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Advenio Software has released MacXWord 1.01, a free-to-try, $15-to-buy crossword puzzle utility. It allows users to open multiple crosswords, look up possible answers in the OneAcross clue database (which is free with a suggested donation of $20 per year), and print both the grid and the clues. Users can also check and reveal answers. The software supports Literate Software Systems’ AcrossLite crossword format, which is used by major news Web sites like the New York Times and USAToday.

Sports Schedulated has released its 3.5 version of Team Scheduler. This download creates league schedules for double- or single-elimination, round-robin, or season tournaments, including practice schedules. You can schedule times and places, reschedule, come up with tie-breaker formulas, and create Web sites and export the schedules to HTML; the new version has a scheduler log that tells why games are not scheduled and improved printing capabilities. The download requires OS X. Print and save are disabled until you buy.

Barking Spider Software offers GolfMeister 3.5, a program to record and analyze your golf scores. It keeps track of greens, drives, eagles, and birdies, and you can print reports on these factors. You can also print course listings and round listings. The download is free to try but $20 to buy, and requires OS 8 or higher.

Todd Ouzts’ iPoker has 95 varieties of poker and lets you design your own games. The software offers synthesized dealer speech and QuickTime videos of your opponents. The new version has new games, new transition effects for opponents’ faces, better betting structures, and new table surfaces. The software requires OS X. It’s free to try, but you’ll only get Seven Card Stud; $25 gets you the full version.

In Scott Kevill’s GameRanger, users can meet opponents, organize games, and talk about strategies, tricks and ideas for all kinds of games online. Simulation, strategy, action, and classic games (chess, checkers, etc.) are all supported. Users can also create player accounts and profiles, game rooms, server lists, and more. The free new version fixes the occasional crash that happened when quitting, and fixed a glitch that caused certain games to abort after the first round.

Battle For the Universe, from Misty Software has been updated. The networkable space game is just what it sounds like: You fight for good in your galactic cruiser, using power-ups, missiles, bullets, fireballs, cloaking devices, and “other goodies” to take over the universe. You can challenge the computer, human opponents, or even the developers over the Internet or AppleTalk. Version 2 has a help display and a redesigned control panel. The game requires OS X and costs $20 to buy; the free trial version limits your playing time.

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