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[Windows] 1-abc Clipboard Organizer is a lightweight, portable clipboard manager that provides you with four clipboards

2013-02-03_215702 [1]Windows Clipboard is a nifty feature of Windows that allows users to paste the last thing they cut or copied. However, Windows Clipboard is a bit limiting, especially when it comes to trying to be able to paste something you copied prior to your latest clip. That is why third-party clipboard managers [2] were invented. Today we have a look at one such program, 1-abc Clipboard Organizer.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

1-abc Clipboard Organizer is a clipboard manager. It keeps track of everything you cut or copy, allowing you to easily paste something you copied before your more recent clip. On top of that, Clipboard Organizer provides you with three additional clipboard (i.e. four clipboards in total, when you county Windows Clipboard). This means you can cut/copy different content to each clipboard.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

2013-02-03_215709 [3]1-abc Clipboard Organizer is a clipboard manager that provides two main functionality.

First, Clipboard Organizer keeps track of your Windows Clipboard. Anything you cut or copy is recorded by Clipboard Organizer and you have the ability to paste any clip at ease. Restoring a previous clip is very easy; simply open Clipboard Organizer and double-click the clip you want to use from the ‘Clipboard Report’ tab. That clip is then put at the front of Windows Clipboard and you can paste it wherever you want. If you want to bring a clip to the front of a different clipboard, instead of double-clicking the clip you single left-click it and then click the ‘Copy to Clipboard X’ button, with X being the number of the clipboard you desire.

Second, Clipboard Organizer expands the amount of clipboards you have. In addition to Windows Clipboard, Clipboard Organizer gives you three more clipboards. These three additional clipboards work just like Windows Clipboard and their history is tracked the same way by Clipboard Organizer. Like how Windows Clipboard works with the Ctrl + C (copy) and Ctrl + V (paste), the three additional clipboards also have their own hotkeys (Ctrl + Shift + 5 and Ctrl + Shift + 2 for copy and paste related to clipboard 2, Ctrl + Shift + 6 and Ctrl + Shift + 3 for copy and paste related to clipboard 3, and Ctrl + Shift + 7 and Ctrl + Shift + 4 for copy and paste related to clipboard 4).

Unfortunately, while Windows Clipboard also works with Ctrl + X (cut), there doesn’t appear to be any cut hotkeys for the additional three clipboards. Plus there is no way to customize the hotkeys for those three extra keyboards — you must use the defaults provided by the developer.

Other features of Clipboard Organizer include:

That said, there is one major issue I have with Clipboard Organizer: it doesn’t support rich-text or images. What I mean is, whenever you copy something, Clipboard Organizer records it and strips all text formatting and all images/files/etc. from the clip. When you go to restore a clip with Clipboard Organizer, you will get the plain-text version of the clip — no original text formatting and everything except text (images, files, etc.) is removed. This is a huge drawback to Clipboard Organizer and essentially kills the programs. I mean, yeah, there is merit to purifying text (i.e. turning rich-text to plain-text) and some people desire that functionality. However, the ability to purify text should be an optional value-added feature in a clipboard manager; you shouldn’t simply just not support rich-text and other content at all.

Another issue I have with Clipboard Organizer is the states “Program can also be installed on USB sticks, floppy disks or nearly all other re-writable media” which implies the program is portable. The program is portable but the portablity aspect of it is very poorly implemented. Yes, you can install Clipboard Organizer onto removable media such as a USB flash drive and yes Clipboard Organizer will run from that USB flash drive on any computer without requiring an install. The issue, however, is:

Lastly, one thing that irks me about Clipboard Organizer (something that I have not mentioned yet in this review) is what Clipboard Organizer does when you recall a previously copied or cut clip. As mentioned earlier, if you want to paste an older clip, you simply open Clipboard Organizer, go to ‘Clipboard Report’ tab, and either double-click the clip or single-click + click a button. What irks me is when you do that, Clipboard Organizer creates a new entry in ‘Clipboard Report’. So, essentially, when you bring an old clip to the front, you essentially have two entries for the same clip in Clipboard Organizer. If you bring that clip to the front multiple times, you have multiple entries. This means your ‘Clipboard Report’ will become unnecessarily congested with the same clips. Annoying!

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

If dotTech still used those ‘rejected’, ‘good’, ‘recommended’, and ‘ordinary’ stamps, 1-abc Clipboard Organizer would squarely quality for the ‘ordinary’ category. Yes, it is a clipboard manager that keeps tracks of clips. Yes, it gives you additional clipboard. Yes, it can be made portable. However, the inability to support rich-text (and related content, such as images) and the piss-poor portability implementation makes this program a hard swallow… especially when you consider the developer wants $19.99 for it!

Trust me when I say this: you will find must better freeware clipboard managers. Much better. Much, much better. Check out dotTech’s review of Best Free Clipboard Manager for Windows [2] to learn about some excellent clipboard managers. Or if you don’t necessarily want clipboard tracking capabilities but would like to have multiple clipboards, check out TenClips [4].

Price: $19.99

Version reviewed: v3.00

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 352 KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46 [5]

Is it portable? Yes

1-abc Clipboard Organizer homepage [6]