Warning: A bit on the long side but I have a lot to share and useful tips for getting the most out of Yoink.
I tried Dropshelf, DragonDrop, and Yoink (they all have non-MAS trials by the way). Yoink won and I use it every day. Here's why:
- Support for dragging in multiple items, either all together or from multiple sources (somewhat hidden feature: you can even combine multiple independent items of the same type to drag out with option + double click).
- The support for dragging in multiple items doesn't mean you *have to* combine multiple items which turns out to be pretty important. So you can drag in three separate items and then drag them out one by one if that's what your workflow demands. You can also drag in three files and split them out into three independent items to drag out. The other utilities either don't support multiple items or only support one stack of items, or don't allow combining and pulling things apart in the way Yoink does.
- Not tied to a particular method of dragging, screen edge dragging isn't always great for multiple monitors. You can even trigger Yoink's window with a keyboard shortcut.
- Stable and well-maintained.
One of things I value most is that Yoink allows me to fluidly do things that would otherwise be awkward or require many more steps. For example, if I want to send a file from an SFTP server to a colleague on Slack (chat service), I can drag the file from Transmit to Yoink. The file will be downloaded to Yoink's temporary storage, and the icon in Yoink will be semi-transparent until the file is fully downloaded. Once downloaded I can drag the file into Slack and carry on with my day. I don't have to open Finder, I don't have to remember to delete the file later, it's fantastic.
Yoink has the quality of many of my favourite apps (and things in life). It seems simple at first but it has a lot of depth and staying power.
Given all the power Yoink has, it was the clear choice for me and has become a key part of my workflow. Download the trial and see for yourself.