- 02-04-2009, 10:31 AM #26iPhone Newbie
- 10 Posts
Most likely they saw that they wouldn't be able to do it in time in a form they found up to spec, and so they are removing mention of it. Seems reasonable to me.
- 02-04-2009, 12:52 PM #27
- 02-04-2009, 02:00 PM #28
I admit that it is a hard problem and that they may not know how to solve it. I admit that, while I really need it, I have no idea what it would look like. If that is the case, they should say so, not just string us along.
However, to suggest that it just does not make the resource cut is just silly. Cut and paste is fundamental. To suggest that it ranks behind any, e.g.,map, application just does not hold up. While it might be true in an individual users case, across all users it clearly outranks the next three things on the list. Apple knows it and we know it.
I miss it several times every day. It is the only thing about the iPhone that makes me ever consider going back to Palm.
- 02-04-2009, 02:06 PM #29
- 02-04-2009, 02:20 PM #30
Yes, it is my opinion, but Apple also came out and said it was on their list. I'm not sure why you "do not accept the implication that Apple is so resource constrained that one has to make such a choice." Seems logical to me, but like you said everyone is entitled to there opinion.
A new thought on this is since it is a system wide feature they might have been waiting for a big 3.0 update which could make a lot of changes to how everything works.
Last edited by Justin; 02-04-2009 at 02:27 PM.
- 02-04-2009, 02:47 PM #31
One way to do cut and paste might involve making applications aware of the function via the API. Often such changes break some applications and orphan others. (Every upgrade to the Palm OS or hardware has left orphans.) The more applications that are released before a new API, the more orphans.
- 02-09-2009, 04:06 PM #32iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
I thought that an elegant UI solution would be to make use of the placefinder "lens" that pops up when repositioning your cursor. Just make it so that when you have the cursor at the beginning of the area you wish to swipe, tap the lens with another finger. The lens would shade blue or something to show that "swipe mode" is selected and then you would select what you want to cut/copy. At the end of your selection, tap again and a menu comes up asking whether you want to cut, copy or paste over your current selection. To dismiss tap outside the menu, to delete the selection entirely, tap the backspace on the keyboard. Did I miss anything?
- 02-09-2009, 05:12 PM #33
I note that a swipe in eReader calls up a special tool bar that can be used to mark and highlight text with a button to call "find." A quick and dirty solution would be to give developers an API that permits the application to know about, offer to the user, and call cut-and-paste. While not an elegant or comprehensive solution, it would be better than what we have now.
One of the places that I most miss cut-and-paste is in contacts. One of the "contact' applications might offer it as a feature, at least within the application. Another place that it would be useful would be within e-mail. Another would be between e-mail, contacts, and the calendar. Apple owns all three of those. Again, not elegant or complete but a big step forward. If Apple created an API, it could implement it in those applications and then offer it to other developers in the SDK.
- 02-09-2009, 05:37 PM #34iPhone Nanite
- 2 Posts
- 02-09-2009, 10:38 PM #35