Date format in templates

If you wanted to change date format for some reason, it is possible to do it within templates. The system has its own format set, but your templates can use a different one.
The date variable is {$date}. The output depends on your general settings. To change it you can use this format: {$date|date_format:'%d.%m.%Y'} where %d represents days, %m represents months and %Y represents year.
You can read more about the format at Smart webpage:
If you wanted to print a different date than today, you can use it like this:
{"$date + 7 days"|date_format:'%d.%m.%Y'}
This will output next weeks date, the result format is e.g. 30.08.2013