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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. huntor's Avatar
      huntor -
      about time
    1. grahampaull's Avatar
      grahampaull -
      Class, Now i can copy my superlong RSS feeds into my reader.

      Apple should be ashamed of themselfs.
    1. h.s's Avatar
      h.s -
      Seems to work great... Any info on CPU drain / memory footprint?

    1. kjack05's Avatar
      kjack05 -
      It works well, but it does interfer with Imob online.
    1. elove1776's Avatar
      elove1776 -
      wow all we need know is mms and we have the market
    1. oscarleedavis's Avatar
      oscarleedavis -
      i have tried it with maps,dTunes,youTube,Calendar,Desk.app,Safari,Noteb ook.app,gNote,iRealSMS,weather,fizz weather.app,it doesn't work in cydia search...but i'm not complaining.....this is the first release and it works like a charm...i will be donating today for sure!!!!!THANKS
    1. Bad2049's Avatar
      Bad2049 -
      Quote Originally Posted by elove1776 View Post
      wow all we need know is mms and we have the market
      Ever hear of SwirlyMMS? It's exactly what you need... and it's cheap!!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      This is just eff-ing sweet
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      i've installed and i'm pretty thrilled. It doesn't seem to like Magic Pad, it won't even allow me to edit my previous notes. BUMMER. :-(

      I am having a problem with the highlighted text skipping lines. Am I the only one with this problem?
    1. bgattis's Avatar
      bgattis -
      Awesome app! Thank you!
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by mixer911 View Post
      wow am i first!? thats cool lol *EDIT* aw, i'm second... still felt cool for a second though
      Wow, I bet you're SO proud....
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      this isnt showing up on cydia for me after i refresh?
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Awesome news! Can't wait to try it out.
      Im looking forward to the updates!
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Napoleon_PhoneApart View Post
      I haven't gotten it to paste to email yet.
      i think if you just get your magnifying glass to pop up in the email you'll notice the copy paste buttons change(whiter labels) and what you copied should come up next to them....it should allow you to paste then. took me a little playing around to get it to work too......but overall, esp. for a beta it works great. Just some work on the landscape functionality and it would be perfect.
    1. Cocchiararo's Avatar
      Cocchiararo -
      nice app.

      hope they re enable the ability to drag the cursor between leters in future updates.

      and i dont think they'll be able to allow to copy text from internet pages that was not written by us.

      nice up anyway.
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Works AWESOME for a beta! Can't wait for future releases to see it's full functionality.
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Can anyone help me? Ive refreshed like 10x and nothing shows in search?WTF?!
    1. tom172's Avatar
      tom172 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BoostedEvoIX View Post
      Can anyone help me? Ive refreshed like 10x and nothing shows in search?WTF?!
      im having same problem, cant find any of the apps i want, ...

      any help?
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Hmm, are you searching for " Clippy " ?
    1. BoostedEvoIX's Avatar
      BoostedEvoIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by keda51 View Post
      Hmm, are you searching for " Clippy " ?
      yes and ive refreshed many times