Fixing Blend Can't be Opened on Mac

Blend's Hero Image. Courtesy of BlackBerry
If you're a BlackBerry 10 user, you ought to know about Blend, the latest feature BlackBerry offered as a part of their newest 10.3 OS update. If you don't know and you're a BB10 user, I suggest you look it up on Google, as it is a very useful piece of software, at least for me. In case you don't know or don't want to look it up now, Blend is a software that connects with your BB10 handset running OS 10.3 or above (via USB, Wi-Fi, or Mobile Network). Once connected, you'll be able to send emails, BBM, text messages, and look at your calendar. You'll also be able to view your Hub, Contacts, and Files in your connected device. Sounds neat, doesn't it? What's better is that the software is also available for iPads and Android Tablets, aside from MacOS X and Windows.

As much as it is a useful software, it is still new, and improvements are needed here and there. One example is for Mac. Some of you might experience immediate closing once you open the app (the icon bouncing a few times on the Dock then gone), because I do... and that's why I'm writing this article right now. There's no update yet from BlackBerry at the time of writing, but I found a working solution thanks to good folks in the BlackBerry Support Forum. It's probably not the best workaround, but it's worth to do to gain Blend's fantastic features.

I guess it's worth noting that I'm running Mac OS X Yosemite on a 15", mid-2012 MacBook Pro. Although the model doesn't seem to make a difference, the OS might. So, please let me know if your Blend is acting okay while running a different OS version.

For those of you who are interested, head past the break to find out how.

Alright, the fix is actually simple. Here's what you need to do:

The Highlighted Items Are The Ones You Need to Open
  1. Go to /library/Application Support/BlackBerry from Finder. To get there quickly, you may use the shortcut SHIFT + CMD + G then type or paste the location.

  2. Open the file named "PeerManager". Since it's a UNIX Terminal Application, it'll automatically open terminal. Depending on your settings, you might need to input your password.

  3. Once the app is open, open the BlackBerry Blend app in the same folder. You should be able to enjoy the app now. Connect your BlackBerry and enjoy Blend's newest features. You might want to leave the Terminal app open, since during my testing, closing the app would make the app not responsive at some point.
There, Now You Can Enjoy Blend's Useful Features
Quite simple, isn't it? Sure, it's kind of cluttered and complicated, but once you get used to it, you'll no longer feel that way.

Okay, so that's my workaround for Blend app closing right at start. I hope it's useful for you guys. Oh, and if any of you guys have a better method, you're welcome to say it in the Comments section below. I'll be really grateful. So, finally, as usual, thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to your next visit. Have a nice weekend, Guys! :D


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