Clip Manager 4:Preferences

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Auto-Paste in FileMaker

When this box is checked, Clip Mananager will switch to FileMaker and perform a paste keyboard shortcut. This saves you the time of doing it yourself, but can be annoying. Hence the checkbox.

Show Clip Manager window on application launch

Sometimes you only want to start Clip Manager to record in the background or to use the Occurrence Selector menu. In that case, the first thing you do is get the Clip Manager window out of your way. If this checkbox is checked, Clip Manager starts up and does not show the main window. You can toggle the main window using ⌘-1 ( command-1).

Hide Clip Manager window on application switch

Another checkbox to avoid window clutter.


Record clip history

Clip Manager’s Clip History allows you to automatically store all information you copy in FileMaker, i.e. all scripts, script steps, fields, tables, custom functions and layout elements. Whenever you copy something in FileMaker, Clip Manager will analyze it in the background and add it to a SQLite database. Here you can set this option on or off.

Show number of recorded clips in Dock

Clip Manager will mark all new history clips as unread until you open the clip. This option will show the number of unread clips in the dock icon.

Reset unread clips when closing Clip Manager Express

Clip Manager will mark all new history clips as unread until you open the clip. This option will mark all unread clips as read when closing Clip Manager.

Reset capture history

This command will clear the history database.


Show Line Numbers

You can show/hide line numbers in the source view.

Show Invisible Characters

You can show/hide invisible characters in the source view.


Change the Font and Font Size of the source view.

External Editor

You can open the current clip in an external text editor directly from Clip Manager. Change your default text editor here.




We shortened the name a bit, we really wanted to put "Occurrence Selector" here, but that would have made things a bit ugly.

The bookmarks feature in Occurrence Selector creates bookmarks that can be managed here. They are ordered alfabetically, the first column being the file name with eventually the host name between parenthesis, the second column being the bookmark name.

Select a line and press the "Forget" button to remove a bookmark. Adding is done using the Occurrence Selector palette.


If you don't know what Growl is, read this first:

Clip Manager can use Growl to send you notifications about certain events in Clip Manager. The "master switch" check box is on top here. Growl is not required, but it's a very good idea to install it. If you didn't install it during the Clip Manager installation, you can find it here:

There are 7 types of Growl notifications that Clip Manager sends, if Growl is not available, some of those messages wil be shown using a regular dialog, some messages will not show at all.

Copy Notifications are only shown using Growl. There are 4 sub types of copy notification. When for example you put a clip from the clip list in memory using the context menu "Set FileMaker Clipboard", the Growl notification "Copy successful notification" will fire, unless you disabled the check box. When something goes wrong, the Grow notification "Copy failure notification" will come up. The 2 other notifications do something similar when you have background clip record enabled.

The Error Notification type messages are not configurable in Clip Manager. If you have Growl installed, the growl version of an error notification will show, if you don't have Growl installed, you'll get a regular dialog box.

Remember you can also configure all Growl message notifications in the Growl control panel, change the display style, email your boss, etc.


Clip Manager checks the myfmbutler site for updates on startup. Your version number is compared to the one on our servers. When Clip Manager detects that the local version is lower, it gives you the possibility to download and install an update.

To make all this happen. Clip Manager uses the Sparkle framework. More about this update system here:


Check for FileMaker Bridge plug-in at startup

Clip Manager checks if the Clip Manager Bridge plug-in is installed and up-to-date. If it's not, Clip Manager will install the version of the plug-in present in it's own bundle resources. The plug-in is responsible for part of the communications between Clip Manager and FileMaker. More about that plug-in here.

Use old FQL engine to query occurrences

Clip Manager gets some info from FileMaker Pro via the plug-in, using FileMaker's new FQL engine. Due to some issues it can happen that Clip Managers receives garbage instead of plain text. This happens especially in foreign languages like Japanese. Set this option on, if you have this issue.

Always convert older Clip Manager files.

When this option is on, Clip Manager will not ask to convert the file, but will convert it immediately. When Clip Manager converts an older clip to the new Clip Manager file format, a new folder with the current timestamp is created in the folder "Converted clips". The original files are copied to this folder.

Reset preferences

This will reset all preferences to the default values.

Path to clips folder

You can change the default Clip Manager folder to another place.

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