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dotASCII Art

This little program 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.

ASCII Art has a long history among geeks. One of the first things I printed on my Commodore 128 in the mid 80's was an ASCII rendition of Spock. I remember waiting for what seemed like hours as my 8-pin printer slowly inked it out. But it was worth the wait when I stepped back and the full effect hit me.

If you'd like to find out more, there are several sites and news groups dedicated to this "art form". Just search for "ASCII art".

Choose a maximum column width and font size.

A good standard maximum width is 80 characters if you plan to copy and paste the ASCII Art to an email program. Most email programs will show up to 80 characters, but may wrap lines longer than that, distorting your image. If you plan to print your ASCII Art, you will probably want to fit as many characters in as will fit on a page.
Max Width
Font Size

Choose Your Picture

Type or paste the address of an image from the web or select a picture from your computer. You can usually find the address of a picture by right-clicking on it and clicking Properties. Be sure to copy the whole address!
From The Web

From Your Computer

Select Color Scheme

Black on White       White on Black


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