When it comes to my Mac, most of the preaching you’d hear has to do with backups and a handful of essential Mac utilities; those little tools that do better than what Apple builds in to OS X. Here’s one of the best. It’ll make you more efficient, accurate, and productive, which will, in turn, make you a nicer person.
Copy, Cut, Save, Paste
One of the very first functions we learned on the Mac dates back to the last century. It’s the option to copy or cut an item on the screen, move it elsewhere, then paste it back in again.
In the nearly 30 years the Mac has been around, through umpteen versions of Classic OS and OS X, the Mac’s clipboard works pretty much the same way.
One item at a time. That’s right. In OS X you can cut or copy almost anything from within a file or the Finder.
One item at a time. That’s because the clipboard, that place in digital RAM-land where things are stored, handles one object at a time.
CopyPaste Pro adds a library of items to the clipboard. It’s a multiple clipboard app for the Mac. Here are 7 ways this app is better than copying, cutting, and pasting the OS X way.
CopyPaste Pro can be activated and used from the Mac’s Menubar or the Dock. Features are extensive but the seven basic options will make you a better, faster Mac user.
First on the list is the Multiple Clips (or clipboards) option. Everything you copy or cut from a document gets saved.
Second, some items can be edited using the built-in word processor before the get pasted back into a file. Third, copied clips can be archived for safe keeping and used again so you won’t have to retype or find the original snippet to copy again.
Fourth, CopyPast Pro keeps a history of everything copied or cut and makes it easy to find. Files, snippets, or images can be viewed multiple ways, just like in the Finder. Sixth, CopyPaste Pro has a handful of useful tools which can be applied to copied or cut content. Finally, the QuickClip function makes it faster and easier to copy or cut and then paste from a list of previously captured items.
As much as I use CopyPaste Pro and prefer it to some of the simpler, less expensive options, the configuration options can be a bit daunting. For example, saved items can be pasted in reverse order, or locked from view or use, and the history can clog up with an endless number of copied and cut items in a hurry. That said, the floating palette makes it easier for Mac users venturing into their first multiple clipboard tool.