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  • Real Copy Paste on iPhone with Clippy

    EDIT: Another little copy pasted popped up a couple days later called hClipboard. Using Both Clippy and hClipboard together is the way to go .

    What is the #1 most important basic feature that the iPhone has been lacking since day one? Copy & Paste. Yes it is more important than MMS; everyone would benefit from some nice copy/paste action (which is standard on nearly every other smartphone on the market). As of just a couple short hours ago the dream has come one step closer to reality with a Cydia app named Clippy.

    Clippy is a new native app (not a web app) that allows you to copy paste between the stock iPhone applications like Mail, Safari, Notes, etc. While it doesn't work with some AppStore apps (it does however work in twitterverse & ireal) and you can only copy paste when you are editing txt it is a good step in the right direction.

    To use you first need to be in the txt editor mode on the iPhone. In this case we're replying to an email. First drag the cursor over the text you want to copy, press the ".?123" button and select copy. Next move to whatever other app you'd like where you can edit text, press the ".?123" button again, and select paste.

    Unfortunately you must have have the keyboard up to be able to copy/paste. This means if you want to copy from an email you received into a txt message you first have to hit reply to the email so you get a text editor so you can copy. I can come up with other examples but you get the idea. You also no can no longer drag the cursor between words/letters in text because now it just highlights for copy. Clippy also doesn't seem to be working for many third-party apps yet -- hit-n-miss for which apps it will work with.

    Even though Clippy needs to be developed further to be more feature-rich and better integrated it does something that nothing else has (not counting web apps) so far by allowing you to copy paste between Apple applications on the iPhone. This is the closest anyone has come with the most potential to be improved into a viable copy/paste solution.

    Great work so far by app dev Ryan Petrich! We look forward to improvements in the future!

    Clippy is available via Cydia. Just refresh and search for "clippy."
    Yup Cydia. Apple's limitations don't allow this sort of thing on the AppStore.

    thx billchase2 for the tip
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Real Copy Paste on iPhone with Clippy started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 330 Comments
    1. nycdiplomat's Avatar
      nycdiplomat -
      works fine 4 me. the updates get better and better IMO
    1. ifini's Avatar
      ifini -
      Does anyone have crashing issues after new update? I do...
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      by the time this baby is out for full release real copy and paste will be on the iphone lol though I love Clippy
    1. piquadrat's Avatar
      piquadrat -
      0.98 seems to reduce that annoying pop-ups. Give it a try.
      The second choice: if you use sbsettings install clippy switch. ver. 0.2 worked for me as it should.
    1. Jim Danner's Avatar
      Jim Danner -
      0.98 brings a few slight improvements for me: some App Store apps now work. Cydia doesn't yet, and in the App Store I can still only copy headers/titles.

      The other news is that it will not be a paid program but donationware. A bit inevitable in the light of Apple's announcement I guess, but still welcome news.
    1. jrbnc's Avatar
      jrbnc -
      yes the update does appear to make the fields in toodledo work more reliably now. This is better for sure. I guess it depends on how natural the gestures are in apples implementation of copy/paste vs a third party such as clippy. If clippy flows better I'll continue to use that, granted not sure if apples version can be disabled, etc... Keep the updates coming though!
    1. MannyWins's Avatar
      MannyWins -
      When I highlight text I get the option of Cut, Copy, Paste ETC.. but when I go somewhere to insert it I cant get the popup back!! Even when I hit the 123 key nothing pops up.
    1. gladesmellzgood's Avatar
      gladesmellzgood -
      I like clippy but I am definitely liking apple's implementation better. The one thing that it lacks over clippy would be a clipboard.
    1. c0mpguru's Avatar
      c0mpguru -
      So after 3.0 comes out, is Clippy gonna be dead? I mean, if the iPhone has it's own version, there doesn't seem to be a reason to keep Clippy, right?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Clippy has a clipboard - no doubt they will add other features that are missing from the official solution so I'm sure there will always be a demand - whether the demand is enough for the developer to continue developing is another matter and I'm sure lots of people will be satisfied with the built in C&P.