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I was discussing this with some coworkers, they would like a wiki, but are turned off by the need to constantly [browse] and [upload] files.

They like the functionality of Lotus Notes that they can copy & paste screenshots (or crops etc) directly into Notes databases / libraries. But they are not fans of Lotus notes behond that (performance, etc,)

Anyone work with a free (open source hopefully) wiki of documenting application that just allows copy & paste of text & image content?

Would be great to have one internally installed that we could use for documentation without constantly uploading/attaching files.

Not sure if I am asking for functionality that is not available in a browser.

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Copy and paste of text is available in all wikis. The form you used to input your question supports text cut&paste. Images are another matter though, they require a browser plugin, active-x or java applet capable of converting OS objects into a file or encoded text and uploading it using standard web form inputs (only file and textbox type fields are suitable for such input and the later only when it's properly encoded.) I'm sure such things exist but I don't have any first hand experience with them. Good luck. –  Chris Nava Jan 5 '11 at 16:26
Might be off topic, as it seems to be exclusive to web based wikis. –  Daniel Beck Jan 5 '11 at 17:53

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The technology is there, but I think it is waiting for someone to build it into wiki software.

Have a look at Google Docs.

Start a new word processing doc, take a screen clip using whatever you choose, the image is held in your local clipboard, and then just do a Control-V into the doc. Voila, straight into the browser and magically uploaded to some backend somewhere.

It would be excellent to have this functionality in wiki software and certainly reduce the chore of documentation.

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I have been looking for this functionality everywhere. You just saved me 20 seconds once a day for the rest of my life! –  David Sep 11 '11 at 13:59
but Google Docs does not behave like a wiki... –  Hartmut Apr 8 '13 at 14:01

There is at least 1 Wiki that does that: Confluence (from Atlassian).

One place online for teams to collaborate and capture knowledge – create, share, and discuss your files, ideas, minutes, specs, mockups, diagrams, and projects.

A powerful rich editor, integration with Office and JIRA, and hundreds of add-ons help teams create intranets, technical documentation, and knowledge bases.

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Welcome to Web Applications. This site is a Q&A not a forum. I have edited your post to be more of an answer. If you have another question then you should ask it using the Ask Question button at the top of the page. Thanks –  Barry Dec 20 '11 at 14:54

Atlassian uses a java applet in Jira and Confluence to upload images by pasting from the clipboard. This works really good.

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