HelpHere are some commonly asked questions and their answers:
1. How do I use the converter?
First you click the Choose file or Browse button at the top.
Now a window pops up, where you choose an image file from your device, which you want to convert.
Next, you decide which characters you want the HTML image to use (default is '0' and '1'). Any characters can be chosen by simply typing them (without space!) in the input field.
Now you need to decide whether these characters should appear randomly (0110100) or in sequence (01010101).
The next step is to decide the width of your HTML image. The default has been set to 125 characters. Higher number gives more detail, but also larger image size.
After that, you can pick the font size of the generated image. Smaller font gives higher detail.
Last comes the background colour. You can choose any colour by clicking on the colour picker. For best contrast, picking black is recommended.
Now just hit Convert! and you will see an HTML representation of your image. Please note that this can take some time if your chosen image is very large.
2. What image formats are supported?
You can convert pictures of the formats JPG, PNG, GIF, WEBP and BMP.
3. How do I save the text-image as a picture?
The recommended way is to take a screenshot and then crop the part with just the text-image:
- Windows - Press Shift + Windows button + S simultaneously.
- Mac - Press Shift + Command + 4 simultaneously.
- Android - Press Power + Volume Down buttons simultaneously.
- iPhone - See Apple's help page for details.
4. Can't I just share the text-image with my friends?
You can now! Click the Create public share link button underneath the converted text-image, then click on the Copy button to put the link URL in your clipboard.
Now you can simply paste it in messages to your friends, or on Twitter and Facebook.
Note that the text-image will only be stored on this server for 5 days, so find another way if you want it saved permanently.
5. How do I copy the HTML code for the image?
If you right-click in the window with the image, and choose View Source, you can cut and paste the part where the image is. It has been marked with a beginning and an end comment.
6. Why do I get an Error message?
The server times out the image upload if it takes too long. Try using an image with smaller size, or get a better internet connection.
7. Why is the converted image missing part of the end?
Sometimes the script times out before the whole image sent to the server, which results in cut-off images. Either try converting it again, or try a smaller image.
8. Where can I get the converter program?
You can download the Windows application here.
The online web converter requires Pike to run, and your own web server. Source code is found here.
9. Why is the converter so slow?
It's not. In most cases, the delay is caused by the time it takes to transfer the image from your device to this website, because you are trying to use a very large image. This is a mistake, and the solution is to make the image smaller before converting it. Using an image resizing app like IrfanView, you can open your picture and use the Save as function to make a copy of it as JPEG in 60% quality, which can reduce its size up to 10 times! The converted text-image will still look as good, but converting it will be 10 times faster.
10. I liked the old page design better, where did it go?
The old site and converters are still available here.
11. How do I contact you?
See the About page.