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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. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      the latest update fixed the crashes i was having. it now works great!
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      I'm not sure if this was posted already or not but for those of you complaining that the copy/paste bar blocks what you're typing, there is a way to hide it. You can just tap on the space beside the buttons and it will hide. Hope that helps.
    1. aussiebob's Avatar
      aussiebob -
      This is one of my most inportant apps to date!
      Fantastic and so many updates in a short time.
      Would be nice if using normal sms to copy and paste so you can almost forward it this way.Im using Swirlymms and normal sms (maybe Ill download irealsms instead for now)
      FANTASTIC WORK
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Don't use iRealSMS yet! 2.0.7.4 version is flawed at the moment and it crashes. They have already submitted a fix and waiting for it to hit Cydia.

      Just refreshed Cydia and the fix is there, Hahahahaha. Resume download lol.
    1. MnVikingsFan26's Avatar
      MnVikingsFan26 -
      With the new update you need to double tap really fast to highlight the text if you are going left to right and right to left you need to hold the cursor
    1. xjman349's Avatar
      xjman349 -
      I just got this going and it's the best app for the phone by far.
    1. bjm9282's Avatar
      bjm9282 -
      This new update that allows you to turn it on and off with a double tap, makes this app close to the perfect implementation of copy/paste that we've all been waiting for. The two things we need are the ability to copy from webpages/uneditable text and it'd be nice if the copy/paste bar was semi-transparent so we could see the text behind it, especially in places like the SMS app.

      Otherwise, AMAZING job so far and it's really irritating that Apple couldn't have done this a LOOOOOOONG time ago.
    1. cartman13's Avatar
      cartman13 -
      wow, great update!

      my guess is uneditable txt maybe a tough update because there is no way to highlight that txt in the first place.

      semi transparent buttons sound like a good idea!
    1. GADeputy's Avatar
      GADeputy -
      Strange... It shows up on Cydia on my iPhone but not on my friends iPhone and we both have the same exact sources load
      ed. Anyone know why this is happening?
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      hClipboard is now out on Cydia and it’s better than Clippy! Together they make a good combo though!
      Here’s the wiki for info:
      Using_hClipboard - networkpx - How to use â„ŹClipboard - Google Code

      The bookmarklets (for copying text in Safari) work great too. Follow the directions in the wiki page to add them.
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      OK, feeling like a moron here. I have installed Clippy Beta .92 from Cydia (in fact have tried to re-install a couple times too just to make sure it "took").

      No matter what app (Mail, Safari, SMS) I use, I never see the Copy function when I hit the 123? button.

      Any thoughts to cure my moron-ism?
    1. ctguy's Avatar
      ctguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by kwickone View Post
      OK, feeling like a moron here. I have installed Clippy Beta .92 from Cydia (in fact have tried to re-install a couple times too just to make sure it "took").

      No matter what app (Mail, Safari, SMS) I use, I never see the Copy function when I hit the 123? button.

      Any thoughts to cure my moron-ism?
      If you have Intelliscreen, you need to turn on clippy in the performance tab.
    1. Niner1000RR's Avatar
      Niner1000RR -
      yea same here man...

      edit, I did enable clippy, still not working... I'll try again though.
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Quote Originally Posted by reyza View Post
      hClipboard is now out on Cydia and it’s better than Clippy! Together they make a good combo though!
      Here’s the wiki for info:
      Using_hClipboard - networkpx - How to use â„ŹClipboard - Google Code

      The bookmarklets (for copying text in Safari) work great too. Follow the directions in the wiki page to add them.
      Yea, I have both too. Hclipboard is pretty cool after you get used to the setup. Have you figured out how to copy on safari yet?

      Oh yea.. got it!!
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      Quote Originally Posted by ctguy View Post
      If you have Intelliscreen, you need to turn on clippy in the performance tab.
      Dude, you rock and roll brotha! That did the trick!
    1. jaystar's Avatar
      jaystar -
      nice it work's
    1. liton's Avatar
      liton -
      Great Application and it's now a real copy pest system ever for iPhone. Thanks a million to the developer.
    1. adeel akmal's Avatar
      adeel akmal -
      At last, say goodbye to the dark ages
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      hmmm not completely satisfied with Clippy it won't let me sometimes select editable text which is a bit annoying for example using this ability from a bookmarklet CopyingTextFromSafari - networkpx - How to Copy Text from MobileSafari using â„ŹClipboard. - Google Code the text is editable and won't let me highlight it to copy. Even in the address bar it comes pre highlighted but if I un highlight it then try to re highlight it will not work. I am going to try the other copy and paste to see if it works better now.
    1. ifini's Avatar
      ifini -
      Quote Originally Posted by NArush View Post
      Yea, I have both too. Hclipboard is pretty cool after you get used to the setup. Have you figured out how to copy on safari yet?

      Oh yea.. got it!!
      Between the 2, Hclipboard is superior. hate how Clippy hides the message bar. You'll need to tap the space next to "paste" to show it again... one more step)

      Also Hclipboard allows copying of multiple fields which comes in handy when copying eg the name and number of a contact. Clippy only allows copy of one field

      My 2 cents