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[Windows] Convert your animated GIF to an ASCII art animation with ASCII Animator

Posted By Mukhi On June 4, 2013 @ 6:26 AM In Windows | 3 Comments

asciianimator [1]Do you like ASCII codes? Well, I can’t when it appears in my text to spoil my reading. ASCII animation can be fun though! I remember when I saw the first ASCII animation online, I was amazed. If you would like to have fun with ASCII animated images, ASCII Animator is a GUI tool that can do that job for you as long as you have a GIF image/animation in hand.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

ASCII Animator is unique, funny and free software to convert GIF image/animation to an ASCII art GIF image/animation.

Pros

  • Very simple to use (read discussion for more details)
  • Works on both GIF image/animation
  • Created HTML image/animation can be embedded directly onto webpages
  • Black-n-white or color GIF image/animation generated at will

Cons

  • Fails at times
  • Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later

Discussion

ASCII Animator extracts a GIF image into frames, then converts each frame to an ASCII art, and encodes the ASCII art into a new animated ASCII art GIF image. The conversion can be accomplished in 4 steps:

  1. Browse for Source GIF image (or Files > Add source GIF image).
  2. Choose Output Directory (or Files > Set output directory).
  3. Go to Settings > Settings … and select Output type. You can select one of the 3 output types: Animated ASCII Art (.html), Animated ASCII Art (.gif), or Coloured Animated ASCII Art (.gif). You have options like Font … type, style, Size; Script, Strikeout, Underline. You can also change Characters number in every 100 pixel width (1-100) (default 50).
  4. Hit Convert button (or Files > Convert). When the conversion is done, you can hit Close button (or Files > Close).

ASCII Animator needs Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later; therefore, if you don’t like that, you cannot use this program. This software uses ~ 5 MB of RAM when idle but the usage of RAM may vary depending on the output format (colored GIF output takes more). Take a look at one sample conversion:

source01 [2]asciianimator01 [3]

Conclusion and download link

I unreservedly recommend this software to anyone who wants to enjoy ASCII images, ‘specially the animated ones. Just chill!

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.8

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 1.33 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/42 [4]

Is it portable? No

ASCII Animator homepage [5]


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[3] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/asciianimator01.gif

[4] 0/42: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/2062240106d76b34f64d0cd6f48ab43b68beb05af9c8af0dda0af11b7de824ff/analysis/

[5] ASCII Animator homepage: http://www.qqpr.com/

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