Here’s the situation. You have a Mac with a file you want to send to another Mac nearby, but on the same local network. How do you send the file? The number of ways to get a file from one Mac to another is astounding and so is the level of complexity.
Apple’s solution is called AirDrop, a handy way to drag and drop a file to send to another– provided both Macs are rather new; older Macs need not apply. Sneaker net works, too. Copy the file to a CD, take the CD to the other Mac user, and, well, done. Except most Macs these days do not have CD players, hence the popularity of USB flash drives among the sneaker net crowd. Logging in to another Mac or using the Public dropbox helps, but is somewhat cumbersome, not to mention the security issues.
Is there an easier, faster way to get a file from here to there without all the mumbo jumbo gyrations? Yes. It’s called DropCopy and it’s drag and drop simple to setup and use. It’s also free for three Macs, and cheap for more than three Macs.
Once installed, DropCopy sets up a little round zone on your Mac’s screen. Think of it as a wormhole between Macs on the same network. Drag a file to the wormhole, select the Mac you want to send the file to, then drop.
Seriously. That’s it. Drag the file you want to send to the wormhole zone, drop it (if there’s only one other Mac connected), or select the Mac you want to send the file to, then drop it and the file is transferred.
DropCopy is free to use on up to three Macs on the same network but the Pro version costs just a few dollars for more connected Macs. Here’s a bonus. DropCopy also copies whatever is on the Mac’s clipboard and sends it to another Mac’s clipboard. And, it does short text messages between Macs, avoiding the audit trail of using Messages.
DropCopy and DropCopy Pro have been around a few years and the app is a bit quirky to setup (plenty of options, but it uses Bonjour so it should find Macs on a local network where each one is running DropCopy) but drop dead simple to use.