Dalamser announces Folder Dater and Date Paradox Resolver

June 22, 2011 in Utility (E)

[prMac.com] Ely, United Kingdom - Dalamser today is pleased to announce Folder Dater, a utility for setting folder time stamps based on their contents, to enhance sorting in the Finder; and Date Paradox Resolver, a maintenance tool for resolving paradoxical date stamps.

Folder Dater:
The modification date of a document indicates when it was last changed, and sorting by Date Modified in the Finder lists documents in the order they have been worked on.

For folders the last change is the date an item was added to, or removed from, the folder. Therefore sorting by Date Modified in the Finder lists folders in the order items where added or removed from them. However you cannot sort folders in the order the items within them were most recently modified, e.g. in the order the contents of the folders have been worked on.

Similarly the creation date of a folder is often less interesting than the creation times of the items it contains. For example, if in June you collect all documents worked on in May and create a folder to hold them the creation date of the folder will be in June not May. Therefore when items are sorted by Date Created or Date Modified in the Finder the folder of May items will be ordered with those created in June, etc.

Then later, in October when you are reviewing the May work you discover you left a draft around you don't need to keep and so trash it; and now the May items folder has a modified date of October, further throwing sorting in the Finder into disarray.

While sorting in the Finder by Date Modified or Date Created is useful for documents it is less useful for folders; and indeed the order of folders may seem rather random and change substantially as a result of simple housekeeping tasks.

Folder Dater is a utility designed to make the modification, and creation, dates of a folder more useful by setting them based on the attributes of the items it contains; and thus bringing greater order to sorting in the Finder.

Date Paradox Resolver:
Date stamps on files & folders may sometimes be set incorrectly. For example, a creation date may appear as 1904, long before electronic computers existed; or the modification date may be before the creation date. We refer to cases such as these as paradoxes.

Date Paradox Resolver is a maintenance tool which allows date stamp paradoxes to be resolved. Prehistoric dates can be reset to something more reasonable, future dates to the current one, and creation dates set to the modification date if the latter is earlier. Individual items or whole folder trees can be processed.

Additionally, as one cause of invalid creation dates is a copy operation which fails to set them correctly; Date Paradox Resolver supports copying the creation dates from another item. This is most useful when the target and source are folder trees.

Complementary Applications:
While Folder Dater & Date Paradox Resolver are related, in that they both process date stamps, their purpose and behaviour are quite distinct and they complement each other. Folder Dater is an everyday utility which assists in maintaining collections of documents in the Finder as folder modification dates change as part of normal operations. Date Paradox Resolver is a maintenance tool for dealing with abnormal paradoxical situations. Date Paradox Resolver handles files and folders.

Pricing and Availability:
Both apps are available immediately from the Mac App Store for $3.99 each. We welcome reviews of Folder Dater & Date Paradox Resolver. We provide NFR licenses on request to members of the Press. Requests for such licenses, and any other questions, may be sent to Press Support.

Dalamser is a small company providing innovative software solutions for Apple OS X and iOS. Dalamser publishes the acclaimed TimePreserver backup solution for Time Capsule owners, and other titles. Copyright (C) 2011 Dalamser. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.