Apple’s AirDrop technology is decent, but requires that you have a newer Mac model. Older Macs need not apply. Thankfully, third party Mac developers fill the void left by Apple’s march to the future. Here’s a file transfer utility that could not be much easier to use.
Copy. Send. Done.
One of the utilities I use to send files from Mac-to-Mac at home, and which Carol uses to send from Mac-to-Mac at the school where she teaches is called Any Send.
Here’s how it works. Installed, Any Send lives in the Mac’s Menubar (icon of what appears to be a package with rabbit ears, so it’s fast).
Thanks to Apple’s Bonjour technology, one click to the icon in the Menubar reveals a pop down window with nearby Macs.
Copy a file or a snippet of text or a URL, click the Any Send Menubar icon, select the Mac recipient, and it sends the file.
The recipient will be asked for permission to receive the file, otherwise that’s just about as easy and simple and fast as a file transfer can be.
File transfers between Macs are fast. You can send movies, images, photos, files, apps, contacts, URLs, text, documents– whatever you can select and copy in the Mac’s Finder or from a webpage or document.
There’s a built-in preview so you can see photos before they’re copied. Send folders of files the same way– no need to zip them up into an archive. Website URLs can be opened into Safari automatically on the recipient’s Mac.
What’s not to like?
Any Send is priced right and works great on Macs that don’t meet AirDrop’s requirements. Here’s my list of problems.
There’s no Any Send for iPhone or iPad, but there is for Android and Windows. Any Send for Mac hasn’t been updated in almost two years, despite receiving only four and five star reviews on the Mac App Store. That puts it dangerously lose to what I’ll call Mac Abandonware. If a new version for iPad, iPhone, and Mac hits the streets, I’ll sing out loud and clear because the Mac version is just great.