Right, I dont think you're going in the wrong direction, I just think you're "advertising" got out of line with what you're making! I personally think that a clipboard tool with the search/archive features you are including is a great idea. Two ideas, probably been mentioned before, but that I think help bridge the gap between your concerns:
- The format conversion stuff (RTF,text, html blah blah) could be selectable. IE, default to pasting in text. Or default to RTF, or default to whatever the original format is. This allows you to always have clips come out as text with the option of the others if something comes up.
- Bridging the gap between notes managers and the clipboard is often overlooked (in fact, until we started discussing this program I hadnt really thought about it much!). Keynote 1.x has this in a very basic form, but I havent seen it too many places. This is why I think you could realistically target CHS as a clipboard extender AND an in-between program: from clipboard to notes manager. That's why I beat the "export to notes manager formats" idea to death (sorry!). If a piece of text is just a clip, let CHS store it. If it's a little bigger, but not that important, let CHS store it. If it fits in with something you have in another one of your other notes programs, copy it and format it in CHS, then transfer it to your "official" notes manager.
Those are just my thoughts on the matter. I think your interface is good (maybe a tad busy, though I dont see how you will get away from that entirely!!) and your intentions are fine. Just gotta figure out this in-between stuff! (and please everyone, of course