View as ASCII

Dolphin Service Menus

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Description:

Overview:
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"View as ASCII" (filename: ascii_view.desktop) is a small KDE service menu which allows you to watch videos using only ASCII characters. Try it, it's fun!

Installation:
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Copy file named "ascii_view.desktop" to ~/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus. If a directory does not exist, create it first. That's it.

Usage:
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While using konqueror, click with right mouse button on a video file and choose Actions>View as ASCII. Have fun!

Requirements:
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mplayer with aalib

Hints:
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The bigger resolution you're using, the higher image quality you'll get. You can customize the file (ascii_view.desktop) using text editor, and adding commands like: -aareverse -aabold -aadim -aaboldfont -aanormal and so. Type "mplayer -aahelp" in terminal to learn more.
Last changelog:

14 years ago

Version 0.2c:
-added Dutch translation

Version 0.2b:
-added Italian and German translations

Version 0.2a:
-added Spanish translation

Version 0.2
-added Russian translation
-startup in fullscreen
(version update thanks to AlexeyK)

Version 0.1a:
-added Polish and Serbian translations

nnn

13 years ago

And if you use "caca" instead of "aa", there are colours (of a terminal of course) too (it works with mplayer)

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AlexeyK

14 years ago

Somewhen someone asked about the Matrix in green tone.
Some thing about this should work on Linux console or the Konsole:

if [ -n "`echo \"$U\" | grep matrix`" ]; then

echo $'\e'[32m ; echo $'\e'[1m
mplayer blah-blah-blah
echo $'\e'[0m

fi

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djworld

14 years ago

You really need a girlfriend. ;-)

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jurp5

14 years ago

Here is the Dutch(nl) Translation:
Als ASCII Weergeven

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jurp5

14 years ago

I forgot to add Name[nl]=

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linkinp4rk410

14 years ago

Only thing that would make this better, is if you could change the font to green and watch the Matrix!

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shiva

14 years ago

and the german one:
Name[de]=Als ASCII anschauen

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ljubomir

14 years ago

Wow, thanks guys. I'll be glad to add those as quickly as I can.

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mrfaber

14 years ago

Here's the italian translation:

Name[it]=Visualizza come ASCII

Cheers :)

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isma

14 years ago

Hey, I like this servicemenu. I didn't know aalib before, and I find a funny way to see your videos.. feeling strange watching me as a group of letters :p

And I also would suggest the option "-ao arts" for those who use it. Or maybe it's jet old-fashioned...

By the way,
Name[es]=Ver como ASCII

Greets!

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ljubomir

14 years ago

One of the things I've always loved in Open Source is the ability to modify, which leads to learning a lot of useful and fun things. Everyone can modify the script to fit into his preferences, and thats great.
Thanks for the translation, I'll add it immediately.

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AlexeyK

14 years ago

This is name of the action in russian; i hope, it will be displayed as UTF8:

Name[ru]=ПроÑ?мотр Ñ? помощью Ñ?имволов ASCII

And there is the command line to have a bit more comfortable viewing :-)
backslash before quotation marks are neccesary:

kstart --fullscreen mplayer -aareverse -aabold -aadim -aaboldfont -aanormal -vo aa \"%U\"

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ljubomir

14 years ago

Thanks! I'll apply changes immediately. Anyway, I'm not sure about the aalib tweaks, its probably about personal taste, but anyone can add those manually if he likes.

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LaFleche

14 years ago

I think you can replace this line
ServiceTypes=video/avi,video/mpeg,video/quicktime,video/x-ms-asf,video/x-mpeg,video/x-msvideo,video/x-ms-wmv
by
ServiceTypes=video/*

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ljubomir

14 years ago

Yes, thanks. I'll update the package.

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14 years ago

Version 0.2c:
-added Dutch translation

Version 0.2b:
-added Italian and German translations

Version 0.2a:
-added Spanish translation

Version 0.2
-added Russian translation
-startup in fullscreen
(version update thanks to AlexeyK)

Version 0.1a:
-added Polish and Serbian translations

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