Over the years, I have used several different clipboard managers. There are bunches of them for the Mac. Sometimes they are standalone apps or it is just part of the functionality of a full-featured app. I have used iClip Clipboard Manager for years off and on. I have tried others, but I keep coming back to it.
iClip is created and maintained by Irradiated Software. They sell iClip for $14.99, if you are serious about clipboard management just fork over the dough because this is the way go. You can purchase from their website or the Mac App Store. And, you can do a free trial as well.
There are tons of settings and features built into iClip, I will try to cover the more basic ones. After you install iClip you can choose to make it pop out from either left, right, bottom or top edges of the screen:
I have chosen to have it pop out from the left side of the screen for this article so you can see these images better because the left side of my Desktop is uncluttered. Usually, I keep it on the right side. Each one of those circles have a clipping. If you look closely you will see an arrow pointing away from the circle and one pointing into it. If you have your curser in a document and click on the away arrow, it pastes that clip into the document. If you have something on the clipboard and you click the arrow pointing into the circle, it copies the clipboard into the circle.
Also, you can access settings to Edit and deal with each clipping by clicking on the Gear symbol:
You can move clips into different clip sets in this Edit area, a nice touch.
So here is the overall idea. You setup iClip using the Manage Clip Sets setting and Preferences (more on Preferences in my next article):
If you go into Manage Clip Sets you get this window:
Here you can add clip sets for different purposes. I have one for Technical stuff and one for Email responses. You could have a clip set for a project you are working on. The possibilities here are endless. You can also delete clip sets, duplicate them, etc.
Once you are back in the program again you paste stuff into and copy stuff out of these various clip sets. You choose what clip set to are work with in the top menu area:
Just click right where it says “Technical” (your clip set name would be different of course) and select from the drop down list of clip sets:
Now you are working with a different clipset. By the way, do you see that little push pin icon in the upper right corner of the window? If you click that it holds the window out so you can work with it. Very handy if you are pasting several items in a row.
Also, do you see the clipset that says “Recorder” by itself in the top of that menu? Well, iClip has the capability of recording all the stuff on the Mac clipboard. If you wish to view one of those items just click on “Recorder” and you can scroll through the list:
As you can see iClip is very versatile. I really don’t use all of it’s features, but enough to make it a very helpful addition to my workflow. I have not covered the various Preferences and Hot Key settings of iClip, just too much for one article. So, I will cover them in my next installment.