In this post, I take a look at the iOS clipboard manager app Copied, an app that provides a fast and easy way to manage the clipboard and useful for speeding up many of your daily tasks on the go.
Today, I’m excited to show you an app that’s not usually brought up when the topic of iPhone productivity gets covered. But after reading this post, you might start to rethink the way that you work on mobile.
The app I’m referring to is Copied, a clipboard manager for the iPhone and iPad that saves the contents of your clipboard so that you can copy and paste it again later on. If this description doesn’t sound like it would do much to boost your mobile productivity. Not a problem!
Let’s take a look at two practical ways; the app can be useful in your day to day routine.
1. Paste Repeated Content
Le’s say that you and a co-worker are sharing a Google document on a project, and now you want to make the file accessible to more members of your team. Using Copied, you can save the document’s URL link to the clipboard once, and have it handy and ready to share anytime you need it. This type of workflow (or routine) not only saves time but provides a solution when you need to copy, paste and share repeated information.
2. Capturing and Organizing Content
Besides pasting repeated content Copied is also handy for capturing and organizing the things you find online. For example, let’s say that you come across an interesting article and want to compile a note made up of all the important points made throughout the post. On Mobile Safari, this gets to be a challenge since you’ll need to jump back-and-forth and switch apps when copying the various selections to paste them. But with Copied, you don’t need to switch apps or do any fancy maneuvering to make this happen.
Let me show you how.
Follow along: watch this video and learn how.
To create our note let’s return to the post and collect some content.
Now this is a good time to mention that Copied provides many ways of saving content to the clipboard. And one of those options is found right in Mobile Safari, in the Actions menus. So let’s take a look at saving clippings using the “Save to Copied” extension.
Save To Copied Extention
To bring up the extension:
- tap on the Share sheet menu icon,
- and then tap on the “Save to Copied” option.
And that’s it. Our selection just got saved. For the purpose of creating our note, I’m going to repeat the process a few more times to demonstrate how easy it is to copy various stuff. And while I’m doing this, let me point out that other content formats besides text and links can be saved. For instance, image files like jpegs and the popular Gif format are other two types of content sources that can also be sent to the clipboard.
Using the Copied Keyboard
Now to start pasting our clippings let me go over to the notes app, and once I’m there, I’ll bring up the additional Copied keyboard to input the saved text from the clipboard right into the app. Getting to the keyboard is as easy as tapping on the globe icon, and then tapping the clippings to paste them. And that’s it; we are done. We made our note without having to do all the extra jumping around and now that you’ve seen how easy it is to get stuff in and out the clipboard let me take you inside the app and show you around.
Getting around Copied
The main page in Copied is where everything gets saved and collected. To find stuff, you can either scroll through the clipboard history or use the app’s built-in search. Or if you want to show off your iOS ninja skills, Spotlight can also be used to bring up clippings from anywhere in iOS.
Getting around the app is just as easy. For example, a right swipe gesture sends a clipping back to the clipboard, while a left swipe gesture will also copy a clipping to the clipboard. But can also send it to a group list, to the share sheet menu, and to the trash. And again, if you want to show off your advanced iOS ninja skills, a force touch gesture and swiping up will pop open other actions.
Keeping Your Stuff Organized
As you can see, the app does a great job at quickly capturing content to the clipboard and providing actions to do stuff with your clippings. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The app is also quite functional at keeping things organize. For example, if you feel things are getting a bit cluttered or out of hand, just go over to the settings menu, and next to the “Copied History” tab adjustments can be made to select the number of saved clippings.
The List Option
Now while there is no direct feature to tag clippings, Copied does provide a list option to identifying categories quickly, So let’s look at the list option a bit closer. To create a costume list and add clippings to it let’s start by using a left swipe gesture to open the menu and then tapping on the list option. From the menu, you can either tap on the “NEW LIST” option located at the bottom of the menu to create a list or sent clippings to an already made list by choosing one of the selections on the page.
For additional list editing options, start from the homepage in Copied and tap on the list menu to open the page, from this page you have two choices to manage and organize things. The process starts by tapping on the edit option to delete or arrange the order of your list. BTW you can also see the number of clippings that are assigned the each list on the right side of the menu.
3-D Touch & The Today Widget
Now as mentioned before there’re several ways to get clippings to and from the app, two of the most common ways that I interact with Copied, aside from using the Actions extension that we previously looked at, starts by way of the Today Widget and the 3-D Touch option. From these two, you can search, add, view and save clippings into Copied without having to open the app fully.
Let me give you a quick peek at these options.
Now right about here is where I usually start to wrap things up, but since you stuck around and made it all the way to the end of the video let me show you…ONE LAST THING!
For an additional in-app purchase, (and well worth the price) Copied provides Clipboard Sync, this sync option automatically updates the clipboard of all synced devices when you copy/save a clipping on any iOS device. So if you have more than one iOS device like an iPhone, and iPad or even the Apple Watch a clipping send to the clipboard on one device shows up on the other. And awesomely enough Clipboard Sync works over on the Mac too, if you’re using the OSX version of Copied on your Mac. This is a great option for folks who use both platforms, (like yours truly) and need a quick way to move stuff between mobile and desktop.
As you just seen, the clipboard on your iOS device can be transformed to be an essential productivity springboard for many of your daily tasks. The app Copied is the best iOS clipboard managing tool in my humble opinion because it provides the features and clipboard managing options to start taking control. So, what are you waiting? Copied is a free app and is found in the App Store. You’ll find the link in the video description below.
Do you see a need for using a Clipboard managing app on your iOS device? And how would you speed up your productivity with Copied? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And while you are there, let me know of any topics you want to see covered on the channel.