The Text FX addon is a very intuitive addon to animate text and numbers. While you won’t use the addon daily, it could save tons of time when animating text or numbers. Here a quick overview of the Text FX addon, but first a video.
For those who cannot watch the video, here a quick over view of how to work with the addon. The addon is divided in two sections: Simple animation and advanced animation. While playing with the options I found out that each of them use another approach of animating text. While the advanced option seems to work with modifiers like wave, the Simple animation seems to work with a more advanced script to me. Below I’ll show you some options. But first a video in case you enjoy more visuals than text.
Although the animation are not more advanced, the options for text is. For example we can now extrude text, change offset, add bevel, shear, spacing, etc. Next to those settings for the text, there are three effects;
Wave: It looks like the wave modifier and we can set in what axis the text has to show wave animation. There are settings like Amplitude, Frequency, Speed as well, and we can use sound as source for the animation.
Wiggle: It seems that this option let the fonts wiggle individually and randomly. We can set the axis, easing, Factor, Random Seed, Speed. And again we can use audio that will influence the animation.
Copy Animation: To copy the animation of another object onto the text.
Installation is like most other Blender Addons: Download the .zip and in Blender you go to preferences > Addons, browse and install the addon. Then activate, save preferences and refresh.
You might be interested in the commotion addon as well to make animations.