Topic: How I use Dropzone
People tell me they love Dropzone, but they're not aware of the best ways to use it to enhance their Mac workflow.
I'm often surprised by the creative ways I see people are using it so I thought we could all do a bit of show and tell by taking a screenshot of our grids and then explaining how we use each destination. Starting with me.
So.... Here's my grid:
Pixelmator: I don't use it often enough to keep in my dock, but I like to have it handy in Dropzone.
Install: For installing applications. Although I more often right click on a .dmg or .zip in the Finder and do an Open with Application -> Dropzone.
Downloads: For filing stuff quickly that was on my desktop, or quickly saving an image or something from the web.
Flickr: My main Flickr account, for sending cool pics.
Save Text: For whenever I want to file away a quick snippet. I often use this for saving a bit of code or something I want to use later.
Dropbox: This is the actual Dropbox destination from http://aptonic.com/extend.php - it copies the dragged file to my Dropbox folder and copies the Dropbox URL to my clipboard.
Paul: A 'Move Files' destination that points to a friends shared Dropbox folder. I use this constantly for sharing pictures, music and video.
Share Text: Sends a snippet of text to Pastie. Great for sharing code.
shipsomecode: An FTP Upload destination that sends pictures to a folder on my blog - http://shipsomecode.com
I use this for uploading things I want to share on my blog but also as a general way to share anything.
ImageShack: I used it to share the picture of my grid above.
Zip Files: Another destination from http://aptonic.com/extend.php - it zips up dropped files or folders and creates the zip archive on my desktop ready for Dropboxing or uploading to somewhere.
Mac Mini: Another FTP Upload destination. I have FTP Sharing setup on a Mac Mini beside me that I use for testing builds of Dropzone. I have a folder on its desktop called 'From iMac' and when I drop a file or folder on this destination and it magically shows up in that folder.
Say Text: Reads dragged text aloud. I use it occasionally to help me proof read some text or an email.
Screencasts: Points at a folder on Aptonic and whenever I want to post a new screencast to twitter and/or the blog I drop it on here and it gives me the URL. I use this constantly.
TextMate: I use TextMate fairly often but don't want it in my dock.
TwitPic: Another way I can quickly share an image. It will also let you enter a message and auto-tweet if you hold down option when dragging.
djstuff: Another 'Move Files' destination that points to a friends shared Dropbox folder.
Skitch: If I want to quickly resize or annotate an image I drag it onto here and then usually from Skitch onto another destination.
AWS: Amazon Web Services (S3). I am working on full on Amazon S3 support for Dropzone. It's a work in progress at the moment though.
Finder Path: If I click on a file in the Finder and click on this destination it copies the full path of the selected file to the clipboard. I wrote this at the request of someone. I have yet to discover the utility of this.
Print: I use this for quickly printing an individual image from a webpage e.g. a map.
Test Destination: This is my general purpose debugging destination. I use this for testing all kinds of things and checking that I haven't broken the Dropzone API.
Go Music: This is a 'Download' destination which is yet to be released, but you can download it from http://github.com/aptonic/dropzone-user … d.dropzone
It takes a list of URLs and downloads them all to a folder of your choosing. I have it set to download into '/Users/john/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Automatically Add to iTunes' and then the files auto-add to iTunes as they download. Love it.
So now that I've got the ball rolling, post a screenshot of your grid and tell us how you use Dropzone