File Multi Tool 5


Current Version: 5.30

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 5.8 MB - Download


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File Multi Tool 5 is the ultimate file tweaking tool.

File Multi Tool 5 combines the features of Photo Date Changer and File Date Changer 5 and adds a few tricks of its own.


Just like Photo Date Changer, File Multi Tool 5 allows you to manipulate JPEG, CR2, NEF, ARF, CRW & CIFF EXIF timestamps at will by setting them to specific times or batch adjusting them by adding and removing time (useful for correcting the timestamps of images taken with a digital camera with a incorrectly set clock and to compensate for timezone changes).


File Multi-Tool 5 also allows to synchronize the file creation and modification dates with the shooting dates of JPEG EXIF as well as a wide variety of RAW formats, so that files sort properly in the Finder and other systems.


Just like File Date Changer 5, File Multi Tool 5 gives you total control over file creation and modification dates, setting them to specific times and dates, adding or removing time or simply removing them altogether.


On top of these features, File Multi Tool 5 gives you control over:

• whether or not file extensions appear in the Finder
• batch locking or unlocking of files
• setting or removing legacy creator & type codes
• removing invisible files
• seeing invisible files in the Finder
• batch setting of Finder labels
• forcing the Finder to update its information about files and folders

File Multi Tool 5 features an elegant and intuitive interface with many advanced features. Simply drag & drop the files you want to change into the file list, select an action from the popup menu and modify the settings to your liking, then click on "Perform Changes".


• batch operation
• drag & drop into the file list or onto the application icon
• select files in the Finder and activate File Multi Tool 5 via the Finder context menu or via a hot key
• automatically deals with file date consistency rules
• separate processing for files and folders, batch processing of sub-folders


Please note that Mac OS X imposes a number of "common sense" rules when it comes to file dates and will not allow you to set dates to "invalid" values.

In particular, you cannot set the dates to future values (i.e. later than now) and files cannot be modified before they are created. File Multi Tool 5 can automatically take care of these complications for you via the "automatically correct inconsistent dates" feature.

Also note that while File Multi Tool will let you set dates before 1972, the Mac OS X Finder does not "like" such dates and as soon as you point the Finder to such a file, it will "correct" this date to the 1st of January 1972.

File Multi-Tool is available exclusively on the Mac App Store.


Release Notes:

- fixes a minor bug


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 5.09
Review by Walt R

File Multi Tool 5 does not show hidden files as their web site indicates. - I purchased this program to allow me to see and delete the mac "hidden" files in a folder prior to burning to a CD for Windows users. (The hidden files tend to confuse people who are not familiar with Mac's) I have ZipFiles4PC to do this for zip files (it works great) and wanted something to do the same thing for burned CD's. I found the app on their web site and saw their instructions for making invisible files visible, therefore allowing them to be deleted. Problem is, the instructions on their web site is for a previous version and the current version does not do this. Also the instructions are for Leopord, not SL or Lion. They reference a "Tools" menu that does not exist. They also mention a selection in their pull-down menu that does not exist. Their customer service could not resolve this issue. Short version; I wanted the program to delete invisible files in a burn folder for a CD. This program could not do that. It might do other things great, I don't know. But it couldn't do what I wanted it to do so I have deleted the program from my computer. Update: I bought this wanting to use the show invisible files feature, but later found out that it was cut to meet Mac App Store guidelines. I contacted the author who was happy to give me a code to A Better Finder Attributes, the equivalent non-Mac App Store version, which now works fine. I have changed my rating to 5 stars as it now does exactly what I wanted it to do. Thanks Frank.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 5.09
Review by Karl Petur Jonsson

Not working properly - Had over 1000 pictures with the wrong year. Tried converting four of them which worked. Then tried adjusting their timestamp all at once, only the top 250 were copied into the clipboard and then the program just went going for more than ten minutes. Tried shutting it down, but it would not respond. No indicator on progress, which would be good. Maybe I should have tried with less then the max amount of files reccommended, but it definately has me worried that my photo files (originals) have been destroyed or in some way jeapordized. The program finalized the work, claiming it had changed the time on all 1129 files, which had not happened. Did another test, this time around adding a year and eight hours to the timestamp of 128 photos. This did not work at all. Dates of creation and dates of modification remain wrong on all 128 files. Would like my $15 back.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 5.30
Review by Info Gal

GREAT Tool - I’m a photographer and I use this tool ALL the time. It works flawlessly and NEVER crashes. My primary use is to put fix the creation dates on my photos and to give all of my photos a custom numbering system. I have done this to 45,000 photos without a hitch. It does exactly what is claimed and does it well.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 5.30
Review by sketchypictures

Awesome! - This is great for keeping photos and videos in order of date and time. I use this app a lot to fix problems when exported photos upload or import in the wrong order. The best part of this app is the ability to change the time stamp of videos. If you convert or export video from Lightroom, Media Encoder, etc. it changes the video’s time to the current. Being able to change it back to the capture time was a big plus for me to keep both home movies and production videos in the order they were taken. The only thing I would like to see added is an ability to change the time but add a certain amount of minutes between each photo. This would help with scanned images that do not have a correct date but won't make all the images the exact same time.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 5.30
Review by ejanne

I bought version 5. Why should I pay for Version 6? - So I paid for File Multi Tool 5. File Multi Tool 6 is out. What’s the difference? Is Version 5 still going to be maintained? Or am I expected to pay to buy the new version. Not entirely sure why I should be paying for something that I’ve already paid for? Is it a complete re-write?

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 5.30
Review by LRViewer

Can’t change file names? - How is this a multi-tool if it can’t even change file names?

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people