We review apps we use, apps we like, and apps we would recommend to family, friends, and co-workers (know the potential issue of personal tech support). One I came across over the weekend kinda sorta mostly re-invents a wheel Apple already has in OS X and iOS, but is clever nonetheless.
Flick, And Ye Shall Receive
What’s the easiest way to share files and photos between Mac and Mac or Mac to iPhone to iPad? Actually, there’s no truly easy way, though the built-in AirDrop app, when it works, does OK.
Many of us share files by email or text, or dropping into Dropbox or other storage service, then tell whomever where the file is. See the problem? Too many steps. Here’s an interesting and inexpensive app that takes gestures to a whole new level.
Flick for Mac is free and lets you flick files and photos from one device to another. Flick from Mac to iPhone, for example. The catch is that you need Flick on the iPhone and that comes with a price tag, but users find the value obvious and the many four and five star ratings testify that AirDrop has competitors.
Flick works by selecting a file or photo or notes or video or even contacts, then flicking it to another Flick user on another device. That’s probably where most Mac and iPhone users stop, but Flick is loaded with additional features.
You can Flick PayPal payments between devices. Play Tic-Tac-Toe with other Flick users (which makes Flick a bit of a personal social network. All the action beings on the Flicktop (think Desktop folder on Mac). If you have many friends or family members or co-workers, then you can Flick (let’s use it as a verb) files broadcast style, from one to many Flick users.
Received photos are stored on the iPhone’s camera roll, and other documents can be saved by using the Open In… extension. Flick uses both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect each device to share files. AirDrop, when it works, works OK, but Flick, also when it works, works wonderfully well. Select a nearby Flick user, select what you want to Flick (there’s that verb again), and, well, Flick it.
Flick’s Mac version is free, and so are the Windows and Linux versions. The iPhone version has an in-app upgrade price, and Flick is also available on the Google Play store. What about ‘Finger Flicking Good?’ That’s a phrase used by one of the Flick reviewers. It fits.