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MacLorem 2.2

by Dave Ward

Freeware for Macintosh OS X 10.4 and later on PPC and Intel processors
©2001, 2002, 2004, 2008 by Dave Ward/Judebear Software

Download MacLorem 2.2 for Mac OS X 10.4 and later

MacLorem generates random filler text for artists, graphic designers, typesetters and others who need to generate mock-ups or spec art for clients, publishers or employers.

Most people who have done mock-ups are familiar with the classic “Lorem ipsum” phrase, the Latin text which is often used to fill in spaces where text will be put at a later time. MacLorem uses the classic “lorem ipsum” phrase to generate random text, providing more variety and a more realistic, non-repetitive and naturally uneven look. Simply clicking on a button marked Generate will create random text, placing it in MacLorem’s main window and simultaneously placing it on your clipboard so it is ready to paste into the document you are designing.

MacLorem goes beyond this simple task in many ways. From the Edit→Preferences menu, you can control the number of paragraphs it generates up to 100, and you can indicate whether paragraphs should be long, medium or short. You can also decide whether MacLorem sometimes creates interrogative (?) and exclamatory (!) sentences. You can turn on or off options for additional punctuation including em-dashes, ellipses and semicolons. You can choose whether the paragraphs it generates should be indented. If you ask for indented paragraphs, you can have them indented with a series of spaces, a single tab character, or separate the paragraphs with an HTML <p> or <br> tag.

Going even further, the preferences settings allow you to generate text using vocabulary from fifteen different languages:

  • Lorem ipsum Latin
  • an all-uppercase version called LOREM IPSVM
  • Champagnois Old French (a language many medieval poets used)
  • Old English
  • Middle High German
  • Old Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Ancient Greek
  • Etruscan
  • an old, romanized form of Japanese
  • Swahili
  • Proto-Indo-European (the predecessor to most European and many Asian languages)
  • Quenya (an “ancient” language invented by author J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Hawaiian
  • Gibberish (entirely non-language text)

MacLorem allows you to export the text to a plain text file. if text is generated with <p> or <br> tags, it will automatically be exported as HTML code. There is also an option to encode special characters such as "é", "ü", etc. for HTML when saving.

MacLorem is freeware, although if you use it regularly, please consider sending $10 US so I can afford to keep maintaining and upgrading MacLorem and other software. If you use it regularly but can't or won't pay, that's fine—it is freeware—but please just drop me an email to let me know what sorts of projects you are using MacLorem for.

MacLorem Links:

VersionTracker's MacLorem page
Sofotex's MacLorem page
Nice litte review of MacLorem from (Google's cache of the page)
MacLorem was a ChezMark pick for the week of Nov. 19–25, 2001

Application, documentation and all affiiated files, resources, graphics and data are ©2008 by Dave Ward/Judebear Software

Disclaimer: This software is released “as is.” The author, Judebear Software and Dave Ward make no warranties, either express or implied, regarding the use of this software for any particular purpose. You are using this software at your own risk. The author is not responsible for any damages caused by the use or misuse of this software and cannot provide any warranty with this software. The author is not liable for any incidental, indirect, or consequential damages related to the use or the inability to use this software (such as damages for loss of business, profits, loss of data, etc.) or its accompanying documentation. This software has not been thoroughly tested on all Macintoshes and configurations, nor other computers, and therefore comes with no guarantee as to its stability or performance on your particular system. Use it entirely at your own risk.