Mac OS Photography
One of several cameras was set to a wrong date? The time was slightly off? – So the resulting media are unsorted and all over the place?
No problem anymore! Realigning the files is surprisingly easy now:
ShootShifter presents photos and movies in chronological order on a graphical timeline or grid.
Date and time changes can then be applied with several tools to individual files or even complete folders. E.g. it is possible to directly enter new dates and times, or to simply move the thumbnails around on the timeline, etc.
Using the fullscreen preview and its related features, one can get a great overview over all the media and already here get rid of the least successful ones.
At the end the files can be renamed with standardized filenames using the user-configurable naming templates.
And when everything is corrected this is still a very useful tool to quickly present images as fullscreen slideshows. *I* use nothing else anymore! :-)
More detailed overview:
• View files in chronological order on timeline or fullscreen grid, additional bigger previews and the info popover show more details.
• Select the appropriate source time zone for folders or single files (if it differs from System). Date and time will still be displayed converted to system time, but now using the correct "source data". Saving date/time modifications is possible using system or the source time zone (or even another different one), as required.
• Modify dates and times on single files or complete folders at once: Enter new values or simply move thumbnails by drag & drop or keyboard shortcuts, or use the automatic realign options.
• Quick selections: select thumbnails by media and file types, data sources, camera types, locations (radii) ... and more context dependent ones like: changes, possible errors, search results, etc. Or use the map to manually find and select media based on location data.
• Quick navigation on timeline and grid: Use jump markers, jump to automatic "time chapters" (e.g. next/previous day), and utilize the new "live-target" mode.
• Rename files using custom naming templates, with a sequence counter per folder or spanning all folders at once, use old filename and/or foldername as the basis for new names, or set completely new ones.
• View media in a fullscreen slideshow: With overview grid (as quick navigation), 100% loupe (even for movies), temporary movie bookmarks (that can be exported as "Chapter Text"), "locked random" mode (can be interrupted by non-random navigation and then reasonably resumed), etc. For quick slideshow-only usage, there is also a special express import option that skips all date parsing.
• Supports JPG, TIFF, many RAW files (using EXIF, TIFF data), QT movies (and "alikes": MOV, MP4, etc.) and some AVIs (using MDTA, MVHD or RIFF data from the movie header).
• Other file types (GIF, PNG, unsupported RAWs and movies) or files without embedded metadata will be imported based on their filesystem date/times. At least THESE can be changed and the files can be renamed, too.
• RAW+JPGs and Live Photos can be imported as file groups, so all changes are always applied to both files at the same time. XMP and AAE sidecar files are supported, too, so these will be moved and/or renamed together with the main files, and date/time modifications can be transferred to pre-existing XMP data.
• Bugfixes, amongst others:
- Scrolling the grid had a few restrictions on macOS 10.10 Yosemite.
- Improved compatibility with an upcoming system (fixed major display issues).
• Overview grid: Can be used as a timeline alternative that shows many more thumbnails, and to quickly navigate slideshows.
• Map window: To select images by location. (And e.g. to quickly copy date/time from one image to a nearby image taken at the same time with another camera.) Date/time adjustments can now be transferred, while saving, to existing GPS timestamps, too.
• "Live-target" mode: To see larger previews for thumbnails or pins that are near the mouse pointer, WITHOUT the need to change the current selection first.
• Folders or single files can now be assigned an appropriate source time zone (if differing from System). Date/time will still be displayed converted to system time, but now using the correct "source data".
• Timeline labels that can greatly improve a quick navigation: Shows relevant date/time infos and can optionally highlight daylight saving time changes, too.
• Related: Timeline maximum height can be customized by holding alt + moving the main interface divider.
• Thumb movement on timeline/grid using keyboard shortcuts: hold ctrl + alt (+ cmd) and use the cursor keys to move the current selection around.
• Related: Keyboard shortcut for disconnected multi selections: ctrl + cmd + cursor key.
• Quick selections for mix folders: e.g. select by media and file types, data sources, camera types, locations (radii) ... and more context dependent ones like: changes, possible errors, search results, etc.! Its also possible to save the current multi selection as a custom quick selection.
• Its now possible to move files to another folder. (Simple and stringent rules for now: Both source and target folder need to be "unmodified" and reside on the same volume.)
• Added options to realign images on timeline/grid: Approximate or minimize time lags, sort by filename, reverse sequence.
• For quick-imported and slideshow folders there already was the option to auto-generate thumbnails that are visible on timeline/grid ... Added another option to generate ALL thumbnails in the background.
• During movie playback its possible to set "temporary bookmarks". These positions can then be exported as "chapter texts", so its possible to use another app to convert these to "real chapters" at the end.
• Cleaned up import: photos without embedded date infos are now imported without popping up the import options, always using filesystem (creation) as data source. (Optionally showing a warning.) The ignoring option is gone for good, and alphabetical alignment is a global option now.
• QT-movies with empty mvhd date tags can now use the import options, too, to populate these.
• Support for "file groups": RAW+JPGs and Live Photos (JPG+MOVs) can now be grouped on import and treated as single objects. Date/time and filename changes are always applied to BOTH files at the same time.
• "Temporary import modifiers" (hold alt-key on import): Its possible to set folder type, adjustment mode, or a default time zone (differing from System) for new folders, enable subfolder import, auto-date-corrections, alphabetical alignment, or a filter (to quickly set file extensions that are to be ignored or imported exclusively).
• MANY more smaller optimizations, tweaks and fixes, amongst others:
- Added option to change folder type and edit mode defaults.
- Added optional custom date picker that better reflects customized system date/time formats.
- Added option to "jump" to other file times that differ from the main source date/time.
- Cleaned up import options for QT movies (and alikes).
- Improved renaming-UI: All options in ONE place, the renaming-sheet.
- Fixed issues using copy/paste when modifying renaming templates.
- Fixed performance and memory issues when saving App State with LARGE folders.