Plain Clip
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Plain Clip removes formatting from copied text. Additionally, it can be configured to perform one or more additional actions such as removal of trailing whitespace, conversion to ASCII etc.

With the exception of the preferences window, Plain Clip does not have a user interface, which makes it ideal for using it from hotkey/launcher applications such as Spark or LaunchBar or even typing utilities such as TypeIt4Me and TextExpander.
What's New
Version 2.4.8:
  • Fixed a problem where in certain cases triggering Plain Clip from a shortcut manager could interfere with sending the Cmd-V shortcut.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Plain Clip User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc reviewed on 14 Jan 2013
I've used this little gem for many years and so it seems past time to write a review. Plain Clip is not a full featured text cleaner. If that's what you need there are other options, including SmartWrap and TextSoap. But for quickly and easily stripping formatting, like text size, color and style, from text for a clean paste in e-mail, for instance, or simply for making notes, Plain Clip does the job nicely. I keep it handy in my Dock.
[Version 2.4.7]


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@timi commented on 01 Dec 2010
Does it (or can you add) remove smart quotes?
[Version 2.4.1]


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Jo* commented on 06 Nov 2010
Does exactly what it says on the package. So that's awesome. I also quite like that it's unobtrusive and doesn't take up space in dock and/or menubar.

I set up a shortcut (Command/Shift-C) with Spark (that was installed on my system prior to PlainClip anyway) which I can use right after Command-C so my workflow to get rid of formatting of copied text basically consists of two shortcuts. But wait...

The moment I hit the assigned shortcut for Plain Text (Command/Shift-C) however, the preference pane of Plain Text shows up which needs to be confirmed. Since I don't need to change preferences concerning the format of the clipboard content in 99 out of 100 times I could easily do without the preference pane showing up whenever I need to get rid of formatting. In fact that would make this little app even more unobtrusive and a joy to use.

Please consider incorporating a means of setting up global preferences (i.e. via system preference pane like Growl or FinderPop).

And thanks for making this free!
[Version 2.4]

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Robiglio replied on 02 Dec 2010
Your shortcut is Cmd + C + Shift — and the preference dialog is displayed when Shift is pressed wile Plain Clip launches.
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Captain Nemo commented on 21 May 2009
Works fast ! The better thing would be to make it a service, as I don't want to install Spark on my machine for just one function.
[Version 2.1]

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makai replied on 21 May 2009
Same sentiment here. Esp. since version 2 I think that integration with a hot-key launcher has much more complicated.
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Robiglio replied on 22 May 2009
It's not more complicated than with version 1: tell your favourite hotkey utility to launch Plain Clip, and that's it.

Only if you need different shortcuts for different types of text cleaning (for instance, one which will only remove formatting and another one that will additionally remove trailing whitespace, control characters and line breaks) you have to deal with calling the shell script.
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fishscale commented on 22 Aug 2009
ThisService is the answer. Go to iusethis.com and check it out there. It will turn any script,Truly I mean any script, i.e. bash, applescript, python, etc... etc... up to the "more" serious languages like C.
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Tice commented on 20 May 2009
If you want to make it quick, use Freeware Spark (Shortcut app) and this AppleScript:

try
set the clipboard to string of (the clipboard as record)
on error errMsg
display dialog errMsg
end try
[Version 2.1]


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Schmelding reviewed on 20 May 2009
Plain Clip, will you marry me?
[Version 2.1]


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Darth Brooks commented on 06 Feb 2009
Version 2.0 launches then quits a second later (observed in Activity Monitor, 10.4.11 PPC).
[Version 2.0]

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RogerKatz replied on 11 May 2009
It is apparently supposed to do just that. I opened it, and it automatically quit - but it didn't quit until AFTER it cleaned the text on the Clipboard. (MaxOS 10.5.6)
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Schoschie reviewed on 27 Mar 2008
Indispensable.
[Version 1.0.6]


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JazzAddict reviewed on 21 May 2006
Works just as it says. Very useful. Saves me a lot of time!
[Version 1.0.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 19 Aug 2004
In a word —> *YES!!!!*

[insert MacHead ::::happy dance:::: here.............] (-:
[Version 1.0.5]


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Schmelding rated on 24 Jun 2012

[Version 2.4.2]


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License:Free
Date:22 Sep 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
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Plain Clip removes formatting from copied text. Additionally, it can be configured to perform one or more additional actions such as removal of trailing whitespace, conversion to ASCII etc.

With the exception of the preferences window, Plain Clip does not have a user interface, which makes it ideal for using it from hotkey/launcher applications such as Spark or LaunchBar or even typing utilities such as TypeIt4Me and TextExpander.


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