Help wanted on ASCII to graphics.

Help wanted on ASCII to graphics.

Post by Joel Rosi-Schwar » Mon, 03 Feb 1992 03:25:57




>Hi,

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Quote:>For an example I am attaching a copy of one of the screen dumps below.
>It is in part an experiment.  I am wondering if the net is 8-bit clean
>yet?  If your vi or pg or trn or ... is 8-bit clean you will see nice
>boxes around the menu if they survive uucp, otherwise it will either
>show up as fuuny chars or maybe this whole message blows up.

>On second thought I change my mind. I am sending this alone and will
>send the screen seperately. Boy am I getting smart ;-)

>Cheers and thanks for listening,
>joel

Hi again,
Here is the screen I hope gets through the network as an example. If I
have done a real FooBar (again) please accept my apologise in advance
and save the Flames---I will accept being chastised in advance.

Cheers,
Joel

==============  EXAMPLE  ==================================================

 Release 1.1.0b         FaxLink/SR Communication Software              02/01/92

 ZDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD?
 3                                                                            3
 3             Job Number: [00136]                                            3
 3             Fax Number: [                    ]                             3
 3                   Type: [ASCII      ]                                      3
 3               Template: [                                                ] 3
 3          Rate Timeband: [Standard]                                         3
 3          Transmit Date: [01/02/92]                                         3
 3          Transmit Time: [17:42:23]                                         3
 3      Mail if Delivered: [No ]                                              3
 3  Mail if Undeliverable: [Yes]                                              3
 3        Maximum Retries: [25]                                               3
 3               Priority: [Normal  ]                                         3
 3            Description: [                    ]                             3
 3                                                                            3
DDY

  root  [/]
                  Copyright 1990, 1991 by Uni/Fax Limited (UK)
 Enter fax phone number, Code or <F2> to choose from list

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Help wanted on ASCII to graphics.

Post by Joel Rosi-Schwar » Mon, 03 Feb 1992 03:08:44


Hi,

There is a particular problem I have trying to solve that I thought
some guru out there might help with if I pleaded.  What I want to do
seems so simple to me in the world of high tech graphics we live in,
but everything I have tried has come up against a dead end.

I am writing some manuals for my fax management software.  I have a
program prtscrn, which can grab any tty on my SCO Unix box and put its
image in ASCII form in a file.  So far so good.  The nice thing is
that it is even 8-bit clean and handles the nice boxes around my
menu's.  Now I want to include these in the manual.  I Personally use
TeX and some others on the project use WordPerfect (internal political
infighting) but it is not even important.  The problem lies in that I
have to turn this nice 8-bit ASCII into *ANYTHING* graphical.  I can
handle EPS, TIFF, GIFF, HP PLC, ...... Every filter I have tried
either barfs on the high order graphic chars or just politely ignores
them.  I do have an ASCII to fax T4 filter I built that works, but I
drop down to 180dpi which is not publication quality.  Yes, I could
stop crying on your shoulder and re-write asc2fax, but it would mean
re-creating the entire font set by hand.  I would rather use Corel
Draw or like and draw the damn screens ;-(

And I also know that I can print these files directly to my HPLJ and
get perfectly pretty output that can be pasted in by hand.  This is an
option I may finally just accept.  But I figure with 200 graphics
standards and programs *SOMETHING* should be able to suck up plain old
IBM/ISO ASCII and recognize the lines and put it all into a bit map of
some kind that can then be converted to somthing that
Tex/PostScript/WordPerfect can digest.  It is just irratating to get
out the bottle of * cement and paste it all up.

For an example I am attaching a copy of one of the screen dumps below.
It is in part an experiment.  I am wondering if the net is 8-bit clean
yet?  If your vi or pg or trn or ... is 8-bit clean you will see nice
boxes around the menu if they survive uucp, otherwise it will either
show up as fuuny chars or maybe this whole message blows up.

On second thought I change my mind. I am sending this alone and will
send the screen seperately. Boy am I getting smart ;-)

Cheers and thanks for listening,
joel

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Help wanted on ASCII to graphics.

Post by Marc W. Meng » Fri, 21 Feb 1992 06:44:22



>I am writing some manuals for my fax management software.  I have a
>program prtscrn, which can grab any tty on my SCO Unix box and put its
>image in ASCII form in a file.  So far so good.  The nice thing is
>that it is even 8-bit clean and handles the nice boxes around my
>menu's.  Now I want to include these in the manual.

[...trials and tribulations deleted]

I'd dump the screen on an xterm with the right font, then use xwd
and xpr to get it into PostScript.  It will be a bitmap, but it looks
*just* like a terminal screen with the right font...

Marc
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Marc Mengel