Paste app clipboard manager and pick of the week week 23

Paste.App Clipboard Manager

I think it would be high time Apple introduced the Paste app and the function is permanently built into macOS. Anyone who has ever worked with a clipboard manager like Paste will not want to be without it in the future. It's just super-practical when you have access to older clipboard contents in order to reuse them.

You can find out a lot about the effective use of the app in the "Tips & Tricks" section of the Paste website - especially in connection with keyboard shortcuts.

You can find out a lot about the effective use of the app in the "Tips & Tricks" section of the Paste website - especially in connection with keyboard shortcuts.

 

What does paste actually do?

In order to explain the function of paste, one first has to recognize the problem with the use of the normal clipboard. And my main problem with the usual copy-and-paste is simply that there is only one slot - as just one compartment in the clipboard.

If I have copied something new via CMD + C, the old content of the clipboard is lost. This is a bit impractical, as I could very often need an older value on the clipboard, but just can't get to it.

That would be the case if I didn't have the Paste.app, because this tool basically creates a history of the clipboard contents. With a keyboard shortcut - for me it's CMD + Shift + V - I get a list of the last content and can choose something from it and use it again. Best of all, you can even search the list.

You can work effectively with paste if you memorize the appropriate keyboard shortcuts in order to have quick access to the pin board or to the "quick paste" function.

You can work effectively with paste if you memorize the appropriate keyboard shortcuts in order to have quick access to the pin board or to the "quick paste" function.

 

The Paste.app does not appear in the dock, but is available in the menu bar. However, the history is usually displayed with a keyboard shortcut.

The Paste.app does not appear in the dock, but is available in the menu bar. However, the history is usually displayed with a keyboard shortcut.

Data types and duration of paste history

A very nice thing about Paste is that it not only remembers text, but also copied graphics, HEX color codes, music clips, URLs or whatever you get on the clipboard.

With URLs you get a small preview of the website in the list, with HEX codes the corresponding web color is displayed, images are also displayed and with texts you can see a multi-line text preview.

If you activate the paste pin board with the last entries, you can see the corresponding content in tiles at the bottom of the screen.

If you activate the paste pin board with the last entries, you can see the corresponding content in tiles at the bottom of the screen.

Danger: memory hogs when copying images

Basically, storing the clipboard is a great thing, but it harbors a certain danger if you work a lot with graphics programs and diligently copy larger parts of the image there.

One can imagine that storing all of this image data requires significantly more memory than storing a few snippets of text.

However, you can solve the matter in two ways:

  1. The retention time is set as low as a week or a month. The data in the paste buffer is then cleaned up.
  2. You set in the rules that the graphics program of your choice (e.g. Adobe Photoshop) should not be taken into account when saving the clipboard. Of course, the “normal” copy-and-paste still works, but the content does not go into the history of the clipboard.
The rules automatically define, for example, that password managers are not allowed to store any information in the paste history.

The rules automatically define, for example, that password managers are not allowed to store any information in the paste history.

My uses of paste

It is certainly interesting to know where Paste.app helps me most often, because this way you may find a use case for the app. The most common scenarios for me are:

  • I have to enter my IBAN somewhere and can search for and insert it with paste.
  • I copy a few shades of color to the clipboard in Photoshop for customer websites and can then paste them into a CSS file one after the other without having to constantly switch back and forth.
  • For my domain administration I have two name server addresses that I cannot (and have to) remember, because I only have to type part of them in paste and I can find and use them that way.
  • Sometimes I need different text passages over and over again for various domains (for example if you want to renew the imprint on several customer domains).
  • I use access data several times a day for various web services, but do not want to have them in my password management (because they are from customers, for example).

There are numerous cases where paste has made my life more comfortable over the past few years. For this reason it has the "Pick of the Week" award really deserved.

The Paste settings can be used to define how long the contents of the clipboard should be kept. I have set this to one year so that I can use seldom used data again.

The Paste settings can be used to define how long the contents of the clipboard should be kept. I have set this to one year so that I can use seldom used data again.

Paste also available via Setapp

If you are already a user of Setapp Paste can be installed directly, as it has had a place in the Setapp collection of (terrific) apps for a long time.

If you haven't used Setapp yet, you can either use the app buy from developers or (that would be my recommendation) take a look at that Setapp subscription. For me, Setapp has already paid off several times because I use some of the apps all the time.

One more note: The Paste app is also available on iPadOS and iOS, but I haven't used it there yet. The app synchronizes your data with iCloud and so you automatically have a shared clipboard between several Macs or on iPhone and iPad. However, this function (without history) is also available natively under macOS and iOS or iPad OS.

The price: how much does Paste-App cost?

I got a message that you can't see how much the app costs on the Paste.io website. In fact, that is not communicated properly, which I find a shame. So here are the costs in plain English:

  • either $ 0,99 per month
  • or $ 9,99 annually
  • or you can get it in Setapp subscription with lots and lots of other handy apps for $ 9,99 per month (or $ 107,88 annually)
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4 comments

  1. Dirk says:

    So I've been using Unclutter from the AppStore for years.
    Can be easily opened from the menu bar with a two-finger gesture (without a symbol if desired) and also contains a storage area for files and notes.
    Besides PopClip and Yoink, one of my must-have apps on the Mac.

  2. Ollie Men do that says:

    Ola ;-)

    To be honest with me there is the free one Clipy (Predecessor was called ClipMenu) better, at least for my workflow. A list opens with entries, I can choose how many and how they open.
    When I call up the Snippets window, I can edit, correct and so on in peace and quiet.

    With Pasteapp, the page doesn't even load at the moment (sub-pages aj, but you have to find them via search engines first), then I find it grossly dubious if you try to hide the price from me - and it is only very tiny on the Apple page (the manufacturer hides it completely!).

    Anyway: Clipboard tools are quite a foundation, no longer want to have to live without them. :-D

    Good luck, Ollie

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Ollie! Thank you for your tips. It's also true about the price. I know Paste-App from the days when it was all done with a one-time purchase. In the meantime, however, you have switched to subscription and charge $ 0,99 per month or $ 9,99 per year. I didn't look after it, because I get it from Setapp anyway ... but your hint (also with Clipy) is good!

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