PTHPasteboard Pro review

As a writer and editor, I couldn’t be nearly as productive as I am without a multiple-Clipboard utility - a program that stores multiple recent contents of the Clipboard, letting you paste any of them quickly and easily.

In addition to the productivity gains such utilities offer, they also protect you from losing important content because you copied or cut it, then absentmindedly copied or cut something else, replacing that content, before you had a chance to paste.

I’ve previously reviewed Jumpcut, PopCopy, and CuteClips, three multiple-Clipboard utilities that focus on simplicity and ease of use; Jumpcut remains one of my favorite OS X add-ons. But if you’re willing to forego some of that simplicity, PTH Pasteboard Pro offers a whole lot more functionality.

Like other such utilities, every time you copy or cut content - text, images, and so on - to the Clipboard, PTHPasteboard Pro automatically adds that content to its own list of Clipboard contents, which the developer calls a pasteboard; you choose how many items the pasteboard holds, as well as the maximum size of items to be saved. You can access those contents via a separate pasteboard window or—my preference—a menu-bar menu. Click on an entry in the window or menu to immediately paste it into the current document or text field.

(Two bonuses you get with the window approach, instead of the menu-bar menu, are a search field for finding particular text—a great feature if you can’t remember when you cut that important paragraph you forgot to paste—and a larger preview of the contents of a particular pasteboard buffer by holding the cursor over that item.)

Right-click on an item in the window, or access its hierarchical menu in the menu, and PTHPasteboard gives you more options: It shows you the name of the application in which you copied or cut the content, the date and time it was added to the pasteboard, and a count of lines, words, and characters.

You can also remove the item from the pasteboard, add it to a different pasteboard (more on that below), format it, or apply a custom filter to it.

These filters are one of the standout features of PTHPasteboard Pro. You can apply them when pasting content from the pasteboard, and they can strip formatting from text; change case, spacing, and format; clean up HTML and lines; find and replace text; and even perform various miscellaneous tweaks such as shortening URLs and processing text using shell scripts. You can also create your own filters, and you can create sequential filters, which combine multiple filters into a single action.

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