Plain Clip 2.5 released
A new version of Plain Clip was released today. This new version (2.5) adds a single feature: Unicode normalization.
What is Unicode normalization and why would you want to care? As you might know, in Unicode (which is an underlying technology in all modern operating systems) there are – at least for some characters – two (maybe more) ways of encoding the same character. This means that, either way, you will see exactly the same character, but the internal representation differs. Depending on how you use the string and in what application you work with it, this can make a difference. Some applications normalize the character internally (i.e.: convert it to the same internal representation), others don’t.
To make a long story short: if you have ever encountered the problem that, for instance, you copied text containing a German “ü” umlaut from a PDF, inserted it into OpenOffice, then searched for “ü” in OpenOffice and did not find anything, you probably ran into exactly this problem.
This is where the new Plain Clip version comes in handy. Simply check the new “Perform Unicode normalization” checkbox in Plain Clip’s preferences and you are done. (Reminder: keep the Shift key pressed while launching Plain Clip to open the preferences.) Whenever you launch Plain Clip, your clipboard will not only be converted to plaintext, but also normalized.