Of all the Mac utilities that I entice you to try (plead, cajole, persuade, coax, convince, induce, scare), there are two you must try, no matter what. Both are free.
The first is an RSS reader. It makes browsing web sites oh so much better. The second is an app that does multiple clipboards. It makes copying and pasting oh so much better. Oh. Really.
Remember What You Copied?
Copy and paste is one of those simple, useful functions we learn early in our Mac lives. Copy something, anything, to the Mac’s clipboard, and it’s there ready to be pasted.
Except when you copy something else. Then, the last thing you copied before you copied something else is replaced by the latest thing you copied.
The first thing you copied is gone forever. Unless you’re using a multiple clipboard app on your Mac. It copies what you want copied, and pastes it wherever you need it. But it remembers what you copied so they’re always ready to be pasted again.
Please get one. You will thank me for it. Donations are always accepted. I have three children. They like stuffed animals, games, toys, and 24-carat jewelry.
Free To Copy, Copy, Copy, Paste
My favorite multi-clipboard app is PTH Pasteboard. Elegant, fast, but with a price tag. If you’re worried about spending money, but still desire the functionality (like stimulating the economy without any money in the bank) try free.
Try Pasteboard Recorder 3E. This free Mac app stores whatever you copy onto the clipboard and makes it somewhat easy to paste it again without finding what you copied an hour ago and copying it again and then pasting it again.
It stores everything you copy onto a clipboard and keeps it there until you need it. Then, from a pop up window, simply find the old copied item, and click, and it gets pasted back again.
If you’re an Evernote user, there’s integration between Pasteboard Recorder and Evernote, and this is where the app puts the fun in fundamentally complicated.
The Evernote integration is a nice idea, but gets complicated in the execution.
There’s hot keys, hot key uploads, an Evernote access panel, plus WebArchive to PDF, URL to PDF, download by tags, auto upload, and other esoteric functions that besmirch the elegance of copy and paste (and remember what got copied).
So, if elegance and cheap are what you’re after in a Mac multi-clipboard utility, and you can’t afford the powerful and tasty nectar of PTH Pasteboard, try Clipboard History.
It’s a simple app that tracks what you copied, and makes it easy to paste items back into any Mac app. Nothing convoluted. Nothing contrived. Just simple copy and copy and copy and paste whatever you’ve copied.