Mac users have so many options to improve or enhance productivity these days that it may be hard for some to figure out which ones are best to try and which ones are not. For those family, friends, co-workers and readers who ask, I recommend a few basics. One is an external backup plan. Another is an RSS reader. The former can save your bacon, while the latter can save you time.
Here’s another I’ll add to the list. A Mac clipboard history manager. There are many to choose, and they all do about the same thing; some with more features, others with more elegance and simplicity.
What’s a clipboard manager? Nice Clipboard is a perfect example.
When you copy or cut something– text, snippets, graphic, or photo or whatever, it gets saved on the Mac’s clipboard in OS X and is made ready to paste elsewhere. That’s the tried and true method of cut and paste. The only problem is the Mac’s clipboard holds only a single item at a time. Cut or copy something else and the one before it disappears forever.
A Mac clipboard history manager stores all those cut and copied pieces into a library which can be managed, and single items can be recalled and pasted again (without finding the original and coping it again) with ease.
That’s what Nice Clipboard does. Cut or copy an item as you always do, but if you need an item from minutes, hours, or days ago, click the icon in the Menubar and there it is.
It’s that easy. All Nice Clipboard is doing is watching whatever it is you cut or copy onto the Mac’s clipboard, then storing the item in the history library so you can retrieve it later (which, in most cases, is far easier than trying to find what you cut or copied before so you can paste it again). Plus, you can save favorites and make them easier to find and use again.
Setup and configuration is typical Mac. Simple. Set the number of items to store in the history library and setup iCloud sync. That’s it.
Wait. What? iCloud sync?
Not only does Nice Clipboard work between Macs– whatever you copy onto the clipboard’s history shows up on another Mac– it also works between Mac and iPhone or iPad, which means your clipboard history is portable.
The Mac version is priced at a few dollars; the same as the iOS version. If you’ve never used a clipboard manager before, this is a good one to get you started because the price tag is nominal, it’s simple and elegant, and sets up easily.