Thank you all for the replies,
i think i will start using the toroidal bend, i have shyed away from it in the past because of the work involved in getting there, it takes about 9 separate features to set it up plus a couple of relations. Another reason for not using it was, until today i only thought you could bend solids with it, but it bends curves too.
Sorry I forgot to mention the main thing about offsetting text and that is to make another sketch and "steal" edges of letters(choose loop) because letters in text sketch somehow aren’t seen as closed regions so you can’t use offset directly. Maybe PTC can fix this in next revision.