Pastebud brings limited copy and paste to the Apple iPhone

Pastebud brings limited copy and paste to the Apple iPhone

Summary: According to Gizmodo a new solution called Pastebud will bring limited copy/past functionality to the iPhone. This solution doesn't require you to jailbreak your iPhone or install any applications and just uses two Safari bookmarks to work. This is limited to only copying text from Safari and pasting it into Mail or another web page. There is no copying and pasting into Notes or anywhere else on the device.

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Pastebud brings limited copy/paste to the Apple iPhoneAccording to Gizmodo a new solution called Pastebud will bring limited copy/past functionality to the iPhone. This solution doesn't require you to jailbreak your iPhone or install any applications and just uses two Safari bookmarks to work. This is limited to only copying text from Safari and pasting it into Mail or another web page. There is no copying and pasting into Notes or anywhere else on the device.

While this may bring the functionality many are looking for, there is a lot more Apple could do to support this natively with an update. I asked the question about needing copy and paste in August and since that time I have to admit I only used copy and paste on my G1, Treo Pro, HTC Fuze, and other devices once or twice. However, the iPhone is basically a mobile computer and really should have this basic functionality that some people do need.

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  • iPhone Shortcomings

    I find my iPhone more functional and more useful than any other smart phone I have owned (and I've owned more than an few starting with the first Treo and ending with the ATT Tilt). I loved the two Treos I used and absolutely hated every WinMobile phone I ever used. The Tilt was the worst of the lot, perhaps that skews my perception of the iPhone.

    That said there are iPhone is not without its faults and they are beginning to hack me off. Among them are:

    -Lack of copy and paste as mentioned in the article. By the way, pastebud is no real solution. I want to copy and paste from anywhere to anywhere (from evernote to email etc.)
    -Lack of a default note taking application that syncs with anything. I'm using Evernote, but don't really like it. Its too slow, you can't search for notes when offline, and its another online account I have to setup and maintain).
    -Lack of a default to do list. RTM is fine, but like evernote its another online account, this one costs $25 per year if I want to use it on the iPhone. Boo. As an aside, what does Apple think people do with smart phones, they take notes and have to do lists.
    -Inability to attach more than one photo to an email, inability to attach photos to a reply.
    -Only one signature for outgoing emails.
    -No ability to organize photos into folders directly on the phone.
    -No video camera (truly amazing in a $300 phone).
    -No pictures in SMS (mind boggling).

    Seriously, I would not give up my iPhone, but Apple, come on, throw me a bone here, what am I paying you guys for anyway? Yes I expect a cutting edge smart phone to have sharks with lasers.
    txscott
  • RE: Pastebud brings limited copy and paste to the Apple iPhone

    Sadly, I agree. The Touch is my first experience with an Apple product, and I was woefully disappointed with it. It should have seamlessly replaced my aging PDA, but didn't...not even close! In it's orignial form it didn't have an email client, and when Apple conceded the shortcoming, they made owners pay for the upgrade. After several updates they finally added a search function to the Contacts. It still can't play out shuffled albums, etc... You know what they say about first impressions...Apple, I am not impressed.
    curtis_abbott@...
    • Hi, Where can i download

      Is paste bud available for download yet?
      Do you know of any software for the iphone that can open .rtf files, without the help of an external device
      Appreciated in expectation
      Laurie Graham
      lgcomms@...