Use­ful third-party Clip­board apps

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Copied £5.99 copiedapp.com

The ba­sics of Copied more or less mir­ror what you find in Uni­ver­sal Clip­board, al­beit with sup­port for older ver­sions of Ap­ple’s op­er­at­ing sys­tems (start­ing with iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite).

Once you en­able Copied’s iCloud Sync fea­ture, you can copy and paste things be­tween your Macs and iOS de­vices. How­ever, Copied goes be­yond the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Ap­ple’s sys­tem by pro­vid­ing ac­cess to a much richer range of fea­tures: a Clip­board his­tory to ac­cess things copied in the past; ed­itable clip­pings, tem­plates en­able clip­pings to be pasted with spe­cific for­mat­ting; and batch op­er­a­tions, which en­able you to se­lect and merge clip­pings, or add them to stored lists.

Paste £7.99 pastea pp.me

At its core, this app is a smart Clip­board his­tory and clip­pings man­ager. It claims to store “ev­ery­thing you’ve ever copied”, and en­ables you to later search for and re­trieve im­por­tant clip­pings so you can reuse them.

Paste en­ables you to de­fine rules that ex­clude spe­cific apps, and cre­ate pin­boards for reg­u­larly re­quired clip­pings. Of­ten, pin­board slots of­fer a suit­ably chunky pre­view, so you can quickly pick out a par­tic­u­lar clip­ping at a glance; Quick Look is al­ways avail­able for a closer look. At the time of writ­ing, clip­boards can be shared with friends and sent over AirDrop; cross-de­vice sup­port is in the works, with Paste for iOS com­ing soon.

Al­fre d + Po wer pac k £17 al­fre dapp.com

Although it isn’t tech­ni­cally a Clip­board man­ager, this app, once its £17 Pow­er­pack add-on is in­stalled and ac­ti­vated, has a Clip­board his­tory fea­ture. Al­fred’s set­tings are use­fully gran­u­lar: you can de­fine how long it should keep var­i­ous kinds of clip­ping, such as plain text, im­ages and file lists, with du­ra­tions go­ing from 24 hours to three months.

When you open Al­fred’s Clip­board His­tory viewer, you can scroll through clip­pings, or fil­ter its con­tents by typ­ing a word or phrase. Al­fred’s more ad­vanced fea­tures in­clude the abil­ity to ap­pend the cur­rently se­lected item to pre­vi­ously copied text in Clip­board His­tory, and au­to­matic past­ing of your se­lec­tion into an app upon press­ing

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