I’m a victim of a capitalist world. Have stuff? I’ll buy! seems to be my personal motto. That’s what makes the Mac App Store that much more dangerous than an occasional visit to MacUpdate.
It’s the difference between looking at a spreadsheet-like list of recent updates, vs. walking through a candy store with enough free samples to get you hooked, so you’ll be back and buy more another day. Therein lies the problem. Mac apps are like candy, and I can’t help myself. I end up buying another version of candy that I already have.
How Much Is That App In The Window?
Here’s the perfect example. File sharing. It’s not that file sharing Mac to Mac is difficult. For crying out loud. It’s simple.
Your Mac can find other Macs on the local network using Bonjour services.
All it takes to connect is a click and maybe a password. How hard is that?
It’s too hard, right? Why else would Apple bring us AirDrop, a simple drag and drop way to connect, send, and receive files from and to a nearby Mac without all the rigmarole of pointing and clicking and such.
Check out the Mac App Store and try DropCopy. It’s even more powerful than AirDrop, lets you copy the clipboard’s contents back and forth between Macs, and it works on older Macs, too. It’s drag and drop and starts at free. Nice, right?
File Transfer From The Future
This is a stretch, but my casual browsing on the Mac App Store took me to the future and a visit to Worml. Think worm hole. Drag and drop a file to the Worml wormhole and it automatically connects and sends the file to the intended destination (in the present, not the future).
See? Worm hole. That’s Worml.
Yes, I know. It’s totally eye candy, but that’s much of the Mac App Store’s appeal. It’s an app eye candy store. What would you expect?
Worml is worthy of a look, though not as capable as the aforementioned DropCopy. It’s totally peer-to-peer. File sizes can be large. Very large.
Whatever you drop into Worml’s worm hole goes from your Mac to another Mac. Some features are unique. You can create a URL for someone else that points to a file on your Mac. If they click the link, the file downloads to their Mac.
Keyboard shortcuts abound, so it’s a Mac power user type of app. Worml also opens incoming files on your Mac. It’s so much better and usable than Apple’s DropCopy, and the price tag is less than coffee. Competition, as they say, is a good thing.