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Quoting DVDProducer:
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I did completely rebuild my collection once I found a backup I had.  Everything worked for about three days before it went back to giving me the error.  I’ve always updated and entered my data using the iOS app and now it doesn’t work, and it truky appears that there is no one at the company that cares at all.  So why should I or anyone else use the software when it stops working.  I don’t have a choice anymore.  I’m angry because I’ve loved, recommended, and supported the product for years and now there is a serious bug and it’s stopped me from using it, and the company is completely unresponsive about it.  They abandoned me, I’m just waking up to realize I have no choice but to quit using it.  I wish it were different, but look at this thread of effort to resolve it, and there’s been no success even working from a new and rebuilt database.

There’s a serious bug that stops me from using the product, and no one to fix it.  The product is over.

Again, I wish this wasn’t so.

You definitely have the right to expect the product to continue working for you as it always has, and the option to stop using it. But so does everybody else. You also have the option to purchase a PC license as a way to protect your database and insure the ability to refresh the iOS. I agree you should not be forced to do that, but it is a viable option. I can think of many products with more severe and costly limitations, iOS itself being one of them.
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Seems like you've covered the bases!
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Hey that seems like fun. In case you haven't tried it, there are code libraries out there for "Soundex" and similar algorithmic search methods. If you haven't tried them, maybe more fun to be had? Maybe another would be a Regex option?
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Quoting Flip Martian:
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Of course, first post in many years, or ever, and...I post it in perhaps the wrong section. Oh well, still stands! lol

Nice post. Welcome back. What this place is, has just as much to do with the kind of spirit you exhibit here, as it does with DVDs. I'll bet you will get more hits on the word "community" in our forums than most.
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Yeah, what he said ^^^^^^^ 

And oh, by the way, check out LoadDVD and LoadDVD Pro if you haven't already. Can play any media from any server in one of several different ways. If I missed something you need, I would be happy to collaborate with you to put it in. I use SMB instead of DLNA due to the filetype restrictions of DLNA.
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Anybody notice that Jason still arrives right on time? Somebody is behind that mask. Whoever it is, I for one thank you for all that you have done, and for what you are still doing, albeit silently and notably - for free.
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The listing was removed due to seller error. But you can still view the archived version.
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I remember one we hit together - I think it was an illegal character someone had typed into an Overview - printer "formfeed" was it?
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Quoting bebbaboo:
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Will do.  I was not on my computer with your email address handy. I'll get the info to you now.  THANKS!
Becca

Got it and I sent my latest version of LoadDVD Pro with the added feature of being able to turn off setting the port in the Firewall. Keep me posted.
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I assume you are talking to me? (your comment - "just after we talked"). Don't know why you didn't send to my personal email, as you usually do, or post in the LoadDVD thread. Anyway, luckily I noticed this post.

4747 is the default port used for LoadDVD automation. I have code that attempts to set the firewall port forwarding so that the user doesn't have to do it. When it fails, you get a message to contact the author.

Just ignore the message, since you are not using the automation engine between multiple PCs. I am getting a new version of the message also, so fixing it is already on my list (if I can fix it - Microsoft has obviously changed something internally).

Oh wait ... I just reread you note and I missed the fact that you are getting locked up. The message you are seeing is a DVD Profiler temporary message designed to appear briefly and disappear. That is not the reason for your lockup. Send me an email (or PM), as usual, showing me the LoadDVD commands being used and a screen shot of the options panel.
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I have always said that contributions rules are above my pay grade, so I won't pretend to add anything here. But I just wanted to pass along some kudos. It is refreshing to see a reasoned and flexible presentation of opposing views that recognize the merits of both approaches. And I learned something.
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Quoting DVDProducer:
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I was wrong.

The problem is still here...

But at least I have a almost complete library on the PC version.

I started to have failed uploads again.

So what I just did was do a complete database repair, cleared my online library, uploaded my library to the online library... I'd assume this should give me a clean and intact library online.

Then I deleted my iOS copy of the app.  Deleted it so it would also delete the database and all data.  Now I'm doing to restore it from the online library and try to add newer titles that are missing from my database and see if I can upload that updated database back to the online version.  If that doesn't work, I think I'm completely done and will look for alternatives.

Thanks friends for trying to help.  Too bad the company doesn't care about us or the product.

Glad you are getting it sorted out. But I would take issue with your last comment. Somebody(s) are in survival mode. Shutting this site down is one mouse click away, that the person(s) you are referencing can do at any moment. The fact that they don't shows that they care. Be careful what you wish for.

Another thought: is it possible that someone who is not otherwise able or allowed to communicate with you, was able to take action to make something work for you temporarily?
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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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