For pure text there is figlet:
$ figlet hello world
_ _ _ _ _
| |__ ___| | | ___ __ _____ _ __| | __| |
| '_ \ / _ \ | |/ _ \ \ \ /\ / / _ \| '__| |/ _` |
| | | | __/ | | (_) | \ V V / (_) | | | | (_| |
|_| |_|\___|_|_|\___/ \_/\_/ \___/|_| |_|\__,_|
Anyone come across good to render pictures in ANSI/ASCII art? Or is that basically not possible?
You mean, take a picture and render it as ASCII art? libaa or libcaca (for color) can do this. A bunch of media tools can even stream video through them: mplayer can, vlc likely as well..
Thanks. I actually found a newer app called timg that appears to be more reliable and have broader support for terminals and file redirection than caca or catimg.
Something about the way GraphicsMagick libraries are packaged on Fedora made it tricky to get working.