Drop Me Off Here!
by Gary Woods
There are a lot of little repetitive tasks on the Mac that I find somewhat cumbersome using Finder. Things like sharing text, zipping and emailing a file and moving pictures into a desired folder.
To make those tasks a little more intuitive I found a program called Dropzone by Aptonic (http://aptonic.com/dropzone/) which does those things a whole lot more. The app lives in your menu bar not the dock and it expands into a palette of available actions like compressing a file and emailing that file or uploading a picture to your Flickr account.
To perform an action you drag a file into Dropzone and then click on the action you would like to perform or just select a file and then click on the desired action. There is a wide array of built-in actions or you can add your own from an extensive list of user-built actions on Aptonic's website.
There's another feature called Circles which is great way to access your favorite Dropzone destinations. You simply drag items to the left or right of your screen and circles fly out. You can use Circles to launch often used apps, move files to a folder or upload files to a server.
If you're not squeamish about creating scripts Dropzone has a Scripting API which allows you to really open up the possibilities of the app. But, to help you along the way they have some template scripts which do a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
Dropzone sells for $10 direct from the publisher Aptonic and is a great way to make your computing experience a lot more elegant.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc