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Copy multiple items in Safari on the iPhone or iPod touch iOS devices
On my iMac I use a multi-clipboard tool like Jumpcut. Copying multiple items is essential for writing on the Web, especially on hand-held devices where it's hard to switch between applications. I don't want to jailbreak my iPhone, so I'm stuck without multi-clipboard abilities for the moment. Here are some options I came up with for copying multiple blocks of text in Safari.
  1. Copy the entire article and edit it down after you paste. This is fine, but the URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) is still another trip to the clipboard.
  2. Copy each bit to a Note. As well as it works, the Notes app has to launch each time you switch back to it. If you're pulling many clippings, this can take a bit of time.
  3. Stack URIs and text in Safari's address bar. Believe it or not you can paste a lot of text into the address bar, but it can't deal with paragraph breaks. So if all you want is a sentence or two, or URIs from several pages, copy the text, tap on the iPhone's status bar, tap the web address, put the cursor at the end of the address, and paste. Next, select all and copy again. Slice it up when you paste it in its final destination.
  4. If you want a couple of paragraphs, you'll need a better pasteboard to assemble your selections. One very Web 2.0 solution is the comment box. You can copy as many interesting items into a comment text box as you can think to copy. You can even format it before selecting all and copying again. To navigate to a comment box at the end of a page, tap on any exposed text box on the web page, then tap the Previous or Next buttons above the iPhone keyboard until you reach the comment box.
  5. If there are no exposed input boxes, you want a pasteboard that's in easy reach inside Safari. If you're writing on WordPress.com, you have the option of saving things in a Draft. Another option is to use iPasteboard, a simple webpage that stores whatever you paste onto it as a cookie.
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Copy multiple items in Safari
Authored by: asmeurer on Jul 15, '09 10:12:22AM

The title of this hint is misleading. It should probably be "Copy multiple items on iPhone/iPod touch".

Other than that, someone should come up with an app that acts as a clipboard manager. It would grab the clipboard contents whenever loaded, which you could then rearrange or whatever. It would have to load and exit fast to be useful though.



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Copy multiple items in Safari
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Jul 15, '09 10:35:46AM

Actually, it should be "Copy multiple items in Mobile Safari on iPhone/iPod Touch."



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Copy multiple items in Safari
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 15, '09 01:19:03PM

It says "iPhone" in the upper right corner.



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Copy multiple items in Safari
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Jul 15, '09 10:42:33AM
It's not a good idea to submit a post containing terminology or acronyms like "URI" which are not universally known -- at least not without defining them in context. Many readers will have no idea what a URI is, and that should be taken into consideration when posting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Identifier

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Copy multiple items in Safari
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 15, '09 01:07:59PM

Erm, URI is pretty universally understood. Even if people don't understand the difference between a URL and a URI, they at least understand that it's a variation of what they understand.

What about "pasteboard", "jailbreak", "clipping", "address bar"? Heck, some people have trouble with "paragraph" -- do we cater to these people too?

FYI, a URI is a document location with arguments, whereas a URL is just a document location. Granted, he could have written "Web address", but in my experience, URI is understood widely enough not to require explanation.



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Copy multiple items in Safari on the iPhone or iPod touch
Authored by: robogobo on Jul 16, '09 12:18:22AM

Maybe it's just too early in the morning, but I had to read this post over several times and sloooowly in order to understand what it was saying. A bit more MLA style would be appreciated.



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Copy multiple items in Safari on the iPhone or iPod touch
Authored by: David Grant on Jul 16, '09 09:03:11AM

Once 3.0 was released a bunch of multiple clipboard iPhone apps appeared in the App Store. Do a search for 'clipboard'.



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