Those of us who learned command line computing back in the days of CP/M, DOS, and other pre-Mac and pre-Windows operating systems took comfort and solace in the simple commands. Command-C to copy. Command-V to paste. Drag and drop. Not many of the basics have changed since the mid-1980s, but here’s a way to expand the usability of the tried and true drag-and-drop routine.
It’s called FilePane— a simple Mac utility which adds more functions to drag and drop.
Drag-and-drop is, well, as simple as it gets, right? Yes, but that simplicity has room for improvement and that’s what FilePane does. Improve drag-and-drop.
What happens when you drag a file, folder, photo or whatever on the Mac’s Desktop? The file, folder, photo or whatever goes where you drag and drops when you drop it. FilePane adds a few extra functions which can be implemented instantly, depending upon what type of file you’re dragging.
Select what you want to drag, and drag it (but don’t drop it). FilePane pops up controls which are context sensitive and based on file type.
As an example, dragging images gives you controls to resize, share, zip, or email the image. Dragging a file gives you options to convert to a PDF, print, even zip up the file.
FilePane even works with Safari so snippets of text or images from a website can be shared, saved, edited with ease. Since little has changed with the standard drag-and-drop routine from the Mac in the mid-1980s, it’s nice to know that someone came up with an idea for improving that ancient file moving method.