Pastebud: Confirmed. Copy and Paste is Working between Safari and Mail.app


It’s something we shouldn’t actually be raving about. It’s 2008. Smart phones should have copy and paste as standard – but, we are raving about it. Copy and Paste is said to be the most wanted feature of any future iPhone OS update, closely followed by MMS support.

On Tuesday, YouTube user tr4nslator posted a video which depicted text being copied (on an iPhone) from Safari, to Mail. Using a Safari bookmarklet, powered by JavaScipt he/she was able to successfully copy a block of text from Safari, and paste it in a new e-mail, composed by Mail.app.

There have been many attempts to bring Copy and Paste to iPhone and iPod touch. Sadly, none of them have been from Apple themselves. We recently saw Oklahoma University student Zak White launch OpenClip – a basic framework (available to developers) in which apps would be allowed to share information between each other using a shared ‘space’, and therefore enabling Copy and Paste.

See the OpenClip framework in Action:

Sadly, as Apple saw sharing information between apps as a valid ‘security threat’, the OpenClip framework and the method of data transfer it used to compete Copy and Paste was broken in iPhone OS 2.1. Now though, someone aims to provide simple copy and paste through a method which needs no further installation or support from any third party services.

“In fact, it doesn’t require anything to be installed, so it avoids the App Store 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.”

- Gizmodo

This new method has been dubbed Pastebud, and according to Jed Schmidt, the creator, testing has been going on for about one week, and they and the team are adding the final touches.

Pastebud in Action:

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.

It’s sad it’s come to this. A third party work around. I mean, it’s copy and paste??! You’d like to think Apple would want it on there to strike off another selling point, seemingly not. We’re not sure how long this new method is going to stick around, but with Pastebud using built in services and resources rather than exploiting iPhone OS in clever, trippy ways, Pastebud could be with us for quite a while.

Launching this Friday (Hopefully).
http://pastebud.com/

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