March 30, 2019

Text to ASCII Art

Ascii Art is a popular way to highlight text. In the 80s and 90s it was popular to show Ascii art in popular chat rooms at Delphi Internet or Compuserv. Nowadays, Ascii art is used for terminal login headlines.

Patorjk's Text to ASCII Art tool is a great way to create all sorts of Ascii art.

Website Description

I originally couldn't think of a name for the app, and I thought ASCII Art of pizza is called "Pizza ASCII Art", so what this app generates should be called "Text ASCII Art". However, the name was a little awkward, and I noticed some people were calling it "Text to ASCII Art Generator" (I guess they assumed I forgot a word). When I saw this I realized that was a better name. While coding up version 2.0, I decided to rename the app to add in the "to" and to capitalize on the "ASCII" part.

Ascii Art Haunted Mansion
http://patorjk.com/software/taag

Five things I Learned

There are 174 fonts in four categories: 53 Feature FIGlet Fonts, 10 ANSI FIGlet Fonts, 75 Regular FIGlet Fonts and 36 AOL Macro Fonts.

The "Test All" is a good way to look at your text in all the fonts!

You can't cut/paste the output into Slack. The best way to display in Slack is to use a screenshot

If you use like the Text to Ascii Art tool, there is a Chrome Extension. Now you can easily create Ascii Art whenever you need it.

There is an Ascii Art Web Ring where you can find other sites that offer Ascii arts.

Sample Output

  ___ _ __ _   _  __ _ _ __    ___ ___  _ __ ___  
 / __| '__| | | |/ _` | '_   / __/ _ | '_ ` _  
| (__| |  | |_| | (_| | | | || (_| (_) | | | | | |
 ___|_|   __, |__,_|_| |_(_)______/|_| |_| |_|
           |___/                                             

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