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The AAlib demo program bb displaying a zebra
AAlib displaying a version of the plasma effect

AAlib is a software library which allows applications to automatically convert still and moving images into ASCII art.

It has been used in a wide variety of programs, including a conversion of Quake II which allows the 3D game to be played on dumb terminals,[1] and to let media players output in text mode (Xine, MPlayer, VLC).[2]

AAlib is freely distributed under the terms of the LGPLv2.[3]

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  1. ^ "aaquake2 - Text Mode Quake II". Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Watch Videos in ASCII Art". Linux Multimedia Hacks. O'Reilly. Retrieved 2006-12-11. 
  3. ^ "The tarball of source code, with a COPYING file inside". 

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