In fact, not much has changed with the basics of file navigation since the Mac hit the world computing stage back in 1984. It’s still a drag and drop effort to move files around the screen. Is there a better way to add a little more power to the venerable ‘drag and drop?’ Can drag and drop make it in the 21st century? Yes.
Get. More. Power.
If Tim-the-toolman-Taylor was a Mac user he’d probably use FilePane on his Mac. This elegant utility gives Mac users more power. Once installed on your Mac, FilePane revolutionizes the drag and drop routine. Just start dragging a file– text, graphic, whatever– on the Desktop or anywhere and FilePane displays a ‘drop’ panel with a whole range of useful tools not normally found within a drag and drop procedure.
If you drop the file onto the panel you get a bunch of very useful options that often require a standalone application, yet FilePane bakes them into OS X. For example, a dropped image file can be resized, cropped, or rotated. Or, it can be set as the Desktop wallpaper image. All from within the FilePane panel.
FilePane also displays a file’s size. It can zip up files into an archive. Or, convert a text file into a PDF (without having to open up an app and doing a Save As… routine).
The drop panel in the image above appears as soon as you begin to drag a file or folder across the screen. Dropping it onto the floating panel gives you multiple options, and they’re context sensitive based upon the type of file you drag and drop. As additional examples, FilePane makes it easy to display the word count of selected text, or send a Tweet or email with an extra click, print a file, or share files via AirDrop to other Mac users.
Drag an image from a website page in Safari and the image can be shared, resized, even saved to an archive by using FilePane. Use this clever utility for more than an hour and you’ll wonder why Apple doesn’t build in the same functions to the Finder and Desktop.
FilePane is a new twist on an old favorite– drag and drop– and brings it 21st century functionality for just a few dollars. Lots of four star reviews but it does take some getting used to. After all, drag and drop has been around since the dawn of the Mac, so changing the usage routine takes some thought and time.