is a Mac OS X-compatible contextual
menu plugin which allow users
to create unix-styled symbolic links. Symbolic links,
known as symlinks, resemble standard Mac OS X's aliases. The system
generally treats a symlink as it does with an alias. While aliases
do not work with either Mac OS X unix terminal or remote clients,
e.g. FTP and Samba, symlinks are still working without any problem.
However, Mac users must create a symlink through the unfamiliar
so making a symlink is nearly impractical. By using the graphic
interface of Make Symlink, users can make symlinks to various objects
more easily. Destinations folders for created symlinks will appear
on hierarchical menus, i.e. entire hard disk will be listed on
the menus, and users can browse to any level of the hard disk.
It also helps to organize files and perform server maintenance.
Make Symlink fully supports unicode texts, so it can list object's
names which contain several text encodings, including those for
the Asian languages.
- Easy way
to create unix-styled symbolic links.
are listed on hierarchical menus with unlimited depth.
can also be folders which are located on a mounted remote volume.
- Can display
the parent folder of selected items.
- Can memorize
recently used folders.
i.e. users can add frequently used folders into the menus.
- Support unicode
- Support both
and Apple's Metal interfaces.
- Edit symbolic
links using the Symlink Editor.
- Ability to copy the path of the selected object to the clipboard.
- Have more
than 30 useful preferences.
Symbolic links, also known as symlinks, are unix equivalent to
Mac OS X's Aliases or Windows' Shortcut. Symlink is really
a file which points to any object on the file system. Mac OS
will manipulate the symlinks as it does with the originals,
e.g. if you double-click on the symlink, the system will open
original object. On the Finder, you cannot differentiate an
alias from a symlink because they have same Finder appearance,
you can use them interchangeable. Moreover, you may notice
that most aliases of the system are actually the symlinks,
simple aliases. To create simple aliases, please try Move Items X.
On Finder, the symlink will act as a simple alias. However,
a simple Mac alias will no longer function on real unix, file
sharing system (including Window File
Sharing, FTP, HTTP, Samba, and Apache), and most putative file system (including
ISO 9660 CD, BeOS, and Windows' NTFS)
If you put a simple Mac alias of your photo album in the
Public folder inside your home folder, i.e. path
~/Public/Photo album. Then let your friends connect to your computer
either via FTP client
or Windows - Samba client to download your photos. You will
find that your friends cannot download your photos because those
clients recognize the alias as a simple file not a link anymore.
To solve this problem, use the symlink instead of a simple alias.
- Symlinks, but not simple aliases, work will on ISO 9660
CD with joliet name format.
- Good shortcut when working with unix Terminal.
- Size of symlinks is very small, about 4 KB.
can be accessed from the Interface menu of the Make Symlink Enabler.
It allows users to open symlink files and
edit them by using the Open Symlink button.
It also allows users to choose a file and create a symlink to
users can create a symlink manually by entering
a path of a file or folder in the editing box. Moreover, users
can enter a path using the contextual menu, i.e. just right-click
on the Symlink Editor and select a target from the menu.
The key features of the Symlink Editor are:
- Open and edit a symlink
- Create a
symlink of a selected file
- Create a
symlink manually by entering a path of a file
- Symlink Editor handles either visible or invisible items.
supports contextual menu.
Items X and Make Symlink
Items X, a set of contextual menu items and menu extra,
allows users to access entire file system on hierarchical
the editor of Launch Items X, Make Symlink users can append any
customized folders to the end of the Make Symlink's menus.
a symlink in a
newly created folder
allows users to create a new folder, and then make a symlink
into that folder. This command will help users to organize
the objects' shortcuts, especially for the web and FTP servers.
has 3 ways to create new folders for this function:
- Use "Create
Default Location" command : Folder is created automatically.
- Use "Create
New Folder" command : There is a dialog which asks users
to enter the folder name.
- Use "Option"
key + click on any menu hierarchy : This function will create
a new folder inside the folder pointed to by the clicked menu.
The name of
default location is set from the Advanced Preferences window,
There are three name formats.
- Name only
: e.g. "My Pictures"
- Name plus
current date : e.g. "My Pictures Apr 26, 2004"
date only : e.g. "Monday, April 26, 2004"
the package contents
This is useful
for a developer or anyone who want to edit the package contents.
Supported packages are app, nib, rtdf, and pkg packages. On the
other hand, users who do not want to see the package contents,
want to see it as a file, can turn off this option from the Advanced
recently used folders
Make Symlink has an option to display recently used folders. The
list of these folders will appear on the root menu for easy access.
Newly visited folders will be listed on the upper part of the Recent
Folders menu. Users can customize the amount of recent folders,
clear the record, or turn off this option from the Advanced Preferences
- Mac OS X
10.3 or later
- Tiger compatible
- The CM module
supports both PowerPC and Intel Mac (universal binary).
current version may not work properly on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow
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