Copy / paste between drawings loses format

Asked by Mark Dunham

When copying elements from one drawing to another (e.g. a triangle) the pasted copy seems to lose format and becomes a low res bit map. Am I doing something wrong?

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su_v (suv-lp) said :

Are you using Inkscape on a Mac?

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Best su_v (suv-lp) said :

In case you use Inkscape on a Mac:

This is a known conflict with the system clipboard on OS X, between X11/XQuartz and X11-based vector drawing applications like Inkscape and Fontforge.

To work around the known issue, please adjust the X11/XQuartz preferences as shown on this screenshot:
and as described in the FAQ:

The changes will take effect immediately (no need to restart X11/XQuartz or Inkscape), but you'll have to re-copy&paste earlier pasted objects (those can't magically be reverted back to vector objects).

See also: a brief summary of useful tips for new Inkscape users on OS X:

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Mark Dunham (mdunham) said :

Many thanks.