Send Your iPhone Clipboard Contents to Dropbox in Three Taps

Before the release of version 4.5 of Drafts for iPhone, I wrote about ways to move text between your iPhone and your desktop or laptop. Now that this awesome app supports URL Callbacks and Action Triggers, you can now use Launch Center Pro to send the contents of your iPhone clipboard to Dropbox even faster than before.

First, follow these instructions to allow URLs to trigger actions. (If you don’t toggle the URL Security button, this trigger won’t work.) And of course, link Drafts to Dropbox in the Drafts settings.

Next, go the Action Composer in Launch Center Pro, tap on Custom URL, and enter the following in the second field (you can name it “Clip to Dropbox” or whatever you like):

drafts://x-callback-url/create?text=[clipboard]&action=Save%20to%20Dropbox&x-success=launchpro%3A

After this is all set up, you can use the following steps to send the (text only) contents of your iPhone clipboard to Dropbox:

  1. Press the home button.
  2. Tap LCP icon.
  3. Tap “Clip to Dropbox” action.

LCP will send the contents of the clipboard to Drafts, which will send it to Dropbox, and then Drafts will send you back to LCP. Then visit the /Apps/Drafts directory in Dropbox to find your note, the title of which will be the date and time, such as 2013-01-10-11-51-14.txt.

1Password for iOS is All You Need

Don’t tell anyone, but I pretty much pay all my bills online at my office computer. I’ve stupidly maintained an online database of my passwords, and finally made the move to 1Password, an app that encrypts a password database using one strong master password. I can’t have 1Password for Mac installed on my work computer, but 1Password for iOS suits my needs just fine.

The iOS app has a built-in browser that autofills your username and password when you visit a site for which you’ve entered the credentials in your database. But it’s easy to access your passwords in almost any web browser.

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Moving Text Between Your iPhone and a Desktop Computer

Emailing notes to yourself is not the most efficient way to transfer information between your phone and your desktop computer. If I were to do this on my phone, I’d have to perform the following steps:

  1. Select text and copy it to the clipboard.
  2. Tap home screen button.
  3. Tap on Mail.
  4. Hit “compose” button.
  5. Enter my own email in the To: field.
  6. Paste the contents of the clipboard into the body.
  7. Hit “send,” and if I don’t include a Subject line, tap on a dialog box to confirm that I want to send it anyway.
  8. Go to gmail.com on my desktop.
  9. Open the email.
  10. Select the text and copy it to the clipboard.
  11. Do what I want with it.

Thanks to cloud- and WiFi-based solutions, there are more efficient ways to move text. I have outlined a number of solutions to this problem below.

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