AnyDVD HD AnyDVD HD 8.4.2.0 for Windows

by The RedFox Project

Avg. Rating 4.3 (4,134 votes)

File Details

File Size 15.6 MB
License Shareware
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 361,656
Publisher The RedFox Project
Homepage AnyDVD HD

Publisher's Description

AnyDVD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD as soon as it's inserted into the drive. The DVD will become useable to your windows operating system and all programs on your computer, such as DVD-Backup-software like CloneDVD, Pinnacle InstantCopy, Intervideo DVDCopy and others, then supporting any DVD. AnyDVD optionally disables the RPC region codes, thereby making the movie region free and comfortably viewable on any DVD player and with any DVD player software.

AnyDVD is capable of disabling unwanted movie features such as forced subtitles, forced delays, and no-skip marks, giving you full control over your movie experience. It also allows you to launch an external application whenever you insert or remove a disc, and prevents unwanted software like 'PC-friendly' from automatically launching when you insert a video DVD.

Latest Reviews

elopez17

elopez17 reviewed v8.2.6.1 Beta on Jul 14, 2018

This program has his days, now is obsolete

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v8.0.2.0 on Jun 2, 2016

ChipChop - I'm inclined to agree with you

ChipChop

ChipChop reviewed v8.0.2.0 on Jun 1, 2016

Company enscenated a planned "takedown" of their company, there hasn't been any lawsuit, it was a great way of decieving their paying customers.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 20, 2016

if you buy this you are nuts
or you like to burn money
they are a train wreak

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 19, 2016

Surprised to see this here, hehehe. I'll give them A for effort for continuing to try and stay alive after the entertainment industry had them shut down. Currently no way to buy a license, so I wonder what's the point..... Unless you keep using AnyTrial v0.2 to keep resetting the 21 day trial(with AnyDVD closed, or in safe mode). Currently using DVDFab Portable. I've read up on their woes, and seems they were not quite in the same predicament that Slysoft was for a few years leading up to its demise... As of now.
3 stars for effort in staying alive

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 19, 2016

The same conditions that closed Slysoft could (will) close RedFox - I just do not trust these people enough to pay up.

Annoyingly I paid for a Slysoft HD licence a week or so before they closed down. No warning was given & IMO they cynically continued to take people's cash down to the the day the website disappeared when they probably knew the end was near well before then - bas****s!

The lifetime licence will probably be measured in a hamster's lifetime if that - Be warned.

I too have DVD Fab but how long it will last who knows?

Anyone have a bargepole?

freeafrog

freeafrog reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 19, 2016

Unfortunately your lifetime downloads were their lifetime. You are going to have to buy a new license to get this version forward to decrypt any new codes from this point forward. Those of us that thought we had our lifetime for the relatively high fee are the ones screwed. Fortunately I have DVDFab which is still working, but will they do the same thing. Look for a lawsuit in the future.

uncabrian

uncabrian reviewed v7.6.8.0 on Feb 24, 2016

Slysoft products have always worked well on all my computers. I have all of them except Game Jackal. Luckily I purchased free lifetime upgrades with all of them and they were much cheaper back then. Unfortunately for over a week now I've been unable to get updates or even any download because their website has been shut down with no notices of why. All I can think is that they were shut down by government for some illegal business practices. So if you don't have a copy of their latest software and already paid for it you're basically screwed. Hold onto any install copies you have because they can't be replaced

Terry6v

Terry6v reviewed v7.6.4.0 on Aug 27, 2015

I've used this for years now. I guess it was cheaper back then as I got it bundle priced with cloneDVD. But I still get the updates for no charge and has always worked even through several PC's and multiple operating systems. Sadly I have less need for copying discs anymore as I usually stream online now..

elopez17

elopez17 reviewed v7.5.2.0 on Oct 29, 2014

Anydvd and clonedvd are the 2 program to use period.
But......., they are all fashion right now 1.they are to expensive 2. Now they are good program the do the same 3. If you want a movie for your collection just downloaded from the internet 720 or 1080 get a good burning tool , Nero, Roxio or 123 copy Right now movie store that rent movies are gone or will be gone., and then why do you need this.

