Boxes is a command line program that draws a box around its input text. It can remove and repair those boxes, too. You can easily make your own box designs if you wish, but many designs are already provided.

Hello World!  ==>

/*                */
/*  Hello World!  */
/*                */
        / _  _ \
      (| (.)(.) |)
|                      |
|     Hello World!     |
|                      |
     (   )   Oooo.
      \ (    (   )
       \_)    ) /

Nov 20, 2003 - Linux User Magazine reports on boxes

Boxes in the press: The 12/2003 issue of Linux User Magazine (German language) features an article on ASCII Art software by Andreas Kneib. The article covers figlet, cadubi, and boxes.

Feb 5, 2002 - Boxes moves to

Boxes has moved to a new home: This will help keep boxes available to you for years to come! :smile:

Dec 18, 2000 - Updated Emacs mode

Jason L. Shiffer has just updated his Emacs mode for boxes to automatically adapt to new box styles.

Dec 1, 2000 - Compiling on Red Hat Linux 7 [obsolete]

Edward Roper says that the -traditional flag should be removed from the regexp Makefile to compile on Red Hat Linux 7.0. This minor compilation issue was reported by other Linux people as well. You must do this manually until the next release.

Mar 18, 2000 - New release: boxes v1.0.1

Version 1.0.1 is out. Version 1.0.1 is essentially identical to the 08-Nov-1999 snapshot, with the addition of the Win32 port by Ron Aaron. Get it from the download page.

Mar 9, 2000 - Boxes now runs on Windows!

The much requested Win32 Port has been made available on the download page (at the bottom of the “Binary Distributions” section)!

Nov 3, 1999 - Boxes is now integrated with Emacs

Jason L. Shiffer wrote an Emacs mode for boxes. So all of you who’ve been waiting for information on boxes integration with Emacs, please see the installation page.

Aug 31, 1999 - New binaries available for download

Many contributions to the download page have been made by various people, including FreeBSD ports, a Solaris 2.5.1 port, and Red Hat RPM packages. The current snapshot now compiles on more platforms (even on OSF/1, when -D_ANSI_C_SOURCE is added to the regexp compilation stuff - someone got a binary?).

Aug 22, 1999 - First stable release: boxes v1.0

VERSION 1.0 IS OUT! We finally left the beta stage behind and moved to a stable release. Get it from the download page.

Aug 18, 1999 - Beta version 5 released

Updated the download page with new binaries (beta version 5). There are currently no known problems with this version.