My thanks to Eternal Storms Software for sponsoring DigitalDojos this week. Eternal Storms Software houses a suite of OS X & iOS apps that make everyday life easier. Productive tools from Yoink, ScreenFloat and their free-ware app SiriMote will change the way you use your mac.
Yoink is an app that is far better displayed then explained on paper. A drag n drop shelf for OS X users that changes the way your work & interact with files on your mac. The app retails for $7 on the Mac App Store or try a free demo via their site. Check out our full video overview to see it in action!
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The great thing about Yoink is it can be used in a variety of scenarios. For me recently it’s become even more essential given my smaller screen size I’ve been working on. The idea of Yoink is that it offers a tucked away menu that you can easily interact with by dragging & dropping files you interact with on a daily basis or per project. Freeing your mouse from having to drag files across the screen & across apps. The best example I can give is for those who work in fullscreen app environments. Whether your editing photos on photoshop, videos on Final Cut Pro X, or what have you. You can of course swipe between fullscreen environments with gestures or click on the Finder window & be thrown around or you can use a solution like Yoink. Take all the files your using & drag n drop them into your Yoink bar.
After that you simply go into your app of choice of when you need said files simply toggle your Yoink bar & drag the files in as needed. Again this is great because you can take files from your desktop or finder windows & stash them all in a place that is always accessible no matter what you doing in OS X. No need to find the correct Finder tab, file, or group of files when it’s all stashed in Yoink.
Matthias at Eternal Storms made the Yoink options super simple & to the point which is something I enjoy about the app. You can tweak it to your liking & adjust to whatever workflow you may have.
The app settings sit in your menu bar for you to access if need be adjusting options like
–Windows Position (Set Yoink bar position on your screen be it left or right)
–Windows Size (Adjust the size of the Yoink bar from 3 files to biggest, smallest, or automatic)
–Preferences allow you to tweak other options & behaviors of the app, such as controlling quick look preview options for files & so on.
There’s a good amount of options to adjust how Yoink looks & acts based on your preferences. You can have files stacked together when you are working with multiple lets say videos or photos for a project, or have them spread out depending on the option you prefer. This app truly changes the way I work when it comes to video editing projects in ScreenFlow & Final Cut. No longer do I have to constantly switch between windows or find certain files that may or may not be in one location. I simply take a couple seconds dragging and dropping the files I’m working with & just get to work. Saving me arguably the most important resource, time.
So if your looking to save time & improve your own workflow by simply putting that much more power in your drag n drop actions then look no further than Yoink. There’s no right or wrong way to use it. Treat it as your temporary shelf for a permanent home for the files. Organize your files with a simple click n drag, free your mouse up & get to work.