: : Frequently Asked Questions : :

:::. What is textBEAST?

textBEAST is a clipboard manager that is also very effective for document automation.

It comes in 2 versions: textBEAST clipboard+ and textBEAST clipboard+image+capture.

The Windows clipboard is limited to one item at a time. Once a new item is copied, the prior item is lost forever. Many tasks are made easier if you can copy and paste more than one item at a time, and the simplest use of textBEAST is for that purpose.

textBEAST clipboard+ is the "all text" version, but also has screen capture and basic image viewing capabilities.

textBEAST clipboard+image+capture can store text and images, and has a more sophisticated image viewer with a speedy image resizing tool.

:::. What are the advantages of textBEAST?

Unlike other clipboard managers, textBEAST can not only store an endless number of clips, but it can also very rapidly access these stored items so they can be pasted quickly.

You can organize your clips into meaningful groups with your own custom names, allowing you to navigate very quickly to the clips you need. This makes textBEAST extremely well-suited for boilerplate text used in letters, emails, and reports. This is much faster than performing a search for needed items, and much easier than having to remember "autotext" shortcut commands.

In addition to its function as a clipboard manager, textBEAST can also be used for document automation, and is used in this manner by a number of our current clients in the legal and medical professions.

Unlike "clipboard extenders" that keep everything that passes through the Windows clipboard, textBEAST copies only what you want, avoiding unnecessary clutter, but also keeps the last 20 items that passed through the Windows clipboard in the "auto clipboard".

:::. How can textBEAST help increase my accuracy?

Type it once, check it carefully, then copy it into textBEAST. Next time you need it, paste it with a single click, always error-free.

:::. What about text formatting? How does textBEAST manage different font sizes and styles?

Pasted text automatically matches the formatting of the target document, but font can be customized for display purposes.

:::. If I want to drag and drop an item, do I have to select the entire contents of the textbox?

All you have to do is click anywhere on the desired textbox and hold the mouse button down as you drag to the target location, then let go ("drag 'n' drop"). The entire contents of the textbox are automatically pasted. You can also select/highlight part of the textbox and drag/drop it.

:::. How many clips can I store in textBEAST?

The Pro versions have unlimited capacity.

:::. How can I transfer my current data file(s) to textBEAST on another computer?

The easiest way to do this is by using the Tools:Backup function. Just navigate to the location you want to save the backup copy (USB memory, for example). Next, copy the file to the other computer (you can keep textBEAST data files anywhere you like). After opening textBEAST on the other computer, use File:Open to navigate to and open the file.