Mac Drag-and-Drop App 'Yoink' Gains File Recall Feature and Better Sharing Tools

Popular Mac drag-and-drop app Yoink received a substantial update on Thursday, adding the ability to bring back last removed files and better sharing options, as well as many smaller improvements.

The Yoink app 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 users starts a drag - either with files from Finder or app-content, like an image from a website - offering them a temporary place for your dragged files.

With their files temporarily docked in the Yoink pane and the mouse free, users 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 version 3.3 update allows users to bring back Yoink's last removed files by keeping its keyboard shortcut pressed down or right-clicking on Yoink's window. The update also makes it easier to add links from a browser to Yoink by adding an option to the Share drop-down menu when users right-click on a link.


In addition, a new Alfred File Action allows users to quickly send files from Alfred to Yoink (activated in Yoink's advanced preferences).

Other notable improvements include the added ability to drag Yoink's menu bar icon off the system menu bar, just like other menu bar items, a new "Open With..." menu that lets users launch the Mac App Store with an extension search, and several compatibility fixes with Safari and Firefox.

Several bug fixes have also been implemented in the latest version of the app, which costs $6.99 and is available to download from the Mac App Store. A free 15-day trial version of Yoink is available on the developer's website.

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19 months ago

Never heard of it, but looks quite useful. Can anyone in the know say if Apple's new APFS will make any of its features useless/redundant?

- Disclosure: I'm Yoink's developer -
APFS is the Mac's new file system, whereas Yoink is a tool that sits on top of it and facilitates drag and drop. There is no feature parity.

You can give Yoink a try for free for 15 days here: http://eternalstorms.at/yoink
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19 months ago
Yoink is really one of the mac apps that I cannot live without. Been using it since its release
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19 months ago
Yoink is one of my favorite examples of apps that do one thing extremely well. It's practically invisible, but I use it constantly every day.
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19 months ago
Always one of the first things I download on a fresh install OS X since it came out. :) Have mine setup so it shows up whenever/wherever you start a drag. I think it's the best setup that doesn't just make it another app you have to remember to use since it's a gesture you're already doing.

I wonder how many people actually leave it in the menu bar though?
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18 months ago
What's New in Version 3.3.1
Improvements in Yoink 3.3.1:
- The amount of files you drag out of Yoink are now shown next to your cursor
- Two options for automatically adjusting Yoink's window size: 3 items minimum, and 1 item minimum
- In most cases, images dragged from applications (like Safari) are now available for dragging right away, instead of being greyed out for a little while
- Large drag previews are now resized so they don't cover Yoink's window anymore
- Nicer drag previews when dragging to Yoink
- On macOS Sierra 10.12 and "higher", Yoink now uses "responsive scrolling" (for a smoother scrolling experience)
- Improved fetching of favicons
- When dragging a URL as plain text, it's now turned into a webloc file instead of a text clipping
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19 months ago
Rock solid update and one of the best apps ever.
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19 months ago
This sounds a lot like Dragon Drop, which was removed from the app store (by the developer) a few years ago. Dragon Drop had a neat feature where you just shake the mouse to activate it.
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19 months ago
Never heard of it, but looks quite useful. Can anyone in the know say if Apple's new APFS will make any of its features useless/redundant?
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19 months ago
Such a handy little app!
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