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Missing Theme(s)

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Feb 5, 2013 9:22 AM

I created a project in iDVD 7.1.2 (running OSX 10.6.8). I started with a plain theme, tweaked it the way I wanted and saved it as a favorite. Put the whole thing together just fine.


When I open the project again, I get the Missing Theme(s) error that other people have posted about. It supposedly cannot find the favorite I created. When I clicked OK the first couple times, the project opened just like it should, despite the message. I tried deleting the file but that didn't make any difference. But now, 2 days later, I get the message and it won't open correctly. Nothing has changed!


Also, when I open this project, or a new project, the theme I created always shows up in the list. So iDVD is finding it just fine but not connecting it to my project. Every time I do this in iDVD, I have similar problems. It's as if Microsoft wrote the program.


Does anyone have any idea what is wrong with my themes?


Thank you very much.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 1:50 PM (in response to Scott Kopp)

    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.




  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 3:39 PM (in response to Scott Kopp)

    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.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Feb 5, 2013 4:23 PM (in response to Scott Kopp)

    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.

  • Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (113,195 points)
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    Feb 6, 2013 10:22 AM (in response to Scott Kopp)

    I successfully restored my theme folders from a Time Machine backup. Then I did a fresh install from iLife. I opened iDVD and it found all of the old themes.

    The reinstall of iDVD from iLife seemed to do the trick of linking the themes to iDVD.  Thanks for the feedback.


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