Text Manipulation in Gimp

I’m running Ubuntu Breezy. The latest Gimp available – 2.2.x still suffers from insufficient text manipulation functionality e.g. letter spacing, transfomations. It seems some improvements will be available in 2.4. Till then a Freetype plugin can help a bit.
The page offers just a source so you need to compile and install it:

  1. Get the source code
  2. apt-get install libgimp2.0-dev
  3. Untar source/configure/make/make install
  4. Start gimp, you'll find it in Filters>Text>Freetype
  5. Add path (configure) of each font you want to use separately. Adding just /usr/share/fonts is not enough.

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