Yoink

As you know I use bunches of macOS utility Apps that do all kinds of stuff for me. Lately, I have been reading about a neat little App called Yoink by Eternal Storms Software. Yoink is an App that is designed to improve the Drag and Drop functionality of the macOS. Here is how it works.

Yoink Overview

There are several Apps out there that have this Drag and Drop functionality which improves on the Finders capabilities. Until now I have not found one that works as seamlessly a Yoink. Yoink sits in the background until you start to drag a file or folder to somewhere. Then, it activates by popping out from the edge of the screen (you choose which edge). This is Yoink as it is popped out from the left edge of my iMac display:

Yoink Pop Out

You complete the drag by dropping the file or folder onto the Yoink window. Then, you navigate to wherever you wish to place that document and drag it in there from the Yoink window space. If there are no items in the Yoink window, it stays hidden at the edge, but if you have documents sitting in there it remains displayed until you remove the documents. 

Yoink does not  really move the file or folder at first. It just inserts a placeholder in the Yoink window. When you finally drag the item to it’s final resting place is when Yoink really moves it.

A really neat feature of Yoink is it allows you to move multiple documents at one time:

Yoink Multitple

When you drop them on the Yoink window, it makes them into a “Stack.” That is a totally cool feature for moving a bunch of stuff at once.

If you click on the little gear symbol in the lower left corner of the Yoink window you will get some Window Positioning choices:

Yoink Window Choices

I keep it at the Left Edge, Center position, but there are several other choices to suit your workflow. There are a couple of other commands in there as well. You can bring back your last removed item just in case you change your mind about the move. And, you can add something from the clipboard to Yoink which is a nice touch. Also, you can use Quicklook in Yoink to view files. Sometimes it is difficult to discern what a file is from those small icons.

Once you have installed Yoink, you really should visit the Preferences area to set it up in a way that works best for you.

Yoink Preferences

There are several Preferences in the Yoink App. Here is the General area:

Yoink General

The Behavior area is interesting:

Behavior

I especially like the “Ignored Applications” area. There may be some Apps where you do not wish Yoink to apply.

The Advanced area has some helpful settings as well:

Advanced

You may wish to alter some of these settings. This is how the App came to me Default, so I just left it that way.

By the way, Yoink has a 15 day free trial. I highly recommend downloading and using it for a few days to see if it is a good fit for you.

Yoink has an iPhone and iPad version. I have not tested the iOS versions yet, but perhaps that would be a future article.

Conclusion

Yoink costs $4.99 in the Mac App Store. As far as I am concerned it is worth that price. I have only been using it for a short while, but I am sold on its usefulness. Yoink is the most seamless integration with the Mac OS of this type of App that I have experienced. I think you will like it.