WP-HeadlineAnimator

Description

WP-Headlineanimator is a Plugin for WordPress. It generates an animated GIF File to be displayed in signatures or wherever you like to advertise for your Blog.

Requirements

  • WordPress >= 2.9
  • some time
  • Access to your webserver
  • A background picture for your signature
  • A Font file (ttf)
  • PHP with GDlib support

Features

  • As a forum signature can be called very_often, it is pointless generating the picture from scratch via PHP
  • The gif image is updated everytime you WRITE, DELETE or MODIFY a post.
  • The Plugin is qTranslate-Compatible (this is a plugin for multilingual blogs)

Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Turkish (thanks to MysD)

If you want to see this plugin in your language, feel free to contact me or use transifex.net to contribute.

Links

Configuration

The configuration takes place in the administrative backend on
Options -> WP-HeadlineAnimator. The options are kept to a minimum to keep it
simple and intuitive. Basic options here:

Background image: This text field requires the path to your HeadlineAnimator
Background picture relative to your WordPress installation.
If the picture is not accessible, the label is shown in red

Font file: This text field requires the absolute path to a font
file (ttf) on your server. It is used to write text on the
Background image. If the fomt file is not accessible,
the label is shown in red

Target: This is the path where your image should be written to;
relative to your WordPress Installation

Text on Picture: Text entered here is shown on the Animator.

Text Color: Enter a color here in Hex format (#ffffff is white). This
color will be used for the text on the picture.

Show date on animator: If you want your headlines to be prefixed with a date,
check this box.

Date format: This is direct access to the PHP date() function used
to display the date prefix of your headlines.

If you got things right, “HTML Code for your Animator” is shown including your
animator.

Bugs

  • no error handler on if output file is not writeable

Installation

  1. Upload the contents of the wp-headlineanimator directory into your wordpress plugin directory.
  2. make sure that the file you want to write your animator to is writeable for php
  3. Activate the Plugin
  4. Configure the Plugin via the admin interface
  5. Enjoy and be so kind giving some feedback to me on my blog

FAQ

The plugin shows the StarBlog background

Just draw your own background image, upload and use the new filename in the config

The configuration labels of background picture and/or font file are written in red

If the labels are written in red, the plugin cannot access the files. Keep in mind:
* the background picture path is relative to your wordpress directory
* the font file uses an absolute path as most distributions are installing fonts to /usr/share/fonts/…

Does the remote FTP Server need to have PHP or something like that?

The remote FTP server will just act as a file storage.

I got a question not covered by this FAQ

Feel free to contact me. I’ll extend the FAQ with your questions and provide support.

Contributors & Developers

“WP-HeadlineAnimator” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Translate “WP-HeadlineAnimator” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

1.7.3

  • Style update
  • Translation fixes

1.7.2

  • Style fix
  • readme updates

1.7.1

  • Bugfix push for getting Turkish translation published
  • Add GPL Header to adminpanel
  • Added Link to Bugtracker / Blog

1.7.0

  • Localization
  • Refresh admin interface

1.6

  • Corrected PHP short-tag settings issue
  • drop support for wp < 3.0

1.5

  • Fixed a typo
  • Changed from Polyglot to qTranslate Support

1.4

  • Timing is now configureable
  • Added FTP Upload option

1.3

  • Font size now customizeable
  • Split off administration to seperate file
  • Introduced simple and advanced configuration
  • Got rid of the last hardcoded path information
  • Number of headlines to be displayed is now customizeable
  • Seperated display of the animator in the admin panel

1.2

  • Reintroduced Polyglot support as it just did some weird
  • got rid of exif – caused many problems on some systems.
  • added BBCode Line for copy&paste
  • Textcolor is now changeable

1.1

  • Ripped out Polyglot detection as this is already handled by wordpress with get_posts()
  • Added initialisation routine for default options
  • Preview only if file exists
  • Only write file if we got a font and picture

1.0

  • Let’s assume I got my wishlist completed on that topic and the code isn’t too ugly.

0.6

  • Got rid of tmp path; we just write out our image
  • cleanup
  • picture format support

0.5

  • Upgrade to new GifMerge Class
  • eliminating of direct DB Queries
  • code cleanups

0.4

  • make use of polyglot_filter() for better Polyglot Support -> Multilanguage!!
  • minior design fixes

0.3

  • Use 5 Headlines, generate animated GIF
  • Make use of GifMerge.class.php

0.2

  • Added date() to image and made it optional (thx to pcDummy)
  • Administrative interface
  • Code cleanup

0.1

  • Added basic Support for Polyglot (hack)
  • Initial release