Presenting Yoink 2.0 – the drag’n’drop helper app for OS X Lion


Presenting Yoink 2.0

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A picture usually says more than a bunch of words.

What is Yoink?

Yoink is an created to make “drag’n’dropping” files easier.
It shows a “shelf” when you start dragging files or content from applications so you can drop them onto Yoink. This way, your mouse is free for you to move between Finder windows, apps, spaces, fullscreen applications, etc.
Once you are where the files are supposed to go, you can drag the files out of Yoink again to drop them to their destination.

What’s new in version 2.0?

I got a lot of feedback on Yoink 1.0 from customers (thank you very much, by the way) and the changes you see in Yoink 2.0 are a direct result of it.

As you can tell from the image above, there’s a new look – done by the very talented Dietmar Kerschner.

Secondly, you can finally drop content from application onto Yoink – meaning images, text passages or links from within websites, for example. Or files on a server from the FTP client Transmit.

Also pictured in the image image above is a file stack. New in Yoink 2.0, when you drag multiple files onto Yoink at once, they’re not separate items in the list but just one item so you can easily drag them out at once again.

I’ve added a hotkey so you can manually show Yoink’s window so you can drag files from a Dock’s stack or applications like iTunes or Adobe Bridge that don’t trigger Yoink’s window for technical reasons – they use a non-standard NSPasteboard instance to do their dragging duties.

There are four new positions available – left, pinned to the top, left, pinned to the bottom, right, pinned to the top and right, pinned to the bottom (additional to the already existing left center and right center).

Availability and Pricing

Yoink is available exclusively on the Mac App Store for $2.99. But as usual, there’s a free, fully functional 15-day trial available at Yoink’s website (direct download). There’s also a quick screencast that shows exactly what Yoink does, and how it does it.

Feedback Appreciated

I really appreciate your feedback, input and criticism, so please do not hesitate to write me if you have any comments on my apps. Thank you kindly 🙂

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14 Comments, RSS

  1. Doug Rider

    Great app, use it all the time with the “Move window to mouse location when drag is initiated” preference because of my two monitors. When running Filemaker Pro and moving objects in Layout mode, Yoink interrupts this workflow by moving it’s window thinking I want to copy the object.

    It would be great to exclude certain apps from initiating this preference.

  2. Zimbo

    Something wrong with the Demo?
    I can not start it:

    $ uname -a
    Darwin Macintosh 11.3.0 Darwin Kernel Version 11.3.0: Thu Jan 12 18:47:41 PST 2012; root:xnu-1699.24.23~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64

    $ file ./Downloads/
    ./Downloads/ Mach-O 64-bit executable x86_64

    $ ./Downloads/
    -bash: ./Downloads/ Operation not permitted

  3. Zimbo

    Yes i downloaded it today the third time.

    Reboot does also not help

    $ ls -ltra
    -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 user staff 213968 Mar 27 17:25
    -rw-r–r–@ 1 user staff 683138 Mar 27 17:26

    $ ./
    bash: ./ Operation not permitted

    Is that the same Version as in the Appstore?

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