By night I fight mediocrity in application development by testing out different apps under different conditions on different devices. One of the most unheralded functions in a Mac, iPhone, or iPad is the one everyone thinks they know how to use. Copy and paste. We all do it. But not many know there’s a better way.
Stop The Madness
One can argue the statistics, but I think it’s safe to say that every Mac and Windows PC user has performed a little copy and paste, or cut and paste to the clipboard. That might not be the case with 100-percent of the users on mobile devices, though. For the Mac, copy and paste moves a copied item to the clipboard for safekeeping, ready to be pasted elsewhere or anywhere appropriate. Unless… unless something else gets copied or cut, then the previous item which was in the clipboard disappears forever.
What if you could copy and store items to be retrieved from a library of such items to be pasted again at any time? That’s a clipboard manager. One of the oldest I’ve known and used– but not my favorite– is Pastebot. What you get is more than the sum of the parts. A clipboard manager– especially those with features that go beyond mere collections of copied items– can improve your daily workflow, enhance productivity, make you more efficient, and if time is money, enrich your life.
Alright, that’s a stretch but you get the idea. A clipboard manager is a good thing.
At the basic level, Pastebot copies and stores whatever you copied to the Mac’s clipboard. That makes copied items easily retrieved and pasted into whatever app you’re using. It’s always running in the background, and as you copy items they get stored. But you can organize what you copy into different pasteboards (think folders). That means favorite clippings are easily accessed for pasting.
Pastebot also has filters with a live preview so you can access files of a specific kind– HTML vs. plain text, and those can be organized and keyboard shortcuts let you enter the most frequently used items with a few clicks.
The quick paste menu is available from the Menubar or with keyboard shortcuts, and that means you can view clippings, search clippings, preview clippings before you paste. There’s also an option to set an order to the clippings for items that need to be pasted in a sequence. You can build the sequence as you copy, but also queue items in the order you prefer to paste.
Pastebot is Apple-aware, too. It syncs with iCloud so the entire clippings library can show up on multiple Macs. It even works with the built-in macOS Sierra Universal Clipboard to share between Macs and iOS devices.
Not bad for not much money. Pastebot is priced right, but has features which extend beyond the normal Mac user almost into geek land. Two other clipboard manager apps to consider are Copy’em Paste and Copied; the latter works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad and syncs clippings between devices.