Experienced Mac users and Mac purists will think I’m nuts, especially because I’ve criticized Apple for ‘dumbing down’ OS X in favor of new users to the platform, specifically those that came from iPhone and iPad or Windows PCs before venturing into the Mac world.
Over time I’ve come to recognize that OS X isn’t really ‘dumbed down’ but the user interface– which at times resembles iOS– might be good for the great unwashed masses of new users to Apple’s once-flagship platform.
A few prime examples include Notification Center and LaunchBar, the former of which works much like pulling down notifications and alerts on iPhone and iPad, and the latter which works much like the launch icons on iOS. If that kind of built-in familiarity brings more customers to Apple, so be it. That’s not a bad thing, even if I disdain using LaunchBar.
I’ve recognized that family members, friends, and co-workers come from a different computing background, and if Apple can make the Mac look friendlier to those formerly Windows PC users, that’s fine with me.
Here’s another example of familiarity to those new to the Mac but who have used iPhone and iPad for years. It’s a little utility called PopClip, and if you’ve used iPhone or iPad then you’ll recognize it immediately.
If you know how to use cut, copy, paste on iPhone or iPad, then you know how to use PopClip.
PopClip is one of those nifty, useful, affordable utilities that once you begin using it on your Mac you won’t want to get rid of it. PopClip appears automatically when you select text in a Mac document. The pop up tools are contextual, too, and PopClip comes with dozens of extensions which add useful functionality.
Text formatting can be maintained when copying. There are extensions for translating, sending text to Evernote, counting words, and much more– and it all looks just like the press-and-hold popup for copy and paste in OS X– but on the Mac.
Not only does PopClip work with Evernote and most Mac apps, it already works with Microsoft Word (the 2016 version Preview). And, therein lies the only real issue. PopClip does not work with all Mac apps, but most of those that are new or available on the Mac App Store (those which handle text, of course).
PopClip is one of those utilities I recommend to newcomers to the Mac, especially so if they’ve already used iPhone and iPad (and those outnumber Mac users by nearly an order of magnitude). This is well done, affordable, and very useful. Fortunately, the developer, though PopClip is sold on the Mac App Store, also has a trial version available.