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Folderol FAQ #3: Avoiding color blending

Kent writes:

Just purchased folderol (v 1.9). I’m having a dilemma when adding custom images. Sometimes it blends the custom image into the blue color of the folder which changes the color of the image. Other times it doesn’t. I’d like to say I’ve figured out a pattern but I haven’t.


I don’t have examples to look at so it’s a little hard to diagnose. The active color is always blended to the image unless you choose to remove the active color or choose the do-not-blend option. 

Avoiding Hues: Once you clear the color, you’ll see a checked board background. Now when you add a custom image and drop a folder, the image will not blend with a hue.

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Avoiding Image Blends. There’s also a further option called Don’t blend image to icon. When you enable this, the image will replace the folder instead of blend with it.

Here’s what all these options look like:

Original folder: 

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Blended with image (normal, no tint selected)

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Blended with image (pink/red tint selected)

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Do not blend option enabled (no blend with original folder art or the folder’s blue tint)

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Folderol FAQ #2: Preserving the original modification date

Jeff writes:
Hi Erica,
I just downloaded folderol.  I bought your product.  Please help. I’m a recent PhD who was very surprised with OS Mavericks taking away the colors of my files (not just the folders).  I had a system whereby color coded files would indicate which version of the draft I was working with.  Yellow for 1st, orange for 2nd, green for ready to go. It was great. When I use FOLDEROL to add color to a file, it sends that file to the top of the modified column on my macbookpro. It thereby loses the important DATE-TIME functionality. I no longer know which was my most recent version.

​Can you advise me on how to not have the modification be registered by time-date? ​

​Thanks, ​



I created a drag and drop utility called Mod Date Holder (download). Drop your files on it before using folderol and then drop them on again after. It should preserve your original modification dates.

This app creates a metadata key that stores the most recent modification date. Folderol will modify the file icon and update the modification time. Once folderol-ized, return to the utility and drop the file on again. This time, Mod Date Holder finds the metadata key it created, which stores the original modification date and updates the file to return it to that date.

You can check the stored date in any file from the command line as such. This uses the “print” (p) option for the xattr metadata command. The date appears as a number, which is a time interval offset from the OS X Epoch.

/usr/bin/xattr -p com.sadun.CustomModificationDateHoldKey <path to file>

Folderol FAQs #1: Does it work with Dropbox?

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 4.46.47 PMFreddy writes:

The color disappears when I move the folder to Dropbox. Any solution to prevent that? It seems to work sometimes now, about every second time I add a folder to Dropbox. Another problem is that the folder doesn’t appear colored anymore if I am reading it in Dropbox from another of my Macs. Do Folderol need to be installed on every computer to have it work?


The color should work on-your mac. It may not sync between macs. Dropbox’s folder icon sync problem is apparently longstanding.

More than you want to know:

The “dot” is specific to OS X Mavericks and will not be synced by Dropbox as it is part of the file metadata. You can see it from the command line by running “mdls”, e.g.

 mdls -name kMDItemUserTags /path/to/your/folder

 The icon is actually an invisible file inside the folder, placed there by the OS X workspace. You can see hidden files by running the two following lines in a terminal session:
defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder

And to return the hidden files back to invisible:

defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder