Patchers as Text with Mail.app
Dear Apple Mail Users,
Does anyone have an efficient way of Pasting patchers? Read on…
The problem: when you Copy a patcher to the Clipboard, Max creates
both image and text versions of the current selection. This is OK,
but when Pasting inside Apple Mail, Mail uses the image version.
In Mail 1.x the workaround was to Paste as Quotation (Shift-Cmd-V),
which forced use of the text version in the Clipboard, then to select
the patcher text and Decrease Quote Level: Opt-Cmd-’ (apostrophe).
This doesn’t work in Mail 2.x, because even Paste as Quotation
inserts the image.
I’ve been doing this: In Max Copy, New Text, Paste, Copy, Close
(Don’t Save); then over to Mail and Paste. There’s got to be a better
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oh wow. Ive been doing new, make patch example, save, open patch as
text, copy, dont save, paste into mail, remove rich text formatting,
manually remove obnoxious parts signature file to be polite, send.
an applescript workflow could happen probably, but I so rarely post
examples to the list….
v a d e //
I use this applescript in combination with iKey (although QuickSilver
triggers might work, too):
set foo to the clipboard
set the clipboard to (foo as text)
and then Paste
I copy the patch, make a new message box, past into it, copy at paste
that into the mail. This has become such a habit that I have forgotten
to check if it is still required now that I have moved to Thunderbird.
Testing it, it isn’t. Yet another good reason to get rid of Mail, but
that’s another long story…
On 9 juin 06, at 09:07, Trond Lossius wrote:
>>> I’ve been doing this: In Max Copy, New Text, Paste, Copy, Close
>>> (Don’t Save); then over to Mail and Paste. There’s got to be a
>>> better way.
I’ve the same technique, wich is pretty fast (if you have installed
my shortcuts modifications):
command + C (copy the patch)
alt + command + N (make a new text file)
command + V (paste the patch as text)
command + A (select all)
command + C (copy the text)
command + W (close the window)
command + D (don’t save)
switch to Mail…
command + V (paste)
Of course with a little bit of practice it’s pretty fast but Jeremy’s
solution seems to be faster. I’ll try that.
And the prize for best solution before 10:00am EST (the Quizmaster’s–
that’s me–decision is final) goes to…
On 9-Jun-2006, at 8:50, Jeremy Bernstein wrote:
> I use this applescript in combination with iKey (although
> QuickSilver triggers might work, too):
> set foo to the clipboard
> set the clipboard to (foo as text)
> and then Paste
Next beer’s on me. The advantage in Jeremy winning is that there’s a
chance we’ll actually see each other before the beer’s been forgotten.
Tech note: Mail seems to have a facility for attaching keystrokes to
items in the Script menu (if you have it turned on), so another
alternative to iKey/QuickSilver. Except it’s not working for me on
Fridays before 10:30am :-/
I think this got turned off in Tiger, but I could be wrong.
i can’t believe you post this after trond’s solution… which also
solves all the other problems with apple mail. ;)
On 9-Jun-2006, at 11:42, dlurk wrote:
> i can’t believe you post this after trond’s solution…
The problem with Trond’s approach is that I simply don’t have the
energy to change mail client more often than once a year, preferably
more like once every five-ten years.
I looked at Thunderbird. I was not sufficiently impressed to make an
And, as da mahn sez, the Quizmaster’s decision is final.
[Please cf the .sig from my previous post on this thread if you need it]
> I looked at Thunderbird. I was not sufficiently impressed to make an
understood. thunderbird is… interesting… from a usability
standpoint. i’ve been using it for about 1.5 years now, and i’ve never
been impressed. but it’s addictive – i’ve explored other clients in
that time and there are features in tbird i can’t sacrifice at this
point. the identity handling is the big one. (my previous long-term
client was a thoroughly tweaked pine, if that lends perspective.)
mail.app is just too inflexible and too limited in my view. it’s
pretty, but it’s shallow.