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A very reasonable point of view. And very understanding of you to recant on that word. Thanks.
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Good info Gunnar. I have to give Splashtop a whirl.
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Quoting mercury666:
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Not sure what your issues with Apple phones are - you don't need to buy them.

And I love the program, that's why I bought it on Windows and then for iOS.

I really would love to use it for several more years and would be willing to pay again, or subscribe to it or whatever, if it would've been continously supported. But there isn't any. No bug fixing on existing versions (Windows version from 2017, iOS 2018), no new ones either, no further development. That's what I think is very sad because it was a fantastic program that cannot be easily replaced.

Totally agree with all that. But saying that nobody cares, or that it has become a "scam" was unfounded, especially when it is obvious that the company and / or its founder is in serious trouble, but the free forum and web site are being maintained anyway. To me that says that somebody cares about us so much that we are supported, even though they are not surviving, for whatever reason. God bless them.
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Perhaps it was the savings on being able to use a $30 or less program for 13 years, and a free web site and database to go with it, that helped contribute to the purchase of the $1000 iPhone? 
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Quoting Doombear:
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Who are the mods on this site? Can they explain why they've disappeared too?

Take notice of the disappearing SPAM in the New User Forum. Small but solid evidence of continuing moderation at least at that level.
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So how long do we have before we need to start seriously looking for alternatives?
I'd just like to be prepared.. we probably won't know till iOS 14 is out, whether DVD Profiler will launch on it or not

You mean you haven't already started? 

Now would be a good time to make a plan, so you are not caught unprepared.

Personally I have been wondering if Invelos would either sell or grant the rights to some of its technology to a consortium of users, should they decide to fold.
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Windows is notorious for jamming up the works when an update is pending, due to DLLs or system files that have pending changes. Check for that. Reboot your PC and apply the updates.
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(1) Goodguy has left the Invelos forums.
(2) You no longer need this script. Starting DVD Profiler with a specific database is now a command line option.

From the HELP Menu (you are not the only one that has overlooked this valuable resource  )
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Startup Parameters
DVD Profiler can be launched with one or more of the below startup parameters. To add startup parameters to your DVD Profiler icon, right-click on the icon in the Windows Start menu or Desktop and select "Properties". Enter the desired parameters after the last quote in the "Target" field. Example:

"C:\Program Files\DVD Profiler\dvdpro.exe" /NoSplash

DVD Profiler recognizes the following startup parameters:

/NoSplash Starts DVD Profiler without the splash screen.
/CloseExisting Attempts to close any existing running copy of DVD Profiler before launching.
/CommandFile=[FileName] Opens and executes commands from the designated file name. See Command Files for details. Example:
"C:\Program Files\DVD Profiler\dvdpro.exe" /CommandFile=C:\Commands.txt


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Command Files
Command files are simple text files with a sequential list of commands for DVD Profiler to perform tasks such as backing up your database.

Command files may be executed via either the File->Run Command File... command or by using the startup parameter "/CommandFile".

Command files can be created in any text editor, such as Notepad. Enter one command per line and DVD Profiler will execute each in turn when the command file is run. The following is a list of recognized commands, with associated parameters:

MenuCommand [Command] Executes the main menu command designated by [Command]. Example:

OpenDatabase [Database Name] Opens the selected database by name. Example: OpenDatabase Default
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A little known fact. A few years ago, Ken added the ability for the database to handle custom profile IDs (at my request). Resulting profiles can be manipulated, sorted, filtered, backed up, exported just like official profiles - just not contributed. Not sure about upload to online, but that's easy to check.

As far as I know, BulkEdit is the only plugin that supports this feature. Tools>BulkEdit>Create Custom Profile. A leading underscore will be automatically added. The remaining 15 digits of the non-locality portion of the profile ID can be any characters that are acceptable as a Windows file name, including an already existing UPC.

To add a duplicate DVD, select it, then Create Custom Profile. Make sure to check the "clone from displayed profile", then  select the desired locality and then "Add to" desired collection. You will then be presented with the Invelos DVD Copy/Paste menu and you can select "All" or specific portions of the profile.

Your new profile will be added to your database, and the only thing that will distinguish it from other profiles, is that the "UPC" will start with an underscore ("_").

Here is an example. Have fun!

It just occurred to me that I could have easily added a checkbox to copy the children of a box set parent, but alas I did not.
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Here is something you might try:

If you can find a backup or XML export that contains the lost data, then you might be able to recover with BulkEdit.

(1) Build an XML Collection file with the profiles containing the lost data (make sure the header is correct)
(2) Load the profiles into a new database with BulkEdit.
(3) Refresh the profiles from Invelos online.
(4) Backup the database
(5) Restore the backed up database (by profile) into your main database.
(6) Backup the main database
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Quoting mreeder50:
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Quite some time ago, I tried to give away digital copies here on ones I replaced with a newer version and I never got any takers, so I stopped keeping a list of ones I didn't use.

I'm a huge fan of physical media, especially because the audio and video are a little better from the discs and as you say, you never know when the digital sites might disappear.

I apologize to Pete as this is his thread...not mine.

Same here. But I'm guessing he is happy for the community interaction. Kind of feels like old times! 
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We also own Alita with everything. I should have mentioned we have a Vudu account with 523 digital movies. Last night we bought Jumanji: The Next Level including the 4K disc for $27.96 plus tax from Vudu so we could watch it before Tuesday's release. The disc(s) will be sent to the house with free shipping. This was the first time buying the disc from Vudu.

