Saturday, August 17, 2013

Improvement Ideas?

Please post comments on any improvement ideas you have on how I can make the Planet Sudoku application any better for you.

23 comments:

  1. Henry,
    The site currently supports two different types of number pads.

    1. On the keyboard, you should be able to hover your mouse over any cell and type with your keyboard.
    2. Under Options click the radio button for Calculator. That will allow you to click on a cell and then use your mouse on a num pad.

    If you have an additional idea or if it isn't working on your side please respond.

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  2. I like to see the whole puzzle and its too big for the screen and cant be reduced

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    1. Under Options you can Zoom In and Out to change the puzzle size. I have thought about auto zooming the screen for the first time load.

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  3. Please bold the lines between each of the blocks of 9

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    1. They have a stronger bold today, however I can see your point. I will look into making it a stronger bold. I have also noticed that if I change zoom of the site that it changes the size of the lines also (which is not the intent). I will see if I can make then a little bit stronger.

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  4. Agree with Dr. M - the blocks of 9 need better delineation between each set. Increasing the width of the line would help, or you could change to a coloured line so that it was much more obvious.

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    1. The other option that I have to help out with seeing the 9 is under "Helpers". Check the "Highlight Rows, Columns, and Boxes".

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  5. How do you know if the puzzle is correct?

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    1. Under helpers there is an option to verify puzzle. It will allow verify that your current logic is correct. If you are just learning I would also review the other helper options I have developed. It will help guide you to a solution.

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  6. there should only be ONE correct choice. Some cells, even on easy, have more than one correct answer.

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    1. If you know of a puzzle that might have an issue can you please provide the puzzle number. I wouldn't mind reviewing it.

      Under the helpers section, please check all the checkboxes. They will show you if any cells are incorrectly assigned and what candidates are left for any open cells.

      There should be only one solution to a puzzle.

      Thank you for your time.

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  7. OK, here is another one with no one answer, # 2107011

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    1. Lonethree, nice to meet you. I verified the puzzle and it does have a solution. I recommend under the Helpers section to check the checkbox "Highlight Incorrect Cells". This will show you if you have any incorrect cells inputted. If not then I also noticed that that puzzle was an easy puzzle which does require additional logic to solve. To the right of the puzzle there is a small blue letter i. Click this to see what solving techniques are needed for this puzzle. Good luck and have fun :)

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    2. Hi Ivan, will I check both suggestions & none helped. The hit, the green sign, shows a 1 or 4 in two different squares. row 5 & 6 col 7.

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    3. Some solving techniques are used for hint reduction rather than solving which is probably why you see two green. For instance a Pointing Pair is considered hint reduction, which means that with it's solving logic it will eliminate the chances of the number found being used on the red highlights. One other thing that might help is by checking the option "Display Row and Column Labels" under helpers. It will allow you to track down what columns the item is talking about.

      The example below shows that it found a Pointing Pair or Triple Reduction technique. Using logic the first three cells listed are still valid cells where the number 8 can be used, and the last three cells listed are were the number 8 cannot be used. I would recommend checking out the "How to Sudoku & Strategy Guide..." and go to the section that corresponds with the solving technique in question. It should also help you in learning the different techniques.

      Method: POINTING PAIR & TRIPLE REDUCTION {8} - In Block Type: ROW
      Found Cell and Hints: s1r1c1 8; s1r1c2 8; s1r1c3 8;
      Removing Hints: s1r1c7 8; s1r1c8 8; s1r1c9 8;

      Thanks again,
      Ivan

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    4. OK Ivan, I will have to do some reading. But it still shows a 1 or a 4 is valid in those two squares. I still think there should be only one valid answer not two.

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  8. I'd suggest a 'close window' option on the 'puzzle complete' window.
    Thanks for your site. Much appreciated!!!

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    1. Thank you for the suggestion. I originally had thought about putting it into the system but had to force users to start a new puzzle because of the scoring.

      Just to make sure I am not missing anything, can you provide me how you think adding the close option would be helpful? There might be another way the functionality could be added.

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  9. I would like to see an option to have the last entered digit in any cell to be highlighted until the next entry in another cell. I would find this helpful during the initial passes of sequentially checking each empty cell for number in turn; It lets me know when I have finished that search method.

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  10. Hi Ivan. This is a wonderful site. It would be perfect if you added jigsaw sudoku, killer sudoku, word sudoku, hyper sudoku, and x sudoku.

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  11. probably not the first on this.., but an option to have to "Click" on menu instead of onMouseOver would be helpful..

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  12. With calculator selection, there should be an option to delete eliminatable numbers

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