ChangelogSince the first release back in May 1999, Attribute Changer turned out from a very simple tool to change attributes into a powerful file management application.

Below you can find the complete changelog of all modifications made into Attribute Changer.

Release 8.50a / October 2016

Update : Change case to lowercase and uppercase did not modify accent characters

Release 8.50 / July 2016

New : Attribute Changer is available as 64-bit application
Update : Fixed incorrect Simulation checkbox state in a rare condition
Update : Installer includes 32 and 64-bit binaries
Update : 32-bit installation automatically upgraded to 64-bit on Windows x64

Release 8.20a / April 2016

Update : Fixed failed folder modifications if files are locked within folder tree
Update : Fixed wrong date and time if photo contains no EXIF when using saved settings
Update : Updated installer Innosetup to 5.5.9u

Release 8.20 / February 2016

Update : Enable/disable confirmation dialog
Update : Re-add simulation mode to main window
Update : Updated user guide

Release 8.10a / January 2016

Update : Fixed missing localized text in confirmation dialog
Update : Fixed misaligned OK button in main window
Update : Fixed issue with ‘value from File tab’
Update : Fixed wrong modified date and time if photo value is altered

Release 8.10 / November 2015

Update : Enable/disable additional context menu items
Update : OK button closes application if no changes are pending
Update : Simulation mode added to confirmation dialog
Update : Updated user guide

Release 8.0b / August 2015

Update : Internal changes in shell extension ( now listed correctly in ShellExView from NirSoft )
Update : Optimized locking mechanism to prevent unnecessary failed actions
Update : Fixed column ‘Name – N’ to only display foldername, not complete path
Update : Fixed option ‘Picture date and time from JPEG’ to keep existing date and time if no EXIF data is detected.
Update : Fixed wrong tab selection in ‘Detailed Reporting’ window

Release 8.0a / August 2015

Update : Unable to add and modify filename filters
Update : Unable to add and modify foldername filters
Update : Advanced Mode for folders not correctly working
Update : Fixed EXIF crash when photo contains corrupt XMP section
Update : Small layout changes in help file

Release 8.0 / July 2015

New : Randomise feature on individual datetime stamps
New : Export of detailed report results ( CSV format )
New : Shell context menu displays icons ( optional )
New : Detailed logging can be enabled/disabled at any time
New : Last used settings automatically saved
New : Shell extension adds additional context menu items :
› Change Attributes / Use Current
› Change Attributes / Use Saved
Update : Major refactoring of main application
Update : Complete rewrite of shell extension
Update : Simplified User Interface
Update : Enhanced randomise algorithm
Update : Enhanced basic logging
Update : Enhanced detailed logging
Update : Updated translations
Update : Redesigned icons in application
Update : Fixed blank date or time field when using Classic theme
Update : Fixed upgrade issues in installer

Release 7.11 / June 2014

New : Both, the 32 and 64-bit shell extensions are now registered on 64-bit Windows
Update : Remove the dependency of dynamic binding to ATL
Update : ATL100.dll is automatically removed from the installation folder during upgrade
Update : Updated installer Innosetup to 5.5.4u
Update : Updated installer languages

Release 7.10g / March 2014

Update : Retrieved EXIF date not correctly assigned and sometimes resulting in wrong JPEG date stamps.

Release 7.10f / January 2014

Update : All known EXIF application crashes were resolved.

Release 7.10e / July 2013

Update : EXIF manipulations could generate application crash.

Release 7.10d / July 2013

Update : Modified date and time altered when Synchronisation mode selected for EXIF date and time.

Release 7.10c / January 2013

Update : Part of the date value hidden in entry fields when using two-digits format representation
Update : Randomise of date not working when randomisation range < 1 month
Update : Reduced size of Attribute Changer main application (acmain.exe)
Update : Cosmetic changes to shell extension (acshell.dll)
Update : Redesigned application icon for Attribute Changer

Release 7.10b / September 2012

Update : Part of the date value hidden in entry fields when using two-digits format representation
Update : Crash when dates out of range > 31/12/9999 23:59:59 (now reverts to current date and time)

Release 7.10a / August 2012

Update : Modification date and time get modified when EXIF date and time is changed

Release 7.10 / July 2012

New : Keep window position for Detailed Reporting window
New : Option to change case of files and folders
Update : Updated help file
Update : Added new Mask tab to graphical user interface
Update : Better file/folder locking mechanism while updating

Release 7.0b / May 2012

Update : Fixed wrong NTFS timestamps related to daylight savings

Release 7.0a / March 2012

Update : Remove obsolete ac.chm file while updating previous installation
Update : Fixed EXIF date issue when photo is touched with Google Picasa

Release 7.0 / February 2012

New : Attribute Changer supports UNICODE
New : Installer supports UNICODE
New : Dates < 1980 are activated
New : Date and time synchronization features
New : Generate random date and time stamps
New : Partial updates applied to EXIF date and time stamps
Update : Enhanced context menu item for date and time fields
Update : Make some labels and hints easier to understand
Update : Dropped support for Windows 2000
Update : Fixed header font in 'Advanced Reporting window'
Update : Fixed classic theme on Windows Vista and 7
Update : Fixed relative partial date and time adjustments

