ATE – Ansi Text Editor 1.0Beta

Categories: ANSI / ASCII, TEXT ART, TOOL
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Published on: June 18, 2014

I finally got around to write this tool. It was on my to-do list for quite some time now. I already wrote ANSI converters (link 2) and most recently a Font Tool for the old MS-DOS ANSI Editor TheDraw (Font Tool Homepage), so it was only a natural progression to write something like this editor. ANSI Text Art Editor is an ANSI text editing tool very similar to PabloDraw, ACiDDraw, TheDraw, TundraDraw, TetraDraw or AnsiDraw, but unlike the better half of them for Windows 32bit and 64bit Computers and not MS DOS.

For the folks who hate reading, visit the special ATE – Ansi Text Editor Home Page to download the Program.

The Editor is still in Beta and not 100% stable. There are also bugs here and there which I am currently working on eliminating. Nevertheless, I think the current state of the tool allows me to make it public, especially to be able to get some feedback, comments and suggestions from you guys out there, who are still into good old ANSI/ASCII Text Art like me :). Post them here at the blog or use my sites contact form.

You will recognize many features from the mentioned editors. This tool has some unique features of its own though, such as:

  • ANSI Font System (to Create, Edit and Use Custom ANSI Fonts) similar to the one provided by TheDraw (but without the limitations in width/height). Import and Export option for TheDraw fonts.
  • Smart Vertical & Horizontal Flip Tool
  • Flat Color and Color Gradient Fill Tools
  • Re-Coloring Tool for ANSI Screens and for Fonts (I used that one to create variations of existing TheDraw fonts actually. More about that in a minute)
  • Color Masks, Free Paint Tool, Eraser, Move, Copy, Cut, Clear etc.
  • Full and Half font size modes
  • Grid Overlay Feature for orientation
  • SixteenColors.NET Browser
  • Odd ANSI Sizes Supported (Beyond 80 or 160 wide), might not be usable with any other tool though
  • ANSIs over 100 Lines supported (dough.. Well TheDraw has that limit, so I decided to mention this anyway :))

 

I incorporated many of the unique features of my previous ANSI related tools into this one, such as the export to HTML for the Web (yes, ANSI’s and ASCII’s), Export of ASCII’s to Unicode (UTF-16 (Example and UTF-8 Example) Text Files, as well as Export to various Image Formats (.PNG, .BMP, .JPG, .ICO, .GIF).

The tool supports the following file formats for loading and saving your art: ANSI (.ANS), ASCII (no colors) (.ASC), PCBoard (.PCB), Wildcat 2.X (.WC2), Wildcat 3.X (.WC3), Avatar (.AVT), Binary Text (160 columns) (.BIN).

There is unfortunately no support for ANSI Animations yet. I might add this in the future, but my problem is, that I am myself not very familiar with ANSI Animations. I never created any. I know that TheDraw supports ANSI Animations, but from the look at it, the Editing tool is unique to TheDraw and very confusing (in other words, you cannot just start playing around with it and expect any usable results quickly). Are there other tools that were used to create ANSI animations in the past?

Blinking ANSI colors are supported though (See Example here). I added that part very late and just as an after thought, but I thought that some folks might like this. I myself only created a handful of ANSIs with blinking colors and only when I started out creating text art in 1992/93. The blinking is also supported for the HTML/WEB Export (some JavaScript code added).

Thanks to my editor, I created a bunch of new ANSI Fonts and updated several existing ones as well. My TheDraw Fonts Collection was bumped up to over 233 Fonts by now. Here are some of the entirely NEW fonts I created:

TheDraw Font Area TheDraw Font Area Condensed TheDraw Font Destination
AREA.TDF.ZIP AREACOND.TDF.ZIP DESTIN.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font Vibrants TheDraw Font Sanktuary TheDraw Font CrazyMad
VIBRANTS.TDF.ZIP SANKTUARY.TDF.ZIP CRAZYMAD.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font Sabotage TheDraw Font No TheDraw Font Anniversary
SABOTAGE.TDF.ZIP NO.TDF.ZIP ANNIVERS.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font Tranqilizer TheDraw Font Obsession Short TheDraw Font Madman
TRANQIL.TDF.ZIP OBSESSS.TDF.ZIP MADMAN.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font Evil TheDraw Font Insanity TheDraw Font Crest Color
EVIL.TDF.ZIP INSANITY.TDF.ZIP CRESTCOL.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font City TheDraw Font Yazoo TheDraw Font Evolution
CITY.TDF.ZIP YAZOO.TDF.ZIP EVOLUT.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font NSA TheDraw Font Mechanical TheDraw Font Sanitarium
NSA.TDF.ZIP MECHANIC.TDF.ZIP SANITARI.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font Pandemonium TheDraw Font BlueEscape TheDraw Font ExiliianShort
PANDEMON.TDF.ZIP BLUEESC.TDF.ZIP EXILIANS.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font Breach TheDraw Font Resistance TheDraw Font Shaotis
BREACH.TDF.ZIP RESISTAN.TDF.ZIP SHAOTIS.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font BEYOND TheDraw Font ASYLUM TheDraw Font DREAM
BEYOND.TDF.ZIP ASYLUM.TDF.ZIP DREAM.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font INSANE TheDraw Font JUICE TheDraw Font CREEP
INSANE.TDF.ZIP JUICE.TDF.ZIP CREEP.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font UNCHAINED TheDraw Font NUKE TheDraw Font DIGIT
UNCHAINE.TDF.ZIP NUKE.TDF.ZIP DIGIT.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font PROPHECY TheDraw Font INVASION TheDraw Font ICE
PROPHECY.TDF.ZIP INVASION.TDF.ZIP ICE.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font DARKSUN TheDraw Font SERPENT TheDraw Font BLOWTORCH
DARKSUN.TDF.ZIP SERPENT.TDF.ZIP BLWTORCH.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font BRAINDAMAGE TheDraw Font FINALDESTINY TheDraw Font FREEZINMOON
BRAINDMG.TDF.ZIP FINDESTY.TDF.ZIP FRZMOON.TDF.ZIP
TheDraw Font HELLHOLE TheDraw Font SERPENT TheDraw Font SABOTAGE_II
HELLHOLE.TDF.ZIP INOCENCE.TDF.ZIP SABOTGII.TDF.ZIP

That’s it for now folks!

Cheers!

Carsten aka Roy/SAC

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