Four Super Tools to Rock Your Clipboard

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 29, 2009

If part of your workflow involves a lot of cutting and pasting, then you know how limiting the native clipboard feature is on your desktop no matter which platform you're using. If you want to add a little extra awesome to your cutting and pasting routine, then have a look at this roundup of clipboard tools that make the job go just a little easier.

Glipper - This clipboard manager is for the GNOME panel. It keeps a history of copied text so you can refer back to it later. Glipper has support for Actions, Snippets, No-Paste services, and more. It's available in English, German, and Italian.

Klipper - Similar to Glipper, this clipboard manager adds features to the native desktop app, but for the KDE environment. It's part of the official KDE base module, but you can also grab it as a standalone tool. Klipper buffers your copy history so even though the last snippet you grab is the first one pasted, you can refer back to other snippets if you need to. Actions based on regular expressions can be set in the Preferences section, or you can customize existing shortcuts any way you want.

Speak Clipboard - This Windows XP-only screen reader vocalizes the contents of your clipboard through the computer's speakers. Once started, it automatically checks the clipboard for text, starts reading, and highlights each word along the way. It's easy to pause and resume, too, in case you're using it while transcribing documents.

Jumpcut - This Mac-only tool stacks your clipboard history for easy reference, even after you've copied several items to it. Jumpcut is a Universal Binary that requires OS X 10.3.9 but earlier versions will run on earlier releases of OS X. Jumpcut includes support for Spaces and the Dvorak keyboard.