Release 6.20 / October 2009

New : 32/64-bit shell extension (complete rewrite in C++)
Update : Updated help files
Update : Dropped NSIS Install System in favor of Innosetup
Update : Main window position not correctly restored

Release 6.10c / August 2009

Update : Wrong EXIF date/time read from header if picture was touched with some photo software

Release 6.10b / May 2009

Update : Simulation (Preview) mode now available on main page
Update : Simulation mode now automatically triggers detailed logging
Update : Added Donation link to the About tab
Update : Clicking Help button in About tab doesn't work on Windows XP SP3 for restricted users

Release 6.10a / November 2008

Update : Picture date and time checkboxes now unchecked by default
Update : JPEG Error 52 while modifying EXIF data
Update : 'Failed to set calendar date or time' error on Windows Vista
Update : Copy buttons fail on Windows Vista for DateTimePicker operations

Release 6.10 / October 2008

New : Added EXIF datetime options
New : Added hint to display size of SELECTED files (hover the file selection label)
Update : Graphical user interface redesign now completely finished
Update : Restructured registry key HKCU\Romain's Software\Attribute Changer
Update : Added hint for advanced options to datetime entry fields
Update : Updated help file
Update : Datetime file and folder options always restored on application startup
Update : Disable datetime picker context menu when using relative adjustments

Release 6.0a / February 2008

Update : Upgraded to NSIS installer 2.35
Update : Apply button remains grayed if a popup menu entry is clicked
Update : Obsolete registry entry not removed by installer

Release 6.0 / February 2008

New : Relative time adjustment now automatically adjusts date if necessary
New : Reuse current file and folder settings (keep among sessions)
New : Copy existing attribute and datetime settings between file/folder tabs
New : Simulation mode
New : Detailed logging
Update : Redesigned relative adjustments graphical user interface
Update : Redesigned global settings graphical user interface
Update : Apply button grayed after processing and reenabled on settings change
Update : Safer file/folder locking mechanism
Update : Better validation mechanism on entry fields
Update : Visual notification when date/time mask problem
Update : Dynamic multiline tabs for longer translation captions
Update : Moved shell extension class registration from installer to COM object
Update : Enhanced file and folder datetime stamp filter
Update : Redesigned file and folder filter user interface
Update : Removed 'Corrupt files/folders' option
Update : Upgraded to NSIS installer 2.33
Update : New shell extension registration procedure in installer
› Should resolve sporadic missing menu entries on upgrade
Update : Major code rewrite
› Settings are reset to default values on first launch (security reason)
Update : Datetime checkboxes now work correctly (no focus problem anymore)
Update : Keyboard navigation order fixed
Update : Folder datetime stamps not retrieved on single folder selection
Update : Fixed truncated labels for longer translation strings
Update : Settings were applied twice when sequentially clicking the Apply and OK button

Release 5.30 / July 2007

Update : Completely rewrote translation engine (no DLL's anymore)
Update : Completely redesigned graphical user interface
Update : Uses updated NSIS installer
Update : Updated help files

Release 5.23 / January 2004

Update : Relative time changes on file and folder ignores seconds offset value

Release 5.22a / January 2004

Update : Version resource strings incorrect on About tab

Release 5.22 / January 2004

Update : Font problems with DPI settings > 96
Update : Fixed errors in User's guide (CHM help file)
Update : Optimized installation script
Update : Use LZMA compression in NSIS 2.0 installer

Release 5.21 / November 2003

Update : Registry handle not closed in shell extension
Update : Duplicate menu entries in context menu (Explorer with activated folder view)
Update : Shell extension menu entry now works again in Windows NT 4.0

Release 5.20a / August 2003

Update : Startup error message when selecting multiple objects in French version

Release 5.20 / July 2003

Update : .LNK and .URL files couldn't be changed
Update : Fixed errors in User's guide (CHM help file)
Update : Drag & Drop for file and folder exceptions broken

Release 5.10 / June 2003

New : E-Mail and Website information on About tab are now clickable
New : ESC key now cancels processing thread
New : ESC key now quits application and any dialog box
Update : Corrupted resource strings in french version
Update : Added french translation
Update : Folder filters not enabled for single selection with active 'Recurse folders' option
Update : Folder exceptions not enabled for single selection with active 'Recurse folders' option
Update : Installer now takes care of user selected installation path and program group

Release 5.0 / April 2003

New : Multi-Language installer now based on NSIS Install System
New : Absolute date/time settings are now the defaults
New : Position of context menu item can be configured
New : Resource DLL for localization strings
New : OK button to apply changes and immediately quit the application
New : Relative file and folder time adjustments
New : Relative file and folder date adjustments
New : Display current attributes, date and time
New : Independant values for Accessed, Modified and Created date/time properties
New : Enhanced absolute date and time properties
New : Make use of font smoothing when available
Update : Redesigned graphical user interface
Update : Improved context-sensitive help
Update : Improved help file

