The program has a plain interface that's easy to navigate, as each step in the process is outlined for you. First, select the image you want to work with. Then choose whether you want to create ASCII art or a text mosaic. If you choose the latter, you'll also select the color mode, font, and input text. Then just select your desired image quality and click Process. The program will prompt you to select an output location for the new file and then you're done. We liked the program's ASCII art quite a bit; we ended up with a cool-looking portrait of ourselves rendered mostly in pound signs and ampersands. Things didn't work out so well for us with the text mosaic; our images ended up looking like we were just viewing the originals through a thick screen. Still, the program is a lot of fun to experiment with, and anyone who's interested in word art will enjoy adjusting the program's settings and trying different source images to see what they can come up with.
VerMan's Art Converter comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation.
ASCII Art and Text mosaic converter. This program made in C# for the .Net platform can convert any picture in BMP or JPEG format into ascii art or another picture from a specified text. There are five different types of output quality (from very low quality and hence small file size up to very high quality). Version 1.5 includes interface updates.