As we move deeper into the ‘internet of things’ one aspect of the next generation of technology devices is becoming clear– the need to have devices which interoperate and connect. Arguably, Apple does this as well as any technology company with Mac, iPhone, iPad, and now Watch. One of the best examples is the use of Calendar, Contacts, and other built-in apps which sync data between devices using iCloud. Here’s another.
I’ve long been a proponent of clipboard managers for the Mac; simple utilities which capture and store everything you copy or cut on your Mac, making each item easy to retrieve and use again. Since the age of interoperability has arrived, so has the need to keep data synchronized between devices, including clipboard items. Enter Nice Clipboard, an affordable and elegant clipboard manager app which works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Click the Mac’s Menubar and view your recently copied or cut items in an easily accessible library list.
Nice Clipboard works in the background by watching the contents of the Mac’s clipboard. Whenever you copy or cut something from a document, it gets captured by the clipboard, then stored in the Nice Clipboard library.
That works much like any one of a dozen Mac clipboard managers, but this one does something special. First, it uses iCloud to store the clipboard library, which means it synchronizes library items between Macs so the entire library is available on your desktop iMac and on your Mac notebook at the same time.
Plus, there’s a Nice Clipboard app available for iPhone and iPad, so clipboard items can be synced– via iCloud– to your mobile devices.
That means whatever you collect on your clipboard– Mac, iPhone, iPad– is available when iCloud syncs to other devices.
And, in a rarity, the price of Nice Clipboard– modest at a few dollars– is the same on the Mac App Store as it is for iPhone and iPad on the iTunes App Store. Nice Clipboard won’t wow you with a laundry list of esoteric features, either. It’s simple to setup and use, and perfect for those of us who need clipboard items synced to multiple devices.