Photoshop: CS6 doesn't give date of file created to level of seconds

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I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac, OS 10.8.2. When I go to File/File Info... and look for the date a photo was created, I only see the time to the level of minutes. I need to know to the level of seconds. I believe earlier versions gave this information. Is there some setting I need to adjust to get to the level of seconds?
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Works for me in Photoshop CS6

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I finally figured out how to have CS6 display the time in seconds. First go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences, Date & Time. Then click on "Open Language & Text", click on "Region", and click on "Times/Customize". You will see 4 selectable options: Short, Medium, Long, and Full. Here is where it gets confusing. OS X ignores which option you choose; only the Short option is used. The Short option is initially set to not display seconds. So type in a colon and drag the oval icon from one of the other options to the Short option. Then click OK. Now when you select an image file and press Command I, you will see the creation date with seconds. Photoshop will now also display the creation time in seconds. Photoshop rounds off differently than OS X, so the actual value will sometimes differ.

In my opinion:
1) It would have been better for Apple to use a less confusing method to select the style of displaying the time
2) Adobe would be better off not relying upon the operating system to get the creation time of the file. That information is provided by the camera, and is incorporated in the file.
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What do you mean by "rounds off differently than OSX?" Can you provide an example?
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David,
Thanks for asking this question. It seems that the answer is very surprising! In the list below I compared the time from Apple's Command I to the time from Photoshop's File Info.../Advanced for a sequence of 15 photos.
Camera File Cmd I File Info...
5D II IMG_1639 3:50:14PM T15:50:14.069
5D II IMG_1640 8:26:44AM T08:26:44.021
5D II IMG_1641 8:26:48AM T08:26:47.091
5D II IMG_1642 8:27:32AM T08:27:32.003
5D II IMG_1643 8:31:18AM T08:31:18.092
5D II IMG_1644 8:31:20AM T08:31:21.002
5D II IMG_1645 8:32:10AM T08:32:09.087
5D II IMG_1646 8:32:12AM T08:32:12.051
5D II IMG_1647 8:32:28AM T08:32:29.033
5D II IMG_1648 8:32:36AM T08:32:36.048
5D II IMG_1649 8:32:46AM T08:32:45.081
5D II IMG_1650 8:32:48AM T08:32:48.071
5D II IMG_1651 8:33:22AM T08:33:21.085
5D II IMG_1652 8:34:42AM T08:34:42.042
5D II IMG_1653 8:34:44AM T08:34:43.046

Apple always makes the least significant second an even number, in spite of what Photoshop says it should be. But the three digits to the right of the decimal point for Photoshop's time always begin with a 0. The probability that the beginning tenth of a second is always zero is very small, 1 part in 2 to the 15th power or 1 part in 32,768. Those 3 digits may not actually be milliseconds.
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Hi Donald,

I like your suggestion—it may be better for the date-time formatting in File Info to always show a longer format, with at least seconds, if not sub-seconds precision. I will forward this to the team responsible for the File Info dialog. At least for photographs, which are often captured several per minute or second, this seems pretty useful.

As far as the other issue, I don't think Photoshop or File Info are involved. What Photoshop and File Info are trying to do is show you whatever your Camera recorded in the Exif metadata embedded in your photo files. Finder is showing you file system metadata. It seems intuitive that they'd match—but perhaps not. It may be that the two different time-stamps simply have different values as opposed to the same value being rounded for formatted differently. One thing you might want to try, is checking the metadata panel in Apple's preview app to see if the same discrepancy appears there, Preview will show you both the Exif and the File System metadata.
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I should have said that the probability is 1 part in 10 to the 15th power or 1 part in a quadrillion.