The Mac OS X Clipboard is an essential tool. Where would we be without the ability to copy-and-paste? Yet its also remarkably rigid. You can’t copy more than one item at a time, for example. Nor can you customize how clips are stored or what kinds of things you want to keep indefinitely. Here are 10 apps that enhance your Clipboard with expanded functions, taking it to the next level.
A favorite here at AppleGazette, Jumpcut gives you just what you need and nothing you don’t. Define your own hotkey to instantly access your history of clips, and Jumpcut provides quick access to a list of available stuff to paste, which you can scroll through using your arrow keys.
Hotkey? Check. Paste in any order? Check. Copies more than text? Check. You can even search through your clipboard history. Hence the name.
One of the more graphically impressive entries on this list, Clipboard Evolved gives you a much more interesting interface than you’re used to for your clipboard. It even has a cover flow interface. It’s easy to manage up to 30 clips, can be set to work automatically, and offers all sorts of advanced customization.
A very slick presentation that fits well within the design aesthetic of OS X, CopyPaster allows for instant access to up to 100 clips, from nearly any file format. And it’s crazy easy to use.
Clips is designed to be unobtrusive to the point of invisibility. It works its magic entirely behind the scenes, automatically saving everything you copy, only appearing when you need to paste something.
Unlike traditional copy-and-paste, ClipAgent works between multiple devices. Using a companion iOS app for iPhone or iPad ($.99 in the App Store), you can copy-and-paste between your Mac and your iOS device, and vice versa. It’s more than a clipboard, it’s a means of transferring data between devices.
There’s no cap on the number of clips you can have with ClipDoubler, which supports many different file formats. It’s also one of the only clipboard apps to support drag-and-drop.
Copy anything you want into a translucent panel just beneath the menu bar, and recall it anytime — even after you restart your computer.Â Also offers lots of customization options for defining the look and feel of what you want your clipboard to be.
Not as graphically impressive as some of the others, but it keeps all your clips neatly organized, with minimum muss and fuss from you. One nice feature that many others don’t have is the ability to apply filters to what you copy — so that you only save the stuff you want saved in your clipboard history.
It only offers 8 clip slots, but it makes accessing your history super easy via a hotkey combo, and it supports a large number of file formats as well. Not bad for a free app.