Avg. Rating 4.3 (4,134 votes)
Your Rating
elopez17

elopez17 reviewed v8.2.6.1 Beta on Jul 14, 2018

Pros: It's a great program

Cons: But, who need this anymore

Bottom Line: This program has his days, now is obsolete

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v8.0.2.0 on Jun 2, 2016

ChipChop - I'm inclined to agree with you

ChipChop

ChipChop reviewed v8.0.2.0 on Jun 1, 2016

Company enscenated a planned "takedown" of their company, there hasn't been any lawsuit, it was a great way of decieving their paying customers.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 20, 2016

if you buy this you are nuts
or you like to burn money
they are a train wreak

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 19, 2016

Surprised to see this here, hehehe. I'll give them A for effort for continuing to try and stay alive after the entertainment industry had them shut down. Currently no way to buy a license, so I wonder what's the point..... Unless you keep using AnyTrial v0.2 to keep resetting the 21 day trial(with AnyDVD closed, or in safe mode). Currently using DVDFab Portable. I've read up on their woes, and seems they were not quite in the same predicament that Slysoft was for a few years leading up to its demise... As of now.
3 stars for effort in staying alive

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 19, 2016

The same conditions that closed Slysoft could (will) close RedFox - I just do not trust these people enough to pay up.

Annoyingly I paid for a Slysoft HD licence a week or so before they closed down. No warning was given & IMO they cynically continued to take people's cash down to the the day the website disappeared when they probably knew the end was near well before then - bas****s!

The lifetime licence will probably be measured in a hamster's lifetime if that - Be warned.

I too have DVD Fab but how long it will last who knows?

Anyone have a bargepole?

freeafrog

freeafrog reviewed v8.0.1.0 on May 19, 2016

Unfortunately your lifetime downloads were their lifetime. You are going to have to buy a new license to get this version forward to decrypt any new codes from this point forward. Those of us that thought we had our lifetime for the relatively high fee are the ones screwed. Fortunately I have DVDFab which is still working, but will they do the same thing. Look for a lawsuit in the future.

uncabrian

uncabrian reviewed v7.6.8.0 on Feb 24, 2016

Slysoft products have always worked well on all my computers. I have all of them except Game Jackal. Luckily I purchased free lifetime upgrades with all of them and they were much cheaper back then. Unfortunately for over a week now I've been unable to get updates or even any download because their website has been shut down with no notices of why. All I can think is that they were shut down by government for some illegal business practices. So if you don't have a copy of their latest software and already paid for it you're basically screwed. Hold onto any install copies you have because they can't be replaced

Terry6v

Terry6v reviewed v7.6.4.0 on Aug 27, 2015

I've used this for years now. I guess it was cheaper back then as I got it bundle priced with cloneDVD. But I still get the updates for no charge and has always worked even through several PC's and multiple operating systems. Sadly I have less need for copying discs anymore as I usually stream online now..

elopez17

elopez17 reviewed v7.5.2.0 on Oct 29, 2014

Anydvd and clonedvd are the 2 program to use period.
But......., they are all fashion right now 1.they are to expensive 2. Now they are good program the do the same 3. If you want a movie for your collection just downloaded from the internet 720 or 1080 get a good burning tool , Nero, Roxio or 123 copy Right now movie store that rent movies are gone or will be gone., and then why do you need this.

mynamehere

mynamehere reviewed v7.3.7.0 on Nov 15, 2013

Hands down works better than anything else I've tried.

Frequent updates. I've had very few issues. and they've been fixed in updates or a setting change.

It's so nice not being forced to sit through trailers warnings and other crap that you can't skip or FF through. I've also gotten a few problem discs to play that for some reason wouldn't w/o using AnyDVD. Though that may have just been a fluke.

I had a few retail discs with Cinavia that TMT would flag as pirated, AnyDVD fixed that irritating little problem.

I'm a bit tight with my money, but I sprang for a lifetime license.

