Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Tool to Clip Images Which Save to an Online Clipboard

iClippy is a free desktop client which works by capturing the visuals from screen, camera, or scanner to an online clipboard without having to save the pictures to the local computer first.  From the website FAQs:

How does iClippy work?

iClippy works by capturing the visuals from screen, camera, or scanner to an online clipboard without having to save the pictures to the local computer first.  The images are immediately available for pasting into email, online document, blog, instant message, twitter, facebook, or any other number of resources.  The images are also searchable both from the web and from the local sidebar.  The images are automatically scaled down to the size that’s appropriate for online resources and as defined by the account type.
Can I access the images in my clipboard from the desktop?
Yes, iClippy comes with a native sidebar application which allows you instant access to your iClippy library.  The sidebar allows listing through pages of images, narrowing down the set through search, pinning the image to not be replaced, copying the image into the local clipboard for further use with local or online resource, deleting an image, following the link which is attached to the image, and more..

How do I share an image with a friend or colleague?

You can share the image one of two ways: 1) by simply copying and pasting – just select the image you want from the sidebar, select it, and paste it into email or IM message; 2) by sharing the clipboard gallery link.  To find a link to an image, proceed to, find the image you’d like to share, and send its URL.  This method will allow the other person to comment on it.

How long are the images kept in iClippy?

The images are kept indefinitely, however are subject to the maximum number of images in the account.  Once you go over the limit, the old images are replaced with the new ones in first-in-first-out fascion, for as long as they are not pinned.  You want to pin the images you don’t want deleted.

What is the difference between iClippy and Evernote?

Evernote and iClippy each have their strengths: Evernote is best at keeping text notes, and iClippy is all about acquiring, storing, and using images.  By focusing on images, iClippy can enable things like feeding your picture frame, making it easy to paste picture content into web application, or presenting images in widgets.  iClippy also takes a different approach to the user interface: instead of being a floating window application like Evernote, iClippy is docked as a sidebar, allowing fast access to the clipboard.  Finally, iClippy doesn’t store contents locally, meaning that both its memory footprint and how it uses system resources are more efficient.

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