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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. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      The update is annoying. It pops up when i'm not even holding items down. Holding 123 takes longer than tapping. It really lost a lot of simplicity.
    1. ifini's Avatar
      ifini -
      Tap and hold is great. Works 100% for me.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by reyza View Post
      The update is annoying. It pops up when i'm not even holding items down. Holding 123 takes longer than tapping. It really lost a lot of simplicity.
      It does pop up sometime when I dont want it to, but still a nice feature.
      Quote Originally Posted by _ducky View Post
      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.
      It does pop up when ur scrolling through stuff, but o well...
      Quote Originally Posted by ifini View Post
      Tap and hold is great. Works 100% for me.
      Ya its really nice!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wePhone View Post
      You mean notion?
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    1. tosbsas's Avatar
      tosbsas -
      new update - works way better

      095-5

      Ruben
    1. ifini's Avatar
      ifini -
      double tapping at a specific point still a challenge
    1. llj1137075's Avatar
      llj1137075 -
      new update says size mismatch for me. /:
    1. ifini's Avatar
      ifini -
      Safari : tap and hold works the first time but crashes safari the second time you try . Also tapping to select previously typed text invoked clippy menu or crashes saferi
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by llj1137075 View Post
      new update says size mismatch for me. /:
      Wait a bit, could be from to many ppl trying to update at once or it's a server problem. Hopefully this update is great!
    1. Gambit_Rah's Avatar
      Gambit_Rah -
      I never got the expiry thingy. Got the 0.95-4 version, was tempted to install the clippy serch app. Mine copies, cuts and paste. Even shows the stack when i dont see paste. I can't copy or paste anything in iRealSMS. It used to work before. Wish i could revert!!
      Now there is 0.95-5!! Updating .... Great so far. a little jumpy when u press txt in email and safari. Still no iRealSMS support. How can i get an older copy?
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      the newest version seems to be working well, except for one thing: how in the world do you save photos from email and in* safari? when i tap and hold to save, i the copy dialog instead.


      *thanks dirtybird!
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      the newest version seems to be working well, except for one thing: how in the world do you save photos from email and in safari? when i tap and hold to save, i the copy dialog instead.
      Just tap the photo instead of holding down. It works saving a photo in an email but I haven't figured out how to save from safari.
    1. zoti's Avatar
      zoti -
      I'm on 0.94 but can't see any update in cydia. Why is that?
      I also got the expiration message.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I had to sadly get rid of Clippy. The latest update(s) made Safari completely impossible to work with / type in. Anything would first prompt the copy menu and then it would crash safari. Wish I could go back
    1. gomer713's Avatar
      gomer713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      I had to sadly get rid of Clippy. The latest update(s) made Safari completely impossible to work with / type in. Anything would first prompt the copy menu and then it would crash safari. Wish I could go back
      safari crashes for me as well while i'm typing. right after i updated to the new Clippy.and the hold to copy thing is a little too sensitive. everything i tap it brings up the clippy options.
    1. T-Will's Avatar
      T-Will -
      0.95-6 is supposed to fix (or disable) certain issues.
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      Yeh its still buggy as hell though.

      Hurry up and fix these damn bugs. 0.93 was better.

      Update on last post:

      .95-6 fixes a lot of those problems!

      Nice work.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      .95-6 seems to work fine, will report if anything pisses me off lol

      Good job!
    1. iFlorida's Avatar
      iFlorida -
      cool, thanks!
    1. kkiran's Avatar
      kkiran -
      Not sure why, I lost the copy past feature after the latest update....

      In Safari, just hold on an image for long for the save prompt...