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Apr 12, 2001

Popular Mac drag-and-drop app Yoink received a substantial update on Monday, adding a number of new features, as well as many smaller improvements.


For those unfamiliar with the app, Yoink aims to simplify the action of dragging and dropping files and app-content on the macOS desktop by providing a temporary place for files to be dragged to. Yoink fades in when you start a drag - either with files from Finder or app-content, like an image from a website - offering you a temporary place for your dragged files.

With your files temporarily docked in the Yoink pane and the mouse free, you can more easily navigate to the intended destination of files, which is especially helpful when moving and copying files between different windows, Spaces or (fullscreen) apps.

Today's update takes the app to version 3.5.3 and introduces Continuity Camera support, so you can now save photos and documents from your iPhone or iPad right in Yoink. Yoink's position on the screen can be adjusted more easily, too. Previously you had to click the cog icon and select from a location from a menu of options, but now you can just drag the Yoink shelf window itself.

Also in this release, a "Save as" option has been added to the contextual menu when you right-click a file, allowing you to not only move or copy a file this way, but also rename it. Additionally, when Yoink is the active app, you can now use the keyboard to navigate the app (arrow up, down, select all, Quick Look).

Another couple of useful modifiers have been added, such as holding down the function (fn) key to keep a file in Yoink wile dragging it out, and holding the same key down to temporarily disable Yoink when dragging a file. It's also now possible to double-press the keyboard shortcut (by default, F5) to quickly add your clipboard contents to Yoink.

Meanwhile, improvements include better drag recognition, more efficient CPU usage, intelligent ignoring of drags that occur when playing games, and better compatibility with Transmit, DevonThink, and Apple's Remote Desktop app. Several bug fixes have also been implemented in this version, including some strange behaviors when using Yoink with Handoff.

Yoink for Mac is currently available for $5.99 (usually $7.99) on the Mac App Store. Yoink is also part of Eternal Storms' Software Bundle, together with ScreenFloat and Transloader, which reduces the apps' individual cost by 25 percent. A free 15-day trial version of Yoink is available on the developer's website.

Article Link: Mac Drag-and-Drop App 'Yoink' Gains Continuity Camera Support and New Shelf Actions


macrumors 6502a
Sep 25, 2009
The double-press of the F5 key to add the clipboard contents to Yoink is pretty nice indeed. Actually, the way it seems to work in Safari is that you can select an image or text, double-tap the F5 key and then the selection is added to the clipboard.


macrumors 6502
Jun 8, 2015
I guess if people don't know how to use the OS properly someone will try and make a profit from it.


macrumors G5
Aug 10, 2007
I'm a rolling stone.
I guess if people don't know how to use the OS properly someone will try and make a profit from it.

What's your workflow like?

Have to agree with @G4DPII, I tried it and not impressed by it, there are other ways to do this, copy text and dragging is just an awful way to get work done, there are other much easier Apps for it.

You've clearly never used this app. It *extends* what the OS provides. Try using something before slating it.

I did, it's junk.(IMO)


macrumors 68000
Apr 6, 2011
                                  — PSA

Just a second ago got an email from Setsapp: it's included on there too!

...Not that the article bothers to tell people that (again).

FYI, like many of the so called "all inclusive" Mac apps that Setapp says it does, their iOS app counterparts normally involve paying extra for! In this case that means...

UK: £4
US: $4

EU: €4.50
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