9 Crafty Clipboard Utilities for Mac

How often have you copied something to the clipboard, only to accidentally overwrite it by copying something else before pasting it? No doubt this has happened too often, and it’s time to find a way of avoiding this accident waiting to happen.

This roundup will have a look at 9 different clipboard utilities for OS X that let you manage your clipboard and hold more than one item at a time. Have a read through, and see if you can find a clipboard utility that suits you.

ClipMenu

ClipMenu

ClipMenu

ClipMenu is a wonderful and free clipboard manager. At first glance, it looks like nothing more than an icon in the menu bar which keeps hold of the last x items you copied. However, upon delving deeper, it turns out to be so much more.

With a huge set of settings built in to its preferences, ClipMenu can perform actions on items, such as capitalizing text. There is also a snippets menu, where you can store bits of information you may access regularly.

Price: Free
Developer: Naotaka Morimoto
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Clips

Clips

Clips

Clips is great, feature rich clipboard app.  It is different to others in that it acts almost like the Dashboard.  You can set up a hot corner or shortcut to show the Clips board over everything else, with great thumbnails of all your clippings.

You can change how your clips are arranged across the screen, and a live search is included. Clips also includes sharing across computers on the same network which can be very useful.

Price: €19.99 (approx $27 US)
Developer: Conceited Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Shadow Clipboard

Shadow Clipboard

Shadow Clipboard

Shadow Clipboard is another fairly full featured app. It is interesting however in that it comes in both a ‘Simple’ and an ‘Advanced’ mode. In Simple mode, the interface is a pleasant transparent black display with thumbnails of all your clips, however for some reason images don’t seem to display, even in the enlarged preview.

In Advanced mode, Shadow Clipboard turns into a less attractive windowed display with more info on each clipping. This app also supports bonjour sharing, meaning you if you copy on one computer, you can paste on another!

Price: $15
Developer: StupidFish Programming
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

JumpCut

JumpCut

JumpCut

They don’t come much simpler than JumpCut, but perhaps this is all you need. JumpCut resides in the menubar with your clipboard history at the ready. There is also a floating bezel which you can use, however it’s not as useful as found in other applications. Unfortunately, JumpCut only allows you copy text, but it is free and works fine.

Price: Free
Developer: Snarkout
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later

CopyPaste Pro

CopyPaste Pro

CopyPaste Pro

CopyPaste Pro surprised me quite a bit. Upon first opening, it seemed rather ugly and basic. However upon delving deeper, I’ve been very impressed. Displayed as a small, floating clipboard icon in the corner of your screen, hovering over these reveals the contents of your clipboard history. There is also clip archive for permanently storing files. These icons can be turned off though, and CopyPaste can be used as a menu bar app.

A clever feature of CopyPaste is that if you press ‘Command +VV (double V)’ then a transparent clip browser is revealed on screen with previews of all your latest clips ready to be pasted. There are also plenty of very cool tools in this app, such as the ability to instantly shorten URLs, insert timestamps, and capitalize text.

Price: $30
Developer: Script Software
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

iClipboard

iClipboard

iClipboard

This clipboard utility resides as a shelf at the edge of your screen which pulls out to reveal your clipboard history. It’s quite simple, storing just about any file type.

iClipboard also has a beautifully large preview area for images and text clippings which most other apps miss. It does however, seem a little bit buggy when showing thumbnails for images, and once stopped recording the clipboard for me despite not pressing anything.

Price: $24.99
Developer: Chronos
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5.5 or later

Stuf

Stuf

Stuf

This clipboard utility appears to be very good, however it has acted up a bit for me. It can store all of your saved files into a transparent window accessed from the menu bar, and includes a great sharing feature for copying and pasting between multiple computers which feels well executed. There is also the ability to create multiple clipboards and even to password protect them.

Price: £14.99 (approx. $23 US)
Developer: The Escapers
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5 or later

Clyppan

Clyppan

Clyppan

Clyppan is an open source app which holds your latest clippings, but only text based ones. It supports Quick Look and has a great search function, but lacks a way to quickly paste specific clippings on to the computer; you have to actually double click the clipping, and then select a text field where you can ‘Command + V’ it in. Most apps allow a double click to instantly paste the selection. Still, its free and does the trick.

Price: Free
Developer: Ole Morten Halvorsen
Requires: Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later

LaunchBar

LaunchBar

LaunchBar

A great feature packed into LaunchBar is the ability to keep track of your clipboard, and hold as many copied items in there as you need. These can be accessed instantly via a keyboard shortcut, and can split up different lines of text.

A rather interesting feature of this is that if you copy something, a line of text for instance, and then select some more text but this time press ‘Command + C’ twice, the new text will be merged with the previously copied text.

Price: €24 (approx. $33 US)
Developer: Objective Development
Requires: Mac OS X 10.4 or later

Conclusion

Hopefully something above will be suited for you. My personal favourite is the free ClipMenu for its simplicity and power, followed closely by Clips which packs a few more great features such as sharing.

Have a play with some of these, see what suits you and let us know in the comments. Which one is your pick, or have we missed your favorite?