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PopClip is a small utility for OS X from PilotMoon that gives you an iOS-like multifunctional popup menu when highlighting text, described as a faster, easier way to work with text on your Mac. Having used it for a week now, it seems like a natural extension of OS X and really makes certain tasks easier. It’s hard to imagine ever not having it around. For anyone who spends a lot of copy pasting small fragments of text, web addresses and emails – this is an absolute must-have utility.

This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of PopClip for Mac worth $125 in total. If you’re interested in grabbing a free copy, read on and join the giveaway.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Andrew Lee
  • Andy
  • Cesar Garcia
  • Cheralee McClelland
  • David McConnell
  • George Xyrafis
  • Gerald Derricutt
  • Gilbert Medina
  • greg hardin
  • Jake chapman-olsen
  • Jonathan Stempel
  • Justin Yang
  • Markus Soelter
  • Mihla
  • Oyediran Okewuyi
  • Patrik STrömberg
  • Rafi Levavy
  • Robert McIntosh
  • Robert Peterson
  • Roger Caldwell
  • Roy Weinberg
  • Scotty
  • Steve Stady
  • T. M. Yam
  • Tim Meehle

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with before April 15. No enquires beyond this date will be entertained.

PopClip is available from the Mac App Store for $4.99 and will work with Mac OS X 10.6 and above. It adds a small pop-up menu when you highlight text, similar to how it might on your iPhone or iPad. The default actions are Cut, Copy, Paste and Search, but there’s also a number of context-sensitive items that appear depending on the upon the text selected.

I’ve found the Search icon to be the most useful to me. Instead of copying the text, opening a new Chrome window, pasting the search term in and hitting enter – it’s just a single click to do it all. This feature alone is worth it for me.

If you highlight a single word, a dictionary icon is also shown. Though OS X Lion includes a lookup function on the option menu, I found the PopClip action to be slightly faster to open the dictionary app, as well as removing the need to right-click to open a context menu.


If you highlight something resembling a URL, a link icon is shown – one click and the URL will be opened in your default browser. The link doesn’t even have to include www or http://, as PopClip intelligently works out that something is a URL, even with obscure top-level domains.

Naturally, when highlighting an email address, a send email button is displayed!

Cut, copy and paste operations are all faster with PopClip; instead of reaching for the keyboard, it’s a short click away so you needn’t lose your focus on the screen. Click anywhere that accepts text input, and the little paste button will appear. Spell-check functionality is also included.

PopClip also has an user-definable exclude list so you can turn it off on a per-app basis if it’s interfering, though I haven’t found a reason to disable it anywhere yet. Other options allow you to adjust the size of the popup, and disable any contextual buttons you don’t need.

There’s a free trial available so download PopClip and test it out. It’s $4.99 from the Mac App Store if you’re thinking of buying.. We’re also giving 25 copies away this week and this is what you need to do to get one.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

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  1. Gerald Derricutt
    April 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    A brilliant little app, pity only single copy and paste,would be nice to be able to store more. Thanks to Makeuseof

  2. pervaiz.khan
    April 3, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Its great.

  3. Marc Simons
    April 3, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I've heard about this app, but I am always curious about it. The thing is trackpad gesture has done a very decent job, why go for a 3rd party app like this for some additional functions which seems to be a rip-off of the brilliant iOS?

    But I have seen your point, the app will give you more flexibility in a very iOS-user-friendly way. It is definitely tempting for every iOS user to do spellcheck and search in a popup menu. I am not a fan of secondary click anyway. And there is so little we can tinker and tweak in System Preference. I hope this app will bring us a fresh air.

    Thanks for the review and giveaway. I just RTed.!/MakeUseOf/status/187056858454962176