I think that is an implementation detail that is lost on most users.
From the perspective of most users, you show us 3 Actions with 3 different names.
I’m realing that use of the term “switcher” is confusing. What is being switched?
It is not like the app switcher, which clearly switches the frontmost app.
Perhaps a more appropriate name would be “Named Clipboard Manager”.
Now, about the buttons. The buttons on the Clipboard Switcher for Copy, and Paste are not familiar to me. I don’t think I’ve seen them elsewhere:
KM Clipboard Switcher:
All of these are hard to see.
Most apps don’t even show buttons for these common actions.
From Tex-Edit Plus:
From MS Word:
These are the only two apps I have that show these buttons. Tex-Edit Plus and MS Word are very consistent. I really like the Word buttons. Very clear and easy to see.
You might consider these ideas:
- Have just one Action: “Activate Named Clipboard Manager”
- Copy and Cut buttons would be disabled if there is no user selection.
- Default button/action would be Paste.
- The active button would be highlighted.
- The user could trigger the action by either:
- Double-click on a Clipboard and it performs the active button action
- Click on a button, and it performs that action, and sets that button as active
For example, here is the Paste button set as active:
Well, that will be confusing if the Action names and the window name are different.
Again, I’d suggest a name of “Named Clipboard Manager”, with only one Action.
Similarly, you could rename the “Clipboard History Switcher” to “Clipboard Manager”, or even “System Clipboard Manager”.
Unless you plan to release KM 8 very soon, IMO the Wiki needs to be updated to clarify current usage. It is very confusing to me as it is currently written.