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Delightful ASCII Art Tools

Delightful ASCII Art Tools

ASCII art is a graphic design technique that relies primarily on computers for presentation and consists of pictures put together from characters defined by the ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) standard. These characters are letters, numbers and special characters such as # / and \. ASCII art is as much a constituent element of the Internet as emoticons, cats, or acronyms such as ROTFL.

Linux offers a vast collection of small open source utilities that perform functions ranging from the obvious to the bizarre. It is the quality and selection of these tools that help Linux stand out as a productive environment.

There are some weird utilities featured here, which will particularly be of interest to anyone with an affectionate nostalgia for old school computing, who want to remember the heady days of Bulletin Board Systems, telnet and other pre-WWW networks.

We have compiled the following list to identify our favorite ASCII art tools. Have some fun with these zany tools.

Now, let's explore the 6 ASCII art tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

ASCII Art Tools
FIGlet Make large letters out of ordinary screen characters
TOIlet Similar in many ways to FIGlet with additional features
jp2a Convert JPEG images to ASCII
cadubi Creative ASCII drawing utility
textdraw Draw geometric figures and text
cowsay Generates ASCII pictures of a cow with a message in a speech bubble

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