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One downside of the CSV format is the difficulty in handling multi-value fields, such as Genre or hierarchical fields, such as Disks. Mark Harrison had a clever but unique way of handling these fields, and he also had two options: column-wise and row-wise.

Just be aware, and take a careful look at the output before you try to load and parse the files. My plugin BulkEdit was designed to load Mark's CSV format directly and at one time I attempted to stay in step with his updates. I invite you to try it if you think it will help you (like importing CSV formatted profiles), and if you do find a bug, I will do my best to fix it promptly.

XML is a more natural and robust way to handle export / import of Profiler data.
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Quoting GSyren:
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When you click Run, you get something like this:

Double clicking on a row will take you to the profile in DVD Profiler.
Is that what you meant?

Yup! 
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Actually this looks very interesting. I think anybody who uses CLT would find this useful for the local collection. Question: once the credits are identified, would it be useful to have a list of the profiles to click-open in Profiler? (Or maybe you already have that in mind for the blank tab page that is showing in your screen shots?)
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Feel your pain. I'm never sure about when I will wake up to find the PC rebooted and which settings have been reset. I have begun to sniff out when a big update was pending. System slows to a crawl, then strange errors force you to consider "ah heck, might as well reboot", then you see it. Massive upgrade pending.
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Quoting harleyman2008:
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Hello,

I'm new and I read the "Import MyMovies XML?" post and mediadogg said to use BulkEdit to import XML.  She also said it was successful on CollectorZ, which I still currently have, but just the standalone, not the subscription.
I purchased the lifetime DVD Profiler 4.0 and downloaded the latest BulkEdit 2.93 and then the 2.90 and both these only have CSV import at least from what I can see on how to use BulkEdit in Profiler...

Can anyone help me please?

Thanks

Wow, I am just now seeing this. Don't know why you wouldn't send me a PM. If you still have a need to do this, please send me a PM and we can get started.

If you had contacted me, I would have told you that BE has an automatic recognition of certain formats. You don't have to say "this is CollectorZ." It reads in the data, and detects certain formats. I don't know if your format is supported, but you never gave us a chance to test. The very forum you referenced where I made my claim is a textbook on how this work is done by the community. It was a successful import of MyMovies based on a collaboration among several users, including myself.
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Oh well, guess I'd better 'fess up also. Background very similar to eommen, starting on DEC PDP machines with paper and magnetic tape while in EE grad school. Went on to join IBM in 1970 and first assignment was on IBM 1130 with 2250 display and "light pen" (pre-mouse). Wrote a prototype of electronic spreadsheet in Fortran, before Apple, Lotus and Visicalc had a clue. Went on to building numerous mainframe based prototypes and client / server with System 7 (with a teletype keyboard). Meanwhile, in a little garage in California ... well suffice it to say that the spreadsheet never took hold by running on a mainframe. IBM finally caught up, and even recovered from the disastrous plane crash that killed nearly the entire brain trust of its PC strategy. I eventually became a PC specialist and client / server systems architect, designing and selling systems to the NYC Finance community. I've messed with every kind of computer from DEC to Data General to IBM to Apple to HP to Radio Shack - strangely not Commodore, not sure why. And I've worked on DEC assembler and "FOCAL", IBM Assembler, Fortran, CICS, TSO, MVS and IBM Unix. I still have a 20 pound IBM "portable" PC in my attic, along with one of the first RISC-base laptops, using the same chip that Apple machines used for years, before they switched to Intel.  (OMG, I just participated in co-opting this thread. Apologies to the OP, I just noticed.)
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Quoting DVDProducer:
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Thanks for that.

I ready am a developer and for protectionX iOS has made it so that even other developers can’t get in to another apps data if not public. If my understanding Is correct.

Dave

Oh no!!!! Seems like in fact you have explored all of the bases (well I hope there is at least one left that we have been overlooking ...).

I really hate it when technology triumphs over mankind, and gets in our way instead of enabling and serving.

But the ultimate arbiter of access is the user, right? At least on Android, the app describes requested permissions, and the user gets to decide before installation. If you wrote a simple app to access the data space where the DVDP file was located, then as the user, you could authorize the app to access your own iPhone, maybe?
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One route might be to get registered as an iOS developer. I think I did that some time ago. It should be free. You should then be able to get access to an SDK which will put an emulator on an Apple laptop. You should then be able to poke around.
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Based on a post from Ken Cole many years ago, I have been giving the following advice to people that are experiencing problems such as yours. They usually never report further, so I assume it works. It would be great to hear back from you, if you try this, whether or not it worked for you:

Quoting mediadogg:
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A corrupted profile can definitely gum up the works. I am assuming you are well aware of DB Repair. So, I'm sure you have done that. Do a Full Repair. Once done, do a database backup, which I am sure you have already done.

