All of us at Mac360 are advocates of seamless synchronization between Mac and iPhone.
Fortunately, many app developers are getting on the bandwagon and more and more apps can sync data back and forth across your local WiFi network with little more than a click or two. That means that what’s on your Mac can be on your iPhone and vice versa. It’s back and forth. What about your Mac’s clipboard?
Copy On A Mac, Send To An iPhone
When you copy or cut something while using your Mac, whatever your copied or cut goes into your Mac’s clipboard—a place in the Mac’s memory where it stays until you copy or cut again.
There are a dozen Mac utilities which give you multiple clipboards that remember what you copied or cut.
What about copying text on your Mac and getting it into your iPhone? Uh oh. Yes, the iPhone has wonderful select, cut, copy, and paste tools that rival those on your Mac, but how do you move such copied content from one device to another?
Enter Pastebot and Pastebot Sync.
Multiple Clipboards Are A Good Thing
If you’ve ever used a multiple clipboard utility on your Mac, you know what a wonderful tool it is. There are plenty of excellent multi-clipboard apps for Mac users.
iPhone users have Pastebot—a clipboard manager that stores what you can copy on the iPhone, so once you’ve copied it, the iPhone remembers it, saves it, and makes it easy to find so you can paste into a different iPhone app whenever you want.
Mac users have Pastebot Sync which is a Mac app that syncs the Mac’s clipboard contents back to the iPhone. And, whatever is on the iPhone can be synchronized back to the Mac.
On your iPhone you can select a portion of an image, a whole image, a whole page of text, sections of text—all the basic iPhone select, cut or copy items—and save them in Pastebot to be transported to your Mac via Pastebot Sync.
There are a few caveats. Pastebot Sync is free and only works with your Mac and your iPhone over a local WiFi network, not over 3G, and only to Pastebot on the iPhone.
Mac users rejoice. There’s no Windows version of Pastebot Sync. Whatever you copy and sync is not encrypted from Mac to iPhone (or back), which usually isn’t a problem on your home network, but doing a copy and sync on a public WiFi network might present a security issue.
Regardless, we’re in favor of any kind of sync capability from Mac to iPhone and being able to synchronize your Mac’s clipboard and send text and images to Pastebot on an iPhone is icing on a cake.