Copy and paste with pastebud on iPhone and iPod

Similar to iCopy, there’s now a new — and perhaps easier — way to do copy and paste on your iPhone or iPod touch: pastebud.

Take a look at this YouTube video which explains how pastebud works.

Good news: You don’t need to jailbreak your iPhone/iPod touch to use it and you don’t even have to download anything from the App Store!

It is free to use pastebud as many times as you’d like, but when using pastebud it adds this footer below what you pasted:

Pasted from my iPhone!

If you don’t want that to appear, you can upgrade your pastebud clipboard by donating $5 — or you can manually edit it out of the message. The other option you have is simply to keep it there, as a way of thanking the developers for coming up with this cool copy and paste method for iPhone.

When you go to the pastebud website, it gives you instructions for installing two bookmarks — and the instructions are based on what device you are using to view their website at that time.

When viewing the instructions via your iPhone or iPod touch, the instructions include information on how to save their Copy and Paste links as bookmarks and then how to edit the bookmarks to work.

When using another web browser to view their website instructions, such as Internet Explorer or some other browser on a desktop computer or laptop, the links you save do not need any editing but then you will have to sync your bookmarks using iTunes. I find it easier to edit the Copy and Paste bookmarks myself, directly on the iPhone — and that  had to be done when using the previous copy and paste method using iCopy, by the way.

Using pastebud lets you actually highlight by touching and dragging your finger on your iPhone (or iPod touch) the portion of what it is you want to copy. iCopy has you tape the paragraph, and it copies the entire paragraph (or not, if the paragraph is too large). With pastebud you can easily select part of a paragraph — a sentence or two, or even a word or two — and I’ve found you can keep your finger held down and add another one to scroll the page up a bit, selecting more text as you go. There is a limit to the amount of what pastebud lets you select each time, though, before it apparently reaches a memory limit.

One drawback to pastebud is the same as when using iCopy: When you paste from the clipboard into a website’s text entry box (like writing a message here on the Disney Echo), it completely wipes out any previous text that might have been in there. So, it is best to do any copying/pasting before writing something to prevent this from happening.

Another drawback is that after using pastebud, it will not put the page you copied from back to normal… It remains in a text-only version of it with the pastebud menu bar at the top fo the screen. Perhaps this will be addressed in a future upgrade. My advice is to bookmark the page you want to copy from before you use pastebud… so that you can easily go back to that page to continue reading if you want to (then delete your temporary bookmark to that page when you are done.

The other drawback to pastebud is the same as iCopy’s: You have to have a connection to the internet (more of a problem for iPod touch users) — although I can’t think of why you’d want to copy something from an internet page if you didn’t have an internet connection… — and you can only paste into other internet pages or an email message. You can’t paste into Notes, a text message, or your address book, for example.

You also have the option of copying text with pastebud and pasting it into an email message. This is an improvement over how the iPhone and iPod touch have the native application which allows you to email the URL of an interesting web page. However, you cannot copy and paste the URL of the page along with text from it.

Until Apple provides us with a better method of doing copy and paste, I recommend pastebud! It certainly can make writing trip reports on the scene a lot easier!


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