One of the very first things Mac users learn is drag and drop; a time honored method to move this to there, be it files to folders, folders to folders, or anything else on the Finder. But drag and drop has other functions.
We can drag and drop files onto a Dock icon and they launch appropriately. We can drag and drop files directly into various Mac apps. And, thanks to DragToDo we can also drag various items from here and there to a pop-out dock-like shelf to use them later.
Drag. Drop. ToDo.
DragToDo is free so don’t expect a long list of various and sundry features that will alter the space time continuum and how you use your Mac each day, but it’s worth the download to check out another way your Mac can use drag and drop.
What you get for free is an easy way to set up a todo list based upon items that cross your desk during the day. Yes, there are a gazillion such applications, some of them with so many features and functions you can’t figure out how to use it. Considering the price tag and how easy it is to use DragToDo, it’s a bargain.
The left image above displays the DragToDo shelf where you, well, drag things. What things? Almost anything; from files, email messages, Calendar event, Safari website links, and so on. It’s like a little shelf that holds things you need to get to in a hurry and soon but not right now.
Does that make sense?
All of us use something for todo list captures. It can be Reminders, Notes, Calendar itself, or any one of a few dozen Mac apps that grab whatever we need to work on and save it for later.
One of my absolute favorites is the wonderful Together app which works on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Some consider Together to be the Mac’s (and iPhone and iPad) best PIM– personal information manager. It’s that good, but it’s got a feature list longer than a politician’s list of lies.
What about those little things you come across right now that need attention soon but not right now? That’s what DragToDo does so well. That little shelf lets you capture items now. Double-click and item on the shelf to open the appropriate application. Drag an item off the shelf and just drop it. That deletes it. I think of DragToDo as a simple way to take care of an item in front of me while I’m working on something else.
To the right of the image above you’ll see the Menubar menu items and that’s about all you get. Set DragToDo to stay on top always or open with a keyboard combo. You can even select from a few styles to use.
DragToDo is something you’d expect Apple to do with the Dock, or the Menubar, or the Finder, and similar drag, drop, and save functionality exists in a dozen or so Mac utilities, but this is one that can get used because it’s drop dead simple. What I would like to see, and what would make it worth a few dollars, is a simple drag to the edge of the Mac’s screen– where DragToDrop lives– which would make it pop out to capture the drop, then hide again. That would be awesome.