What Is BlueLink?
BlueLink is a utility that will add a Contextual Menu to the Finder to create local links to files in your cloud storage services, or any file on your computer.
If you’re tired of co-workers sharing links to cloud files that require you to view & open them in a web browser, and would prefer to work with the file you already have synced on our local computer, using BlueLink will be a welcome change.
Creating & Sharing Links
BlueLink will add a right-click contextual menu item under Services when you’re viewing a file in your Finder. When selecting Create Local Link, a human readable URL link will be copied to your computer’s clipboard, so you can easily paste it to share with others. The URL will typically look like: bluelink://Dropbox/Engineering/Specifications/CompanySpecs.pdf.
Clicking on Links
Clicking on a BlueLink link will automatically resolve the files location to your local computer, and show the file in your Finder. Depending on the application, the first time you click the link in that application it may ask you to follow the link. Always select Yes, or it won’t work going forward.
First Time Setup
BlueLink requires that you enable each Cloud Storage Service you want to use, and the location of it’s local folder in your Finder. By enabling a Cloud Storage Service, you can share links that work with collaborators that also are using BlueLink and have the same folders in their respective Cloud Storage Service.
Cloud Storage Services Setup
BlueLink works with the majority of the Cloud Storage Services on the market. Each one will need to be configured individually to add the right-click contextual menu, and to be able to click on links to select files.
- Open Preferences in BlueLink from the Menu App icon
- Enable the checkbox for the desired cloud storage service
- Select the base folder location for the specified cloud storage service. This is usually in your user home directory. For example, Dropbox will typically install at /Users/<username>/Dropbox.
- Newer Cloud Storage services are using the new CloudStorage location, so these will be at /Users/<username>/Library/CloudStorage/Box-Box
These are some of the commons problems encountered:
|Steps to Try
|Right-click contextual menu isn’t showing
|– BlueLink may not have been completely installed. Make sure it is in the /Applications folder.
– Try rebooting, to make sure MacOS picks up the new Service item.
|Clicking on a URL doesn’t do anything
|– Make sure the Url scheme you are clicking on is bluelink://.
– The cloud storage service needs to be the first file/folder name in the link (bluelink://Dropbox/<folder>/<file>)
– The Cloud Storage Service has to be enabled via Preferences.
– Strange characters in a folder or filename aren’t always valid for a URL link. Try removing non-standard characters from the folder or filename and create the link again.
– Google Drive uses MyDrive, which can make links not work across different computers. Try different configurations of selecting MyDrive or not as the root folder.
|It says the File can’t be found, but I know it’s there
|Most all Cloud Storage Services now cache the files and folders, and don’t copy all the files locally to your computer. So while the file exists online, it isn’t on your computer yet. Try manually navigating to the desired location in the Finder first to cache the contents. Subsequent links should then work.