How can I display the mirror image of text in a textbox?

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How can I display the mirror image of text in a textbox?
(preferably an annotation textbox object but a simple text object would work too. using an image of text is less than ideal)
Seems like this should be easy, but I can't find anything on how to do it.

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Evan
Evan on 6 Aug 2013
Edited: Evan on 6 Aug 2013
Have you tried downloading and installing one of the "backwards" fonts available on many font sites and setting the 'FontName' property of your text object to that font name? I just tested it out and it seemed to work.
plot(0:pi/6:2*pi,sin(0:pi/6:2*pi));
t = text(.5,.25,fliplr('test'));
set(t,'FontName','backwards')
I used the backwards font found here: http://www.fontspace.com/category/backwards
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Evan
Evan on 6 Aug 2013
Yep. You can find most any font you can think of. The only drawback is that the user will have to have the font installed on their system for it to work properly.

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dpb
dpb on 6 Aug 2013
doc fliplr
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Sam
Sam on 6 Aug 2013
yes, well, there are numerous bug reports in which axis label text displays mirrored (in the sense of reflection)--e.g. http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/30925-mirrored-axes-labels-with-imagesc
these seem to be solved by changing the graphics renderer...
so, one would think that there might be some undocumented parameter that could be tweaked to replicate this effect.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 6 Aug 2013
I think you need to create an image with the text on it, then you can use flipud() or fliplr() to create the mirror image. If you have the Computer Vision System Toolbox, you can use insertText. http://www.mathworks.com/help/vision/ref/inserttext.html to stamp your text onto an image ("burn it in").
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Sam
Sam on 6 Aug 2013
Yeah, this would work, thanks. Although I was hoping there was a way to do it without using images.

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