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01-19-2009, 09:12 PM #1
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
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01-19-2009, 09:17 PM #2
Works pretty well. Look forward for updates.- iPhone 8gig and 16gig 3G - 3.0 - JailBroken + Unlocked to T-Mobile Unlimited Plan & Total Internet Plan.
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01-19-2009, 09:20 PM #3
wow am i first!? thats cool lol *EDIT* aw, i'm second... still felt cool for a second though
nice app! I think it would go a lot better under sbsettings instead of just on the iphone keyboard. that way we could use it while on any app
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01-19-2009, 09:25 PM #4
Looks like I have to go and get cydia then LOL
GREAT App - will come in handy!
01-19-2009, 09:27 PM #5
great app. +1 for jailbroken phones
01-19-2009, 09:40 PM #6
Schweet! downloading now its nice to see something with good potential. i look forward to seeing this excelThe beatings will continue until morale improves.
01-19-2009, 09:55 PM #7
Nice app..hope to see it complementing other apps in the near future
01-19-2009, 10:03 PM #8
it supports ireal..... i love it alreadyThe beatings will continue until morale improves.
01-19-2009, 10:27 PM #9
01-19-2009, 10:45 PM #10
I don't have it yet but this seems pretty cool (can't believe we have to be hyped about a simple function that apple lacks to incorporate). Can't wait for it to work on 3rd party apps and without having to use the keyboard (which I doubt will be coming out any time soon). Props.
Also since this is a beta (or first release of this program), will the developers charge to use the app in the future? Sure hope not...
Last edited by Deviatorz; 01-19-2009 at 10:49 PM.
01-19-2009, 10:46 PM #11
I can confirm that this app does not work with Beejive which is a shame cause the app works wonderfully otherwise. Also, you can drag across text if done quickly. If your finger is down for a few seconds it will begin the copy/highlighting.
01-19-2009, 11:12 PM #12
I can only get it to work in fast notes on sbsettings. One update I like a lot is if you could get it to work in calendar.
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01-19-2009, 11:39 PM #15
the app works great! i noticed backing up in apps "hitting the top left button" was lagging bad so i emailed him cause thats what it said to do and i had a response within an hr! can't beat that
01-19-2009, 11:54 PM #16
I haven't gotten it to paste to email yet.
01-20-2009, 01:33 AM #17
Finally they did it , WOW its amazing , for now we just miss the bluetooth , and it will be the best phone in the WHOLE WORLD
01-20-2009, 01:39 AM #18
I can confirm the BeeJive bug. It causes it to crash. I emailed the dev and within 30mins he responded. He said he will release an update that will disable it in BeeJive tomorrow (it'll be uploaded by iSpazio probably by Wed). He said he would eventually implement it to work with BeeJive.
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