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Clipboard History - Imessage Images - Not working properly

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Alred does not seem to copy/paste MAC-OS IMessage images correctly..... In IMessage, I click on a photo that someone sent me. And click copy... It shows up in Alred Clipboard history... but when I paste it, it doesn't seem to actually paste the photo/image... seems almost more like a link. All other apps that I copy and paste using Alfred clipboard history seem to work fine.... just not images/photos in IMessage.....


If I just copy an image in IMessage and do a regular paste (CMD-V), it works fine.


If I open the image in preview and copy it from there, it seems to work.....


Any thoughts or suggestions? I have Paste clipboard manager and it doesn't have this issue. Just trying to avoid using another utility.


Below is what it looks like when I paste a copied image from Alred Clipboard history.....





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21 minutes ago, gswilderman said:

It shows up in Alred Clipboard history...


Does it look like this (i.e. it's a file, not image data)?


When you copy an image in Messages.app, it puts both TIFF image data and the filepath of a temporary file on the clipboard.


What's happening is that Alfred is only remembering the filepath, while your other clipboard history manager is saving both representations. That would normally be fine, but because it's only a temporary file, it's disappearing before you've pasted it. And that's what you're seeing when you paste and just get an icon and filename: a file that doesn't exist.


I'd say this is a bug in Alfred. It's the nature of temporary files to disappear, so I'd argue Alfred shouldn't discard other representations if it would be left with only the path of a file in a designated temporary directory.


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On 12/28/2020 at 10:43 PM, gswilderman said:

Yes you are correct, it says "File : Image_XX.JPG"..... I was hoping it was just a setting change, not a bug.....



In fact, there is a workaround, but you must sacrifice another feature of Clipboard. If you turn off in the Alfred's Clipboard settings that you do not want to "Keep File Lists", as per the screenshot below, then the issue resolves itself. This is something, which has been getting on my nerves for a very long time. 

This is the tip I got from Alfred support, and it did in fact work. Since, I predominantly use clipboard history for text and images, I don't mind not having the file lists in the clipboard history. 

Alfred Preferences - CleanShot 2021-03-16 at 15.14.58.png

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