BlueLink as a MenuBar app

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.

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/Guides/Specs.pdf

Choose Create BlueLink from Finder contextual menu.

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 an application, such as Slack ™  or OneNote ™ , it may ask you to follow the link. Always select Yes, or it won’t work going forward.

Clicking on a BlueLink will prompt to open the first time.

Cloud Storage Services Setup

BlueLink currently works with Dropbox ™, Box ™, Google Drive ™, and OneDrive ™. Each one will need to be configured individually to add the right-click contextual menu, and to be able to click on links to open files.

  1. Open Preferences in BlueLink from the MenuBar App icon
  2. Enable the checkbox for the desired cloud storage service
  3. 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.
  4. Newer Cloud Storage services are using the new CloudStorage location, so these will be at /Users/<username>/Library/CloudStorage/Box-Box
Cloud Provider Options

Common Issues

  • Look under the Services > item.
  • BlueLink may not have been installed in the /Applications folder.
  • Try rebooting, to make sure MacOS picks up the new Service item.
  • Check System Settings – Keyboard – Keyboard Shortcuts – Files and Folders; Confirm the Create BlueLink entry is enabled. 
  • 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 (e.g. bluelink://Dropbox/<folder>/<file>)
  • Each 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.

All users that want to Create or Click on a BlueLink, must also have it installed locally.

  • Check in System Settings – Notifications – BlueLink, to confirm Allow Notifications is enabled, and your desired notifications type.
  • 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.

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