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Paste Boosts Your Clipboard Abilities
Apple has this feature called Universal Clipboard that allows you to copy on one device, and paste on another. No matter what the file is,…
Apple has this feature called Universal Clipboard that allows you to copy on one device, and paste on another. No matter what the file is, it just moves freely from your iPhone, to your Mac, so your iPad. The issue is though you can’t view your history or save things for frequent access. Well, you couldn’t before apps like Paste.
Paste 3, available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, is a suped-up version of Universal Clipboard. Every time you hit copy, it gets saved to Paste. Save five different items and you can open Paste and choose any of them to paste into your project. The full clipboard history is a game changer for multi-device workflows.
If the clipboard history was all Paste offered, I’d probably be sold on it. But the app goes further. My favorite added feature is the robust search. You can filter your unlimited clipboard history by what time of item it is — link, photo, text, etc — and what app it was copied from.
As you copy items you can perm-save select items. Maybe a hex code you always use for a brand logo, an email signature you frequently paste, a profile photo you need often, or snippets of code. I use this all the time for bits of code and email templates. The alternative was I’d save everything in a note and pin the most common ones to the top but this was clearly a terrible solution.
The developers of Paste tap into some smart native iOS features to make the work even better. For example, you can enable the Paste keyboard. As you’re typing, you can tap the localization globe to switch to the Paste keyboard that has your whole clipboard history. Just drab and drop text right into what you’re writing. Another useful feature is support for widgets. You can customize the widget to quickly gain access to your clipboard history or your collections.
Sometimes it can be tough working within the restraints of iOS but Paste has worked hard, including adapting to Apple’s new clipboard guidelines with iOS 16.1 that made it harder for devs to store and access copied items. The Mac app is even better without those developer guidelines. No matter the device, Paste adds a ton of value in an easy to use interface.
But enough about other people's apps.