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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. laurenn5497's Avatar
      laurenn5497 -
      can you actually get the neon theme on your iPhone?
    1. savageboredom's Avatar
      savageboredom -
      There's a new update. It looks like Clippy finally works again. Hooray!

      Haven't really run into the problem with the menu constantly popping up yet so we'll see. The only problem I'm noticing so far is that when you drag the cursor the magnifying glass doesn't go away until you type something again. No big deal with that though I guess.

      EDIT: Actually looks like that magnifying glass problem I had was just my phone lagging. I quit that application and now it's working just as usual. The new pop-up menu is a lot nicer than the old style. Also if you close the menu without copy/cut/pasting text, it automatically deletes the selection. Convenient!
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Going to update now, will see how it works
    1. CHUISTER's Avatar
      CHUISTER -
      After i updated my iphone to 2.2 and reinstalled this app it doesnt show up anymore. Does anyone know how to fix this?

      edit : nvm. you have to hold 123 to get it.
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      ok I love the new style of this new update it looks way nicer and cleaner but now I cant seem to get it to work in safari is it not supposed to ? I thought the update said it has web support ....?
    1. sramaiya's Avatar
      sramaiya -
      how do i install it on iphone and pls help
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      I don't get why hClipboard never caught wind. It is more stable, less annoying, hasn't needed so many updates, and is currently better than Clippy.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      I just don't like having the international keyboard symbol there. Makes hitting 123 button harder.

      And clippy is not annoying anymore.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      I used to be able to invoke Clippy by pressing and holding an email or SMS header. It doesnt seem to do it anymore. Does the latest update work for anyone as far as that goes?
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOrioles33 View Post
      I used to be able to invoke Clippy by pressing and holding an email or SMS header. It doesnt seem to do it anymore. Does the latest update work for anyone as far as that goes?
      Sorry what do you mean by header? I just tried holding on an email and text message from the inbox and it invoked the new clippy menu.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      I just don't like having the international keyboard symbol there. Makes hitting 123 button harder.
      I'd never really thought about it. I also have the Emoji keyboard enabled, even though I have never used it!

      I'd rather have a seperate key to press rather than have to press and hold a key which seems such a waste of time.

      Guess it just goes to prove you can't please everyone! Lucky we have such a good choice
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Yeah, I probably use copy and paste about once a week, but do heaps of typing, so having something that's totally out of the way untill you need it like clippy is ideal.

      Hclipboard is great too, but that damn globe symbol... :$
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      Sorry what do you mean by header? I just tried holding on an email and text message from the inbox and it invoked the new clippy menu.
      I mean the listing of the emails before you actually click on it to open it. Glad its still working after the update. I cant seem to get it working in any app. The tap-pause-drag technique is working. Now I need to figure out why the other way isnt working. This should be fun! Thanks for the info.
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Quote Originally Posted by sramaiya View Post
      how do i install it on iphone and pls help
      Jailbreak ur iPhone, browse Cydia and download Clippy. Very easy
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Is anyone else having an issue with invoking Clippy while tapping and holding an SMS or email?
    1. tyson1749's Avatar
      tyson1749 -
      yes im having the same problem? Had to remove it, when double taping to highlight it freezes my Quick SMS, wont allow to hit send button, have to reboot any time i want to copy/paste. hClipboard seems to be working fine though.
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      I also like having a separate button to invoke copy/paste. Holding a button takes longer than tapping. As for the globe making it harder to press 123, it doesn't make it hugely smaller but I admit it takes a little brain training to make sure you press the right one for what you want to do.
    1. raidel's Avatar
      raidel -
      So if you have anything in the stack, so any previously copied messages or anything is in the stack it will not give you the pop up to do another copy. As soon as you clear out the stack it works again and you can copy an email and/or sms. But as soon as you copy one thing you cant copy again. If anyone has found a fix or anything please speak up! You can correct if I'm wrong, but this is what I noticed from playing around with my iphone and clippy.
    1. felero's Avatar
      felero -
      I installed hClipboard on my iPhone, but I don't know how it works. Please, anyone, help!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Have you turned on the hClipboard keyboard? Once you have you just press the globe to activate and it's pretty self explanatory.
      What problem are you having?