Clipper & IcnClipBrd
IcnClipBrd is a small module written by Thomas Leonard to allow the global clipboard to be used in writable icons on the desktop. It was originally supplied with the Clipboard utility, which allows the contents of the global clipboard to be saved to disc and the contents of files to be placed on the clipboard.
Thomas has released the module and utility into the public domain, and on this page you can find a 32-bit version converted by myself for use on all RISC OS systems. These days, the two are supplied separately: IcnclipBrd comes in its own stand-alone distribution. The Clipboard utility was renamed Clipper in 2020, to avoid a name allocation clash, and no longer contains the module. The two can be used together as a pair, or either one can be used on its own.
Any problems with the 32-bit version are likely to be my fault, and should be reported to myself in the first instance. My contact details can be found in the download archive.
The IcnClipBrd module enables the use of the global clipboard in writable icons on the desktop using the conventional Ctrl-C, Ctrl-X and Ctrl-V keypresses along with Ctrl-Z to replace the icon contents with the text on the clipboard.
In addition, Ctrl-K deletes everything to the left of the caret (complementing the exiting Ctrl-End to delete to the right of the caret). Ctrl-E can be used to keep just a DOS file extension (eg. "NOTES/TXT" would become "/TXT"), while Ctrl-D de-DOSifies a filename (eg. "NOTES/TXT" would become "Notes").
The release of version 0.20 allows the keys used by IcnClipBrd to be changed, which makes it easier to use on systems where some of the shortcuts are already in use.
IcnClipBrd 0.20 changes the way that its configuration options are specified, to enable operations to be bound to different keys. Please read the upgrade notes in the download if updating from version 0.17 or earlier.
In order to use IcnClipBrd, you will require a minimum of RISC OS 3.50.
The Clipper utility allows the contents of the global clipboard to be saved to disc, or replaced by a file. If you have some software which doesn’t use icons and doesn’t respond to the clipboard, then it can also type the clipboard contents at the caret.
Until 2020, the application was known as Clipboard – it was renamed to avoid a name allocation clash.
Clipper allows access to the clipboard contents
Note that Clipper no longer includes a copy of IcnClipBrd. Copies of the module can be downloaded from the link above and will work alongside Clipper; the change should simplify future updates to both utilities.
In order to use Clipper, you will require a minimum of RISC OS 3.10.
Thomas’ original 26-bit only version of Clipboard can be found here, in case anyone finds it useful. It is in the public domain.
Clipboard 0.10 is not 32-bit compatible. If you wish to use it on a modern system, you will need a copy of the IcnClipBrd module above.
In order to use Clipboard, you will require:
- a 26-bit system, since it is not 32-bit compatible, and
- a minimum of RISC OS 3.10.