This plugin displays the text of your post as a .png image.
The TextImage plugin for WordPress displays your post text as a PNG image instead of sending it to the browser as normal HTML. You can specify the text color, background color, font, font size, and image width you want to use.
Any text in your post enclosed between <textimage> and</textimage> tags will be displayed as an image.
Why would you want to do this? Text rendered as an image cannot be read by most robots and filters. TextImage can help ensure that your posts won't be found by search engines and the like. If you want your posts to have the widest audience possible, TextImage probably isn't for you. If you want to maintain a weblog for a private community and keep a low profile, TextImage might help.
If you just need an occasional TextImage and don't want to install the plugin, just go to http://t2img.com/ where you can use the free web service to create your image.
The idea for the TextImage plugin came to me when I read about the Great Firewall of China ( see http://www.greatfirewallofchina.org/). This Internet censorship regime uses automated filtering to accomplish most of its dirty work. Something like TextImage might help get real information past this kind of robotic tyranny, though of course it will be useless against human censors.
TextImage does not alter your post or change anything in your database, except its own configuration options. If you deactivate the TextImage plugin your posts will display normally.
Version 0.22 is a minor upgrade. The settings page now lets you specify the directory to search for fonts. This version also has code to circumvent a bug in WordPress 2.7.1 which caused TextImage (and many other plugins) to stop working under PHP 4.
Version 0.21 corrected an error in the plugin URI. If you used the "plugin homepage" link to download version 0.2, you got a previous version instead; please download again.