Art…with ASCII you say. Well yes I do. Anyone from back in the day will appreciate ASCII art. Better yet is the ability to create ASCII art and diagrams easily. Enter the players:
asciio is a tool that allows you to easily make ASCII diagrams.
ditaa is a tool that converts ASCII art diagrams into rendered images suitable for webpages or publications.
These tools allow you to make nice rendered images and ASCII diagrams. As some have put it, ASCII Visio.
I’ve created a tutorial an how to modify asciio to better create ditaa diagrams. You can view this tutorial here: http://wiki.cornempire.net/asciiart/start Soon, many of these changes will be integrated with the package available with Debian Sid (and by extension, any Debian based Linux distribution).
The ideas for the modifications came from here: http://strawp.net/archive/geeking-out-with-diagrams-in-ascii/ and those ideas lead to the more expansive tutorial linked above. Thanks to David Paleino at Debian who has packaged Ditaa and asciio and may integrate some of these changes into the packages in the future.
If you use, or have interest in ASCII diagrams, leave a comment below.