The most powerful way to keep your disks clean of Mac metadata.
Open the BlueHarvest disk image, and drag “BlueHarvest.app” to your Applications folder. Once copied, open BlueHarvest. Don’t forget to click “Turn On”!.
If you used the earlier Preference Panel based version of BlueHarvest you do not need to uninstall the old version before install the new one.
Open your Applications folder and double click BlueHarvest. Click "Turn Off". Close the BlueHarvest window and drag BlueHarvest.app to the trash.
To change BlueHarvest's preferences, open your applications folder and double click BlueHarvest. To turn BlueHarvest on, click the “On” button in the top-right of the window.
To keep Non Mac Disks clean
To setup BlueHarvest to clean Non Mac disks such as USB disks, digital cameras and music players:
1. Click “Non Mac Disks” from the list.
2. Click “Clean MacOS data” or “Ask what to do” if you want BlueHarvest to ask you whether to clean each disk when connected.
“Non Mac Disks” includes disks formatted using: MS-DOS/FAT, ExFAT and NTFS.
To keep Network Disks clean
To setup BlueHarvest to clean Network Disks such as WebDAV or Windows servers:
1. Click “Network Disks” from the list.
2. Choose “Clean MacOS data” or “Ask what to do” if you want BlueHarvest to ask you whether to clean for each disk when connected.
“Network Disks” include disks connect via: SMB/CIFS, NFS, WebDAV and AFP.
Note: Always contact your network administration before using BlueHarvest with network disks.
To keep a disk or folder clean
To setup BlueHarvest to clean a particular disk or folder:
1. Click Add (+) at the button of the source list on the left.
2. Choose whether you would like the BlueHarvest to ignore or clean these disks/folder.
To clean items in the Finder, simply Control-click the folder, disk or Zip archive you wish to clean then select “Clean using BlueHarvest” from the menu. This will clean the item according to your current BlueHarvest preferences. When you clean Zip archives, all MacOS specific files are removed from the archive. (See the FAQ for more details of Zip cleaning). To have BlueHarvest eject a volume after it has been cleaned hold down the option key on your keyboard when you select “Clean using BlueHarvest”.
To stop BlueHarvest from deleting ._ AppleDouble files for files with a particular extension (e.g jpg), MacOS Type code or to get BlueHarvest to ignore certain folders or volumes click the “Whitelist” button in the lower left of the BlueHarvest preferences.
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Requires OS X 10.8 or later.
See release notes for older OS support.