>My other question is why did I ever buy into Adobe's editing software in the first place.
Sorry I can't help you with rhetorical questions. Have you contacted Adobe's tech support?
>Does anyone out there know of any better dvd authoring software that can turn Adobe files into a dvd?
I don't know what "Adobe files" are. The program works with standard video formats and there are a number of alternatives available.
The "Vobulator" is a Sonic AuthorCore module, that creates the VOB structure, with the necessary IFO, BUP files, and also "wraps" the MPEG-2 AV file, into VOB containers. The authoring aspect of PrE (and also Adobe Encore), are but abstraction layers, wrapping around the Sonic AuthorCore modules, that Adobe licenses from Sonic/Roxio.
If you are getting a Vobulator error, it means that the Vobulator module cannot wrap the MPEG-2, or cannot create the structure with the IFO, BUP and VOB files.
It also means that everything has almost completed, and it is one of the very last steps in the process, that is failing.
I would add the full details of your Project, and all DVD Burning settings, as perhaps someone can find what is hanging things up in your Project.
This is for Encore, but... as Hunt said... the authorcore is the same, so the problems are the same
Run as Administrator http://forums.adobe.com/thread/969395
Odd Errors http://forums.adobe.com/thread/670174
Long File Names or odd characters cause problems
And This Message Thread http://forums.adobe.com/thread/665641