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Clipbox registry extension (update)

I searched for this app on the forums and found no reference. It is a small and very simple clipboard history tool. It is open source. I realize there are a few clipboard tools already being worked on, but I doubt any of them can match Clipbox for simplicity.

http://clipbox.sourceforge.net/

It only works with text fragments, not images or files. It is apparently still in beta but from what I can see it appears quite stable and glitch free. The only thing keeping it from being portable as it is now is the fact that it stores copied text to a registry entry, though there is a purge option that seems to remove all data from the host machine.

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As of version 0.1.8 ClipBox is portable. It no longer writes settings or information to the registry, and all text clips are stored in a file in the application directory. Allowing up to 2000 text clips to be carried along with the application, effectively giving ClipBox the function sometimes referred to as 'stickies'.

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Guess I'll Have to Try It

It's a pity the homepage doesn't have more information. I'd like to know if it supports "stickies" (permanent clipboard entries) and if it supports dynamic variables such as dates. It'd be nice if it supports images but that isn't critical.

I've used a number of these tools over the years including:
Clipomatic
QClip *apparently the project has been renamed to "Ditto".
ClipX (currently using)

I found it an invaluable tool but while I don't want a huge beast of an application, I'd like more than just minimal features too.

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As far as I can tell...

it only works with text from the clipboard and not "stickies" or other data types, though it does seem to remember text clips across program restarts. Unfortunately in its current state it uses the registry to store this information. Thankfully the program's right click menu lists a "purge" option.

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Maybe next time

Well thanks for the post but I think I'll stick with ClipX. All three of the programs I mentioned are inherently portable I believe, no need for a PA.c installer. (although one would be nice) Smile

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Confounding complexity

I looked at the three apps you mentioned. Clipbox is probably closest to Clipomatic in function. The other two look great but very complicated. Ditto seems to have more settings and options than all my computer's security software combined! As I said in my original post, Clipbox is nice because it is so simple and easy to use. Plus it is tiny, only around 400kb. I believe with some minor modifications it would be a valuable addition to PortableApps.

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Each to their own :)

If it works for you then that's great. I'm not knocking your suggestion, I just have found something that works for me, and it's portable already.

I agree though, this type of application would be a valuable addition to the portable apps suite.

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QClip

Sorry, I did not mean to sound defensive. Smile

You mention a program called QClip, and that it may be the original name for Ditto. I found a clipboard program by that name,

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~acurti1/cadae/

Is this the app you were referring to?

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That's the one!

Yes! Good find. I thought I'd found the correct website but apparently not.

And I didn't think you were defensive, I just didn't want you to think I was stuffing your suggestion and forcing alternatives down your throat. Smile

I agree that it's not often that I use the image clipboard capabilities, but stickies I find invaluable. I put small snippets of text that I use frequently. At work this could be small pieces of code, at home it could be email addresses, usernames (but not password for obvious security reasons), any piece of text that I might otherwise have to type of a semi-regular basis.

I can't remember exactly why I chose ClipX over QClip now, but I think it was because it didn't quite perform as I wanted it to. (not buggy, or flawed, just application interaction/function).

UPDATE: Ok, so now I remember why I chose ClipX over QClip (I just tried Qclip again). Managing queue items is a pain, there's no built in GUI for removing, re-ordering, merging queue items. In addition, for the "permanent" items there's no shortcut keys, so you have to use the mouse to select which is just a hair slower when you're in full typing flow. It's definitely complete but more minimalist than ClipX (too minimalist for me). The one redeeming feature it has, that I'd like ClipX to have are the dates, particularly the custom date/time format. Often I need to paste date/times (and in a specific format too) but there's no way that I know of to do that dynamically in ClipX. I remember discussing this with the developer of QClip so he must have added it shortly after we discussed it (some time ago now!). So, it's a nice little program but not quite up to my needs.

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ClipX Portable

Darkbeeno need for a PA.c installer. (although one would be nice)

Great program. If you'd like a PA.c version, let me know.

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Portability would make this app better.

The ability to take your clipboard with you would add new functionality to the original software.

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