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By Matthias Gansrigler

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Yoink simplifies drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps.
Featured by Apple in the categories 'Invaluable Utilities', 'Get Stuff Done', 'Staff Favorites', 'New and Noteworthy' and 'New Year, New You'

When you start dragging a file 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 drop and resume the drag from Yoink's window.

For a video and further information please visit Yoink's 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
"Love it - always getting better!" - Ignolopi, US App Store
"A must-have app!" - mc_razza, Australian App Store
"Use it every day since I bought this app two years ago" - Bogidawn, US App Store
"Drag & drop, super simplified" - don_gmt, Swiss App Store
"Indispensable" - Man73, French App Store
"A must for your toolbox" - frankmurf, US App Store
"Perfection" - Peripheral, US App Store
"This is a fantastic app. So simple to use and a great timesaver." - danmac147, Irish App Store

Here's what the press says about Yoink:
"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 is a shelf. You put things on it. You take things off it. It's just a shelf. And you need it." - David Michael Ross,
"Yoink makes drag and drop easier." - Dan Frakes, Macworld
"Yoink is a fantastic way to enhance drag'n'drop. Highly recommended." - Federico Viticci,
"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 3.1

New in Yoink v3.1

New Features and Improvements:
- New Languages: Chinese (Simplified) by Peter Kang (ICanLocalize), French (updated) by 'Lazuly' (ICanLocalize), Italian by Damiano Doria, Japanese by Koichi Matsumoto, Korean by 박우석, Portuguese (Brazil) by Victor Figueiredo ( and Portuguese (Portugal) by Ana Vale Pereira and updated by keytranslations (ICanLocalize)
- To provide a cleaner and nicer interface, Yoink now shows some interface elements only when they're needed (when the mouse is near)
- Improved support for mails from - an email can now be dragged from to Yoink and then to to create events from it, with a reference to the email
- Improved support for
- Reduced CPU cycles and power usage when waiting for "promised files"
- In order to use less power and CPU cycles further, Yoink now does not try to generate QuickLook Preview icons for files like apps, folders and volumes - those are just icons anyway
- Improved handling of webloc files and different url schemes (like afp or ftp)
- When several files are picked in Finder to be dragged to Yoink, Yoink now remembers the order of the files
- Added a new Quick Tour and About window

Bug Fixes:
- Fixed a bug regarding displaying QuickLook Preview Icons during launch of the app
- Fixed a bug concerning webarchives that couldn't be opened after being added to Yoink (for more details, please see this blog post:
- Fixed a bug in the German localization where the "Clean All" button would be placed inappropriately when resizing Yoink's window
- Fixed a cosmetic issue where Yoink's window would animate at launch from default size to the user's preferred size
- Fixed a bug where a very, very short drag would show Yoink without hiding it afterwards

Thank you for using Yoink and the great feedback you've been giving me.
If you have a minute, please consider leaving a little review on the Mac App Store - it would mean a lot to me.
I'd like to invite you to my blog at or to follow me on twitter (@YoinkApp or @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.
Thank you kindly,
- Matt


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Customer Reviews

Useful functionality, wonky interface

Yoink makes complicated drag-n-drops easier, especially when working in multiple spaces or with full-screen apps. For this, it's worth the low price.

I really wish the UI was friendlier, however, and more consistent with the rest of OS X. Here are some complaints/suggestions:

1. When dragging a file from the Desktop, the Yoink tray only appears if I first switch the currently running app to Finder. This is by far the most annoying thing. I keep files I'm actively using on the edge of the Desktop, specifically to make them easier to drag-n-drop without switching apps.

2. A column of widgets appears when you try to drag something out of Yoink, which actually moves the icon you're trying to grab. So dragging out of Yoink requires hitting a moving target. This is a big UI no-no.

3. Those widgets are unnecessary anyway. Since you can select files in the tray, just use the Delete key to remove items and the Space bar to show QuickLook, which are standard OS X conventions. Rather than the lock/unlock widget, use Option-Drag or something similar to drag out of Yoink without removing the file from the tray.

4. (Minor) For some file types (e.g. .docx), the icon changes to a generic file icon even though I have "Show QuickLook Previews instead of file icons" enabled.

If the drag-from-Desktop-in-background issue is fixed, and the unnecessary widgets replaced by the obvious key bindings, this would be a really great app.

Phenomenally useful

Yoink is like those telescoping magnets that you use to fish your keys out of a drain - you wonder why you bought it, then realize that it’s absolutely the most amazing little tool when the time is right.

It just hangs out in your menu bar, being all unobrusive and small, but when you need to copy files between spaces, or you just don’t remember where you put that one window to drop your files, Yoink is there, saying, “It’s cool man, I got you. Just rest those files right here, I’ll keep them nice and fresh for when you find a place to drop ‘em.”

Then Yoink eases out of view, smooth as can be, just chilling until it can be useful again.

Unbelievably Useful and Always Reliable

This is by far one of my most used utilities on my Mac. It it so incredibly useful and it always works as expected. The concept is so simple. And yet the utility goes far beyond this simplicity. It allows me to work with full screen apps in a much more efficient way because I never worry about “dropping” app or file icons when I am doing a drag and drop operation. I have been using it for along time and it has never crashed or given me any problems. If only all software were as useful and worked as well.

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  • $6.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1
  • Size: 9.4 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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