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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards Apps
It took me a while to really grasp the power and usefulness of Butler's custom pasteboards (aka clipboards). But once I did, I've found them to be a wonderful time-saver Here are some hints to get folks started. They are structured as a series of steps, but you don't need to follow the order slavishly.

Create some Custom Pasteboards: Good candidates are strings of text that you use frequently. My custom pasteboards include the following:
  • the html sytnax for a hidden link
  • website urls preformatted as hidden links for posting in forums
  • search syntax strings for Accordance Bible Software
  • templates for the editing of a wiki
To create a custom pasteboard:
  1. Copy the text you want to save
  2. Pull up Butler's Configuration window
  3. Click on the "+" button at the bottom, move down to Smart Item, then Pasteboard and then choose Custom Pasteboard
  4. Give the pasteboard an identifying name
  5. Place it somewhere in your configuration (I keep mine in the "This Mac" menulet)
Read on for a few more tips to get the most out of custom pasteboards...

Group your pasteboards in Containers (aka folders): At first, I only had a few custom pasteboards, which floated "loose" in my configuration. But eventually I had so many custom pasteboards, that became unwieldy. So I organized them by the contexts in which I use them. Among my pasteboard containers are: Accordance, NeoWiki, and Miscellaneous. To create containers:
  1. Go to Butler's Configuration Window
  2. Click on the "+" button at the bottom, and chose Container
  3. Give it a name
  4. Move the Container to where you want it in your configuration
  5. Drag the appropriate custom pasteboards into the container
Assign Hot Keys: This, for me is the real magic of Butler's pasteboards, especially when combined with Containers. You can assign hot keys for individual pasteboards, but I have too many to keep track of that many hot keys. My solution, therefore, has been to assign the Containers hot keys. To assign Hot Keys to a Container:
  1. Open Butler's Configuration Window
  2. Click on the Container (or pasteboard) you want to assign a hot key to
  3. In the frame on the right, click on the Triggers Tab
  4. Type the desired hot key into the Hot Key field
  5. As soon as you assign a Hot Key to a container, a drop-down menu will appear. Choose one of the "Open a Menu" options
Now, if you type the hot key combination for one of your pasteboard containers, a menu will appear that lists all the pasteboards stored there. Use the arrow keys or the mouse to select the pasteboard you want and hit Return. The pasteboard is entered in your document.
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Accordance Bible Software Scripts
Authored by: jweaks on Feb 26, '07 07:57:44AM
Kudos to you for using automation with the most excellent Accordance Bible Software. I use Quicksilver and put together a set of actions to use with Accordance, including autopaste functions. Most of the actions could be easily adapted to Butler. You can find more info here:
Quicksilver Actions for Accordance

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Accordance Bible Software Scripts
Authored by: kabing on Mar 01, '07 02:45:17PM

I've got your QuickSilver scripts, as I'm a regular in the Accordance forums. Unfortunately I don't know anything about AppleScript, so I don't know how to alter them. One of these days maybe I'll read up on AppleScript and figure it out :).



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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards
Authored by: jrcarroll on Feb 26, '07 10:31:16AM

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to set up a permanent clipboard or pasteboard in Quicksilver. You could use the Shelf, but I tend to use that for moving items around.



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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards
Authored by: cybergoober on Feb 27, '07 08:18:07AM

I believe if you invoke Quicksilver then hit command-L it will bring up the clipboard. Not sure if that is what you were referring to or not.



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Give a try to PTHPasteboard Pro...
Authored by: Guntis on Feb 28, '07 03:25:20PM

Maybe off the main topic, but I found PTHPasteboard Pro to be much more efficient in this regard. Up to 100 regular pasteboards, plus additional pasteboards with the constant content, plus filters for pasting text as plain text or with all kinds of effects and/or additions. I can even paste 4 lines of text as 4 numbered or bulletted lines with surrounding HTML code to turn these lines into bullets! Endless possibilites.

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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards
Authored by: rspress on Feb 26, '07 05:27:57PM

I find iClip 4 much more powerful. Not only does it have sections for bits of text, urls, pictures, etc. that you often use and that you can keep in the clipboard until you erase it but every time you copy something it is put into the clipboard recorder. The clipboard recorder keeps its contents between power-offs. Best of all it need little attention from me, the user, to do its thing. Plus it stays out of site until needed.

In fact it has become so useful I feel like an idiot for not using it before. I discovered this and several other apps I did not know about during the MacAppADay giveaway. I think that giveaway was great from introducing little know apps to more users. I hope they do it again soon.



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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards
Authored by: Guntis on Feb 28, '07 03:28:09PM

I found PTHPasteboard Pro to be much more efficient in this regard. Up to 100 regular pasteboards (and easy to scroll!), plus additional pasteboards with the constant content (and I can assign shortcut for each custom pasteboard), plus filters for pasting text as plain text or with all kinds of effects and/or additions. I can even paste 4 lines of text as 4 numbered or bulletted lines with surrounding HTML code to turn these lines into bullets! Endless possibilites.

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"In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?"



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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards
Authored by: MtnBiker on Feb 26, '07 07:39:56PM

Thank you. I didn't know you could do this (not that it's easy to find out and figure out all that Butler can do). And it's really handy for a monthly task I have using a Wiki. Can't remember key shortcuts for the items, but can remember one to bring up the menu. I could have done this somehow with iKeys, but hadn't thought of it, but I use Butler and so why not give it a try. Works well.

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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards
Authored by: Andrew Burke on Feb 28, '07 01:05:08AM
I too use Butler's custom pasteboards all the time, for templates, passwords, filling in forms etc.

Some more tips concerning pasteboards can be found here at:

http://www.andrewburke.orcon.net.nz/mac/butler_rep.htm

(Sorry for the shameless self-promotion).

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Make the most of Butler's custom pasteboards
Authored by: alec kinnear on Jan 15, '08 08:00:17PM
Honestly I think Typinator is better for this (I own both TextExpander and Typinator: TextExpander is a bit buggy - expanding incorrectly on occasion - and Typinator is flawless). Just set up your abbreviation and away you go. fpw expands instantly to Foliopress WYSIWYG for example.

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