It’s GIF’s 31st anniversary — exciting, right? Those animated images have truly changed the world. All kidding aside, it is pretty amazing that the file format came to be way back in 1987!
To celebrate tomorrow’s milestone, Google releases a new open source tool today. Called “GIF for CLI,” it can convert a Graphics Interchange Format image into ASCII art for terminal. You can see such an example in the image above.
“Just in time for the 31st anniversary of the GIF, GIF for CLI is available today on GitHub. GIF for CLI takes in a GIF, short video, or a query to the Tenor GIF API and converts it to animated ASCII art. This means each time you log on to your programming workstation, your GIF is there to greet you in ASCII form. Animation and color support are performed using ANSI escape sequences,” says Sean Hayes, Tenor.
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