A Better Finder Attributes is designed to be easy to use even for novice users. This is why most of
the actions available in the
Action: popup menu do one very specific thing. A new user should be
able to see what’s on offer and make a straightforward selection using just that menu.
Some tasks, however, are by their nature more complicated or less common. The
Manipulation action available through the same popup menu is the Swiss army knife for date
You can find specific instructions on how to configure it for two commons scenarios:
but it supports a much wider range of scenarios.
Your first choice is to decide which date you want to use as the source of your new date.
Use: popup menu offers many possibilities:
Existing file creation date
Existing file modification date
Existing content creation date
Existing Media Creation Date (see explanation here)
Existing QuickTime/ TIFF Create Date (see explanation here)
Existing composite content creation date (see explanation here)
Existing Spotlight content creation date
Existing Spotlight content modification date
Existing Spotlight added date (corresponds to what’s shown in the
Date Added column in the Finder)
Existing Spotlight Download Date (set by Safari & other download apps)
Date embedded in the file name (see full details here
Date taken from a file of the same name in a different hierarchy (see full details here)
The second choice is to which fields you want to write the newly created date.
File creation date overwrites the file system’s creation date
File modification date overwrites the file system’s modification date
Both these dates are subject to macOS’ date consistency rules.
You can then choose different target fields for images and movies separately. This is described in more detail here.
Change: popup menu gives you a few options on what to do with the source date before you write
it to its new fields:
Keep unchanged means that the new date value gets written unchanged to its new destination
Add time &
Subtract time allows you to add a number of hours, minutes, seconds, days, months
or years before the date value gets written to its new target
Increment by sort order allows you to add a number of hours, minutes, seconds, days,
months or years to the date based on some sorting critera. Discover more about this