ASCII Animator

ASCII Animator Free

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Daniel Ángel Romero Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 1.2
ASCII Animator is a program that can convert animated GIFs into animated ASCII art.

Animated GIF are widely used in web pages, forums and blogs. Most user avatars are animated GIF. To convert an animated GIF into ASCII art means that the image will be re-draw using ASCII symbols.
This will not produce a better image. By the contrary, the results are very messy. But it may be fun to use a vintage-looking image sometimes.

Using the program is very easy. All you will need to do is to tell the program the path and file name of the animated GIF you want to convert, and the path where you want to store the resulting ASCII art file, that will also be an animated GIF.

You can, if you want, change the font that will be used, and the character density.

The program will then process the file, and will open the generated file with the program associated with the GIF extension in your system.

To get better results, you should choose to use a monochrome image, with no transparency, as the source file. Otherwise, your ASCII animation will have a dark background, and it will be hard to distinguish anything.

In order to be able to run ASCII Animator, you will need Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later.


  • It is free.


  • It is very difficult to find adequate animated GIFs that can produce neat images.
This software was checked for viruses and was found to be clean. Click here to see antivirus report.

What's new in version 1.8

Thanks to Maslov Konstantin's suggestions, ASCII Animator now can export actual animated ASCII art which can be played on web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla FireFox.

What's new in version 1.5

Export coloured ASCII art. To export cloured image, click menu Settings -> Settings..., select option "Export coloured ASCII art".

Publisher's description

ASCII Animator is a neat application designed to convert GIF image to animated ASCII art. First, ASCII Animator extracts GIF image into frames, then converts each frames to ASCII art, and encodes the ASCII art into a new animated ASCII art GIF image. ASCII Animator needs Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or later.

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    ZipUp 2 years ago
    — Error message everytime and I installed it 3 times.
    Pros: None...would not work
    Cons: Waste of time...would not load any single or animated GIF's.

    I installed it 3 times and tried to import and/or drag various animated and single frame GIF's into program, but I receive an error message all the time. I am running Win7-64 and I don't see the specs for this program anywhere. What OS does it support if any? Is there any program that converts animated GIF's to ASCII text? This one says it does, but actually it doesn't, LOL.

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