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Weird fun with picture clippings System
The other day I dragged a picture from Mozilla 1.2a to my desktop, and it made a picture clipping. Just for the heck of it, I dragged the clipping back to Mozilla and it opened the original picture from the link, not the clipping.

Thinking that was odd, I opened the clipping in the Finder, and it was indeed the picture.

So I tried opening it in GraphicConverter, and it opened as a picture. But when I dropped it on TextEdit, it pasted in the original picture URL as text, instead of the picture!
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Authored by: serres on Sep 17, '02 01:08:37PM

Dragged items (also clipboards/pasteboards, and actually a dragged item is nothing else than a special pasteboard) can contain different types of data. In this case the picture URL and the pictury data.

What's new for me is that the Finder saves all different data types within the clipping file and hands them back to the application when dragged back. It's up to the receiver to decide which data type it uses.

BTW what i really miss is the ability to copy open clippings to the clipboard via Apple-C. So far i remember this was possible with Mac OS 9.

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Authored by: easco on Sep 17, '02 06:02:02PM

Actually, the Finder has always asked for all the drag flavors it could get. It can be very annoying as well when your application is asked to export data in every format it knows (particularly if that export can take a while).

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Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Sep 18, '02 01:48:13AM

I agree, I keep waiting for Apple to bring back copying the clipping to the clipboard. It was a handy feature that I used a lot.

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Don't WANT clippings!
Authored by: Monkey Angst on Sep 18, '02 11:27:05AM

Clippings can indeed be fun, but I do wish Mozilla had an option to drag a picture to the desktop as a FILE rather than a clipping, like IE does. Anyone have a hint for this?

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Don't WANT clippings!
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Sep 18, '02 08:13:03PM

You know I normally don't drag pictures from Mozilla like I used to with IE, but on that day I gave it a try just to see what would happen. I was kind of hoping the picture would download as a file.

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