I'll add my 2 cents as a non-inkscape-developer:

I've noticed the same thing, but I've find it slightly useful -- if objects were pasted into hidden layers, I'd wonder where they went, and the next time I turned on that layer, I'd find all sorts of useless objects floating around.

My one disgruntlement with the behaviour is that the statusbar notification (saying that you can't paste to hidden layers) is not very obvious, and I miss it every time, which makes me think my copy-paste isn't working.

I actually think that's is a slightly more general issue with the statusbar tips; I love Inkscape's helpful statusbar, but I wonder if it could be made a little more obvious when a message appears there -- perhaps an icon that flashes orange for one second when a new message appears?

Not intending to hijack Wolf's thread. I can see the usefulness of allowing copy-paste to hidden layers, too. Maybe a preference would be in order? Or maybe display the object briefly and then fade it out (though I'm not sure how difficult that sort of thing is for Inkscape developers).

- Bryan

On Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 03:13, Rob Antonishen <rob.antonishen@gmail.com> wrote:
I use the raise/lower selection commands to shift objects between layers.

-Rob A>

On 2/26/10, Wolf Drechsel <drechsel@verkehrsplanung.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> in all of my inkscape versions it is not possible to copy an object
> to a hidden layer. To me that is a littlebit annoying, as when I
> shunt objects between layers in other vector drawing progs, I'm used
> to switch on the source layer and hide the target layer - so I've got
> control which objects are done already.
>
> Is there a deeper meaning in this behaviour - or can anybody give me
> another strategy for shunting objects between layers - or shall I
> file it as a bug?
>
> Yours, Wolf
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