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New iMac - any tips?

Postby SteveFitz » Sat Jul 17, 2021 11:57 am

I’m about to take delivery of a new iMac in the next few week. My current 14 year old iMac is showing signs of age.

I set the ‘Pedias up badly when I first installed it. I can fix that now. My wife and I will have different log in screens (we have a big difference of opinion about the dock position) but would like the ‘pedias to be shared. Not least so we can both sync phones and iPads to CDpedia and Bookpedia so we can have the same information on both.

Are there any tips? Do I just download the Pedias on the new Mac then copy the Databases across from the old Mac or is there a compatibility issue between the old and new Pedias. I haven’t been able to update for a while as the version I’m using couldn’t be updated to the latest version.

Cheers

Steve.
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Re: New iMac - any tips?

Postby FineWine » Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:32 pm

Ensure you are using the latest stable beta's DVDpedia 6.1.1 beta 206

Regular visitors to these forums will know I am big on the following:

1 - When I am updating App's to a new WHOLE number version or upgrading to a new OS version or even a brand new machine, or I know that there has been a major rewrite of the App such as with the case of all the pedia's for 64 bit technology and Apple's new OS 11.0.0 Big Sur and the upcoming Monterey OS 12.0.

2 - These are the Folders and Files you need and should be in ~/Library/Application Support/*****pedia/ .

Covers
InfoTemplates
Plug-ins
Templates

AddMultiple.xml
autofill.xml
backup1Month.*****pd
backup2Months.*****pd
*****pedia Backup.zip
Database.******pd
Database.******pd-shm
Pocketpedia.******pd
Pocketpedia.******pd-shm
Pocketpedia.******pd-wal

The above entries in blue are Folders do not delete them or their contents.

AND of course do not delete: Database.*****pd OR Pocketpedia.*****pd

NOTE: ***** represents the particular pedia - Book, DVD, CD or Game

The Files with the suffix; .shm & .wal can be deleted as they are changed and recreated automatically again on each starting up of your pedia. You can think of them as a temporary index cache files. The Database and Backup files are self explanatory so not advisable to delete those. The .xml are again a type of index file for your autofill fields and are important so do not delete those two. You can clean these up to some extend within each Pedia's Preferences > Autofill.

NOTE: ensure that each pedia knows where to find its database: Preferences > General > Data folder location: which is preferable in the default location of ~/Library/Application Support/*****pedia/ .

3 - There is also one other thing you can do and that is to use, what I call a "Grease & Oil Change" maintenance program called Onyx. This is a FREE program that is a multifunction utility that you can use to verify the structure of the system files, to run miscellaneous maintenance and cleaning tasks, to configure parameters in the Finder, Dock, Safari, and some of Apple's applications, to delete caches, to remove certain problematic folders and files, to rebuild various databases and indexes, and more. I always use it prior and post system OS updates and about once a month. Also especially in this case concerning the new macOS 11.0.* Big Sur and also with brand new machines after initial install and setup of the OS, immigration and all my App's.

This program is available here: Titanium Software - Onyx. ONLY DOWNLOAD THE VERSION FOR YOUR macOS

It is available in many languages and is regularly updated (about once a month).

4 - Also there are some hidden menu tasks that you can perform: 'hold down the option key and click on the main Help menu in each program once and select - each in turn: 'Verify Database', 'Remove Orphaned Covers' and 'Clean Duplicates in Fields' these may not solve your problems but it wont hurt either.

5 - And finally if your particular pedia is actually crashing do check for the Crash Logs. You can find the relevant logs in your Home folder under: ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/

Send them to Bruji Support: support@bruji.com

AND of course always carry out a general machine BACKUP first. Remember that all the pedia's also have the ability to create individual data base backups: File > Export Collection > Backup > Location of your choice

Hope you find these Tips & Hints helpful :D
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Re: New iMac - any tips?

Postby SteveFitz » Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:23 am

Thank you Fine Wine. Comprehensive. I’ll take it all onboard when the new machine is delivered in a weeks time.
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