Is there an app which allows me to copy several items and then paste them in order?

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  1. tofagerl macrumors 6502a

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    My ideal workflow would be something like this:
    1. Press whatever key combination activates the app
    2. Copy whatever I want, however many times I want, and the stuff I copy would end up in a queue
    3. When I start pasting, it should be pasted from the top of the queue (FIFO) and be removed from the queue.
    4. If there are still stuff in the queue and I start copying new things, it should be appended to the existing queue.
    5. If the queue is empty or I press the same or a new key combination, the app should be deactivated and normal copy/paste behaviour should return .

    Right now I use Paste.app, which is just fine for a normal workflow, but for copying and pasting many things from A to B (say for testing or something) it demands far too much work.
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Google 'clipboard managers osx' there's a huge choice that do what you want
     
  3. tofagerl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No, there's a huge choice of clipboard managers, but I don't want that. I don't want to go through all of the stuff I've copied and select which one to paste. I want a simple FIFO queue. Of course, if this is one of several features in an app, that's great, but I can't find a single app which has this feature.

    Which is why I asked on this forum. After, of course, doing the most obvious thing, which was to use google.
     
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    I think Alfred offers this with the PowerPack purchase.
     
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    You might be surprised by how many people post to a forum first. That is why it cannot be assumed that someone has tried what is obvious to most people. (It might not be obvious to the poster.) And that is why, when posting, it's a good idea to state what you've already tried.
     
  7. tofagerl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not out of the box as far as I can tell, but I wonder if a workflow could do it...
    --- Post Merged, Apr 24, 2016 ---
    Thanks! It's not a perfect fit, as it seems like a ten ton truck solution to a bicycle problem, but if I can't find anything else, I'll go with this solution :)
     
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    What I was thinking was you could use merge to make the queue you want.
     
  11. tofagerl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand what you mean. If I want to copy say 10 snippets from a long document, and then paste them in 10 different places in a different long document (an admittedly weird workflow, but I'm simplifying) that wouldn't help me at all.
     
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    I see, I thought you wanted to stack the snippets together. You can easily do what you just described with the Powerpack clipboard manager. It won't remove them from the list as used like you mentioned, but the clipboard manager stacks up the snippets then you can easily see them (left screenshot) and paste them where you want.

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  13. tofagerl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Any clipboard manager can do that, but I'm asking for a simple FIFO queue where it automatically removes the first and queues up the next item every time I paste something. (When in this mode, that is. Or when this app is loaded, or something like that.)
     
  14. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    Alfred has hot keys so you can fire it up an then use the appropriate one to paste.
     
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    Sorry, naive question here... how does one determine "first" in fifo? Consider the problem, and you might find a more elegant solution. For example, if you have copied 8 things, maybe you can find a manager that has a shortcut to the 8th thing... then you can use the MRU shortcuts in reverse order. (pulling a keycode from thin air) opt-cmd-8, then opt-cmd-7, et al.

    Otherwise, you'll have to "mark" temporally when "first" is, and use a scheme that reverses. My guess is that depending on your number of "copies", you'll find the prior method easier than the latter. Good luck.
     
  16. tofagerl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The first is the first after activating the function.
     
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  18. tofagerl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    "Serial-paste support, paste up to 10 items in the same order you've copied them."
    Yes, it should! I would prefer a bigger buffer, but 10 at a time seems like a limit I would bump into only very rarely.

    Thanks guys, we got there in the end ;)
     
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    I've been using Copied.

    http://copiedapp.com/

    What I like is that it has both OSX and iOS versions and they all sync via iCloud. Makes it easy to copy an item from the iPad and paste it into a document on the Mac.
     
  20. tofagerl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just popped in to say that I used CopyLess a few times, and for that specific use case, it very much solved my problem.

    But for all other clipboard uses I've switched from Paste to Alfred, and i LOVE it! FYI :)
     
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    Glad to hear you found a solution!
     

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