Jumpcut – Open Source Awesomeness to Enhance Your Workflow (Mac OS X Only)

By February 29, 2016Creative


You probably don’t realize how often you use cut and paste in your web browser. As a web developer, I easily cut and paste hundreds of URLs, code snippets, and other general information every day.

Ever copy something, intending to paste it elsewhere, then copy something else effectively killing your original copy? How about pasting something into another document like Evernote, and having weird text styles come along for the ride and screw up your formatting?  It probably happens more than you think.  It’s one of those small inconveniences that you don’t fully appreciate until it’s removed from your life.

Jumpcut to the rescue! Jumpcut is a free, open-source program that lets you take control of your clipboard. By default, your last 40 clipboard copies are saved in memory and using a hotkey (CTRL + Option + V by default), you can scroll through them and paste the desired entry. Hit the hotkey, keep one button pressed down, then use the up and down arrows to scroll through your saved entries, release and it’s pasted into your document.

Paste Items in Plain Text

Simply copy/pasting things from the web often bring along all kinds of nasty, unnecessary formatting. Fonts, styles, colors all come through and can often screw up the look/formatting of your document. Thus causing you to spend extra time fixing it.  When you paste text with Jumpcut, the snippet comes through in plain text without formatting, allowing you to work faster without worrying about weird styling issues.

Even if I didn’t use the memory buffer features of Jumpcut, I’d still use it for this feature alone. Formatting issues caused by copy/pasting probably happen more than you think.

Make Data Entry a Breeze

Sometimes as a front-end web developer I do more data entry than I’d like. This is where the clipboard buffering comes in. By default, Jumpcut saves the last 40 copies in the clipboard buffer, allowing you to browse and paste them whenever you want. If you’re building spreadsheets with text pulled from the web, this is a godsend.  You can minimize window/tab switching by making all your copies at once, then switch to the desired document and paste them all as well.

Conclusion – Use Jumpcut

I learned about Jumpcut from Ira Herman, one of my instructors at General Assembly Santa Monica. I didn’t really incorporate it into my workflow until a few months later, and once I had that “a-ha” moment I wished I’d began using it sooner. Conclusion—force yourself to get used to the shortcut (CTRL + Option + V), and you’ll be very glad you did.

Jumpcut in action:

Jumpcut Example

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