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Review Alt-C

Tariq Abdulla
Powerful functionality, simple interface, minimalist design
It is necessary to use the application on your PC
Alt-C for Android aims to put to rest your copy and paste nightmares. Have you ever had that moment when you want to quickly send something to a friend you’re chatting to (a link, for example). But you need to copy it from your computer, where you’re comparing bulk order boxes of mentos, and paste it on your phone, where you’re chatting to a friend about staging a huge mentos-coke explosion. At times I have even hit Ctrl-C on my computer and fully expected to be able to paste the text on my phone. Suddenly the illusion of a seamless digital environment doesn’t seem so convincing, and frankly it’s a pain. Especially with that one person who insists on always communicating important details with you through an app you only have on your phone.
Through clever use of alternative copy and paste hotkeys for your computer - Alt-C and Alt-V - Alt-C lets you copy and paste between your devices easily. It even stores a clipboard of copied and pasted texts on both devices.
So here’s how it works. Install the app on your mobile and your PC. Your mobile gives you an eight digit number to link it to your computer, and you can link multiple devices if you wish. To copy from your computer to your phone, just hit Alt-C on your computer, then paste the text anywhere you want on your phone. For the reverse process, first copy the text on your phone. Then hit Alt-V on your computer. Hey presto, the copied text is magically pasted on your computer.
So the limitations to this are, you can only copy and paste text, and you have to paste each item on your computer before it gets sent - there isn’t a way of sending a few clips at once. You can do the reverse though, just Alt-C as many pieces of text as you like, then you’ll be able to select them from the clipboard on your phone. If you just need to copy text between devices in front of you, you'll find this a really nifty shortcut. Is it safe? It uses SSL encryption, and should be safe; though remember it keeps a history of copied text for your convenience. You can change how many items it keeps in the settings.

Final ratings

Usefulness 9/10
Usability 9/10
Originality 9/10
Design 9/10
Brandon Girod
Incredibly easy to use, simple design, clean interface
Requires you to download a PC app to use
Have you ever been caught in a situation where you wished you could copy one thing from your phone and send it to your PC? What about the other way around? Alt-C for Android is the perfect app for this situation.
Yes, I know that apps like Pushbullet exist, but these serve two different functions. Pushbullet is an app that will actively allow a user to push content from one device to the other and while you can leave notes for things, it doesn’t work as intuitively for just straight copy and paste.
Instead, this app allows you to set a quick hotkey, like alt-c, which will automatically add whatever you’ve copied to the universal clipboard. So, let’s say you’re doing a math problem in the calculator on your phone. You can essentially copy and paste that answer to your PC if you’re taking a test online or doing any type of work online. It’s also great for copy and pasting lists, quotes, or just about anything else you can think of.
One of the bigger downsides to the app is that it does require the use of downloading additional software to your PC in order to use it, and it seems like it only works on Windows 7+ PCs. Mac support is coming soon. I actually had some issues with the first installation on one of my laptops and had to install it on another in order to get it setup properly.
Alt-C doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of an app like Pushbullet, but the simple functionality it has it does very well and very intuitively. It’s as simple as tapping on the link to copy and long-pressing to paste.

Final ratings

Usefulness 9/10
Usability 9/10
Originality 9/10
Design 9/10
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