Forwarding Address: OS X

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Welcome back, Steve. Welcome back, blog.

Question for readers: what is your favorite multiple-clipboard utility?

I got addicted to this functionality when using KDE for a couple months last fall. I've looked at a number of the OS X options, and for some reason I've become very fussy. I like the implementation in YouControl, but it comes with a lot of other cruft I don't need. CopyPaste is, I'm sorry to say, ugly (is it my anti-Windows bias that makes me dislike those over-saturated reds and blues?), which I can overlook in free software but not in payware. Keyboard Maestro Lite is free (always nice), but it is not smoothly integrated enough -- you have to choose between either regular one-step copy/paste functionality or the enhanced type with its intervening dialog and uselessly named clipboards.

What I want, most simply, is an invisible clipboard stack. When I copy or cut, the selection is pushed onto the stack. When I paste, the item at the top of the stack is pasted (and optionally removed from the stack). A simple selection window would allow for more involved tasks, like discarding items or pulling something from mid-stack.

What's out there that I've missed? In what ways can the existing tools be adapted? Could this be hacked up somehow using e.g. Keyboard Maestro invoking shell scripts that use pbcopy and pbpaste?


  • Glad to see your site back in action, I was getting a bit worried. I'm not sure it's *exactly* what you're looking for, but Quicksilver ( ) has a very nice clipboard function. Copied items get put to the top of the stack (the number of items is configurable). CMD-L brings up the window, where you can choose what to paste and (optionally) hide the window after pasting.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:53 AM  

  • Quicksilver does pretty much exactly what you want, although the clipboard utility needs to be enabled in the preferences.

    By Blogger Andrew Green, at 7:56 AM  

  • Quicksilver (a launcher similar to launchbar) has something like this. Command-space, command-l gives you a list of the recent things you copied. Doubleclick or drag&drop to insert it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:04 AM  

  • Damn, it's so hard to be complete in these things. I meant to mention that while I like Quicksilver's implementation as well, for the moment I'm a paid and dedicated Launchbar (v4) user.

    By Blogger pbx, at 9:18 AM  

  • I use iClip, but I don't think it's quite what you're looking for, either.

    By Blogger Steph, at 11:34 AM  

  • I prefer Jumpcut.

    By Blogger sal paradise, at 12:23 PM  

  • Jumpcut looks perfect -- free, functional, unobtrusive, and still in beta testing so I can project all sorts of hopes and dreams onto it. Thanks!

    By Blogger pbx, at 2:09 PM  

  • Under 10.2.8 I use the still-free PTH Pasteboard (user-selectable number of clipboards).

    I also own's "Typist" app which elts me have a pop-up list (from the dock icon) of saved clipping I mostly for pasting stuff while using Safari.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:15 AM  

  • I'm digressing here, but my life has been changed by Porchdog Software's Spike, which shares a clipboard across Rendezvous. So when I have information on my OS X machine but need it on the Windows machine on the other side of the room, I can copy and paste it. Or vice versa.

    -- Alison Scott (not anonymous, but not prepared to sign up to anything just to post comments)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:58 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:42 AM  

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