Sharing between Mac and iOS – There are a couple of different applications you can use to share information between your Mac and your iOS devices. For sharing between Mac and iOS there is Push bullet, Desk Connect, Dropbox. How good and useful these applications and services are, depends upon exactly what is you want to move from one place to another. Dropbox is an old-favourite because all you need to do is to drop your file or just save it into a dropbox folder. Then hey presto, you can get that file from wherever. We also have iCloud and iCloud drive and similar offerings from Microsoft One Drive and Google Drive. So there are no end of services and applications for moving files from one place to another, Sharing between Mac and iOS. The thing is though, it’s not just documents you want to move from place to place. It’s also very useful if you can send a snippet of text, a little bit of code or anything you might have on your clipboard. Within the applications like PushBullet and DeskConnect you can send both files and also clipboard items quite easily. The only thing is, is that you need to open up these applications and actually think about doing it.
I’ve an found application called Copied which has applications for both Mac OS X and also for iOS. I’m pleased it has a synchronised clipboard. The application does this automatically via iCloud. You don’t even have to think about it. Whatever you save on your iPhone, iPad or on your Mac will immediately (usually immediately) be available on every device in your Apple computing life. It’s really very handy indeed.
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The reason having a synchronised clipboard across your all devices is useful is because not all of us are post-PC. Most of us will sometimes be sitting at a desk completing a task on the desktop iMac and at any time, get up to get mobile and have the need to complete the task on an iOS device. Or the other way round! There are things you can do much faster and more conveniently on iPad than you can on your Mac. Sometimes an app will get more development on one platform than it does on the other. Perhaps the reason is it can be easier or is just that a task is more suited to the touch environment. There are also times when you’re doing something on your iPad and maybe you just want to have a much larger screen to work on. Occasionally there will be application more suited to the task available on OS X. So this is what we do, chop and change moving from one device to another for various reasons. This is why we have applications such as Pushbullet, DeskConnect and now the application Copied to help us keep the data we’re using in sync. Moving files from place to place we have our Dropbox type of applications. Really what we need is something which works the best for the clipboard end of things. Seeing as information in the clipboard is moved automatically by Copied, that application is the best for this task of clipboard management. There are other advantages to using this application.
Sharing between Mac and iOS – Clipboard Lists
Even though I have the application Text Expander it’s occasionally useful to have certain clips of text available in all places. Not every application runs Text Expander, whereas you do have copy and paste in just about everything. There are certain things which we have to post in over and over such as email addresses or web URLs. The facility within the application Copied to create lists is incredibly useful. Whenever you find something you are constantly copying and pasting why not just save it to a specific list. I have a list of the different email addresses I use and I also have another list for certain web addresses. Within the application on your iOS device you can open up the pane showing the lists and easily add a new clipping. You can also take something already added to Copied to add it to the list you have already made or add to a new list. Tap on the clipboard item in the pane to the left and slide your finger from the right to the left. This is where you get four main options. The first icon takes you to the list of things you can do with the text within the application itself. You can keep it as original, set it as plain text, set it to paste the source URL or the source title, create a HTML code as a link or as a markdown type link. You can then go to whatever application you want to do your pasting and post it in, in whatever format you’ve chosen.
The next icon out of these choices is to send the clip to a list. The icon is four horizontal lines, tap on it and then choose the list you want to put your clip into or click on New List. Then we have the standard share icon, so from a you can send it to whatever applications you have set up within your iOS sharing. So the sky is the limit regard sharing on iOS. The only other option available is to delete the clipboard item, just tap on the icon that looks like a trashcan/dustbin. Sharing between Mac and iOS like a Professional.
The settings for the Copied application on iOS
It’s good to have a clipboard manager on iOS and one of the best reasons for that is the history of clippings. Within the app Copied you can set it to save your history from one of the seven choices, giving you a range of between 10 and 1000 copies items. I think that anything over 250 could be unwieldy and cumbersome and difficult to manage. Some people even might think that 50 items would be too difficult to manage and would be better off staying with either 10 or 25 items will stop it really depends upon a you use your iPad. I set mine to have a copied history of 100 clipboard items.
Duplicates not required! It’s just a waste of space in your clipboard history to have duplicates and the default in the settings is to not allow duplicates. You may also set to have a plain text mode. This could be useful if you copied in text from a WYSIWYG type of application and you really only need to have the plaintext. Most of the work I do is in text mode type applications such as Byword, Drafts or Ulysses, so I don’t even need to think about this setting for sharing between Mac and iOS.
Templates in Copied
Setting up templates within the settings of the Copied application. Depending on what you have copied you get different options in the form of templates. If you have something with a URL it will be in there as The Title, the URL and you can use codes within the templates to set up the output from the application. This is where you get the option of pasting as a markdown link. Within the template setting for markdown you get the square brackets and the title goes within to create the link text and the URL goes within the opening and closing round brackets. If you are using a different type of markup syntax in another application you could set a template specific to that.