Folder creation date timestamp method - any thoughts?

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#1 : 09/01-24 07:08
Delta Foxtrot
Delta Foxtrot
Posts: 79
Hello, and here's wishing you all a great and healthy 2024.

In later versions of AREN timestamp method, I am unable to change the creation date of a folder using date data in THAT SAME folder. I'm pretty sure that in earlier versions (I'm talking years ago) I was able to do that.

I used to be able to do this (I think):

On a folder named "Some_Information_&_Stuff_20200828_More_Stuff" I would use the timestamp method with "Filename Pattern" and the pattern set to "<Year><Month><Day>". The creation date would become "08/28/2020".

Am I crazy? I'm pretty old, so I could be misremembering. But I don't think so.

Is there something I'm missing here? Using the latest versions, including 3.92, I can rename files all day but not folders.

Any chance there's a script out there to do that? Or an older version that works on Win 11?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Best,
Daniel


09/01-24 07:08
#2 : 09/01-24 15:58
Miguel
Miguel
Posts: 55
Reply to #1:
Hi.
First of all I also wish you a great 2024 year.
Maybe I have misinterpreted your question. English is not my native language.
If what you want is change the format date 20200828 to something like "08/28/2020" (month, day, year)
You can use a regular expresion for that.
TEXT TO BE REPLACE: (\d\d\d\d)(\d\d)(\d\d) As you can see the format is year,month,day
REPLACE WITH: $1-$2-$3
USE REGULAR EXPRESION.

This will change the format to 2020-08-28 (You must know that you can´t use the slash in files and folders names in Windows.)
Play with the order of Replace. If you change to $2-$3-$1 you will have Month-Day-Year.
I hope help you



09/01-24 15:58
#3 : 10/01-24 00:43
Delta Foxtrot
Delta Foxtrot
Posts: 79
Reply to #2:

Hello Miguel! And thanks for trying, my friend. I must say, your English is outstanding, especially in comparison to my ability to understand or write – well, ANY other language! :)

The problem has nothing to do with changing the folder name. I need to change the Windows system value for Date Created so that it matches a date value already embedded in the folder name, in the form YYYYMMDD. I can do this for filenames but not folder names using the TIMESTAMP method.

Thank you, sincerely. I'm just happy to get a response so fast. And best wishes from central Texas!



10/01-24 00:43
#4 : 10/01-24 03:44
Yaqut1
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Reply to #3:
IMHO this timestamp method by definition in user guide sets timestamps of files only. Looks like it doesn't work with folders at all.

But I agree it would be very useful to work with folders by this timestamp method. I would use such functionality too.

P.S. I tried it today with older 3.88 version. Same thing it is not working with folders only with files.


10/01-24 03:44 - edited 10/01-24 03:47
#5 : 10/01-24 13:52
Miguel
Miguel
Posts: 55
Reply to #3:
Now I understand.
I'm sorry I couldn't help you.
Hugs from the Canary Islands - Spain

EDIT: I have found a cheat that work with 3.88 version but not with 3.92. If you select "Filename Pattern" instead "Directory pattern" work.

https://i.ibb.co/yspp011/Captura-de-pantalla-10- 01-2024-31-seg.png

Keep in mind that in Spain the date format is day-month-year


10/01-24 13:52 - edited 10/01-24 16:17
#6 : 11/01-24 05:08
Delta Foxtrot
Delta Foxtrot
Posts: 79
Reply to #5:

Yes, that's the way I remember it working before - although I got the same results (in other words, failure) when I tried the 3.88 portable 64-bit version. Which version did you use?

Wow, Canary Islands... pretty exotic! I always thought that would be a great place to visit.

Best,
Daniel


11/01-24 05:08
#7 : 12/01-24 13:21
Miguel
Miguel
Posts: 55
Reply to #6:
Hi, I have used the portable 3.88.1 version.
https://www.advancedrenamer.com/down/advanced_re namer_portable_3_88_1.zip

Miguel


12/01-24 13:21
#8 : 20/01-24 00:09
Delta Foxtrot
Delta Foxtrot
Posts: 79
Reply to #7:

Hey Miguel,

Well, I'm not sure what I did wrong the first time but I tried 3.88.1 portable again and it worked. Thank you, Miguel, for responding, as you probably saved me from my own stupidity! :)

I'm going to have to review the functionality of 3.92 vs. 3.88.1; I know I like the layout better without the menu all over the top of the window. It just seems like more wasted space to me. No offense, Kim.

Best regards,
DF


20/01-24 00:09
#9 : 20/01-24 21:28
Miguel
Miguel
Posts: 55
Reply to #8:
Not at all.
Would be nice if Kim fix this problem in future version of his fantastic program.

Miguel


20/01-24 21:28
#10 : 22/01-24 13:07
Kim Jensen
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It should work for folders also. Remember "Dirname" refers to the name of the parent folder, not the folder itself.


22/01-24 13:07
#11 : 22/01-24 15:15
Miguel
Miguel
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Reply to #10: With files work but with folders and version 3.92 din´t worked. If i make the same with 9.88.1 work.

Regards


22/01-24 15:15
#13 : 01/02-24 12:41
Miguel
Miguel
Posts: 55
Reply to #12:
Hi.
I've done it again and it works. In the latest versions it does not work
See the image.

https://i.ibb.co/KLzyyd1/Captura-01-02-2024-36s. png
https://i.ibb.co/LdRG640/Captura-01-02-2024-00s. png

Miguel


01/02-24 12:41 - edited 01/02-24 12:43