When Apple came out with copy/paste functionality for the iPhone earlier this year, it received a warm welcome. Users were now able to have the basic ability to copy and paste text. But what about copy and paste functionality plus the added benefit of a clipboard that stores everything you copy, including images?
For users in need of more than the basic copy/paste you may want to consider Pastebot. This review will take a look at the functionality this wonderfully designed app has to offer.
What is Pastebot?
Pastebot is an app that allows you to store not only text, but images to a common clipboard. It then lets you organize, tag, share and sync all of your clippings. This article will go over how to navigate through the app from installation to execution and even see how it works when we sync with our Mac.
After you install Pastebot and open it for the first time you are presented with a set of five steps that introduce the app and how to use it. Read through these as its always good to take your time when getting the most out of a new app.
When finished with the introduction you will be taken to the clipboard. When you copy something to the iPhone clipboard then open Pastebot, the clip will be stored here. From here you can edit, organize and name everything you copy. You can also create clips (text and images) from within the app. Notice that the clipboard isn’t empty – Pastebot provides you with a few samples upon install. Tapping on a clip triggers a dropdown menu that provides character count for text and dimensions (in pixels) for images.
To the right of each clip is an arrow. Clicking this will allow you to go in to edit the clip. Pictures can be cropped, converted to black and white, sepia and more. Text can be edited, wrapped in HTML tags, have it’s case changed, or various other manipulations.
There is also a “dashboard” area within the app. Consider this the app’s home screen if you will. Here is where you can manage folders and settings. To create a new folder, tap the edit button at the top of the screen – now you can add, edit and delete folders.
I Have All These Clippings… Now What?
In addition to supplying you with information for each clip after being tapped, this you have the ability to:
- Paste to Mac
- Save image
- Send as email
- Move to folder
- Paste to Mac
- Search via Google
- Send as email
- Move to folder
Searching & Tags
One thing to make your Pastebot experience more productive is to add meaningful titles to your text clips and images. In doing so, you are able to treat the title word as tags and search for these tags from the clipboard screen.
Another fantastic feature Pastebot offers is its ability to sync to your Mac. All you have to do is download Tapbots’ Pastebot Sync app on your machine. The app is free and lightweight. After downloading and installing Pastebot Sync, you can fire it up and connect the two devices. Simply enter the passcode that Pastebot generates into your Mac and you will be connected!
Unlike most programs that require a wired connection or sync everything only at your command, Pastebot runs wirelessly in the background. Copy some text from Safari or TextEdit and, instantly, it appears in Pastebot’s clipboard on your iPhone. The same goes for a picture. Copy a picture while surfing the web and in a matter of a few seconds you can have it on your phone!
The fact all ‘syncing’ is done in real time with no scheduled intervals or the need to tell the program when to sync, makes it a great app. As long as you are within range of WiFi, the clipboards will sync.
You can also send a clipboard item in reverse – to send an image to your Mac, tap and hold an image.
Something to keep in mind is that a WiFi network is required to sync between your Mac and iPhone. This means even if your phone is connected to the carrier’s network it will not sync.
Also note that data transmitted between your machine and handheld is insecure. While Tapbots is working to add encryption, they recommend avoiding sending sensitive data over a public network. When syncing over a private network though, such as your home internet, you have all the security you need.
Here the word similar is being used quite loosely as many copy/paste apps don’t come close in user interface quality to Pastebot:
Clipboard – Copy and Paste Now, by Xtremize software, has similar features but a much less user friendly and “Mac-like” interface – not to mention it has a 2 out of 5 star rating at the App Store. One advantage this app has over Pastebot is its 256 bit SSL encryption.
Clipboard Pro, by Permeative Technologies is another copy/paste app but again, comes nowhere close to Pastebot in terms of features and user-friendliness.
All in all, Pastebot is an excellent app that provides wonderfully enhanced copy/paste functionality. The fact that you are able to quickly and easily save multiple text clips and images to a common clipboard makes this app well worth the price.
On top of this, Pastebot allows you to quickly sync with your Mac and share snippets of text and images with ease. Take your iPhone’s copy/paste features to the next level, and give it a try!