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My customized version of Clippy (the text-to-clipboard Flash widget) uses JavaScript callbacks, e.g. to display its messages.

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Clippy - Helping you copy text to your clipboard

Please note: This is a forked and modified version of Clippy.

I removed the text/label besides the icon and added a JavaScript callback function. From there you can show an info text or just do something else.

Get it here:

Clippy is a very simple Flash widget that makes it possible to place arbitrary text onto the client's clipboard. Here is what Clippy looks like on GitHub:

Clippy in action

Here is a sample Rails (Ruby) helper that can be used to place Clippy on a page:

def clippy(text, bgcolor='#FFFFFF')
  html = <<-EOF
    <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"
            id="clippy" >
    <param name="movie" value="/flash/clippy.swf"/>
    <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" />
    <param name="quality" value="high" />
    <param name="scale" value="noscale" />
    <param NAME="FlashVars" value="text=#{text}">
    <param name="bgcolor" value="#{bgcolor}">
    <embed src="/flash/clippy.swf"

Installation (Pre-Built SWF)

If you want to use Clippy unmodified, just copy build/clippy.swf to your public directory or wherever your static assets can be found.

Installation (Compiling)

In order to compile Clippy from source, you need to install the following:

The haXe code is in clippy.hx, the button images are in assets, and the compiler config is in compile.hxml. Make sure you look at all of these to see where and what you'll need to modify. To compile everything into a final SWF, run the following from Clippy's root directory:

swfmill simple library.xml library.swf && haxe compile.hxml

If that is successful, copy build/clippy.swf to your public directory or wherever your static assets can be found.


If you'd like to hack on Clippy, start by forking my repo on GitHub:

The best way to get your changes merged back into core is as follows:

  1. Clone down your fork
  2. Create a topic branch to contain your change
  3. Hack away
  4. If you are adding new functionality, document it in
  5. If necessary, rebase your commits into logical chunks, without errors
  6. Push the branch up to GitHub
  7. Send me (mojombo) a pull request for your branch


MIT License (see LICENSE file)

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