Developer: Curtis Wensley

Current Version: 3.1.2

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 7.5 MB - Download


Ansi/Ascii text and RIPscrip vector graphic art editor/viewer with multi-user capabilities.

• Text Formats: ANSI, ANSI/24, ASCII, ADF, Avatar, BIN, CG, IDF, Tundra, CtrlA, XBIN, Animated ANSI
• Vector Formats: RIPscrip
• Raster Formats (viewing only): JPEG, GIF, PNG

• Draw ANSI and ASCII with your mouse or keyboard
• Convert any format to an image for easy sharing
• Multi-user networking to draw and chat together
• Watch animated ANSI and RIP
• Baud rate emulation
• Browse the archive of art
• DOS fonts for most languages/code pages
• Amiga & 9px fonts
• DOS aspect emulation
• Color & character set editors


Release Notes:

• Draw ANSI and ASCII with your mouse
• Load & Save 24-bit colour ANSI files
• New configurable ANSI/ASCII brush
• New Colour brush
• New text drawing tools: Pencil, Line, Circle, Box, Ink Dropper
• Many Amiga and DOS fonts added, in multiple sizes
• Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 3.0.16
Review by radnoms

Out from the Underground BBS Art Scene - You've seen it before, people creating amazing graphic art out of mundane text characters…or maybe you logged into a Bulletin Board System before the growth of the Internet and saw amazing scrolling art created out of special text-mode blocks and sixteen lo-fi colors, all being crammed through your modem and melting your poor retinas. Before long, the artists making these graphics banded together forming legendary art groups like iCE and ACiD and then periodically created "art packs" for everyone's enjoyment. Beginning with comic book and fantasy-inspired themes, the scene soon incorporated graffiti, tattoo, cartoon art styles, and more, as well as expanding into VGA, vector-based art (via RIP script), and even music and "demo" programs that through all the above into a blender. Well, it seems some never saw fit to let text-mode and its associated underground scene disappear. PabloDraw is the app with the underground pedigree to view, create, and share that world…for a eensy-wensley buck! FYI, if a buck's too much for you, you can still go to Curtis' website above and download it for free, but a buck is nothing for everything that PabloDraw offers. For example, when it starts up, the view browser includes a virtual folder that connects to -- the de-facto scene archive going all the way back to 1990! Double-clicking on SixteenColors allows you to browse through the archive's contents (as long as you're connected to the Interwebs) and experience it all from the very start. Once you've viewed to your heart's content, it's easy to start working on your own canvas and laying down your own lo-fi block art. Just click edit to mess with an existing piece, or start anew. PabloDraw supports a keyboard-driven approach, where the drawing is done by typing characters (or lay down block chars with the Function 1-12 keys) and moving the cursor with the arrow keys. Additionally, shift-Arrow keys or the mouse can be used to rectangle-select an area, which offers various context-sensitive commands like Copy (area select, 'C') and Move (area select, 'M') and more. As a long-time [ab]user of PabloDraw (and ACiDdraw and TheDraw), PabloDraw is certainly the best and fastest of all its predecessors with plenty of ease-of-use for a first-timer, with a ton of shortcuts for the experienced artist aiming to get a lot done quickly.

Found helpful by 6 out of 7 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.1.2
Review by aumgn

Not a scam, absolutely amazing! - This program is simply stunning. Everything that was so great about ANSI programs of old. My only complaint is that a lot of the keys and shortcuts we have traditionally used to make ANSI heavily overlap with shortcuts built in to Mac OS, so a lot of the speed and grace that we had with ACiDDraw is gone. You can shut some things off at the OS level to help out with the experience, but it's a little bit of a pain to constantly have to shut them off and turn them back on. Being able to remap the keys would be fantastic, like using the number keys and - and + to draw blocks instead of the function keys and the ability to remap control-arrow to change colors would be great. I'd appreciate being able to limit the color palette so the "bright" colors weren't available for background use. Part of this, of course, is me being a crusty old ANSI veteran and grumbling about how things aren't they way the used to be. But, as a former member of FiRE, CiA, Samsara, ANEMiA and other groups, I think that's my prerogative.

Found helpful by 4 out of 6 people
Version 3.1.2
Review by nolabuddy

Very cool - Good ANSI editor, I use it for prototyping. More fonts than you can shake a stick at. Good preview/zoom features. Could use a few features like more hotkeys; some like "Toggle Insert Mode" are in the menu but have no hotkey. Also would like to be able to draw single and double line borders.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people