Developer: Ross Tulloch
Mac Platform: Intel
OS Version: OS X 10.9 or later
Processor type(s) & speed: 64-bit processor
Includes: Pre-K’ed (TNT)
Web Site: http://www.zeroonetwenty.com/blueharvest/#about
Get rid of the pain of deleting the “DS_Store” and “_Apple Double” files on your Mac’s hard drive with this useful application that automates the process for you
BlueHarvest is the solution for everyone who wants to have a metadata-free macOS by automatically removing the “DS_Store” and “._AppleDouble” files from your system with little to no effort on your behalf.
Clean all you storage devices in no time with the help of this fast and streamlined app
The BlueHarvest app does that same thing for other non-Mac storage devices such as UBS disks, digital cameras and music players, network disks, as well as any other kind of disk or folder.
Furthermore, BlueHarvest integrates itself seamlessly into your macOS system and allows for a quick and simple usage. For example, if one wants to scan and clean a specific folder or storage device, all he must do is right-click the target and select “Clean using BlueHarvest” from the Services menu.
Versatility and accessibility that enables you to clean and unclutter your macOS
BlueHarvest is also capable to also clean archive files of Mac metadata files, with the added advantage of not needing to first expand them to get to the troublesome “._AppleDouble” or “DS_Store” items.
In addition, the BlueHarvest utility automatically removes not only all kinds of “AppleDouble” and “.DS_Store” files, but also “.fseventsd” folders, “.Spotlight-V100” folders, “.TemporaryItems” folders, “.Trashes” folders and files that match a Unix wildcard string like “*.foobar”.
One advice of caution, however: some applications might rely on data stored in ._AppleDouble files like the Legacy Mac OS fonts and EPS files, and, if BlueHarvest removes them, the apps in question will be unusable.
Pinpoint what types of files you want to remove with the help of the “Whitelist” feature
So, to get around this potential problem, users can select particular file types that they want BlueHarvest not to delete, by clicking the “Whitelist” button in the app's Preferences menu.
All things taken into consideration, it is evident that BlueHarvest is a useful app to install on a Mac, but one must be careful and set it up correctly to really help to remove the files that are cluttering and slowing down the system.
- Per device configurations.
- Scheduled cleaning.
- Custom file backlists (with wildcards) for deleting any file or folder you wish.
- The ability to retain metadata if the metadata is required for aliases, labels, custom icons, security data or Finder tags.
- “Examine” feature for viewing metadata available for deletion.
- Removal of macOS extended attributes from files on Mac disks (non automated).
- Builtin support for deleting: .DS_Store, ._AppleDouble, .apdisk, .AppleDouble (folders via smb), .com.apple.timemachine.donotpresent, .fseventsd, .SpotlightV100, .TemporaryItems, .VolumeIcon.icns, $Recycle.bin, Desktop.ini, Icon?, Thumbs.db.
- Built in log viewer.
What’s new in BlueHarvest 7.0.3
March 20th, 2018
- Fixed a bug which could cause BlueHarvest to unexpectedly quit.