Saturday, 13 August 2005

One thing I really need, and for which I have yet to find a truly good solution, is a clipboard manager tool that will do a great job (defined below) of managing a number of different clipped chunks of text, images or whatever. I often need to copy and paste multiple items over and over, but when the contents of the single-items clipboard change, its a pain in the butt to go a re-copy an items I used just a few minutes ago, just to paste it once or twice before I have to copy something else. I need a good clipboard library, with all the bells and whistles. I wish I didn't have to search for and install five or six apps to do what I want.

Improving the clipboard is a age-old problem in the Windows computer world (hey Microsoft - the clipboard idea is great, but in practice it sucks! Enhance it!), and I have tried a few different utilities that tried to solve this problem over time, but I've never seen one that really worked well.

There's been so many attempts at these sorts of programs, it's almost impossible to test them all without mucking up a computer (many of them programs don't install or clean up nicely). I'm sure there's one or more out there that people love. So - maybe you have one to recommend?

Here is what the ultimate clipboard tool would need to do (in my perfect little world):

  • Hold and intelligently manage multiple items clipped from any application
  • Clipped items of any media type (text, images, yada yada)
  • A smart, easy to access, unobtrusive interface for managing content
  • Let me save libraries of organized content
  • Let me have a one-time pad of clippings for the session, and let me move things around, save items I want to keep, etc.
  • For text items, ability to clip as rich text or plain text and convert from/to same (a la PureText)
  • Built-in ability to capture non-clippable text from the screen (scrape like Kleptomania or Screen OCR)
  • For image clips, let me select a rectangle by drawing it, a free-form area by drawing it, a window that needs to be scrolled, etc.
  • Send-to-BlogJet (for that matter, send-to-anywhere) function
  • Installs and uninstalls cleanly
  • Small footprint, lightweight program that works reliably
  • Free is great, but not necessary - I'll pay if it's quality software

Anyone have suggestions? Let me know - thanks!

P.S. - For what it's worth, I have a new-found level of utmost respect for anyone who has to complete RFPs (requests for proposal) for a living. I've spent a large chunk of time this past week, between a zillion other assignments, doing a fairly important RFP. I had to write most of it from scratch for the first time, so there was no boilerplate copy to start with. Now that I have a good set of boilerplate information built, I want to be able to take best advantage of it. Hence this post - I want to reduce the effort required to repurpose content like that the next time around, plus a great copy/clipboard/conversation program would be awesome for blogging.

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Saturday, 13 August 2005 21:21:20 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I'm using one called CLCL from It doesn't do everything you ask for, but it's worth a try.
carlos granier
Monday, 15 August 2005 05:57:40 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Clipmate ( It's $29.95, but well worth it. I've looked at all the free ones and none come close to this.
Josh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 01 September 2005 11:36:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I second the motion for ClipMate.
Monday, 27 March 2006 01:35:37 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Best one is 101 Clips - Really good organizational system. Get it from
Robert Cobb
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