We have just launched a crossword sharing/embedding service similar to photo or video sharing services.
This service is extremely useful to author/publisher readers of this blog who would benefit from being able to embed interactive crosswords within their posts or web sites. Moreover, since the terms allow limited commercial use of the service, authors who self-syndicate or freelance to online sites should now be able to offer interactive crosswords to third-party sites without requiring any hosting facilities or requiring their clients to install any software on their web sites.
All you need is a .puz file (Across format) of your crossword. First, you upload this file into the service. The service will provide you with a link to share in e-mails, tweets, etc., to send people to a page on the service with that crossword in interactive form. The service will also provide small HTML code snippets that you can just copy and paste into web pages and blogs where you want the crossword to appear. Nothing could be simpler.
To demonstrate, here is the CrosSynergy sample puzzle from the distant past embedded into this blog post. I copied the small code snippet supplied by the service for this crossword into the post (the whole process can be accomplished in less than a minute):
(TIP: WordPress requires you to have an Editor role to be able to embed HTML code snippets from the HTML tab of the editor).
Each reader of the page gets their own copy of the crossword to solve of course. Work can be saved between visits via a cookie in the browser.
The interactive applet is available in two sizes – the standard size embedded above, and a narrower version for Facebook tabs and other width-constrained blogs or web pages.
We will have the ability to embed it in Facebook pages shortly. A Flash version is also in the product roadmap.
Feel free to try it out and embed crosswords in your web page or blog post. If there are some requirements that we have missed or anything you would like to be addressed to make the service more useful to you, just let us know.
And if this helps you make a few bucks from sites, great! And yes, it is a free service.