How to use the Output Settings in Puzzle Maker Pro

When you first start Puzzle Maker Pro and try to set up the output settings, it can seem overwhelming. You can use the default settings unless you have specific requirements. Most advanced options have been requested by users (so don't blame us for make it overwhelming)

What are the different areas on the Puzzle Files for?

You can find all of the file settings on the Output Settings -> Puzzle Files tab.

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  1. You can set manually how large the puzzles should be, in pixels. Puzzle Maker Pro will always save your files at 300DPI (300 dots per inch). This way you can efficiently create smaller images if you plan to do a puzzle book with 12 puzzles on a page, or create a really large 3000 pixel (10″!) puzzle. (If you need even larger, please contact the helpdesk) “Longest Side” means that for rectangular puzzles, the shortest side will always be smaller than the value you select here. The value you select here will impact the font size of the puzzles that are created. (read more).

  2. You can set the output format: JPG, PNG and Transparent PNG. This will result in a 24 bit image for JPG and PNG, and a 32 bit color image for Transparent PNG. (Use Transparent PNG only if you plan to add a background image or color behind the puzzle image.) This output format will be used for all puzzle and solution files that are created. SVG output is only available with an additional extension (read more) and not needed for most purposes.

  3. You can set where all puzzle projects will be saved, and

  4. In which folder format the puzzles will be saved.

How to set your preferred folder structure

The combination of Root Folder, Project and Folder Options may seem daunting at first, but there’s a purpose to it:

  • The “Root Folder” sets the main folder under which all other puzzle files and folders will be saved. By default it’s set to a “PMP Output” folder in your “My Documents” folder, but you can choose any folder you like. That way you can always find your puzzle projects;

  • The “Project” name is the current project, which is totally up to you. It could be “sudokus”, “mermaids”, etc. If you create puzzles for clients (e.g. Fiverr), you could use the client name or order number as the project name;

  • “Folder Options” allows you to create a structured hierarchy of puzzle folders, to keep things organised. By default a structure “Root \ Date \ Project” is used, which should help to prevent puzzle files to be overwritten. The option you select will be saved automatically for other sessions.

Folder Structure - Advanced Options

When you click “Show Advanced Options”, there are 4 additional options to structure your folders and files, along with an additional date option. (If you need more dates (i.e. date formats), please contact our helpdesk).

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The advanced options allow you to select a mix of Puzzle Type, Date and Project name in various orders to create folders.

'Puzzle Type' is the name you see in the Puzzle Type dropdown menu.

Where can I find my puzzle files?

The “Tools” tab has a few options related to these file settings. PMP - Tools - Puzzle Files.png

In the “Puzzle Files” section on the “Tools” tab, you can:

  • Set the “Clear Project Folder Before Create” option to automatically remove all files (puzzles, solutions, metadata, PPT, PDF, etc) from the directory before you create new puzzles. This will clean up after you’ve been saving some files to preview alternative puzzle or style settings.

If you create Additional Output (PDF, PPT), this will include all the puzzles in the folder;

  • “Clear Project” will clear the project folder manually;
  • “Open Project Folder” will open the current project folder (using the settings for Root Folder, Project and Folder Options). This is useful if you do not want to open a new folder each time you create puzzles, but still want to open that folder.