Neo / Ipsum For Word

Neo / Ipsum for Word is officially released!

After making Neo / Ipsum for PowerPoint I decided to look in to adapting it for Word. After some initial stumbles regarding differences between VBA for PowerPoint and VBA for Word adapting the Add-In was fairly simple.



Neo / Ipsum for Word gives you a button that adds filler text to a Word document at your cursor location. Options include: number of sections, a customizable random number of paragraphs per section, number of lines per paragraph, and if titles appear at the start of sections.

Download Neo / Ipsum for Word

If you have any feedback please send it to me, if you find a bug please notify me ASAP, if you just want to say “Hi” feel free.

Quick Notification

There was a bug with Neo / Ipsum release 1.0.5 that has since been rectified. This was brought to my attention by a user and rectified as soon as I realised what was going on. Simple fix based on a simple oversight.

If anyone is having problems with Neo / Ipsum don’t hesitate to bring it to my attention. I am more than happy to help.

And if you just want to say “Hi” that is appreciated too.

Neo / Ipsum Worldwide

After I released Neo / Ipsum I started to get feedback, and as I said before it has mostly been good. One thing I heard was rather puzzling though. In the German version of PowerPoint my Add-In was not displaying, it would show up if the user switched to English but not in German. After consulting with some people I found the fix in some of the installer files and got confirmation that it works.

I have a few lessons from this. If it is released on the internet it is released world wide so better test for that. Your product is never truly done (more on that latter). And having people in different parts of the world to test for you is invaluable.

What’s next for Neo / Ipsum? A few people have asked me to make localized versions of Neo / Ipsum various languages, but as I am only fluent in English I nave no idea how I would do that, however I have gotten a few offers of help along those lines so that might be in the works. Right now I am looking into making a version of Neo / Ipsum for Word, and I have already found some big differences in how it will need to be done.

I will update about what I am doing as I figure it out.

Neo / Ipsum has been reviewed, in French!

So anyone following along knows I put Neo / Ipsum up on the download page ready for use. My father, Ric Bretschneider, who worked on PowerPoint for over 17 years made a post on his website and sent e-mails to a bunch of people he knows in the Microsoft MVP program. As such my site has had a spike in traffic and I have been getting some nice feedback. What I did not expect was for someone to make  a review of my Add-in less than 24 hours after release. Here it is from Chantal Bossé:

The video is in french and I can’t understand a word of it (besides my name) but I can understand what is happening on screen and make a few educated guesses about what she is saying.

I am simply floored by this. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get this level of reaction from this (at least not this quickly).

If you want to see my father’s blog post it is also right here:

Neo/Ipsum is almost ready

I almost have Neo/Ipsum ready for distribution. The coding is about 95% done with a few more things to do for security, but all of the functionality is in. I also have a Demo version almost ready, I need a little time to review the changes between the versions but it should be ready at the same time as the full version if not sooner. After the coding things I have left to do I have a few things to figure out as far as selling the product but I have some good leads and better contacts for figuring it out.

Since it occurs to me I haven’t shown off what it looks like here are some screen shots of the program’s interface.