Most common "text to image" php extension?

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Hi!

I'm thinking of developing a PHP script that turns text into images.

The script will require a text to image PHP extension like: GD, ImageMagick, Gmagick or Cairo.

Have you worked with any of these libraries before? Are they commonly available on most shared hosts, or not?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Valdor Kiebach
    GD is usually installed as standard in my experience and if not then just ask the hosting provider to install it.

    I have not seen ImageMagick as standard but would again expect any hosting provider to install it if asked.

    Have a google for gd vs imagemagick to see what would be better for what you want to do with it.

    I have used GD without problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author perneali45
    Thanks Valdor!

    Anybody else have other experiences with this?
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  • Profile picture of the author jeffatrackaid
    GD requires less processing power than does ImageMagick.
    ImageMagick provides more features.

    For a simple, low-volume (< 10M page views/mo) site, the choice does not really matter too much.
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