[Windows] Clipdiary records copied text and images and lets you paste content at a later time

clipdiaryCopy/cut and paste is a great feature found in Windows (and other operating systems); it allows you to easily move data from one place to another on your computer. However, the issue with Windows Clipboard is it only keeps track of the latest clip you copy/cut; all other clips before that are deleted. This is an issue for people that often copy/cut + paste a lot because they may want previous clips to be saved and reused at a later date. That is why clipboard managers were invented, and dotTech has a review on the best free clipboard managers for Windows. If, however, you aren’t satisfied with our picks, Clipdiary is another one. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

Clipdiary is a clipboard manager for Windows; it monitors Windows Clipboard and records whatever you copy/cut. You can then paste recorded clips whenever you want, instead of just being able to paste the latest clip as allowed by Windows Clipboard.

Pros

  • Records all copied or cut data (text, images, files, etc.) as clips and lets you paste individual clips at a later date
  • Recorded clips remain even after computer restart
  • Supports both plain-text and rich-text clips and lets you optionally paste rich-text clips as plain-text
  • Works with hotkeys
  • Has ignore lists you can use to tell Clipdiary to a) not record clips copied/cut from specific programs b) not record clips that contain certain file formats c) disable Clipdiary hotkeys when using specific programs
  • Has built-in search function to search recorded clips
  • Can save recorded clips as text file
  • Can search the text content of recorded clips via Google
  • You can delete database of recorded clicks with the click of a button
  • You can pause/unpause the program, if there is ever a time when you don’t want Clipdiary to record clips but don’t want to close/reopen the program
  • Easy to use
  • Has a portable version

Cons

  • Cannot reorder list that shows recorded clips; the list is always in chronological order, meaning the newest clips are at the bottom… which may annoy some people
  • You cannot password protect the program or database of recorded clips
  • There is no feature that automatically clears database of recorded clips every X mins or every time an X even happens (e.g. computer restart)
  • Doesn’t really have any significant features that would make you want to get Clipdiary over the dozens of other clipboard managers. In fact, lacks some features found in rival programs — such as the ability to easily share recorded clips with others, either via the internet or local network, and the ability to “sticky” commonly used clips at the top of the recorded clips list for easy access
  • Can be a bit heavy on computer resources while idle. For example, at one point it was using roughly 6 MB of RAM. In and of itself 6 MB of RAM isn’t a lot, but other clipboard managers don’t use as much so Clipdiary can, at times, be heavier than rival software.

Conclusion and Download Link

I first reviewed Clipdiary back in April 2009 and gushed about the program; I loved its features and ease-of-use. Today, four years later, I still love its ease-of-use… but I find its features to be lacking. It isn’t that Clipdiary is a bad program with no good features. It is far from a bad program — it is a very good clipboard manager that does exactly what it claims. I’m not saying Clipdiary is bad; I’m saying Clipdiary doesn’t provide unique functionality.

Really the only feature that I found to be outstanding in Clipdiary is the ignore lists it has. Other than that, Clipdiary provides the bare minimum features expected of a clipboard manager. Sure, the features it provides are enough to help you record and paste clips, but, in my opinion, they aren’t enough to justify shelling out $19.95 for this program.

You are more than welcome to give Clipdiary a try yourself to make up your own mind — they do offer a trial which you can test before purchasing — but I see no reason to spend $19.95 on this program when you can get the same (and more) features and the same ease-of-use with freeware clipboard managers. Read dotTech’s review on best free clipboard managers on Windows to learn more.

Price: $19.95

Version reviewed: 3.51

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

Download size: 2.6 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/47

Is it portable? Yes

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12 comments

  1. Brian Taylor

    [@Machar]To a certain extent I agree.
    All the alternatives make my head spin. If someone offers a product for free then evaluate it; If there is another piece of software that does “everything” better then let us know. There is no need to bash a free offering or confuse people with 5 to 10 alternatives when today’s offering is free for today as well!
    A list of free alternatives is fine for if/when a re-install of the software is needed or someone is unhappy with the one offered. At least give the GAOTD a chance.

  2. Machar

    Hell’s teeth! Does the mention of specific SOS deals on here mean we have to suffer Giovanni’s verbal diarrhoea here as well as on GOTD? Critical appraisal of a program is one thing but endlessly listing alternatives – without a balanced review – is simply tedious.

    @Giovanni – PLEASE start your own blog/web page so that we can choose to boycott it and ignore your drivel. Thank you.

  3. Giovanni

    Another good one I forgot to mention in my previous comment is also
    a FREE & PORTABLE tool called “CopyQ”.

