Each Mac file has a list of data which is particular to the kind of file. For example, photo files have EXIF timestamps and sometimes they need to be changed or removed (especially when the camera’s clock is in the wrong century).
The handy but poorly named A Better Finder Attributes app lets you change file creation and modification dates with a simple drag, drop, and click. It even syncs up file creation and modification dates.
Check out how easy this is to do.
Drag files or a folder of files onto A Better Finder Attributes. Set the date and time options in the left sidebar.
Then, select the Action from the drop down menu. Click Perform Changes.
A Better Finder Attributes makes the changes almost instantly (make sure to backup your files or work with a copy). It also can batch unlock or lock files, change legacy creator and type codes, remove invisible files, even change Finder labels– all on the fly.
The best part is the Droplets. Create the settings you use the most and save them as a Droplet. Then, grab whatever files and folders you need to change and drop them on the Droplet. Done.
There are some limits to changes you can make to files, but these are imposed by Mac OS X. For example, you can’t set a file’s date to the future, and it won’t let you change a modification date to before the creation date.
Other than the crazy name, A Better Finder Attributes is one of those useful tools you’ll fall in love with the first time you use it.