Cool feature: Balsamiq’s auto ‘lorem ipsum’ generator

Every now and then I stumble across a feature in an application or web site that is just too good not to mention. Today, it happened when using Balsamiq Mockups.

Like many people, I use lorem ipsum placeholder text. When I want large, random blocks of ‘lorem ipsum’ text, I use the Lipsum Generator; today, I only needed a few words, so I figured I’d just type it.

As soon as I finished typing the word “Lorem,” Balsamiq sprang into action and populated my text box with the following text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Now that is an awesome, useful feature. Hats off to whoever thought of adding it!