PopClip OSX Review
I’ve gone through my fair share of tools and utilities on the Mac before, but I’ve never felt that they actually boost my productivity or aid me in any great way. Alfred and Quicksilver were great app launchers and nice to have as part of a minimalistic desktop, but I wasn’t sold on the fact that they were any better than just using Spotlight.
There are a number of apps that I use religiously on my Mac: TranslateTab, Evernote and Twitter and having one single tool that integrates well with these apps would be amazing. With the integration of Twitter into Mountain Lion I was left feeling I can tweet far too many things with a swipe of my trackpad (far too many tweets about what I’m eating now).
PopClip is a little tiny weeny add-on for the Mac that pops up when you highlight text, by selecting a portion of your work, or something you find on the internet you’re given the option (by default) of copying and pasting, searching in the OS X Dictionary, Googling the text, or pasting and go-ing. Not sold? Well let me keep trying.
Extensions. What better way to make the functionality better than having the ability to write your own extensions with AppleScript? Thus far PilotMoon have integrated extensions for Evernote, Twitter, Mail, Sparrow and GoogleTranslate, naming but a few of course. Which means with a highlight of text, and click of the relevant button your desired app does what it has to with the text! Perfect when
you’re trying to impress friends with your language fluency you’re trying to get a job done or save time when emailing something.
Quite honestly, you could argue that you could live without this app, but you could also say that you could live without the internet. Both of them are lies.