When it comes to useful add on utilities for the Mac, there’s few that are better than a multiple clipboard manager. When you copy or cut something on your Mac it gets saved to the clipboard so you can paste it elsewhere (in the same document or even a different document). Copy and Paste is one of the first functions most computer users learn.
So, imagine a clipboard that remembers everything you copied or cut, and makes it available anytime to be pasted again. That’s what a multiple clipboard manager app does. Among the best are PTHPasteboard and CopyPaste Pro, both with plenty of features– and a hefty price tag.
If you’re new to the multiple clipboard era, there are a few utilities worth a try. One of the more popular is Collective. This one costs little but still manages to save what you copy or cut so you can paste it again later.
It’s simple to setup and use Collective. Use keyboard shortcuts to open Collective’s list of recently copied items. Or, click the big ‘C’ in the Menubar.
Pretty much anything you can copy can be saved in Collective. Text snippets, photos, images, PDFs, movies, URL links. If you’ve copied plenty of items then use the search function to find one.
Here’s the only problem, and it’s not really Collective’s fault. When you copy or cut an item, it’s saved into Collective. When you select a saved item, it goes back to the Mac’s clipboard to be pasted. That’s an extra step you won’t have in CopyPaste Pro or PTHPasteboard, but since pasting is a keyboard operation it’s certainly not a deal breaker. That makes Collective a good way to try out a multiple clipboard manager without shelling out much money.