What’s the easiest way to share files from one Mac to another? Apple gives us AirDrop in Mac OS X Lion which makes it rather simple to drag and drop files from your Mac to another on the same local network.
The problem with AirDrop is that it’s Mac OS X Lion only, and it doesn’t run on many Macs just a few years old. It may be clunky and looks like an app from 1999, but there’s a better way which comes with more features and is easier to use.
DropCopy is free and gives you a simple drag and drop way to grab files or folders and drop them to other Macs. No passwords. No pop up dialog boxes. Just drag and drop and the files and folders show up on another Mac.
Install DropCopy on your Mac and it creates a floating wormhole on the screen. Grab files or folders and drop them on the wormhole and they’re immediately transported to another Mac on the same local network.
DropCopy is smart enough to use Apple’s Bonjour technology to find and connect to other Macs running a copy of DropCopy. If you have more than two Macs in your home or office, DropCopy will list them by name so you can send files to the correct Mac.
The wormhole is more of a drop zone for whatever you want to send to another Mac, but there’s more going on that just file sharing.
DropCopy also shares your Mac’s clipboard contents with another Mac. Click on DropCopy in the Menubar and select Send Clipboard or Get Clipboard. Other options include the ability to connect to remote servers via FTP or SFTP.
The free version of DropCopy is limited to three Macs on the same network, but the unlimited version is modestly priced considering how easy it is to connect and send files between Macs.
The interface and preferences are cumbersome and definitely old school, but DropCopy just works. You won’t find many Mac App Store apps with as many four and five star ratings from satisfied Mac users.