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Radial text/font generator

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Hello! I am struggling with solving a fairly simple problem: Create radial text/font in Houdini! The more obvious route of the bend sop deforms the text geometry and for my purpose this is not suitable! How can I take a long string (a small one line sentence made of a few words lets say), and copy every single letter/character separately on to points of a geometry as attributes? IE: I have a string called "Houdini", I want "H" to be copied on point 0, "o" on point 1, "u" on point 2, "d" on point 3 and so on... (in this case the geometry is a circle with variable point count with proper orientation vectors). After this is done, the font SOP can be used to read the string attributes through a copy stamp setup and generate the text as polymesh but I'm not sure how to generate the text on a single line and turn it into individual string attributes on a geometry. Will this require some sort of an array operation or loop? IE put the whole text into an array and run an array loop of sorts? I'm not very comfortable with arrays and not a programmer :D so I really hope that there is a simpler way! I will happily share the tool/asset if anyone can give me some guidance I would appreciate it thank you!  

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The Font SOP has a toggle to "Add Text Attributes" which assigns an int index to each letter. You can use that in conjunction with Copy to Points SOP's Piece Attribute parameter to place each letter on a point.

letters_to_points.hiplc

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Or you can pack each letter and use Path Deform SOP to warp your text.

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this is a bit old...can't remember what I did here but there's a file you can dissect...text on some path...same same

 

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