Every now and again a free tool pops up on the Mac scene that’s especially useful, and so much so that Apple tries to build in similar functionality to OS X. Here’s one that’s better than Apple’s solution.
Drag, Drop, Copy To A Mac
If you have more than one Mac in the home or office, what’s the fastest, easiest, quickest, simplest way to copy a file from one Mac to another Mac?
Just walking through the official steps gives me a headache. Apple provides two ways. The first is to connect to another Mac through the Finder.
Then, find the file to copy, and navigate through the other Mac’s files on the Finder and drop it where you want it.
Or, there’s a public file for Dropbox (which not everyone uses), or email, or sneaker net, or Apple’s new solution, AirDrop, which aims to make it easier to copy a file to another Mac via drag and drop.
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause and there’s an easier way. It’s free. And it’s drag and drop simple. It’s called DropCopy.
Drag the file you want to share with another Mac to the wormhole on your Mac’s Desktop and the file is immediately copied to the other Mac on your local network.
What if you have more than one Mac on the network? DropCopy knows that, lists them all, so you can drop the file to the right one.
That’s just about all there is to the operation.
Drag and drop a file to the wormhole on the Desktop and it gets copied to another Mac.
DropCopy is free from the Mac App Store. Setup is the only difficulty, but even then DropCopy finds other Macs for you using Bonjour.
Wait. There’s more. DropCopy is free for up to three Macs on the local network. If you need to connect to more Macs, there’s DropCopy Pro which has a nominal price tag considering it does better than Apple’s own AirDrop.
DropCopy also copies whatever is on your Mac’s clipboard to another Mac, and has a built-in text message app so you can text back and forth to another Mac user (using DropCopy).