Corkboard: The Future of Copy and Paste on Your Mac

Corkboard is the future of copy and pasting on Macs. It provides a simple and elegant way to manage all the data you put in your clipboard. You can drag photos, text, links and more to the application’s menu bar, and it will be securely stored until you need to use it.

This review will give you an in depth look at one of the most powerful clipboard managers available for the Mac. Read on to find out just how amazing this $10 application is, and how it can change the way you copy and paste!

The Corkboard

The Corkboard

Overview

If you consider yourself a Mac “power-user”, then you probably use Command-C and Command-V dozens, if not hundreds, of times daily. But sometimes copy and paste just isn’t enough for what you. Say you’re working on a project that requires you to cut, copy and paste a bunch of text, links, pictures or code into the document you’re working on.

You’re probably switching between all your open windows and applications and copying bits and pieces into a different application. Don’t you wish there was a nice and easy way to copy and paste all that information, and then keep it in a safe place until it’s ready to be used?

Well, you’re in luck. That’s exactly why Ayluro made this fine piece of software called Corkboard. It’s essentially a virtual clipboard for you Mac where you can store — or “pin” — images, text, links and much more.

The Desktop Drop-board!

The Desktop Drop-board!

Using Corkboard

Using Corkboard is almost too easy. When you launch the application you will see a little pin icon in your menu bar. Here, you can display Corkboard, change preferences, or quit the application.

In the Menu Bar

In the Menu Bar

First, let’s open up the preferences. There are a few settings you can change, such as the hot key to display Corkboard, and whether you want to start the application automatically at login. If you have a slow or older Mac, you can choose to disable the animations as well as turning off the complex corkboard-looking background, both of which use a few extra CPU cycles.

Corkboard Preferences

Corkboard Preferences

Once you have Corkboard set up as you’d like, you can begin using it. There are a couple of different ways to add items to Corkboard. You can either drag an image, some text, or a link to the menu bar or dock icon, or you can copy some data into your clipboard, press the hotkey and then paste the item into Corkboard.

Once your item is added, you can move it around and place it where you want. When you’re ready to use it, you can either double click on it or click on it and press Command-C to copy it to your clipboard. Then, just copy into a document or window to use.

You can also choose to “lock” a clipping, so it will stay in the same place. And don’t worry. Once an item is in Corkboard, it will remain there until you remove it. It will even stay in Corkboard if you quit the application or if your computer crashes.

Clipping Options

Clipping Options

Corkboard works with all kinds of files, including colors, vCards, URLs, text, HTML code and files. Whatever you need to store, you can be sure that it works with Corkboard

Plugins

Plugins

Time Machine for Your Clipboard

Everyone’s had the problem: you copy something important, and the you accidentally copy something else, removing the previous item from your clipboard. Corkboard fixes this unfortunate problem.

Corkboard keeps a record of everything you copy to your clipboard. If you make the mistake of copying over something important, you can still retrieve it. Just open Corkboard and you’ll see a clipboard with a list of all the items you copied.

You can scroll through pages for items even further back in time, and once you find what you were looking for, just double click it to bring it back into your clipboard.

Your Clipboard History

Your Clipboard History

Using Corkboard is a breeze. Like I stated earlier, to open Clipboard, you can either click on the menu bar icon, drag an item to the dock or menu bar icon or press a keyboard shortcut.

Ayluro has also added support for VoiceOver, so you can fully control the app just by speaking. You can hear the content of a certain clipping read out to you, and navigate the app using just your voice if you’d like to.

Conclusion

At only $9.99, Corkboard is a steal. There’s also a free trial version that limits you to keeping only four items in your Corkboard at any one time.

Corkboard is definitely one of my favorite applications. It’s always open on my Mac, and it’s set to launch on login. It’s very simple to use and understand, and I love the framework and APIs that the developer added to the app. The overall design and performance of the app is great.

As far as suggestions go, I’d love to be able to resize clippings so I can make room for more images and files. And I wouldn’t mind being able to hide certain clippings. Other than that, the application is amazing. I’d rate it 9/10 and I highly recommend this for any Mac user.


Summary

Corkboard is to copy and paste what Exposé is to the minimize button. It lets you manage your data and works-in-progress in a new and intuitive way, by working alongside your clipboard—the place things go when you copy or paste them—to hold more data and show you exactly what's going on.

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  • http://dpanov.net Dimitar Panov

    I am stunned, really. The idea to visualize the clipboard data is genius, and yet so obvious. How come no one has done this before?
    I’m gonna download this app as soon as I go home.

