That means I’m all about workflow, efficiency, productivity, and all three to a fault. I’ll spend hours trying to figure out how to improve something to save a few minutes. That’s why I use Yoink. Think of it as an always available shelf to put things you will need. Mac or iPad Pro.
The Shelf Life
If you’re a Mac user then you know the intricacies of drag and drop. We use drag and drop in the Mac’s Finder and within many applications. There are times when we go to drag and drop something but navigating between applications– to get to the drop segment– can be cumbersome. What we need is a place to store the dragged item until we can clear up a place to do the drop.
That’s what Yoink on the Mac does. As you begin to drag something, anything– from Finder or within most applications– the Yoink shelf pops out from wherever, and you can drop and store the item on the shelf.
Check it out.
The Yoink shelf is a temporary (or permanent, if you have frequently used items that need to be dropped wherever) space for whatever you’re dragging but can’t quite drop yet.
Yoink accepts any file from Finder, and app-content from almost any app. Whether you want to move or copy files to a different folder or hard drive on your Mac, or wish to collect images from a website and text snippets from documents before you move them to the desired destination
Simple, right? This is one of the more useful workflow tools I have on my Mac and it is highly recommended (along with Paste, the clipboard manager which also uses a pop-up shelf for copied and frequently used copied items).
Yoink accepts almost any file or snippet from within most Mac apps. Text from an email or text editor. A URL from the Safari URL bar. Photos, images, or whatever else that needs a temporary place to reside until you’re ready to conclude the drop portion of drag and drop.
Guess what? Yoink also works well on iOS thanks to the slide-over, split-window option for iPad Pro models. It also works on iPhone.
How cool is that?
Yoink offers a custom keyboard that’ll let you drag out anything you have stored in Yoink to this document you’re editing, or that message you’re writing. Any place you can enter text is any place you can use Yoink’s keyboard for quick access. Objects are indexed by Spotlight, so you can search for and get to them from anywhere.
Yoink for iOS has a Share sheet extension so you can move snippets back and forth even when the app isn’t running.
iPad Pro has improved enough in iOS 11 that I can add it to my workflow, thanks to apps like Paste and Yoink. Any caveats? A few. First, Yoink takes more practice on iOS than on the Mac where it is drop dead simple to use. Fingers are not as precise as a mouse. Second, I would love to have an iCloud component so that whatever gets dragged to the Yoink shelf on one device would show up moments later on another.
Otherwise, Yoink is an excellent tool to do that macOS and iOS do not do on their own.