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OpenClip: Cross-App Cut/Copy/Paste for the iPhone!

Cali Lewis over at recounts how iPhone App Store developer Juviwhale (who previously spoke to TiPb about his work on MagicPad) met up with a college student named Zac White at Dev Camp, who turned MagicPad's localized cut/copy/paste functionality into cross-application gold with the open-source OpenClip framework:

Apple forbids applications from running in the background because it would take up too much of the iPhone’s resources. Also, developers are not allowed to create plug-ins that make their apps work with other apps on the iPhone. Zac White’s Open Clip framework uses a shared space on the iPhone. Any application that includes Open Clip can then access the common area and write to it, and read from it, thereby enabling copy and paste between participating apps.

Bottom line, it looks like any developer can add OpenClip, and instantly gain access to the shared cut/copy/paste pool. (Two of the apps demonstrated, sing a similar slide-up set of buttons to the proof-of-concept David Friedman showed off a few weeks back)

If this doesn't get Joz to bump official support up the list... it may not even matter soon.

(So long as auto-correction plays nicely with this implementation?)

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  • yeah, the auto-correction definitely needs to be implemented in the program. however, even if it isn't, the program would still be highly useful for copying links and pasting them in notes and emails.
    i just hope that apple decides to implement a copy paste function in the os so that we dont have to rely on 3rd pary apps...
  • Its an awesome idea, but I assume it would work on native apps like email and safari, which makes it basically worthless :( I need a good copy paste solution for safari, it's getting frustrating. iCopy just doesnt work that well
  • why wouldnt devs latch onto this? since it seems that apple is in no hurry to implement this, its up to the 3rd party devs to fix it. and i really think that apple has better things to work on... mobile me!
  • adoption will only take off if we see an excellent 3rd party browser and an excellent 3rd party mail client.
    even then, the default mail client and browser are so tied up with everything else that i doubt this will take off unless apple continues to slack off on implementing copy and paste through the next couple of updates.
    apple needs to get a move on.