PDA

View Full Version : File management



trondk
06-07-2017, 12:52 PM
Hi
Im looking for a file browser / file manager that will show WHEN a picture was TAKEN, WITHOUT having to open one and one picture to check exif, putting the pictures into iPhoto or running a bunch of scripts.
Does something like this exist?
I find it appalling that a OS that prides itself on beeing the number one photo/video/graphics platform does not have this by default.

Raz0rEdge
06-07-2017, 01:03 PM
Welcome to Mac-Forums..

From the terminal



mdls <image file> | grep kMDItemContentCreationDate


This will show you the creation date of the file. If you have lots of file, it's easy to traverse them and export the data to a CSV file or whatever you want to do with this info.

Professional who use Macs for photo/video work load their content within the apps specific to that task which will give them all that info.

pigoo3
06-07-2017, 01:09 PM
I find it appalling that a OS that prides itself on beeing the number one photo/video/graphics platform does not have this by default.

Normally I like to welcome new members with a BIG-Happy "Welcome to Mac-Forums"!:)

But when someone comes out of the gate saying what was quoted above...I take exception!:Angry: Instead of immediately blaming the OS...how about first asking a question to see if what you would like to do is already possible...or maybe be a bit more modest or self-deprecating...and admit that you looked but couldn't find the option.;)

With that being said...I'll point to what is already possible within the Mac OS...and then you can see if this will work for you.:)

- Open a folder.
- Go to the "View" drop down menu.
- Select "Show View Options".

Here you will see a whole slew of possibilities...including "Date Created":

26589

HTH,:)

- Nick

p.s. Welcome to Mac-Forums! REALLY.:)

Raz0rEdge
06-07-2017, 01:16 PM
Nick, those dates are not when the phone was taken which is stored in the EXIF data but rather when the file was perhaps copied to that machine from the SD card or whatever. I had a picture I downloaded for some testing and the creation date of it is 5/16/2017 (that's the day I downloaded it), but using the mdls command from my post I see that the image was created on 09/10/2014..

Here is the entire output of the mdls command for the image:


_kMDItemOwnerUserID = 501
kMDItemAcquisitionMake = "Phase One"
kMDItemAcquisitionModel = "IQ180"
kMDItemAperture = 6.918899858956276
kMDItemBitsPerSample = 32
kMDItemColorSpace = "RGB"
kMDItemContentCreationDate = 2014-09-10 22:47:51 +0000
kMDItemContentModificationDate = 2014-09-10 22:47:51 +0000
kMDItemContentType = "public.jpeg"
kMDItemContentTypeTree = (
"public.jpeg",
"public.item",
"public.data",
"public.image",
"public.jpeg",
"public.content"
)
kMDItemCreator = "Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Macintosh)"
kMDItemDateAdded = 2017-05-16 18:42:12 +0000
kMDItemDisplayName = "2016-Porsche-Boxster-Spyder-01.jpg"
kMDItemEXIFVersion = "2.2"
kMDItemExposureProgram = 0
kMDItemExposureTimeSeconds = 4
kMDItemFNumber = 11
kMDItemFocalLength = 35
kMDItemFSContentChangeDate = 2017-05-16 18:42:12 +0000
kMDItemFSCreationDate = 2017-05-16 18:42:00 +0000
kMDItemFSCreatorCode = ""
kMDItemFSFinderFlags = 0
kMDItemFSHasCustomIcon = (null)
kMDItemFSInvisible = 0
kMDItemFSIsExtensionHidden = 0
kMDItemFSIsStationery = (null)
kMDItemFSLabel = 0
kMDItemFSName = "2016-Porsche-Boxster-Spyder-01.jpg"
kMDItemFSNodeCount = (null)
kMDItemFSOwnerGroupID = 20
kMDItemFSOwnerUserID = 501
kMDItemFSSize = 1308468
kMDItemFSTypeCode = ""
kMDItemHasAlphaChannel = 0
kMDItemISOSpeed = 50
kMDItemKind = "JPEG image"
kMDItemLogicalSize = 1308468
kMDItemOrientation = 1
kMDItemPhysicalSize = 1310720
kMDItemPixelCount = 9259200
kMDItemPixelHeight = 3600
kMDItemPixelWidth = 2572
kMDItemProfileName = "Adobe RGB (1998)"
kMDItemResolutionHeightDPI = 305
kMDItemResolutionWidthDPI = 305
kMDItemUserModifiedDate = (
"2017-05-16 18:42:12 +0000"
)
kMDItemUserModifiedUserHandle = (
501
)
kMDItemWhereFroms = (
"http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2016-Porsche-Boxster-Spyder-01.jpg",
"http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2016-Porsche-Boxster-Spyder-01.jpg"
)
kMDItemWhiteBalance = 0

