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 ASCII Art Mini - FAQ

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prepared by Mart Atkins (mart.atkins@bigfoot.com)

CONTENTS:

  • Monospaced Fonts- a quick list
  • Text Editors
  • ASCII Utilities- FIGlet and gifSCII
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     __  __                                                _
    |  \/  | ___  _ __   ___  ___ _ __   __ _  ___ ___  __| |
    | |\/| |/ _ \| '_ \ / _ \/ __| '_ \ / _` |/ __/ _ \/ _` |
    | |  | | (_) | | | | (_) \__ \ |_) | (_| | (_|  __/ (_| |
    |_|_ |_|\___/|_| |_|\___/|___/ .__/ \__,_|\___\___|\__,_|
     / _| ___  _ __ | |_ ___     |_|
    | |_ / _ \| '_ \| __/ __|
    |  _| (_) | | | | |_\__ \
    |_|  \___/|_| |_|\__|___/
    
    Almost all ASCII art is created and intended to be viewed in a monospaced,
    or fixed width font. Find your operating system/computer on the list below
    and find a font on your system that is on the list.
    
    Windows:  FixedSys
              Courier New
              Courier
              Lucida Console
              Topaz New
              Monotype.com
              Terminal
              Lucida Sans Typewiter
              OCR A Extended
              OCRB
    
    Amiga:    Topaz    (In ROM)
              Courier  (Supplied with WorkBench 2+)
              Pearl
              Siesta
              XEN      (Comes with MagicWB)
              XCourier (Comes with MagicWB)
              ascii
              tiny
    
    
    AppleMac: Courier
              Monaco
              ZTerm
    
    If you can`t find any of the fonts on the list, please try looking at this
    in all fonts available:
    
    iiiii iiiii iiiii iiiii|
    mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm|
    
    In a fixed width font, both of the | symbols should match in distance from
    the left side of the screen. If you find a common font that isn`t on the
    list, please email mart.atkins@bigfoot.com and tell me about it, along with
    what operating system/computer it is from.
    
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     _____         _
    |_   _|____  _| |_
      | |/ _ \ \/ / __|
      | |  __/>  <| |_
     _|_|\___/_/\_\\__|
    | ____|__| (_) |_ ___  _ __ ___
    |  _| / _` | | __/ _ \| '__/ __|
    | |__| (_| | | || (_) | |  \__ \
    |_____\__,_|_|\__\___/|_|  |___/
    
    A lot of ASCII art is made in a text editor - usually like a wordprocessor
    but without text formatting functions.
    
    Unix:      vi
               pico
               emacs
               jed
               joe
               ed
    
    Windows95: Notepad (Comes with Windows!)
               EDIT.COM (Comes with windows!)
               MicroEMACS
               EditPad
               PFE
               UltraEdit (www.ultraedit.com)
               TextPad (www.textpad.com)
    
    Windows3:  Notepad (Comes with Windows!)
               MicroEMACS
               PFE
               UltraEdit (www.ultraedit.com)
    
    MSDOS:     EDIT.COM (Comes with DOS 5 and 6 - Type EDIT at command line)
               QEdit
               MicroEmacs
               GNU Emacs
    
    Amiga:     Ed (On Workbench Disk - run 'Ed <filename>' in shell)
               MicroEMACS (Supplied with Workbench on Extras disk)
               Blacks Editor
               CygnusEd
               AZ
               NotePad (included with Workbench 1.2 and 1.3)
    
    AppleMac:  Nisus
               SimpleText (included with MacOS)
               TeachText (included with MacOS)
               Saint Edit (shareware $10)
               BBEdit (commercial but free light version is available)
               Tex-Edit Plus (shareware)
    
    Linux:     joe
    
    
         >-----------------------------------------------------<
        _    ____   ____ ___ ___
       / \  / ___| / ___|_ _|_ _| _   _ _   _ _
      / _ \ \___ \| |    | | | | | | | | |_(_) |___
     / ___ \ ___) | |___ | | | | | | | | __| | / __|
    /_/   \_\____/ \____|___|___|| |_| | |_| | \__ \
     ---------------------------  \___/ \__|_|_|___/
    
    Some utils to help with the creation of ASCIIArt:
    
    * FIGlet
        This great program makes ascii 'banners' from text - the titles in
       these lists are a good example.
        A few more examples:
                   _____ ___ ____ _      _
                  |  ___|_ _/ ___| | ___| |_
                  | |_   | | |  _| |/ _ \ __|
                  |  _|  | | |_| | |  __/ |_
                  |_|   |___\____|_|\___|\__|
    
