i'd be curious to see examples from "in any other package i could use a bevel or inset scale.."
doing this to any old font presents some challenges.. i could see it being easier in an app like photoshop where it's just sort of faked but once you get into the actual sizes of things, certain chamfers aren't going to work out right..
_Chamfer would probably be the easiest way to do this but you have to find a font which will work well with it.. (consistent widths, no serifs, no little curlyQs, etc.. basic looking)
but here are some ideas..
1-3 = helvetica
• 1&2.. flat text object->
Move vertical -> combo of Sweep2 and Loft
• 4.. custom font-- all stroke widths are equal to allow for a consistent bevel angle along the centerline.