Do you remember SneakerNet? That’s how files used to get transferred from one Mac to another, or one PC to another.
Copy the file to a floppy disk or compact disk (or USB flash drive) and carry it from one computer to another. Emailing files from one computer to another is also a former of digital SneakerNet. It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s free. It works. It’s nuts. Drag and drop is much easier.
Drag And Drop To Copy
All of us need to transfer files from one Mac to another at home or office or school. Email works OK. Connecting to someone else’s Mac works OK. Did I mention that drag and drop is much easier?
Here’s the home network scenario. You have a file on your Mac.
You want to transfer said file from your Mac to another Mac. How do you do that?
I set up our home Macs with a free app called DropCopy which connects each Mac to each Mac.
DropCopy creates a small translucent circle on your Mac’s Desktop. To copy a file from my Mac to another Mac, all I have to do is grab the file and drop it on the circle. It’s like some kind of wormhole to other Macs on our home network.
The file is immediately copied Mac to Mac. Set up is drop dead easy, too. Double-click to install on each Mac. Click the Menubar menu for Preferences.
DropCopy is easy to set up and use, but Preferences give you more control. Auto launch at start up. Set the window location. Hide DropCopy from the Dock, and many more.
DropCopy can also be set up to give you feedback when a copy has been sent. It supports Growl for notifications. Even better are additional features like texting between Macs or adding SFTP destinations.
DropCopy uses Apple’s built-in Bonjour zero configuration technology to find and connect to your other Macs automatically. Any caveats to such a time saving app? A few.
DropCopy is free but only on the first three Macs on your network (home, business, school).
Considering how simple DropCopy is to set up and use, some of the configurations require a little thought.
DropCopy can display the names of the destination Macs making it easy to know which Mac to copy a file to, but the list can get long.
I’d rather have a Dock icon to drop to than the translucent circle which can be obscured by windows. Otherwise, DropCopy is a drop dead easy way to copy files from one Mac to another with the least amount of headaches.