Paste 2

Sim­ple clip­pings man­age­ment now on iOS

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - J.R. Book­wal­ter

Free (IAPs) From Dmitry Obukhov, Made for iPhone, iPad Needs iOS 10.0 or later Ap­ple’s Clip­board seam­lessly copies and pastes be­tween Mac and iOS, but the cur­rent im­ple­men­ta­tion falls short. In­stead of sim­ple one-time data trans­fer, a true clip­board man­ager would en­able sav­ing and or­ga­niz­ing fre­quently used clip­pings.

Af­ter mak­ing a splash on the Mac three years ago, Paste 2 has ar­rived for iOS, giv­ing power users ex­actly what they’ve craved all along. This free mo­bile app uses iCloud to sync text, im­ages, links, files, or other con­tent saved with Paste for Mac 2.3 or later — and vice versa — or­ga­niz­ing clip­pings into fold­ers called Pin­boards.

You can rear­range, delete, re­name, or share snip­pets, but there’s no way to di­rectly add new con­tent into the Paste iOS app — this must be done from other apps like Safari or Mail via the shar­ing ex­ten­sion. The process is as straight­for­ward as it sounds, and a share sheet prompts you to give the clip­ping a unique name and file it in an ex­ist­ing Pin­board.

Like the desk­top ver­sion, Paste 2 for iOS fea­tures a sim­i­larly sparse, clean user in­ter­face. Clip­board His­tory con­sol­i­dates ev­ery­thing into a sin­gle search­able Pin­board, and the de­vel­oper in­cludes a second Pin­board for Use­ful Links with web­site and sup­port con­tact in­for­ma­tion. It’s a snap to add new Pin­boards, each tagged with a color of your choice, but this can only be done from the main app, not via the shar­ing ex­ten­sion.

Tap­ping the three-dot menu but­ton in the up­per right cor­ner en­ables you to man­age Pin­boards or app set­tings. There are only three tog­gle switches for the lat­ter, which en­able or dis­able copy on app ac­ti­va­tion, copy on wid­get ac­ti­va­tion, and iCloud sync. The second op­tion pastes the cur­rent clip­board con­tents when­ever you switch to the Paste wid­get, which can be easily ex­panded to dis­play the last seven his­tory items.

Paste 2 for iOS also in­cludes na­tive sup­port for iPad, with one caveat: Adding or sync­ing Pin­boards on a tablet re­quires a one-time $4.99 in-app pur­chase for what the de­vel­oper calls a “Pro” up­grade. It’s hard to com­plain given the core app is free to be­gin with, but the de­ci­sion to ef­fec­tively hand­i­cap only the iPad ver­sion is dis­ap­point­ing.

the bot­tom line. Nice Mac com­pan­ion, but iPad users must pay.

If you want to sync or add Pin­boards on iPad, you’ll have to pay for an up­grade.

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