From what I've read on the board, there's really no way to create a blend that follows a path. What program would you recommend to do this? Is there a "simple", easy to learn program?

Also, I need to create some Text that follows a curved wall. The letters are will have a wedge shape to them (2" thickness at the bottom 8" to 12" thickness at the top). How would you go about creating this? What program would you use?