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Clipboard managers and screenshot utilities are useful tools for supercharging your writing, research, and editing workflow. While there’s no shortage of these programs for Mac OS X, some offer unique benefits you should probably know about.

Since we last reviewed Mac clipboard managers Be More Productive With A Powerful Clipboard Manager [Mac] Be More Productive With A Powerful Clipboard Manager [Mac] If you routinely copy and paste text and other items on your Mac and iOS devices, you will no doubt agree that Apple's default clipboard features are extremely lacking. Both the iOS and OS X... Read More , like Share Bucket and popShot Power Up Your Mac Screen Captures With Share Bucket & popShot Power Up Your Mac Screen Captures With Share Bucket & popShot Though OS X includes a default screenshot application, as a writer and blogger I use more than a few different programs, including Snagit, Snappyapp, and Clarify, for various purposes. But in the ever shifting world... Read More  and screenshot utility Snappy Snappy Does More Than Just Capture Your Screen [Mac] Snappy Does More Than Just Capture Your Screen [Mac] When writing articles, I never seem to cease making screenshots. But even though there's a good dozen third-party screenshot tools on the market, the built-in Mac OS X screenshot tool always seemed to suffice for... Read More , several others have popped up that provide even more time saving features. On top of that, they are affordably priced.

Today’s video showcases a few unique features of the screenshot application, Grabit ($1.99) which automatically opens screenshots on your desktop, free annotation screenshot tool Lightshot Screenshot (free), fast copy and paste tool PopClip ($2.99), clipboard manager CopyLess ($9.99, lite version), and Cloud Clip for Mac ($4.99) and iOS (free), a history clipboard that syncs between the Mac and iOS devices.

These type of programs can quickly become essentials for writers and other Mac users who do a lot of copying and pasting of text, images and making screenshots. They can save you the trouble of constantly switching between different applications or windows just to copy and paste different items. Screenshot utilities are especially great for illustrating how to use software, or for recording your custom settings.

Even if you’re already using an advanced clipboard and screenshot utility, it’s worth your time to keep an eye on newer programs, and to go beyond the limited Mac OS X default screenshot and clipboard utilities How To Change The Default Screenshot Image Format & Other Properties [Mac] How To Change The Default Screenshot Image Format & Other Properties [Mac] Read More .

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Not using these tools yet? Hit the comments below to tell us why, or recommend your own favorites instead.

  1. Patrick M
    July 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Interesting stuff.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks, Patrick, for the feedback.

  2. Dann A
    July 3, 2014 at 6:10 am

    When I was recreating my online portfolio, I used CopyClip combined with aText—it was a fantastic combination. I could copy a couple things from each article, then go back over to my portfolio and use aText to insert them within a specific line of HTML. Made the whole process a lot easier.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Hey Dann, thanks for sharing that one.

  3. Michael Rhodes
    July 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I cannot recommend SnapNDrag enough ( http://www.yellowmug.com/snapndrag/ )! It allows you to create folders within the app to place the screen captures within, set a prefix for captures (that are auto-incremented). I got it years ago and it's the only screen capture app I use.

    When I was working on my book (Manga Studio 5 for beginners published by Packt), Snap nDrag saved me so much time and effort. I was able to create a folder for each chapter, give each capture its own prefix and the auto numbering took care of the rest. And I have no problems dragging a capture from the app window to a twitter feed (or on a lot of websites that allow drag and drop).

    When I had issues with an update, I got an installer for the previous version within hours. And the issue was cleared up within a week via another update.

    Best 10 buck app ever.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Michael, thanks for letting us know about SnapNDrag. I never noticed that one. I'll definitely check it out.

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