Output Overboard

Output Overboard reviewed v7.3.3.0 on Sep 18, 2013

$158.77.
A little bit pricey for a decrypter.

paulperry

paulperry reviewed v7.3.1.0 on Aug 24, 2013

great stuff

Antichrist

Antichrist reviewed v7.3.1.0 on Aug 12, 2013

Hey Outlier...the software you'll want is Handbrake:

http://fileforum.betanew...or-Windows/1131991349/2

Use x264 as video codec, with the mp4 file extension with large file size (I prefer mkv because you can add chapters etc). I Use constant quality at RF 16 for HD rips (may be overkill, lower is better, many people recommend 22 or 20 for HD. I use RF20 for DVD rips). Use high profile, Film preset, I use the slower setting.
On the picture tab, Anamorphic=Loose, Modulus=16, Cropping=automatic. For audio use passthru if it's an AC3 file, otherwise you're compressing a compressed file. If it's DTS I like to compress with Nero AAC in Foobar2000 and remux the audio with MKVMerge, because the AAC options in Handbrake for Windows aren't good quality but they don't allow Nero's AAC encoder because of licensing issues.
People on the internet will argue all day about the settings I've just given, but it should be a good starting place since all the options can be bewildering for novices. Also you should definitely try MakeMKV as an alternative to AnyDVD HD for ripping blurays to the drive.

outlier

outlier reviewed v7.1.7.3 Beta on Apr 8, 2013

I first watched reviews of software, then went through the trial programs until I found what worked consistently without problems. I have never been disappointed in AnyDVD HD's performance, or simplicity. My experience is that this excellent software with a great company behind it. The best in my opinion. Now if I could find the best (free or share) program for converting 1080p *.iso files or VIDEO_TS files from HDD to adjustable compression MP4 files, I would be very happy. (along with recommended ratio) for can't tell difference on 70-100 inch screen.

dubstepmaker

dubstepmaker reviewed v7.1.5.0 on Feb 14, 2013

great program!

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v7.1.3.0 on Dec 22, 2012

I use it along with CloneDVD Mobile to compress DVD's to play on a mobile device, although in Linux you can get a pretty good un-encryper?? for free & Handbrake works well too. But as I got a lifetime licence for AnyDVD years ago I use it in Windows - It's updated often too.

It seems in parts of the EU it's illegal to advertise or buy it but not to use it shows the crass stupidity of the entertainment industry that continue to shoot themselves in the foot by allowing a user to play media they may have bought several times as in VHS, DVD, re-mastered DVD, BluRay, re-mastered BluRay, special edition BluRay with additional footage on a optical media enabled laptop / PC but not on a tablet or none optical drive laptop.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v7.0.6.4 Beta on Aug 16, 2012

v7.0.7.0 has been released.

rutherfordpaul

rutherfordpaul reviewed v7.0.6.4 Beta on Aug 16, 2012

I've been using this for years. To paraphrase a popular UK advert "It does what it says on the tin". Virtually transparent to the end user. Frequent free up grades always seem to overcome the latest copy protection schemes. TRULY EXCELLENT.

kronos1962

kronos1962 reviewed v7.0.3.0 on Apr 19, 2012

I never waste time backing movies up to DVD rather I use CloneDVD Mobile to convert them to DIVX and use my Sony PlayStation 3 that is attached to my TV for viewing. Average file size is around 1.5 GB per movie. I also backup to several mobile devices including my daughters Innotab which presently contains about 25 movies on one 16GB card.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v7.0.0.0 on Feb 20, 2012

@Duster: You seem to like to hear yourself talk, I for one do not need your brainless tips. I too have a full license & have had for some time. Just review the bloody programs.

I'm pretty sure if Apple Computers had developed a language they would certainly have patented it.. :-)

I agree AnyDVD is a great program, no argument there.

And one more thing English should always start with a capital E, not lower case as in your last post. You got me LMAO now.. Sorry...

Duster

Duster reviewed v7.0.0.0 on Feb 20, 2012

@Input overload yes i like to hear myself, i like to see myself, and i like everything life has to offfer. I am a very very lucky guy. I am one of those lucky guys that can do everything that I want.

It seems that you took offense (personally) by my remarks....I did review the program and I do l,ike the program and I use the program on an almost daily base. And I guess like you said:" I am getting....."
Perhaps also, you need to get an eye check (exam) or English understanding maybe?If you tell me what you got offense of, I will be more than glad to apologize to you.

How do you know if it is a brainless tip....if you have not tried it?

