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What's New in DirDate v6.5 - 6 February 2015

  • Fixed integer overflow with adding and subtracting to existing dates.
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    Detailed Changes Log

    What's New in DirDate v6.4 - 6 October 2014

  • Now can change the date and time of symbolic links (symlinks) that are folders (previously was just files).
  • Added .WAV and .M4A to supported Exif extensions.

    What's New in DirDate v6.3.1 - 22 August 2014

  • Fixed TSettings error on start.

    What's New in DirDate v6.3 - 21 August 2014

  • Now can change the date and time of symbolic links (symlinks) otherwise known as file reparse points.

    What's New in DirDate v6.2 - 11 March 2014

  • Now copes correctly with setting the time to a date in an earlier time period with different DST settings to the current period.

    What's New in DirDate v6.1 - 6 January 2014

  • DIRFIX mode now sets folder creation date to earlier creation of any entry.

    What's New in DirDate v6.0 - 5 March 2013

  • DirDate now can extract EXIF dates and apply them to the file. You can also correct for time zone differences between when the photos were taken compared to now e.g. dirdate.exe CREATION= MODIFIED= EXIF hour=+1 c:\aemail\*.jpg
  • DirDate now includes shortcuts (SymLinks), Compressed, Encrypted and Virtual files in its date calculations.

    What's New in DirDate v5.9 - 20 February 2013

  • Report mode and date change 'ALL' mode now change the Last Accessed date last.

    What's New in DirDate v5.8 - 29 January 2013

  • Fixed command-line filenames with embedded equals signs (=) being interpreted as options. Unknown options are now treated as a filename and flagged with a warning message.
  • Removed debug statements going to clipboard.

    What's New in DirDate v5.7 - 6 December 2012

  • New desktop shortcuts and Windows Explorer right-click menus for fixing folder dates.
  • Renamed modify, create and access command line options to current_modif(y/ied), current_create(d) and current_access(ed) for refering to the date of the current file, so expressions like dirdate creation= current_modified *.* are more natural.
  • -REPORT mode now supports -ONLYFILES and -ONLYDIRS options.

    What's New in DirDate v5.6.1 - 30 October 2012

  • Quiet mode now even quieter. Quiet mode can be used to suppress the Registration and Copyright messages if set via the DIRDATE environment variable.
  • Now supports -ALL and ALL=, previously ALL= was not understood.

    What's New in DirDate v5.6 - 11 June 2012

  • New x32 and x64 programs - one installer.

    What's New in DirDate v5.5 - 3 February 2012

  • Fixed usage of -FILEFIX when used on its own - DirDate did not think any changes were being specified.

    What's New in DirDate v5.4 - 16 January 2012

  • -IGNOREHIDDEN to ignore hidden files - very useful if you need to ignore certain types of file- they can be hidden by a batch file prior to running DirDate, and then unhidden afterwards, e.g. attrib +H *.* /S dirdate... attrib -H *.* /S

    What's New in DirDate v5.3 - 4 November 2011

  • -QUIET mode now suppresses the copyright and license display text.

    What's New in DirDate v5.2 - 4 August 2011

  • Added -DATEFORMAT=d/m/y | m/d/y etc in case you need to work with a date format other than the system short date format (e.g. if you process a report file from a computer in a different locale, or generate a report for a computer in a different locale). The date format should only use the date separator character (typically - or /) and the m, mm, d, dd, yy, and yyyy format specifiers.
  • -REPORT mode generates dates in accordance with the system short date format - previously it used d/m/y always.
  • -REPORT mode now adds set DIRDATE=-QUIET to produce less output when report.bat is run.
  • Added new 'All' option to change all remaining files in -C Confirm mode.
  • Documented the DIRDATE environment variable.
  • Now understands Unicode filenames on the command line.

    What's New in DirDate v5.1 - 2 August 2011

  • Now you can set a file date based on the creation, modification or last access date - e.g. setting the create date to the modified date minus one hour.
  • Change command line syntax (still backward compatible).

    What's New in DirDate v5.0 - 1 August 2011

  • Added -FILEFIX option to fix file dates so that if the modified date is earlier than the create date, the create date is set to the modified date.
  • Added -ONLYFILES and -ONLYDIRS to restrict what gets changed.
  • In -C Confirmation mode, the read only flag on a file is now only modified if the user selects Yes; previously the read-only attribute would be changed regardless.

    What's New in DirDate v4.9.3 - 25 May 2011

  • Fixed Unicode uppercasing issues with -IGNOREDIR= and -IGNORE=

    What's New in DirDate v4.9.2 - 24 May 2011

  • Fixed doubling up of the foldername as a filename when the start folder was not specified.
  • Fixed -IGNOREDIR not being recognized.

    What's New in DirDate v4.9.1 - 17 May 2011

  • Final changes to -DIROLDEST and -DIRNEWEST.
  • Speed improvements.

    What's New in DirDate v4.9 - 16 May 2011

  • Now can specify folders to ignore using -IGNOREDIR.
  • Fixed -DIROLDEST and -DIRNEWEST not working

    What's New in DirDate v4.8 - 9 May 2011

  • Now can specify wildcards for any mode - fixed bug with specifying anything other than *.* and -r mode.
  • Fixed Out of Memory errors handling ignore list entries.

    What's New in DirDate v4.7 - 16 March 2011

  • New ignore list option -IGNORE=... - by default thumbs.db, desktop.ini are ignored.
  • Report mode now no longer ignores wildcards.

