I’m pretty sure that’s how I became pregnant. How else can one explain the level of patience I have after 10 years of marriage and three children? It’s all in the apps, my friend. Mac apps that keep me efficient and productive. And Mac apps that keep children busy when I’m out of patience.
My latest find is a puzzle.
Scramble The Photo Into A Puzzle
Children take to the Mac because of what I call cause and effect. They click something on the screen, and it causes something to happen.
Picture Puzzle is one of those unfairly free Mac apps that can keep the youngest of our trio busy for up to an hour.
If all three play Picture Puzzle at the same time, all I have to do is stop them from biting and bandage their wounds.
Picture Puzzle takes a photo and scrambles it into a game that’s good for adults and better for children. The object of the game is to unscramble the mini-images and move them around so the photo is correct again.
It’s easy. Open Picture Puzzle and then open a photo.
Simple, right? Once you’ve selected a photo or image all you have to do next is click the Scramble button.
At once, the photo scrambles itself into a bunch of mini-photos.
To the right of the scrambled mini-photos is the Work Scratch Area.
Think of it as a shelf to drag and drop the mini-photos so you have a little room to move.
Then, drag and drop the mini-photos where they belong to make up the original photo.
It can be trickier than it looks because Picture Puzzle allows you to rotate the mini-photos. The end result is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle.
Pieces will need to be rotated before they’re dropped back into the photo area. It’s easier for kids to put the puzzle pieces back into a photo without the rotation.
Picture Puzzle is a decent game that’s priced right. It’s easy for kids to learn and they can adapt to the rotation function after a few games.
What I’d like to see is a way to have the photo explode into jigsaw puzzle-like pieces, instead of squares. That would be more of a challenge.