A realistic data generator to test your app

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#4 Product of the WeekJuly 27, 2015

With Mackaroo you can test your APIs more easily and realistically than ever. It generates more than 9,000 female and male names and 50,000 surnames in many different languages so you can get a real-world view of your product.

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Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
It always bothers me when I see mockups on Dribbble that use "optimistic data" — like super pretty profile photos or shot names. Data in the real world is way more messy — photos are bad, names are long and hyphenated (not to mention in other languages), etc. It's nice to see a tool that combats this kind of designer-laziness by making real-world data available for mocking up apps and interfaces with realistic data! Also works with the Sketch Data Populator!
Menachem Pritzker
Menachem Pritzker@mdavep · CEO, TheHomeFixers
@chrismessina totally agree with that. it's easy to design a pretty looking app where everybody uploads a great profile pic and full data, the real UX challenge is in designing a beautiful looking app with a bunch of empty fields
Eleanor Harding
Eleanor Harding@tweetanor · Product Designer at Twitter
@chrismessina Very true. Photoshop is the best way to show a client what their product will never look like.
Nick Zieber
Nick Zieber@nzieber · Tech & Startups Community in Hong Kong
@tweetanor @chrismessina So true, but also a good way to get a client to pay money. Sort of a Catch - 22
Brittany Martin
Brittany Martin@brittjmartin · Software Engineer, Pgh Cultural Trust
This concept was just featured in a Techcrunch article. I'll be trying this out today!
Chris Messina
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
@brittjmartin great spot!
Maarten Belmans
Maarten Belmans@poehah · Made Table2Site
Great idea :) Thanks for hunting. I'll be using this a lot!
Marko Vuletic
Marko Vuletic@markoxvee
This is awesome!
Matt Curry
Matt Curry@cattmurry · Product Manager, Pivotal
For a data analytics firm, this is immensely helpful. Thanks!