If you saved the theme so it could be used by all on the computer look in the HD/Users/Shared/iDVD/Favorites folder.
If you didn't have the check box checked to share with all users it will be located in the HD/Home/Library/Application Support/iDVD/Favorites folder.
Wherever it is go into iDVD's Advanced preference pane and add that folder to the Look for my themes in these folders: window.
Thanks for the response.
Unfortunately I did all that and it made no difference. So right now I'm in the middle of reinstalling from my iLife '11 disk and recreating the files. (Which also means I need to reload the old themes, too.) I deleted all the old files including all .plist files With any luck this will work. But I'm doubtful. I may just recreate the custom theme instead of reinstalling the backup I made of it.
Also, I've noticed in those folders you mentioned that iDVD makes duplicates of all the Theme folders. And it creates a folder called Installed Themes with another copy of them. I don't understand what that's all about.
I don't understand what that's all about.
Neither do I. Now that iDVD is no longer supported how it behaves in Lion and Mt. Lion is a big confusing as far as where stuff is stored. It used to be all in the User library but at one time switchecd to the HD/Library. So I just make sure I have both areas covered.
Unfortunatgely iLife 11 only provides iDVD 5-7 themes. The Software Update no longer installs the earlier themes nor do any of the iDVD 7 updaters available from the Apple Downloads website contain them.
Currently the only sure fire way to get all themes is to start with the iLife 09 disc:
This shows the iDVD contents in the iLife 09 disc via Pacifist:
You then can upgrade from iDVD 7.0.3 to iDVD 7.1.2 via the updaters at the Apple Downloads webpage.
However, if the older themes are already present in the iDVD folder in the library there should be a way to get them liked to the application. I've not run across a solution that works for everyone except the above.
I can't believe how bad this program is. I have to fight with it every time I open it.
Now that I have everything reinstalled, I created a new favorite and used it in a new project. When I quit and reopen I get the same error message that it can't find the theme and will substitute the default "Revolution". Then it opens anyway and seems to work.
But when I look in the Project Info window, the media section lists the parts that are supposed to be there, AND all the parts for the "Revolution" theme!! No doubt that will screw things up for me because it's probably going to process that even though it's not used. And there's no way to delete those media elements.
What can I do? Why can't it find the theme? I even added the folder location for where the Favorite is.
The iLife Suite is supposed to be so simple for people to use. It's far from that. How can Apple create something this bad?