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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. Bigperm26's Avatar
      Bigperm26 -
      Quick question, but once you download it, is it "full on"? Basically what I'm asking is can you switch the ability to copy paste off (like an SBSetting)? If not, it would be great to have the ability to do so in SBSettings. At least for now so you can get the magnifying glass back.

      I haven't tried it yet, so forgive me if way off here.
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Make sure you have the iSpazio repository installed under sources.

      Being able to toggle this on and off would be a HUGE improvement. Placing the cursor is somewhat difficult now.
    1. tom172's Avatar
      tom172 -
      i have iSpazio, i even tried just browsing the repo manually, and its not in there... and im really sad now =[
    1. ishawn's Avatar
      ishawn -
      i have problem when i click the copy botton it kick me out from where i am and send me to the main screen HELP !!!!!!

      i have problem when i click the copy botton it kick me out from where i am and send me to the main screen HELP !!!!!!
    1. tom172's Avatar
      tom172 -
      ishawn: didnt you already post that?

      and yes, i have same problem with every single app, i think its memory usage, but im no pro, so no idea really, but i find reboot/spring usually fixes the crashes for a while,

      that or restore

      *EDIT* iShawn, my bad, and sorry. i just saw automerge, i got an email twice, about you posting
    1. ishawn's Avatar
      ishawn -
      is ok tom172 i already reboot my iphone and still doenst work. man i wanna use this app so bad
    1. sidelko's Avatar
      sidelko -
      Its working for me in beejive 2.0 i copied what i wrote to sms and i paste it into beejive.If i hit paste it didnt show me the bubble but if i hit the send button it sent normal but how can i delete the copied text from the copy/paste bar?
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      Stunning is the word
      I simply love it
      Awesome is the 2nd word.
      But,please update will be the third word!!!

      Great job guys. Jobs would be proud of u too!!! Or would he?
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      The dev updated it now to work with Beejive. That was fast! Good to know he's workin hard on it

      Quote Originally Posted by sidelko View Post
      Its working for me in beejive 2.0 i copied what i wrote to sms and i paste it into beejive.If i hit paste it didnt show me the bubble but if i hit the send button it sent normal but how can i delete the copied text from the copy/paste bar?
      To delete copied text just go to an empty text field (like the google search bar) and just hit copy. It will make it blank
    1. bsurt's Avatar
      bsurt -
      doesn't seem to work for web forms. it won't select text. or it will crash the application after selecting some < textarea> text or input type="text" in html forms.
      anyone have an idea how to get my long wpa password to clipboard? I tried putting it in in html file in < textarea>blablva< /textarea> and then load it wildeyes or finder, but it always crash the application when I try to select text.
    1. basik19's Avatar
      basik19 -
      Great app!

      An SBS toggle to turn this on and off would be SWEET!
    1. phatcamaro's Avatar
      phatcamaro -
      Just posting some fixes that i had encounter, but found solutions for from multiple sources:

      1) If you get a cydia.spazio.net source error, go under the changes tab and refresh.

      2) If you cant get the copy/paste option to show up its probably because you have intelliscreen installed. in this case (my main problem) go under the performance option in intelliscreen and enable clippy performance boost.
    1. dangersnert's Avatar
      dangersnert -
      When in SMS you cant see the enter field the copy and paste covers it. not really a big deal unless you want to copy something from there.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by basik19 View Post
      Great app!

      An SBS toggle to turn this on and off would be SWEET!
      Heck yes!
    1. saifeeab's Avatar
      saifeeab -
      doesnt work with iRealSMS. works with mail and other text editors but doesnt work with irealsms .
    1. nycdiplomat's Avatar
      nycdiplomat -
      Another update is available through cydia...im not sure what it does yet but i figured i'd let everyone know
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Quote Originally Posted by saifeeab View Post
      doesnt work with iRealSMS. works with mail and other text editors but doesnt work with irealsms .
      Sure it does. Choose the text you want to copy, hit the forward action and it brings up a new window where you can use the keyboard to copy/paste to your heart's desire. I've used it a few times today between emails and texts to test it.
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      By far the best beta ever.
      This totally fulfills my copy/paste needs!

      And i can confirm the updated irealsms works just fine with it
    1. clincoln's Avatar
      clincoln -
      Nice App
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by keda51 View Post
      Make sure you have the iSpazio repository installed under sources.

      Being able to toggle this on and off would be a HUGE improvement. Placing the cursor is somewhat difficult now.
      i have this and nothing still