Earlier this week I posted about Clippy, an application that brilliantly brings copy/paste to the iPhone. I love Clippy. It is simple and it does exactly what you want it to do. One thing it doesn’t do is letting you copy text from Safari, but hey, you can’t ask it too much…

Available since today in Cydia is hClipboard, a copy/paste application that does the same as Clippy, except it makes it harder for you use…

Before installing hClipboard, I looked at the “more information” tab in Cydia about this app. I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of directions to use this app. I think that I’m a pretty smart guy when it comes to tech stuff so I didn’t read the directions and decided to try it thinking I would figure it out.

I installed the app and went to the my Mail app to try it out. Once there I didn’t know what to do. I briefly looked at the instructions online but honestly, I was turned off. To me, an app should be simple enough so a caveman can do it. This app required to much effort from me. I know that I should just read the instructions and I would get it in a minute but for some reason, I don’t want to.

That’s too bad because hClipboard seems to be a pretty good app from what I read… I’ll stick too Clippy!

UPDATE: I wasn’t able to fall asleep last night so I played around with hClipBoard for a bit and I realized how easy it is to use.

  • Simply place the cursor where you want to start copying text and hit the “select from here” icon (see image above)
  • Then place the cursor where you want to end the text copy and hit the same icon to “select to here and copy”
  • That’s it. The text is now copied to your clipboard.
  • You can repeat the steps above several times and have multiple copied sections on your clipboard.
  • Now whenever you want to paste the text somewhere, simply tap this piece of text on your clipboard.

You can also create templates of text you paste on a regular basis, which is very convenient for email signatures for examples.

hClipBoard is definitely better than Clippy and after giving it a real try, I can tell that this is my new favorite copy/paste app.

Let me know you experience with the app in the comments.

  • So you didn’t read the instructions and you are complaining you didn’t get anywhere? How did you manage to survive life so far…

    I’ve been on the planning stages of implementing a copy/paste solution too, but it seemed hClipboard had the same idea I did: create a new international keyboard, but instead of a normal input of letters it can copy and paste things. So to activate it you would have to install it and then toggle the keyboards until you find it. And tell the phone that you’d like to have that keyboard as an option beforehand.

    Well done on failing.

  • Rey

    I don’t know how you didn’t understand the instructions. They are actually pretty simple IMO. If you had actually figured it out, you would realize that it’s a better implementation than Clippy is. You have to enable the hKeyboard in Settings -> Keyboards. Then you click the Globe beside spacebar to activate it.

    Some great benefits I’ve noticed after using both:
    -Selecting text is much easier on hClipboard. Especially if you have to select a whole paragraph.
    – All copied text becomes available on a ‘clipboard’ for use any other time. This comes in handy for commonly used items such as emails and logins.
    -Text that you have just typed in Safari text fields, such as the comment text field in here can’t be copied using Clippy, try it. hClipboard can do this.
    -The bookmarkets (for copying non-input text within Safari) work very well too. Better than Pastebud did. Instead of adding a copy and paste bookmark, you add just a Copy bookmark and use hClipboard to do the rest.

    It’s really a superior copy/paste implementation IMO. Clippy is good dont get me wrong but hClipboard is more of a full solution.
    Read the instructions again 🙂

    • Thank you for your feedback, Rey.
      You’re right, I should take a minute to read the instructions but I just feel too lazy for that, even though I hear hClipboard is a better app than Clippy.

  • Instead of picking on you, Sebastien, I’d like to complement you on having the grace to come back and admit that your first impressions were incorrect and updating them. I think that’s admirable.

    And I’m sure a lot of people will look at hClipboard andreact just as you did, by saying, “Oh that all seems too complicated”. I guess Clippy will meet the needs of those people perfectly.

  • Hi clivesiphone,

    Thank you very much for your constructive comment.


  • philo

    This thing only works on 2.2, i hate to upgrade to 2.2. But this app is a compelling reason to upgrade, i now have a big problem

  • @philo do it! Do it now! You’ll love 2.2 🙂

  • philo

    they say 2.2 is buggy plus i have tons of apps in my present set-up, it will take me ages to install them again, oh well, i hope they have made it compatible with 2.1

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