Thank you for helping with the parser and the questions posted.
99% of the ppl who have problems with the parser have the WRONG
log file selected. You need to find the correct folder which has your log files. When you run the parser it clears/backs up the logs in that folder and waits for new ones. If you select the wrong folder it will never show your data. Many ppl have 10~20 different player account folders to pick and choose which is the correct folder can be difficult just keep trying and it will work. The correct data folder is the log folder which is accompanied by a .mcr folder of large size. the .mcr is your macro folder so most ppl who have mules have macros only for thier main and that makes the .mcr folder much larger in the main players folder.
Having a parse is good. but what i don't like is that linkshells and other people uses it to judge and talk crap about your playstyle/put you down. Specially for garuda battles.
Consider that Garuda is 100x easier if you can skip P2 its very important that your key dps can do 100+ on garuda in P1. w/o a parser its VERY hard to evaluate who is doing what and what you need to fix the problem. Gear is important but rotation is equally as important. A parser is a key tool in mmo's even at the casual lvl it is very helpful. As a pickup tank I can adjust my rotations and focus my collusion and hate timing to better match the ppl around me. w/o a parser this is absolutely impossible.
I play with some of the most "hardcore elitist douches" in FFXIV and we never use a parse to put someone down or trash someones rotations. Maybe a little *** waggling here and there but most of the time its just a self improvement tool that each player uses on their own to help perfect rotations and gear setups.