A month ago I realized I really like drawing ascii art. Originally I was using yourworldoftext.com but it lacks features I wanted. So I ended up making my own webapp that lets people draw ascii art together on an infinite canvas.
Here’s what it looks like in action!
- People can edit the canvas at the same time and see each others changes
- Per-user undo history
- Copy/paste and block select text
- Hide changes made by a user
- Link positions on the canvas (like this https://ascii-collab.lamdera.app/?x=488&y=89)
Both the frontend and backend are written in Elm, using Lamdera. Developing this app went smoothly and I was able to finish it over a span of 6 weeks.
I will open source this eventually but for now it uses undocumented Lamdera features that aren’t ready for release yet.
Oh, also I’ll being giving a short presentation at elm-london on Thursday about this.