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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. jnjanonymous's Avatar
      jnjanonymous -
      thank you finally
    1. perezinthenet's Avatar
      perezinthenet -
      Is CopierN any good compared to the others?
    1. l0uisz's Avatar
      l0uisz -
      not working for me in 2.2.1 =[ FIX this if you guys can pleasee!!!

      i get these errors when i 1st booted up cydia after i installed 2.2.1

      ** http://www.ispaziorepo.com **
      Cached failure

      ** http://www.ispaziorepo.com **
      Host Unreachable


      how can i fix this?
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by l0uisz View Post
      not working for me in 2.2.1 =[ FIX this if you guys can pleasee!!!

      i get these errors when i 1st booted up cydia after i installed 2.2.1

      ** http://www.ispaziorepo.com **
      Cached failure

      ** http://www.ispaziorepo.com **
      Host Unreachable


      how can i fix this?
      Check this topic out...
      http://www.modmyi.com/forums/cydia-s...a-address.html

      Head over and read the forums. Check out Cydia support and u will find many topics about this problem
      http://www.modmyi.com/forums/cydia-support/

      Good luck!
    1. Taboo's Avatar
      Taboo -
      it works, but when I try to copy and paste in mobilesafari using the textarea it never get highlighted. It shows grey areas in the wrong places even though I have selected text. Other than that it is sweet.
    1. GURU2028's Avatar
      GURU2028 -
      Cool Topclass !!
      Works Great in Google maps from calendar :-)
    1. mbrooksr's Avatar
      mbrooksr -
      it gives me an error on cydia when i try to download it.
    1. felero's Avatar
      felero -
      how come I can't find "clippy" on my Cydia whenever I search for it. I've downloaded "hClipboard" but seems doesn't work; I can't see the pasted text on the clipboard. Am I missing something? Please help.
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      clippy update = amazing! basically anything can be copied and it saves in a clipboard stack. get it use it love it
    1. LYRICALDETOX's Avatar
      LYRICALDETOX -
      i don't know about this because when i am in the text message screen the tab pops up on ocassion. How do i access it?
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      Hey everyone noticed something weird in my clippy clipboard stack I got this message "Clippy Beta has expired. Please upgrade"

      I went to cydia to see if there was an update I see nothing there I went to the ispazio website also nothing there .... anyone know whats going on?

    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Noticed the same thing.... Hmmm...

      Must've had a built-in expiration date by which time the developer had expected to have the 1.0 release.
    1. Iman07's Avatar
      Iman07 -
      IchopPryde, this JUST happened to me. I was using it like a couple hours ago. And now it's expired? What's the deal?! A quick reinstall didn't help. I'll try and manual reinstall.
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      Same thing here. I wish I would have known there was a full version, I would have purchased it earlier instead of trying to use it and all of a sudden it's not working. I hope everything in my stack isn't gone now too. I kinda used it like a notes app and had a bunch of stuff in the stack. I emailed the developer but haven't heard back.
    1. Salsero's Avatar
      Salsero -
      there is an update now 0.95 but we don't know what's the changelog, i installed it and now it removed the copy paste icons
    1. mastaq1's Avatar
      mastaq1 -
      I updated to .95 and now have the same message about the beta being expired. I tried to remove and reinstall but still crap. Odd too cause I just was using it earlier today and it was fine.
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      From what I've seen from the .95 update is that now you can simply touch and hold text for a prompt to copy text. I've tried it with SMS, entire emails can be copied by holding the message in the list view, notes are the same. If you choose to copy to stack it still says you need to upgrade though. I still haven't found a way to paste anything though. You can still double click and hold to highlight text but again I don't see anyway to paste.

      Edit: Holding the "123" button brings up the prompt to copy, cut, paste, stack. But, if you try to paste anything all it pastes is "Clippy Beta has expired. Please upgrade"
    1. izzy29's Avatar
      izzy29 -
      I can copy in SMS and also stack.
      But I can't paste in any other app.



      Also I get this in stack. And I keep deleting it but it just reappears.

    1. Chin's Avatar
      Chin -
      good so its not just me... so all its missing now is the paste option... hmmmm
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      OHhhhhhhh there we go I figured it out ok the 123/abc button press and HOLD it then a prompt comes up asking if u want to copy and paste which I think is a lot cooler cause now it doesnt cover anything like it used too .... i am going to try this in safari now see if it works I noticed that in email before opening the email if i press and hold it i can copy the entire email.

      Playing with this thing further Safari still doesn't seem to work, but pasting works just fine when you press and hold the 123 button it will say Stack and Copy press stack then click what you want to paste then it will enter into the field. So far seems to be a much better solution for copy and paste as it isn't in your face for copy and paste so you bring it up only when you need it which i love. Though disappointing as this still doesn't work in Safari unless the bookmarklet im using (for hclipboard) doesn't work with clippy and theres an alternative?