Give a boost to a key iOS feature. $4.49 | ETERNALSTORMS.AT
Pad users around the world rejoiced when Apple announced drag and drop in iOS 11, but as with any new feature, there’s always room for improvement. Sure, we can finally copy items between different apps, but why not go a step further by adding the option to temporarily save items you’ll want to use again? That would be really handy.
Thankfully, that’s the premise of Yoink, a virtual storage shelf that enhances iOS 11’s drag-and-drop functionality. It’s not a clipboard manager in the traditional sense — apps like Copied are still best suited to that particular task — but you can drag images, text clippings, web addresses and other files into the app, and then preview, rename or organise them into stacks, which are the equivalent of folders on the desktop.
After debuting on the Mac four years ago to rave reviews, Yoink for iOS was designed first with iPad in mind, particularly in Slide Over or Split View modes alongside other drag-and-drop compatible apps. But the developers also found a way to bring as much functionality as possible to the iPhone, which doesn’t support inter-app drag and drop.
New items can be imported from the current Clipboard contents or Photos and Files browsers, methods that work on the iPad as well. There’s also a Share sheet extension for adding content directly from other apps, as well as a keyboard that allows you to paste items from your Yoink library wherever text can be entered, such as Mail or Notes.
A lock button in the lower-left corner governs what happens when items stored in Yoink are dragged out of the app. Leaving the button unlocked moves the file, clearing it from the shelf at the same time; locked mode copies the item instead, preserving the original for later use. This gives you the option to use the app as temporary or permanent storage.
Everything saved in Yoink is also indexed by Spotlight, making it easy to search for a specific item even while the app is closed. Integration with iOS 11 is about as tight as it can be in the circumstances, with one exception: there’s no iCloud sync, so each device can access only its own saved content. Given that Yoink can store anything from a small snippet of text to a large movie file, this is an understandable limitation, but it would be nice to at least have the option.
Not every app plays nicely with Yoink all the time — we had occasional trouble importing PDF files that were originally from Mail attachments. This was a particular issue in Readdle’s PDF Expert, which is otherwise a model of drag-and-drop compatibility. Worse, the same file vanished into thin air when we attempted to add it while Yoink was unlocked.
This bug aside, Yoink makes an impressive debut on iOS, and should be considered an essential addition to any iPad user’s arsenal of truly useful apps.