Apple just unified the clipboard with your iPhone if you’re on iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, anything you copy on one is now accessible on the other. Even with that added functionality though the experience leaves a bit to be desired. Pastebot by Tapbots, who brought us Tweetbot seeks to fill this gap.
Pastebot is currently available as a public beta and can be installed here, but before doing so head on over to their help page to make sure you’re all set regarding system requirements. It’s also a good idea to read up on the installation process as there’s a tiny bit of manual set up you’ll need to do to get around application sandboxing.
There is a pretty simple interface when you launch Pastebot, with a macOS style Sidebar and other familiar elements. It also comes with a menu bar app that runs in the background and lets you access the Quick Paste Menu (featured in the image below). You’re able to customize the hot key used to bring this up but the default is ‘command-shift-v’ or simply click on the icon in the menu bar.
You can also organize your clips into different ‘Pasteboards’ for easier access to similar items. Even more powerful are ‘Filters’, this is where Pastebot really shines. You’re able to create all different types of filters to do things like convert to plain text, find and replace text, and wrap image links in IMG tags. If properly implemented these can save you a lot of time in the long run.
Tapbots made sure to design PasteBot with security in mind by adding a blacklist to its Preferences so you can let it know which applications to ignore, that way you won’t accidentally log all of your passwords or other sensitive data. This is a nice addition to the app and shows the level of detail they put into its development.
I haven’t devoted the time yet to truly integrate PasteBot into my daily routine and completely take advantage of the filters. That being said, I can see beyond how I’m using it now and appreciate what they’ve created. Over the next few months I plan using it more and more especially when writing articles and commenting on Reddit. I just really hope they’re going to release an app on iOS, but my gut feeling says now as iOS isn’t open enough yet.
If you’re like me and feel that the clipboard could use a little help go check this app out today, it is still in beta but I can’t seem to find any bugs with it just yet.