|Available In: Cydia||Price: Free|
I wrote, a few days ago, that we would soon be seeing a new copy and paste application. It was actually released the next day! Well, I have finally had a chance to check it and so far, I like it.
When you install hClipboard, you will first need to enable it in your Settings. To do so, go into your stock Settings application, General, Keyboard, International Keyboards and then turn on hClipboard. Now, in order to use the application you will need to be in an app that uses the keyboard…for example Notes. To enable hClipboard, select the Globe icon on your Keyboard. You will now see the hClipboard keyboard.
The first time you open the keyboard, the Clipboard will be empty and you will see five icon on the right side of the keyboard. The top icon is a quick copy button which will copy all the text on the page and add it to the Clipboard. The second icon allows you to choose specific text in which to copy. Just put your cursor where you would like to begin coping the text from (on your iPhone of iPod Touch’s screen) and select the second icon. Then move your cursor to where you would like to end coping the text and select the second icon again. The selected text will then be added to the clipboard. The arrow icons will jump you to the beginning and end of the text on the current page. The last icon, the x icon, allows you to delete text without going back to your main keyboard.
You will also notice a page icon next to the globe at the bottom of the keyboard, if selected, it will bring you to a list of “templates” you have created. Just tap it again to get back to the clipboard. The clipboard will hold your last 10 copies. If you switch over to templates, you can save a much larger amount of copies. So, if you are looking to hold onto something long term, you will want to copy in your templates section and not your clipboard. To delete a copy from your clipboard or template, just swipe on it and select Delete. The Globe icon will bring you back to your normal keyboard.
Once you have some copied text in your clipboard (or template), you can go into pretty much any application and paste the text. You do so by tapping on the text in the clipboard that you would like to paste…very simple and very easy! Unlike Clippy Beta, this copy and paste method works basically anywhere in which you can use the keyboard…Twitter clients, App Store, Email, SMS, Web Searches…etc.
I found it to be very user friendly and well built. It worked in every application that I tested it in. I love that it keeps a record of your past 10 copies…and even copies from further back if saved in your templates! Overall, this is a very nice application…the best copy and paste app so far.
Below are a few known issues with the hClipboard:
• Templates may disappear on some iPhones [issue 12]. We are currently working on the cause of it. Please report if you see this.
• iKeyEx is disabled when IntelliScreen is installed [issue 16].
• Some applications use a text field to intercept keyboard input instead of actual displaying. ℏClipboard can never copy on these applications. Examples include:
* VNC clients, e.g. Jaadu VNC (Jaadu VNC does not even support pasting).
* “Enhanced” text editors, e.g. WritePad (MagicPad, on the other hand, works nicely with ℏClipboard.)
• Some texts are read-only, so no clipboards will be displayed. You can’t copy any text from it using keyboard-based clipboard solutions. Examples include:
* Received text in MobileSMS, iRealSMS, etc.
* Received mails in MobileMail — click Reply to show the keyboard.
* Web contents — In a browser (MobileSafari, myFox, etc.) you may want to use these bookmarklets to workaround it.
* PDF, Word Documents, etc.