Aug 23 AT 2:29 PM Edgar Cervantes 16 Comments

Copy/Paste anything with Copy Text app

Trying to copy/paste text on your Android device can be a hassle. Most times the text isn’t even able to be selected, leaving you with no options. Who hasn’t gotten a URL via chat client that doesn’t allow links or copying text? Things of this nature happen frequently, and that’s what makes Copy Text a special application.

Copy Text allows you to copy any text on your screen, regardless of its nature. It could be text on your browser or a widget. This app will copy the text to your clipboard and let you paste it elsewhere. We’ve tested the app, and it does seem to work as it should. We even tried it on images with writing. The results weren’t great, but the developer is upfront about it. It seems a very high quality image should work, though.

While this is a very convenient app, it’s not perfect. Sometimes it does make mistakes. One we noticed is shown in the developer’s video, as well. When there’s a double lower case “L,” the app tends to replace the second “L” with an exclamation mark (!).

The settings are user-friendly, as much so as an app of this nature can be. If the text is not being copied correctly, simply increase the delay a few more seconds. That should improve things at least a bit. You can also get rid of the notification and set the copying box to show upon shaking the device. There’s also a network option that seems to make the service better. (Maybe by using one of Google’s services?)

There is one downside to this solution, though. The installation and first-time setup are a bit inconvenient. This app does not require root, and it can be installed in any device (except Honeycomb tablets). But it does require downloading a program onto your Windows or Mac computer. After getting the .zip file from the developer’s site, you have to follow a process that requires a couple reboots and plugging your device in to your computer.

We know the installation hassle may dissuade many of you, but it’s part of the reason why this app works the way it does. It may be a bit hard to understand for many of us, so we’ve asked the developer. The process involved is something like this:

Copy Text works by first taking a screenshot of your screen, then running an OCR engine (optical character recognition) on the section of the screen that you would like copied. As you know, screenshots are not easy to do on an unrooted Android phone. The only way screenshots can be taken on unrooted phones is through adb. The desktop application essentially enables your phone to take screenshots in the same manner.Edward KimCopy Text Developer

This is a great service, and it looks very promising. But the fact that it includes a non-market installation can always include a bit of risk. Though we trust Edward Kim as a developer (Car Locator), other individuals could take advantage of the situation. This app may open a port in your device, which could be used by others to create an app and get access to it (with malicious intents).

If you’d like to try it out, go ahead and purchase it from the Android Market for $5.99. The price is a bit high, but it can be a very convenient app if you take advantage of it. There might be issues with the 15-minute refund window, though. It will definitely take you more than 15 minutes to take care of the first-time setup.

What do you guys think? Is this app worth $5.99? Too much of a hassle? Developers, do you think this app could be dangerous for our devices? Let us know what you think. And if you download the app, tell us how well it works for you.


Source: Android Market

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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    5.99? while convenient.. No thank you

  • Nate B.

    It’ll get better in time

  • Nate B.

    Oh, & the price is to high for such an app.

  • Kathie

    Sorry to be a buzzkill, but nothing about that sounds good. $5.99 for a one-feature app, non-market with complicated installation and uses OCR???

  • Vance

    Nope. Combination of $5.99 price tag, cumbersome install, imperfect performance, lack of tablet support, and (personal) lack of high necessity for this type of app means I won’t be trying it.
    Thanks for the review though, I was optimistic about the title teaser!

  • wwJOSHdo

    I tried the trial, and no thanks… I will stick with my favorite clipboard app “Clipped”. And its free! Just like “Ditto” for windows

    • wwJOSHdo

      Damn auto correct! “clipper!” I spelled it right but my EVO3D decided to “correct” me.

  • Edward Kim

    Just wanted to mention. If you have a rooted phone, there is a similar version called “Copy Paste It”, which does exactly the same thing but does not require the complicated setup through your PC.

  • Kevin

    My Nexus one works fine copy/paste operation. No thank you.

  • h0ruza

    I’d expect someone to create a version that isn’t as costly.

    Better still an ice cream sandwich feature would be better

  • TheSimplest.Net

    I’ve developed a new universal copy paste app that doesn’t require rootand all that nonsense, and costs only 99 cents instead of $5.99. Try it out :)

  • Dirge

    You mean, iOS finally got copy/paste after iPhone 3G(or was it 3GS?)

  • Transient

    Hate it or love it, but iOS’ copy & paste kills Android’s.

  • h0ruza

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzz… As a happy Android user I never find myself on iPhone blogs shouting the merits of our notification bar simply because I don’t think about the iPhone.

    I own the platform I like and get on with my life but iPhone users seem to pop up all over the net waggling their finger at this and that.

    Surely they should be content having such a great platform and a great phone. All this bitterness just lowers the tone. Shouldn’t you guys be in a wifi spot enjoying the merits of facetime.

    I hear it magical.