At last count I have a couple of dozen Mac utilities that get installed with every new Mac. These are the tools that go beyond what comes with OS X, beyond anything from Adobe or Microsoft; apps which pick up where Apple has decided to leave off.
If you’ve never used a multiple clipboard manager, here’s the starter app you will love to use. Collective currently is 99-cents and it does better what OS X doesn’t do well. Your Mac’s clipboard is limited to one copy or cut item at a time. It only remembers what you last copied or last cut. That’s all that can be pasted. One item at a time.
Collective belongs to the multiple clipboard family of Mac utilities. Almost any item on your Mac’s screen that can be copied can be saved in Collective. That includes text snippets, PDFs, images, photos, website URLs, files– almost anything.
Hit the keyboard combo and the Collective window pops up to reveal what you’ve recently cut or copied.
Collective’s pop up window will display the app associated with whatever you cut or copied, but if your library grows you can search items in the Search field. The app remembers text formatting, knows the dimensions of an image, and the size of a file, as well as the number of characters and lines in text you copied.
If you want, press the Mac’s Space Bar to preview any item in Quick Look. Mark a frequently used item as a favorite. It even works on a Mac with multiple displays and stores up to 2,500 items. The only negative I’ve run into is a modest problem, more associated with apps from the Mac App Store. Collective doesn’t paste items directly into a document. Instead, it moves it to the Mac’s clipboard so you can paste as you’d normally paste.
My understanding is the 99-cent price is a promotion and won’t last forever. At that price, it’s a bargain. It’s not as feature-laden as my favorite multiple clipboard manager, PTHPasteboard Pro, but it’s a good one to use if you’ve never used one before.