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Pastebin

Easy Pasted Text Organizer


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Published 12/28/2011 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Pastebin gives users a place to store copied text for a period of time. The application is intended primarily for programmers who need to save snippets of code. Anyone can use Pastebin to copy and paste text that they need to access later. Public pastes can be accessed from the site. The user can apply a title if they like. Drop down boxes give the user a way to customize their paste. The boxes let the user set an expiration date, syntax highlighting and exposure type (which includes public or private). A Pastebin archive can be accessed so users can return to past pastes or older public pastes. Visitors can save pastes, but cannot go back and make changes to them like registered members can.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Pastebin was created to give programmers a quick and easy way to save text. The application is not limited to programmers, but it caters primarily to them. The current version includes syntax highlighting for a number of popular programming languages such as CSS, HTML 5, Python, Rails, PHP, Perl and many others. The application has received mediocre reviews from users who desire more features. Overall, Pastebin provides users with what they need and little else.

What are the differences to other apps?

Pastebin is a unique application that stores the user’s pasted data for them. Although a simple word processor, such as Notepad might suffice, Pastebin allows the user to save their pastes for a set amount of time without cluttering up their desktop. The user can also apply syntax highlighting for a number of popular programming languages. The user can choose their expiration time frame, which goes as low as 10 minutes or as high as one month.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Pastebin is a very clean, tidy website that gives the user all the access they need without throwing in any unnecessary elements in the process. The pale background is contrasted by dark blue and elegant patterns subtly hidden in the header. Drop down boxes allow the user to easily adjust settings while an empty white box provides plenty of space for pasting. Users can easily paste code in and save it in a matter of seconds.

How does the registration process work?

A new visitor is presented with a Pastebin paste form as soon as they arrive on the homepage. The user can work with the form or set up an account to manage their pastes. New users can click the white “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the page. A series of three buttons near the bottom, center of the page are available for users who prefer to sign in with a Facebook, Twitter or Google account. The registration form asks the user for a username, email address, password and Captcha code entry. The user is automatically logged in after submitting the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

All users are given free access to Pastebin. There are no account limitations other than a 0.5 MB maximum for each paste. The free account also includes one login and 25 private pastes HTTP security. Users can opt to upgrade their account to a Pro subscription for $1.99 per month. The Pro plan includes no advertisements, up to 10 MB pastes, file uploading capabilities, up to 100 logins, unlimited private pastes and the Pro badge on the user’s profile.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Pastebin is appealing to anyone who needs to quickly save copied text. It is most attractive to programmers who may frequently need a way to save snippets of code to access later. The user can set up a time period so a forgotten paste is automatically removed. Public and private pastes allows the user to protect sensitive text they do not want everyone to access.

  • Users can register with a Facebook, Google or Twitter account
  • Registered users can edit pasted text saved to their account
  • Pastes can be made public or private
  • Syntax highlighting is available for many popular programming languages
  • Expiration time period can be anywhere from 10 minutes to one month


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Cheapest plan (per month) : $1.99
Free storage space (mb): 0

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