It's pretty common nowadays—especially for UI mockups—to replace insignificant text with subdued rectangles. See example below.
Does anyone have a really simple way of creating those—especially in a design tool like Illustrator or Photoshop? Of course, I know I can draw/duplicate/position rectangles to look like the text, but it's repetitive and takes a little work to get it to look like natural text (using varying widths, etc.).
It seems like there should be a simpler way. Like a plugin or script that can convert text to those rectangles. Or even a font made up entirely of rectangles—potentially with ligatures for seamless combinations. But I haven't been able to find anything along those lines. Does anyone know of anything?