Dropzone is a pretty rad Mac utility that lets you upload files to your FTP server, Amazon S3, Flickr account, and other places via drag-and-drop targets.

Per Stephen Hackett’s recommendation, I gave the app a trial a while back but never stuck with it because my most-used upload location is my Amazon S3 Bucket where I use a folder hierarchy for my different websites and podcast. At the time Dropzone only supported uploading to an S3 Bucket’s root, which meant I couldn’t upload to my different folders. But with Dropzone 2.6 that just came out, that is no longer the case.

The advantage of using Dropzone over Transmit Droplets is that Dropzone doesn’t require the launching and then quitting of Transmit to upload a single file. Also, after uploading a file through Dropzone the file’s URL is copied to your clipboard. With Transmit Droplets, the app closes as soon as the file is uploaded and you’re left without knowing what the URL is.

For the nerdy readers, you could build your own version of Dropzone using Hazel and Gabe’s Python scripts for Amazon and FTP. That’s what I did to automate my Shawn Today uploads, but I’m not going to pretend I didn’t have a heck of a time getting it to work. Dropzone is much easier to set up for the non nerdy, and it has some handy interface elements that make it easy to use for non-automated purposes.

Dropzone is $10 on the Mac App Store, or you can download a free trial version from the website.

May 6, 2013