Some ANSI and RIP Screenshots


Below is a small collection of ANSI and RIP screenshots, chosen because they are static images.  Most of my collection comprises not static, but animated images, often with music.  Grab the ZIP and view under DOSBox for best effect.

Yuletide ANSI Rudolph

The ANSI conferences frequently had lots of holiday material.  This is the final rendering of an animation.  It begins with somber reindeer, then the tune "Deck the Halls" plays in low-fi PC speaker monophony.  When the tune concludes, Rudolph smiles and his nose blinks bright red.  (Blinking is only available in the ANSI original.)

copy of an illustration by W.H. Bradley

The author likes the Art Nouveau period ... this tribute makes much use of the RIP B├ęzier curve element.

lawsuits - ouch!

Interesting history behind this cartoon.  In 1989, Joan Blades and Wes Boyd - who later founded - formed Berkeley Systems, which did well with a series of screensavers.  The most famous of these featured flying toasters.  A competitor, Delrina, came out with screensavers featuring Opus the Penguin and other characters from the Berk Breathed comic strip Bloom County.  In one screensaver module, Opus shoots down flying toasters.  Berkeley Systems sued for copyright and trademark infringement, and won.

from my story of RIP

For some forgotten reason, I did a 'Story of RIP', in RIP screens.  This is one of them, and it shows the use of RIP's ANSI window, which rendered ANSI text.  The music notation is an extension of ANSI, so an invisible ANSI window contains those escape sequences.  In the ZIP archive, run aboutRIP.bat for the whole story.

Neolithic RIP art

Yes, early homo sapiens was online, as evidenced by this find at Lascaux.

gotta be tough to compete in the Olympics

This cartoon commemorates drama on the road to the 1994 Winter Olympics.  Figure skater Tonya Harding's boyfriend whacked rival skater Nancy Kerrigan's knee.  Competition was fierce in those days.

yes, I'm a Democrat

The author is not one to hide his politics.


This is an experiment in those cross-your-eyes-for-3D stereogram images, making much use of RIP's area cut-and-paste functions.

gotta be tough to compete in the Olympics

Another holiday RIP, reminding folks not to forget that special someone.

the dawn of broadcast video

In the late 1920s, inventor Philo Farnsworth developed all-electronic raster-scanning video, which later became television.  This image pays homage to an experimental transmission of video showing a rotating Felix the Cat doll in 1931.

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