One of our favourite unsung applications is FileChute. It’s a secure FTP and WebDAV tool that enables you to configure upload destinations. To transfer files you just drag and drop them to an icon and away they go. We mention FileChute because Dropzone has similar functionality, with more flexibility.
While FileChute is confined to FTP and WebDAV uploads, Dropzone can be configured to create a number of drag-and-drop actions. File transfers are just one of them. Out of the box you can also ZIP and email files, post text to online clippings service Pastie (www.pastie.org), or configure a Dropzone icon for Flickr.
Best of all, you can create your own Dropzone icons that save or share text, open applications or move files to new destinations. There are also a bunch of free extra actions that you can download and install.
While it’s true that Apple’s built-in Automator enables you to make similar drag-and-drop macros, Dropzone collects them together in a neat grid that sits in your Dock. Any time you need to access Dropzone, you drag your item direct to its icon. Neat.
While we’ve been using it like FileChute, it lacks some of that app’s advanced features, like setting time flags on uploaded files and encrypting data on the fly. Still, Dropzone is a more flexible application with multiple uses offering several actions that will save you valuable minutes every single day.