Way back in the last century I began an odd journey to collect and try a variety of Mac apps, tools, and utilities. Why? It was an enjoyable hobby which also led to the creation of Mac360, and the NoodleMac site.
With Apple’s AirDrop file sharing technology for iOS on the horizon I thought it worthwhile to see what other Mac apps were available to share files between users. What I came up with was a trio of apps from the same developer– two free, one inexpensive– that make it easy to exchange files and folders between devices; Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.
The first is called File Transfer, an inexpensive download from the Mac App Store. FT is cross platform and lets you exchange files and folders between multiple devices, including Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.
All you need to do is grab files or folders and drag them to the File Transfer Dock icon. The pop up displays a list of nearby devices. Drop them onto the one you want and they’re transferred. It couldn’t be much easier to share files. Even clipboard contents can be transferred between each device.
Local Cloud is a bit different. This free app lets you open files on your iPhone or iPad that are stored on your Mac. It works much the same way and requires both devices to be on the same local network.
File Storage Companion is the free app that uses File Transfer or Local Cloud to exchange files and folders between Mac and other mobile devices. FCS only shares files between Mac and iPhone or iPad (or other smartphone or tablets, including Android devices). If you want files to be moved from iPhone or iPad you’ll need to use the File Transfer app.
Confusing? A bit, yes.
While all three apps work together to create a nearly seamless transfer environment between devices, having a single app would be much easier for the user. It’s hard to beat the price, of course, but I wonder about the long term viability of such file transfer apps after Apple releases AirDrop for iOS devices.