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The Yet Another NFO Viewer or simply YaNvi project is intended to be a small, light and hopefully fast tool to properly view ASCII artwork files in DOS encoding (with extensions NFO, ASC and DIZ) that I created for myself and felt like sharing with the Mac community, as using the native TextEdit.app was simply not good enough, since it doesn't always auto-detect the encoding and the user is forced to set it manually.

It was originally planned to be a continuation/update on the "NFO Viewer" project by Kris Gybels and his open-source code repository over at SourceForge.net for modern, larger desktop resolutions. As more...

What's New

Version 1.0.2:
  • Improved application icons (but did not spend too much time doing it!);
  • Implemented proper auto-window resize according to the ASCII art document, not constrained to the (typical) 80 characters;
  • Unlocked manual resize of window, although not displaying resize handle due to the use of mini-scroll bars (it was ugly to show it).


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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hawanord Member IconReview+4

Nice work, but a little buggy. Some NFOs are not displayed completely and get truncated, i.e. http://bit.ly/wIPPLM .

Also, I'd really love to see customizable color schemes (like white on black) and adjustable font sizes.

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Version 1.0.2
RavenNevermore Member IconReview+1321

I had been reading NFO files with TextEdit, which works fine, but they do look nicer in YANFOV.

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Version 1.0.0
Martin Member IconReview+96

The app works in general but has a limitation in its window width. This causes some .nfo files to not be displayed properly as they use more than 80 characters per line. Those files are displayed with a lot of white lines in between the graphic lines because of some line wrapping.

In the original NFOViewer, you could adjust the window with and therefore the line width which caused those .nfo files to be displayed correctly.

Also the Icon of the NFOViewer is much nicer. Who actually wants a Windows XP or Linux window frame in an icon for a Mac app?

Aside from those points, I didn’t have any problems or stability issues.

Thanks to developer for bringing this to Mac OS but there is room for some improvements.

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Version 1.0.0
MacKonsti (Developer)

Thank you for your encouraging words. This is my first-ever public release of an otherwise personal tool. Except for the icon which I designed in a hurry instead of "borrowing" ideas, you are very correct about the fixed window width.

I will implement the horizontally auto-resizing of the window in the next build, hopefully it will properly display the files you tried to view. I will also unlock the "resizing" handle of the window, just in case.

If you have a specific website with ASCII art that I can test, please feel free to let me know.

In the next builds I anticipate a Preferences window with some customization of the output (bg/fg colors, horizontal screen placement, etc.).


Darukaru Member IconComment+88

That's a 402 *KB* download, not 402 *MB*. Phew.

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Version 1.0.0
Aikousha Member IconComment+256

Is there something special this does?
Basically, since the Mac was invented, such files I have always read by dragging them to TextEdit (or before that, TeachText). I even do this on Windows with WordPad. And if you really want to make it easier, just associate ".nfo" with TextEdit (Get Info | Open With | Change All)
If it does anything fantastic, you need to mention that in the description.

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Version 1.0.0

nfo files often contain ASCI graphics that TextEdit (and other text programs) don't display properly. Sure, you can view the text, but the rest of the formatting won't be displayed properly. Of course it's just eye candy, but that's what nfo files have always been about.


I usually just change the .nfo to .xml and the file reads perfectly.


Here is a comparison between YaNvi and Textedit on an NFO-file. http://kttns.org/f/dewog


I just set NFO files to view in TextEdit and they are fine. They show up as plain text with all the ASCI graphics intact. Not that I care one hoot for the ASCI graphics.

I'll give this a try though and see if they look different.


OK, tried it out and I see how the graphics look a bit different.

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Version 1.0.0
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Date 08 Aug 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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