What's New

Version 5.37

13th September 2016

This is the last 5.x release, now that version 6 of A Better Finder Attributes is available.

Version 6 is a separate download.

Version 5.36

2nd February 2016

This release fixes a software update vulnerability in the Sparkle framework that was exposed on the 29th of January.

Version 5.35

15th December 2015

The new release further modernizes the code base and ships with an improved mailing list subscription feature.

Version 5.34

10th November 2015

The new release adopts the Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan SDK, modernizes the code base and ships with an improved auto-update feature.

Version 5.33

3rd September 2015

The new release recognizes read-only disks and acts appropriately.

Version 5.32

22nd July 2015

The new release makes sure that Mac App Store customers who have bought File Multi Tool 5 can use A Better Finder Attributes for free.

Version 5.31

3rd June 2015

The new version fixes a minor bug.

Version 5.30

1st April 2015

The new version improves the installation experience.

Version 5.29

28th January 2014

This new version introduces a new icon that better complements Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite's visual style.

Version 5.28

13th November 2014

This new version introduces a fresh, flatter look to complement Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Version 5.27

25th June 2014

This new version allows the program to change EXIF data in a wider range of image files.

Version 5.26

6th May 2014

This new version improves droplet reliability on Mavericks.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Version 5.25

5th December 2013

This new version fixes a startup crash related to the migration to the ARC memory management technology.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Version 5.24

3rd December 2013

This new version adopts ARC, Apple's latest memory management technology.

The new release also fixes a problem affecting the "Adjust EXIF timestamp" feature.

Version 5.22

9th July 2013

The new version now supports the standard keyboard shortcut for going to full screen mode.

Version 5.21

12th June 2013

The new version makes it easy to sign up for our new mailing list.

Version 5.20

11th December 2012

The new version:

  • provides better error reporting when things go wrong
  • contains a few minor UI tweaks
  • fixes a few minor bugs due to sandboxing requirements on the Mac App Store

Version 5.19

29th August 2012

The new version improves integration with the Mac App Store version.

Version 5.18

14th August 2012

The new version delivers Mountain Lion compatible droplet creation.

Update: Apple's Mac OS X 10.8.1 update has fixed the bug causing A Better Finder Attributes droplets not tooperate correctly on Mountain Lion. Old droplets should now operate correctly again.

Version 5.17

6th July 2012

The new version solves a problem that could cause EXIF adjustments on external drives to fail.

Version 5.16

27th June 2012

The new version features Retina Display-optimized drawing and artwork.

Version 5.15

11th June 2012

This version works around a bug in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that would intermittently cause the droplet application ratherthan the main application to be launched when double clicking the application icon.

Version 5.14

9th May 2012

The new version adopts Developer ID signing in preparation for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Version 5.13

15th March 2012

The new version fixes a minor drawing bug.

Version 5.12

14th March 2012

The new version features a refreshed user interface.

Version 5.11

25th January 2012

The new version can now be used in the Mac OS X 10.7 full screen mode.

Version 5.10

4th January 2012

The new release adds support for modifying Sony ARF RAW files.

Version 5.09

14th December 2011

This release adds support for modifying Nikon RAW (.NEF) photo files.

Version 5.08

29th November 2011

This release works around an international date formatting bug in Mac OS X Lion.

Version 5.07

8th November 2011

The new version cleans up the user interface now that writing EXIF time stamps to CRW, CR2 and CIFF aresupported.

Version 5.06

27th September 2011

The new version now supports adjusting EXIF timestamps in all commonly used Canon RAW file formats, including CRW,CR2 and CIFF.

Version 5.05

27th July 2011

The new version replaces the previous EXIF date changing engine with a new faster and more expandableimplementation.

Version 5.04

23rd March 2011

The new version allows console logging to be switched off and addresses an unlocking problem affecting EasternEuropean customers.

