Symbols are invisible on Mac OS X Yosemite

Bug #1440448 reported by Carlos Miranda Levy on 2015-04-05
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Bug Description

Fresh Install of X11 and Inkscape.

When I drag a symbol from any library to the page, the symbol becomes invisible as soon as I drop it on the page.

Fill and Stroke are unset, but changing them to flat and black and opacity 100 has no effect either.

Not a screen thing, as exporting to png renders and empty space too.

I tried both drag and copy/past of symbol.

Any idea, hint or clue?

Inkscape 0.91

XQuartz 2.7.7 (xorg-server 1.15.2)

Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.2

Model Name: MacBook Air 13-inch Mid 2011
Model Identifier: MacBookAir4,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i5
Processor Speed: 1.7 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 3 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Boot ROM Version: MBA41.0077.B11
SMC Version (system): 1.73f66

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

Based on local tests on OS X 10.7.5, and confirmed by the message shown in Inkscape's status bar in the screenshot the reporter attached, instead of the symbol (or actually a clone (a <use> element referencing the symbol definition in the <defs> section) a bitmap image is pasted if the X11/XQuartz preferences have not been changed as recommended. If the X11/XQuartz setting to "Update Pasteboard when CLIPBOARD changes" is disabled, inserting symbols into the current Inkscape document works as expected.

Please change the X11/Xquartz preferences for the Pasteboard as depicted on the mac-os download page:

Underlying issue (conflict between XQuartz's clipboard syncing feature (which is enabled by default) and X11-based apps which use file formats other that text and raster graphics) is tracked in
* Bug #307005 “[OS X] copy & paste inserts a bitmap copy instead of the vector object”

Proposing to link as duplicate to bug #307005 (same underlying issue, which affects various aspects of Inkscape, among them symbols).

tags: added: clipboard osx symbols

I confirm that adjusting the X11/Xquartz preferences for the Pasteboard as indicated in the instructions fixed this problem.


su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

Thank you for testing and reporting back (much appreciated!).

Linking as duplicate to bug #307005 as proposed - feel free to add a comment here (bug #1440448) and revert the duplicate status if you disagree and think these issues differ so much (wrt UX) that they need to be tracked individually and independently.

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