Try ImageMagick. There is a program called "convert" that does more
things that you could imagine doing on graphical data....I suppose you
could easily play with it to achieve what you want.
Hope this Helps
Thierry Michalowski

Ben Escoto wrote:

>         Is there any program (gimp related or not) that accepts some
> text on the command line and writes a gif?  For my purposes, it would
> just have accept the text, font, and size as inputs, and return a gif
> that text in black on a transparent background.
>         Of course, other people might find useful a program that could
> accept the background and foreground color as an argument.  A simple
> program like this would seem very useful for many web designers.  If
> there were another program that just made another gif from two gifs
> just by layering them on top of one another, most titles and
> navigation bars could be done quite easily automatically.
>         I've looked at the GIMP documentation and it seems something
> like this shouldn't be hard to do.  However, at this point I only use
> gimp occasionally and, am not familiar enough with the internals to
> write scripts for it.
>         In general it would surprise me if there isn't something that
> already does this.  Has anyone heard of one?  I am familiar with gFont
> ( but this requires TeX available
> (pk) fonts while the gimp can use any font available to the X server
> including (importantly) truetype fonts.
>         Anyway, thanks for any information on this.
> --
> Ben Escoto

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