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4 Useful PHP Tools for Image Manipulation and Graphs

By in Review, Web Design

PHP is one of the widely-used scripting languages that is especially suited for web development. PHP can be embedded into HTML and has got a broad range of applications.

PHP has more than 20 million domains using it, where-in some of the major brand names include Facebook, WordPress etc., It’s huge community, comprehensive documentation and IDEs make it easier for you to get started with PHP.

Following are four useful PHP tools which can be quite handy for you in regard to image manipulation and graphs. You might also want to go through an article, ‘Add Live Charts to Your Website with Google Chart Tools‘ which was covered earlier.

MagickWand For PHP

MagickWand For PHP, is a module suite, which enables PHP access to the ImageMagick API. This API lets you create, edit and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in over 100 formats. It’s quite handy for quickly incorporating image-editing features in your PHP applications.

ImageMagick can be used to apply various special effects like flip, mirror, rotate, scale, shear, draw text and transformation etc., to images. Here are some examples on how images can be manipulated using this API.

pChart – a chart-drawing PHP library

pChart is a PHP class oriented framework designed to build charts. Most of today’s chart libraries are priced, but pCahrt is made available for free. Data can be retrieved from SQL queries, CSV files, or manually provided. This charting library provides you with many ways to represent a single or multiple series of data.

pChart enables you to draw amazing graphics with an improved rendering speed. You might want to check out a demonstration on how to add value added charts in your web page trough a web2.0 dynamic interface with ease.

PHP/SWF Charts

PHP/SWF Charts is a prolific PHP tool which enables you to create fabulous web charts and graphs from dynamic data. ThesePHP scripts can be used to generate or gather the data from databases, then pass it to this tool to generate Flash (swf) charts and graphs.

Other scripting language like ASP, Perl etc., can be used with XML/SWF Charts, which is the XML version of the same tool. PHP/SWF Charts provides the perfect blend of rendering and quality for graphs and charts. These scripts can be integrated into your web applications or sites.

PHP/SWF Charts is a powerful PHP tool that enables you to create attractive Web charts and graphs from dynamic data. You can use PHP scripts to generate and gather data from databases, then pass it to this tool to generate Flash (SWF) charts and graphs.


WideImage is an object-oriented library for image manipulation. This PHP library focuses on ease of use of the most common image operations. WideImage provides you with a simple and effective way for loading and saving images from/to files, strings, database, uploads and URL addresses.

You might want to check out examples of some basic operations of common image operations here.

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