PopClip Known Issues

PopClip works with most Mac apps including popular browsers and text editors. However, some software is not compatible with PopClip. This list represents the best of my knowledge at the time of writing. If you find another app that has issues with PopClip, please get in touch.

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Known Issues Fixed in Beta

The latest  PopClip beta version fixes the following:

  • PDF Expert: PopCip does not work in the most recent version of PDF Expert. This is fixed in the latest beta.
  • Wacom tablets: Recent updates to the Wacom-provided drivers stopped PopClip working with Wacom tablets. This is fixed in the latest beta.

Known Issue: macOS 10.12.4 Beta

Search action does not work in macOS 10.12.4 if you have Safari set as your default browser. I'm currently looking into it. My suggested workaround is to use one of the  search extensions instead, which will work

Incompatible software

The following software is not compatible with PopClip. This means that PopClip will not appear when you select text in the application.

  • Adobe Reader, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator and other Adobe apps
  • AppCode, IntelliJ, PHPStorm, PyCharm, WebStorm, and other JetBrains apps
  • Anki
  • Citrix Receiver
  • Collectorz
  • Dashboard widgets (all)
  • emacs
  • Final Draft 8
  • Banktivity
  • iBooks
  • Java-based applications (most of them)
  • KeePassX
  • Kindle for Mac
  • LibreOffice suite
  • MacVIM
  • Mail Perspectives 2
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook 2011
  • NeoOffice suite
  • OpenOffice suite
  • Oracle SQL Developer
  • QuarkXPress
  • Things
  • vim

The following apps have also been reported as incompatible by customers, and are pending full investigation:

  • Calibre
  • Komodo Edit
  • Quicken Essentials
  • Viber
  • Xamarian Studio
  • Vox
  • NZBVortex
  • Unity3D
  • MonoDevelop 5
  • Workflowy

Application-specific issues

Application Name Notes
Alfred PopClip sometimes triggers Alfred's Clipboard Merging feature. This results in a "purr" sound when selecting text with PopClip in some apps. Workaround: Disable Alfred's Clipboard Merging feature (uncheck "Fast append selected text").
LaunchBar PopClip sometimes triggers LaunchBar's ClipMerge feature. This results in a "click" sound when selecting text with PopClip in some apps. Workaround: Disable LaunchBar's ClipMerge feature.
Microsoft Word 2011 Whilst PopClip does work with Microsoft Word 2011, it can sometimes behave erratically. PopClip may be slow to appear, or may not appear. 
OnLive OnLive may crash if you use it while PopClip is running.
OS X Launchpad For a small number of users, clicking folders in Launchpad while PopClip is running may result in the folder not opening properly.
PDF Expert See above.
Safari - Google Docs PopClip works only erratically with Google Docs in Safari. Sometimes PopClip will fail to appear, and other times copying and pasting text will behave oddly. It may also cause Safari to emit a beep. I recommend using Google Chrome at the host browser if you want to use PopClip with Google Docs.
Sublime Text PopClip works generally well, but will interrupt the 'triple click and drag' technique to select multiple lines. Also, with certain packages installed, PopClip will not work. The packages I know of are "Path Tools" and "Arduino-like IDE".
Firefox PopClip will fail with certain Firefox extension installed. Ones know to cause problems are: Tiny Menu, Menu Wizard. However there may be more.

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