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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. nfl46's Avatar
      nfl46 -
      This is going to be even better when it's out of BETA!

      Wouldn't it be hilarious if Apple released C&P for the iPhone this month? HAHA.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by nashlib View Post
      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?
      nicely put!
    1. volcomc's Avatar
      volcomc -
      I have the keyboard artwork files replaced with the aqwoah keyboard and cant see the coppy/paste buttons. Anyone having this problem? I can highlight everything fine, but no buttons to coppy/paste?!
    1. mhand's Avatar
      mhand -
      i am having the same problem ishawn is.

      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 !!!!!!

      anyone know how to fix this issue?
    1. Houls's Avatar
      Houls -
      Works good for the stupid viewmymessage.com MMS crap.
    1. dsmoot's Avatar
      dsmoot -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhand View Post
      i am having the same problem ishawn is.

      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 !!!!!!

      anyone know how to fix this issue?
      Yeah I have the same problem also. No matter what app Im in, whenever I hit the copy or the paste button, the app crashes, and goes back to the home screen. Does anyone know if it requires the 2.2 firmware? cuz Im still on 2.1.
    1. LostInInaka's Avatar
      LostInInaka -
      Quote Originally Posted by phatcamaro View Post
      Just posting some fixes that i had encounter, but found solutions for from multiple sources:

      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.
      Awesome! That was exactly my problem and this worked like a charm! thanks for the tip!
    1. Philbert's Avatar
      Philbert -
      I haven't tried it but it sounds like it works pretty well. I don't suppose you can do anything else with the selected text, like delete it? That's one thing I hate about email, on the iPhone, if there's a really long message that I'm replying to the only way to shorten the quote is to go to end and hold on the backspace button for a long time.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      I still cant get this app wtf??!!
    1. kjack05's Avatar
      kjack05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Philbert View Post
      I haven't tried it but it sounds like it works pretty well. I don't suppose you can do anything else with the selected text, like delete it? That's one thing I hate about email, on the iPhone, if there's a really long message that I'm replying to the only way to shorten the quote is to go to end and hold on the backspace button for a long time.
      It let me highlight a paragraph and delete it.
    1. kadinh's Avatar
      kadinh -
      I'm thinking this is only for 2.2 and up. Every application I try to use it in, even the native apps, just kick me back to the springboard. Oh how I wish my computer wasn't screwed up so I could go to 2.2. :-/
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      very pleased
    1. Philbert's Avatar
      Philbert -
      Quote Originally Posted by kjack05 View Post
      It let me highlight a paragraph and delete it.
      That's awesome, thanks for the response.
    1. RonMexico's Avatar
      RonMexico -
      I was excited and that went away when I realized i can only copy editable text. cause the site i first read this on didnt give me that little detail...bastards,lol

      good stuff though!
    1. cobra85ec's Avatar
      cobra85ec -
      cant get it to work....
      only work in fast note....help
      16GB 3g 2.2os
    1. Home Skillet's Avatar
      Home Skillet -
      almost like sliced bread.
    1. LoIS300's Avatar
      LoIS300 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phatcamaro View Post
      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.
      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I couldn't get it to work and I didn't know why. After I turned it on in Intelliscreen after a repring everything works perfectly.

      Also to everyone with problems moving the magnifying glass just move it. It will highlight everything but when you add a letter or press backspace it will only delete the next character or add a letter the you lifted your finger. No problem there.

      Great work to the Dev!
    1. bigmoss's Avatar
      bigmoss -
      Am I missing a step ? I downloaded the app from Cydia on a 3G 2.2 Jailbroken phone it says instal complete and I do see it listed under packages but do not get a copy or paste icon above my keyboards in email, text , notes or anything ?

      I do not have Intelliscreen or anything like that installed.

      What have I missed ?
    1. cartman13's Avatar
      cartman13 -
      I'm not sure if this is possible, but is it possible to do an update in which hitting the copy button could turn on and off highlight selection mode? or maybe a 2nd finger tap while the magnifying glass is up?

      I think the highlight mode is great for more than just copy and pasting. But for deleting a section of text quickly ect. as well too.

      Great app, and thank you for the great contribution!
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      why is everyone getting this app and i cant? I have the sources installed required