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Cut-and-Paste Comes to the iPhone: This Time For Sure!

scissorsBack in August, a lot of iPhone users–myself included–got excited over OpenClip, a third-party attempt to bring the phone the cut-and-paste functionality that Apple has failed to deliver to date. OpenClip died before it was ever released, the victim of an attentive Apple sealing up the technical loophole that would have made it possible.

Now there’s a new grass-roots attempt to put cut-and-paste on the iPhone–one which is very different and at least as potentially promising. Pastebud will only work with Safari and e-mail messages, but that’s far from a dealbreaker, since those are the two applications you’re most likely to want to shuffle text between. (And OpenClip wouldn’t have supported them unless Apple got all kooky and jumped on the OpenClip bandwagon itself.) PasteBud is Web-based–it looks to be a form of bookmarklet–so it sidesteps the iPhone App Store altogether and doesn’t need Apple’s permission to do its work.

That’s all judging from Gizmodo’s post on Pastebud (with video demo), which also indicates that Pastebud is due on Friday and will come in both free and $5 versions. I can’t judge it until I’ve tried it–particularly just how easy it is to highlight text. But I’m looking forward to giving it a try. Even though–full disclosure–there have only been a couple of real-world incidents so far in which I’ve wanted to cut and paste something on my iPhone.

The Pastebud site isn’t up yet, but you can keep tabs on its status via Twitter.

(Running scissors art swiped from the Running With Scissors poster)


Apple to iPhone Developers: Don’t Compete With Us?

Back in March, I attended one of the more exciting Apple press events I’ve ever been to–the one in which Steve Jobs and company unveiled their plans for the iPhone SDK and App Store. Jobs showed off the iPhone platform, introduced the App Store and explained how it worked, noted that it would be the only way to distribute iPhone applications, and said that Apple would make the final decision on which apps were and weren’t acceptable.

Here’s a brief highlight reel from the March event at Apple headquarters, with Jobs touching on some of these points:

When I heard Jobs say that Apple wouldn’t distribute each and every iPhone application that developers wrote, I thought to myself that such a policy was both inevitable and logical–but that it also had the potential of hobbling the platform, if Apple’s approval process was unclear or too motivated by self interests or the interests of carriers. I’m realizing now that I wasn’t anywhere near paranoid enough about the implications of what Steve Jobs said.

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