CuteClips full review

Ever since I covered Jumpcut and PopCopy back in 2006, I’ve been a huge fan of well-designed multiple-Clipboard utilities. These programs store multiple recent contents of the Clipboard, letting you quickly access those past contents for pasting.

Besides increasing productivity, they also save you from situations where you’ve copied or cut text, meaning to paste it elsewhere, but then absentmindedly copied something else, losing the previous content.

There are scores of these utilities out there. What separates the good ones from the rest—and what finally got me using one - is good design. For me, Jumpcut is just about perfect, thanks to a great interface that’s usable via both the keyboard and the mouse. But another one I’ve been liking a lot recently is Karsten Kusche’s CuteClips.

Like Jumpcut, CuteClips sits in the background, storing recent contents of the Clipboard. When you want to access any of those contents, you bring up CuteClips’s translucent display via a menu-bar icon or by pressing a keyboard shortcut (Shift-Command-v, by default).

Move your mouse cursor over the list of clips to see a large preview of each in the preview area; keyboard-lovers can use the arrow keys to view the same previews. Click on a clip, or press return, to paste it into the current document. A thoughtful touch is that CuteClips defaults to selecting the second-most-recent Clipboard content; after all, if you want to paste the most-recent content, you can use the standard Paste command. (You can disable this option if you prefer.)

What makes CuteClips so interesting, besides its large preview area, are its unique extras. For example, you can easily delete any clip from the list. Alternatively, if you right-click on a clip, you can make it “sticky” so it remains in the list until you manually “unsticky” or delete it. (You can also rename sticky clips for clarity.) You can even assign numeric shortcuts (1 through 9) to clips for faster access; this is especially handy for sticky clips.

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