Why isn’t this in Mac OS X already (part 2)?  The American Balloon releases PopCopy 2

The American Balloon, a professional wrestler (Wrestling-related homepage at http://www.balloonsault.com) and Mac Shareware programmer, has released PopCopy 2. PopCopy is an application that sits in the menubar, and keeps a history of any and all text, images, or files that have been copied to the clipboard. The user can also select an item by pressing a user-defined (by default Command+Shift+V) hotkey combination, which presents the user with a menu to choose a previously copied item, and when the hotkey is released, places this item into the clipboard, and pastes it into the frontmost app.

PopCopy 2 was completely rewritten, sports new features like customizable hotkeys, a new hotkey interface which lets the user preview three items at once, and better item previewing in the menubar, letting you see a submenu with the full path of a file, a larger preview of an image, or a longer preview of text. PopCopy 2 also adds support for text from Microsoft Office.

Here’s how PopCopy works:
• Copy or Cut an item from any application. A file, picture, or text item. It shows in the MenuBar in truncated fashion.
• Copy another item. It shows in your MenuBar and the history of what you’ve copied (or cut) in a drop down menu. You can preview/store pictures, files, and text that was previously copied into the clipboard.

If you need to get back to the item you previously copied, you can do one of two things.
A: Use the PopCopy menu in the menubar to reselect your previously copied item.
B: Hold the hotkey (Command + Shift + V), then use your arrow keys to select the item.

PopCopy is offered as a trial download and a full version costs US$14.

View the video to see what PopCopy 2 can do via YouTube:

Direct link to video: http://www.popcopy.net/Movie.html

More info and download link here.

MacDailyNews Retake: Sheesh, why isn’t this in the OS already?! Anyway, this thing is exactly what the doctor ordered for us. Now we can just copy a quote from here, cut an image from there, copy the URL from over there, and use PopCopy’s menu to grab everything off our Clipboard while working in ExpressionEngine instead of tabbing around in Safari like lunatics all day. We’ve tried other “multiple clipboard” apps, but none works as effortlessly for us as PopCopy. If you are looking for a simple, usable multiple clipboard, try out this application. Ee can tell you that it works very well on Power PC- and Intel-based Macs: highly-recommended.

Also check out The American Balloon’s “Telekinesis,” an application that allows one to assign any keyboard key or key combination to any button on your Apple Front Row Remote. It costs $7 to register, and can be found here.

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Why isn’t this in the OS already?! PopCopy offers Clipboard history in your Mac OS X Menu Bar – June 09, 2006


  1. Apple reserves the menu bar area for their own use/expansion and has said so many times in developer material.

    Programs that make use of this area often conflict with Mac OS X changes and updates, have been know to cause a security issue at times.

    Although a nice idea, use at your own risk and un-install it (and any other OS hacks/haxies/root level app installs) before a OS update.

    Clone that boot drive to a external occassionally as well by visiting Carbon Copy Cloner forums free software/advice.

  2. Did anybody else check out his website about his pro wrestling? Quite an interesting fellow. I’m not sure I’ll ever meet anyone who’s not only a pro wrestler but also a Mac Software author. Wowzers. Cool apps, tho.

  3. I’m a little disappointed in our MacDailyNews overlords. I believed they were on top of all things Mac. But their new infatuation with a multiple clipboard application is perplexing. Multiple clipboard apps have been around for a very long time and there are plenty to choose from–like PTHPasteboard, iClip, iClip Lite, CopyPaste, KoolClip, Clipper, Pasteboard Recorder, shadowClipboad, Clipboard Historian, Butler, and the list goes on and on and on. The way MacDailyNews is making it out is that the author of PopCopy has come up with some revolutionary idea and implemented it in a revolutionary manner. Not. PopCopy may be very good, but is it a news story? Why haven’t we seen stories on all the other clipboard managers? Many of them send press releases. I’m beginning to think MacDailyNews has some vested interest in PopCopy. But I still love them anyway. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. CopyPaste and CopyPasteX have been around for years. Not exactly the same thing – certainly more of an ‘old school’ UI – but useful.

    Agree with MDN – this sort of thing (clipboard with history – preferably editable) is over-due for the OS. With Spotlight and Smart Folders, this should be a no-brainer. OK, maybe it would require a real folder to contain a database of stuff not on your HD.

    Yeah … the guy has a lot of slack skin flopping around. Must have been exceptionally rotund at one time.

  5. I agree with Auctoris. It seems like MDN and Popcopy have shared interests indeed. How much are they paying you? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Sorry to bother you, but, as an Italian reader, living in northern Italy but born and raised in Naples, I’d just like to point out that the beautiful music that accompanies the video is an old neapolitan song about how a proper cup of coffee should be made. It’s sung in neapolitan! Does anybody know who sings this nice version?
    Thank you.
    Asti – Italy

  7. OS X can’t to this? Good grief, 10.4 also can’t make my morning coffee, mow the lawn, take out the garbage, or change a diaper. Is this empirical evidence that OS X is worthless and Windows is superior, albeit Windows can’t make my morning coffee, mow the lawn, take out the garbage, or change a diaper, either. I suppose next week’s discussion will be how many angels can dance on an Intel versus AMD microprocessor.

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