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  • DragonDrop - A Temporary Clipboard for Mac


    DragonDrop is a new $4.99 application for Mac OS X available in the Mac App Store. Itís very useful and fun to use because it lets you drag and drop things into its simple interface to use later on. Itís like using a clipboard in a parallel universe because you can paste things into DragonDrop while continuing to use Mac OS Xís clipboard and then go back and use what you pasted into DragonDrop even after using Mac OS Xís clipboard.

    Apart from working double-duty and giving you two separate clipboards in Mac OS X, the interface is fun to use. You can alternate click something to copy it and then click the icon in the Menu Bar and then click Paste to paste it in, or you can use your Macís multi-touch capabilities and drag and drop something into the Menu Bar icon to place it into the DragonDrop clipboard. Both ways will yield the same result.

    The preferences, pictured above, allow you to start DragonDrop when you turn your Mac on, which means you can get started with your alternate clipboard as soon as you're ready to use your computer. You also have the option to either drop things onto the Menu Bar icon, or shake your mouse while dragging an item to bring up the smoke-colored clipboard tray (shown below) where you can place your object instead. The last two options allow you to hide or show the icon in the Menu Bar and choose to have the preferences display every time DragonDrop is launched. When you paste something in, a nice-looking, smoke-colored popup interface shows you what you pasted:



    Launching DragonDrop is easy Ė either it starts up with your Mac or you can launch the application manually from the applications folder. When you click on the Menu Bar icon, you are also introduced with more options such as pasting items into DragonDrop manually (without dragging and dropping), checking for application updates, launching the preferences, or even quitting the application:



    DragonDrop works with more than just things you want to copy and paste, but also with files from your Internet browser you donít feel like downloading and also with non-file objects such as colors and raw text. The video below demonstrates some miscellaneous instances where the tool could come in handy:



    Drag and drop functionality is no stranger to Mac OS X. Cloud app and Droplr (both free in the Mac App Store) also use the same drag and drop-based functionality for performing their own tasks, however having the second clipboard to add things to makes it much easier to manage tasks on your computer. Whether the $4.99 investment for this application is worth it or not is up to you, however you can give DragonDrop a try for free for 30 minutes with the free trial the developers offer on their Web site.

    Sources: MacStories
    This article was originally published in forum thread: DragonDrop - A Temporary Clipboard for Mac started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. iTouch-Warrior's Avatar
      iTouch-Warrior -
      Seems useful... but way too pricey. I rather stick with the good ol' priority pasting method.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      DragonDrop works with more than just things you want to copy and paste, but also with files from your Internet browser you don’t feel like downloading
      This is also demonstrated with in the embedded Youtube video, but people should understand something about claims like this. While it's easy to grab something like an image or even a regular file download from a given page, being able to "paste" something like an image/file into an input box (like say, at a message forum or blog), is another matter.

      You have too keep in mind that this needs to be supported by the web page itself, and is not something that will just automatically just work on any input box at every web-site. Both the ability to drag-and-drop something like an image into an input box and actually uploading-on-the-fly said image (or file) is something that would have to be handled explicitly in JavaScript (usually via some form of AJAX.) So unless the page has code specifically written to handle this sort of thing, then the act of dragging and dropping an image/file/etc will result in nothing happening.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by szr View Post
      This is also demonstrated with in the embedded Youtube video, but people should understand something about claims like this. While it's easy to grab something like an image or even a regular file download from a given page, being able to "paste" something like an image/file into an input box (like say, at a message forum or blog), is another matter.

      You have too keep in mind that this needs to be supported by the web page itself, and is not something that will just automatically just work on any input box at every web-site. Both the ability to drag-and-drop something like an image into an input box and actually uploading-on-the-fly said image (or file) is something that would have to be handled explicitly in JavaScript (usually via some form of AJAX.) So unless the page has code specifically written to handle this sort of thing, then the act of dragging and dropping an image/file/etc will result in nothing happening.
      Not sure what you mean. You can code out a very simple HTML page with no support for dragging and dropping and use DragonDrop with any images on it. Everything is in the DragonDrop software.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Not sure what you mean. You can code out a very simple HTML page with no support for dragging and dropping and use DragonDrop with any images on it. Everything is in the DragonDrop software.
      That makes no sense. You can't just upload an image/file to a server without the server knowing how to handle and do something with it. That just can't happen out of thin air. The page itself has to have some way of accepting that as input.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by szr View Post
      That makes no sense. You can't just upload an image/file to a server without the server knowing how to handle and do something with it. That just can't happen out of thin air. The page itself has to have some way of accepting that as input.
      DragonDrop has nothing to do with uploading anything to servers. It's a second clipboard.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      DragonDrop has nothing to do with uploading anything to servers. It's a second clipboard.
      Yes but being able to *paste* an image or other file into an input box at any given web-site requires that the page has some code written to be able to accept that as input, or wouldn't be able to just insert, say, a photo into that blog post as demonstrated in the youtube video in the main article. In other words, please make a plain HTML page, with a <form> and a <textarea> and attempt to just *paste* an image into that textarea and then tell me what happens.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by szr View Post
      Yes but being able to *paste* an image or other file into an input box at any given web-site requires that the page has some code written to be able to accept that as input, or wouldn't be able to just insert, say, a photo into that blog post as demonstrated in the youtube video in the main article. In other words, please make a plain HTML page, with a <form> and a <textarea> and attempt to just *paste* an image into that textarea and then tell me what happens.
      I think you're misunderstanding the application. It's not an insert box for a Web site; once you install the application, it's part of Mac OS X. It works with just about anything; anywhere. Give it a try.
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I think you're misunderstanding the application. It's not an insert box for a Web site; once you install the application, it's part of Mac OS X. It works with just about anything; anywhere. Give it a try.
      Yes, I understand what you're saying, but I think you're really missing what I've been trying to tell you. The Youtube video clearly shows an image being copied from one page (a tab directly displaying a jpeg image) and pasted into another tab displaying a G-mail composition page, where said image is pasted directly into the input box. What I'm saying is that the pasting part as shown will NOT work just anywhere. The page has to be designed to accept that kind of input, which G-mail is.
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I think you're misunderstanding the application. It's not an insert box for a Web site; once you install the application, it's part of Mac OS X. It works with just about anything; anywhere. Give it a try.
      No, I think szr is 100% correct. Pasting an image you copied from another tab or anywhere else using dragondrop into an input box on another webpage is no different than dragging an image file from finder and dropping it the same way. This only works on very few sites out there that are prepared for it using some serious javascript/ajax trickery, like gmail dpes, but it wont work here on modmyi forums or alot of others (where it'll just display the image in the browser directly.) So I agree, the youtube video showing an image being pasted into what is clearly gmail can be very misleading, making many people think it can work (the pasting-into-text-boxes part) with any site.