off visibility of non-edge pieces
'Q' to show/hide preview tile
Space bar to show/hide non-composite pieces (pieces made up of two or more atomic pieces)
Please note this may work slightly differently depending on the computer being used, or whether using mouse, trackpad, or touch screen. Experiment to find the best way. For example, if the space keys don't seem to work, try the letter keys mentioned above.
iPads, etc It is possible to play on an iPad. Touch a piece and touch the place you wish to move it to. However, at the moment this requires great dexterity, power of visualization and memory as you don't actually see the puzzle piece moving. Also, rotation must be set to "no rotation" in the absence of an external keyboard. Hopefully with advancements in software technology this will be remedied.
How to create a puzzle (the create tab):
The create section gives you the most options for creating a puzzle. For fewer options but faster creation, check out the presets tab.
Cut refers to the shape of the pieces. Classic refers to the traditional cut of jigsaw puzzles, but there are others to choose from.
Screen size refers to the size of the puzzle tray. The puzzle will be enclosed in the tray, but, depending on the puzzle, the fit will probably not be exact.
Number: Here you can request the number of pieces for the puzzle.
Complexity refers to the shape of the pieces. 'Regular' is closest to traditional jigsaw puzzles.
Rotation: For certain reasons you might wish to choose no rotation. For example, since rotating a piece requires a keyboard, choosing 'no rotation' would be best when using a keyboard is not an option.
URL: Click in the box to remove the default address. Then simply drag and drop one of the pictures into the box area. Alternatively, the URL of any picture on the internet or local computer can be used to turn it into a jigsaw puzzle. Wikimedia Commons for example, has millions of image files that are freely usable.
Create: After entering an address (URL) of an image, click "create" to make the puzzle. It will take a few moments.
Tablets etc (iPads, iPods, etc): It is actually possible to do these puzzles on these devices, but, at the moment, rather difficult, requiring immense finger and eye coordination as drag and drop is not yet in full support on these devices. You touch the piece you want to move, then touch the place very exactly where you want to put it down. Try if you like, or wait for the future.
For those who just want to get down to playing rather than customizing, the "preset" tab is the place to look. Just click on a picture, wait a few moments for the puzzle to be created, and play. There are some options available for screen size and number of pieces.
Getting into advanced stuff here, these functions are for preserving the progress of a puzzle, especially for sharing with someone.
Create Permalink: You can create a permalink, then copy and save it somewhere. This can later be used to continue the puzzle pretty much exactly where you left off by copying the permalink you saved into your browser's address bar. Usually, however, the state of the puzzle is preserved by default, so this is only a precaution.
Generate Key: Also preserves puzzle progress, but can be shared with a friend.
Create: This is the box to copy the generated key (above), that has either been previously saved or a friend has sent.
The internet is a place where the efforts of many are interwoven.