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PHP JQuery to convert number to image

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Does anyone know if a piece of javascript, JQuery or PHP that can convert a number into an image?  It is for a visual that represents total money raised, like a thermometer?
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Ray Paseur earned 500 total points
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This article, while not exactly on point, shows how PHP renders string characters as images.  I'll try to find you a code sample, too.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/A_9849-Making-CAPTCHA-Friendlier-with-PHP-Image-Manipulation.html

Also, fair warning - I have never tested this, but it might be promising.
http://plugins.jquery.com/thermometer/
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You can use this image script as the src= attribute of the <img> tag.  Just give it the n= argument, and away you go!  Experiment with it to get the look and feel you want.

See http://www.laprbass.com/RAY_temp_rgranlund.php?n=1024

<?php // RAY_temp_rgranlund.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);

// SEE http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/Q_28354076.html

// GET THE NUMBER FROM THE URL ARGUMENT "n="
$num = isset($_GET['n']) ? $_GET['n'] : FALSE;
if ($num === FALSE){
    trigger_error("MISSING URL ARGUMENT n=", E_USER_ERROR);
}

// ADJUST THIS FOR YOUR NEEDS
$str = str_pad(number_format($num),8, ' ', STR_PAD_LEFT);

// ADJUST ALL OF THESE FOR YOUR NEEDS, TOO
// CREATE THE IMAGE RESOURCE
$img = imageCreateTrueColor
( 200     // WIDTH
, 60      // HEIGHT
)
;
// WHITE BACKGROUND COLOR
$bgc = imageColorAllocate
( $img   // IMAGE RESOURCE
, 255    // RED
, 255    // GREEN
, 255     // BLUE
)
;
// FIREY RED TEXT COLOR
$txt = imageColorAllocate
( $img   // IMAGE RESOURCE
, 233    // RED
, 14     // GREEN
, 91     // BLUE
)
;
// PAINT THE BACKGROUND
imageFill
( $img   // IMAGE RESOURCE
, 0      // X-OFFSET
, 0      // Y-OFFSET
, $bgc   // FILL COLOR
)
;
// WRITE THE TEXT
imageString
( $img   // IMAGE RESOURCE
, 5      // FONT (SEE THE MAN PAGE)
, 0      // X-OFFSET
, 0      // Y-OFFSET
, $str   // THE STRING DATA
, $txt   // THE TEXT COLOR
)
;
// SEND THE IMAGE INTO THE BROWSER OUTPUT STREAM
header('Content-type: image/png');
imagepng($img);
imagedestroy($img);

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HTH and best regards, ~Ray
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by:rinfo
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This is also a good option
http://www.daftlogic.com/projects-text-to-image.htm
have tested it earlier and work quite well
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by:Ray Paseur
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@rinfo: I tested the daftlogic script and was unable to get it to work.  It looks like something left over from PHP4 days (no class constructor, use of "var" keyword, etc).  Can you please post a working example?   Thanks, ~Ray
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by:rinfo
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Hello Ray
I am submitting code that i have used.
I have used it as it is.
And i am also submitting snapshot of output.
txt2image.php
txt2image.png
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by:rinfo
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I have php 5.4 installed as of now.
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by:rinfo
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Of course it would require a fonts directory with times.ttf in it .
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by:Ray Paseur
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Great, thanks for posting that ~Ray
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by:Chris Stanyon
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If you want a thoroughly modern approach, then you could always use the HTML5 Canvas element and draw your thermometer directly using jQuery :)
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by:rgranlund
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This answer led me to what I was trying to discover.  Thank you.  However, I will be looking at the rest of the answers soon.
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by:Ray Paseur
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Thanks for the points and thanks for using EE.  And good luck with your project, ~Ray
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