There are times when I’m working on my iPhone or iPad and I find a snippet of text I’d like to put on my Mac. How? Evernote works. So do a dozen or so notes-taking apps that work on Mac, iPhone, and iPad and sync up your notes between devices.
There’s also the ClipAgent method. It’s a Mac and iPhone app (one free, the other not) that copies and pastes data between the devices. Whatever is on the clipboard of one can be on the clipboard of the other.
Think about the advantages in doing this. Whatever you copy on your iPhone shows up instantly on your Mac, ready to be pasted into a document.
Even better is ClipAgent’s ability to act as a clipboard manager on either device. That means it captures what’s copied on one device and stores it on the other. ClipAgent copies photos and texts from one to the other.
Great idea, right? ClipAgent for Mac is free. So, what’s the catch?
Actually, there are multiple catches.
First, you must have the iPhone version of ClipAgent, and that comes with a nominal 99-cent price tag. Second, you must have both iPhone and Mac on the same wireless network. Third, the entire ClipAgent database needs to be transferred back and forth, and this synchronization is not handled in the background, automatically. Finally, you have to manually copy what you want to paste from the ClipAgent database.
That’s an awful number of steps for something that should be easy, and built in to iOS and OS X anyway.