add title and alt-text to your collection of xkcd comics

for fn in xkcd*.png xkcd*.jpg; do echo $fn; read xw xh <<<$(identify -format '%w %h' $fn); nn="$(echo $fn | sed 's/xkcd-\([^-]\+\)-.*/\1/')"; wget -q -O xkcd-${nn}.json http://xkcd.com/$nn/info.0.json; tt="$(sed 's/.*"title": "\([^"]\+\)",.*/\1/' ...
full command: for fn in xkcd*.png xkcd*.jpg; do; echo $fn; read xw xh <<<$(identify -format '%w %h' $fn); nn="$(echo $fn | sed 's/xkcd-\([0-9]\+\)-.*/\1/')"; wget -q -O xkcd-${nn}.json http://xkcd.com/$nn/info.0.json; tt="$(sed 's/.*"title": "\([^"]*\)", .*/\1/' xkcd-${nn}.json)"; at="$(sed 's/.*alt": "\(.*\)", .*/\1/' xkcd-${nn}.json)"; convert -background white -fill black -font /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSansBold.ttf -pointsize 26 -size ${xw}x -gravity Center caption:"$tt" tt.png; convert -background '#FFF9BD' -border 1x1 -bordercolor black -fill black -font /usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont/FreeSans.ttf -pointsize 16 -size $(($xw - 2))x -gravity Center caption:"$at" at.png; th=$(identify -format '%h' tt.png); ah=$(identify -format '%h' at.png); convert -size ${xw}x$(($xh+$th+$ah+5)) "xc:white" tt.png -geometry +0+0 -composite $fn -geometry +0+$th -composite at.png -geometry +0+$(($th+$xh+5)) -composite ${fn%\.*}_cmp.png; echo -e "$fn $nn $xw $xh $th $ah \n$tt \n$at\n"; done this assumes that all comics are saved as xkcd-[number]-[title].{png|jpg}. it will then download the title and alt-text, create pictures from them, and put everything together in a new png-file. it's not perfect, but it worked for nearly all my comics. it uses the xkcd-json-interface. though it's poorly written, it doesn't completely break on http://xkcd.com/859/

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