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                [ (h)ascii for the masses! ]

                                                 version 1.1.1

Hasciicam makes it possible to have live ascii video on the web. It
captures video from a tv card and renders it into ascii, formatting
the output into an html page with a refresh tag or in a live ascii
window or in a simple text file as well, giving the possiblity to
anybody that has a bttv card. a linux box and a cheap modem line to
show a live asciivideo feed that can be browsable without any need for
plugin, java etc.


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INSTALLATION

To compile the sourcecode it works as usual:

 ./configure; make; make install

on Debian and Ubuntu you have hasciicam packages ready to install
for the very latest version add the dyne.org apt repository:

 Debian:      deb http://apt.dyne.org/debian stable main

 Ubuntu:      deb http://apt.dyne.org/ubuntu stable main

what's needed to compile:

aalib - that's the great lib that makes possible ascii rendering
	if your distribution does'nt includes it, you can fetch it
	from the hasciicam webpage.

running it:

people reported success with several pci and usb devices, refer to
video4linux documentation for further informations

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DOCUMENTATION

to have a list of command line options:
./hasciicam -h
or once installed try:
man hasciicam

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 CREDITS

 Hasciicam is written by Jaromil - http://rastasoft.org

code, hacks and ideas have been contributed by:
 jan hubicka and the aalibcrew, gerdknorr, mathop, augustonero, boffh,
 martin guy, pbm, megabug, rat, rapid, alessandro preite martinez, hks1,
 thomas pfau, knorke, blended, dan stowell

special thanks to:

# LOA hacklab milano :: http://loa.hacklab.it
	for donating a pentium100mhz development box

# hell voyager 
	for donating an hauppage bttv brooktree card
	(wich makes it possible to have releases :) )

# alex + rasty + martinez
	very good vibez!

# servus.at, maddler.net, flyinglinux.net, autistici.org
	high quality bandwidth lets people get slashdotted!

# FREAKNET medialab catania :: http://freaknet.org
	for knowledge, place, sun and connectivity under the vulcano!
	

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