Version 5.03

16th March 2011

The new version features a new "Collect Debugging Information" item in the "Help" menu thatallows for much more convenient bug reporting.

A cosmetic problem with some of the application's menu items showing up in a smaller font after the migration to thenew XCode 4 toolset was also resolved.

Version 5.02

28th February 2011

This new version updates the information on the Mac App Store purchasing option.

Version 5.01

22nd February 2011

This new version makes it easier to purchase A Better Finder Attributes 5 in the Mac App Store, where it is called"File Multi Tool 5".

Version 5.0

8th February 2011

Version 5 was modernized inside and out and now requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later.

The major visible changes are the brand new single window user interface and the automatic software update. Behindthe scenes much has changed and version 5.0 is now ready for major new developments which will as always be releasedincrementally as they become available.

Version 5.0 is a free upgrade to all customer who have purchased A Better Finder Attributes 4 after the 1st ofJanuary 2009. It is a paid upgrade for other users.

Version 5.0 beta 1

2nd February 2011

This is the first beta of the upcoming A Better Finder Attributes 5.0 release.

The new version is modernized inside and out and now requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later.

The major visible changes are the brand new single window user interface and the automatic software update. Behindthe scenes much has changed and version 5.0 is now ready for major new developments which will as always be releasedincrementally as they become available.

Version 4.50

9th November 2010

The new release ensures that the creation date of files that do not have an EXIF timestamp are not affected by the"Copy the date that digital photo was taken to the creation date" action.

Version 4.49

18th August 2010

The new release allows time to be added or subtracted from both the EXIF shooting date and the file creation datesimultaneously.

Version 4.48

28th July 2010

The new release fixes a minor issue affecting the working on the service menu on Snow Leopard.

Version 4.47

12th May 2010

The new release adds the ability to "lift" the creation or modification date of an existing file forspecifying the creation and modifications of other files.

Version 4.46

12th January 2010

This release works around a bug in Mac OS X 10.6.2 to ensure that creation and modification dates continue to bechanged concurrently.

Version 4.45

11th November 2009

This release uses a new implementation for the "force finder to update its information the file(s)"feature.

Version 4.44

21st October 2009

This release contains significant improvements to the handling of unlock codes and should make unlocking the productsignificantly less error prone.

Version 4.43

13th October 2009

The new release restores the ability to set creator and type codes on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Please note that the Snow Leopard Finder and operating system do no longer use the creator code to associatedocuments with a particular application.

Version 4.42

5th October 2009

The new release removes the experimental EXIF library for Snow Leopard and uses the tried and tested old libraryinstead.

Version 4.41

1st October 2009

The new release:

  • allows A Better Finder Attributes to be used as part of your ImageCapture workflow on Snow Leopard
  • fixes a rare crashing bug when changing EXIF timestamps on Snow Leopard.

Please note that Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger customers should downgrade to version 3.39which is the last Tiger compatible version.

Version 4.40

28th September 2009

The new release fixes a crashing bug when changing EXIF information in JPEG files when the program is used on SnowLeopard.

Version 4.39

23rd September 2009

This is the last Tiger compatible release!

The new release uses a new library to change EXIF information in JPEG files when the program is used on SnowLeopard.

It also includes a new version of the preferences pane that handles system with a legacy A Better Finder Launcherinstallation more gracefully.

Version 4.38

16th September 2009

This release makes further tweaks for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

  • uninstalls un-needed system components on Snow Leopard (Hotkey and context menu replaced by system services)
  • adds instructions on how to set up system services so that they appear in the Finder
  • updates documentation with Snow Leopard-specific issues
  • presents a descriptive error message when an attempt to change a creator code is made on Snow Leopard (SnowLeopard ignores the creator code and does no longer allows it to be changed)

Version 4.37

9th September 2009

This release updates the preferences pane for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Expect more Snow Leopard tweaks next week.

