Share:

Copy & Paste now available – not from Apple though!

Share:

Ever since the iPhone was launched, one of the most wanted and asked for features, which quite frankly should have been included from day 1, is the ability to copy and paste.  There have been previous apps that allowed you to copy and paste, but you either had to have a jailbroken phone, something not everyone wants to do, or there was some limitation on the abilities of the copy and paste which did not make it an ideal solution.

The latest shot at copy and paste is called pastebud, which allows you to copy and paste between Safari webpages, between Safari and Mail, and also from Mail to Safari! The great thing about pastebud is that it does not require any software installation, no need to jailbreak, and it’s completely legal.  It works by using two bookmarks, intuitively called COPY and PASTE.  COPY prepares and loads the page you are currently viewing.  Once it is loaded, you are ready to select text at the touch of a finger. From there, you can copy the text you want and create a new mail message with that text in it. And like I said, you will also be able to copy and paste in the text field of a different web page. You can check out a video of pastebud in action here. The developers were working on it right up until release, so the final product will probably look more like the photo below than what’s in the video.

Even though this isn’t the full copy and paste that is needed, it is pretty close, and works for what 95% of us will need it for, copying something from a webpage and putting it into an email, or vice versa.  Best of all, it’s free and requires no installation via the App Store.  The website is set to launch sometime early Friday morning, so head over to pastebud.com, give it a try, and let me know how it works for you!

Share:

  • Trent Fehr

    This has got to be the most useful post I’ve ever seen from this blog! Thanks Barryn!

  • KnightFire

    And I was thinking just the opposite… I don’t want to have to use my data plan just to be able to cut and paste… I’ll wait until the real deal shows up.

  • Rey

    After installing pastebud (http://pastebud.com) I decided to search for more bookmarklet types and found a few.
    Along with copy/paste, you can also add a search function to seach within pages, and also open links in new tabs all via bookmarklets.
    If you sync bookmarks with Safari on your computer, follow the link below on your computer, then bookmark the links of the features that you want. Sync your iPhone/touch, and there they will be on your bookmarks.
    Here’s the link:
    http://www.lifeclever.com/17-powerfu…r-your-iPhone/

  • Rey
  • Rey

    After installing pastebud (http://pastebud.com) I decided to search for more bookmarklet types.
    Along with copy/paste, you can also add a search function to seach within pages, and also open links in new tabs all via bookmarklets. If you sync bookmarks with Safari on your computer, follow the link below on your computer, then bookmark the links of the features that you want. Sync your iPhone/touch, and there they will be on your bookmarks.
    Here’s the link:
    http://www.lifeclever.com/17-powerful-bookmarklets-for-your-iPhone/

  • teddyx

    use your data plan? .. you have wifi….

Deals