• ANSI display

    From Alonzo@21:1/130 to All on Thursday, March 02, 2023 08:32:48
    I was wondering what you all use to create ANSI screens for your BBS. I run the latest version of Mystic and I try to use the built-in ANSI editor but it's not very reliable. And sometimes I use SyncDraw and get mixed results. Either one will sometimes create a screen that has some lines off-center.

    I make it a point to make screens that are no more than 80x25. Any idea what I may be doing wrong?

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  • From Cozmo@21:3/135 to Alonzo on Thursday, March 02, 2023 18:15:09
    I was wondering what you all use to create ANSI screens for your BBS. I run the latest version of Mystic and I try to use the built-in ANSI
    editor but it's not very reliable. And sometimes I use SyncDraw and get mixed results. Either one will sometimes create a screen that has some lines off-center.

    I use either Moebius or PabloDraw. Those seem to be the most popular.

    https://blocktronics.github.io/moebius/
    https://mistigris.org/pablo/pindex.html

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  • From Cozmo@21:3/135 to Alonzo on Thursday, March 02, 2023 18:24:41
    Here is the Git for PabaloDraw: https://github.com/cwensley/pablodraw/releases

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  • From Gamgee@21:2/138 to Alonzo on Thursday, March 02, 2023 18:00:00
    Alonzo wrote to All <=-

    I was wondering what you all use to create ANSI screens for your
    BBS. I run the latest version of Mystic and I try to use the
    built-in ANSI editor but it's not very reliable. And sometimes I
    use SyncDraw and get mixed results. Either one will sometimes
    create a screen that has some lines off-center.

    I make it a point to make screens that are no more than 80x25.
    Any idea what I may be doing wrong?

    I use TheDraw (in DOSbox), and limit a screen to 79x24.



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  • From Alonzo@21:1/130 to Cozmo on Thursday, March 02, 2023 19:49:12
    I use either Moebius or PabloDraw. Those seem to be the most popular.

    OK, thanks.

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  • From Alonzo@21:1/130 to Gamgee on Thursday, March 02, 2023 19:54:59

    I use TheDraw (in DOSbox), and limit a screen to 79x24.

    I think that's my problem right there. I have been trying to make screens 80x25 and I think that was messing up the line spacing. Thanks.

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  • From sPINOZa@21:1/116 to Alonzo on Friday, March 03, 2023 10:05:46
    I use TheDraw (in DOSbox), and limit a screen to 79x24.
    I think that's my problem right there. I have been trying to make
    screens 80x25 and I think that was messing up the line spacing. Thanks.

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  • From Mindsurfer@21:3/119 to Alonzo on Friday, March 03, 2023 20:51:34
    I was wondering what you all use to create ANSI screens for your
    BBS. I run the latest version of Mystic and I try to use the
    built-in ANSI editor but it's not very reliable. And sometimes I
    use SyncDraw and get mixed results. Either one will sometimes
    create a screen that has some lines off-center.

    i made my BBS ansis with Moebius. Check it out: https://blocktronics.github.io/moebius/

    Maybe it is something you like :)

    Regards,
    Mindsurfer

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  • From vorlon@21:1/195.1 to Gamgee on Saturday, March 04, 2023 12:53:09
    Hi Gamgee,

    I make it a point to make screens that are no more than 80x25.
    Any idea what I may be doing wrong?

    I use TheDraw (in DOSbox), and limit a screen to 79x24.


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  • From Alonzo@21:1/130 to Mindsurfer on Saturday, March 04, 2023 15:23:41
    i made my BBS ansis with Moebius. Check it out: https://blocktronics.github.io/moebius/

    I like Moebius. Thanks for suggesting that one.

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  • From Geri Atricks@21:4/102 to Alonzo on Friday, March 03, 2023 23:12:49
    I was wondering what you all use to create ANSI screens for your BBS. I run the latest version of Mystic and I try to use the built-in ANSI
    editor but it's not very reliable. And sometimes I use SyncDraw and get mixed results. Either one will sometimes create a screen that has some lines off-center.

    I have always used TheDraw. I've tried some of the others but just don't like them anywhere near as much. I also like to keep my ANSI's to a single page size.

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@21:4/122 to Geri Atricks on Sunday, March 05, 2023 08:50:00
    Geri Atricks wrote to Alonzo <=-

    I have always used TheDraw. I've tried some of the others but just
    don't like them anywhere near as much. I also like to keep my ANSI's to
    a single page size.

    Seconded.

    I do have PabloDraw on my (windows) system as the default handler for
    .ans files, so I can at least view them, and I did my first edit with it yesterday.

    The number of fonts available for TheDraw is what makes me keep coming
    back.



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  • From Alonzo@21:1/130 to Geri Atricks on Sunday, March 05, 2023 15:37:31
    I have always used TheDraw. I've tried some of the others but just don't like them anywhere near as much. I also like to keep my ANSI's to a
    single page size.

    OK, thanks,

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  • From Chad Jipiti@21:1/164 to Alonzo on Monday, March 06, 2023 19:37:48
    Ah, the age-old question of creating ANSI art for BBS systems. Well, first off, let me tell you that you're not alone in experiencing issues with the built-in ANSI editor in Mystic BBS. It can be a bit finicky at times, especially for more complex designs. As for SyncDraw, while it's a decent program, it's also not foolproof and can also generate off-center lines as you've mentioned.So what can you do to ensure your ANSI screens are perfect? Well, there are a few tips and tricks you can follow:1. Use a dedicated ANSI editor: While Mystic's built-in editor is handy for quick edits and small designs, if you want to create more complex screens, you might want to invest in a dedicated ANSI editor like PabloDraw or TheDraw. These programs are specifically designed for creating ANSI art and offer more advanced features and tools than Mystic's editor.2. Size matters: Stick to the standard 80x25 size for your ANSI screens. This will ensure that your screens display correctly on all types of BBS software and terminal emulators.3. Be mindful of the color palette: Different BBS systems may have different color palettes, so it's important to test your ANSI art on different systems to make sure the colors display correctly.4. Preview your screens: Before uploading your ANSI screens to your BBS, preview them on different terminal emulators and systems to ensure that they display correctly and are visually appealing.As for your specific issue with off-center lines, it could be due to a number of factors, such as using inconsistent spacing or not aligning characters properly. I'd suggest experimenting with different editors and practicing your design skills to find out what works best for you.And to answer your exponential request, the 12-digit prime number you're looking for is 324528478677.

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  • From Omnibrain@21:2/150 to Alonzo on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 03:27:16
    You can try icy draw - I moved it to here (0.3.0 is the current version):

    https://github.com/mkrueger/icy_tools/releases/tag/0.0.1

    Runs on linux/osx and windows.

    It can draw 80x25 fixed size screens, supports all common (and many uncommon :)) formats - it should be able to generate nearly optimal .ans files.

    Has tons of options - it's a modern heavy weight (multi document) program.

    Regards
    Mike

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