Now:

(1) Open a new clean database
(2) Restore your best backup into it
(3) Backup
(4) Run Full DB Repair
(5) Backup again

You should have a gloriously clean and functioning database at this point.
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What LowPro said.

Only other thing comes to mind is if you have some way to backup your iOS envirnement, grab the DVD Profiler file and send it to somebody who is willing to help out. I am not an iOS user, otherwise I would have offered long ago.

If you can get that file, and somebody is willing to help, perhaps they can create something you can use?

Did you ever try my suggestion and Google for tools to find, extract and manipulate iOS files?
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Ok, good feedback. Best of luck with the search. I think I've run out of suggestions. As you said, it is highly unusual for a situation to occur that would wipe out both databases during any kind of operation.

Any chance that this webpage is helpful?
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I would recommend to stop erasing stuff. But maybe too late now. I don't remember your answer to the questions / suggestions about finding a PC backup. Not available? Have you looked in those places I suggested? And you haven't answered my questions about your database (apologies if my bad eyes missed it). You are asking for suggestions. I am giving some, but with no feedback, I am not sure whether my suggestions have any merit - in case this happens to somebody else.

Obviously if you are restoring from something that is empty, it is no surprise that two empty things result. Maybe check the iOS sync options to see if it is possible to designate the "master." Then you can force the full side to repopulate the empty side, but it seems as if it is set backwards at the moment.
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Quoting GSyren:
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Mediadogg, my point was that I already did the work of finding out where Invelos is registered.
I thought that since you commented on it back then, you would remember that.
This was in no way meant to reprehend you. I'm sorry if you took it like that.

I just wish I could stop having this kind of conversation with you. No matter how you meant it. Stop doing it please. If not business or technical, leave it be.
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I feel your frustration. But running this Forum, and the Invelos web site, and the various fees requited to maintain an LLC and the ability to host on the Apple store and Amazon store are not free. Find another site where you can post thousands of pictures of cats for free and then discuss them with no limits.

Not bashing your comments or the pain you are suffering. But a lot of companies get in trouble, go out of business and take everything away. At least we still have the Forum, the Contributions and the Online downloads.

Based on your last post, it seems the restore file you are using has only 27 profiles? Is there a prior one - maybe not up to date, but at least closer to the 2800 profiles?

Other ideas: do you have access to a cloud backup of the iOS file from the past?
Do you have a PC backup that would make a better file available?  Any chance there is still something useful lurking in the recycle bin of the PC or iPhone?

Perhaps do a Google search for some kind of utility or hack that will let you find and recover an iOS file?

Recent versions of Windows, such as Windows 10 have a file versioning capability. You can check the properties of a file and maybe find a previous version that has been archived.

Finally, when DVDP overwrites a backup, it will rename the old with a ".bak" extension. Any chance there is one of those available?
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Quoting GSyren:
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Quoting mediadogg:
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I don't have time, but kudos to anyone who wants to take a stab at this.

Looks like you already forgot the post earlier in this thread that you criticized me for:
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Maybe someone should go to Fredericksburg, VA, and confront Ken? 

Yes, the "confront" part was a bit of a joke, perhaps inappropriate, but the address is correct.
It's easy enough to take it from there ...

Not sure I follow your point. You have admitted to the very issue that I took, and I already apologized for making the issue public. You really have nothing better to do? Life is too short. Let it go. I am always complimenting your technical skills and contributions to the forum. Why focus on personals?
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Quoting DVDProducer:
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Thank you for your post and suggestions.

Sorry for my delay in responding... I was out of town for a few days.

In effort to fix the problem, I erased my library online assuming it might be that that was corrupt, causing the iPhone to not be able to update the online library.

So yes, at this time the ONLY library is on my iPhone, and it works, but can't seem to be transferred to any other device, pc, cloud, iPad, etc.

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE MY DATABASE IS LOCATED ON MY IPHONE? CAN THAT PARTICULAR FILE BE TRANSFERRED TO THE IPAD VERSION, OR SOMEHOW REPAIRED AND EXTRACTED TO THE PC VERSION?

So unless invelos has a backup of my library... by some odd chance...  I have NO online library of my 2800+ titles.

Thank you for your continued help.

Dave

How much customization and personal data do you have? If little or none, all you need is a list of the profileIDs in a file somewhere, and then at least you will have a raw backup mechanism. Anybody can generate a database for you by simply downloading from Invelos using "Add multiple", using a text file of all the profile IDs (UPC/EAN + Locality). I didn't go back and re-read your whole saga, but of course if you have a PC, then you can do it yourself.

