PlaintextPaste
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Add Paste Plain Text item to Edit menu of Cocoa apps.   Free
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PlaintextPaste is a simple SparkPlugin that adds a "Paste Plain Text" item to the Edit menu of all Cocoa applications. Normally the Paste menu item will preserve all colors, styles, fonts and formatting of so-called "rich text." However, sometimes, you don't want all this formatting, especially when copying text from the web. Thus, "Paste Plain Text."
What's New
Version 0.2:
  • Adds 3 new menu items: Copy Plain Text, Paste 7-bit ASCII, and Swap Selection with Clipboard
  • Re-enables the "Special Characters" menu item
  • Allows you to easily prevent PlaintextPaste from loading in certain applications
  • Allows you to enable or disable menu items at will
  • Allows you to put the new menu items in a submenu
  • Does not add keyboard shortcuts when the application already uses that shortcut
Version 0.2:
  • Adds 3 new menu items: Copy Plain Text, Paste 7-bit ASCII, and Swap Selection with Clipboard
  • Re-enables the "Special Characters" menu item
  • Allows you to easily prevent PlaintextPaste from loading in certain applications
  • Allows you to enable or disable menu items at will
  • Allows you to put the new menu items in a submenu
  • Does not add more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later (do not install under earlier versions, it WILL crash your system!).



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John-Sawyer-CJS tipped on 26 Jul 2010
Looks like a discontinued utility. Luckily, you can accomplish essentially the same thing in a few other applications:

Microsoft Word: select Edit > Paste Special, which will give you various paste options, among which is the option to paste as unformatted text. Once changed into plain text, you can then copy that plain text and paste it into other apps.

TextEdit: Edit > Paste and Match Style
[Version 0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Oct 2005
I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!

This program is great for me, especially when I wish to paste internet things into Adium and NOT have the style of the web font become the default Adium font. Yucko.

Thanks for this tool.
[Version 0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Feb 2005
Why is this a SIMBL plugin? Wouldn't a regular InputManager thingie like TextExtras work just as well?
[Version 0.2]

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Anonymous commented on 04 Feb 2005
Well, for one thing, it's not a SIMBL plugin. It uses my own InputManager system called "SparkPlug." Sure, an InputManager would work fine. But SparkPlug makes it easy for the user to control which apps the plugin is loaded in as well as set preferences without me having to create a new preference pane for the plugin.

Try it yourself--pick the SparkPlug pane from System Preferences.
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Anonymous commented on 06 Feb 2005
I assume the above Anonymous is referring to the homepage texts, which still refer to SIMBL:

> PlaintextPaste is a very simple SIMBL plugin...

...and under "Installing PlaintextPaste":

>A file called "PlaintextPaste.bundle" will be installed in your /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins folder, and SIMBL itself is installed in /Library/InputManagers.
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Anonymous commented on 06 Feb 2005
Very true. I will update the help file accordingly...

thanks for the tip!
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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Feb 2005
This is a great time-saving gadget for somebody who has to copy a whole lot of hyperlinked titles out of online library catalogues. Until now I've had to copy the hyperlinked text into Mail, transform into plain text, then recopy into my files. This turns it into a simple one-step move. I can only suggest one improvement: since I already had shift/command/C as a keyboard assignment for another app. (multiple clipboards), I wish that PlaintextPaste would let the user choose his own keyboard command.
[Version 0.2]

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Anonymous commented on 04 Feb 2005
This feature has been added to the list planned for the next version. Glad you like it, and thanks for the feedback!
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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Feb 2005
Works very well (as I don't use Mail.app). However, why not making it a service instead? I am skeptical when things need me install it to run.
[Version 0.2]

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Anonymous commented on 04 Feb 2005
I am planning on adding a service capability in a future version. Unfortunately, in either case, I have two options: use an installer, or force the user to do it manually. I opt for the installer since it's easier, but you can still install it manually if you like--all the files are inside the installer itself (control-click and choose Show Package Contents in the Finder).

Cheers,
Robin
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Anonymous reviewed on 28 Oct 2004
Anon below-

Certain applications automatically 'highlight' a string of text that begins with 'http...'

or are set up like a mail address '....@.....'

that has nothing to do with this app, as far as I know...
[Version 0.13]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Oct 2004
Great! Just a perfect patch for when you don't want all the excessive font formats.

10.3.3 runs perfect.
[Version 0.12]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Oct 2004
great appz, works fine. copy & paste without hyperlinks..i was looking for
[Version 0.12]


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Pascalpp commented on 11 Oct 2004
doesn't work for me. i tried copying a link from a webpage in safari, and i was hoping to paste the actual URL into ichat, but it still pastes the link as it looks in the original webpage. maybe this plugin is not meant to solve that problem but i hoped it would...
[Version 0.11]

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Anonymous commented on 12 Oct 2004
Works fine for me. However, there's a bug in Cocoa's text views themselves--if you paste something normally, then undo, the field will still be the same style. PlaintextPaste will only paste in the current style, so if the style of the text field is blue and underlined, all text typed or pasted as "Plain Text" will be blue and underlined as well.

You can test this yourself by pasting some formatted text into iChat, undoing, and then typing. What you type will still be in the style of the pasted text. Hopefully this made sense.
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Anonymous commented on 27 Oct 2004
To do what you want to do in Safari, just ctr-click/right-click on the link, then choose 'Copy link to clipboard' from the contextual menu - this copies the link, not the text that's displayed on the webpage, which is what you want, I think.
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Anonymous reviewed on 11 Oct 2004
Breaks Mail.app (1.2.5) on my OS X 10.2.8 system. When installed Mail.app quits immediately upon launch. When uninstalled, Mail.app works normally.
[Version 0.11]


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John-Sawyer-CJS had trouble on 14 Jan 2009
PlaintextPaste doesn't appear to work under OS 10.5/Leopard--its SparkPlug prefpane doesn't appear in System Preferences, nor do its additional paste commands appear in Cocoa application Edit menus.
[Version 0.2]

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Cowicide replied on 25 Jul 2010
wish there was an update for this issue
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Type:Business : Word Processing
License:Free
Date:03 Feb 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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PlaintextPaste is a simple SparkPlugin that adds a "Paste Plain Text" item to the Edit menu of all Cocoa applications. Normally the Paste menu item will preserve all colors, styles, fonts and formatting of so-called "rich text." However, sometimes, you don't want all this formatting, especially when copying text from the web. Thus, "Paste Plain Text."


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