  • http://www.daniel.roeven.com Daniel Roeven

    The app seams interesting and it looks beautifully executed.
    However, this article is written like an advertisement. It is not written in a neutral style, which is something I do expect from a blog like this.

  • http://www.yummygum.nl Leon

    Wow, this looks very nice! Thanks for reviewing (and introducing) this app!

  • http://jor.is Joris

    @Daniel: You think this blog is neutral? I think they mail up developers and ask them to pay for a post about their app.

    • http://www.daniel.roeven.com Daniel

      I know this blog isn’t completely neutral, but I wouldn’t make accusations like that. However, this post seems partial. It made the app seem absolutely fantastic to me and apparently also to many other commenters. I have tried it out and it isn’t nearly as good.

      • http://classictutorials.com Kaushik

        Seriously telling. I really don’t care if they are doing advertisement. What i care and they do is they bring up some awesome app. Ya I agree with the neutral part though and that’s not only in this case but most of the post. Still am happy and wont complain :)

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      Hi Joris. We have never taken payment for a review on any of the AppStorm sites, and we never will. Everything we write is completely unbiased, and our own personal opinion.

      The reason that most reviews are positive is simply because we don’t review poor quality software. It puts the developers down, and our readers don’t find it interesting (who wants to read about app that we’re recommending you don’t use?!)

      I hope that clears a few things up. Always an interesting topic to discuss!

    • http://www.ayluro.com/ Jonathan Grynspan (Ayluro, Inc.)

      Hi Joris. :) Ayluro was not contacted in any way regarding this review and we did not provide any compensation for it. We were not even approached about an NFR license (which is a common thing to provide to app reviewers.) Mr. Johnson paid for his copy of Corkboard just like everyone else. :)

      We’re pretty evil, and proudly so, but we pride ourselves on our honesty–we’d rather go hungry than have to buy good reviews.

  • http://disenodepaginas.net luis

    just amazing… downloading as we speak…

  • http://welcometosherwood.wordpress.com Steve Zeoli

    As someone who writes reviews for this site, I can assure you that these are not paid advertisements (although this site does have a feature in which advertisers do pay for an overview — that, however, is clearly stated). Speaking for myself, I do prefer to write about applications I’m enthusiastic about, and I suspect that’s true of the other writers here too.

  • donell

    generally what keeps a review ‘neutral’ is a comparison against other options. i use clip menu, which i thought was pretty darn good – until i read this review. and now im torn – do i keep what i thought was working for me; or try out the shiny new toy? so for me – would LOVE to have seen some comparative references to other similar software solutions.

  • cwl

    Too bad it doesn’t (or doesn’t seem to) allow you to select where the application library is so you could move it to, say, dropbox, and be able to share your corkboard over your computers easily.

  • dearpixel

    Tried it briefly. Great eye candy, but forces an extra step as opposed to using a traditional clipboard manager like say launchbar or clipmenu. Great if you like the look of your clips scattered around your desktop, but I find I’m much faster with my fingers on the keyboard and the launchbar or clipmenu hotkeys. Maybe after the beer wears off, I’ll like Corkboard better. Salut.

  • Paul Natsch

    Looks pretty slick, and the Time Machine-like feature is nice. But I think I’ll stick with Clipmenu’s simplicity. I don’t want to spend alot of time messing around with the clipboard and Corkboard looks a little too involved for me.

    Clipmenu is also freeware which is also nice.

  • http://www.ayluro.com Jonathan Grynspan (Ayluro, Inc.)

    Hey guys. So you know: we were not contacted prior to this review coming out. We may be evil, but our evilness was not involved in this review. :)

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  • http://mac-software-tutorials.com Neena

    I have not yet found a clipping program that I fit into my workflow well. Obviously – Mitch likes this one a lot – and it definitely has caught my interest. Will check it out for sure.

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  • http://www.sanilock.com humberto

    it does look a little overwhelming for us beginners but im giving it a try …thnks

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  • Lucas Rolff

    Corkboard is nice, only problem is… it isn’t supported in OS X Lion.. if you run it, it will eat your memory.. on startup it takes around 3gb RAM.. Hope it will get fixed :p

  • http://www.twitter.com/charlestonWeb Jono

    I prefer the simplicity of PTHPasteboard and the control it’s preferences and features provide for clip board items. It just works in the background and all clips are available from an easy slide out shelf that you can put wherever you want. Very light, very easy, very powerful – can’t live without it now.

  • Diego

    I Liked of your desktop. What is theme that you are using ? ehhehehe

  • Sigil

    The app is dead!

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