Version 4.36

12th August 2009

This release adds an "A Better Finder Attributes 4..." menu item to the services menu and allows A BetterFinder Attributes to be started by selecting files in the Finder or other applications via the "Services"menu.

This also means that the new release is now Snow Leopard compatible.

Version 4.35

27th July 2009

Fixes a bug that prevented the "Copy the date that the digital photo was taken to creation date" action towork correctly for non-JPEG files.

Version 4.34

8th July 2009

Optional preference pane now correctly reports A Better Finder Attributes update status.

Version 4.33

3rd June 2009

The new adds the ability to change both the file creation and modification date in a single operation.

Version 4.32

29th April 2009

The new version fixes a minor bug.

Version 4.31

27th April 2009

The new version restores the full digital photography features.

Version 4.30

15th April 2009

The new version now directly links to the new support forums.

Version 4.8.5

2nd March 2009

The new version now correctly handles Mac OS X "bundles", such as ".pages" and ".numbers"documents as files rather than folders.

Version 4.8.4

2nd February 2009

It is now possible to switch off the validity check before attempting to change EXIF timestamps in JPEG files. Inthat manner, it is possible to attempt to overwrite corrupted timestamps.

This validity check is switched on by default, but can be switched off in the "Preferences..." dialog.

Version 4.8.3

5th January 2009

This release fixes a bug in the "Copy the creation date to date that the digital photo was taken".

Version 4.8.2

17th December 2008

This release fixes a bug in the preferences pane component.

Version 4.8

12th November 2008

The new version adds the ability to remove file creation and modification dates and improves preview and errorhandling.

Version 4.7.9

27th October 2008

The new version fixes a bug with the legacy creator and type code setting feature.

Version 4.7.8

10th October 2008

Corrects an incorrectly displayed error message.

Version 4.7.7

7th October 2008

The new version fixes a bug that affects the legacy creator and type code setting feature.

Version 4.7.6

17th July 2008

  • Adds a "Clear" button to the preview

Version 4.7.5

2nd April 2008

  • Copy file creation date to EXIF "date time original" field
  • Re-arranged action menu for increased clarity
  • Improved support for site licenses

Version 4.7

13th February 2008

The new release allows the EXIF shooting date of JPEG picturefiles to be set to an arbitrary date and time.

Version 4.6.7

9th January 2008

Fixes a bug affecting the "Change Modification Date" feature.

Version 4.6.6

23rd October 2007

Delivers Leopard compatibility and makes minor corrections.

Version 4.6.5

17th October 2007

The new release adds support for setting Finder color labels.

Version 4.6.1

3rd September 2007

This release fixes a bug that caused the 'Add or subtract time from JPEG EXIF capture date' feature to fail onbatches of more than 100 items.

Version 4.6

8th August 2007

The new version adds features for visualizing invisible files (including those pesky .DS_Store files) and removingthem from entire file hierarchies.

Version 4.5.6

18th July 2007

This is a minor update that warns users that Mac OS X 10.4 does not always display file dates pre-dating the 1st ofJanuary 1970 correctly, but the program does change dates correctly within the 1904 to 2040 time range.

The update also contains the newest system preferences pane.

Version 4.5.5

6th June 2007

The new version now allows you to remove legacy creator and types codes from existing files.

Version 4.5

24th April 2007

The new version offers EXIF time stamp reading support for:

  • jpeg (with EXIF)
  • crw (Canon)
  • cr2 (Canon)
  • thm (Canon)
  • nef (Nikon)
  • tiff (camera)
  • raf (Fuji)
  • orf (Olympus)
  • mrw (Minolta)
  • dng (Adobe)
  • srf (Sony)
  • pef (Pentax)

and improves error checking.

This latest version is the requires Mac OS X 10.4!

Version 4.4.5

21st March 2007

The new version:

  • features improved date and time pickers
  • fixes a bug affecting international users only

This latest version is the first that requires Mac OS X 10.4!

