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220.127.116.115 (Nov 3, 2004)
FlashFXP is great, though I can't say much about lawsuits against competitors. Adobe sued macromedia because Fireworks looked too similar, and I'll always hate Adobe for that (Fireworks MX sucked compared to 3, from a UI standpoint).
However, as for encrypted packets, copy protection, etc. How many people here have even actually reverse-engineered a single piece of software? How many have been "in the scene"? I doubt more than one or two. I knew somebody in a cracking group a while back, in fact that's how I learned of flash fxp. He enlisted my help in a couple of cracking projects that were annoying him, and I learned a lot about "the scene". For starters, flash fxp has been incredibly difficult to fully and properly crack. The group that releases it always b****es about it from what I hear. No big surprise that they whine about trojans when they can't figure out what the programmer is doing...
What's interesting, though, is that crackers rarely spend a lot of time on any given project. I was surprised about this when I learned about it... they basically do a rush job with every crack so they can be the group that gets credit for it. Guess that's why a lot of releases get "fixed" by another group.
So back on topic - anybody ever try to fully crack IDA? You'll find it's actually not been properly cracked in a LONG time. Is that program filled with trojans? Is it stealing your information? Unlikely, but I know its copy protection code is not small, and all but impossible to figure out! A complicated protection scheme does NOT point to a trojan. If that were true, you'd find that just about every protection scheme that uses COM is complicated as hell, so MUST be a trojan.
Morons. Delphi, by the way, is not even remotely easy to port if it wasn't written that way from the start. Trying to port a Delphi 5 app to linux would cost time and money. I use linux at work and I'd LOVE to see a linux version of FlashFXP, but there are far too few linux users to "demand" that one be made.
And like 99% of other products that aren't free, FlashFXP will probably never be open source. Don't be so naive.