new mac Flash player breaks most click-to-copy share links

A couple of days ago I noticed that the click-to-copy-to-clipboard share links at Skitch’s site stopped working. I thought it was because of MultiClutch, a program that gives you multi-touch inputs to all Cocoa programs, I wanted to be able to use 3-finger swipes left and right to navigate back and forward in Firefox. I uninstalled that and the input manager it came with and the click-to-copy links still didn’t work. So I think about it more, and since I know how these click-to-copy links work pretty well, I know that most of them depends on Flash to copy to clipboard, and then it occurred to me that I had upgraded Flash to version 10.

I then downgraded it back to version 9 and the click-to-copy links now all work again. 🙂 So if you’re googling the same problem, check your Flash version (about:plugins), and see if it’s version 10, if so, downgrade it back to 9.

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4 Responses to new mac Flash player breaks most click-to-copy share links

  1. Cris 'atariboy' Pearson October 23, 2008 at 6:44 am #

    Hey Andrew…. yeah this sucks a bit. The flash 10 changes break a lot of pages that do what we are doing.

    We are working on it though. Sorry for the inconvenience 🙁

  2. ayn October 23, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    No problem, I don’t need Flash 10 for anything, just upgraded because I went to a site that asked me to upgrade so I did it. A lot of people will have to fix this, I have a Rails plugin that uses a jQuery plugin to do the copy, it uses a swf to as well that will be to be fixed, a ton of other sites will have to fix theirs, this is going to take a little bit of time. 🙂

  3. Cris 'atariboy' Pearson November 12, 2008 at 12:35 am #

    Have you heard of any nice fixes for this yet? We have an idea (making the copy button actually a flash button that receives the click) but let to try it.

  4. Bill Beckelman November 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm #

    Looking for workaround as well for the jQuery plugin.

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