Since then Apple has improved file sharing life substantially with AirDrop, iCloud Drive and iCloud sync, and third party app developers have responded to the old ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ idea with many apps that share files. Here’s one that dares to think different, works well, and it’s free.
Goodbye, Email And Sneaker Net
It’s interesting how we humans adapt ourselves to new technology. Wired networks have been around for decades. Wi-Fi since the last century. Yet, email net and sneaker net remain viable methods to share files– not so much across country– but across the office.
Apple’s AirDrop was supposed to solve that problem by making it casually simple to transfer files from here to there. Of course, AirDrop is Apple only, and, didn’t work all the time anyway.
Enter DeskConnect, a free Mac (but available on iPhone and iPad for free but don’t ask me about the business plan; free seems like an odd way to make a living) app that sends files from here to there.
DeskConnect works from the Mac’s Menubar so it’s easily accessible with a click. You’ll need to setup a DeskConnect account (so the app knows where to send files or bookmarks or text or whatever you want to send to other devices) but the usability couldn’t be much easier.
Click the app icon in the Menubar, select the device you want to send whatever you want to send, and it goes.
Preferences are straightforward to setup and configure. Open at Login, Open Received Items, add the Mac’s Clipboard as an option in the Menu, list of devices, and the DeskConnect account.
Although it works differently than OS X and iOS Share Sheets (the square box with the arrow) to send files to other devices, it works well, and it handles pretty much every Mac, iPhone, or iPad file you need to send.
- Text files
- Images and Photos
- Video clips
- The Clipboard
- Audio files
The iPhone and iPad interface varies from the simplicity of the Mac, of course, but it works well, too, and the only caveat is that whatever device you send to must also have DeskConnect running.
As much as I love a bargain app that works well and gets plenty of very good reviews, my only concern is about the price tag. It’s free. But free isn’t much of a business plan so I worry about two things. First, DeskConnect going bye-bye after I invest time and effort setting it up and using it. And, second, DeskConnect adds a price tag that is well beyond nominal.
For now, it’s a bargain that just works.