Yoink’s Clipboard Usage on iPad and iPhone

With iOS 14 comes a new privacy feature – a little banner at the top that shows you whenever an app accesses the clipboard.

Screenshot of iOS 14's Simulator showing the clipboard alert banner

I recently was asked in a tweet whether this was a bug. It’s not. It’s a feature 😉
But please let me explain in a little more detail what Yoink is doing here exactly.

Yoink accesses the clipboard without direct user-input in three cases:

Case 1 – Yoink’s Clipboard Bar

As you can see in the screenshot above, Yoink displays a small bar with the contents of the clipboard, allowing you to quickly store that content in Yoink (or, if it’s a URL pointing to a file, download that URL in Yoink).
To be able to display this bar, Yoink asks the clipboard whether it has new contents. It asks once when the app is put into the foreground, or regularly, in an interval whenever Yoink is used as a Side-by-Side or Slide-Over app (to be able to update the contents of the bar).

The clipboard bar comes in three settings (which can be changed in Settings.app > Yoink) :

  1. Ask
    This will make the clipboard bar appear whenever something new is on the clipboard (and will “monitor” the clipboard when the app is used as Slide-Over or Side-by-Side)
  2. Automatically store
    This turns off the clipboard bar, but will still check the clipboard for new content and automatically store it in Yoink.
  3. Never
    Turns off the clipboard bar and the auto-store feature, so the clipboard isn’t accessed

What I’m changing about this with the next update

Right now, the default setting is 1 – Always Ask for new clipboard content. This I want to keep, because I believe it to be a nice feature (and I’ve seen it used a lot).
However, I’m making it more obvious to turn it off, as you currently have to navigate into the Settings.app to change it.
So, whenever the ‘x’ button is pressed (to tell Yoink no, don’t store the clipboard’s current content right now), I’m asking the user directly if they’d like to keep the bar, turn it off, or always store new content automatically.
It’ll look something like this, after the bar has been dismissed:

Screenshot of new settings options

Case 2 – The Add from Clipboard Button

In Yoink’s top left corner sits the Add from Clipboard button. It is either active or not. To enable and disable it, Yoink queries the clipboard’s contents regularly (if it’s used in Slide-Over or Side-by-Side), and thus also causes the “clipboard accessed alert” to be shown.
It’s just a UI thing I thought would be neat, but ultimately, it’s unnecessary.

What I’m changing about this with the next update

I’ll remove the clipboard checking for this button and display an alert instead if there was nothing to be pasted on the clipboard.

Case 3 – Download a URL

Whenever you select “Download URL” from Yoink’s “+” menu, Yoink will check your pasteboard to see if you’ve copied a URL. If there is a URL, it’ll insert it automatically for you, if there isn’t, it leaves the URL field empty (and ignores the clipboard, of course).

Screenshot of Yoink's Download URL UI

What I’m changing about this with the next update

In iOS 14, Apple provides new API which allows developers to see if there might be a URL on the clipboard without actually accessing it. I’ll be using this going forward.

I hope that clears things up about Yoink’s usage of your clipboard.
And just to reiterate: I’m not interested in anybody’s data at all, and you can review my privacy policy here.

Extended Trial Times for Yoink and ScreenFloat for Mac

I’ve increased the trial times for Yoink for Mac and ScreenFloat for Mac from 15 days to 31 days.
These also apply if you’ve already used the demo version before.

Links

Yoink for Mac Website
Yoink for Mac (direct demo download)
Yoink on the Mac App Store
Yoink on Setapp

ScreenFloat for Mac Website
ScreenFloat for Mac (direct demo download)
ScreenFloat on the Mac App Store

Enjoy 🙂

Yoink for Mac v3.5.5 now available

Yoink for Mac Icon

What’s new in Yoink v3.5.5?

