PopClip Review

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PopClip Review

PopClip brings OS X just a little closer to iOS.

Over the course of the past few OS X updates, Apple has taken to bringing some of the better features of iOS “back to the Mac.” PopClip adds one of the ones they left out. On our iPhones and iPads, selecting text automatically brings up a context menu, but when using our Macs, those options require an extra right-click. With PopClip, a customizable, iOS-style pop-up menu appears over selected text, allowing easy access to the actions we use most.

But the real power is in its extensions. Dozens of options are available to soup-up PopClip, from integration with Fantastical to translation and spotlight searching, and PopClip is smart enough to know which ones you might need for your block of text. We experienced a couple of crashes using PopClip, and the lack of distinct separation between actions was confusing at times.

The bottom line. PopClip makes your Mac a little more like your iPad—and that’s a good thing.

Pilotmoon Software

OS X 10.6.6 or later


Quick access to common functions. Integrates well with apps. Fantastic customization.


Some crashing. Long rows of extensions can get confusing.



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