Then along came Photoshop and bit-mapped image editors, and WYSIWYG apps, and unlimited fonts, and CAD, and Illustrator, and more drawing apps than Lizzie Borden had axes to grind. ASCII art just disappeared from the mainstream. Until now.
Text Be Art, Too!
There’s more to ASCII than meets the eye. Sure, it’s easier than saying American Standard Code for Information Interchange, which is little more than big words that mean ‘text.’
Specifically, 128 characters encoded into 7-bit binary integers, made up of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and a bunch of symbols and control codes.
Yes, that was art back in the day. ASCII art. Today there’s Monodraw, a 21st century ASCII art editor for the Mac. Here’s a look at what you get for your time, effort, and, eventually, some of your money.
See? Art. Or, what once passed for art back in the days when ASCII text ruled a dominion of dot matrix printers.
Monodraw can do more than massage your 20th century gene for remembering the good old days. For example, it actually does diagrams quite well using lines and specific ASCII characters.
Use Monodraw to create mind mapping and brainstorming diagrams with a decidedly old fashioned look. Did I mention diagrams?
Despite being a blast from the distant past, Monodraw is decidedly easy to use, even for 21st century Mac users who cannot bring themselves to spell W-I-N-D-O-W-S. The toolbar gives you everything you need to get started to do the Morse Code equivalent of 19th century drawing.
Add text, symbols, lines, rectangles and erase what you don’t want to keep. There are groupings available, guides, keyboard shortcuts, and other modern drawing tool functions, but without the clutter.
For now Monodraw is free, but it won’t be forever. That’s the nature of change.