Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Sharing Clipboard (Copy/Paste) between PC and iPhone/iPad

Update: Some improved, newer apps have been released since I wrote this post. See my new post for 2/10/13.Click here.

Having your iPhone or iPad interconnect with your PC laptop or desktop is getting somewhat easier these days. Such connectivity is important. I often want to take some work on my PC to class to share with students, or I need to download some Hebrew transliteration from my Unicode iPhone app to an MS-Word document on my laptop. Transferring images and photos is pretty easy these days. The iCloud and Photo Stream mean that pictures you take on your phone are automatically there on your PC. Pictures you move into the Uploads file on the PC appear on your phone. When kinks develop, an app called Exporter is quite helpful. To immediately "bump" photos to any PC, use the Bump app and point your PC browser to https://bu.mp/.  To transfer movies and photos back and forth between any sort of device, PhotoSync is still very helpful.Whole files can be moved back and forth between devices using Phone Drive, GoodReader, and so on.

But what about simply sharing clipboard data between PC and iPhone? There is no really good app for sale to do this easily in both directions, even though, as I said above, such connectivity can be highly useful. To get data up to your iPhone from a PC, the myPhoneDesktop app is excellent. I use it all the time for phone numbers, URLs, text, and images. However, it does not work in reverse direction; it does not download anything to the PC. Over the last few years, I have made some progress on the latter challenge. First, I was using the Clipboard section of the PrintCentral app. This works well, but the app takes a long time to load, and several steps are needed to accomplish your task. Next, I used a dedicated page I created in OneNote. This worked quite well, but it sometimes takes a PC a minute or so to synch with the OneNote cloud. Most recently, what appears to be a rather nice solution has emerged: Hopper. The official Hopper app is not yet out, so you have to create one as a WebApp. You also need to create a internet-browser bookmark or link on your PC to receive the data.  To get started, point your iPhone or PC browser to http://gethopper.com. Let me know in the comments what you think.

Update: A new app like Hopper has been released today (7/13/2012), which has a nice UI but costs $1.99. It is called "drop," click here.


Blogger Kyle Matthew Oliver said...

Sounds like a nice hack to me, Dr. Cook! It doesn't look like they have an Android App yet, so no chance of getting this on my Kindle Fire, sadly.

Tue Jul 03, 02:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for mentioning myPhoneDesktop! very cool productivity app and absolutely must have for any iDevice user

Sat Jul 07, 01:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Android device s have airdroid, I search to find similar airdroid for clipboard in iphone I don't find yet.

Sat Jan 12, 10:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Tom Mcneil said...

There is a website called https://sendclip.com and it allows a user to copy and paste between devices. It also has a few extra features.

Tue Mar 26, 02:27:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Nicholas M said...

Thanks for bump! I can't believe I've been doing it the long, strenuous way. I usually copy the text and either email the clipboard or use pastebin and visit the page through my laptop. This sounds like a good way to share clipboards during class.

Wed Sep 04, 04:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

QRCopy is a free app that lets you share your clipboard between your PC and nearly any other device. It uses qr codes to transfer information, so it works on any device that has a QR code reader. The Windows version includes a fast QR code reader that works using your webcam, and it has a mobile app that runs on most other devices. Once you have some text in your clipboard you just press windows-v and it pops up in an onscreen qr code ready for you to scan using your mobile. To send text back to your pc you use it's qr code generator on your mobile to copy your text to a qr code, then on your pc you just press windows-c and it will fire up your webcam and use it to read the qr code on your mobile device. It only takes a second or two, and it works in any program.


I hope it helps!

Fri Feb 28, 11:03:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Владимир Игнатьев said...

Look at ShotBuf application. It copies clipboard content (links, images, texts) to iPhone/iPad. PC and Mac are supported. Grab it here: http://shotbuf.com

Sat Mar 08, 07:15:00 PM GMT-5  

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