Here are some commonly asked questions and their answers:
1. How do I use the converter?
First you click the "Browse"-button.
Now a window pops up, where you choose an image file from your computer, 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 font size of the generated image. Smaller font gives higher detail.
After that, you will have to decide the width of your HTML image. The default has been set to 130 characters. Higher number gives more detail, but also larger image.
Last comes the background colour. You can choose any colour by entering a hexadecimal value as in HTML code (#ABCDEF), or you can choose the most common colours by typing their names (GREEN, RED, ...). For best contrast, choose BLACK.
Now just hit "Convert" and you will see an HTML-representation of your image. Please note that this can take some time.
2. What image formats are supported?
You can convert pictures of the formats BMP, GIF, JPG and PNG.
3. 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.
4. How do I save the text-image?
If you don't want to save the image as an HTML file, you can use a program like Paint Shop Pro (free evaluation available) to take a screenshot of your browser showing the text-image, and save it as a normal image. Don't forget to use the tools to cut the text-image out of the rest of the screenshot.
5. 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. If you're using Firefox 1.5, read question 8.
6. 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.
7. Where can I get the converter program?
You can download the Windows application here. The web converter requires Pike to run, and a web server. Source is found here.
8. Why do I get an "Unresponsive Script" error?
Firefox 1.5 only allows a script to run for 5 seconds before it is assumed to be broken. The converter takes up to 15 seconds to execute, so just hit the Continue button. If this is annoying, I suggest using a different browser, or complaining to Mozilla. A more complicated solution is to edit your configuration file and set the "dom.max_script_run_time" setting to 20. More information here.
9. Why is the converter so slow?
It's not. In most cases, the delay is because it takes time to transfer the image from your computer 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 imaging program 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 look the same, but converting it will be 10 times faster.
As an example, let's say your photo is 3MB large. If you have a normal broadband connection with a 256kbps upload rate, just getting it from your computer to this website will take 90 seconds! Saving it in slightly lower quality will drastically change this to something like 10 seconds. So in short, your internet connection is slow. Usually.
10. How do I contact you?
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