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PETSCII art (free tool included)

on: September 01, 2011, 11:06:33 am
I spent a couple of hours on each of the past three days to write a simple tool for the C64 which can be used for the creation of tile based pixel art using the character set(s) of the C64 as tiles or in short, to create PETSCII art.

So here it is
PETSCII paint, release page<- has screenshots and links to "making of" ^^ (  direct link to v.0.4 / direct link to v.0.5  )

Now I just need to create something nice with it so I can post it here.

edit/update:
v.0.4: previously saved creations can now be overwritten and backspace key in filename entry works now

v.0.5: individual foreground/background color per character, all characters from both charsets available at the same time, faster save/load, character selector mode, new hardware (sprite) cursor (0.5 is actually a complete rewrite of the tool in C)

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Re: PETSCII art (free tool included)

Reply #1 on: September 01, 2011, 01:58:52 pm
blue vs black:

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Re: PETSCII art (free tool included)

Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011, 02:02:09 pm
Looks nice!! I'll try it out when I have some time ^^
Bear with my poor english, I'm italian!

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Re: PETSCII art (free tool included)

Reply #3 on: September 05, 2011, 07:13:58 pm
Updated opening post with link and changelog from 0.3 to 0.4.

Next planned feature is to allow individual foreground/background color per each character instead of a global background color. For that I will have to rewrite the whole thing to use bitmap mode though and images created with the current version will not be compatible with future versions (>0.4).

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Re: PETSCII art (free tool included)

Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011, 04:31:59 pm
Much has happened during the downtime of Pixelation. I've completely rewritten the software in C and it's at version 0.5 now which features individual foreground/background colors per character, a convenient new character selector, possibility to use all unique characters from both charsets at the same time (plus an additional non-PETSCII character :) ), improved load/save routines and a funky animated cursor (implemented as a hardware sprite).

link to page with screenshots / link to direct download of C64 diskimage + manual

And here is some Dwarf Fortress fan art I created with the new version:

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Re: PETSCII art (free tool included)

Reply #5 on: September 16, 2011, 12:54:04 pm
...which features individual foreground/background colors per character...

too bad this is not possible in real petscii :(
There are no ugly colours, only ugly combinations of colours.

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Re: PETSCII art (free tool included)

Reply #6 on: September 16, 2011, 02:42:27 pm
It may not be possible in the default so called "direct" mode but in the Hi-Res Bitmap mode (which the new version is using) it's no problem at all. Admittedly, the new version also includes a non-petscii character (the little smiley from ascii) but all other characters are standard petscii characters.

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Re: PETSCII art (free tool included)

Reply #7 on: September 16, 2011, 10:56:49 pm
Well yeah, but hires bitmap is not petscii, in that it is not char mode :P
Still funky stuff.
There are no ugly colours, only ugly combinations of colours.