Hi there.

I'm using Gimp 1.2.3 (came with SuSE Linix 8.0).

I have yet to see the "anchor layer" menu item activated. It seems always to be greyed 
out. Is this normal?

When I use the standard text tool and click on my background, a font dialog pops up, 
and I can select all the desired font characteristics. None of these are reflected in 
the "preview" window, into which I've typed my text. Then when I click "OK", 
absolutely nothing at all happens, except that the dialog disappears. No text appears 
on the background. I'm fairly sure I'm not creating text in the background colour, 
too. So, is the standard text tool just unusably broken, or am I missing some vital 
step or doing something else really dumb?

So, I try the dynamic text tool. Much better, at least I can get text to appear, and 
the preview *does* show me all the selected characteristics. Placement is always at 
top left of the background layer, on a separate GDynText layer. To position the text I 
have to then position the text layer over the background. Not much of a problem. 
However, I can't anchor this layer. "Merge down" works, but then of course the text 
becomes one with everything and is no longer separately manipulable.

Now, maybe I don't actually *need* to anchor the text - however, a great many articles 
and tutorials about the Gimp make use of this feature, which seems to me to be 
permanently disabled. Have I fundamentally misunderstood something here?

Yours in some mystification, K.

Karl Auer ([EMAIL PROTECTED])                   +41-43-2660706 (h)
http://www.biplane.com.au/~kauer/                  +41- 1-6327531 (w)
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