Compared to the middle ages of personal computing (Microsoft’s MS-DOS), today’s Mac must look like magic. Email. Browsing. Movies. Photos. Music. We’ve got it all.
Except for an easy really truly wonderfully simple way to move files from one Mac to another. That would be magic. If you have multiple Macs at home, how do you move files from one to another?
Sneaker Net vs. Magic
Back in the day, the easy way to move files from one Mac or PC to another Mac or PC was Sneaker Net, the official term for saving files to a floppy disk and carrying said files across the room to the other computer.
Macs and PCs connected to a home network make that much easier, right?
If it were any easier it would be magic.
That’s what DropCopy is. It’s magic on your Mac.
Yes, I know it’s a Mac app so there’s actually someone behind the curtain putting the bits and bytes together in such a way that DropCopy seems like magic, when it’s really more like electronic wizardry.
Simple Problem, Simple Solution
The problem is really simple. You have multiple Macs at home or in your small office. You want an easy way to copy or send or move a file from your Mac to one of the other Macs.
Without sneaker net. Without having to logon to someone else’s Mac and have them feel violated and insecure (but in a digital way). Oh, and you don’t want to send the file via email.
If you can drag and drop then you can use DropCopy. Download. Install by dragging it to your Applications folder. Double click. Check Preferences. Drag and drop. It’s that easy.
DropCopy places a small translucent circle on your Mac’s desktop. You can drag it wherever you want, make it stay on top of everything else, but, otherwise, it’s sort of out of the way, like a good Vice President should be.
Grab a file from the Finder and drag it to the circle. And drop.
DropCopy will automagically find all the Macs on your home network.
If there’s two other Macs in addition to yours, you can have it pop up a name so you know which Mac to drop it to.
No logging in to another Mac. Drag and drop and done.
Settings in Preferences are rather self explanatory. Set DropCopy to auto-launch at login. Set it to overwrite files on the destination Mac (or not). Set it to hide the Dock icon or notify you when the file has been transferred.
Not bad for free, huh? If you have more than three Macs on your home network, then DropCopy has a price tag, which starts to make it competitive with other online transfer services like Dropbox, which uses the internet to copy files from one machine to another.
Drag. Drop. Copy. Done.