That functionality on a Mac is as old as the hills and dates back to Cut, Copy, and Paste, and is akin to the easiest of all Mac functions, point and click. There’s just one problem with Finder-based drag and drop and it’s just as old as the Finder itself. Once you begin to drag, now what?
iDrags Because iCan
Enter an interesting and inexpensive Mac utility called iDrags which adds a useful layer between drag and drop; at least, as far as drag and drop to a final destination goes. Here’s the problem. Sometimes we begin the drag and drop effort with the drag, but then forget where to drop, and sometimes we can’t find the drop location.
It may not seem like it from the description, but iDrags simplifies drag and drop between Finder screens, fullscreen apps, apps, Mac windows, and even Spaces by adding a layer or shelf to drag, then drop, then drag and drop again elsewhere.
From wherever you are on the Mac’s screen– Finder, app, or whatever– drag whatever to the side of the Mac’s screen and a shelf slides out. Now drop.
How can adding another layer of drag and drop be a simplification?
iDrags works well within fullscreen apps for obvious reasons, and, frankly, it makes drag and drop– even with another drag and drop– easier to use one of the Mac’s oldest and most used functions.
That’s because the Finder can be difficult to drag and drop a file from one location to another; sometimes we forget where we want to drag a file, and other times we get lost along the way, and who can remember how to drag and drop in a fullscreen app? iDrags solves that with a pop out shelf that lets you store– temporarily– dragged files without dropping them at their destination.
Yes, it even works with photos. And photos within other apps, like Safari.
There’s also the added benefit of using iDrags to organize and store frequently used files. A good use case scenario is sending files in Mail. Drag whatever photos or images you want from from Safari onto the iDrags shelf. Then open Mail, and drag and drop them into a message.
Controls and settings are not much. Start up automatically, move the shelf to the left or right side of the Mac’s screen, and set the window transparency amount.
Not a bad utility for a few bucks.