Apple: Copy and Paste Now Working Between Safari and Mail

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by aznkid25, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. aznkid25 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2007

    Youtube Video:

    Finally, someone has conceived a way to copy and paste text from Safari to Mail, and between web pages, transparently. And this time, it doesn't require any software installation and it's completely legal:

    Unlike other approaches, it works with the two apps that matter most, Mail and Safari, and gets around Apple's onerous App Store terms through a clever combination of javascript bookmarks and web services.

    In fact, it doesn't require anything to be installed, so it avoids the Apple Store and the iPhone app development agreement altogether.

    As you can see in the video, Pastebud—as the service is called—works using two bookmarks in Safari. One prepares and loads the page you are viewing, ready to select text at the touch of a finger. From there, you can copy any text you want and create a new mail message with that text in it. In addition to that, you will be able to copy and paste in the text field of a different web page.

    While this is not full copy and paste capabilities, I, for one, welcome the ability do exactly this, which is basically what I want to do 95% of the time. According to Jed Schmidt, creator of Pastebud, they have been testing it for about a week and they are now "putting the finishing touches on the web site before launch".
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Because Copy and paste is usually illegal?

    Anyway, this is neat.
  3. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
  4. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3G (white): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    I'm sure the OP was referring to the fact that this method does not require jailbreaking (which is not actuall illegal, of course, but does technically void your warranty) ... ;)
  5. aznkid25 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2007
    The original article was from Gizmodo. I've included the link to the article and video. So check those out for a better understanding.
  6. orrelse44 macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2007
    This is amazing.

    Apple should be embarrassed--considering it takes a work-around like this to do something so simple. Unreal.
  7. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    The only innovation that is occurring with the iPhone is from not Apple, but from its customers. People have been coming up with amazing and creative work-arounds to accomplish simple tasks Apple has refused to develop.
  8. milani macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2008
    it's a major step in the right direction, that's for sure.
  9. aznkid25 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2007
    Would this be considered as a front page story?
  10. Ademius macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2008
    This would actually be a good way to implement it officially, but a little different, i.e. you swipe over the text to mark directly and then hold down on it and select an option 'copy' then hold down again on the spot you want to paste and select 'paste' from a pop-up option, instead of this loading of different web pages and clicking links =)

    The 'pop-up' menu I refer to is kind of the same when you hold down on a link (the black little info thing).

    But this is great anyhow. I will definitely try it out when it's released.
  11. Kajiura macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2008
  12. Stepper macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2008
    North London, England
    Looks rather good I must say, although I will never use it;)
  13. bobsentell macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    The fact that it took a third party to add this function is pretty sad. Apple has been hearing since iPhone 1.0 that copy/paste was needed.
  14. quick5pnt0 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008
    Why do I have the feeling that Apple has a little giggle when they see things like this? Almost as if they're not implementing copy/paste just because mommy and daddy "said so".
  15. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Yeah, it may have turned into a power thing by now. Or, may Apple is keeping the iPhone/touch crippled enough so that is doesn't become a laptop replacement, as this would cannabilize their laptop sales. When it comes to Apple, you just have to follow the money trail to understand their decisions. People want to label this behavior as The Way of the Future or Innovative (aka you just can't follow Steve's complex way of thinking). But, no, every decision they make is with money in mind, not the consumer.
  16. pavvento macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2007
    I have no problem with Apple not developing this. In fact, I wouldn't mind them taking a hands off approach and just fixing bugs and functionality.

    With that in mind, they need to open up the phone a little more so that developers can make apps such as copy and paste that can work from any application.

    Edit: If their 'approval process' is as top notch as they said it would be then why not give access? If someone can create a mail search tool then put it right into mail, as long as it has Apple's stamp that it's not going to destroy the phone (leads me to believe their approval process is not top notch).
  17. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Wow! That's pretty cool, and looks like it will come in handy. I'll be keeping my eye on this!
  18. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Just so we're clear. This isn't the first time text has been able to be copied and pasted from within Safari. We knew has been done before with Bookmarklets... in fact I still have the copy and paste Bookmarklet... All this person did is provide a way to transfer the copied text to mail by using the mailto tag. Those are the only 2 apps that will be able to do this. Don't expect anything else until Apple themselves makes copy and paste a reality.

    I've been using copy and paste in Safari for a year now. This isn't breaking news to me, sorry.

    Okay... maybe not a WHOLE year: But, this was done a WHILE ago:
  19. abijnk macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Very true.

    And the title of this thread is very inaccurate. Apple has nothing to do with this, as the title suggests.
  20. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    By the way... where can we get this bookmarklet? It's just a video right now? Lame.
  21. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    I don't know what you use your laptop for, but I use mine for a whole lot more than listening to music and viewing photos. You can't seriously think the thing that's holding the iPhone back from replacing laptops is lack of copy and paste? What about the lack of a real keyboard, the 3.5" screen, and the slow processor? No - iPhone as laptop replacements is a pipe dream. An iPhone could conceivably fill a middle ground, maybe even replace a Netbook if you could get a real keyboard, but replace a MacBook? Keep dreaming.

  22. Opie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2008
    This is how easy it is to forward text. This is through bitesms and it uses my own AT&T text messages. When you want to forward a text all you do is swipe your finger across it as if you were trying to delete it and it highlights it in blue and gives you the forward option. Also you can text in landscape mode with bitesms. This is just another feature that the iphone is capable of that APPLE (CASTRO) wont give is.

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  23. jdwingnut macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2008
    In the Redwoods, California
    So very true, but isn't this the same with most successful businesses.

    It's been a long time since the consumer was able to "have it their way".

    Have you tried to customize you cell phone plan lately or customize your TV programming packages. Every time you do, it ends up costing you, the consumer more and more. These same companies even charge fees for downgrade services.

    ALL of the consumer's options are geared towards increasing revenue for the company. Apples no different in their choices.
  24. john316 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2007
    Aigburth, Liverpool, UK
    Its called Capitalism ;)
  25. aznkid25 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2007
    You will be able to download this starting tommorow @, according to the YouTube video.

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