Bridge has 3 dates that can confuse. There is Date Created (set by camera or scanner) Date File Created, and Date File Modified. Date Created and Date File Created may be the same if file not changed. Not all programs read these (Win. Expl) so find a file will all 3 dates different and see how they shake out.
P.S. You have option in Bridge to turn seeing these dates on or off in preferences/metadata.
Thank you for your prompt answer.
I have set "date created" in Preferences / thumbnails and metadata. The problems persists. I even tried to change to "Date file created" in Preferences / metadata - no difference so I changed back to the original "date created" both places. With each change I closed and restarted Bridge. Can I change somewhere else. I most be doing something foolish but I do not see what.
Update: I can add that I now checked older folders and find that the same is happening there. The incorrect date is in all cases January 13th, 2013 - also when files have not been touched in 2013. If I wait ½ - 1 minute/file the file name on a file is changed to the correct date - the same happens, file after file, as I scroll down - but dates have reverted to the wrong date when I return to the first file in the folder.
My Adobe software is fully updated and also was not updated on January 13th. My system appears to be stable and I can find no viruses, trojans, worms, malware or spyware. Its driving me crazy!
I hate to have to reinstall PS but that may be the only solution???
(By the way: Windows Explorer can read the dates created on the the few files that have correct dates - as for the rest of them the field is empty).
Can anyone help?
In Bridge you can not change Date Created, but you can change Date File Created. You do not have to close and restart Bridge, this will do nothing. You will have to trash the cache. Best bet is with Tools/Cache/purge cache for xxxx folder. THen let it rebuild.
What you see as you scroll down sounds like the cache is being rebuilt. Have you been purging the cache?
Thank You again.
Yes, I have also purged the cache. More than once and again this morning. It does not change the result. Bridge still goes from the date January 13th 2013 to the correct date of creation when I look at the separate thumbnails - and back again when I scroll down the page and subsequently scroll up again!
Thus it seems that Bridge knows the date that the camera set but somehow this foolish January date keeps coming back.
All the folders with NEFs have correct dates - also the ones where I have imported the files from camera to pc in 2013! Only my TIFFs have this problem.
Rigth now I am having Norton 360 run a complete system scan. When that is done I will inactivate Norton (I know that I cannot have 2 antivirus softwares and firewalls run simultaneously on the PC) and instead run a complete scan with Lavasoft Adaware Pro. I have also used Norton Utilities and found no problems. Plus Malwarebytes Antimalware and Superantispyware. No problems.
If "date file created" is the date that the file was modified, it would not help me much. I often go back to a file and play with it again and if I have understood correctly, then this date would change again. I want to see the date of capture ("date created"). Also, by now the problem afflicts at least 1000 files. It would be impossible to do single file manual corrections of dates on so many files.
Update: While I have been writing this, an opened folder with only 36 files has changed the dates to the correct date of capture. I could also scroll up and down without the dates changíng in this small folder. But when I closed Bridge, restarted it and looked at the folder again Bridge again did need minutes to get all the dates rigth. Maybe I have a pc capacity problem instead of a software problem? But why on earth would this specific wrong date result from a too weak pc.?
Maybe I should just give up and reinstall PS?
Sorry if I trouble You with a ridiculous problem.