Monday, April 12, 2010

Tips and Tricks: ASCII Art Generator

Hello Dudes

Have you come across a situation where you can not read some text as required font is not installed on your system? What will be the solution in such case to read your text?

Above are the questions asked by a lecturer in my college days. He explained further about this with a solution: Save your text as an image by taking screen-shots. It sounds great, right? Now I would tell you a trick on viewing your images using notepad. Do you think how it is possible? It is really possible with the help of ASCII Art Generator. Continue reading for further details.

What is ASCII?
The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (acronym: ASCII; pronounced /ˈæski/, ASS-kee) is a character-encoding scheme based on the ordering of the English alphabet. ASCII codes represent text in computers, communications equipment, and other devices that use text. Most modern character-encoding schemes are based on ASCII, though they support many more characters than did ASCII.

The 95 printable ASCII characters are given below:

Read more about at ASCII here.

ASCII Art Generator
It is a little program that converts your picture to ASCII text art - a jumble of letters, numbers and symbols that do not appear to have any significance until you step back and look at the whole picture. It has no practical purpose, other than the neat factor.

My Search History
After a little searching through Google, I came across to surf a wonderful website where I find lot of other fun stuffs with text. I took Linux logo for the demonstration purpose.

Here is the original image taken over internet:

Here is the ASCII Art created using the website:

You can find the text for this example image here.

Google's Interest on ASCII Art
When I did googling about "ASCII Art", I noticed an interesting result from Google. In that search, Google's default logo located left to the search box turned to an ASCII Art. This is pretty interesting, right? Just see the below image:

ASCII Art Generator Website
This is the site used for generating ASCII Text Image from normal: http://ascii.mastervb.net/
It has various other features like converting your text to ASCII character fonts, much useful to have different styles of your text.


Tips to Create ASCII Arts
One of the drawbacks of the website is that it doesn't allow us to upload our images to the site for creating ASCII arts. But you can make it possible by uploading your images temporarily or permanently to some external sites. My choice is http://tinypic.com/ where you can upload images even anonymously. Then use the URL given for your image to create ASCII Art.

Hope that you find lot of other fun stuffs here.

Regards,
Muthuraj L

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