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Clipboard contains two versions of Numbers clipping
Authored by: gopes on May 12, '09 08:35:31PM
When going through Preview, it sees the PDF version on the clipboard and upon Command-N makes a new PDF document. Preview does not do the conversion—it can't know, from merely the "table" version, how the table looked in Numbers (with, e.g., background colors). If you select, say, some random text and open Preview, the "New from Clipboard" is disabled.
Preview will make a new PDF from a text box copied to the clipboard. I really have no idea, but Preview doesn't seem to be copying the pixels from the rasterized version for display (a screenshot).

In any case, the clipboard is pretty clever; my other favorite feature is that it copies an actual web page out of (at least) WebKit apps. That is, if you select from "Post Mode" below this entry box down to below the 'Preview' button and pasting into, for example, an email in Mail, you'll have copied not just the formatting and the buttons, but background blocks as well (i.e. I can 'close' the 'Important Stuff' section by clicking it and clicking the close button).

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