For all the pleasantries associated with using Apple’s gadgets, the company itself knows how to play hardball. For years there’s been this little Mac tweaking tool called A Better Finder Attributes.
It tweaks Mac photo file attributes until the cows come home. The folks who publish the app wanted to put it on Apple’s Mac App Store. “No can do, amigo!” says Apple. Why not? Apple wants anything to do with the Finder all to itself.
What’s In A Name?
The ultimate file tweaking tool for the Mac isn’t quite as ultimate as it could be because Apple didn’t like Finder in the name.
So, A Better Finder Attributes became File Multi Tool. I know. It doesn’t even rhyme.
What it does is tweak photo files, specifically attributes for JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF, CRW, CIFF EXIF timestamps.
Synchronize file creation and modification dates. Determine whether file extensions appear in the Finder.
Batch lock or unlock a bunch of Mac files. Set or remove legacy creator and type codes. Even remove invisible files or open the Finder to view invisible files.
Finder labels can be set in batches. And the Finder itself can be forced to update edited file attributes in files and folders.
The whole shebang is drag and drop. Select files from the Finder and use the built-in context menu or hot keys.
If all this seems to be a little geeky, well, that’s because it is.
File Multi Tool is A Better Finder Attributes. They just couldn’t sell it in Apple’s Mac App Store with the word Finder in the name.
Regardless, what you get, with either version, is a photo file tweaking tool that’s easy for newbies to use, but with plenty of batch functions built-in for hard core Mac file tweakers.