A Better Finder Attributes 4.5.5 removes legacy file information

June 6, 2007 in Software (E)


publicspace.net is pleased to announce version 4.5.5 of its A Better Finder Attributes file utility. This new version allows the removal of legacy creator and type codes from existing files.

Mac OS 9 used 4-byte creator and type codes that were embedded in the file itself to determine the type of document that the file represents and by which application it should be opened.

Unix and Windows operating systems in contrast use file extensions, such as .doc, .jpg to identify the document type.

While the old Mac OS 9 mechanism was in many ways more elegant, the emergence of the world-wide web and the migration to the Unix-based Mac OS X have made it all but obsolete.

Existing files (especially image files, such as jpeg, tiff, psd and gif documents) that still contain creator and type codes can confuse the Finder and lead to the files opening in arbitrary applications. Removing the creator and type codes from image files can thus lead to a cleaner end-user experience.

In addition to the ability to remove creator and type codes, A Better Finder Attributes already contains features that allow the user to batch modify (or add) these codes.

A Better Finder Attributes has long been known to post-production and digital media producers for its ability to change Finder attributes, such as file creation and modification dates.

The recent 4.4 release brought it to a larger audience of digital photography amateurs and professionals alike by adding the ability to batch adjust the Exchangeable Image File (EXIF) time and date that JPEG pictures were shot to compensate for timezone errors or incorrectly set camera clocks.

A Better Finder Attributes remains priced at $14.95. Family, Business and Enterprise Licensing is available.

publicspace.net was founded by Frank Reiff in 1996 with the aim of producing affordable best-of-breed software for the Macintosh. In the past decade, our A Better Finder series of file utilities and our MacBreakZ personal ergonomic assistant have become familiar fixtures of the Macintosh community. publicspace.net is also active in the Windows software market.