cp437: Turning frogs into handsome princes, since 2013

I got a note from Markus Ulfberg back in December, and his tip was such a cool little program that I’ve been holding it in reserve in hopes of showing it off properly, once I find a application that really really needs it.

The problem is that I haven’t stumbled across anything that desperately deserved its attention. And as it’s been a couple of months since Markus’s e-mail, I’ll just give it the spotlight on its own. Here’s cp437, and what it can do for you.

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At left, brand X. At center and right, cp437 with bitchx. And suddenly the glory days of ANSI graphic art have returned. What will you be drinking, sir?

I don’t know all the ins and outs of codepages or why some tools show scrambled glyphs in the terminal or the framebuffer. I’m just a lowly user, accepting life as it appears in front of my blinky-blinky cursor and learning to suffer when things aren’t gorgeous.

But cp437 manages to seamlessly and transparently convert frogs into handsome princes, and I have no better explanation than magic. It’s gotta be the shoes.

I can think of several tools that will probably benefit from cp437’s love — Markus mentions camp and duhdraw as two winners, and I’m sure there are lots more. I daresay there are even some image converter tools that would refine their art with the help of cp437.

So I’ll leave it to you to experiment — and experience — the cp437 goodness. In the mean time, I’m going to wander back through the back catalogue and see if anything suddenly changes from ugly duckling to swan, by sprinkling a little cp437 on it. … :mrgreen:

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