    
                  88888888888 88   ,ad8888ba,  88
                  88          88  d8"'    `"8b 88              ,d
                  88          88 d8'           88              88
                  88aaaaa     88 88            88  ,adPPYba, MM88MMM
                  88"""""     88 88      88888 88 a8P_____88   88
                  88          88 Y8,        88 88 8PP"""""""   88
                  88          88  Y8a.    .a88 88 "8b,   ,aa   88,
                  88          88   `"Y88888P"  88  `"Ybbd8"'   "Y888
    
                  8"""" 8  8""""8
                  8     8  8    " e     eeee eeeee
                  8eeee 8e 8e     8     8      8
                  88    88 88  ee 8e    8eee   8e
                  88    88 88   8 88    88     88
                  88    88 88eee8 88eee 88ee   88
    
        Various fonts are availiable (.flf files) and there are versions
       of FIGlet for almost any operatinf system and computer type:
           http://st-www.cs.uiuc.edu/users/chai/figlet.html
           ftp://nicoh.com/pub/figlet/
    
        There are also many online, web based versions of FIGlet available
       also, one of which is http://www.surfplaza.com/figlet/
    
        If you are a DOS user, you can get a GUI for DOS FIGlet at:
           http://voices.vossnet.co.uk/a/atkins/fdg10.zip
       which should make the running of FigDOS easier.
    
        If required, I will email FigDos and the GUI in one zip file -
       just email mart.atkins@bigfoot.com and ask!
    
    * GIFscii
        GIFscii, and it`s variants, will take an image file (usually GIF)
       and convert it to an ascii picture. The results aren`t brilliant,
       but can serve as a good starting point for an ASCII picture
        Do a web search for one of these, as they are everywhere.
       Versions are available for a wide variety of operating systems
       and computer types.
               .- Sample output from BMP2ASC -----.
               |         ;$XXHXXXXXXX+.           |
               |      :XXXHHHHHXHHHHXXX$.         |
               |    /XXXXHHHXXHHHHHHHXXXH/        |
               |   /XXXXXHHH$HHHHHHHHHHHHH%       |
               |  .XXXXXXHHX$HHHHHHHHHHHHHH;      |
               |  ;XXXXXHX$XX$$$XHHHHHHHHXHX.     |
               | .$XXXH%/;;;::::;/$HHHHHHHXX;     |
               | =XXXHX//;;:::::;;/+HXHHHHHH$     |
               | /HXXH$//;;;;::::;;/$XHHHHHXX-    |
               | %HXXH%/;;;;;;;;+$$%$XHHHHHHX/    |
               | XXXXHX$X$%+//+++;$%HXHHHHHHX$.   |
               |.XXXXHX+/////://;///+$XHHH@HHHHH/.|
               |,X$XXHH%;;;;/;///;;;+$XHHH@HHHH@@@|
               |-X$XXH@H+/++/;/++;//%XHHHH@HHHH@@@|
               |=$$XXHHH@@%%$$%++++%$XXHHHHHXH@@@@|
               |=$$XXX$$@@@H%++++%%%$$XHXH@HH@@@@@|
               |=$XHXX%$@@@@@%+++%$%$$XXXHH$H@@@@@|
               |-+%XHHH@@@@@@@X+/+%$$$$$$%%/=$@@@@|
               | //XXXH@@@@@@@@@@@@X%%++///=--/H@@|
               |   %XXHH@@@@@@@@@@@@X+;/;;=-,,,-$@|
               |  =XHXHH@@@@@@@@@@@@X/,. ..-,..,,/|
               |  $H@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@XH;....,......|
               '------------------- for Windows! -'
    
    
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                |Compiled by Martin Atkins with help from:|
                | * Veronica Karlsson                     |
                | * Jorn Barger                           |
                | * Colin Douthwaite                      |
                | * Randy Gardner                         |
                | * Ilmari Karonen                        |
                | * aardvarko                             |
                | * gumby                                 |
                | * Valentin Valciu                       |
                | * Hayley Jane Wakenshaw                 |
                | * llizard                               |
                | * Sami Sihvonen                         |
                | * Doug Wilson                           |
                | * Brock Kevin Nambo                     |
                | * Cipher                                |
                '-----------------------------------------'
    
         >------------- Last Updated 13-04-98 -----------------<
    
    :)
    -- 
    Martin Atkins
        If you have anything to add, or think I have made an error,
             please email  mart.atkins@bigfoot.com
    
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