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Yoink - Improved Drag & Drop File Management

By Matthias Gansrigler

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Yoink simplifies and improves drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps.
It has been featured on the Mac App Store in the categories 'Invaluable Utilities', 'Get Stuff Done', 'Staff Favorites', 'New and Noteworthy' and 'New Year, New You'

When you start dragging files in Finder or content from an application, Yoink fades in a tiny window at the edge of your screen so you can drag to it.
This frees up your mouse so you can comfortably navigate to the destination of the files and resume the drag from Yoink's window more comfortably.

For a quick video introduction, further information and tips and tricks for getting the most out of Yoink, please visit its website.

Here's what customers say about Yoink:
"Essential. One of the few apps I use all the time." - Kraznoff, US App Store
"Simple, elegant, perfect. This is a fantastic app. It works flawlessly". - Benwiggy, UK App Store
"Handiest utility I ever purchased." - Nrgwise, US App Store

Here's what the press says about Yoink:
"Yoink is a terrific utility for macOS" - John Gruber,
"Yoink is a fantastic way to enhance drag'n'drop. Highly recommended." - Federico Viticci,
"Yoink is an awesome drag and drop utility for the Mac and is instrumental to me when working with full screen apps." - Jeff Benjamin, iDownloadBlog
"Yoink makes drag and drop easier." - Dan Frakes, Macworld
"Yoink really makes the whole drag and drop process much less stressful." - Whitson Gordon,
"I absolutely love this little utility, it's one of the few I've come across that has had staying powers on my Macs." - James Dempsey, The Graphic Mac

If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to write me by mail at, or on twitter at @YoinkApp or @eternalstorms.
Thank you.

What's New in Version 3.2.6

Improvements and Bug Fixes in Yoink v3.2.6:
- Fixed a bug where Yoink wouldn't appear when dragging from the Dock or Microsoft Outlook in certain cases
- Yoink now reacts to memory pressure events and cleans up things it doesn't currently need
- Fixed a bug where, if preferences were closed, the "Behavior" video would keep on playing in the background
- Fixed a typo in the German version

Thank you for using Yoink and the great feedback you've been giving me.
You're cordially invited to visit my blog ( or to follow me on twitter (@YoinkApp & @eternalstorms) if you'd like to follow the development process of my apps or get tips and tricks on how to get the most out of them.
I'm also providing a newsletter, which you can sign-up to at
Thank you kindly,
- Matt


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Customer Reviews

Love it

I use Yoink everyday. I basically email for a living and attach sometimes dozens of files a day. Yoink makes moving files around way easier, especially if you use your programs in full screen. And lets be honest, if you use a laptop, you basically have to use full screen.
Matthias does a great job keeping his app up to date. Very responsive and helpful. I don’t remember how much I paid for the app, but it doesn’t matter, I would buy it again without a second thought.
It’s a love/hate thing. I hate that Apple’s OS X workflow makes apps like this necessary, but I love that guys like Matthias take care of us by creating fixes that are fantastic.

Needs less clumsy behavior

I was hoping Yoink would be a suitable replacement for Karl Hsu's awesome XShelf application (itself inspired by NeXTSTEP's Shelf), which appears to no longer be maintained. Yoink provides the same basic functionality, and supports newer macOS features. Unfortunately, where XShelf's behavior was natural and intuitive, Yoink is, by comparison, extremely clumsy.

Yoink lacks a way to appear if, and only if, I need it. Its shelf is not readily accessible when I want it to be (move my pointer to the left center edge of the screen), and becomes visible and gets in the way when I don't have any need for it.

Yoink has a lot of unrealized potential, but it's not yet ready for prime time. I hope the developers work to change that.

The best app ever, in the history of everything

I work with audio files and some projects can contain many files from many places. The ability to put these files in a "buffer" and place them when I need to is great. The files don't get moved from their old spot to the new one until one does so. This is also handy for .psd and .ai projects. This takes the pain out of dealing with multilayer files created from things strewn across the wastelands of your hard drive.

Yoink - Improved Drag & Drop File Management
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  • $6.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.2.6
  • Size: 10.1 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7.3 or later, 64-bit processor

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