Yeah, ever since Ultraviolet shut down, I no longer trust digital rights being protected. So for stuff I care about, I usually get the VUDU "digital + disc" option that you are referring to. I like being able to watch the digital immediately, then 1 or 2 days later, I get the disc from Walmart. This results in duplicate digital copies (one in VUDU and the other code inside the disc package.) One day I might give away some extras here.
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This thread has got me going. Good thing. Keeps me inside and away from COVID-19.

Wanna cry in 4K UHD? Watch Alita. She's so cute! And I have it everywhere. It is one of those 3D, 4K, BD everything including VUDU streaming.
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Quoting iPatsa:
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Quoting mediadogg:
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Of those you posted, I vote for Transformers or King Kong to get the full impact of 4K, HDR colors and Atmos sound. Oh, I just noticed Avengers Endgame. Oh yeah!


Unfortunately none of these are true 4K releases. I'd go with Passengers for the full 4k experience.

Hmm ... didn't realize that. Not sure I could tell the difference between what you are calling "true" 4K and whatever it is they have. I have pretty decent equipment, so it would be interesting to know if you can ACTUALLY see a difference, or if you are talking about a technical distinction (on paper). I will watch them again this weekend as homework, since all my commitments have been postponed or cancelled due to the virus precautions.
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Of those you posted, I vote for Transformers or King Kong to get the full impact of 4K, HDR colors and Atmos sound. Oh, I just noticed Avengers Endgame. Oh yeah!
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Yup, so true in all aspects. As one who has attempted to do some of that, I can tell you that the big boys are always moving the goalposts. Netflix used to have an API that LoadDVD used. Then they took it away. Ultraviolet went away. VUDU has no API. IMDB costs big bucks. Gracenote only caters to the big boys, and the list goes on ...

I have some code that is just a broken API (Netflix) or encryption key (Gracenote) away from allowing access to several of the popular streaming services or metadata - but they won't reveal how to get to them.
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Oh, how did I miss this???? 

Welcome back one of our true soldiers! Anything I can do to help with the passage back, let me know publicly or personally. Sorry I didn't see this earlier.
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Another reason for a reduction in the community has nothing to do with DVD Profiler and how much people care about it, is the fact that there are just fewer people that care about DVD collecting. How many times have we seen people joke about having so many DVDs and spending so much time organizing them, that they had little time to actually watch them. 

Now, with so much streaming, I for one am doing a lot more watching. The DVDs I collect are more like insurance against losing my digital rights, than my main presentation medium. And when I must have the absolute highest quality, I go to my XBox and a 4K HDR Blu-Ray. But mostly now, I stream. And I think that trend is the primary reason (along with whatever has happened to Ken) that there is less activity with DVD Profiler and its forums.
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Quoting GSyren:
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Quoting scarl:
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Nothing has been updated in a long time or new possibilities have been added.

Not in the main program, no. But there is at least one developer creating and updating tools that extend the functionality of DVD Profiler. He may be naive enough to believe that his efforts help keep up the enthusiasm for DVD Profiler in some small way. Not that many people show they care all that much.
(And he has a quirky sense of humor and sometimes like to refer to himself in the third person) 

We all appreciate your efforts. But don't forget that there are other people that are doing things with little or no fanfare. There are people that are maintaining the online database and website and paying the bills for hosting, and legal expenses for running a corporation (LLC) which are far from free. There are people responding to technical issues in the forum and making contributions to the database. And other things via private conversations that are not always advertised. This is indeed a community, smaller and less vibrant than before, but I think far from "small."

My comments are meant only as an expression of an additional perspective, and just my own humble opinion.
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Try a test with a new clean database. See if that works. If so, then perhaps your original database has been corrupted, and you need to follow the procedures described many times in the Forum.
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Profiler database has been notoriously prone to corruption for years. Gunnar's advice is virtually identical to that given by Ken himself many years ago, and it virtually always works. Perhaps for a little icing on the cake, do a database repair before doing the backup.
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I agree with ObiKen's technical points, and iPatsa comes right down to it: common sense. Read reviews, check it out yourself, because one size does not fit all.
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Great. Thanks for reporting results. Maybe that will help somebody else from suffering the same problem.
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Well something has renamed the file to insert the "[conflicted]" string, that's why the filename is not found. Does anybody know what program or process can cause a file to be designated "confilcted" and the filename changed as shown?

I did a Google search and found info about various synching programs such as Drop Box and Git that suffer from conflicting and might rename files.

I also noticed that some of your conflicting files are involved in Custom Data Fields. This little used and little known feature was never completely debugged. We tested as best we could over Christmas holidays a few years back, but I distinctly remember having to put in a bunch of code to protect the database when shared across PCs. The only plugins using Custom Data Fields are the few written by DJ Doena and Myself (SideCar). Custom data was never made available to the Mobile versions of DVD Profiler. I'm not sure what happens when Profiles with custom data are changed on the mobile device and then synced.

Ok, those are all the clues I can think of at the moment.
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My opinion: Yes, No, No, Correct.

But if you know any or all of HTML/Javascript, XML, C#, C++ or Delphi, you can customize the program to do almost anything.
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