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As of version 5 and later, copy and paste can be used to transfer data between Jsesh and other applications. You can :
Often, one needs two sizes of signs in an application: one for main text, and a smaller one for footnotes. JSesh allows one to keep two configurations for copy and paste. The current size can be selected in the edit menu : simply choose “copy: small size”, “copy: large size” or “copy: wysiwyg” (the latter should be used if you want the copied glyph to retain the same disposition as the original ones).
A cut and paste involves two softwares : JSesh and your word processor (Word, Openoffice, etc.) Now, JSesh will propose a number of different *formats* to your word processor, letting it pick the one it likes the most. To control what will be proposed by JSesh, you can use the Format Choice dialog (in the preferences).
I do most of my testing with open office and libre office. They are not perfect, but they tend to process pictures and unicode correctly, so I strongly encourage their use. Their files tend to be very portable from one computer to the other. No problem of different versions of the word processor there.
For information specific to your word processor, see the chapter on word processor issues
The settings for “large size/small size/wysiwyg” can be changed in the preferences. There are two tabs, one for “small” and the other for “large” size. The “wysiwyg” mode uses the “large size settings”.
“Cadrat height” changes the size of the pasted hieroglyphic text. “Export mode” allows you to chose how hieroglyphic text will be pasted in RTF exports. There are three options:
Due to technical issues, we have put a limit on cut and paste. It's not possible to paste very long texts in a word processor (you can “export as RTF instead”). We will try to improve it, but we think it's a minor nuisance, as one typically paste small parts of hieroglyphic texts rather than whole large document (the limit is currently 1000 cadrats).
Normally, in JSesh, you chose the format you want for copy/paste in the preferences menu. But in some cases, you might want to copy your text in a specific format which is not the one you chose. Instead of going back to the preferences, you can use the “Copy As” menu. It allows you to copy the selected text in PDF, RTF or Bitmap.
(I'm sorry, this part is a bit technical. If someone is able to write the same explanations in a clearer way, it would be a welcome contribution to JSesh's site)
On windows (and on Mac OS prior to Mac OS X), there is a feature called “Object linking and embedding”, wich is more or less an intelligent cut and paste. You copy/paste a document from your hieroglyphic editor into Word, and then if you double click on the pasted picture, it will open the hieroglyphic editor, so that you can change the text.
This is not possible with JSesh, as this kind of capabilities are very system-specific (If you really need it, I understand that it's well supported in Inscribe). However version 2.11 of JSesh provides a poor man's version. Basically the trick (also used in a few other hieroglyphic editors, like MacScribe) is to use the comment field available in some picture formats (like PDF or EMF), and to put the manuel de codage text in this comment field. When the picture is pasted into JSesh, one can simply extract the code.
Of course, this is more or less automatic. But I needed to explain it, because it depends on a number of factors:
All those explanations to tell you that this system won't function with all word processors… and especially not with MS/Word (at least not with Word 2008 on a mac). I'm sorry for that.
Now for the possible solutions
If you use Mellel or Nissus writer, and if you configure your cut and paste option to use the PDF format ), you will be able to paste back your hieroglyphs into JSesh.
Simply select the hieroglyphs in your text processor (e.g. Mellel) and copy them…
Then go to JSesh, and select File/Import/Import from Pasted PDF.
The result will replace your current JSesh document:
This chapter describes manipulations made on a macintosh using Neooffice as word processor. It works also with Openoffice on Windows and Linux (but it seems to fail with Openoffice 3.1.1 on Mac).
If you configure your cut and paste option to use the RTF format and if you chose EMF as the picture format (see above), you will be able to paste back your hieroglyphs into JSesh.
First, you must select “EMF” as the copy format to use.
Text pasted in EMF in Neooffice can then be pasted back in JSesh:
Note that in the “good” selection, the picture is outlined in black.
Now, the correct way to select the picture is to click in front of it in the text and to drag with the mouse. Alternatively (and with less dexterity), you can select the picture by moving the text cursor in front of it and then pressing “shift” and one of the keyboard arrows (it's way simpler to do it than to describe it).
Please note that this only works if your pictures have been pasted from version 2.11 or more of JSesh, and in the correct format.
I would be very interested to know if other configurations work