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Jigsaw Factory - Jigsaw Puzzle Generator Software (for Windows PC)

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Got digital images that you'd like to do something fun and interesting with?

Why not turn them into digital jigsaw puzzles that your friends and family can enjoy? The Jigsaw Factory jigsaw puzzle generator software lets you quickly turn your holiday snaps and family photos into jigsaw puzzle software packages that you can run on your computer and share with anyone you wish. You can also add information pages to the puzzle software to provide details about the images used for the jigsaw puzzles, giving you a great fun way to share your photos with your friends while updating them on what's been going on in your life. The software packages you create with Jigsaw Factory can be sold commercially, and you can also use the program to create puzzle packages for other people both commercially and non-commercially.

Jigsaw Factory comes with a variety of small software tools that you may also find useful. You can find them listed in the Bonus Tools section of this page. These tools include the HTML Jigsaw Puzzle Generator software tool, which lets you turn an image sourced from either the internet or your local filesystem into a jigsaw puzzle embedded into a self-contained HTML webpage file that you can run in your web browser. All the media is embedded into the HTML file as base64 encoded text, so you can easily share the file, run it from your local filesystem, or host it on a website. The Javascript version of the jigsaw puzzle client used for this is a simplified version of the one used for the desktop jigsaw puzzle client software generated by Jigsaw Factory, although I plan on adding more features to it to over time.

Here's some puzzles made using the HTML Jigsaw Puzzle Generator tool that comes bundled with Jigsaw Factory.
These puzzles were also uploaded by the tool using its built-in FTP client. (Links open in a new browser tab.)
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Screenshots of Jigsaw Puzzles Created With Jigsaw Factory (Linked images will open in a new browser tab.)
A puzzle with basic settings.
A puzzle with full settings.
The puzzle selection tab page.
The puzzle settings tab page.
You can download some free jigsaw puzzles made with Jigsaw Factory by clicking here | | You can download a demo version of the Jigsaw Factory software by clicking here

You can use Jigsaw Factory to turn your family photos or holiday snaps into jigsaw puzzles and send copies out to your friends and relatives. You can turn photos of your kids or pets into jigsaw puzzles. You can turn your wedding photos into jigsaw puzzles and share them with your wedding guests. You can create puzzles from and for your events, sports, or hobbies. You can turn photos from your nature walks or urban explorations into puzzles. You can create promotional puzzles for your business, company, or organization and give them out to all your customers.

You are free to distribute the jigsaw puzzle software packages that you create with this jigsaw puzzle generator software however and to whoever you wish. You can even sell your jigsaw puzzle packages with the jigsaw puzzle client software included.

Click here to see the Jigsaw Factory demonstration video | | Click here to see a video showing a digital jigsaw puzzle pack created with Jigsaw Factory




Features of the Jigsaw Puzzle Client (click to see example puzzles)

The jigsaw puzzle software generated by Jigsaw Factory is highly customizable and allows users to configure the puzzles to be solved in many different and interesting ways.




Features of the Jigsaw Factory Puzzle Generator Software (click to download the demo version)

The Jigsaw Factory software is designed with a clean and simple layout. The embedded Instructions tab page along with help buttons (the small buttons with a question mark on them) that show contextual information for the software's controls make the software easy to learn and to use.

