It’s boringly simple, inelegant, but a highly useful part of using a Mac. Contrast the mundane with the sparkly visual feedback of cut, copy, and paste on an iPhone or iPad. Now, let’s marry the two to create an award winning app you’ll love (without the award).
If Mac360 gave an award for the 2012 Most Useful Eye Candy App of the Year, it would be for this app.
Cut, Copy, Paste, And More
What can you do to improve on cut, copy, paste? Not much. But that’s what Apple did in iOS. It gave us visual feedback.
PopClip is a Mac app that kinda sorta mostly brings the iOS style of cut, copy, paste to your Mac.
With extras. After, beyond the basics of cut, copy, and paste, what’s left to conquer?
What you’re expecting to happen with PopClip actually happens.
Select text on your document the old fashioned way. Use the mouse (or, the keyboard; if you’re a hard core user who can remember keystroke combos).
PopClip springs into action with visual options. Just like on the iPhone and iPad. Here’s what it looks like in action.
Wait. There’s more. See the little search magnifying icon in PopClip’s pop up? Click to search.
It’s simple to install, simple to use, and doesn’t cost much. Don’t worry about learning keyboard shortcuts. Don’t even bother to right click.
Simply select the text you want and PopClip springs into action. Or, click the search icon and the selected text gets search on Google.
Select text with a URL, email address, or even a file path on your Mac, and PopClip will open Safari, Mail, or the Finder, accordingly.
It even accesses the built-in dictionary for spelling and definitions, and gives you optional on screen sizes (small, medium, large, extra large). You can also exclude specific apps where you don’t want PopClip to appear, and there’s an On Off button in the Menubar Settings.
Yes, it’s eye candy. Functional eye candy. Inexpensive but elegant eye candy.