Release 4.20 / August 2002

New : Added code to support localizations
Update : Improved help file
Update : Compress option in attribute filters not correctly enabled/disabled
Update : Index option in attribute filters not correctly enabled/disabled
Update : Focus problem in file and folder filters
Update : Drag and Drop problem in listviews

Release 4.10 / May 2002

Update : Windows XP themes support
Update : File and folder date/time filters don't work correctly
Update : Filter and Exception global settings were not written to the registry
Update : Settings on Tuning tab were not correctly written to the registry
Update : Application crash when launched from drive context menu

Release 4.0a / December 2001

Update : Decompression of files and folders when altering date stamp
Update : Explorer.exe crashes on WinXP when exploring Start menu items

Release 4.0 / December 2001

New : COM in-process server for multi-selection
New : Universal attribute changer program
New : Root folder attributes now changed as well
New : Change Created, Modified, Accessed date/time properties
New : Filter Created, Modified, Accessed date/time properties
Update : Completely rewrote processing engine
Update : Minor graphical interface changes (new icons etc.)
Update : Redesigned and updated help file now in HTML format

Release 3.0a / April 2001

Update : Reduced help file size by 800 kB (optimized images)
Update : Installation now build with Inno Setup and ISTool
Update : 'Created after' date/time file filter does not work correctly
Update : 'Created after' date/time folder filter does not work correctly
Update : Blue screen on Win98 when accessing files and folders with corrupt dates

Release 3.0 / February 2001

New : Filters and Exceptions for folders File and folder filter options
› search for creation date after
› search for creation date before
› search for creation time after
› search for creation time before
New : Additional file filter options
› search for size greater
› search for size smaller
New : Index attribute now supported on Win2K platform for files and folders
New : Compress attribute now supported for folders
New : Creation date and time on files/folders can be masked (partial modifications)
New : Popup menu entry to clear result list
New : Options to reset date/time to the current stamp
New : Drag and drop supported in exception dialogs (include group drag and drop)
New : Shortcuts (Ins, Del, Ctrl+A, F2) supported in Exception dialog box
New : Repair corrupt folder dates (NT/2000 only)
New : Button to call user's guide from About tab
Update : Finished the reengineering of Attribute Changer's code
Update : Redesigned exception dialogs
Update : Improved online help (? in Attribute Changer title bar)
Update : Updated help file
Update : Automatic registry update from any release to version 3.0 (migrates old data)
Update : Updated self-healing mechanism
Update : File exceptions without folder part were not processed (ex. *.DLL)
Update : File exceptions with wildcards (*.BMP) also processed in subfolders
Update : Folder time set to file time if file AND folder time modifications were selected

Release 2.50a / June 2000

Update : Modification time is 2 seconds ahead of creation time on FAT32

Release 2.50 / June 2000

New : Keep window position settings from previous session
New : Option to enable/disable 'Save window positions'
New : Option to enable/disable 'Automatically sort result list'
New : Option to repair corrupt dates (< 1980 and > 2099)
New : Option to globally enable/disable Filters
New : Option to globally enable/disable Exceptions
New : Escape key closes Filter and Exception dialog box and discards changes
New : Filter out files based on attribute settings
New : Online help now available for Filter and Exception dialog boxes
New : Save results list to a file
Update : Windows 2000 compliant
Update : Completely rewrote settings/registry management
Update : Completely rewrote search and processing thread
Update : Important speed improvements
Update : Cleaner registry key HKCU\Software\Romain's Software
Update : Improved error handling
Update : Improved file handle sharing management
Update : Automatic registry update from any release to version 2.5 (migrates old data)
Update : Better self-healing mechanism
Update : File and folder information now shortened on Activity tab if necessary
Update : Root folder name now shortened on Folder tab if necessary
Update : Improved online help
Update : Updated help file
Update : Access violation when access to folder is denied (Win2K system folders)
Update : Random access violations under certain conditions at end of job (finally resolved)
Update : Size field in filter dialog now correctly displays decimal numbers without thousands

Release 2.10 / February 2000

Update : Application crash at startup on some systems
Update : Unreleased file handles when filters were used
Update : Problem adding folders to exception list when no file patterns are available
Update : Blue screen on Windows 9x when Activity tab was active at end of job
Update : Added display for current file on Activity and Results tab

Release 2.0 / January 2000

New : Change date and time on files
New : Change date and time on folders (NT only)
New : Compress and decompress files (NT only using NTFS)
New : Filter options (Date, time and size)
New : Include/Exclude files and folders (Supports wildcards)
New : Self-healing application (Recreates missing registry entries at startup)
New : Automatic registry upgrade (From version 1.1 to 2 with loss of current settings)
New : Options to save parameters (File and folder attributes, filters and exceptions)
Update : Restructured registry key HKCU\Software\Romain's Software
Update : Online error reporting
Update : Updated user interface
Update : Updated help file
Update : Folder attributes not changed when 'SubFolders' checkbox not checked
Update : Window position out of screen on low resolutions

Release 1.10 / June 1999

New : Added online help
Update : Fixed problem saving application state

Release 1.0 / May 1999

Initial release (not public)