PopClip
PopClip
2019.10

2.5

PopClip free download for Mac

PopClip

2019.10
05 November 2019

Cut, copy, and paste at your fingertips.

Overview

PopClip puts Cut, Copy and Paste (and more!) at your fingertips, with a popover menu which appears when you select text.

How to use:

  1. Use your mouse pointer to select some text
  2. PopClip appears!
Features:
  • Beautifully rendered user interface looks great on your display
  • Instantly search the web for the text you select
  • Open web links with one click
  • Get dictionary definitions and spelling corrections.
  • Adjust the size of the popover, from small to very large
  • Small, fast and convenient, PopClip is a great way to work with text.

What's new in PopClip

Version 2019.10:
  • Avoid duplicate actions sometimes appearing in the PopClip bar.
  • Avoid unintentional “auto copy” where PopClip could fail to restore the original clipboard contents after selecting text.
  • PopClip will now better avoid appearing in non-text situations (such as graphics editing and games).
  • A freezing bug that could happen when activating the Search action, or using extensions in a browser.
  • Exclude PopClip from apps running under Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion and Crossover.
  • In text editors, avoid incorrect text being pasted when the user presses Command-V immediately after selecting text.

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Fishboy
13 July 2019

Most helpful

macOS 10.14 Mojave users: In case of trouble with PopClip, please do the following: 1. Quit PopClip 2. Go to System Preferences → Privacy → Acccessibility 3. In the list "Allow the apps below to control your computer", highlight PopClip and then remove it using the "-" (minus) button. 4. Use the "+" button add PopClip again to the "Allow the apps below to control your computer" list.
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Version 1.5.8
James
05 November 2019
Personally I use Clipy and it is free.
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Version 2019.10
Big Johnson
30 October 2019
Latest update (2019.9.1) STILL doesn't fix the runaway CPU issue I mentioned below in Nov. 2017: "After copying and pasting a huge block of text, within seconds CPU usage climbs to over 99% and the fans start racing. The only way to stop it is to quit the app, then it can be reopened." Dev. was able to reproduce the problem and has known about it for approx. 27 months. WTH has he been doing the past 2 years? Nothing in this update but a HS bug fix.
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Version 2019.9.1
1 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
30 October 2019
I was reading the release notes for v1.5.8 that was posted here MU finally caught up and posted the latest update. Recent versions do have improvements, BUT STILL NO FIX FOR RUNAWAY CPU!
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Version 2019.9.1
Fishboy
13 July 2019
macOS 10.14 Mojave users: In case of trouble with PopClip, please do the following: 1. Quit PopClip 2. Go to System Preferences → Privacy → Acccessibility 3. In the list "Allow the apps below to control your computer", highlight PopClip and then remove it using the "-" (minus) button. 4. Use the "+" button add PopClip again to the "Allow the apps below to control your computer" list.
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Version 1.5.8
stoltenberg
22 June 2019
This is the first extension i'm installing on new macs. Should be part of the operating system :-)
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Version 1.5.8
LeMerlot
06 July 2018
Still a MUST have – couldn't work without it any more, because it saves sooo much time for me!
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Version 1.5.8
Big Johnson
13 March 2018
R.I.P. PopClip. No update in 5 months and no bug fix for the issue reported over 8 months ago.
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Version 1.5.8
6 answer(s)
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
15 March 2018
EXACTLY. This is why I don't use this type of utilities anymore. The devs of this type of "system enhancement" utilities always end up abandoning their apps. Better to get used to using the Mac without third-party "enhancements" and skip all the needless fiddling that comes with them.
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Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
16 March 2018
All that said, though... I really *do* miss the functionality that PopClip provides. That's why I keep coming back to this page to see if there is a new version that might be a game changer for me. I can't deny its usefulness no matter how much I try otherwise. Frictionless workflow is of paramount importance, and, after all these months, I'm still debating with myself whether my "software comes and goes" mantra is relevant. I mean, why use the Mac at all if it weren't for taking advantage of tools available to the platform?
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Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
16 March 2018
...But then, I just tried PopClip again in light of this thread, and it turned me off rather quickly. It STILL won't activate reliably (it won't show up half the time), it gets in my way half the time, and so on. Sucks.
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Jim-Leff
Jim-Leff
19 May 2018
Wrong. It's actively developed. See beta: https://rink.hockeyapp.net/apps/58adb6c5bea28ffe22f304f2f383d089
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
27 May 2018
Guess the developer is too busy developing to update their own website, which shows the last version was released on Oct. 2017.

