Find the remote Mac in the Finder using Bonjour. Login to the remote Mac so it mounts on the Desktop. Find the file you want to copy or move. Use the Finder to drag it to the corresponding folder on the remote Mac. Logout from the remote Mac.
Even Apple recognized that there’s got to be a better way to share files between Macs. In Mac OS X Lion, Apple introduced AirDrop. This nifty technology makes it much easier to drag and drop files to copy or move to other Macs on your network. As good as AirDrop is, it’s not as good or feature laden as DropCopy Pro.
This is my go-to app for quickly getting files from one Mac to another (or, to another remote location via FTP). DropCopy sets up what looks like a lunar eclipse that floats on your Mac’s screen. It’s actually a digital wormhole that connects to other Macs or remote servers.
Drag and drop a file onto the wormhole and DropCopy takes care of the delivery; instantly (including a sound to signify the transfer).
DropCopy is smart enough to name each Mac connected to the network. If you have multiple Macs, each name of the Mac pops up over the wormhole so you can drag and drop files to the appropriate Mac.
The free version of DropCopy will connect three Macs on a network. The Pro version removes that limitation.
DropCopy also connects to remote servers using FTP. You can also change the location of the wormhole on your Mac’s screen, change the name of the Mac on the display, and even send clipboard contents from one Mac to another.
Files can be moved between Macs many different ways, but none are as easy or simple to use as DropCopy.
As good as it is, the Preferences interface leaves much to be desired, hence the need for extensive Help pages. However, once it’s setup, DropCopy just works. Mostly. Sometimes large files need to be compressed to send. Other times I’ve sent files that just never showed up.