Where would we be without copy and paste? They are such indispensable computing functions that many know them merely by their keyboard shortcuts, Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V.
Given their worth, it’s a bit of a mystery why Microsoft hasn’t done much with them. Just as they could in previous versions of Windows, users can copy and paste one thing at a time in Windows 8.1 … and that’s it. There is only room for one in the Windows clipboard manager.
Luckily, third-party developers have picked up the slack, and few are as feature rich and easy to use as Clipà.Vu.
Clipà.Vu does more than store text, it supports a history images, text, and links. It has a history as well as favorites. There are also shortcuts that auto generate timestamps (very useful for naming folders and files) and GUIDs (identifiers used in software development). There is a search function too, which can filter results by keyword, date copied, favorites, and copy type (image, link, GUID, email address, etc).
Copying anything will load it into “History,” as well as “Current.” A simple click assigns anything from the history, favorites, timestamps, and GUIDs ready for pasting. Clipà.Vu also logs the amount of time it saves users with a timer that adds about 20 seconds for every new item copied over. It’s a gimmick with questionable accuracy, but it’s a fun one.
Clipà.Vu will save the history through a shut down or restart, but it will only log the last copied item when closed. In other words, the app only logs a copy history when open and running.
There are three versions: free, lite, and pro. Fee limits users to a history of 9 clips, 3 favorites, 3 images, 3 timestamps, and 3 GUIDs. The $1.99 Lite version expands that to 99, 9, 9, 9, and 9 respectively, while the $4.99 Pro version enables a 999 clip history, 99 favorites, 99 images, 9 timestamps, and 9 GUIDs. Going further, there is a $7.77 desktop version that allows for a 999 clip history, 999 favorites, 999 images, 9 timestamps, and 9 GUIDs, in addition to a full complement of Windows customization options.
Pro will probably suffice for most users, and we believe most will want its flexibility after toiling with the free version. Clipà.Vu proves that convenient.
Ultimately, this is the type of app users will want to keep open at all times. The developers helpfully suggest it “works best in snap,” and proves just as functional slimmed to the Windows 8.1 app minimum.
At the very least, it’s worth checking out. This is the kind of app that leaves one wondering what they did before they discovered it.