pigoo3
06-07-2017, 01:34 PM
Nick, those dates are not when the phone was taken which is stored in the EXIF data but rather when the file was perhaps copied to that machine from the SD card or whatever. I had a picture I downloaded for some testing and the creation date of it is 5/16/2017 (that's the day I downloaded it), but using the mdls command from my post I see that the image was created on 09/10/2014..

Thanks for mentioning that Ashwin.:) Yes I am familiar with the EXIF data (the "burned in" unalterable info in every photo). Was hoping the built-in OS option I mentioned above would be helpful to some degree for the OP.:) Especially if someone transfers photos from an iPad, iPhone, digital camera, etc. to their computer relatively close to the date that the photo was taken.:)

Of course the example you gave is a perfect situation of how this built-in OS feature would not be very helpful for older photos transferred more recently. The Terminal command you gave would work.:)

Trying to help the OP as much as possible...without spending any cash.:)

- Nick

trondk
06-07-2017, 01:58 PM
Pigoo3 and Raz0rEdge, thanks for the input so far!
And as a reply to Pigoo3`s comment on my somewhat harsh opening, it is a result of many google searches, differet apps tried and so on without a, for me, workable solution.
I want a view, where I easily can sort the folder content by the date the picture is taken and not when it was copied to my Mac.
As far as I can understand this is simply not possible.
Finder confuses date taken with when it first saw the file, and scripting the info out to a csv does not give the ease of use Im looking for.
As for spending cash Im now so desperat that I would give my left leg to find something useful.
Oh, and thanks for the welcome. I should have started with a Hi here I am post, but just found this forum and went "all in" at once in the hope someone had a tip :) Sorry about that!

pigoo3
06-07-2017, 02:07 PM
Oh, and thanks for the welcome. I should have started with a Hi here I am post, but just found this forum and went "all in" at once in the hope someone had a tip :) Sorry about that!

It's all good.:) I can understand your frustration. I will do some searching as well...see what I can find.:)

I know that we have some very dedicated photography members at Mac-Forums...and hopefully they will chime in with a solution/recommendation!:)

- Nick

p.s. If no one comes up with an app related solution to the issue. I'll be the first one standing in line behind you to support what you mentioned in post #1!!!;)
p.p.s. And there is the solution Raz0rEdge mentioned in post #2.;)
p.p.p.s. Moved thread to better location.

trondk
06-07-2017, 02:14 PM
Again, thanks for all you help despite my initial tantrum ;)

Raz0rEdge
06-07-2017, 02:14 PM
Thank you for explaining what it is you are trying to do..

Finder does not do what you want, so you might want to give Path Finder (https://cocoatech.com/) a shot. It's available as a 30 day free trial and might have the sort of by image creation support in it since it was asked for last year and a feature request went to the developers.

trondk
06-07-2017, 02:19 PM
I`ll give Path Finder another look. :)
I used it shortly after moving to OS-X but it had no support back then.

trondk
06-07-2017, 02:28 PM
No dice! The hunt is still on :\

Raz0rEdge
06-07-2017, 02:33 PM
I just played with it and while it easily shows the EXIF data of images, it isn't a sortable thing..so not quite what you want..

Unfortunately, most suggestions related to this are on how to do it within Photos..

trondk
06-07-2017, 02:38 PM
Unfortunately, most suggestions related to this are on how to do it within Photos..

Yeah, however I do not like the idea of putting all my pics in a DB. I like my folder structure ;)
Also it is a requirement as there are some Windows PCs in the house :(