If you have a lot of customization, then make sure you save the latest XML export you can find. For the profiles in there, all your customization can be retrieved using plugins. Just go ahead and collect the XML if you have it, and keep it safe, just in case.

Alternatively, if the iOS version can generate reports, then go ahead and create some kind of well-konwn output file format, such as pdf. There are tools lurking around that can read that data.

I know nothing about the iOS version or that environment, so unfortunately, I cannot go further.
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Quoting perception101:
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So in the UK, with Limited Companies, there's a registration which shows you the addresses of the directors.  Is there something similar for Invelos?  Is it possible to reach out to anyone through snail-mail and find out the status?

Greenie to you!

In the United States, if the company has filed with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), you can use the system called "Edgar" which tracks SEC filings. Otherwise, you have to search all the state records, unless you know which state the LLC was registered in. See here. Hint: In the US, most LLCs are registered in Delaware (I think).

I don't have time, but kudos to anyone who wants to take a stab at this.
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A corrupted profile can definitely gum up the works. I am assuming you are well aware of DB Repair. So, I'm sure you have done that. Do a Full Repair. Once done, do a database backup, which I am sure you have already done.

Now:

(1) Open a new clean database
(2) Restore your best backup into it
(3) Backup
(4) Run DB Repair
(5) Backup again

You should have a gloriously clean and functioning database at this point.
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Just seeing this thread. Yes, I get 3D sometimes. I have 2 LG TV's with 3D and an Epson projector. Main problem I have with 3D is that by definition you lose brightness because you have a shutter that is distributing energy from the LED between alternating stereoscopic views that you watch thru polarized or shuttered glasses. But you have been watching your brilliant 2D images for days, weeks or months, and then when you switch to 3D, you notice. Mainly psychological, but a real effect.
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Quoting surfeur51:
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Quoting Jimmy S:
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As long as it works offline I don't see the problem as I do all my profiles from scratch since everything is done the way I want it to be done...

Dead or not, I haven't find anything better for my collection...

+1

Me too. You know, there is nothing to stop a community of people from contributing to and sharing profiles. Ken Cole, in his creative glory provided a bunch of ways to do it, plus enablers to allow extensions:

(1) There could be a cloud copy of DVD Profiler running on a windows server hosted by somebody that would allow a limited number of users to connect and download profiles. People would have to be civil and connect just long enough to get what they need.
(2) There is exported XML
(3) There is database backup / restore (already used to support the headshots DB)
(4) There are profile digital files
(5) There is phpProfiler, which is enabled by a well documented model (maybe inadequate, but we know exactly what it is)
(6) There are plugins - we have a bunch, but they just scratch the surface of what Ken has enabled them to do. Of course, we could only use the aspects that do not rely on the online connection.

Nothing says we have to try and replicate 100'000s of the existing database. Start from now, and move forward. As approved profile updates come along, add them. That could be a start. As an aggregate group, the community probably has a large percentage of the profiles that a new user would need. We could find a way to index a consolidated view of all collections (by permission) and have a way to request profiles not in the server.

Keep an open mind. What more wonderful legacy for a guy to have, than to have provided a platform with so many enablers that remain to be unique and world class, even after a long period of no updates.

And of course, as I have mentioned before, there is nothing to stop anybody from contacting Ken and /or his family to put some kind of deal on the table: offer him some money in return for a license to use the online API and the contributions infrastructure. That would be a start, and perhaps a way to help fund the web site while Invelos recovers from whatever is going on. The absolute biggest risk we face, is the web site shutting down. I would definitely lay down some bucks to help keep that from happening.
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What a shame. The clash I was hoping for, was one of great minds over the schema structure, not over egos. Was really looking forward to that. I don't have the skills - you guys do ... 
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Three mighty warriors. Let the games begin and a schema emerge!!! 
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Ooo ... clash of the Titans ... yum.
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Great insight and much appreciated!!!!
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In database lingo, the re-design needs to accommodate more "one-to-many" relationships (anyone who has database experience knows what that means).  The current database structure doesn't have the "many" relationship for things like countries, media companies, and screenshots, and that is why you can't have a disc linked to unlimited countries, companies, pictures, etc.  And you will never be able to do that UNTIL the database structure is re-designed to accommodate such one-to-many relationships.  A re-design after the fact would be difficult and may even be impossible.  That was why I designed my own.

It would be great to see the "ideal" schema for a DVDP database re-design. Out of curiosity, in your opinion, could some of the aspects of a many-to-one relationship for the fields in question be simulated by using hidden child profiles using custom profileIDs?
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