Differences between CopyPaste Pro and the new CopyPaste

What is CopyPaste?

The Mac OS was the first consumer computer to have a clipboard.* The Mac in 1984 had one clipboard which was a great innovation. Today in 2022 it still has one clipboard. That clipboard is useful and allows a person to copy from one document and then to paste in another app or document. People use it all the time without thinking about it. To learn more read the ‘History of the clipboard’ at the bottom of the page.

CopyPaste Pro 2007+

This app has been around for many years and had a slow steady organic growth and evolution between 2007 till today. It was written in Objective-C. CopyPaste Pro has been around for many years and solid and loved by many users.



Mac OS 10.15 to 13+

CopyPaste 2022+

This app is the newest in the CopyPaste family. It is not an upgrade, it’s totally new and completely rewritten in Swift, Apple’s latest programming language to code apps. It has a different user interface and features from CopyPaste Pro. If you’re running the required Mac OS, 12 or higher, you might want to try it first.


Mac OS 12 to 13+

Visual Differences

CopyPaste Pro & The New CopyPaste Icons

Icons for CopyPaste Pro & CopyPaste 2022

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‘CopyPaste Pro’
CopyPaste for Mac Manual Page 1 copypaste helpCopyPaste for Mac Manual Page 2 copypaste help
Menubar icon
Menubar icon

For the new CopyPaste the icon at top-right is the file icon.
At bottom-right is the new CopyPaste menubar icon.

Its important to realize that these 2 apps are both very similar and very different. Showing features in a list doesn’t do either of them justice. You can describe a strawberry as tart, sweet, red, heart shaped, juicy, etc but you don’t know a strawberry till you taste it. In addition to browsing this list, we recommend trying them to really know ‘grok’ them.

FeaturesCopyPaste ProCopyPaste
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Multiple Clips (clipboards)only limited by RAM memoryonly limited by RAM memory
Saves All ClipsYes, after purchaseYes in 1 month trial and after purchase
Clip SetsYes,Yes, unlimited
Clip HistoryYesYes
Clip EditorNoYes, built in
Clip Actions (transforms clip)23 actions42 actions
TriggerClip (type a few chars to paste any clip)NoYes
Clip BrowserHorizontal Browser(coming) Horizontal and Vertical Browser
Clip ManagerNoYes
Clip Visibilitypreview in the menupreview in the menu and by holding shift key full page
Clip AppendYesYes
Backup Clip Sets & ClipsNoYes
Emoji PanelNoYes
Control activity of pasteboard types via prefsNoYes
Move Clips Between Clip SetsNoYes by dragging in Clip Manager
Paste From Any clip in any Clip SetYesYes
Paste clip by tapYesYes
Paste clip by numberNoYes
Paste multiple clips by sequenceNoYes
Paste as plain text by hotkey or all the time (pref)by hotkey and all the timeby hotkey, by action and all the time (option)
Open URLs with hotkeyNoYes
Preview URL In ClipNoYes
Network with iPhone/iPadNoComing
Web PageCopyPaste ProCopyPaste

History of the Clipboard

CopyPaste is an app created in 1993 by Peter Hoerster. CopyPaste is the first app by at least a decade to add multiple clipboards to the Mac OS. In the first version 10 clipboards (clips) were added since that time more clips were added and now are only limited by the amount of memory in the computer. CopyPaste is the trademark for the name of the app.

It turns out to be useful to have more than one clipboard. So, CopyPaste became very popular. There have been many major and minor versions of CopyPaste in the years since it was first created. Currently there are 2 versions. One called ‘CopyPaste Pro’ which has been available since 2007 and is still available for sale and is actively used by MANY users. The newest member of the family is called, ‘CopyPaste’. Below we discuss how these 2 are different.

* The clipboard is a buffer that some operating systems provide for short-term storage and transfer within and between application programs. The clipboard is usually temporary and unnamed, and its contents reside in the computer’s RAM.The clipboard provides an application programming interface by which programs can specify cut, copy and paste operations. Larry Tesler in 1973 named it cut, copy, and paste and coined the term “clipboard” for this buffer, since these techniques need a clipboard for temporary saving the copied or cut data. At Xerox Parc they invented the process of copy and paste thru use of a clipboard

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