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Requirements for creating images:
1. Use any windows .ttf font.
2. Add borders to the text.
3. Add shadows to the text. (I need to be able to control the color and direction.)
4. Write text verticlly.
Nice optional features:
1. Special effects, arched text, etc.
2. Output to a VECTOR file format.
Basicly I would like something has all the features of "WordArt" in MS Office.
I am using ASP now, but I can move to any other platform I need to if it would help.
I can't help much more than this (not used them enough yet), other than these links.
[php.net...] - php image functions.
[stein.cshl.org...] - The perl GD package.
[boutell.com...] - GD library information.
I looked at the documentation for swift generator and GD libraries, but did not find instructions on how to create borders or shadows.
I know that it must be possible with PHP (my competitor does it in PHP), but the ImageTTFText() function documentation [php.net] for GD library does not seem to support this.
I would prefer a flash solution, because that gives me a vector output file.
[edited by: mivox at 3:18 am (utc) on July 6, 2003]
[edit reason] removed links per request [/edit]
Shadow = offset same text to the right and down and use a grey color, place your selected color text on top.
Php also supports flash generation - seperately to the GD - docs are here [php.net...]