    What's New in DirDate v4.6.1 - 19 July 2010

  • Removed more messages from output when QUIET mode is on.

    What's New in DirDate v4.6 - 13 July 2010

  • Removed reference file messages from output when QUIET mode is on.

    What's New in DirDate v4.5.4 - 30 April 2010

  • Fixed dates not being set correctly.

    What's New in DirDate v4.5.3 - 30 March 2010

  • Fixed missing leading '.' from relative paths in -REPORT mode.

    What's New in DirDate v4.5.2 - 29 March 2010

  • Fixed setting of folder dates in -DIRFIX, -DIROLDEST and -DIRNEWEST modes.
  • Directory specified in -REPORT mode output is now a relative directory, as documented.

    What's New in DirDate v4.5.1 - 27 March 2010

  • Fixed -report mode not writing to standard out when redirected.
  • Fixed dates in whatsnew, license, order files.
  • Fixed folder create/last modified being reversed.

    What's New in DirDate v4.5 - 25 March 2010

  • Added -DIRFIX to set reset folder dates after a backup/restore - folder create date is set to the oldest file date, folder modify date is set to the newest file date.
  • A wildcard of *.* is now enforced when -DIRFIX, -DIROLDEST, -DIRNEWEST or -REPORT is used with the -R option to ensure that all directories are traversed.
  • Now works with Unicode filenames.

    What's New in DirDate v4.4.4 - 2 July 2009

  • Fixed -DIROLDEST (for the last time!)

    What's New in DirDate v4.4.3 - 1 July 2009

  • Fixed -DIROLDEST and -DIRNEWEST (again)
  • Faster processing

    What's New in DirDate v4.4.2 - 29 June 2009

  • New -QUIET option which is much faster

    What's New in DirDate v4.4.1 - 26 June 2009

  • Output can be redirected to speed up output e.g. dirdate -r -diroldest r:\*.*> nul
  • Now ignores folder dates and empty folder dates when using -diroldest and -dirnewest, so dud folders don't throw out the date calculations.

    What's New in DirDate v4.4 - 6 March 2009

  • Now can change the dates of just a folder by not specifying any wildcards e.g. dirdate -year=1999 c:\aemail
  • Now accepts redirected input with a list of files to be updated e.g. dir /s /b | dirdate -min=22

    What's New in DirDate v4.3 - 26 August 2008

  • Now can produce a .BAT report making it easy to copy a set of dates from one folder (or group of folders) to another.

    What's New in DirDate v4.2.1 - 2 July 2008

  • Install now adds DirDate to the system path.

    What's New in DirDate v4.2 - 27 June 2008

  • New -diroldest and -dirnewest to set the folder to the date of the oldest or newest file respectively. e.g. dirdate -r -diroldest c:\aemail\

    What's New in DirDate v4.1.4 - 16 June 2008

  • Now accepts dates in the format -date=$/$/$ and times in the format -time=$:$:$ where $ represents the 'current' value.

    What's New in DirDate v4.1.3 - 11 June 2008

  • New evaluation warning.

    What's New in DirDate v4.1.2 - 5 May 2008

  • Fixed date values being read as zero.

    What's New in DirDate v4.1.1 - 1 May 2008

  • Removed EXIF info from help file.

    What's New in DirDate v4.1 - 11 March 2008

  • Now allows relative date changes in any date part e.g. day=+3 adds 3 to the current day, day=-3 removes 3 days

    What's New in DirDate v3.9.1 - 28 January 2008

  • Now allows Years as early as 1601 for NTFS.

    What's New in DirDate v3.9 - 19 November 2007

  • Now correctly implements regional date order such as d/m/y for UK/AU etc.

    What's New in DirDate v3.8.2 - 14 May 2007

  • Fixed bug in applying folder dates.
  • -C option to confirm each change is now implemented.

    What's New in DirDate v3.8.1

  • Fixed bug in handling of ADD= and SUBTRACT= options.

    What's New in DirDate v3.8

  • Now can change dates on the actual folder entries.
  • Now can set the dates on read-only files as well.
  • Now can set all date parts in one shot.

    What's New in DirDate v3.7.1

  • Last Access date of reference file is no longer modified.
  • Applying the reference file date now respects time zones.

    What's New in DirDate v3.7

  • New option to retrieve the reference file's create or last accessed date.
  • Improved documentation

    What's New in DirDate v3.6

  • Updated documentation and Usage information.

    What's New in DirDate v3.5

  • Fix for year=+2 and year=-2 style command line options.

    What's New in DirDate v3.4

    * Now displays better error messages, and does not halt on errors.

    What's New in DirDate v3.3

    * Now applies wildcards to only modify the specified files.

    What's New in DirDate v3.2

    * Can now add or subtract amounts from existing dates e.g. to correct for time zone differences.

    What's New in DirDate v3.1

    * Win32 version as well as 16 bit version

    What's New in DirDate v2.9

    * Fixed documentation error - should have been '\v' to disable date validity checking

    What's New in DirDate v2.8

    * Date and time separator can be any non-digit character * Now examines current locale to determine correct date order to use * Updated contact information

    What's New in DirDate v2.7

    * Years can be increased or decreased (very useful for Y2K) * Date validity checking can now be disabled, allowing dates like Feb 29, 2000 to be used (advanced users only) * File and directory attributes can be modified, including Volume ID and Directory attributes (advanced users only) * File and directory sizes can be modified (advanced users only) See http://www.datamystic.com/dirdate.html for more info.