Last week I revisited an oldie but goodie Mac utility which made it drop dead easy to share files between Macs. The app is called DropCopy and requires little more than drag and drop to copy a file from one Mac to another.
For Mac users who require a few more features there’s Dropzone, a cleverly designed utility which uses drag and drop to upload files, copy files, and, to justify the modest price tag, do a few more tricks.
Drag. Drop. Done.
It’s one thing to drag and drop to get files copied from one Mac to another, but Dropzone adds a few very useful and quite specific functionality to the drag and drop process. First, Dropzone’s drop zone lies in the Mac’s already overcrowded Menubar. Grab a file to copy or move, drag it over the Dropzone icon in the Menubar, and you get a grid of options you won’t find in macOS Sierra or in DropCopy.
Wait. Is that right? You’ll see a bunch of locations where files can be dragged easily, enough, including within a few apps, but there are also remote destinations. Not only can Dropzone copy or move files elsewhere on your Mac, it can also install applications, launch aplications, and maybe more importantly, copy files to a variety of online services.
That laundry list of file upload options includes the obvious file locations– an FTP server, Amazon S3, an SCP server (more security), Google Drive, and even the Mac’s own built-in AirDrop so files can be shared with other Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
Wait. There’s more. Dropzone’s zones are fully customizable so you can include only those you use and need, and that includes Flickr for photos, YouTube for videos, even Facebook, and Twitter. And once you upload a file to a specific remote location, Dropzone copies the location’s URL into the Mac’s clipboard so it can be shared or saved.
What makes Dropzone useful and unique is that it helps reduce clutter. Instead of keeping all your apps in the Dock– which gets crowded and icons reduce in size with the clutter– Dropzone becomes a zone for launching apps. It can also be set up to install apps onto your Mac. Drag a DMG file to a destination, and it gets copied, mounted, and the app inside gets copied to the Applications folder.
Dropzone knows the difference between copying files and moving files, but can also save text via drag and drop, and can take a collection of files and folders and zip them up as an email attachment, fully ready to send.
Oh, and there are keyboard shortcuts all over; perfect for the Mac power user who prefers to keep fingers on keyboard instead of trackpad or mouse. Dropzone isn’t free but gets hundreds of five star reviews, comes with both a free trial version and a Mac App Store purchase option.
If efficiency is your new game, you’ll like this. All it needs is more upload options, including Microsoft OneDrive, and others.