Every Mac user understands the basics of cut, copy, paste. Most of us know the keyboard shortcuts. So why does Apple keep cut, copy, and paste featureless and living in the 1980s when there are a few dozen improvements to the Mac’s clipboard already available?
A Man’s Clipboard
For whatever the reason Apple’s engineer-in-charge of feature stagnation doesn’t trust Mac users to figure out how to use a multiple clipboard manager.
In OS X it’s as it always was. Cut or copy, then paste. Whatever was stored in the clipboard before the last cut or copy is gone forever.
A multiple clipboard manager gives you options. In this case a dozen options that Apple could include in OS X but chooses not.
Take a look at Collective. It’s an inexpensive entry-level multiple clipboard manager for the Mac with a dozen useful functions.
For example, as you add items to Collective you can search to find items you’ve previously cut or copied.
Collective doesn’t care what you cut or copy to the clipboard. Text, snippets, photos, images, files. For images in the Collective clipboard library you can view the dimensions and size of a file. Need to look at an item closely? Use Quick Look. Save favorites to be dropped into a document by using keyboard shortcuts.
Collective remembers text, yes, but also remembers text formatting; fonts, bold, italics. You’re not even required to cut or copy to put an item into Collective. Drag and drop works, too.
Collective isn’t as powerful as one of our favorites, PTHPasteboard, but costs much less. Why? It’s Mac App Store only and that means it suffers from Apple’s abysmal Sandbox rule. While PTHPasteboard puts copied items directly into a document, Collective has to copy it first to the Mac’s clipboard, then you can paste it. Those are Apple’s rules.
However, if you’ve never used a multiple clipboard manager, Collective is a good one to try.