All I want to do is create simple rectangular images, choose the size, select rectangular areas, fill them with colors designated as #nnnnnn, center some text, choosing the font, and color similarly, and save the danged thing as a flat, plain image with no transparency. And it would be nice to be able to zoom the thing to a size mortal can see without a microscope while I work on it. What could be simpler?
I am neither stupid, nor technophobic. I've been messing with computers since the 1970s. I've had desktop PCs continuously since before the internet existed. I've been using nixes for a decade. I have perhaps a dozen bootable filesystems on this machine, 4 of which are in my fstab and my lilo.conf. I'm a member of Mensa and Intertel, for #@!'s sake.
But EVERY linux app I've tried to use for this sort of thing is INSANELY complicated and non-intuitive. I better never meet a gimp dev, because I might not be able to control my urge to give him a black eye. Simple tasks are hidden in windows that don't even open by default and are invoked 3 layers down in submenus of menus that have names that don't even remotely suggest their content, while the artsy-fartsy stuff fills the default interface with so many cutesy-pie buttons that none of them are big enough to even see, let alone guess what they are all for.
Anyone who isn't making images professionally and devotes a month to learning GIMP to do simple tasks is a fool. So don't even say the G word.
Is there anything suitable?