'Pastebot' Brings Elegant Copy-and-Paste to the iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Tapbots, the development team behind the popular Weightbot and Convertbot iPhone applications, has released its third application, Pastebot [App Store, $1.99]. Pastebot is an elegant and powerful copy-and-paste tool that offers tools for image and text manipulation, as well as syncing with local Macs via a free preference pane download.
    Tapbots has also put together a video demonstrating Pastebot's numerous built-in features, as well as those integrated features utilizing the Mac-based Pastebot Sync companion application.

    Article Link: 'Pastebot' Brings Elegant Copy-and-Paste to the iPhone
  2. tuhoops macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2008
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    A few cool features, but elegant? I don't think so, not in my book anyway. I thought Apple's implementation of copy/paste is by far the most intuitive and elegant I've seen on a phone. Seriously, and I'm not joking, even my grandma was able to understand it after I showed her only once. This woman still hasn't mastered the "recall/flashback/previous channel" button on her oversized remote, yet has no problem understanding copy/paste. Kinda tells you something....
  4. sigalert macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2009
    It's much more than copy/paste. It's an ultra fast, convenient way to sync bits of information from your Mac to your iPhone over wifi. If the app is open on your iPhone, anything you copy on your Mac automatically appears on your iPhone. Text or image.

    That's cool!
  5. ggbrown macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2003
    Tapbot does make elegant applications, which is likely what the OP was referring to. Pastebot clearly employed the same design strategies in Tapbot.

    I also don't think they're replacing Apple's Copy/Paste functionality, but rather extending and enhancing it.
  6. toneloco2881 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    This app looks pretty sweet! If it had the ability to import/sync more than just images and text (e.g., pdf files, .doc, etc'), it would be an instant purchase for me. That would perhaps take it from the realm of a simple, but elegant, clipboard type of app, to more of a mini finder. Perhaps that is not the direction the developers wished to go in, but for my needs it would be infinitely more useful. As is however, it is extremely well designed, and I may purchase it anyways. It's interface and simplicity seems like something Apple would have designed.
  7. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    Huh, looks pretty neat, but I don't know how much I would really use it.

    Kind of reminds me of the iClip widget. But also, I rarely use that.
  8. Detlev macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2003
    What is that iPhone stand they are using? I want it. It looks sturdy. It'll look good on my desk too.
  9. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    Reported as Spam. NO SELLING. I'm not even kidding - how do you get to sponsor a news item like this? :eek:
  10. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Just take a screenshot with your iPhone (hold down Power and Home buttons.) Then do whatever you want with it from your camera roll. No need to sync with your Mac, just e-mail it to the person (or yourself), upload it to MobileMe, send via MMS, etc. And if you've downloaded PhoneView then you can pull everything off your iPhone, SMS messages, contacts, pics, everything.

    If you're on a website and you only want a specific part of it, just zoom in on it and take a screenshot. I know, it's obvious, but it can be quite useful.


    Pastebot is nice, but it's rather redundant. Unless you want to save a series of clickable links or organize clippings into folders. Granted, editing images (and copied text) is nice, too.
  11. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    You reported an official MR bot post? Really?
  12. Artofilm macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2005
    Just bought this, it's awesome!
    Supercool how you can sync your computer with it and copy stuff right from a Mac. Makes copying links, directions and images super easy!
  13. malohkan macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008
    I'm constantly emailing myself notes, addresses, phone numbers, and web links to myself with the only intention of pulling it up on my iPhone, using it, and discarding it. It's quite a hassle. This sounds like a perfect solution of immediately moving that short burst of data exactly where I want it: the clipboard!
  14. Artofilm macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2005
    Yah exactly, I do the same things!
    I think one of the coolest features is being able to copy images from your computer to your iPhone and being able to paste from the app to your computer!
  15. Shoesy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2007
    Colchester, UK.
    No. Not really.
  16. Rojo macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2006
    I really love the TapBot guys, and love the look and feel they give their apps!

    That said, this app looks very well done, but I can't find much use for this app myself. The only thing that might be useful is if you could keep copying stuff (in other apps) without having to go into Pastebot each time. From the video, it looks like once you copy something, you have to go into Pastebot immediately and confirm it. (Unless I'm wrong). It would be great if you could just keep copying things in other apps, and then go into Pastebot whenever you were finally ready and ALL of the things you copied while in other apps would all be there. Does anyone know if this is possible? If so, I might actually consider buying this.
  17. appleguy123 macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I was working on a similar app but with less functionality. The app I was working on would sync things you copy and put them on your mac. Oh well.
  18. Himpressive macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2008
    Just wondering....

    Erm....Can I not already do these with Evernote?
    Well,most of it anyway... ;)
  19. jedijoe macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2005
    Boulder, CO
    i like the dock/mount they had the iPhone mounted to when it was connected to the computer. Anyone know the details of that dock?
  20. modul8tr macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2002
  21. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
  22. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    WHAT ? An application released on the appstore which another application already does ? That is just UNHEARD of !! :eek:
  23. anjinha macrumors 604


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    All of those options take a lot longer than Pastebot's implementation.
  24. LeoNobilis macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2006
    The Netherlands
    Apple's Copy/Paste implementation is excellent, no doubt. But what isn't elegant in a program interface designed by some of the best GUI masters among tens of thousands of iphone application developers?

    An excellent application, indeed: very, very beautiful, very capable (it even contains text conversion, etc. actions; a remote clipboard, etc!), very useful! Give it a try, mate!

    PS: You haven't acquired the iPhone for your grandmother, have you? That's not exactly the thing for grandmothers…
  25. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    I guess im just not a fan of that style, its off putting to me. I don't like flashy interfaces, I feel a good interface is one that you don't even notice.

Share This Page