Every new Mac gets my time honored treatment—a number of steps that I walk through to set preferences, install specific apps, to get my new machine ready for human use.
Like most Mac users with a new toy, I’ll set System Preferences the way I prefer, update iLife and iWork to the latest versions, and begin installing critical apps. This indispensable app is always out of sight, used regularly, but not even a click away.
Flick The Wrist
When you copy or cut nearly anything on your Mac—text or image—it gets stored on the Mac’s clipboard. One of my critical Mac apps is PTH Pasteboard, one of a dozen or so multiple clipboard tools for the Mac.
What that means is that when you copy something it gets stored into PTH Pasteboard’s main library. Unlike your Mac’s clipboard, which erases the old copy, when you copy again, PTH Pasteboard keeps the copied text or image so it’s available with a click.
Not two clicks. A click. Instead of having to copy, then paste, then copy and paste something else, then go back to something you’ve already copied, PTH Pasteboard has it on file in the library, and it’s available without a click.
PTH Pasteboard resides on your Mac as a Preference Pane and it hides out of sight, off screen where you can’t see it. But it’s there. And it keeps working, saving those copied items while you work.
Then, with the flick of a wrist (move the mouse pointer to the side of the screen), PTH Pasteboard’s library window pops out with your most recent copied items.
That’s it. Find the item you want to paste and click it. It gets pasted into your document but all that was required was a click. There’s no need to back up through your files to find what you need to copy again. PTH Pasteboard has it already.
It also features hotkeys, and can paste formatted and unformatted text. There’s a search function (you’ll be surprised how much copying you do), and controls to set how many items can be stored in the library.
For multiple Macs in an office or home, PTH Pasteboard even syncs copied items across the local network. How cool is that? That’s why it’s one of those dozen or so Mac apps that find their way to a new OS X install first.