Version 4.4

19th February 2007

The new version:

  • adds the ability to batch adjust the Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) time and date that JPEG pictures were shotto compensate for time zone errors or incorrectly set camera clocks.

Version 4.3.5

24th January 2007

The new version:

  • adds automatic correction of inconsistent file dates
  • replaces the "Apply" button with an auto-quit setting
  • adds new links to online support

Version 4.3

13th December 2006

You can now force the Finder to update its information on files and folders when it displays stale information.

Version 4.2

15th November 2006

The new version integrates the features of the discontinued ABetter Finder Creators & Types product:

  • change the creator and the type code of a document
  • change only the creator of the document
  • change only the type code of the document

For more information on creator & type codes please refer to this explanation on wikipedia.

Version 4.1.1

30th September 2006

The new version updates the optional program components: the systems preferences pane, hot key and contextual menuplugin.

Version 4.1

13th September 2006

The new version improves the handling of inconsistent date values and makes a number of minor fixes andimprovements.

Version 4.0.3

19th April 2006

The new version updates the System Preferences Pane and the Hot Key Component to address a minor installationbug.

Version 4.0.2

12th March 2006

Version 4.0.2 is a bug fix release that corrects registration inconsistencies and a minor bug in the hot keycomponent.

Version 4.0.1

8th March 2006

This bug fix release corrects an installation problem with the 4.0 release that prevented the context menu fromworking.

Version 4.0

8th March 2006

Version 4 will be a free upgrade for all owners of version 3.

A Better Finder Attributes 4 is based on the same code as A BetterFinder Rename 7, released late last year.

It inherits much of its user experience and features:

  • Detachable & re-sizable file list drawer with dynamic information display.
  • Simple drag & drop installation.
  • Operates as a stand-alone application.
  • Optional Finder context menu item.
  • Optional Finder hot key activation
  • create and edit droplets to automate frequent tasks.
  • more than hundred usability tweaks and refinements.
  • experimental support for CR2, NEF and Adobe DNG EXIF data.

Version 3.9.5

11th January 2006

This is the first release as a "Universal Application" running at full speed on both PowerPC andIntel-based Macintoshes.

Version 3.9

7th December 2005

This new release features faster and more reliable EXIF shooting date acquisition.

Version 3.8.6

16th November 2005

This minor release ensures compatibility with the new version 7 release of A Better Finder Rename.

Version 3.8.5

6th July 2005

The new release updates the hot key and preference pane components to provide an improved user experience:

  • system preference pane now displays all hot keys in a single table
  • user-defined hot key combinations run through a 'sanity check' to avoid problems with other applications
  • hot key component no longer installed by default
  • clean hot key installation and un-installation from the system preference pane

Version 3.8

16th March 2005

The new version allows time intervals to be added or subtracted to existing modification and creation date andtimes.

Version 3.7

9th February 2005

The new version introduces a swizzle user interface and makes significant internal changes.

The new "progressive disclosure" user interface is based on the use of swizzle triangles and brings ABetter Finder Attributes in line with the latest A Better Finder Rename releases.

Internal changes exploit Cocoa bindings to make it easier to add significant new user interface features in thefuture.

Version 3.6.1

17th November 2004

This minor update contains the new version of the System Preferences pane shared with the other A Better Finderseries tools.

The System Preference Pane update:

  • allows the hot key to be changed to a wider variety of keys
  • displays registration details on all A Better Finder products
  • replaces the old Registration Assistant application
  • unloads the resident A Better Finder hot key application from memory when the feature is switched off

Version 3.6

20th October 2004

The new release introduces a file details drawer designed to make it easier to judge file changes interactively.

Version 3.5

21st July 2004

The new release:

  • adds the ability to set the creation date of digital camera picture files to the time the picture wastaken, rather than when it was first imported to your Macintosh
  • EXIF digital camera support for JPEG, TIFF and Canon Raw formats (CRW, THM)

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