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App Specs
File size:
1.48 MB
March 4, 2013
October 23, 2015

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Meet Collective. Clipboard history for your Mac. Done right. Fully compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

"Attractive, lightweight clipboard utility gets the details right."

Macworld, four "mice".

Nearly anything you can copy, Collective will remember: Text, images, PDFs, movies, URLs, appointments, files: Collective keeps track of whatever you copy.

With a simple key combination (⌘-Shift-V) Collective appears, allowing you to add nearly anything you previously copied back to the clipboard to be pasted, exactly as you copied it.

Powerful. Precise. Attractive. Everything you expect from a Mac App. Chosen by Apple as "New & Noteworthy" on the Mac App Store.

"Apps We Actually Use ... a must-have for any Mac user looking for quick and easy access to their clipboard history."

The Unofficial Apple Weblog

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Collective's Features

  • Appears on command (⌘-Shift-V), or can be pinned open so your clipboard history is always available
  • Supports nearly anything you can copy: text, images, PDFs, movies, URLs, appointments, files
  • Remembers all formatting, so you can paste an item exactly as you copied it
  • Favorites, so your most used clippings are quickly available
  • Automatic Shortcuts, to quickly add your favorites back to the clipboard
  • Details bar, to show you line counts, character counts, image dimensions, and file sizes
  • Application blacklisting, to avoid copying data from sensitive applications such as password managers
  • A powerful search with application filtering, to quickly find and paste previously copied items
  • Quick Look, for full-size previews
  • Automatic saves, so your clipboard history is available after restarts
  • Automatically launch when you log in
  • Fully controllable by keyboard or mouse, and supports drag and drop
  • Works alongside applications in Full Screen mode, including the ability to appear on a second monitor
  • Accessible, with arbitrarily resizable text and Voice Over support

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    How to Use Collective

    When Collective is running, a "C" will appear in the top-right of your menu bar. Pressing ⌘-Shift-V will show Collective's history of what you have copied (alternatively, you can click the "C" in the menu bar). Clicking on any item will add it back to your clipboard, so you can paste it again.

    Note that for security reasons Collective is not able to paste directly, but rather your selected item is added back to the clipboard for you to paste. Further, due to a limitation with internal clipboards, Collective can not keep a full history for Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Collective can, however, be used to paste into these applications.

  • What's New
    Collective 2 is Here! ● Favorites ● Shortcuts ● Detail Bar ● Menu Bar ● Performance ● Refinements ● Bug Fixes

    Favorites: Mark a clipping as a favorite and Collective will store it forever, no matter how large your clipping history grows. Filter by your favourites for quick access to clippings you regularly use.

    Shortcuts: Your first 9 favorites are easily added to the clipboard with a simple 1-9 key press. You can also quickly mark / unmark a clipping as a favorite ('M') or filter by favourites ('F').

    Detail Bar: Collective now shows you the line count, character count, image dimension, or file size for your selected clipping.

    Menu Bar: the menu bar icon now directly activates Collective, or you can choose to fully hide the menu bar icon itself to save space. Preferences and other options have been moved to the Details Bar.

    Performance: Collective now uses less power when both idle and active, but yet is also more responsive than ever.

    Refinements: Collective's look has been tweaked in the spirit of recent OS updates, and polished throughout. We think it's the best looking version yet

    Bug Fixes: a lot of small and not-so-small bugs have been squashed. In particular Collective now plays much more nicely with Spaces, Expose, TextExpander, and various other clipboard-altering applications.

    Version 2.0.1 fixes an issue related to setting the clipboard history size to 2500.
    Version 2.0.2 fixes an issue where Collective occasionally stops retrieving items from the clipboard, and also adds options to not ignore passwords and/or temporary items.

    Collective (com.generation-loss.collective) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is Collective 2.0.2.

    Operating System: Mac

    Minimum OS version: 10.7

    Copyright: Copyright (c) 2013 2014 Generation Loss. All rights reserved.