The Instructions tab page shows the main instructions for the program. You also have buttons to check for program updates, open the updates folder that any updates will be downloaded to, and view the license and legal info for the software.
The Select Puzzle Project tab page lets you easily create new projects, open existing saved ones, open the previous project you worked on, close the current project, rename the current project, and delete the current project once you're done with it. You can also change the window title text for the jigsaw puzzle software on this page (or leave the textbox blank to use the project name as the window title). The state of the currently open project is automatically saved when you close the project, close the program, or open a new project - and is also periodically saved when you make changes to the project.
The Add Source Images tab page provides you with three methods to get the images that you wish to turn into jigsaw puzzles into your puzzle project. You can copy and paste the files into the project by using the Paste Source Images From Clipboard button. You can click the Add Source Images Using File Requester button to open a file requester to select and add the files. Or you can drag and drop the files onto the gray box beneath the Drag and drop the puzzle source image files onto the box below text to add them. You can add additional images to a puzzle project at any time. Any image files you attempt to add that are already in the project will not be re-added, so if you place the new files you wish to add into the same folder as the already included files then you can just add all the files in the folder and only the ones that are not already in the project will get added.
The Sort Puzzle Images tab page lets you sort the puzzle images into any order you wish. Just click the image's thumbnail button to select the image you want to move and then click the tall gray sort button at the position you want to move it to. You can also use this tab page to select images that you wish to edit the descriptions for on the Create Image Descriptions tab page.
The Create Image Descriptions tab page lets you optionally create and edit HTML description files for the images you are using as jigsaw puzzles. These description files will be shown on the 'Image Info' tab page in the puzzle program when the image they are providing information about is used for a puzzle. You can create a page title, sub-headings, and paragraphs that provide context for the puzzle image. You can also add links, images (which can be linked), bolded or italic text, and many other elements to the page. If you decide that the available options are too limited then you can also edit the HTML description files directly (note that SCRIPT and other potentially abusable tags will be stripped out by the jigsaw puzzle client software before it displays the description page). The description file for an image can always be omitted if you decide you don't wish to add one. The puzzle program will simply show a blank page in its place.
The Create More Info Pages tab page lets you optionally create and edit HTML information files that will be shown on the 'More Info' tab page in the puzzle program. The 'More Info' tab page includes a listbox that lists all the available info pages and lets the puzzle program user open whichever page interests them. The first info page in the listbox will be opened by default when the puzzle program is started, if any pages exist. The info pages you create can be used to provide information about the set of images you are using for the puzzles. Or they can be used to provide information about anything else you wish to inform the person using the puzzle program about. If you have a business then you can use these pages to advertise it. If you are using pics of your family life for the puzzle pictures and sending the puzzles to friends and family members then you can use these pages to provide them with a status update on your family. If you are using pics from your hobby projects then you can use these pages to talk about your hobby.
The Create Jigsaw Puzzles tab page is where you will create the jigsaw puzzle software package. Just click the Create Jigsaw Puzzle Package button to create the puzzle package from the currently open project and then click the Open Output Folder To View Created Puzzle Packages button to open the Output folder that the puzzle package was created in. You can then select, copy, and paste the jigsaw puzzle package folder to wherever you wish, or run it directly in the Output folder to test it. To run the software just open its folder and double-click the JigsawPuzzles.exe file. You can also create a zip file version of the puzzle package by clicking the Create Zipped Puzzle Package button.



Bonus Tools

The tools listed here are provided as a bonus for Jigsaw Factory owners. The tools can be found inside the Bonus Tools folder inside the program's main folder You can find a button that opens that folder along with a list of available tools on the 'Select Puzzle Project' tab page in Jigsaw Factory. Note that I am the author of each of these tools.


HTML Jigsaw Puzzle Generator

Found in the HTML Jigsaw Puzzle Generator folder. The executable file is named HTMLJigsawPuzzleGenerator.exe.

This tool lets you load an image file from either your computer's filesystem or from the internet and then convert it into a jigsaw puzzle embedded into a HTML webpage file. All the media for the puzzle is embedded into the HTML file as base64 encoded text, making the file self-contained. You can also use the options in this tool to upload the generated puzzle file to a web hosting account via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) if you want to share it via the internet. Note that this tool is still under development and may have bugs. I plan on expanding on both this tool and the javascript jigsaw puzzle client used in the generated HTML files over time.


Open URLs

The executable file is named OpenURLs.exe.

This app opens a list of web pages from web addresses pasted into the textbox in the app (with or without the protocol header) in your default web browser with a customizable interval between each. It can also use the URLs you enter to do a bulk Google site search. I use it for testing that groups of websites are still working and how many pages they have indexed in Google, amongst other things. Note that this will switch to the newly opened page in your web browser after opening each URL which will likely interrupt anything else you are doing on your computer, so you might want to do something else while this runs.


Password Generator

The executable file is named PasswordGenerator.exe.

