it does not work 90% of the time
That sounds a bit too much. Sporadic clipboard amnesia has been known to happen and is often caused by external influences, but 90% is way beyond average. What text editing tools do you use? What language is the text in? What fonts do you use? Computer specs? System language settings?
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Well, I'm trying to copy text from Microsoft Outlook. It usually happens after being working for some time, if I open the project with the program just started it works, but may be after working for an hour or so, let say if I'm color correcting and adding graphics, then for the end I want to ad legal disclaimers or any text, it usually get stuck on the last thing I pasted.
So far this happened on Win 7 64 and Win XP 64, text is in English, (does it matter? Aren't just characters for AE?) Fonts... not sure, have over 1000. Computer specs, several ones. Right now, a brand new HP z800 with Win7 64 and 24 gb or ram. But seen it to on a BOXX 8500 with 8 GB or ram and XP 64 and a laptop Hypersonic-PC EQ7 with Win7 64.
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(does it matter? Aren't just characters for AE?)
Yes, it does. "Just characters" are also bits and bytes. If you e.g. have a different language setting, due to Unicode conversion the underlying character codes can shift. A single invalid glyph therefore can make a mess of things. Additionally, when directly copy&pasting from mail clients, office tools etc. The meta info for formatting may interfere. I therefore recommend you try to download a plain text editor such as Notepad++ or Textpad, insert all your text there, have possibly bad formatting cleaned up with the macros those editors offer and try to paste from there.
I will give it a try next time it don't want to paste stuff and will let you know if this fix it or not.
I've had a similar issue with AE not taking text from the clipboard. Plain Text, Rich Text, Text from other Adobe apps - it doesn't seem to matter.
Restarting AE is an option to fix it for a while. BUT - I just found that if you paste text into one of the GUI's search bars - it will accept it - then you can copy/paste from there and onto a proper Text Layer in your compositions.
See screenshot attached.
*whoah* Funky! Interesting workaround. Thanks for sharing that tip!
SWEEET work-around! That has been driving me nuts for several versions now and I'm not sure why AE can't fix it in CS6.
Just a quick update.
This problem has resurfaced AE CS6 (mac OS 10.8.x) this time.
The copy/paste into the search bar doesn't seem to work anymore.
I sent Aobde a note via their Bug/reports page - - (I'd suggest everyone do that.)
So far, my only working solution is to quit/restart AE. --
A shame for any 21st century software not to copy/paste formatted, or unformatted text.
(BTW - the copy/paste text from within AE comps/layers works fine, just not clipboard content from outside . . . I'm going to poke around at a few likely culprits and attempt to troubleshoot a solution for my needs, but I can say it's a different problem than my Oct. 2010 post above.)
I also just ran into this today. I could not cut and paste from a Word doc to AE 6.
Relaunching AE would let me do it one time, but then I would have to close and relaunch again for the next time.
Hard to believe this has not been fixed yet...
Try rebooting your Mac to safe mode, then re-boot again.
After the bug kicks in (1-5 hours of use) copy/paste works in the AE search bar, but I can't paste into the title tool using this workaround in CC 2014, Mac OS 10.8.5.
Copy/paste works in all other applications even after After Effects starts exhibiting trouble.
Is there a fix for this? this bug was originally reported almost 5 years ago and it's still affecting our staff. We are on OSX 10.8.5.
Pasting into a text dialog works but still cannot be copied from the dialog to a text element.
I hope that Adobe hasn't assumed that this issue has been sufficiently resolved.