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Subject: cutting and pasting from MacGimp into different img programs. . .
Category: Computers > Graphics
Asked by: fieldlily-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 11 Oct 2005 10:15 PDT
Expires: 10 Nov 2005 09:15 PST
Question ID: 578918
I am making a website and recently downloaded MacGimp to help me out.
With Photoshop and other graphics programs I am aware of, you can cut
an image from one program and paste it into another--e.g., I've cut
clip art from a Word document, pasted it directly into Photoshop, and
edited it. But I can't cut and paste from MacGimp into other
programs--only within MacGimp. Why is this? Is there something I can
download that will solve my problem? Or can I do this differently?
(Apparently I have version "pre2.0," if that's important.) I don't
want to save, close, and re-open images.

If this question is complex I would consider relisting at a higher
price; I hope that it will be straightforward for a more experienced
Gimp user. Thank you.


Request for Question Clarification by maniac-ga on 12 Oct 2005 18:27 PDT
Hello Fieldlily,

To answer "Why is this?" gets to issues with the X window server that
Gimp (or MacGimp in your case) runs under. You can freely copy / paste
text from native macintosh applications (like Safari) to X window
applications (and vice versa). However X applications (including Gimp)
do not generally support the copying of image information between
applications. You can demonstrate this by copying a region in Gimp and
attempting to paste it into another X application such as xv. You can
also demonstrate this by copying some text into the clipboard and then
using Edit -> Copy in gimp to "copy" some image data. When you do the
paste, the text is still there. There is an explanation of how the
clipboard is implemented in X at
This reference describes a method for implementing copy / paste of
images but I have not seen it implemented widely.

Sorry, but save, close and reopen is the best option at this point.


Clarification of Question by fieldlily-ga on 13 Oct 2005 09:27 PDT
Hi Maniac-ga,

Okay, disappointing but still very helpful. Thank you.


Clarification of Question by fieldlily-ga on 19 Oct 2005 19:16 PDT
Hi Maniac-ga,

I should've posted this earlier, but I consider the question answered.
If you would like to repost your comment as an answer, I will pay you
the $10.00.

There is no answer at this time.

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