We all know that the Windows Clipboard can only save one item at a time. That's a problem if you need to copy multiple items in a short time period as you always have to iterate between copying and pasting to do that. Clipboard managers like Shapeshifter do not have that limit, so that you can copy as many items as you want to the Clipboard, before you paste them all or one at a time into another application. You basically eliminate lots of application switching. Even if you have the copy and paste windows aligned next to each other, you will still save the mouse movement between applications.
Another benefit is that you get access to a history that allows you to access previously copied items should the need arise for that.
A new beta of ShapeShifter has just been released by Flamefusion, the company developing the product. I need to point out that the program requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0.
The program monitors all copy and paste activities on the system. As far as copying goes, you won't notice a difference to Windows' own way of copying items to the clipboard. When you hit Ctrl-V though you'll see a menu pop up on the screen that displays all sets of data that you have copied to the clipboard during the session.
Each item is listed with an icon or thumbnail, its name or contents, and the location it has been copied from. As long as you hold down Ctrl-V you can select the various items with the mouse or the cursor keys on the keyboard. Once you release the keys or select an item with a left-click it is pasted into the active window.
The context menu paste will always paste the last pasted item again, which may be a bit inconvenient for keyboard ninjas.
As started earlier, the program is currently available as a beta version. You will notice that when you load the settings - which explain that there are not any - among other things. The application did throw an error when I closed it down on the system. The copying and pasting on the other hand worked without issues.
Shapeshifter's strength is that it is pretty easy to use. You do not have to learn new commands or configure the clipboard manager extensively before you can start using it. There are a few bugs that the developers need to sort out in the beta, but when that's done, it is a program to recommend.