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    Default OpenClip: Ultimate Copy and Paste Solution for iPhone!
    Cali Lewis from GeekBrief.tv shows us how the developers can beat the apple with it's own device without breaking any rules.

    We've had many rumors of copy and paste for iPhone but none of them have proved to be true or were just limited to a single application. Even thought apple has already said that copy and paste is in their 'so-called' priority list but you have to wait for them. Well, no more!



    And now is the time that copy and paste seems to be finally making it's way to iPhone in a bit- less official way...

    If you remember, a few days before MagicPad was released but it just had the localized copy and paste. But, the story started when it's developer Juviwhalemet with a college student Zac White at a dev camp who turned this limited copy and paste solution into a cross application copy and paste functionality using the open-source OpenClip framework and the best part, it doesn't violate any rules by running in the background.

    So, this means that any developer can add OpenClip in their app and gain access to the copy and paste pool to use the functionality. A site has been set-up to explain it's working.

    Here's the proof of concept from Cali:

    [ame="http://www.vimeo.com/1562944?pg=embed&sec=1562944"]Cut and Paste for iPhone on Vimeo[/ame]

    Now, you might be thinking how does it work?

    OpenClip utilizes a shared space on the iPhone. Application that use the openclip framework can access this open area to write and read from, allowing copy/ paste between participating apps. Here's an interview with the developer to know more about how it works.



    Will Apple allow it in AppStore?

    There's no way apple can deny it as it doesn't violate even a single law and moreover some applications using this framework are already present in the AppStore!

    Currently only a few apps supports it but due to no pricetag (yes, it's free!) this functionality is going to spread like fire!!



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    Very nice. This is great news, too bad there isn't some way to install this universally...
    Like some kind of injection into the keyboard.

    But it's great anyways that someone is finally doing this. It always seems like someone does something great (like installer) then apple sees what people think then they copy it. And charge. (knowing them it'll be .50 a copy and .25 a paste...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentfubu View Post
    Very nice. This is great news, too bad there isn't some way to install this universally...
    Like some kind of injection into the keyboard.

    But it's great anyways that someone is finally doing this. It always seems like someone does something great (like installer) then apple sees what people think then they copy it. And charge. (knowing them it'll be .50 a copy and .25 a paste...)
    Actually the developer is currently working on a proposed interface. Have a look at the proposed interface:

    [ame="http://www.vimeo.com/1447477?pg=embed&sec=1447477"]Candidate User Interface for Copy & Paste on the iPhone on Vimeo[/ame]
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    would this be something the dev team could bake into the native email reader? that would be sweet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
    would this be something the dev team could bake into the native email reader? that would be sweet....
    DevTeam have other works to do like 3G unlock

    Once the source code for this is released, hackers will release patches for jailbroken phones, so that it works in default apps too.

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    this is really good stuff man.

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    Mmm...
    This Is A Step Forward, But .. I Dont Want OTHER Apps To Have Copy+Paste,
    I Want Copy+Paste In My Texts And Emails ..!!

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    That is pretty sweet. Their ideas for the copy and paste interface is pretty sweet as well. Kudos to the guys developing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agentfubu View Post
    Very nice. This is great news, too bad there isn't some way to install this universally...
    Like some kind of injection into the keyboard.

    But it's great anyways that someone is finally doing this. It always seems like someone does something great (like installer) then apple sees what people think then they copy it. And charge. (knowing them it'll be .50 a copy and .25 a paste...)
    yeah like an add-on to the keyboard framework
    this would be possible on an jaibroken fon tho.... Apple REALLY SUCKS!!!! how can they say its on their todo list n they never do it. We're gettin closer

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentfubu View Post
    (... knowing them it'll be .50 a copy and .25 a paste...)
    That's the Apple way!!! LOL

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    this is going to be sick.. when is the expected release date?

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    Man I hope this happens will be great I really hope MobileChat implements this but this still leaves out Safari and Email

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    is it on Installer too or Cydia or just on the APPSTORE?

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    As I said before, it is not yet released and will on be released on AppStore

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    very interesting video and program.
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    nice shirt........
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    Now if someone would get a landscape sms keyboard to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corradoking View Post
    Now if someone would get a landscape sms keyboard to work.
    THANK YOU! thats what i'm screamin'!



    and for the (off topic) record, i think cali did a great job hosting that video. she was talking fast in order to get a lot of info into a 3 minute clip, and if she hadn't then everyone would be all "oooh, video was too long blah blah" cuz people on the internet only have 3 minute attention spans (myself included). she sounded totally pro though. you guys are just mad she knows more about iphones than you! haha

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