EDIT: To your comment, not that im trying to start a war, but english is not copyrighted/reserved/trademarked by ANYONE/ANYTHING which means that I can use english in any way that I want without your consent of telling me how/when to use the english language. Now, to get back to my point, i accidentally deleted my old post, however i still stand by my opinion. AnyDVD HD is an amazing program and i use it as a TOOL not a gizmo on a DAILY BASIS and i also bought CloneCD, CloneDVD 2, and CloneDVD mobile with a LIFTTIME lincense. Now, i would like to see a function where you can right-click to send it to the other programs they have and another function to send things to USB, etc and YES I DID spend a little over $100(YES THATS USD: UNITED STATES DOLLAR, OO-RAH!).

williomshab123

williomshab123 reviewed v6.9.1.12 Beta on Feb 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing this site and provide very informarmation knowledge.
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Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.9.1.3 Beta on Jan 16, 2012

Still very good but to be honest I can't remember the last time I used it.

With no small children anymore DVDs last just fine & with falling costs in real terms it's hardly worth the time & effort.

BluRay discs seems to be of better plastic than DVDs & seem to last well.

Maybe I'm getting old? :-)

I have better things to do with my time than copy DVDs/BR's print labels out for the boxes etc. Quite a few (backup's) I made a few years ago don't play well due to dye issues.

George43

George43 reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 6, 2012

@Input Overload,
I too have tried many applications over the years. Indeed I go as far back as the infamous 321 Studios apps (still have legit copies, simply have to do an offline install after winding back the clock to Nov'03). Yet, first found them on a Warez site ( which interestingly had a link to BN), liked them so much I purchased a variety of their offers, and they were horrendously expensive. Still have a legit copy of their (well, whomever the publisher was) of DVD X Platinum 5.03, which remains a fine stand alone 4.7gb cloner, if only for making copies of already decrypted movies.
Have been a user of 123 Copy DVD since 2006, I Click etc since about the same time, DVD Fab again same time. And, like yourself several others no doubt.
I guess the issue here is the quality of what is offered with this app, me I have no reservations whatsoever.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 6, 2012

I have just about tried all such programs & I still feel that AnyDVD is the best, you of course may think differently.

JackRegon

JackRegon reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 6, 2012

@Feng Tao "Anyway, speaking of DVDFab, no doubt they will reverse engineer the latest release from Slysoft, and release their pretend update in due course."
You are quite right buddy they have just released DVDFab 8.1.5.2 Qt Beta, which will no doubt be published here in due course.
This is more than a case of monkey see monkey do, perhaps Slysoft could use SOPA to remedy the issue LOL.

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 6, 2012

Flawless, notwithstanding the contrary claims by our resident troll.

Flame Thrower

Flame Thrower reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 6, 2012

There is something extremely unhealthy about the persistence of negative rants from he who ought to be ignored. Sadly prospective purchasers of this may take heed of illness(s).

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 6, 2012

@Trolls Overboard, you might like to check your facts re the requirements by any LG Software Innovations app eg: 1 Click DVD Copy & Pixbyte DVD Ranger regarding their ability to copy encrypted disks. To quote from the latter "The movie you are trying to copy is encrypted. DVD-Ranger can copy personally authored DVDs or movies which are not encrypted. If you wish to copy a movie which is encrypted, you will have to install a third party decrypter like 'machinist2.dll', 'DVD43' or 'AnyDVD' to unlock the DVD."
Wanna try again stupid? 'Though we are all well aware of your capacity to distort the facts, were it not so obvious you are really dumb, I'd suggest in real life you'd be a spin doctor.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 5, 2012

I see Sanity Overboard is at it again, cannot help himself. I guess once a troll always a troll.
Seems to have deliberately omitted the cost of the relevant burning app from those pretenders at DVDFab.
Anyway, speaking of DVDFab, no doubt they will reverse engineer the latest release from Slysoft, and release their pretend update in due course.

Output Overboard

Output Overboard reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 5, 2012

$152 for a DVD decrypter.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.9.1.1 Beta on Jan 5, 2012

Great product which, as usual, is given poor ratings by trolls.

Let's correct a few mistakes. AnyDVD does not cost 152 USD to just decrypt DVDs. AnyDVD HD which supports DVD, Blu-ray, and HD-DVD is 152.168 USD. If someone just wants AnyDVD for DVDs then a lifetime license is only 88.2521 USD.

