It seems that a lot of the Amiga ASCII files don’t have the correct font assigned to them, probably because most of them are .txt files thus no sauce. Just searching for .txt files reveals this. For example.
Would it be possible to cross reference the file names from here https://github.com/textmodes/archive-amiga and change the font to topaz for all of those?
Also, don’t know if I’m bad at searching but it also seems that there are some amiga ascii collys missing from this site compared to the files in the archive repo. Could those from the repo be added?
Also while I’m at it, would it be possible to be able to search based on font? Or filter by font? At the moment I’m not quite sure how to search only for Amiga ASCII files.
If the font has not been set through SAUCE, conversion will default to CP437. Which ofcourse isn’t desirable for Amiga ASCII. However anyone with editor access can correct this by overriding the font in the render settings of the editor menu. I’ve done this now for the example you’ve provided. If you’d like to help out setting fonts correctly, you can request for editor access too.
it’s quite possible that amiga collies are missing. when creating the site, i didn’t really take into account amiga collies. tbh i wasn’t very familiar with them at the time either. textmod.es was hosting them on a subsite and there was also asciiarena before. Amiga collies are somewhat different than artpacks as they require a bit of a different treatment. Some of these collies can create particularly large images for example which some browsers refuse to display for example, so those are technical things to be solved.
Originally I was thinking of recreating a subsite for collies seperately (under the original amiga.textmod.es domain for example), but since i learned about the plans of reviving ascii arena’s I thought the gap would already have been filled and I pushed that idea again to the background. Currrently I’m not really sure where they are heading with that project tbh.
Thank you for your reply! I have an editor access already but there’s hundreds if not thousands of amiga ascii pieces in here which would take forever to find & edit, so I was hoping there would be a programmatic way of doing it I will however change the fonts whenever I stumble upon amiga ascii with improper font.
I really hope ascii arena comes back, that site was magical! Amiga.textmod.es was a great resource too. As far as I know there are no amiga ascii archives online at the moment. I understand it’s a different thing than hosting art packs, so not putting it on you but hopefully someone creates one soon.
Oh yes, if we match filenames or checksums with the GH repository, we can definetely do that automatically without modifying items manually. The question is tho, which Amiga font would be the proper font? There are quite a few out there and in different versions too. It would be good to know what would be a safe choice.
The underlying message of the bigger picture here was also that Amiga ASCII collies deserve their own (sub)site and that if such a thing would exist, it might be best to remove these collies from the main 16c site and let it to be handled on the dedicated site. (we would serve redirect ofcourse)
it would be technically possible to have a new site at amiga.textmod.es but if the ascii arena project is going to fly, it’s probably not worth the effort
I believe the revived ascii arena site is now running at http://www.asciiarena.se/ not everything works (yet) tho, I’m not sure what the current plans or intentions are. I believe they were having some performance issues with it iirc.