An easier approach to copy/paste?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mcdj, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    This idea isn't fleshed out by any means, but I wonder if it could be the beginning of a simpler approach to copying, compared to trying to precisely highlight text with your finger.

    Depending on what app you're in, you would tap and hold a word, wait for the magnifying glass to pop up and disappear, then you would get a new pop-up option. In any non-editable mode (reading a web page or an email) you could skip the magnifying glass delay altogether.

  2. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    good idea, but what happens if you wanna copy more then just that one paragraph into a clipboard? I find myself copying many paragraphs, and even hole articles.
  3. rajfantastic macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2007
    or this sentence, this url, this phone number, this address...

    doesn't work

    edit: i'm really sorry for anyone with two left hands.
  4. LeifErikson macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA

    hahaha, yeah. I didn't notice until i read this
  5. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
  6. Santa Rosa macrumors 65816

    Santa Rosa

    Aug 22, 2007
    Looks like the transplant went wrong, hope he wasnt right handed before the accident because now he's in a world of pain :)
  7. boss1 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2007
    The Two Left hands thing made me think of "selecting text two the left". Just in case your wondering where the oddball post came from lol

    you could simplify that little pull down menu you created by having two options only. All you need is a pop up that has "COPY" and below it "MORE" .

    How it works:
    1. You press and hold a word. It gets highlighted and you can choose COPY or choose MORE
    2. If you tap "MORE" it intelligently selects text to the left. the entire sentence up to a "." or ","
    3. Again, you can tap "COPY" at this point or continue to tap "MORE" . the more you tap "MORE" the more text is selected to the left line by line and paragraph by paragraph.

    I believe this is similar to how selecting text works in Mac OS X by single click, double click, triple click etc?
  8. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007
    i like the copy/paste method demo-ed in the youtube video...........the one that ends with "i love you"

  9. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    Yeah, i agree, thats a much better alternative to this one. This one is just too complicated, and too much that it leaves out.
  10. MacMonkee macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2007
    Yeah that was absolutely hilarious! Although yeah it was a better method.

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