But the link from J-L does in fact show an April 2018 update.


I disagree with Scott, though.

I’m not about to forego using a plethora of useful apps out of fear of them becoming obsolete someday.

What would I do without my clipboard utility, fan controller, display color temperature controller, screenshot utility, Dock helper, RAM releaser, menu bar organizer etc. etc. etc.?

To not take advantage of extremely useful software just because of abandonment issues is like saying you’ll never put a stereo in your car because the formants are always discontinued, like 8-track players, cassette decks and CD players.

You enjoy them for a while and then move on if they’re no longer relevant or functional.
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Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
05 September 2018
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petro-semenyuk13
16 February 2018
Looks good. I'll try.
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Version 1.5.8
gcoghill
25 December 2017
An extremely useful utility. It's in my macOS EDC list.
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Version 1.5.8
Big Johnson
25 November 2017
When it works correctly it’s a very helpful app.
Unfortunately that’s only about half the time (as another reviewer has also stated).

So it should be priced at half-off until it works 100%.

It often takes several tries at highlighting something before PopClip activates. It doesn’t seem to like when things are highlighted slowly so it do it fast and then it works (sometimes).

Maybe that’s not really making a difference at all, but at least it seems like I’m making it work by highlighting it faster.

And quite often when it does activate, its menu covers up something I need to click and I have to stop and wait a few seconds for the menu to disappear before I can continue.

I’ve suggested a preference for making the menu appear above or below the highlighted text, but that wasn’t implemented so I’m forced to pause frequently.

The app also has a bug that the developer has known about for nearly four months but failed to fix.

After copying and pasting a huge block of text, within seconds CPU usage climbs to 99+% and the fans start racing. The only way to stop it is to quit the app, then it can be reopened.

And I often forget I’ve killed the app until I try highlighting something several times and nothing happens.

The dev. was able to recreate the issue but has yet to do anything about it.
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Version 1.5.8
Scott-C-H-
11 November 2017
I am once again retracting my positive review after four months of frustrations. I like what PopClip is trying to do, but it fails to activate via drag & highlight half the time. Furthermore, it severely limits the number of actions showing up in the first pane, and, with 20 extensions installed, I often have to click a little arrow to go to the second pane to get to what I want. I hung onto it for four months but naturally shifted toward using OS X's default Contextual Menu and LaunchBar for pretty much everything I need to do. Now it's only annoying whenever it pops up.
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Version 1.5.8
2 answer(s)
Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
13 November 2017
Well.... It took me only two days to painfully realize that PopClip's functionality is just too good to pass. (sigh) My workaround for PopClip not showing up consistently is to use Keyboard Maestro to execute AppleScript to toggle it manually via keyboard shortcuts. Yes, it is frustrating, but it's even more frustrating to work without PopClip. So there. Nicholas the developer, PLEASE fix it so it would pop up more consistently.
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Scott-C-H-
Scott-C-H-
06 December 2017
I've gone back and forth quite a bit on PopClip, but I'm solid in my conviction at this point: PopClip activates only half the time, it gets in my way when I don't want it to, and it's absolutely, utterly irritating to use. It's the idea sounds great in theory but does not work well in reality. I've been back to just using OS X default contextual menu and LaunchBar "Send To" trick, and I am doing just fine without PopClip. I've wasted an embarrassing amount of time going back and forth trying to make it work for me. No more!
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