Alchemy 1.5 review

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Alchemy is a nifty little program for finding word ladders.

License: Shareware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 0K
Developer: Andrew Trevorrow
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Price: $20.00
Updated: 03 Nov 2005
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Alchemy is a nifty little program for finding word ladders. A word ladder is a sequence of words made by changing one letter at a time. Given any two words, Alchemy will find the shortest ladder between them (using the current word list), or beep if no ladder can be found.

Here are some key features of "Alchemy":
You can find random ladders and longest ladders.
Word lists can be modified. The Edit window lets you find, add or delete words.
Read a given text file and add new words to the current word list; very handy for creating a new word list from scratch.
Find all isolated words in the current word list and remove them. (An isolated word cannot be changed into any other word and thus can't appear in any ladder.)
Word lists contain user-definable characters. The default character set includes accented letters and other 8-bit characters used in most languages based on the Roman script.
Save your favorite ladders for later recall.
Detailed help is provided in the Help menu.

What's New:
Corrected the size of thumb boxes in proportional scroll bars.

CarbonLib 1.3 or later.

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