    This is a very advanced clipboard management app, allowing you to organize clipboard items into different tabs with the ability to edit them (sort, delete and remove items) with ease.

    However, what makes this app so special, is the power, given to users, to define CUSTOM COMMANDS for executing actions, such as open a link in the default web browser or ignore certain items into the clipboard history.

    Probably the BEST clipboard manager for Linux.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/copyq

    Enjoy!

  4. Giovanni

    Here are the BEST (at least for me) FREE & PORTABLE clipboard tools missed by your “assistant” William, which outclass this GAOTD for ever:

    * (Portable) ClipMon
    Unlike this GAOTD, it allows you to EDIT the content of your clipboard by opening a selected image in one of your external editing graphic programs, as well as send the current or previous clipboard content to a preset mail recipient or custom directory.
    And yes, it can also automatically syncronize your copied & pasted data from your PC’s clipboard to another one via cloud services (DropBox for instance), another feature missed by this GAOTD Worth 20 bucks.

    Here a short explanation on how to do that:
    http://www.pa-soft.com/webhelp_clipmon/index.html?handy_tips.htm

    Download:
    http://www.pa-soft.com/clipmon.html

    * Save.Me
    Superb FREE and very easy to use PORTABLE clipboard tool which can save and preserve absolutely everything you may copy&paste (text, images, videos, URLs, files, folders, emails etc…) for easy access at a later date.
    Just enter a word, an image name or a text snippet, and then this app is able to find the item you were searching for almost immediately.
    But if you don’t remember the exact name of the item to be retrieved, no problem; just click on the “Default” view and voilà every logged clipboard item will be shown in chronological order.
    It can tell you if a particular item was an image with a meaningful name or just a block of text, showing you the exact date when it was saved to the clipboard and even the name of the application responsible for that.
    It also sports a nice “preview window”, designed to show you all the text, the entire image or even a web page should the clipboard item be an URL address.

    http://www.aiclipboard.com/save.me/index.html

    - Click.to
    Crazy FREE app I recently came accross which makes your copy & paste experience a breeze!!
    With this magic FREE tool text, images, videos, and other selected documents can be sent to other programs literally with a single click, even by handling them automatically!!
    Actually this tool is much more than a simple clipboard, since it can add text to an e-mail, publish pictures on Facebook or search for a foreign word in Wikipedia literally with a single mouse click.

    http://www.clicktoapp.com/en/what-is-click-to

    * Clipboard Master
    http://www.jumpingbytes.com/en/clipboard-master/features.html

    And if you want to HEAR the clipboard texts spoken aloud, then try a magic FREE tool called “Clipboard Pimper”.

    http://www.catzware.com/Software.html

    Enjoy!!!

  5. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    [@Begemot] Of course, I agree with you that different people have different opinions. There very well may be many people that disagree with me, and that is fine. As I said in my review, Clipdiary is a good program… I just don’t see why people should pay for it. That is my opinion and you, and anyone else, are welcome to disagree with it.

  6. Begemot

    Yes, you are right I should say that I am developer.

    >> Who can’t understand or use ClipX
    Trust me, I know a lot users that can’t use some other clipboard manager, does not matter free or commercial – but think that Clipdiary is better.

    From other hand, I know a lot of users that think that Clipdiary is bad – ugly, not-functionality or not handy to use.

    So, as I said all people are different, some likes dogs, some cats:)

  7. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    [@Begemot] Say what? Who can’t understand or use ClipX, Clipdiary, etc.? Clipboard management isn’t rocket science. Sure, Clipdiary is easy to use but so are other clipboard managers… and they offer the same, if not more, features than Clipdiary without the cost.

  8. Begemot

    User pays not for features, users pay for time that Clipdiary save them (a few hours every month for my tasks) and comfort in work.

    Yes, I now there are a lot of free alternatives. But all people differents, somebody like ClipX and can’t understand Clipdiary, somebody like Clipdiary and can’t use ClipX or other program due to some reasons.

  9. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    [@Begemot] What you say is true. However, you are missing the main point I made:

    >>Sure, the features it provides are enough to help you record and paste clips, but, in my opinion, they aren’t enough to justify shelling out $19.95 for this program.

  10. Begemot

    >>Today, four years later, I still love its ease-of-use… but I find its features to be lacking.

    It’s really headache for any developers choosing between a functionality or ease-to-use. Some people, usually experts, like tools with a lot of features even if they don’t needed it really, but I think most of usual users prefer ease-to-use and comfortable programs:)