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[This is the Pick of the Week for the week of July 26th, the current week (whew, caught up again!)]

ClipboardSharing is one of those apps that I didn't know I needed until I found it. If you have more than one Mac and do a lot of work on both of them, it can be an incredible timesaver. What is it? Basically, ClipboardSharing lets you share the contents of the clipboard with any number of additional Macs on your local network. ClipboardSharing is an application, not a preferences panel, so there's not much to worry about in the way of crashing or compatibility. Launch it on each machine whose clipboards you'd like to share, and you'll see a new scissors icon in each machine's menubar. Click the icon to reveal the preferences and options:


ClipboardSharing has no dock icon, so you quit it by using the Quit option in the menubar. In the preferences, you can specify a size limit for data on the clipboard, how many clipboards to remember (yes, it's a basic multiple-clipboard app, too), and whether to store the clipboards on the hard drive between uses of the program. A Sharing tab lets you set up custom ports, enable logging, and specify whether or not to be notified when your clipboard is modified. The Access tab allows you to create rules for accessing the clipboards; I added a simple "Deny access if client is not on my local network" rule to prevent accidentally sharing my clipboards with the net :). Finally, AutoSync will keep clipboards on two machines in sync (I haven't tested this part of the program yet).

For me, this is a big timesaver, as between working on the book, Macworld articles, and hints, I'm constantly jumping between the two machines to test something on one or the other, and usually taking a screenshot in the process. Now I can just shoot the screenshot to the clipboard and have it instantly accessible from the other Mac. There are probably some good uses in a work group situation, too, to share info across the team quickly and easily.
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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: jctull on Jul 27, '04 12:11:49PM

I would rate this 10 if it had keyboard shortcuts for accessing clipboards. Without keyboard shortcuts, you need another clipboard application for conveniently using multiple clipboards without resorting to the mouse.



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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: eriklager on Jul 27, '04 01:55:01PM
Yes, I agree that keyboard shortcuts would be a good addition. I'm the author of ClipboardSharing, so consider your request heard. I'll get on it at some point. In the mean time, if you really want to, there is a way to set up customizable keyboard shortcuts if you use an application such as iKey. With such an application, you can bind AppleScripts to keyboard shortcuts, and those AppleScripts could control ClipboardSharing. For example, the following AppleScript restores the previous clipboard (the first one in the previous clipboards menu):
tell application "ClipboardSharing" to set the system clipboard to clipboard 1
It is also very simple to send and receive clipboards this way. I'll give more examples if anyone is interested.

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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: gourls on Jul 27, '04 03:07:03PM
Wow! That seems really cool. How do I get this app?

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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: sjk on Jul 27, '04 03:29:03PM

Click the Product Page link in Rob's review.



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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: seven5 on Jul 27, '04 12:57:09PM

This is where Rendezvous(OpenTalk) really shines. Sure you could have this application without Rendezvous, it would just require users to input ip addresses ahead of time to share clipboards, but is that much effort really worth the ability to share clipboards? Probably not to most users. By using Rendezvous, theres nothing to configure, it just works. Rendezvous practically enables this application to even exist. This is why Rendezvous is so important. Every day i see a new use for it. Rendezvous is the real star here.


Also, if you dont need the sharing feature, ClipboardSharing is still a great multiple clipboard utility. Most all other apps like this will immediatly paste the contents of your clipboard into where the cursor is when you choose an item, ClipboardSharing just puts it back into your clipboard. I find the other way very annoying, where this way allows me to keep working and not have to be perfectly specific with where my cursor is, i have the freedom to paste it anytime i want.



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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: eriklager on Jul 27, '04 01:40:43PM

Oh, I'm promoted. Thanks Rob! :)



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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: iolaire on Jul 27, '04 02:31:27PM
For mac/windows/mac sharing try: http://www.porchdogsoft.com/products/spike/ http://www.porchdogsoft.com/products/spike/

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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: mahuti on Jul 27, '04 02:56:52PM

DUDE! THis is SOOO AWESOME! This helps my office SO much. Thank you thank you thank you.

PS I'll donate.

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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: steffi on Jul 27, '04 05:53:48PM

Is it possible to share the clip board b/w two different users on the same machine via fast user switching?

That's when I've most recently needed to share the clip board.



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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: eriklager on Jul 27, '04 09:01:46PM

Yes, that is certainly possible. Just launch ClipboardSharing in both accounts and then either transfer the clipboard manually or use the AutoSync feature. It should work just as same as over the network.



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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: jaysoffian on Jul 28, '04 01:44:33AM
Why share just a clipboard when you can share your keyboard/mouse too. Check out teleport.

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Indeed...
Authored by: robg on Jul 28, '04 11:15:04AM
We ran a hint on teleport earlier this year. Quite the cool little app...

-rob.

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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: aMacUzur on Mar 23, '05 02:29:51PM
I've been using ClipCommControl to do cross-system clipboard sharing for quite some time, now.

It not only works great by itself, but also works in conjunction with KMremoteControl to implement keyboard/mouse sharing and clipbaord sharing.

I originally tried some of the other keyboard/mouse solutions but they all seemed to have some problems, for me.

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ClipboardSharing - Share clipboard data between Macs
Authored by: meylet on Jun 12, '10 10:36:14AM
You can run this little Java based open-source (GPL) utility ClipboardMShareJ across multiple computers. It works on any environment that runs Java 1.5+, (Mac, Windows, Linux, Solaris...) It does require that you have a means to share a file between your computers first though, using a remote/network file system of some kind. Also a limitation is that it works with only text data.
Edited on Jun 12, '10 10:36:54AM by meylet


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