Friday is Boomer Geek Day and that means I like to review a Mac app that helps you get your geek on; a utility that does what you never thought you could, but does it fast, easy, but not quite free. Geeks tweak. And that’s what File Multi Tool does. It tweaks files.
Those of us with tens of thousands of photos more than we should rightfully own know the problem. Timestamps. The date and time when a photo or series of photos were shot. We also understand photo meta-data tags, those pieces of information that tell us file attributes. And, there’s always the problem of creation and modification datas, and file data we can’t find because the Camera God made it invisible.
File Multi Tool gives you control over all those issues. You can change JPG and RAW shooting dates, meta-data tags, modification and creation dates, and much more– all the way up to manipulated EXIF timestamps, individually or in batches.
All you need are your files and File Multi Tool.
All you have to do is drop in all the photo files that need to be tweaked, change a few settings in File Multi Tool, and you’re good to go.
One handy use here is the option to synchronize the file creation and modification dates of various photos with the shooting dates in JPG EXIF (and RAW files). Why is that important? So they can sort within Finder the way God intended.
That means you can change, remove, or add JPG EXIF meta data on any file or batch of photos with ease. Or, strip it out if you want. macOS itself sets various flags on files. They’re called Mac file system flags and many of them cannot be seen in the Finder. File Multi Tool sees them all and gives you proper controls. That includes showing and deleting invisible files in the Finder.
Crazy name, right? File Multi Tool. It’s one of those rare apps that does more than expected, despite the name. It’s also the Mac App Store version of A Better Finder Attributes app, which has been around for years. Also oddly named, but also a delight to use. Same price, same developer, both with a trial version.
Last year I wrote an article and review on A Better Finder Rename app; oddly named, but terrific Mac utility that does what you think. It renames files in batches. Almost instantly, regardless of the complexity of the file name you want to use. Odd names all, excellent tools.