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example text with font and color

 10:10 pm on Jul 18, 2007 (gmt 0)


I am in need of a solution for allowing website visitors to type in whatever they'd like, and it shows a preview of that text, with options to change the color and font for that text.

The fonts are more than just the basic, a lot of special decorative fonts, that the visitors more than likely won't have. Something that turns it to an image to display? But the text has to be customizable by the site user.

I have a really good example of what I'm looking to sort of "recreate", but you can't post links to examples. Can I post a screenshot?




 7:20 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Your describing forum software perfectly. Look up open source forums.


 10:02 am on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

The fonts are more than just the basic, a lot of special decorative fonts

I'd be interested to know what forum software can display non-standard font faces. (?)

Something that turns it to an image to display?

You're on the right track I think, dig around the documentation on ImageMagick.org. I think GD::Image can do this too. Not going to be an easy path, it involves some serious server-side programming to automate it, but I recall there are some methods to do this with ImageMagick.

Flash would be another way, but not sure how you would integrate non-standard fonts.


 5:24 pm on Jul 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I'm not looking for forums. This is like a phrase the user can type and it will display a sort of preview of the phrase with buttons for the attributes, which too change the preview.

I'll look into ImageMagick, but I wouldn't know where to begin for the programming, not having a template of sorts. I'll see what I can find though.

I'm much more familiar with Flash... but I've never seen inputs? Well, now that I google it, I suppose there are. I will probably look into this first.

The page already on the web that I'm emulating involves a series of .do scripts that the <form> inputs trigger, and the image source is as follows:
<img src="/GenerateTextAsImage.do">
and the colors and font images look similar to this:
<a href="/ManageCustomQuote.do?activity=setQuoteFont&quoteFontCode=7"><img src="/images/fonts/bettynoir.gif" height="32" width="200" border="0"><br></a>
And their shopping cart seems to be ran by .do files too.
I assume this is what you mean by the server-side programming, whatever is in these .do files.

Thanks for the responses!


 9:01 pm on Jul 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Ahh, you're looking for myspace like text creators.

Thats a little harder to find since the people who have it on their sites don't want you to get it too but its out there, look up online graphics script.

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