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Yoinks Away

Yoinks Away
by Gary Woods

The nice folks at Apple would have you believe that everything is perfect in Apple Land. Well I'm here to tell you that there are a few rough edges which could use some smoothing out. One of the areas I have a little issue with is moving a file from one part of your Mac to another part. This maneuver usually involves opening one Finder window and selecting the file. Then opening a second Finder window for the destination and then making the transfer. After that you have to go back and close everything up again. To me, that's not very elegant or dare I say it, Mac-like.

To fix this little problem I found something in the App Store called Yoink. When you open a Finder window and start to drag a file a little shelf pops out and you can drag the file onto that shelf to store it temporarily. You then navigate to the destination location and when it opens, you drag the item off the shelf and into the destination folder to actually move it there.

There's a Quick Look style button next to an item on the shelf that gives a basic preview of the item but the preview is rather small and doesn't include the full name of the item.

Yoink's little magic shelf appears in every workspace, making it handy for moving files across different areas and even into full-screen apps.

For now Yoink is a little light on features but I think more is coming around the corner so I'm willing to pony up the $2.99 it takes to get this jewel cranking and hope for better things around the corner.

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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