You know all about the Seven Wonders of the World, right? The list is subjective, of course, but highlights a few man-made objects of beauty and wonder through the ages.
Digitally speaking, I would put drag and drop onto my list of Seven Wonders of the Digital World (along with cut, copy, paste, and so on). Drag and drop? It’s everywhere, digitally speaking. Mac, iPhone, iPad. Here’s how to drag and drop photos and videos back and forth between your iDevices.
Despite the ease of use inherent to OS X and iOS 7, many of us share files– photos and videos in particular– the old fashioned way. Email or text message. PhotoSync for the Mac is free and lets you drag and drop photos to your friends or family members who carry around an iPhone, iPad, or even some Android smartphones.
Actually, PhotoSync is almost free. It’s free for the Mac, but iPhone and iPad users will need to cough up a couple of bucks for the privilege of receiving your photos and videos.
The benefits of drag and drop are obvious. No cable. No iTunes. No Mail. No Messages.
However– and there’s always a however— you will need to be on the same local network or close enough to use Bluetooth.
That’s a small price to pay for what amounts to drop dead simple photo and video clip sharing. The Mac version automatically finds PhotoSync on nearby devices.
PhotoSync stores transferred photos to a folder of your choice, but also imports incoming photos to Aperture or iPhoto.
There’s also no need to worry about local network IP addresses or a URL to connect. PhotoSync handles the discovery of other devices and the transfer.
The iPhone and iPad versions work similarly, but obviously don’t have the same drag and drop capability.
Why not use Apple’s AirDrop instead? There’s a funny thing about AirDrop. It’s good to send files Mac to Mac, and to share files iPhone to iPad, but not Mac to iPhone or iPad. How dumb is that? There’s a version of PhotoSync for Windows so photos and video clips can be shared pretty much everywhere.