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How are the Puzzles Created?

  It may come as a surprise to some but there is a lot of work involved in creating the puzzle files used in my Anatomy Puzzles, Art Puzzles, Map Puzzles, Poster Puzzles and Window Puzzles apps.  All up it takes around 30 - 40 hours to create the 14 puzzles in a single pack. Here's a quick summary of the process used for each and every puzzle: First of all I need to search the web for interesting images that are: relevant to the pack being built,  high enough resolution (at least 2000 pixels on the longest side),  available for use in my apps (public domain or available under a suitable Creative Commons licence),  and most importantly be interesting and beautiful.   The above step alone can take some time and I will often search out at least 20 potential images for each pack - some don't make the grade in later steps. Next, I use the amazing iPad app "Procreate" with an Apple Pencil to: prepare the image - crop out unwanted portions, improve brightness if needed etc.

I'm Left Handed. How can I set this in the Puzzle apps?

  The various puzzle apps (e.g. Anatomy Puzzles, Art Puzzles, Window Puzzles etc) all use the mechanic of dragging a puzzle piece with your finger to the correct place in the puzzle.  By default the apps assume you are right handed and offset the piece to your left so your finger and hand do not obscure the piece while you are moving it.  But what if you are left-handed? Not to worry, all the puzzle apps have a left or right handed setting.  To change from right to left (or similarly back to right), tap the corresponding 'L' or 'R' button at the bottom right of the puzzle choice scene.  The setting will be remembered. Setting to Left handed mode will now offset the puzzle pieces to the right of your finger...just what is needed to not obscure the piece. Here is an image showing these buttons in Window Puzzles.