extASCee

extASCee (displayed ascii art by m0lo-)

extASCee (displayed ascii art by m0lo-)

Current version: 0.5
Get it here.

extASCee is a simple ascii-art, .nfo file viewer for the Linux gnome environment. With extASCee you can view  both  simple  and  high-ascii  art (no editing  though) and  the supported file formats are .txt, .nfo, .diz  and .asc.
For information  about  what ascii and high-ascii art are, you can visit these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASCII_art
http://www.roysac.com/ascii_art_primer.asp

Requirements: In order to run extASCee, you must have Python 2.5.2  and higher, PyGTK 2.12.1 and above and the ‘Terminus‘ font which can be found here: http://www.is-vn.bg/hamster/
(Scroll down to the bottom of this page on instructions on how to properly install the font.)

As most modern Linux distros have Python and PyGtk installed by default, then most likely you will be able to run the program with nothing  from you to install except the ‘Terminus‘ font.
If  no ‘Terminus‘ font found  in your system, then by default  the ‘DejaVu Sans Mono‘ font will be used, but high-ascii art will look ugly as opposed with the ‘Terminus‘ font installed.

extASCee is released under the Gnu GPL license, that means it is free software.

Currently the program is provided with no install/setup files, that means that you have to run it manually, either from the command line or by double clicking the ‘extASCee.py‘ file (giving it executing permissions first.)
Depending on the feedback, future versions will support either a setup file or will come as a .deb package.

Download the program from here.

‘Terminus’ font installation:
1. First of all you must enable pixel fonts (.pcf) for all applications. Open up a terminal and:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config
# a window will appear inside the terminal.
# first choose 'Autohinter', then 'Automatic'
# and finally 'Yes'.
# and at last
sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig

(credits for the above tip goes to nazgum and his post here.)

2. Now head to http://www.is-vn.bg/hamster/ and download the ‘terminus-font-4.28.tar.gz’ archive.
(or download it directly from here.)
Extract the archive to a temporary dir of your choice, open a terminal, cd to that directory and:

./configure
# and then
make
# after 'make' is finished
# create a font directory if it doesn't exist
mkdir ~/.fonts
# now copy all the .pcf files from that directory
# to ~/.fonts
cp *.pcf ~/.fonts
# and finally clear your font cache so every
# application can use the newlly installed fonts
sudo fc-cache -f -v

and you are ready.
Quite some work for installing a font, but beleive me it’s worth it!

For reporting bugs, recommendations or whatever, either send an e-mail (you can find the address inside the ‘README’ file), or leaving a comment here.

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1 comment so far

  1. mike on

    i like it, finally an ascii viewer i can use! would love a debian package!


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