I have found a time consuming way to create one mesh object per character.
Start with a text object: "abcdef ...etc..."
- Alt+C -> Select object and convert text to mesh.
- Tab -> Go to edit mode.
- Z -> Enter wire frame view
- B -> Select each character with box select one at a time.
- Select bridge edge loops
- P -> separate by selection
Repeat for each character.
Is there a way to bridge edge loops for all loose parts? A faster simpler way? Script?