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Re: Paste image directly into V7 notebook on Linux/X11

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  • Subject: [mg99049] Re: Paste image directly into V7 notebook on Linux/X11
  • From: Francesco <b.gatessucks at>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2009 04:50:13 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <gsrqt1$ral$>

Tested with pdf files from Okular, jpg images from GIMP.
Much needed, many thanks.

jkerrb at wrote:
> Hi,
> Yesterday I called Wolfram Research to find out how to paste images
> into a version 7 notebook directly from the X11 clipboard on Linux.
> The tech stated that this is feature is supported only on windows and
> mac, not linux. So I implemented it myself. Here's how:
> I'm running KDE4.2, and Klipper does not paste image data, so dbus is
> not an option. I settled on using Qt: you will need the command
> "getclipboardimage" installed on your $PATH (Qt 4.4 source code and
> instructions available at
> Perhaps someone could suggest how to do this from perl or python,
> etc...
> Adding the "Paste Image" to the edit menu involves editing a user-copy
> of $InstallationDirectory/SystemFiles/FrontEnd/TextResources/X/
> Caution: a typo in this file can break mathematica.
> Add the following between the &Paste and Clea&r\tDelete menu items:
>        MenuItem["Paste &Image",
>                  KernelExecute[{Module[{tmpFile, image, file},
>                                  tmpFile = ToFileName
> [$TemporaryDirectory, "clipboardimagefileformathematica.png"];
>                                  DeleteFile[FileNames[tmpFile]];
>                                  file = Import["!getclipboardimage "
> <> tmpFile, "Lines"];
>                                  If[Length[file] > 0, image = Import
> [file[[1]], "Image"];
>                                     If[Head[image] === Image,
> NotebookWrite[InputNotebook[],
>                                        Cell[BoxData
> [ToBoxes@image],"Output"]]]];]}],
>                  MenuKey["V", Modifiers->{"Control"}], MenuEvaluator-
>> Automatic],
> Restart mathematica. Try it out by opening a PDF file, selecting an
> image and copying it to the clipboard. In a notebook select "Paste
> Image" from the Edit menu. This inserts the image in-line.
> Cheers,
> JB

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