I know, I know. Apple needs the money, so they want us to upgrade both software and hardware every few years. Is that the Apple Tax?
Regardless, here’s a way to circumvent some of the inherent shortcomings in Apple’s latest and greatest technology. I’m talking about AirDrop. It’s a somewhat easier way to simply drag and drop a file from one Mac to another on a local network. It’s free in OS X Mountain Lion, but it doesn’t work on many Macs just a few years old.
The concept is sound so I recommend that you try Any Send instead. This works better. Copy an item (text, graphic, even a file (and large files, too). Select Any Send from the Menubar menu, select the Mac you want to send the item to, and, well, that’s it. Any Send sends the file, Mac to Mac.
When you select the Mac you want to send an item to from the Menubar, Any Send also displays what’s going to be sent.
Once clicked, the copied item is sent, and the recipient’s Mac gets a little pop up notification that the file has been received.
It’s fast, painless, simple, and free. I’ve used Any Send on very large Mac files, simple photos, large photos, and snippets of text. It copied each one from my MacBook to my desktop iMac quickly and simply.
You can even use Any Send to send website URL’s between Macs, and folders of files. I don’t know what the business model is behind such a handy, useful utility, but free is good and it’s difficult to find anything to complain about.