This is a maintenance update, recommended for all users of the app, improving overall stability, performance and providing bug fixes.
Here’s a complete rundown of what’s changed:

Improvements in Yoink v3.5.5:
– Text items can now be copied in plain text by holding down the shift key in the Clipboard History Today Widget and Yoink’s contextual menu
– Improves handling of volumes being mounted and unmounted
– Improves reliability of the Share extension
– Yoink now respects the order in which you selected files in Yoink when dragging out
– The “Move to…” dialog always originates in the selected file’s folder, making it easier and more straight-forward to rename a right-clicked file
– Yoink no longer tries to mount network volumes
– Improves handling of URLs / links
– Improves compatibility with CleanMyMac 3
– Improves compatibility with macOS Mojave’s Photos.app
– Improves compatibility with Curio
– Reduces the app’s file size 

Bug fixes in Yoink v3.5.5:
– Fixes a bug where the contextual menu’s “Move to…” or “Copy to…” wouldn’t work
– Fixes a bug that occurred when sharing files to Yoink (when sharing files to Yoink one after another, if they had the same file name, the previously shared file would be overwritten)
– Fixes a bug that caused Yoink’s menu bar icon on macOS High Sierra and earlier not to be drawn correctly when clicked on
– Fixes a rare crash when setting up Yoink’s table
– Fixes a crash when displaying the “File moved to trash” popover
– Fixes a crash in the share extension
– Fixes a potential crash when using Handoff
– Fixes an issue that caused Yoink to consume a lot of CPU
– Fixes an issue where tooltips were displayed when they shouldn’t appear

Usage Tips

On this website, I collect useful tips to get the most out of Yoink for Mac – I’ve added a couple of new tips to it! Tips are also available for the iOS version of the app here.

Eternal Storms Software Productivity Bundle

New on the Mac App Store are bundles.
Yoink is part of the “Eternal Storms Software Productivity Bundle”, where you get Yoink, ScreenFloat and Transloader at about 25% off!
You can check it out here (bundles require macOS Mojave 10.14 – though apps purchased in a bundle on macOS Mojave are available on earlier versions of macOS for free re-download).

Yoink Overview

Yoink running on MacBook Pro

What is Yoink?

Yoink offers a temporary place for file- and app-content drags to free your mouse so you can more easily and quickly navigate to the actual destination of your drag.
This is especially helpful when it comes to moving and copying files between different windows, spaces or (fullscreen-) apps.

How does Yoink fit into my workflow?

Yoink stays in the background most of the time, waiting for you to drag something. The app fades in at the edge of your screen when you start a drag, like a file in Finder, or app-content like an image from a website, or text from a document.
Drag your files to Yoink, and your mouse is free for you to navigate more easily and comfortably. Yoink will hold on to the files you drag to it until you drag them out again.

The app can be customized in a number of ways.
You can set up where it should appear (at either side of your screen, top, center or bottom; or at the mouse cursor), when it should appear (when a drag starts, or when a drag reaches the edge of your screen) and what apps it should (or should not) appear in.
If a file drag contains multiple files, a Stack is created so you can drag them out together again easily. Stacks can also be split up if you’d like to drag out one specific file in that drag.
Quick Look is available for all files you add to Yoink, as icon previews for quick identification and as full previews for a detailed look.
A keyboard shortcut lets you hide Yoink if you currently don’t need it, and show it again when you do.

Pricing and Availability

Yoink for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for the price of $7.99 / £7.99 / €8,99, with a free, 15-day trial available on its website.
You can purchase Yoink as part of the “Eternal Storms Software Productivity Bundle”, together with ScreenFloat and Transloader at ~25% off on the Mac App Store (requires macOS Mojave 10.14 – though apps purchased with a bundle on macOS Mojave are available on earlier versions of macOS for free re-download).

Yoink is also available through Setapp – “The frontier platform that packs 150+ Mac apps into just one. A personally curated membership for $9.99/mo.”

Yoink for Mac requires at least macOS Lion 10.10, macOS High Sierra 10.14 or newer is recommended.
The app is localized in English, German, French, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Japanese, Portuguese (Portugal) and Portuguese (Brazil).

Yoink is also available for iPad and iPhone, exclusively available on the App Store for the price of $5.99 / £5.99 / €6,99.

Links

Yoink for Mac – Website
Yoink for Mac – Mac App Store
Yoink for Mac – Usage Tips
Yoink for Mac – Press Kit
Yoink for Mac – App Preview Video (Basic Functionality)
Yoink for Mac – App Preview Video (Today Widget)
Yoink for Mac – App Preview Video (Share)

Yoink for iPad and iPhone – Website
Yoink for iPad and iPhone – App Store
Eternal Storms Software – Website
Eternal Storms Software – Blog
Eternal Storms Software – Twitter
Eternal Storms Software – YouTube
Eternal Storms Software – Facebook
Eternal Storms Software – Instagram

I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing what you think about this update. I hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂

If you have any feedback or questions, please don’t hesitate to write me!

With warm regards,
– Matt