Ascii or even asterisk art?

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Ascii or even asterisk art?

Back in they day I know about ascii art or even art with asterisk on a type writter. I was thinking hey. i got a Apple II plus with a oki 82a dot matrix printer. I should be able to print something up. But I can't find anything really related to it. Thiking a simple basic program or something. But all I can find is old minicomputers and mainframe data. Though, I'm not a programmer so I can't really convert it. But if somebody could point me in the correct direction. On a side note. I can hook up the printer to my windezs 10 machine and print using the generic / text printer driver too.

 

Thanks For Any help,

 

Josh

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With the II Plus in low res

With the II Plus in low res text mode, a crude "text/ASCII art" is pretty much all you can do indeed.

In Applesoft BASIC you can use VTAB and HTAB to place the cursor and PRINT to display a character.

You can find a table with the character set here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_II_character_set

 

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I have a couple of applesoft

I have a couple of applesoft basic programs which prints ascii art to a matrix printer.

I would like to post them here, but I'm not sure how to get them from a 5.25" floppy to here.

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tolderlund wrote:I have a
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I have a couple of applesoft basic programs which prints ascii art to a matrix printer.

I would like to post them here, but I'm not sure how to get them from a 5.25" floppy to here.

You would need to image them somehow, assuming you still have a working Apple II. Two of the most common ways are by transferring the images via serial port using ADTPro software, or copying them to a floppy image using a floppy emulator like the FloppyEmu. And there is the hard way, retype them in an Apple II emulator and save the floppy image. 

 

If you don't have a working A2 anymore, then you could send the floppies to someone to image. You may even find someone local to you.

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I have a working A2

I have an Apple II europlus and an Apple IIc, both working.

What I need is a serial cable, though I may just have one somewhere if I can find it.

 

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Most (if not all) modern PCs

Most (if not all) modern PCs today lack a serial port. So you'll need a USB to serial converter cable as well. The ADTPro site links to a site that everything you'll need at reasonable prices. Including a null (or straight through if using a SSC card and can change the pinout) modem cable if you can't find yours.

 

https://retrofloppy.com/products/

 

 

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Problem is retrofloppy do not

Problem is retrofloppy do not ship outside US.

I have now ordered a few parts so that I can make a cable myself.

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You could cheat and use an

You could cheat and use an ASCII art utility like this:

https://manytools.org/hacker-tools/convert-images-to-ascii-art/

and this:

https://patorjk.com/software/taag/#p=display&f=Graffiti&t=Type%20Something%20

 

To get it into your Apple II the way I do it is first run a word processing or text editor in AppleWin or Virtual II.  I like the one embedded in ProTerm v3.1.

AppelWin  

Virtual II

You can copy from Mac/Windows and paste into Virtual II/AppleWin.  Then save the file to a disk image.

Then transfer that disk image to your Apple II using either a disk image reader like a CFFA3000, KBooHK Drive, SDISK-II, or Booti-HD card.

Or transfer it to a physical floppy via ADTPro.

 

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I saw the first one.

I saw the first one but did not do that yet. I was thinking more of taking old ascii art programming. But as I found out. It is on certain languages. Like I think one was in fortran.

 

Anyway great ideas. Ran out of time this weekend. But I'll get back to it.

 

Thanks,

 

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The ascii art which I have is

The ascii art which I have is made in applesoft basic, meant for printing.

As soon as I get the serial cable I will post the program here.

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DSK file with ascii art

I have uploaded a DSK file with several applesoft programs which print ascii art.

Use ADTPro to transfer the DSK file or whatever method you have available.

The DSK contains DOS3.3 and several Applesoft program which prints ascii art to the printer.

ASCII art DSK

 

Enjoy!

 

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You may want to take a look

You may want to take a look at this ASCII art editor too from Brutal Deluxe:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2/t40.html

 

and Krue's website showing off some ASCII art generated using this utility:

http://krue.net/fortycolumns/

 

Cheers,

Mike

 

 

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