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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. freetrade's Avatar
      freetrade -
      Guys, for pasting just go to the stack and press on the item that you want to paste from the list. It'll do the job. Works for me!
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      Also noticed when in Safari when pressing and holding 123 safari crashes!
    1. Chin's Avatar
      Chin -
      wasnt it able to paste into safari before the update?
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      past yes copy no only in the address bar but not actual text on a website.

      Also noticed they added the ability to Cut

      Cut
      Copy
      Paste
      Stacks



      Also new ability to Search just updated in Cydia .... though still troubles with Safari anyone get it to work with Safari?
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      When Clippy is able to copy text within Safari text fields then I will re-download it. Until then, hClipboard will do a great job.
    1. SeaPea's Avatar
      SeaPea -
      Quote Originally Posted by iChopPryde View Post
      Also noticed when in Safari when pressing and holding 123 safari crashes!
      Same with me here. It works fine with SMS. And a new Add-on Search is there, though I still need time to figure out how it works.

      Seems that the author has released several versions of update today. Waiting for a perfect fix.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      I like this version of clippy MUCH better, the GUI seems much more in line with the OS's GUI. Everything works properly with the exception of Safari. Copy/Paste etc. works in the address field, but Safari crashes when attempting to use Clippy in any text field within Safari itself.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Sweet update. Took me a while to notice you have to hold 123 instead. Anything that when touched ie' if the "blue bar" when touching an option appears, you can copy the whole text which is pretty cool, eg in email, before opening the email you can copy the whole email without first forwarding it Yay! Don't need to wait for SMS forwarding anymore.

      Safari doesn't seem to crash for me, maybe the iPhones not got enough memory, a lot of my apps start to crash after a bit if I don't reboot the iPhone every often or so.

      I've been using Clippy for hours trying to get the "Clippy has expired" error to come up but so far it's working fine. Does this mean the developer will start charging for this keyboard add-on? Too good to be free anyway.

      If Apple allowed add-ons like this in the App Store, the iPhone would be even more awesome . Does anyone know how to change the highlight colour from grey to blue or yellow or some other colour? A suggestion for the dev maybe???
    1. keda51's Avatar
      keda51 -
      Crashing Safari when trying to hold 123 to open stack in a text field also.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      it crashes in safari for me as well.

      however, i did learn a lot by reading the past couple pages of this thread. i had no idea where the copy/paste went... then i learned about the stacks and holding the 123 button.

      what's the search plugin about? what does it do?
    1. T-Will's Avatar
      T-Will -
      Safari crashes for me when the text field is on a web page.

      The address bar and Google search field work fine and don't crash Safari.
    1. bobolito's Avatar
      bobolito -
      Yeah, definitely a new bug with Clippy. Safari crashes when holding 123.

      What I would like to see is a way to copy text from a website in Safari, not just text fields. The bubble doesn't come up when you double-tap and hold.

      Also, I've noticed it is not possible to copy/paste from the subject field in an email that you are creating, even though I can get the bubble to come up, it doesn't highlight text. It only works on the body of the email.

      Also, the author should consider posting notes in Cydia about what has changed in the new versions posted. I thought Clippy had stopped working until I came here and discovered that now you have to hold 123 to get the options to come up. This should've been mentioned in Cydia.
    1. T-Will's Avatar
      T-Will -
      Dunno if anyone mentioned this yet, but if you go to the Calendar, tap on an event, then tap and hold on the box that has the event name, date, and time, the Clippy Copy/Stack/Close dialogue will appear.
    1. phreakwenci's Avatar
      phreakwenci -
      Aggravating that everytime I try to delete an email that clippy pops up instead. I miss the previous interface, It was much easier for me... hmm... Poll anyone??
    1. SeaPea's Avatar
      SeaPea -
      And if you press on a received SMS bubble, it will copy the whole SMS and use it for forwarding. Sweet!

      But still crash in Safari. I have to use hClipboard at the same time for entering user names, but hClipboard prohibits me to store passwords (which is good for security anyhow).
    1. bobolito's Avatar
      bobolito -
      Quote Originally Posted by phreakwenci View Post
      Aggravating that everytime I try to delete an email that clippy pops up instead. I miss the previous interface, It was much easier for me... hmm... Poll anyone??
      I'm not sure why it's doing that for you. I have to swipe my finger a couple of times on the same email in order to get clippy to come up. It does not conflict with my ability to delete emails.
    1. T-Will's Avatar
      T-Will -
      Tap and hold to copy an email.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobolito View Post
      Also, the author should consider posting notes in Cydia about what has changed in the new versions posted. I thought Clippy had stopped working until I came here and discovered that now you have to hold 123 to get the options to come up. This should've been mentioned in Cydia.
      I second that emotion.
    1. _ducky's Avatar
      _ducky -
      Ugh, the damn overlay keeps popping up when holding your finger on any sort of list (iPod) for even a short length of time. I uninstalled it. A lot of unnecessary changes were made to this app in this version. There is no reason for the tap-and-hold deal.
    1. wePhone's Avatar
      wePhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      I second that emotion.
      You mean notion?