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#1 jdunning

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 11:46 AM

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Although the Greeked Text auto shape generally suffices for making sketches and early mockups, sometimes you want to display actual formatted text before the final content has been decided. People typically use some form of "lorem ipsum" for this purpose, and the Lorem Ipsum auto shape makes inserting any amount of dummy text a breeze.

There are a number of other Fireworks extensions that work well for initially inserting placeholder text. The problem comes when you need to adjust the amount of text. Perhaps the layout has changed, or the font size has increased so the text is now too long. If all you have is a regular text element, you'll have to manually edit it to add or remove words in order to make it fit the new layout.

Instead of manual editing, the Lorem Ipsum auto shape lets you simply grab one of its yellow handles to resize it in any direction. If more words are needed to fill the resized text block, the Lorem Ipsum shape automatically adds words. If fewer are needed, it removes words until the text fits.

The shape can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/fYteIX