12 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2014 8:26 AM by Old Toad
Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

On Sunday I installed my old iDVD 7 (from the iLife '11 DVD) on Mountain Lion.


It installed perfectly in spite of me getting a warning message saying the certificate had expired.


It only contains the version 6 and 7 Themes of course but when clicking on one of the earlier greyed out themes I got the dialogue inviting me to download the earlier ones via Software Update.


However, this only took me to the AppStore where there was an update for iDVD itself.


Has Apple stopped the download of these additional themes?


It's not a problem as I have an earlier iDVD disc containing them, which I used, but it would be nice to also have the ability to download them.

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  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)

    Go to the Apple Downloads webpage and search for iDVD 7.  Download and apply the 7.0.1 updater which includes themes from 5, 6 and 7. That will give you V5 themes.  I've not found any other updater that contains any of the themes from the earlier versions. 



  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)

    Hi Ian


    If You got an old Mac with iDVD then You find them here - Copy and put in same location on New Mac.


    iDVD Themes

    iDVD 1 to 7.0.4

    Root level = Macintosh HD / Library / Application Support / iDVD / Themes


    Macintosh HD / USERS / Your name or login identity / Library / Application Support / iDVD / Installed Themes


    iDVD 7.1 (from F Shippey )

    The iDVD 7 themes are part of the iDVD 7 application package.


    iDVD - ctrl-click Show content of package

    Resources / Plug-ins/ - and here they are


    Yours Bengt W

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    Thanks folks for the info but I already have the themes for every version of iDVD.


    That wasn't the uestion.


    With the last iLife "11 DVD, when you loaded iDVD you got Themes for iDVD 6 and 7.


    The themes for the 5 earlier versions were shown greyed out and if you clicked on one you would get a message telling you to download the remainder (700MB) by clicking the appropriate button on the message.


    This button does not  work with Mountain Lion but a friend has emailed to tell me it works with his Snow Leopard.


    So it would appear that the "link" has either been broken in Lion or ML.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)

    If all else fails try this workaround: 


    1 - open iDVD and save you current project as a Favorite theme using the File ➙ Save Theme as Favorite.. menu  item.  Do not check any of the checkboxes.


    2 - copy the themes that are not registering in iDVD to the HD/Library/Application Support/iDVD/Favorites folder.


    3 - change the extension on each theme from ".theme" to ".favorite".

    4 - reboot, launch iDVD and view the All Themes pane at the bottom of the liste:



    I tired it with the Global theme from iDVD 2.  I changed the name to Global 2 but that's not necessary.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    I have got all the themes.


    What I am saying is that certainly up to and including SL anybody installing iDVD 7 could download all the missing (V.1 to 5) themes, but if they try it in Mountain Lion they can't.


    When you try to install iDVD in ML you get a warning that the "certificate" has expired. However, the only detrimental effect appears that you can't download those early themes.


    I have got all the themes. They are all working.


    I just wanted to know at what stage in the OS X history the web downloads had ceased to work and the answer appears to be in either Lion or Mountain Lion.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)

    Thought you were having trouble activiating the older themes.  Many have.  It must have been Lion since iDVD was discontinued the same time Lion was released.

  • theskyisblue Level 1 (20 points)

    Has anyone made the old themes available to download on their own?

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)
    as anyone made the old themes available to download on their own?

    They can't as it would be considered piracy.

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    I believe you can download them using Software Update if you have  a Mac with Snow Leopard or earlier.


    Alternatively you could create a small partition on your Mac and install SL (or earlier) and run it in dual boot mode. (Note that you cannot install an OS earlier than the one first available on your current computer).

  • BionicBob Level 1 (0 points)

    I am new to the Mavericks OS.


    I have used iDVD for years and love it. 


    Since Mavericks did not come with iDVD, I bought iLIFE 9 and installed it.

    So now I have all the older themes but want to get the newer ones too.


    When I open iDVD and click CHECK FOR UPDATES, I get the message this is the most up to date version 7.1.2.

    But when I check the themes, it appears I only have themes 1-6, not 7.


    I tried Apple Updater and installed iDVD7.1.2, but nothing changed.  I am still missing the last set of themes.


    Any advice what I should do next?

  • Ian R. Brown Level 6 (18,615 points)

    If you read my posts you will probably find that you need a Mac with Snow Leopard or earlier to download them.

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,408 points)

    You can install the iDVD 7 themes with the  iDVD 7.0.4 updater.  If it won't install by itself use the demo version of  Pacifist to manually install the iDVD 7 theme folder.

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