Since the low-bandwidth infancy of the web, creating pictures from ASCII text has been a hallmark of the net.art scene. Popularized by Vuk Cosic and jodi.org, such ASCII-art still surfaces in recent works by entropy8zuper and Eryk Salvaggio. Now you can join the lo-res ranks with the ASCII-O-Matic, online software that translates any jpeg image into ASCII-art. Just upload your image, and the ASCII-O-Matic transforms it into a text-only masterpiece. You can even copy the resultant "text code" for display on your own web site. Now who's retro? - Curt Cloninger
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by Dorothy Howard on Jul 22nd, 2015