SymbolicLinker 2.0v3 (June 20, 2011)

Copyright 2003-2011 Nick Zitzmann.

As some of you may have noticed, a number of Unix tools, especially file and Web servers (such as FTP, NFS, Samba, and Apache), have trouble resolving the System 7 style alias files created by the Finder's "Make Alias" command. Many of these tools think these alias files are actually regular files with nothing inside them, which makes them useless in some situations. Just about all Unix tools, however, can resolve symbolic links. Symbolic links are similar to aliases, except that they point back to the original file in a way that every Unix application can understand. Until now, however, creating a symbolic link usually involved a trip to the Terminal.

SymbolicLinker is a tiny contextual menu plugin (for Puma through Leopard users) and software service (for Snow Leopard & later users) that, once installed, allows any user to create symbolic links to files inside the Finder. SymbolicLinker does this by adding a contextual menu item to the Finder that generates symbolic links to the selected files. The goal of this product is to decrease users' trips to the Terminal in order to use the "ln -s" command. SymbolicLinker is available in Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

Macworld Magazine (US) gave SymbolicLinker 2.0 a 4/5 mouse rating.

The plugin requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 through 10.5.8. It is a two-way universal binary with support for the PPC32 and Intel 32 architectures. The service requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It is a two-way universal binary with support for the Intel 32 and Intel 64 architectures.

Mountain Lion users: The service is compatible with Mountain Lion, but you must either turn off Gatekeeper in the Security & Privacy preference pane by setting the "allow applications downloaded from" preference to "anywhere," or if you don't want to do that, you must white-list the service by right-clicking on its icon in the Finder and choosing "open" in the contextual menu.

What's new in version 2.0v3:

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