There are some aspects of using a Mac which are time honored, date all the way back to the last century, and are pretty much left untouched by the march of technology time, and unfortunately, mostly unimproved by Apple since the earliest Macs.
The perfect example is the Mac’s clipboard. What’s the clipboard, you ask? Whenever you copy or cut something in OS X it gets copied to the Mac’s clipboard so you can paste it back somewhere else later. Apple just hasn’t bothered to improve on what seems like the perfect way to cut, copy, or paste items. Yet, high tech moves on. The Mac’s clipboard can be improved. Here’s how.
Clipboards Have History
The problem with the Mac’s clipboard in OS X is simple, but it’s the same problem that has existed forever on the Mac. The clipboard holds only what you just copied or cut. Paste it, and it’s still on the clipboard, but as soon as you copy or cut another item, whatever was on the Mac’s clipboard before disappears forever and ever. It’s gone.
Fortunately, a few clever Mac developers have realized the obvious benefit of a clipboard library of remembered items that were once copied or cut but stored instead of replaced.
For any Mac user interested in more productivity and efficiency the entry-level way to get a clipboard manager and library is with Paste which stores pretty much anything you can copy or cut– text snippets, URLs, images, files, photos, graphics– whatever. Copy or cut the way you always have, either through the Menubar or the keyboard shortcuts. Paste remembers everything.
Paste resides in the Mac’s Menubar but lives in the background to store whatever you copy or cut, and makes each item available to be pasted later. Saved items can be searched with ease. When you copy an item, or paragraphs, or URL, or photos and images, or whatever, the items are saved in Paste’s library so you can retrieve them later.
Paste can be invoked with a keyboard shortcut so you can peruse the library of saved items, but it’s always working, always capturing whatever you’ve copied or cut.
What Paste does differently than other clipboard managers is the preview and organization. Links, Text items, Files, and anything else copied to the clipboard becomes easily identifiable with the thumbnail pop up windows. Items in the Paste library can be shared via AirDrop (or, Mail, or whatever) with others.
Paste is priced about right but suffers from a couple of issues. First, there’s no try-before-you-buy option. You have to buy it to try it. And, second, I would like to see the clipboard library accessible between multiple Macs using iCloud Drive or Dropbox. Both would be beneficial as would an iOS version that syncs clipboards between all devices, and plenty of those syncing clipboard manager apps are available.