Members of the faculty and staff in the school where I work as a Mac and PC system administrator, troubleshooter, application tester, and seemingly 24/7 support aid, occasionally ask if there’s a better way to save time and be more productive when using a Mac.
Like, duh. Of course. For some I recommend specific apps, but for everyone who uses a Mac I recommend RSS readers and a clipboard manager. Both are available in increasing numbers on the Mac App Store, so let me focus on one popular clipboard manager that can move you closer to becoming a Mac power user at low cost.
The Copy Library
Anyone who’s used a Mac for more than a few hours or a few decades knows the basics of copy and paste (also cut and paste). You copy. You paste. You may even know the keyboard shortcuts. Whatever you copied gets placed on the Mac’s clipboard and that makes it easy to move or copy a snippet of text or a file or an image or whatever from one place to another.
Good, right? Everyone knows how to copy and paste. The problem is macOS only remembers what you last copied (or cut). As soon as you copy something else, the last item copied gets ditched, deleted; it’s gone forever. Check this out. It’s a clipboard library of everything you’ve copied recently; instantly available from the Mac’s Menubar or with a click.
Copy’em Paste is an entry-level clipboard manager-like app which stores what you’ve copied so they can be found and pasted back in again– without having to hunt and re-copy.
Think about the advantages of a clipboard library of many copied items that you won’t have to look around for and copy yet again when you need them. There they are, all stacked nice and neat and pretty in Copy’em Paste, ready to be pasted again.
To be fair, I’ve described Copy’em Paste as an entry-level clipboard manager, and getting started using it is a no-brainer, but the feature list is extensive to the point of being geeky. It remembers what you’ve copied and can stored up a nearly unlimited list, including images, photos, text, links, HTML, code, PDFs, files– pretty much anything that can be copied on a Mac.
Get to all those copied items from a single click to the Mac’s Menubar and then quick paste about anything to about anywhere. Copy’em Paste is smart enough to change Rich Text to plain on the fly, transform text, and set favorites which are more easily found. It even lets you batch paste multiple text snippets.
Some apps can be blacklisted to Copy’em Paste won’t store clips, and you can easily organize and categorize stored copy items. The price tag is about right considering the extensive feature list and all the geeky stuff. The app installs quickly, and there’s almost no learning curve until you’re ready to become a power user. If you’ve never used a clipboard manager you’ll find plenty priced less, this is a good one to try, even if there’s no try-before-you-buy option.
Now, I have a few other suggestions if you want to synchronize copied items from Mac-to-Mac, or even Mac-to-iPhone or iPad. Yes, you can do that. I have two such apps on my list. The first is called Copied, available for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Whatever you copy on one, shows up on the other. The second is called CloudClip Manager and it works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, too. Copy on one and it gets synchronized to the others, but it has a smaller limit on the number of copied items it keeps in the library.
Any one of those three will do the trick for you. Nominally priced, well tested, regularly updated.