Pastebot for iPhone review

Pastebot brings the power of a clipboard manager to your iPhone or iPod touch. Copy (or cut) a text snippet, photo, URL, and more and then open Pastebot. As soon as Pastebot opens, it imports your clipboard data and stores it for later use.

You can organise your clippings into folders. Tapping any clipping in any folder automatically loads it into the iPhone’s clipboard and reveals Action and Filters menus, and a small information window.

The Filters menu lets you make changes to images, such as adjusting the brightness or changing saturation levels. If your selected clipping is text, the Filters menu lets you find and replace text, convert text to upper or lower case letters, add HTML tags and more.

What appears when you tap the Action menu depends on what the clipping is. Tap an image and you can save it to your photo library, email it, or move it to a different folder. Tapping a text clipping offers the option to search for the text via Google, as well as the email and folder options. There’s also a free Pastebot Sync program for your Mac. This lets you paste anything from Pastebot to any application on your Mac and vice versa.

For us, this syncing capability is Pastebot’s killer feature. Open Pastebot on your iPhone and cruise your Mac, the web, or any other application, copying and cutting everything you want to keep – Pastebot sucks it all in like a high-tech vacuum cleaner.

OUR VERDICT

Pastebot isn’t perfect: it’s hamstrung by Apple’s restrictions on apps running in the background. You’ll be continuously bouncing between Pastebot and the apps from which you’re copying. Also, copying files other than images in the Finder proved tricky – Pastebot copied an image of the icon, not the actual file.

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