View Full Version : Converting graphic to ANS screen for vintage BBS

December 5th, 2006, 05:49 AM
Hello All:

I am using Aciddraw on a custom new built DOS 6.22 machine. (The machine is an old Pentium Pro 200). I also took a graphic I made for my relaunch of my bbs and converted it using a program called Coolview. (This takes a PCX image and makes it into an ANSI image with a BIN extension -- ACIDDRAW does read in the BIN file just fine.)

The problem I am having is that the graphic is converted WAY too large. I need some idea of what size to make the graphic to make it a manageable size for my BBS screen. (80 x 25). It is right now at least 2 to 3 ansi screens big. The original graphic is 100 x 89 x 256 (px) and the converter makes it absolutely huge.

Any help on this would be appreciated or even a GIF to ANS converter that works... the ones online seem to be broken (under DOS 6.22) even though the GIF version of my logo reads fine in CSHOW for example.

Please let me know if you have the old GIF2ANS program that I seem to remember from back in the day :-)

ALSO: Looking for a copy of Desqview 386 with original 3.5 disks and manuals!

nige the hippy
December 5th, 2006, 06:19 AM
Wiki pointed me to this one, 1993 vintage


you could always wiki ansi art

December 5th, 2006, 08:11 AM
Hi Nige:

Thanks, but Aciddraw is working fine. The real question was how to convert my graphic (in this case PCX format) to ANSI without making the ANSI version so large. Hope someone can help. TheDraw was indeed the standard back in the day. :-)

Mike Chambers
December 5th, 2006, 09:15 AM
there should be some programs out there for it, maybe something on this page is what you're looking for: http://dmoz.org/Arts/Visual_Arts/ASCII_Art/Software/

about a year ago i wrote some software that converted BMP files to ASCII art, not with ANSI color though. here's an example of what my prog did: http://rubbermallet.org/king_ascii.jpg <--- that's a picture of me that i had it convert.

not sure if that's what you're looking for.