Basically, a clipboard manager is a Mac utility which remembers everything you cut or copied so you can find it and paste it again later. The Mac’s clipboard does that, of course, but only one item at a time, and it never remembers anything. Here’s one that does more than you expect for less than you expect.
Capture. Retrieve. Share.
My favorite new clipboard manager is called Copied. For Mac users, Copied copies whatever you cut and copy– text, links, images– and stores it into a user configurable library which makes it easy to find and reuse again without having to find the original item and copy it again.
Mac clipboard manager apps are huge timesavers, but Copied has a few extra tricks to enhance ease of use and to share copied items with others and between devices. For example, use the pop down library of copied items to drag and drop items into other apps or documents. It’s that easy.
Click the Menubar icon and get a dropdown list of recently cut or copied items.
Copied can remember up to 500 of the most recently copied images, text, or links. It even edits and lets you make changes to a text clipping before copying back to the clipboard to be inserted into a document. Copied lets you create lists of frequently copied items, and the lists can be dragged and dropped and organized how you see fit.
As simple as Copied is, it also has some useful settings in Preferences. For example, you can adjust the Copied history of saved items, display the icon in the Menubar or use the hotkey combos, and even adjust the pop down window width.
As easy and simple as it is to install and get started with Copied, there are power user features, too. That includes Rule which can blacklist or whitelist specific copied items (passwords is a good example, while other items can automatically be added to a specific list). Right-click any item on the list and share it with others using the standard OS X Share box utility.
There are more power user features, of course, but let me focus on the one that makes a huge difference if you’re invested in the Apple ecosystem with multiple Macs, iPhones, or iPads. Copied has an iOS version, and uses iCloud to synchronize copied items from one device to all devices. That means if you copy a folder or phrase or link on the Mac, it gets stored in the Copied library on iPhone, iPad, or other Mac.
This is one of those useful Mac, iPhone, and iPad utilities that just works out of the box, so to speak, and surprises with other useful features that are not complicated or too esoteric to understand. It’s a good example of under promise and over deliver. I managed to remove two of my clipboard manager apps and replace the same functions with Copied.
Due to an issue with OS X, you may want to use the free Paste Helper app which lets you paste clipboard contents directly into a document or app. One other nit has to do with the price tag. It’s nominal and worth it, yes, but there’s no try-before-you-buy option. Every Mac app that’s priced beyond a few dollars needs a trial version.