April 10, 2012


PabloDraw for Mac OS X

PabloDraw is an Ansi/Ascii text and RIPscrip vector graphic art editor/viewer with multi-user capabilities.

PabloDraw uses the awesome Eto.Forms cross-platform framework to provide native UI for Windows, OS X, and Linux.

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New in version 3.2

  • Command line utility for conversion & headless server
  • Admin password option for server
  • Numbered file backups (File->Enable Backups)
  • Proper dos/legacy aspect ratio for all fonts (8×14/8×19 fonts)
  • Sauce 0.5 support which includes aspect, 9px, and font settings
  • 7Zip archive support
  • General performance improvements and fixes
  • Fixed: Loading PETSCII (seq) files
  • Fixed: Editing as xbin or other formats
  • Fixed: Mouse commands past 2048 in windows
  • Experimental WPF mode for 10k line editing on windows (“–platform wpf” as a parameter)




  • Text Formats: ANSI, ANSI/24, ASCII, ADF, Avatar, BIN, CG, IDF, Tundra, CtrlA, XBIN, Animated ANSI
  • Vector Formats: RIPscrip
  • Browse inside ZIP, RAR, and 7z archives without extracting
  • Raster Formats (viewing only): JPEG, GIF, PNG
  • Draw ANSI and ASCII with your mouse or keyboard
  • Convert any format to an image for easy sharing
  • Multi-user networking to draw and chat together
  • Watch animated ANSI and RIP
  • Baud rate emulation
  • Browse the sixteencolors.com archive of art
  • DOS fonts for most languages/code pages
  • Amiga & 9px fonts
  • Legacy aspect emulation
  • Color & character set editors
  • Sauce 0.5 editor for metadata


  • Linux: Mono 2.10 and gtk-sharp 2
  • Windows: .NET 4.0 (installer will install this if needed)
  • OS X: 10.6 Snow Leopard (or greater)


Additional Notes

To run on linux, execute “mono PabloDraw.exe” from terminal.  Some distros (e.g. ubuntu) will let you double click on the PabloDraw.exe file from Nautilus File Manager once mono is installed.

Ubuntu Users

  • Ubuntu 11.04 or earlier can use this script to install mono 2.10
  • Ubuntu 11.10 comes with mono 2.10 and should run out of the box
  • Ubuntu 12.04+ users should install “gtk-sharp2” and “mono-complete” packages

Mac OS X Users

To use the F1, F2, etc keys on OS X without having to press the FN key, change the setting in System Preferences->Keyboard->Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys

PabloDraw in Action

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Sixteen Colors
Ansi/Ascii/Rip archive of all art packs dating back from 1990 to today.
BBS List
List of active Telnet Bulliten Board Systems
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BBS Documentary
A mini-series of 8 episodes about the history of the BBS
Art scene history
An Abbreviated History of the Underground Computer Art Scene

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