AA Helper Library

A Basic Library of Helper functions for AAlib

AAlib is a rather fantastic library. I urge you to download it and try it, especially the mildly scary BB Demo [Mirror]

Inspiration that started this is AAJM, when I implemented circles and lines. More or less on a whim, I turned it into a more convincing project.

Yes, I'm fully aware of the existence of libcaca. A few things:

  1. Libcaca's picture definition isn't as good as aalib's - as the designer of libcaca stated, it's designed to make colors work right on ascii displays, rather than necessarily the shapes. For a simple example of this, run cacafire next to aafire on a screen at the same time
  2. AA Helper addresses most of libcaca's other good points - sprites and graphics primitives, primarily
  3. If you're at the point where you feel the urge to even start this argument, you've got bigger issues than whether or not a text-mode library is as good as another



Instructions on use are in the README

Also, you can extract and "make test".


And some higher res ones using

AAOPTS="-driver slang -width 240 -height 150" \
	xterm -fn micro -geometry 240x150

Gary (-;

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