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World’s First And Finest Twitter Art Editor

In 140 art, ascii art, deep sharing, gallery, meaning, micro art, twitter, twitter 140 art, twitter art, twitter art client, twitter art editor, Twitter Client, twitterart editor, unicode art, unicode art gallery, unicode characters, unicode editor on August 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Author: Marc Fawzi

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marcfawzi

Originally published on August 1st, 2011. Original version of software dates back to March 2011.

Don’t mind the boasting in the title. I’m doing it for SEO.

Now, on to the real story.

One day I decided to try out Twitter (back 8 months ago) and I was browsing people’s feeds and adding folks and somehow I ended up with a tweet on my timeline that was made entirely of unicode characters, the kind that was used in terminals to display user interface elements before bitmapped graphics came along.

It inspired me to make an Editor for this kind of art (which is called “Twitter Art” by the way)

Make sure to watch these demonstration videos videos on youtube in HD (720p)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd-d1p-c56U (Original)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX5jOvdLG8c (Canvas2Vector Effects 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCAp22_HYLk (Canvas2Vector Effects 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1fin3jBFTw (Canvas2Vector Effects 3)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLyLb3Otw5s (SVG Saving And Manipulation)

Some features and aspects are patent pending, and I’m working on free open source license for non-commercial use and also a royalty-free commercial license with commented sources, to help this new medium take hold, etc.

I want to explore Twitter’s new metadata feature to add richness to the medium, and frankly, there is a ton of stuff I could do with it, so I am thinking of putting it up on Empowered.org and maybe Kickstarter to see if there are enough free spirits out there at this time who want to join the fun by donating and becoming part of the effort to bring Art into the Twitter stream, and don’t think it’s like ASCII. Look at the Gallery and feast your eyes.


It  runs only on Firefox, the People’s Browser, not your faster-than-potato Chrome or whatever, and actually it is because of the non-groovy way Chrome and IE handle unicode line breaking that made me delay the cross-browser implementation. A lot of it is black magic (or more exactly: an ancient line-breaking algorithm that no one has looked at in ages)

Enjoy and be challenged.


I need to update it for the latest Firefox Nightly 12 (security issue) but fortunately there will be some time before Firefox 12 hits the web.