Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

As I've been working on graphics for a new web application project of mine, I found that Inkscape has been behaving oddly on macOS. Whenever I tried to copy/paste a vector object between images (or even in the same image) all I'd get would be this horrible pixelated version of my object with all transparency replaced by white pixels...

Turns out this is a known issue with XQuarts and there is a work around. There is a full explanation available from the Inkscape FAQ Wiki Page if you want to know the details of why this issue occurs. If all you want to do is get vector graphics copy/paste working correctly, go to the XQuarts Preferences, then selected the Pasteboard tab and untick "Update Pasteboard when CLIPBOARD changes".

After that change, copy/paste on a vector object works correctly and produces those nice smooth vector graphics and transparency as expected!


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