A downloadable tool for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Playscii is an open source ASCII art and animation program. It runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Website: http://vectorpoem.com/playscii

Documentation: http://vectorpoem.com/playscii/howto_main.html

Hardware requirements:

  • OpenGL 2.1-capable video card with Vertex Array Object* and GLSL 1.30** support.

In other words: if your computer was made after 2008, there's a good chance it can run Playscii.

macOS build requires version 10.10 aka Yosemite or later.

Please note that Playscii is open source, still in development, and is offered as a pay-what-you-want download here on itch. Pay something if you want to support the developer, but don't feel obligated to! Testing and bug reports are appreciated; you can file bugs on the project's Bitbucket page.

* You can check to see if your hardware supports VAO here; if you see "OES_vertex_array_object" in the "Supported Extensions" section, you're good.

** Playscii will detect your GLSL version on startup and quit with an error message if version 1.30 or higher is not found.

More information

Published1 year ago
StatusIn development
CategoryTool
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
(9)
AuthorJP LeBreton
Tagsascii, Retro, tool
LicenseMIT License
Average durationDays or more
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse

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Click download now to get access to the following files:

playscii_win32-0.9.0.zip 17 MB
playscii_mac-0.9.0.dmg 15 MB
playscii_source-0.9.0.zip 1 MB

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What about an android port?

Neat and technically possible, but unlikely to be worth the massive effort - probably 9-12 months of full-time work. Playscii's UI is mouse and keyboard centric, it's coded in Python which isn't easy to get running on Android, and it uses regular OpenGL instead of OpenGL ES (the mobile flavor).

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Well I think that $5 would be a great price for a portable version and hopefully make the development time worth it. Few other developers I really like do that. Desktop versions free, mobile costs. Either way hopefully you decide to, would enjoy doing this to and from work on public transportation.

Edit: Also, if you could port it as is, with the ability to zoom in and out that would be awesome. Though I would use this on my phone, on my tablet as is would be fine. Check out SunVox if you get a chance. Has one of the best interfaces for this sort of thing on mobile.

THIS IS AMAZING PLEASE KEEP THIS FREE

Hey know this is free/nyop, but I gave up my last $0.50 to show you some support ;).

As ever, thanks for this. It's lovely, and makes me wish I sucked less at ASCII art.