So, you’ve been a Mac users for awhile and that experience means you’re not easily surprised by new software technology, right? Especially anything so pedestrian as drag and drop which has been around on a Mac from the beginnings in 1984.
The Mac utility which goes where few apps go is called Circles. It could also be called DropZone, TriggerSpot, ActionSplat, WormHole, or any other monicker which describes what it does. Circles works, though, by adding a little trigger point; a spot on the side of your Mac’s screen.
That trigger zone goes into action when you click it, or drag something on to it, which then reveals options, or actions, which can be performed with less effort. Because what Circles attempts to do is so different from traditional drag and drop operations it needs to be tried to be appreciated. Free makes it easier.
So, the trigger zone is, well, triggered when you point, click or drag a file (file, image, text, etc.) to the zone, which then gives you options, included opening an app with the file, copying the file to a target, moving files to a target, and so on.
Circles also acts as a shelf where you can drop files from the Finder or images from an app and they’re saved for later use. This is really handy if you use your Mac in fullscreen mode or in Spaces with multiple Desktops.
The Circles appear– expand or collapse– with each trigger. It starts with four basic circles,e at with actions, but another circle, the one in the center, is just for shelf drops. Again, Circles is an odd duck app because it takes drag and drop to a different level, but it also has functionality that can be useful if you don’t mind the learning curve.