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Major overhaul

As you can see, BBS Ninja has had a major make over. Thanks to haliphax for his great pack viewer!

All your packs are belong to us

Well, not really, but we love collecting artpacks and serving them to you. The site is still work-in-progress, most of the work will be in tagging most of the pieces.

At some point in time, we want YOU to run the site. That is, we'll enable registered users to tag artists and crews in pieces, as well as upload their packs to the site.

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What's this?

ANSI art is similar to ASCII art, but it's constructed from larger set of 256 glyphs. The most widely used font is IBM Code Page 437 in 80x25 text mode, also referred to as OEM font or extended ASCII. The extended character set allows artists to create "block art" using glyphs like Ü ß Û Ý Þ. The glyphs ° ± ² Û are often used to create shading effects as it allows the artist to mix background and foreground colors.

A typical ansi palette consists of 16 colors and 8 backgrounds. Because many artists found the 8 backgrounds too limited, they extended the usable background color count to match the foreground colors, also referred to as "iCE colors".

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Early ANSI art started in the late 1980s, used to decorate MS-DOS programs and BBSes. The popularity of ANSI art exploded when in 1986 Ian E. Davis released TheDraw, which not only greatly simplified editing ANSI art, it also contained a wide variety of fonts and settings.

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