Jumpcut

Jumpcut 0.63

Extend the power of your clipboard

One thing that constantly frustrates me in OS X is the clipboard. Its absurd that you are limited to just one item to copy and paste at a time. View full description

PROS

  • Remembers all the text you've copied or cut
  • Simple and accessible via Menu bar

CONS

  • Preferneces take a while to appear
  • Recording hotkey wouldn't work

Excellent
9

One thing that constantly frustrates me in OS X is the clipboard. Its absurd that you are limited to just one item to copy and paste at a time.

You should be able to go back through your history of pasted text so that if you accidentally overwrite some copied text you can still access it. That's exactly what Jumpcut does in the easiest and most accessible way possible. Jumpcut remembers every little bit of text you copy or cut during a day giving you easy access to your clipboard's history via your Menu bar. Whatever you copy, Jumpcut compiles line by line all of the text you've cut or copies during the day. If you need to paste the text, just select it and it pastes instantly.

The app is represented by an easy-to-spot scissors icon in your Menu bar or you can configure a hotkey instead which is supposed to bring-up a bezel displaying a list of the most recent items you worked with. However, I couldn't work out how to record a hotkey. You're supposed to just click the hotkey symbol and record but recording wouldn't work for me.

However, this takes little away from what is a simple and well designed utility that could prove essential for those who do a lot of cutting, copying and pasting all day.

Changes

  • * Bezel window now interacts well with Spaces, and will appear wherever your document is rather than reverting to the first Space it was used in
  • * Tool tip for wraparound bezel
  • * Rewording of existing tool tips

Jumpcut is an application that provides "clipboard buffering" — that is, access to text that you've cut or copied, even if you've subsequently cut or copied something else. The goal of Jumpcut's interface is to provide quick, natural, intuitive access to your clipboard's history.

Jumpcut is designed to be simple. Download the application, double-click the .tgz file to open it, and drag the application (the one with the pretty scissors icon) to your Applications directory. Launch Jumpcut. A scissors icon will appear in your menu bar. Now whenever you cut or copy a text item, it'll be added to the "stack" of clippings that Jumpcut has recorded. Clippings can be accessed in one of two ways:

Under the menu bar

Choose a clipping from the Jumpcut menu.

Through a pop-up bezel

In any application into which you want to paste an item from Jumpcut's stack, press the hotkey to activate Jumpcut's bezel. (The default value for this hotkey is Control-Option-V.) A little window like the one you see when using the application switcher or the brightness controls will appear. While holding the modifier keys (for the default hotkey, this is the Control-Option combo), use the arrow keys to scroll through the stack.

When you've selected a clipping, Jumpcut will put it on the pasteboard and attempt to paste it into your application. It does this by mimicking a user typing Command-V, so unusual applications which don't use this to indicate "Paste" will be confused. The clip will still be on the pasteboard, though, so you can paste it normally. If Command-V is used in a non-standard way in applications you are trying to paste to, a preference is available to disable the "paste" action for clippings selected from the menu bar. In this case, choose the clipping and paste however your application asks you to do it.

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Jumpcut 0.63

— User reviews — about Jumpcut

  • tks18

    by tks18

    "Have loved it for years and want it for my iPhone, can't find alternative."

    Have loved it for years and want it for my iPhone. Can't find an alternative however for the iPhone. More.

    reviewed on January 16, 2016

  • Ger320

    by Ger320

    "a life and time saver"

    This is a great app. I use it a lot for posting to Excel….also for posting news excerpts plus the link to FB. I wouldn't... More.

    reviewed on January 24, 2014

  • Don Roberts

    by Don Roberts

    "Need information"

    Is there a way to choose where the on-screen clipboard will show, or is it always in the place it's in when you first ... More.

    reviewed on October 19, 2011

  • ernhzd

    by ernhzd

    "It does work, I figured it out."

    Hotkey: I used command J, but lots of combinations don't work though. Bezel: use the arrow keys to navigate between the... More.

    reviewed on August 6, 2011

  • butchdeclue

    by butchdeclue

    "Does not work"

    I have an iMac running OS X 10.5.8. This should be good enough. I was able to set up a hot key (you have to use two ke... More.

    reviewed on August 20, 2010

  • ravettb

    by ravettb

    "??Only one??"

    Doesn't work. I use the hotkey and only see the last thing I copied. In the menu, yes, I see them all. I use a Mac with ... More.

    reviewed on March 4, 2010