TextPics – Creative SMS, Email, IM and PIN art for your BlackBerry

By Alicia Erlich on 17 Jan 2011 12:22 pm EST

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TextPics by Adorno is now available for BlackBerry smartphones and is a great way to liven up your messages beyond the standard symbols and smileys on your device. It uses ACSII characters to create pictures or art in an SMS/MMS, Email, IM, or PIN. If you're not familiar with ACSII art, its basically a text version of a picture and was widely used before pictures could be embedded or transmitted in messages. Back in college, my friends and I would send each other emails filled text versions of birthday cakes, cartoon characters, holidays and anything else that could be converted and love the fact that I can send them again with this app.

TextPics comes with a variety of categories (Animals, Bunnies, Celebration, Food, Halloween, Weapons, People, Romance, and Other) that includes over 150 images to be copied into a message. Users can wish a friend a Happy Birthday with a personalized cake, tell that special someone they love them with a rose, or send a scary skeleton for Halloween.

Using the app is as simple as scrolling through each of the categories, choosing the TextPic you want, pressing the trackball/trackpad or touch the screen to copy to the clipboard, and pasting into the desired application. The great thing is you can copy and paste the images into your AutoText or Word Substitution list to quickly access at any time. The only thing I did notice is that sometimes a symbol within a couple of the TextPics rendered as emoticons in PIN or SMS messages.

If you're worried about distortion when texting to devices that use other platforms, I had no issues when sending messages to my non-BlackBerry friends except for one whose phone placed the contact name on the first line of text. The one thing I hope will be included in the next update is the ability to send directly from within the application itself.

TextPics are a fun and entertaining way of sending art in your texts and email to everyone you know when you want to express yourself in an innovative way. TextPics is available at the CrackBerry app store for $3.99 for all devices running OS 4.6 and higher and is currently on sale for $0.99 (at the time this was written).

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Reader comments

TextPics – Creative SMS, Email, IM and PIN art for your BlackBerry


I attended and seen a few using printed sheets of paper filled with ASCII lettering to form words, making a complete sign and is clearly readable from long distances (a few blocks) away.

No womder RIM and BB users are considered dinosaurs in the smartphone world. We do this to ourselves. Apple and Andriod have angry birds. And we have a new app for ASCII graphics from back in the 20th century? WTF! Stop the insanity! PLEEZE do not use these lame text shapes.

Oh, and not only that, it makes the front page of Crackberry FOR A WHOLE DAY when a good portion of people have off (MLK day in the US). Way to make us look good.

Is it 1996 again? I'd punch a stranger if they paid 4 dollars for this. BB apps are the weakest of them all and they all cost more than their android/ios counterparts.

Its things like these that makes me want to smash my BB,I mean comeon this shouldn't even be reviewed...its embarassing to us loyal bb followers

Hey, I know. I'll use this while I'm typing on my Commodore 64, saving my BASIC programs to my 5 1/4" floppy drive and listening to music on my 8 track.

I love this app. I have a BB Torch, and now am the proud owner of an EVO4G (which runs rings around the Torch and AT&T). I have this app on 2 cells, and my friend has it on her iPhone4. Sending these little pics in emails, etc., is quite fun and I don't feel it's 1996 retro at all. I think Smileys are an AOL thing (as I first encountered them there when I joined AOL in 1997!) and should remain there. As they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

Doesn't work out very well. The ascii image is all distored when my GF receives it on her Curve. Looks normal on my Storm2. Looks like the spaces get removed in transit. Lame.


Text art is awesome if printed on a large banner and placed in a way to look like an image from a distance.

Good idea, better than not.

Wow you guys must be young! If you think smileys are current, are any of you on the internet or AOL? Like I said before, smileys were already big in 1997. That's not saying much for smileys. Pretty retro to me, if you ask. Hmmm, I think they featured the "smiley" in Forrest Gump, and he was from an older era too. Ya' make me proud guys, lol.