Mac/iOS: I recently checked out clipboard management app Paste 2. While it’s a bit pricey — $22.99 for the full version — it has some compelling features, and a free trial, that make it worth considering.
Although there are plenty of clipboard management apps that keep a record of everything you’ve copied, and Apple’s own Continuity feature lets you access the contents of your clipboard across all of your devices, Paste 2 puts these features under one roof.
The app allows you to save everything you’ve copied (or limit it to a specific time period, such as anything you’ve copied in the past month). You pull up your historical record by hitting Command + Shift + V, which opens up a panel at the bottom of your screen that features all of your copied content as large cards.
I like that you can sort these cards into customised tabs, or “Pinboards”, if you’re trying to keep your must-view websites separate from all those cute animal pictures (or funny GIFs) you’re copying to blast to your friends later.
You can also search for anything you’ve copied, in case your little item boards are getting too big, and re-copying and pasting any item is simple. You can even use keyboard shortcuts — Command and the numbers 1 through 9 — to quickly copy saved items for pasting.
Paste 2’s clipboard is universal, and the iOS app is free to download and use. The iPad version of the app costs you $US5 ($7), an in-app purchase, which means you’ll be spending about $30 to outfit all of your Apple devices with the app.
Still, that isn’t too bad for a cross-platform, unlimited clipboard that you can organise into little sections.
Thanks to Lifehacker reader Lula Mae Broadway for bringing the app to my attention.