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       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.

       space  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.

       p      Prompt for a pen character

       f      Prompt for foreground color (see section colors).

       b      Prompt for background color (see section colors).

       g      Toggle bold mode.

       v      Toggle inverse mode.

              Toggle blink (highly annoying).

       t      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


       The  "Keyboard  and Console HOWTO" and the "Text Terminal HOWTO" from the Linuxdoc project
       ( Both are available in a Debian GNU/Linux system by installing the doc-
       linux-text   package   at   /usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-txt/Keyboard-and-Console-HOWTO.gz  and
       /usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-txt/Text-Terminal-HOWTO.gz respectively.

       This man page was copy-pasted from other documentation by  Abel  Daniel  (
       for the Debian GNU/Linux distributions, but can be used by others.