Drag and drop with Cir­cles

Speed up the way you trans­fer text, im­ages and other files

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Speed up the way you trans­fer text, im­ages and other files be­tween apps and workspaces

A short­com­ing of Fin­der rears its head when you pick up a file to drag it some­where, only to find your cho­sen des­ti­na­tion isn’t eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, whether that’s another folder, app or desk­top Space. Cir­cles is a clever free app that makes drag and drop a hap­pier, less frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

It sits un­ob­tru­sively in the back­ground, spring­ing to life when you drag a file, im­age or snip­pet of text to the left-hand edge of the screen. A trig­ger icon will ap­pear – drag your se­lec­tion over this to re­veal five cir­cles. Drag a snip­pet or file to the mid­dle one, and it goes in a hold­ing area. Now, all you need to do is browse to your des­ti­na­tion and drag the item back out to it. It’s a con­ve­nient way to copy files be­tween fold­ers, while text frag­ments and im­ages can be im­ported into sup­ported apps across mul­ti­ple Spa­ces.

The other four cir­cles per­form userde­fined ac­tions on your se­lected items – up to three ac­tions can be con­fig­ured for each cir­cle (use ≈, å and ç to switch be­tween them). Sup­ported ac­tions in­clude copy­ing or mov­ing se­lected items to a pre-de­fined folder or open­ing them in a spe­cific app. A Util­i­ties but­ton re­veals more, from re­siz­ing an im­age to FTP up­load­ing.

Cir­cles is still a lit­tle rough around the edges, but is reg­u­larly adding fea­tures and pol­ish­ing ex­ist­ing ones. Dis­cover how it can trans­form the way you drag and drop on your Mac. Nick Peers

Cir­cles is a clever app that makes drag­ging and drop­ping a hap­pier and less frus­trat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Cir­cles works with files, fold­ers, im­ages and snip­pets of text to speed up the way you drag and drop

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