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[Review] ClipboardCC

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

ClipboardCC [1]

Version reviewed:

v5.2.0.0

Software description as per the developer:

ClipboardCC is a clipboard manager with some additional functions.

ClipboardCC will help you keep your clipboard history , automatically save your clipboard content as files in any desired format.

Additionally ClipboardCC can upload clips from the clipboard to ftp server, send them by e-mail or publish them on Google services (Picasa Web Albums and Google Documents).

Download size:

812 KB

Supported OS:

Windows XP and higher

.NET Framework 2.0 or higher is required

Price:

$19.95 (USD)

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”8″}Fairly easy to use, except for two things: 1) There is no way to remove all the entries from “History Manager” at once and 2) Does not come with any sound files to use for the sound effects.
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{for=”Performance” value=”7″}When it works, it works well. However, the program isn’t 100% bug free. I have run into two bugs, which seem to occur arbitrarily: Sometime the paste function stops working while ClipboardCC is in save mode, and sometimes ClipboardCC is in save mode but the program status is listed as “waiting”.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”8″}I can see many people making use of a clipboard manager.
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{for=”Price” value=”6″}$19.95 for a clipboard manager – the type of program that there are many freewares for – is an okay price. A better price would be $10-15.
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As the developer himself describes the program, ClipboardCC is a clipboard manager with some additional functions. What exactly can ClipboardCC do? These are the four main functions of ClipboardCC

This is what ClipboardCC’s main program window looks like:

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As you can see, the four additional functions of ClipboardCC are displayed right on the main program window; I will discuss those four features later on in the review. Firstly let’s discuss ClipboardCC’s main feature: Capturing clipboard data.

To have ClipboardCC start monitoring and recording clipboard data, users must turn on ClipboardCC’s “save mode”. This can be done by clicking on the “Start saving” button from the main program window (as shown above).

Once ClipboardCC is in save mode, it will start capturing all data that is sent to Windows Clipboard (i.e. any text or image that is cut or copied). Users can view the latest captured text and image via the “Results” tab…

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…and all other saved clipboard data is accessible via the “History Manager” (“History” button):

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Clicking on an item shows a preview of it in the bottom part of the “History Manager” window. Right-clicking on an entry and selecting “Push it back to the clipboard” restores the entry to Windows Clipboard, allowing you to paste it. Right-clicking on an entry and selecting “Remove it from history” removes its. Restoring entries and removing entries can also be done via the clipboard and x buttons respectively from the top button bar.

Other things that can be done via the “History Manager”:

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ClipboardCC can remember as many as 100 entries.

Now, as promised, we have discussed the main feature of ClipboardCC, so onto the four additional ones:

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It is important to note that while the “Text” settings have no relevance to the clipboard monitoring and recoding feature of ClipboardCC, the “Images” settings does: The format you select under “Images” is the format ClipboardCC will record the images from Windows Clipboard, and you can set if you want to edit copied/cut images in an image editor before ClipboardCC saves them from “Images” setting. The image editing feature works like this: You copy/cut an image, the image is opened in the editor you selected, you make changes, save it, and close the image editor. Then the new, changed image is what ClipboardCC records in its “History Manager”.

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Last but not least…

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Unfortunately, ClipboardCC does not come with any sound files for you to use, and only WAV files are supported.

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That said, here are a few critical problems with ClipboardCC I found:

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This outbound call occurs almost every time I copy or cut anything. I am not sure where this outbound call is going, but if you type in the remote address in your browser it will lead to Google. Even if it is to Google, I don’t understand why this outbound call is made every time something is copied/cut. Maybe if I had the Google services feature enabled one could say ClipboardCC is pinging Google to make sure my account information is correct (it still wouldn’t make sense why they would check account information after every copy); but these outbound calls occur even when I don’t have the Google services enabled.

Here some other few improvements I feel the developer can make:

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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Clipboardic [15]

xNeat Clipboard Manager [16]

TenClips [17] (not a clipboard manager, but rather provides multiple clipboards)

PhraseExpress [18] (has a clipboard manager as one of its functions)

Comfort Keys Lite [19] (has a clipboard manager as one of its functions)

ArsClip [20]

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{rw_verdict2}As I said a few days ago, you cannot start writing sentences before you know your ABCs. ClipboardCC has a some nice “additional” features, but until it has all the features required of a clipboard manager – and becomes bug free – ClipboardCC is just an ordinary program in my book. Although not a clipboard manager per se, one of my favorite programs is TenClips – it allows me to purify text (turn rich text into plain text) and provides me with multiple clipboards, each having the ability to store different content – so check I would suggest checking out TenClips if you can be happy with a pesudo-clipboard manager. Otherwise, all the other programs mentioned in the free alternatives list above are great – take your pick.
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