updated 11:00 am EDT, Wed August 20, 2008
OpenClip iPhone project
A developer believes he has created a way for copy and paste functions to work on the iPhone without violating Apple's SDK agreement. Zac White has started a non-profit, open-source project named OpenClip, from which developers can borrow framework for their own apps. Programs with the technology should not only be able to copy and paste internally, but between each other; this works through saving selections to a shared space on an iPhone. All applications are able to access this space, and there is no need for processes to be running in the background.
The key to making OpenClip successful is claimed to be adoption, as only apps with the framework can utilize its functions. The more apps that utilize the framework, the greater the capabilities. Eight apps are currently expected to support OpenClip; these include Dial Zero, Cocktails, American History, Ultralingua, Roget's Thesaurus and Wall Street Worlds. The remaining two apps -- Twittelator and MagicPad -- are already out, but should soon be given an OpenClip update.
White describes the framework as an interim fix, meant to satisfy until Apple adopts a system-wide version. Apple has stated that copy and paste is a low priority.