In my recent post about ClipCube, a simple Windows app that enables you to check out previously copied/cut items and re-copy the to the clipboard, I said it was missing a couple of features I would have liked it to have: the ability to handle images and keyboard shortcuts. One of our readers, Brett, helpfully noted in the comments that he uses Ditto, a similar open-source tool that happens to have the functionality I was missing.
I’ve been using Ditto all morning, and I have to say that it’s excellent. Just like ClipCube, it’s unobtrusive and sits out of the way in the system tray until you need it, but it’s more powerful:
- Works with mouse or keyboard shortcuts/hotkeys (instructions are detailed here)
- Supports images, with thumbnails in the copied item list
- Unicode support
- Can keep multiple clipboards in sync over the network and send items between clipboards (with encryption)
Because it has more features than ClipCube, it’s more complex; some of its network settings may take a little figuring out, for example. However, its basic functions are very easy to use; I highly recommend it.
Ditto can be downloaded from Sourceforge. It’s available both with an installer and as a portable application.