It's so easy...
... to use texts in images.
Especially, when you are using Image_Text in it's new version 0.4. ;) As I promised (ok, the timespan was a bit beside the real world, but that's the way in cyberspace) I helped `Stefan N.`__ fixing Image_Graph and during this he helped me debugging Image_Text, which was pretty usefull for both, I guess. Hence I'm still in alpha stadium with Image_Text I will suggest to Stefan to depend on this specific version with the next version of Image_Graph, since I can still not promise that the API is 100% fixed. Anyway, if there are changes to come, these will be definitly be no major changes.
You can find a list of todo's I plan to realize before I get into beta stadium with Image_Text in the extended part of this article.
The extended entry contains a list of further improvements until beta stage and a long time view (this should be a kind of roadmap).
The following features will be implemented in Image_Text befor it is released in beta state:
Stricter option checking
Better error handling
Obsoleting of the init() method
While after bringing Image_Text to beta quality I have to take some care of other things the following improvements build a future roadmap, what I plan to do until version 1.0 (beside bug fixing and performance improvements):
Adding non-breaking-space specialchar
Usage of mixed coordinate formats
Re-add shadow support
Implement justify alignment
I although have some dreams for the future about this class, which will earliest come with a PHP5 only version and will go ahead with a major redesign to a factory pattern:
Adding support for rounding texts (like M$ W0rdArt)
If possible add fill's for texts
Add masking (if possible)
Add SVG support (is there need for? have to take a deeper look at SVG...)
Maybe someone has an idea, some feedback or even some drive to implement something of that. Feel free to `email`__ your comments or leave them here. :)