How do you transfer files from one Mac to another at home or in the office? Sneaker net used to work fine. Copy a file to a floppy disk or CD. Then take the disk or CD to whomever needed a copy of your file.
That method works but it’s so 1999.
Mac users have the benefit of built in file sharing. Even that effort takes a few clicks in the proper sequence and means others may help themselves to files on your Mac.
Apple’s new AirDrop is a handy way to send files and folders from one Mac to another. That assumes you’ve set up the Mac appropriately, don’t mind the extra clicks to get a file transferred, and your Mac isn’t more than a couple of years old (AirDrop has a short list of acceptable modern Macs).
What I use at home and in the office to move files from one Mac to another is DropCopy. This handy little app automatically connects Macs together so you can drag and drop files and folders from one to the other.
Once you set up DropCopy it places a wormhole on your Mac’s screen (which you can move around). Drag and drop files into the wormhole and they’re automatically sent to another Mac.
That’s what it looks like. A wormhole that accepts drag and drop.
What if you have more than one Mac in your home or office network? DropCopy can be configured to list each of the Macs so your drag and drop effort is more refined and accurate.
Not bad for free, right?
Here’s a bonus feature. DropCopy also lets you send your Mac’s clipboard contents to other Macs (or, they can request a copy of your clipboard). That is so handy.
The free version handles up to three Macs in a home or office network. The Pro version costs only a few dollars and simply removes the three Mac limit.
What’s missing? Easier setup. The preferences can be a bit intimidating but a few clicks of trial and error usually gets it right. After that, it’s forget it. Just drag and drop to copy files and folders from one Mac to another.