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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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.