updated 06:35 pm EDT, Mon July 7, 2008
Corkboard 1.0 beta release
A new Texas-based developer says he has found a way to build a better mousetrap, with an application that soups up the traditional clipboard. The clipboard is a staple of the Mac OS and a place to put stuff you want to copy or paste, but the new utility brings new functions: Ayluro Corkboard 1.0 runs alongside a user's clipboard, providing additional tools to expand storage, organize data and retrieve items. Perhaps the handiest feature: it can be used to store copies of everything in the clipboard. So, for example, if a user were to store a block of text it wouldn't be lost if the writer accidentally copies something else to the clipboard.
Corkboard stores data between reboots and crashes, and works with most applications. Users can store "any data of any type in any way," Ayluro says. Corkboard supports pictures, text, files, vCards and other formats out of the box. Users can add support for additional applications by writing their own API plug-ins.
Corkboard requires Mac OS X 10.5.4 Leopard and supports Core Animation and Core Image -- so it has the same motion and graphic look of built-in applications such as Dashboard and Time Machine. A free demo is available and users can purchase a "limited-time beta" for $13. The final release is expected early next year.