Keyboard Maestro for Mac review

Keyboard Maestro for Mac is a powerful program designed to let you create and manage macros to carry out all kinds of tasks you specify. The options for what you can automate are vast; and even if you don't have experience working with this type of program, there's a helpful tutorial to walk you through the process.


Lots of options: There are few limitations on what you can do and what types of tasks you can automate with this program. Whether you want to open folders with keyboard shortcuts or manage multiple clipboards simultaneously, you can do … Read more

CopyPaste Pro for Mac review

CopyPaste Pro for Mac automatically makes backups of your clipboard each time you copy new images or text. In addition to its main functionality, this premium product seeks to improve the experience of copying and pasting content by introducing new or enhanced ways to do those actions. Unfortunately, the many bugs in those tools hurt the app.

To paste a previously copied clip with CopyPaste Pro for Mac, you just have to click on the "Menu Bar" icon, which will reveal a list of recently used clips. Note that using the Menu Bar will initiate a pasting sequence, … Read more

Review: Cut and Paste crops photos onto stock image backgrounds

Cut and Paste is a free photo editing app for iOS that allows the user to crop out the subject of any photo, usually a person, and place them on a stock photography background. Cut and Paste has a few glitches, is difficult to master, and has too many advertisements, but may still satisfy a few user urges.

While Cut and Paste is free, it only comes with animal backgrounds, which limits the functionality of the app right away. It also triggers an advertisement after every few editing stages, and the advertisements take up the whole screen, pop up suddenly, … Read more

Review: Quick TextPaste lets you paste pre-defined text via keyboard shortcuts

Quick TextPaste allows pasting pre-defined text and running programs and commands via assigned keyboard shortcuts. Although this program is fast, easy to install, and has a small footprint, there is no discernible user help to learn how to use this program apart from a short information file.

Quick TextPaste downloads as a portable application with no need for installation. The program's interface is quite plain and might seem rather confusing for novice users. Main links are located on the upper menu, and under the Preferences pane there are three buttons for deleting, copying, and editing text and its assigned … Read more

Mac tip: Copy and paste plain text with Get Plain Text

Rich text formatting, be gone!

Two questions: Do you use a Mac? Do you find yourself copying and pasting text throughout the workday? If you answered "yes" to both questions, I would recommend spending $2.99 in the Mac App Store on Get Plain Text.

Once installed and running, Get Plain Text places an icon in your Mac's menu bar. Click on it and from the drop-down menu, choose "Automatically clear formatting." Now when you copy and paste text, you'll grab only the text and none of its formatting. You can easily turn this … Read more

Exclusive: Zelda 3DS 'feels totally different,' needs to be played in 3D

The Nintendo 3DS has already been through a lot. The first-ever glasses-less 3D portable console didn't have the most glamorous of launches when it hit the market more than two years ago. Tainted by an underwhelming batch of debut software, controversial 3D effect, and a disappointing battery life, the 3DS didn't have a whole lot going for it out of the gate.

If that wasn't enough of a burden, the 3DS was also forced to follow up the original DS, a predecessor that is approaching worldwide sales of 154 million units combined. It's the best-selling portable console of all time.

But in the 25 months since its release, the 3DS has made significant strides. A focus on the platform's online store and a hardware refresh with a much bigger screen and better battery have begun to right the ship. Most importantly, a bevy of compelling software has been made available -- though some have criticized the company's continual recycling of classic games. … Read more

Paste from multiple clipboards with Paste Master for Mac

Repeat cutting and pasting can be a tedious and frustrating task. Paste Master for Mac allows for the creation of multiple clipboards to be created and used in different manners. Unfortunately, design issues overshadow how good this program could be.

Paste Master for Mac is able to generate an unlimited number of clipboards to allow for repetitive pasting. The clipboards can accommodate text, image, and HTML formats. Clipboards can be linked together to allow for pasting into multiple fields at the same time. The program is located in the System Preferences panel, making it somewhat unintuitive to access. You can … Read more

When it comes to patient records, doctors guilty of the old copy-paste

Ah, the old copy/paste. Such a handy keyboard shortcut for such a wide range of applications. But would you want your doctor using it while maintaining your oh-so-personal and unique-to-you medical records?

Because chances are good that your doc does, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Excuse me while I take a moment to summarize, rather than copy and paste, some key findings from the research.

Assistant professor of medicine and lead author Daryl Thornton and his team scrutinized 2,068 electronic patient progress reports at an ICU in Cleveland. Some 62 … Read more

Change MS Word's default paste setting to plain text

In the annals of computer history, no two keystroke combinations have done more to boost worker productivity than Ctrl-C to copy to the clipboard whatever you've selected on the screen, and Ctrl-V to paste the contents of the clipboard to wherever you've placed the cursor.

What often follows the paste is the laborious process of reformatting the pasted material to match the look of the destination document. Microsoft Word lets you apply the formatting of the destination document when you paste, but by default Ctrl-V retains the original formatting of the pasted text.

Back in 2007 I described … Read more

Robot companies come to bury C-3PO

If the word "robot" conjures up for you machines with two eyes and four limbs, it's time to think again.

The robots having a commercial impact today have little to do with C-3PO, Terminator, Rosie the Maid, or other humanoid robots from popular culture. Instead, working robots are surprisingly diverse and, rather than mimic humans' every move, focus on a few very specific tasks.

For a sign of how robotics is shaping up, consider Amazon's $775 million purchase of Kiva Systems last month. Kiva's machines are designed to navigate warehouses to collect products and automate … Read more