What could be easier than that? Something better. A Mac clipboard that manages to remember every item you copy so they can be pasted again without copying again. Why isn’t this built into OS X?
Horseshoes And Hand Grenades
Think of the advancements Apple has made in copy and paste since the last century. Oh, wait. There are none. It’s still copy, paste, and when you copy something else, the last item is deleted.
Mac users who value their time know all about multiple clipboard apps. The capture an item that is cut or copied, and store it to be pasted again later.
One of the new kids on the copy and paste block is Collective, an inexpensive multiple clipboard app available in the Mac App Store.
If you can copy it, Collective can remember it, and make it available to be pasted again long after you’ve copied something else.
Almost. But not quite. Close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Preferences are straightforward. Set up a hotkey to activate. Hide it in the background or let it float on top of the Mac’s screen.
Manage a set number of clipboard clippings, and setup the pasting with a single click, or double click.
Sounds good, right? You get a floating palette with all the items you’ve copied recently, and each item can be pasted into a document.
If you’ve never used a multiple clipboard manager, Collective will work well even with the quirks. Quirks? Due to issues with how App Store apps behave, Collective cannot paste directly into a document. Instead, it pastes to the Mac’s clipboard first.
There’s also issues with keeping clipped items from Photoshop, Illustrator and other Adobe apps.
Otherwise, Collective works well, gives full size previews, saves the clipboard history on shutdown and startup, and can be used by keyboard, mouse, or trackpad.
If you don’t mind spending a little more money for more functionality, try CopyPaste Pro or PTHPasteboard, our two reigning favorite clipboard manager apps.