Mar 16, 2008

How to copy and paste text online ?

I often come across situations when I need to send a large text file to someone. I really don't like switching to email for this purpose. I would rather send the long text using IM. But what if text is too long and also text formatting in IM is not preserved. Here are the three applications that you can use to copy text online via internet.

1.Textsnip - Paste in your text and you get a URL that you can give to anyone… when they go there, bam!Your nicely formatted text. You can also create account to keep track of your textsnip links. It is absolutely free to use and no sign-up required to get started. Here are the possible reasons to use textsnip:

  • STOP losing your clean, tabbed format.
  • EASILY paste code examples in to a blog, forum, or any website.
  • DON'T breakup text over 10 different Instant Messages due to character limits.
  • SIMPLE text sharing without the use of E-mail.
  • CLEAN display of code in the nice, color-coded format that it was meant for.
  • CREATE an easy to remember custom url.

2. Pastebin - Patebin promotes itself as a collaborative debugging tool i.e. you can use it to share your programming code written in different programming languages, and preserving indentation thereby. Here are the main highlights :
  • When you view a post, you have the opportunity of editing the text - this creates a new post but when you view it, you'll be given a 'diff' link which allows you to compare the changes between the old and the new version. This is a powerful feature, great for seeing exactly what lines someone changed.
  • It allows to specify the time your post should be retained : a day, a month, or forever.
  • You get a private pastebin simply by thinking up a domain name no-one else is using, e.g. Posts made into a sub-domain only show up on that domain. This in my opinion is the most interesting feature to use.
3. - This service is different
from above duo in the sense that it accepts from you to provide a URL that starts with and then you can paste anything you want. The site is powered by Clipboard Core. Clipboard Core is a web-based service that you install in your network. Once installed, you can enter in any URL. Once the clipboard core is setup there is no other client software to install. The service is available for a 30 day evaluation period only . Users can collaborate on a document by adding their comments. The add-on is that you can upload your files over 2 MB if you don't feel like copying entire text.

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