cadubi - Creative ASCII Drawing Utility By Ian
cadubi is an application written in Perl that allows you to draw text-based
images that are viewable on typical UNIX-based consoles. Usually the
applications that emulate these consoles support various text modes, such as
background and foreground colors, bold, and inverse. This text art, commonly
called "ASCII art", is used in various places such as online BBSes,
email and login prompts.
- -h --help
- display some documentation
- -m --mute
- turn off beeping
- -s [ W ] [ H ]
- --size [ W ] [ H ]
- sets the size of the console for use with cadubi, where W
is number of columns and H is number of rows.
- -v --version
- show cadubi's version
Beeping and command line options can be also set in /usr/bin/cadubi.
- i j k l
- Move the cursor around. Holding down shift and typing these
keys will move the ursor five spaces instead of one.
- Paint the current pen on the screen.
- Move the cursor down one line and all the way to the left
of the console.
- delete or backspace or `
- Delete the character before the cursor.
- Prompt for a pen character
- Prompt for foreground color (see section colors).
- Prompt for background color (see section colors).
- Toggle bold mode.
- Toggle inverse mode.
- Toggle blink (highly annoying).
- Enter text mode. This allows you to type like as if you
were using a normal text editor, and all the characters drawn onscreen
will use the same mode as the pen Pressing Esc will exit text mode.
- Refresh the entire screen by redrawing each character.
- Open a file.
- Save the file.
- Show the quick help screen.
- Exit cadubi.
Cadubi has a 'pen' which describes the current mode. Properties of the pen are
the painting character, foreground color, background color, bold, inverse, and
blink. Whenever you paint or use the text mode, the characters drawn on the
screen will have the properties of the pen. The current mode of the pen is
shown at the bottom of the console and is what will be drawn on screen when
you paint. Typically, foreground text colors are the same as background
colors, unless the text is bold. If the text is bold, foreground colors are
usually lighter than the background color, making text easier to read when the
text has the same foreground and background color. Refer to the Quick Help
(control-'h') to see what the colors look like on your console.
Text mode is an extremely useful feature. Once in the text mode you can type as
if you were using a normal text editor, and all the characters drawn onscreen
will use the same mode as the pen. To enter text mode, press the 't' key. To
exit, press escape.
When cadubi reads a file, it will only read as much that will fit in the
workspace (the area of the console minus the bottom row [status bar]). To gain
more workspace, see the '-s' operator in section "options".
Cadubi optimizes its output files to display properly and take up as little
space as possible. All cadubi output can be viewed with the 'cat' utility.
The color codes are case-insensitive. The following color codes can be chosen as
fore- or background colors:
- 0 or N - Normal (standard text)
- 1 or W - White
- 2 or R - Red
- 3 or G - Green
- 4 or Y - Yellow
- 5 or B - Blue
- 6 or M - Magenta
- 7 or C - Cyan
- 8 or K - Black
Cadubi uses escape sequences for things like color. These may differ from system
to system. This means that the file generated by cadubi may trash your console
when viewed with for example cat. It is generally safe to use the files on the
same type of console as they were generated on.
Cadubi was created and is currently being maintained by Ian Langworth. Please
send all questions, comments, hate mail and bug reports to email@example.com
The "Keyboard and Console HOWTO" and the "Text Terminal
HOWTO" from the Linuxdoc project (www.linuxdoc.org). Both are available
in a Debian GNU/Linux system by installing the doc-linux-text package at
This man page was copy-pasted from other documentation by Abel Daniel
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for the Debian GNU/Linux distributions, but can be used by