Why does emacs offer two drawing modes?

artist mode

picture mode

Are they competing packages or have different use cases.

What I tried: googled "emacs artist-mode versus picture-mode"

My setup: emacsclient -nw in Terminal.app

UPDATE: Found the answer to my own question. Artist mode is more "user friendly" specially if you don't mind using the mouse. If you're running in -nw console mode, artist-mode might not work, printing ansi escape codes (thats what happened to me). It might have something to do with my M-! echo $SHELL having the value "dumb"

  • What did the doc strings tell you? What part of the difference is unclear to you?
    – Drew
    Dec 26, 2017 at 17:16
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    Technically it seems like the Terminal should not be printing ansi escape codes, especially because when I open emacs in GUI, make a drawing, save and then reopen in the terminal version with emacs -nw I get to view the drawing. It would be of great interest to me to get artist-mode (or maybe picture mode) working in the terminal. (now it prints nothing expect those escape codes) I'm using iTerm btw.
    – rien333
    Feb 14, 2018 at 14:38


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