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Need to create images from text on the fly

and I was hoping that I will not have to write my own custom component.....



2:44 am on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

I have searched and searched for a component that will do this, but I have not been able to find anything that will do the job. Does anyone know of something that will do this?

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.



2:59 am on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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This might work


3:47 am on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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You mean a web site tool that would be useable online? I can think of a lot of desktop apps...


9:09 am on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Php [php.net] and Perl [perl.org] through the GD libraries can do most (maybe all) of what your looking for.

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.



1:08 pm on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

Yes, I am looking for a website tool usable online.

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]


1:43 pm on Nov 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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You might have to be a little more creative to do things like shadow.

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...]


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