More Clipping Chatter
Written and published July 14, 1999
I've been impressed by the uses of clippings that some of you have been writing about so I decided to take one more week to share them. And there's a simple little app mentioned here too.
This use of clippings amazes me.
Then Ken Kashmarek wrote about Math clippings.
Now this one I could try. I opened up my copy of ClarisWorks, choose Edit->Insert Equation, and made up an math formula. (OK, I confess, I made up a concoction of a bunch of signs, not a real formula.) It couldn't be dragged from Equation Editor, but after inserting it into the page it was draggable as a picture clipping. But then, we already knew AppleWorks/ClarisWorks is fully drag and drop. Only that's not what Ken meant. So I opened my Graphing Calculator. Sure enough you can drag math formulas out of there too. Not the graphs though. In both cases, the Graphing Calculator and Equation Editor, the result is a Picture clipping, which means you can place it as a picture but you can't edit its characters after dragging it back into a document. (I'd show you the clippings just to give you a laugh at my so-called formulas but I have too much respect for the scientific origins of the Internet.
And now a new application for you
Will Rhea wrote to reminds me to make it clear to you that some programs that you might consider drag aware don't support clippings. For example, he cited Netscape Communicator 4.6. He wrote:
Here's how it works in Netscape:
Visit your page of choice and when you see something you want to make a clipping out of, select it and copy it. Here's my selection at my web site of choice.
Then move your mouse to the Desktop and Control-click (press Control as you click) somewhere on your empty desktop. Move your mouse down to Acme Widgets, then over to Clipboard to Clipping, as shown here.
Then release the mouse. The clipping appears on your Desktop named Clipboard 7/12, Clipboard 7/12-1, etc. The clippings always land on the Desktop, not just when you Control-click there.
Next I tried this magic gadget in good old, not-kosher-clipping Word 98. I did the same thing as with Netscape &Mac220; copied some words, then Control-clicked on the Desktop choosing Clipboard to Clipping. And then... the moments of truth: I dragged that clipping into Adobe GoLive to see if it would come it as real text or as a picture. And Acme did it! A real text clipping from Word.
Acme Widgets is a handy dandy little gadget. It takes up virtually no room, is a cinch to get to, and it is even totally free. But Office 98 guys and Netscape guys... that doesn't mean you shouldn't be doing drag and drop and clipping ability the right way.
There were more letters and software suggestions that rolled in about clippings and saving yourself from typing. I'll continue to share them with you.