📅 September 19, 2017
Are you seeking an easy way to create ASCII illustrations for use in text files? Yes? Then, there is a program for you! Explore the fun with asciio!
If you have ever found the need to insert serious or silly ASCII art or ASCII flowcharts into a plain text file in order to illustrate concepts but dreaded the thought of laboriously entering the art from the keyboard, then you might want to try asciio.
asciio is a handy GUI that lets you create ASCII illustrations and then save them into a text file for copy and paste into other text files. Simply choose elements from premade stencils, and then drag, drop, and move them around on the canvas for perfect alignment
Install asciio from Synaptic or from the command line since it is probably not installed by default.
sudo apt install asciio
The man Page
asciio is self-explanatory, but if you need help, the man page is a good place to start.
A GUI will greet you. Each cell is one character space, and elements are aligned at the character level, not the pixel level.
Right-click the canvas to open the context menu, and from the menu, choose stencils to select elements to add.
asciio is a fun program to play with, and it certainly speeds up the ASCII art creation process.