A password generator app. You can configure it to generate different length passwords with different character configurations. This is something I use often.


Username Generator

The executable file is named UsernameGenerator.exe.

A username generator app. Generates a list of usernames based on adjective-noun pairs. Most of the generated usernames are rubbish but you can cherry-pick the more interesting ones. Just click on a username in the generated list to copy it to the clipboard. I have a few accounts created using names generated from this tool.


Alarm Timer

The executable file is named AlarmTimer.exe.

A simple alarm timer app. You can set the timer as an absolute or relative offset time. I find it useful to set reminders for myself while working or playing on the computer.


Remove Duplicate Strings

The executable file is named RemoveDuplicateStrings.exe.

This app takes a list of string values pasted from the clipboard and removes any duplicate strings. It comes in very handy when sorting through lists of web addresses for research projects, amongst other things.


Sort Alphabetically

The executable file is named SortAlphabetically.exe.

This app takes a list of string values pasted from the clipboard and sorts them into alphabetical order. Handy if you need a list of strings organized for easy reference.


Copy Filenames

The executable file is named CopyFilenames.exe.

This app lets you open a file requester and select a set of files. You can then copy the names of the files to the clipboard as text and paste the filenames into a text file or wherever else you need to paste them. I'm not sure why this functionality isn't in Windows by default actually. It's a simple thing, but sometimes essential.




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License and Legal Information For This Software

You can use this jigsaw puzzle generator software to turn images that you have the legal rights to use into jigsaw puzzle data files that can be used by the jigsaw puzzle client software included as part of the generated jigsaw puzzle package. You are entirely and solely responsible for the images you use for this purpose.

You can include HTML files in the 'descriptions' folder of the generated jigsaw puzzle package. These can either be files generated by this software or files that you have manually created, added, and/or edited. You are entirely and solely responsible for the contents of these files.

You can include other material with the generated jigsaw puzzle package as you see fit. You are entirely and solely responsible for this added material.

You are not permitted to include any malicious, harmful, or illegal material of any kind with the generated jigsaw puzzle package.

You are entirely and solely legally responsible and liable for anything you include with the generated jigsaw puzzle package; including images, html files, or anything else included by you.

You can distribute any generated jigsaw puzzle packages that you have created with this jigsaw puzzle generator software however you wish and to whoever you wish, on the condition that you have a legally purchased or legally obtained copy of this jigsaw puzzle generator software.

Anyone who is given, or obtains, copies of the generated jigsaw puzzle packages is normally permitted to distribute those packages however they wish and to whoever they wish. You can limit distribution and allowed use of any generated jigsaw puzzle package that you create using this jigsaw puzzle generator software as you see fit though. You are entirely and solely responsible for enforcing any limits that you impose.

You can sell jigsaw puzzle packages created using this jigsaw puzzle generator software, on the understanding that what you are selling will be copies of the puzzle images and other material provided by you and that you are including the jigsaw puzzle client software for free to allow the buyer to view and interact with the provided puzzle images. You are entirely and solely responsible for any legal or other repercussions that may result from your selling these jigsaw puzzle packages.

You can not modify any of the executable files included with this jigsaw puzzle generator software, or with the generated jigsaw puzzle packages, except via an update provided by the program's author.

You can not use this jigsaw puzzle generator software unless you have a legally purchased or legally obtained copy of this jigsaw puzzle generator software.

You can not add or provide puzzle images or other media to be used with the jigsaw puzzle client software unless you have a legally purchased or legally obtained copy of this jigsaw puzzle generator software.

Note that the demo version of the jigsaw puzzle generator software is considered a legally obtained copy, as long as the restrictions for the demo version are not circumvented.

You can create additional copies of this software as backups and to use on additional computers that you own and are the primary user of.

You can allow members of your immediate family who reside in the same residence as you to use this jigsaw puzzle generator software, and to create and distribute their own generated jigsaw puzzle packages with it, on the condition that they use this jigsaw puzzle generator software on a computer that you own and are the primary user of.

You can not distribute or sell this jigsaw puzzle generator software unless you have permission to do so from the author of this software.