Way back in the day I jumped on a few trends that made their way to the Mac. One was SuperDuper!, an excellent way for Mac users to clone their hard drive to create a bootable backup. That’s invaluable. Also promoted early on, here and on Mac360, were RSS readers which enabled Mac users to browse dozens or hundreds of websites in one place.
Allow me to add Mac clipboard manager apps to that list of critical time savers. For years I used CopyPaste Pro, then PTHPasteboard (love the pop out sidebar of copied items), but have tried other clipboard managers, too. What I’m using now is called Copy’em Paste. What it does is remarkable, considering the nominal price tag.
A clipboard manager does exactly what OS X’s built-in clipboard does not. It saves copied or cut items into a library so they can be selected and copied or pasted again later. That’s a huge time saver. Where Copy’em Paste truly shines is the list of useful, handy, but not complicated features, vs. the price; which makes it a value. In short, everything you copy– text, URLs, HTML, code, files, images, PDFs– gets saved and become accessible with a click to the Menubar.
Items in the clipboard library can be dragged and dropped into document. There’s an option to transform formatted text to plain text, stripping out the format. The library of clipboard items can also be be organized so you have quicker access to favorite items. As the library grows search becomes your friend so you can search by type, name, and other criteria.
One feature I want and miss is iCloud or Dropbox sync so favorite clipboard items are available on multiple Macs. Another Mac utility, CloudClip Manager does this, but doesn’t have as many robust features, but it also syncs clipboard items to iPhone and iPad.