Alan is well chuffed to use iOS to tell his Mac to download stuff
Transloader (£4.49, eternalstorms.at) is one of those apps whose simplicity belies its usefulness. When you come across a file you can’t download and use on iOS, you copy its address to the clipboard and paste it into the iOS app, which saves the link to iCloud – yes, you’ll need to be signed into the same iCloud account on your Mac and iOS device. This gives the companion app on your Mac a nudge to download the file.
The Mac part offers sensible customisations. It normally displays a list of past and in-progress downloads in a window. Don’t worry if you find that cumbersome because the app’s preferences include a checkbox that hides the window and replaces it with a status icon in the menu bar. That icon reveals a drop-down list of downloads. (We wish Safari had something similar – or, better, Notification Center offered a widget to monitor all download activity.)
You don’t even have to monitor Transloader’s progress if you have other things to do, because it plugs into OS X’s notification system. This enables you to casually catch up on what has downloaded whenever you have a free moment. Alternatively, if it’s important to find out as soon as a download has finished, you can set the app’s notifications to persist on your desktop so you can’t miss them.
Also handy is the ability to choose a destination for files other than your Downloads folder, which is shared with Safari and potentially many other apps. Choosing a separate folder might make it easier for you to find things if the main Downloads folder is already cluttered because of those other apps.