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Fixing Apples' Broken Clipboard, with Java

By: Douglas Lyon

Abstract

The Mac OS X clipboard is infamous for changing the format of bit-mapped images that are pasted to it. These images are typically encoded using a QuickTime Tiff compressor that renders them unreadable on other platforms (e.g. Windows and Linux). This means that Mac users who create screen-shot based Word or PowerPoint documents are not able to view the images in those documents on non-Mac platforms.

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Douglas Lyon, “Fixing Apples' Broken Clipboard, with Java”, Journal of Object Technology, Volume 7, no. 3 (March 2008), pp. 17-23, doi:10.5381/jot.2008.7.3.c2.

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