I am doing a video project in which I created a folder with a bunch of aliases to files on various spots on my hard drive, so that I could have references to those files all stored in one location but not have to duplicate the actual resources. The problem is these aliases are in a google drive folder, and google drive won't show aliases. So rather than try and track down all those files again - I want to be able to click on the alias and choose "open in new finder window" or something like that (or be able to copy an alias as an actual file). Is this possible? How?
In the Finder, you can use Cmd-ctrl-o to open a selected file or folder in a new window. This works on aliases, too: you'll get the target opened in a new Finder window (assuming it was a directory).
Using the terminal, you can use the command
open /path_to/some_alias to achieve the same effect, or
open /path_to_your_aliases/* to open them all in new Finder windows all at once. =)
To copy the target files directly, you can use Terminal, or write some AppleScript. (One advantage to such an approach is that processing all the aliases at once is no more difficult than processing a single alias.) However, assuming the files in question are actually aliases (rather than symlinks), this is somewhat complicated. If you do want to try it, I can elaborate.