[buug-l] jpg,png,etc. --> ascii art

Werner Heuser wehe at mobilix.org
Son Aug 8 09:46:52 CEST 2004

On Sun, Aug 08, 2004 at 01:19:52AM +0200, Nico Golde wrote:
> Hi,
> kennt einer von euch einen guten Bild-to-Ascii Art converter?
> Ich möchter das fuer tpp benutzen, damit man mit Ascii Art auch Bilder
> einbinden kann.


Mit den folgenden habe ich selber nicht oder selten gearbeitet. Aber sieht
von der Beschreibung her brauchbar aus.


aview is an high quality image(pnm) browser and animation(fli/flc) player
which renders its output as ASCII-art. It is implemented using AA-lib.

License: GNU General Public License (GPL)

URL: http://freshmeat.net/projects/aview/

Aewan is a curses-based program that allows for the creation and
editing of ASCII art. The user is able to move the cursor around the
screen by means of the arrow keys and "paint" characters by pressing the
corresponding keys. There are dialog boxes that allow the user to choose
foreground and background colors, as well as bold and blink attributes.
The user may also select rectangular areas of the canvas in order to move,
copy, and paste them. Aewan also supports "intelligent" horizontal and
vertical flipping (e.g., it converts "\" to "/", etc). What sets Aewan
apart from similar projects is the fact that it can work with multiple
layers and has the ability to turn transparency and visibility on and off
for each layer. A layer dialog is provided through which the user can
change the order of the layers. Thus, each layer can be edited
independently in order to generate a composite drawing. Instead of using
the layers for compositing, it is also possible to use the layers as
frames for an animation, thus enabling the user to create ASCII
animations. The file format is easy to parse, so it is easy to write a
terminal-based application that uses the Aewan files to display onscreen.
Aewan has been tested on the Linux terminal, rxvt, xterm, and the FreeBSD

project page: http://freshmeat.net/projects/aewan/
     license: GNU General Public License (GPL)

CAVE WALL (Colored ASCII Visual Editor Without Any  Loathsome
Limitations) is an ncurses-based ASCII art editor.  It features image
import and export in plain ASCII and ANSI  formats, pictures up to
1000x1000 characters large,  operations on rectangular selections such as
rotating,  colorizing, and filling, horizontal and vertical mirror with
optional intelligent character conversion (changes slashes  into
backslashes, etc.), copying and pasting selections, undo,  and 10
different cursor movement modes.

project page: http://freshmeat.net/projects/cavewall/
     license: GNU General Public License (GPL)

CADUBI draws text-based images
that are viewable on typical UNIX-based consoles. It has support for all eight
ANSI colors, and for the bold, inverse, and blink ANSI modes. It features a
pico-like interface with a status bar, a text mode that lets you quickly type
strings in the current color and/or mode, a Quick Help screen for easy key
reference, and the ability to read any text file with ASCII art. It outputs
files in plain text so they can be displayed using cat and read back into
CADUBI. platform: Linux, license: freely distributable</p>

ascii'o'matic is a script to convert an image into ASCII art.
project page: http://freshmeat.net/projects/asciiomatic/
     license: GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)

And last but not least, maybe GIMP does it also.

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