Textaizer Pro - Every picture tells a story

Textaizer Pro: text mosaic creation at its very best

Textaizer Pro is a text mosaic creator. It also includes extensive possibilities to create genuine ASCII art. And much more. A text mosaic is a picture which is built from hundreds or thousands of characters. Each character takes the color of the area that is replaced by this character, and when looking from a distance the original source picture is recognised. If looking close-up, the individual characters can be seen. "Every picture tells a story" is taken literally
Take a distance of 4 meters from the monitor and see a detail from TinTin ('Kuifje')
by Textaizer Pro.

What is the sense of creating pictures with words?

We think it's just sheer fun to make something extra-ordinary out of the ordinary. Why not give a perfectly normal picture a personal twist? You can turn any picture into a little piece of art by re-painting it with your selection of words. Simply choose a text file and the target picture and press the button. Hide your text in a picture and send it to your loved one as a 'secret'
Just in case you're short of the right words..
message. Or why not draw and print balloons with 'happy birthday' words.

Do you want to save, print or make very large text mosaics?

The result from Textaizer is a (bitmap) picture: it can be saved on harddisk, and printed. The paper size is (of course) adjustable, allowing the user to save up to A1 format (150 dpi print). You can print from within the application, or store the result on harddisk, do some post processing (if needed), print it or resize and send it to a friend by email. You have full control over the end result. By the way: you can also save as .pdf and .emf for limitless resizing!

Is Textaizer Pro a unique program?

Yes. Many ASCII art applications can be found on the internet and also some text mosaic creators. Some of them are great doing one thing, but does no do the other. Textaizer Pro is however the only application that combines alle these great possibilities and much more. Ever seen crazy characters? Or a realistic movie made from dancing characters? It's also pleasant for the eye and intuitive to use. All that makes Textaizer Pro truly unique.

There are several alternatives available, so why choose for Textaizer?

We take pride in an impeccable client response. Any user is a client, not depending in any way if the user has purchased a license or not. Of course paying customers are platinum, but all other users are considered gold. Found a bug? Report it to us. Don't understand how it works? Drop us a mail and we'll explain it. Want a new feature? Suggest it to us. Many features are initiated by users anyway.

Great News:

Textaizer 4.4 has been released! Most important new feature is the integration of Unicode. With Unicode you can use all the special characters from any font all over the world. Of course your font of choice has to include the special characters. Are you using Greek, Icelandic or Hindi fontss? Or perhaps Chinese, Korean or Japanese? All your words and characters will be printed correctly.

Download your copy of the software

The software is free to use, is fully functional and has no additional cost for using it. It's freeware for non-commercial use. Some features are only available for licensed users.

There are two versions available: with and without Unicode support. The Unicode version is recommended for ALL users running Windows Vista and later, not only for those who use non-Latin character sets like Chinese, Greek, Polish and Hindi. The Unicode version is not supported for Windows XP users.
The license files are however different for both versions. Please contact APP Helmond if you wish a free license upgrade to Unicode.

    It is highly recommended to read the help-file to learn about the functions and features.

The key features of Textaizer Pro

A text mosaic is a picture which is built from hundreds or thousands of characters. Each character takes the color of the area that is replaced by this character, and when looking from a distance the original source picture is recognised. If looking close-up, the individual characters can be seen. Textaizer's key features are:
  • create text mosaics (limits: perhaps, we have built a 4000x5000 pixels poster of 59 Mb)
  • extensive pre- and post-processing with color correction filters, size, font and background
  • create bitmaps from text (aka ASCII art)
  • IntelliDraw: create ASCII art directly from drawn lines
  • free drawing ASCII art, with eraser functionality
  • create video with ASCII art from video clips
  • large viewing window with seamless zoom
  • a wide variety of output: text, html, bitmap, avi
  • HTML file generation in two modes: color or black & white
Shakira, painted with the lyrics of "Ciega, Sordomuda"
First, the text of the lyrics was prepared by copying the text in an ascii text file. We used Notepad to edit the text. Since the lyrics consisted of short pieces of text, we removed all end-of-lines and created only two long sentences (make sure the 'word wrap'
  Notepad screendump to show that the full lyrics are input as only two lines
is unchecked to correctly count the number of sentences).
In Textaizer Pro we loaded both picture and text files and created the text mosaic with the default settings. The result was post processed in Adobe Photoshop where the levels were modified (darker & higher contrast).
Shakira in lyrics

Now you know what's on Homer's mind...
The WordArt feature in Textaizer Pro was used on Homer's famous X-ray picture. We inverted the X-ray and used a modest setting for the gamut (not all gray pixels are used for printing a text). The text contained 268 lines with the titles of (all?) the Beatles songs with font size 15 and default linesize (22 when a font of 15 is chosen). Finally we set the random font probability to the max (10). It took only 5 seconds to render this picture. Photoshop CS3 was used to Zoomify the full picture.

Happy birthday balloons
Similar to the Shakira example, the text of the input file was prepared. This time, a very short line was used: 'Happy birthday ! Congratulations ! Live long and prosper !'. Tip: add the name of a person to the source text. We used a large font (18 pt) to assure a readable result. When printing this on A3 paper and placed somewhere in the room, the birthday party is ready to start ! No post-processing was done (or needed).
Happy balloons

The one and only Fozzy Bear. Never short of a reply...well?
Crazy Characters is the new feature that has been introduced with Textaizer Pro 4. It basically writes with text, using the mouse as a pencil. For people with less time also an automation button is supplied, creating crazy effects in a fraction of a second. The picture of Fozzy Bear consists of hunderds of random characters, and since a PNG picture was used (having transparency) only the Fozzy parts were covered with characters. We started with font 60, then 40, and finally pressed the automation button twice with fontsize 24.

Fuzzy Fozzy

The only real Dutch gentleman Lord Bommel ('Heer Bommel') and his 'young friend' Tom Poes.
Leveraging the hidden possibilities with the extended ASCII table! Old and faithful wordprocessors like Wordperfect could easily create little gems with the extended ASCII set and an ordinary matrix printer. Textaizer Pro can create similar results by using the special settings in HTML code to visualize these characters. Check out the full HTML example.
Shakespeare in love?

If Shakespeare could now speak up, he'd ...
Even old text can enjoy a new life! Black and white (grayscale) picture are excellent food for Textaizer Pro. Using old-fashioned fonts, the text could become even more realistic. How about Adam and Eve, built from the chapter of Genesis?
Shakespeare in love?

The Poster Book
Why not make a giant poster with your favorite text (Peter Gabriel, James Joyce or Jack Vance)? We used the 'emboss' option to create a black and white poster where the entire text of a Shakespeare sonnet was written.
hand with 5 fingers

Superman in print: ASCII art has no limits.
The picture size is 4375 x 6293 pixels. It took about 12 seconds to make this ASCII picture and corresponding ASCII file (you'll find the file in the downloaded TextaizerPro.zip file). Settings: font size = 16, coverage = 40%, variance = 100%, contrast = 68%, saturation = 0%, lightness = 23%, size multiplication factor 6 x (=336 characters per line). All others settings as default. Big is beautiful, but the Daily Planet would be too small to print this text ;-). Check out the ASCII code in HTML

Homer Simpson: small is beautiful?
We applied an user specified character set for generating this ASCII art file. As a result, this famous picture of Homer was build up from # $ M X o a e - only. Here you can see a similar result in ASCII web page format.
Homer's brain - well... brain?