Homepage of TEXTDRAW

by Dieter Schoppitsch - (July 2002)

"An Image Says More Than Thousand Words"



Textdraw (td) is a small utility that allows do draw (ascii-based) line-, rectangle-, ellipse- and text-objects with copy/paste/move features.

For me it completes existing console-based software to a 'textbased only office' and offers a simple and easy way to draw ascii graphics for documentations, presentations, mails and much more.

The following chart ('help.txt') was drawn with textdraw (and note: all objects are moveable/deleteable/copyable):
 ______________________________________________________________________________
|              _________                                                       |
|             |         |                    _____________    +___     +***    |
|             | OBJECTS |                   |             |   |___|    *   *   |
|             |_________|                   | 'HOT SPOTS' |             ***    |
|              ___      \                   |_____________|                    |
| rectangle   |___|      \                  /                 +----    +EXT    |
|                         \                /                                   |
| line        -----        \  ********    /      __________________            |
|                           **        ** /      |                  |           |
| text        TEXT         *  TEXTDRAW  *-------| PRINT ASCII-FILE |---- 'p'   |
|                           **        **  \     |__________________|           |
|              ***            ********     \                                   |
| ellipse     *   *                |        \                           e      |
|              ***                 |         \                         t       |
|                              __________     \                       s        |
|                             |          |     \ __________          a         |
| - help with 'h'             |  OTHER   |      |          |        p  delete  |
| - exit with 'q' or ESC      | FEATURES |      | FEATURES |--------           |
| - load file: 'td name'      |__________|      |__________|        c  m       |
|                      pgup                                         o   o      |
| - fast moving:    home  end                                       p    v     |
|                      pgdn                                         y     e    |
|__________________________________Dieter Schoppitsch__________________________|


For compiling from source (td.c) you have to link ncurses and math -
do it with the command: gcc td.c -lncurses -lm

There are a lot of ideas for a newer version (i.e. colors, patterns, group/rotate/mirror objects, polygons, ascii-art-import) and the actual version seems to be stable (under 'normal use'). But as it fullfills all I need I don't intend to program a newer version.

The actual version of textdraw (0.1) contains following files: Download: Textdraw 0.2 (14k2)
Thanks to Rene Engelhard and the "whole Debian-Army" who fixed some bugs.

Download: Textdraw 0.1 (14k6)

Feel free to improve this program under the conditions of the general GNU-license-agreement.

Homepage of Textdraw: http://web.uta4you.at/shop/td/index.htm

Send me comments, suggestions and bugs under: shop@uta4you.at

Dieter Schoppitsch