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Proximi: systemwide copy/paste for iPhone [video]

updated 01:55 am EDT, Tue August 5, 2008

iPhone copy/paste plan

Proximi says it developed a copy and paste user interface that works systemwide on the iPhone, and is hoping Apple adopts the feature in future versions. Even if Apple chooses not to adopt its solution, the company says it's working with other iPhone developers who may wish to include it in their software. Proximi has also announced that its MagicPad word processing app -- which includes cut/paste functions -- is available at the AppStore.

One of the biggest complaints about iPhone v2.0 is that it lacks copy and paste editing. In a video prepared by Proximi, the company outlines its proposed interface, and the problems creating a single solution to work with a wide variety of applications and different cursor sizes. The video asks for suggestions on how to improve the interface with the goal of making it the systemwide standard. There are reports, however, that Apple has already added copy/paste functions to test versions of upcoming iPhone updates.

The MagicPad word processing app gives user access to the new copy/paste functions, but they only work inside the application. MagicPad 1.0 is available at the iTunes AppStore for $4.

by MacNN Staff





  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some nice ideas

    There are definitely some nice ideas in the demo.
    Obviously its also a marketing tool for MagicPad, but Proximi have thought long and hard about how to implement Copy&Paste.
    I like the idea of the special Copy&Paste keyboard.

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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If copy/paste was so important, Apple would've added it.

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wow dude...

    Stop drinking that kool-aid man. We all like Apple's products, but most will agree--most with iPhones, that is--that the lack of copy/paste really slows things down. Things like account numbers really could benefit from it.

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Its About Time

    Its About Time!

    Hey Apple WAKE THE FRAK UP!

    This Doctor Needs this Option.

  1. Macola

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: testudo

    I'm not in the habit of defending testudo, but I believe he was being sarcastic.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Can you believe that there isn't a standardised, system-wide copy and paste API in the iPhone. What were they thinking at Apple?

    I had the misfortune of using one of these things a little while ago - outside of the few "wow" factors Steve shows off I find it hard to build up any enthusiasm for the device. Maybe iPhone 3.0 will get there?

    As a for instance, what's the point of Bluetooth if you can't transfer files, photos, etc to other BT devices?

  1. davlab

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Watch the Proximi video

    After watching the video, Proximi made it clear how complex copy and paste is and that it needs to be an integral part of the OS to work in many varying conditions. I assume Apple is working along these lines to make it work right under all these possible conditions. They typically DO sweat the details so that things work and are consistent system wide.

    That's why most of us use Macs, because things just work. Making software simple on the user side is more complex than making the user do all the work. So everybody shut up the bitching and give them a chance to get it right.

    If Apple hasn't added copy and paste within the next 1-3 updates, THEN you can start bitching again.

  1. ScottG

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You just have to watch their Video Proposal of how to get this to work in the iPhone System. It's well thought out, and right on target for the way Apple needs to work this into the OS. I'm all for the "Text Formatting Palette Option" that is presented in the on line video.

    This is the best 10 minutes of insight into this on going feature that was brushed off for over a year now.

    Hats off to this advanced forethought from Proximi to get this in motion. I hope Apple is getting the hint already about how important this feature is.


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