New Mac clipboard managers

New Mac clipboard managers

Summary: There are a growing number of clipboard managers on the market, one it seems for almost any workflow.

TOPICS: Apple, iOS, Software
New Mac clipboard managers
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Way back when, the original Mac and its successors popularized cut and paste and the Clipboard. It was all about a single clipboard and a single paste. However, there are a growing number of clipboard managers on the market that let users store and organize their clipboards, one it seems for almost any workflow.

The Macs in Chemistry blog recently mentioned two new clipboard managers: Paster by Kai Luo, and Collective 2 by Generation Loss Interactive. Interestingly, Paster uses iCloud for sync and supports Macs as well as iOS. 

Collective 2 offers a number of useful search capabilities that let you find words and items in your copy history. The software supports text and its formatting. Users can also examine the details of copied items, such as the number of words or characters, or the size of an image.

If you're interested in this category, Chris Swain at Macs in Chemistry offers a detailed list of most solutions. Currently, there are more than 20 titles in the list.

At a recent BMUGwest meeting, moderator Lorca Hanns recommended Jérémy Marchand's Clipboard Center, which creates lists of "captured items." If you have duplicates on a list, they will be merged.

I've never trusted these particular utility apps. For no good reason. I've always just lived with one cut/copy, one clipboard, and one paste at a time. Maybe it's time to go clipboard happy!

Topics: Apple, iOS, Software

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  • I too have never tried these clipboard managers, David

    There haven't been enough times when I needed more than one lot of copy and paste, I guess. But way back in May 1986 one of the first things I taught myself on my MacPlus was command-C and command-V, though I think the very first thing was how to do proper quotes instead of foot and inch signs.
    Laraine Anne Barker
  • Quicksilver

    Plus you get all the rest of QS. Once you start, you can't imagine using OSX without it.