BlueHarvest for Mac cleans up the unnecessary OS X files on your computer, freeing up valuable disk space. The app suffers from rigid features and problematic deactivation, making it quite frustrating at times.
BlueHarvest for Mac works by automatically removing stray and useless Mac OS X files from hard drives and other disks connected to your computer, including network drives and non-Mac disks. You can also manually perform clean-ups by right-clicking the drive icons and selecting the appropriate option, but the true power of the app lies in its automation. Before a clean-up, you can choose which disks to leave alone, as well as specify how the app should treat each disk. It's worth keeping in mind that the app attempts to access all the other network computers, as well, in addition to your own, something you might not actually want. The problem with this app, however, is not its functionality, but its deactivation. When we tried to stop it once it was up and running, our test machine locked up and failed to respond for a couple of minutes. You do need to be careful, though, and make sure you use this application with files that don't rely on data stored in AppleDouble files as they might become unusable.
Despite its limited customization and deactivation difficulties, BlueHarvest for Mac does clean disk drives of useless files. We have to give it credit for that, but the ability to cancel the operation without problems would be a welcome addition and make it even more useful.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of BlueHarvest for Mac 5.5.6.
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From Ross Tulloch:
BlueHarvest is the easiest way to keep your disks and file servers clean of Mac "dust". BlueHarvest automatically removes DS_Store and ._ AppleDouble files (resource forks) from your USB keys, SD cards and file servers, etc. BlueHarvest removes these items as they're created so you'll always be "dust" free. Need to clean a disk, folder or archive immediately? No problem, simply control-click a disk or folder in the Finder and select "Clean using BlueHarvest" to clean it imediately. BlueHarvest features a very simple user interface and is fully configurable via System Preferences. While BlueHarvest is very easy to use, it isn't a toy, so be sure to read the How To and FAQs (above) before installing. Using BlueHarvest may result in some strange behaviours or you may find some Mac features inaccessible.
What's new in this version:
Added folders are now cleaned during schedulded cleaning.
Added folders which can nolonger be correctly identified are showed with an 'X' in the icon.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. The text reads like all the other DS_Store wipers, but actually BlueHarvest is different, because it lets you
1. *prevent* DS_Store files rather than having to choose a folder you want to clean on a manual keypress and
2. it lets you prevent DS_Store (AND other OSX as well as Windows invicibles!!) depending on whether the volume is a network drive (...which is a standard OSX functionality anyway...) or an external drive and (THIS IS WHAT I, and I guess EVERYONE, need) decides on creating DS_Store depending on the FILESYSTEM. I would have liked more flexibility on this, though (configurability WHICH FSes in detail)
For me, the latter is THE solution. I don't want no OSX invincibles on any fat-formatted or windows formatted drive, because that's usually the USB flash disks and network drives I use for multiplatforming - why else would I work with a non MacOS formatted drive!
So, this is the tool you need, all the rest I've seen is pathetic.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. A nice little program that saves me a lot of otherwise tedious cleaning up, and saves my windows-using colleagues (with whom I share a few servers) a lot of confusion.
I was having a problem with repeated authentication in v 1.02, and after having written to the developer, v 1.03 appeared within a day of having identified the cause - Excellent support!