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APC Australia - - Software - JR Book­wal­ter

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.

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