AnyDVD HD is 152.168 USD for a lifetime license and handles both DVDs and Blu-rays. To handle both DVDs and Blu-ray with DVDFab products you need to purchase DVDFab DVD Copy and DVDFab Blu-ray Copy which is 181.20 USD for a lifetime license. Or you can look at DVDFab Passkey for DVD and Passkey for Blu-ray for 166.10 USD for a lifetime license. You have to purchase 2 separate licenses to handle DVDs and Blu-ray and either way you go with either the full DVDFab product or the DVDFab Passkey product you are spending more money than Slysoft charges for a single AnyDVD HD lifetime license.

These days the two main products for handling DVD & Blu-ray are from Slysoft and DVDFab however I wouldn't put them in the same league. AnyDVD still remains the better program and is not comparatively priced insanely high. In fact, as I've shown it is actually cheaper when dealing with both DVD and Blu-ray and purchasing a lifetime license.

NOTE: DVDFab just raised their prices AGAIN as of the new year. Slysoft didn't.

NOTE 2: No, my pricing was based on NON-sale full retail pricing. Playing around with sale prices which come and go and is silly so I compared the fixed retail price. I'm neither a liar nor a troll. I don't run around marking down all the other software like you do, Output Overboard.

Note 3: The best Blu-ray software (ie Clown_BD and BD Rebuilder) are free and work beautifully with AnyDVD HD. For BD-50 to BD-50 backups or BD-25 to BD-25 backups you just need AnyDVD HD and Imgburn. The best DVD software for fitting DVD-9 backups onto a DVD-5 blank is DVD Rebuilder and it works beautifully with AnyDVD. For DVD-9 to DVD-9 or DVD-5 to DVD-5 backups all you need is AnyDVD and ImgBurn.

Output Overboard

Output Overboard reviewed v6.9.1.0 on Jan 4, 2012

Overpriced junk hailed by the usual crew of spammers/pirates.
$154.03 to decrypt DVD's? Are you nuts or do you pirate like the idiots below?
Good DVD copy software does not need a third-party $154.03 decypter.

JackRegon

JackRegon reviewed v6.8.9.0 on Dec 12, 2011

I have to echo the sentiments expressed by Feng Tao 5 Stars all the way!!!

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.8.9.0 on Dec 12, 2011

5 Stars, any less than this is obviously a review by trolls employed by the authors' of DVD(anything, but)Fab!

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.8.9.0 on Dec 8, 2011

Slimey........ What a total d***head......... (Moronic Redneck)

Brilliant software - A must have with anyone with even half a brain - You listening at the back?

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.8.8.10 Beta on Dec 8, 2011

Notwithstanding the usual non review from Slimy Overboard, this app simply gets better with each release.
In a word "Priceless"!.

chadamus

chadamus reviewed v6.8.8.10 Beta on Dec 8, 2011

Functions perfectly with regular consistent updates that keep this software at the top of it's class. A class that has no legitimate competitors, actually. I was fortunate enough to pay around $70 for the lifetime license, but would gladly pay the $129 it would cost me now. You get what you pay for.

Output Overboard

Output Overboard reviewed v6.8.8.0 on Oct 11, 2011

@ Mikhail Bake-sale
It's now 2011 and AnyDVD costs $162.31
you pinko commie fool!!!

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.8.5.9 Beta on Sep 7, 2011

Another great release, 5 stars by any measure.

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.8.5.9 Beta on Sep 6, 2011

@Sanity Overboard
I resent your comment re we that rate this app highly must pirate it. If you pay any attention to warez sites you will note the authors are blacklisting patch keys as soon as they come out.
Anyway as previously posted, you limey git pay attention now, purchased this July '06 for $25.00 & the HD option December '08 for $15.00. Full lifetime updates & UPGRADES.

Output Overboard

Output Overboard reviewed v6.8.5.8 Beta on Aug 29, 2011

$168.99 USD!!!
Anybody who rates it higher obviously pirates this program.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.8.5.8 Beta on Aug 25, 2011

No.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.8.5.6 Beta on Aug 20, 2011

These guys are so much on top of the trolls from DVDFAb it must be so very embarrassing to them. Oh, well damned reverse engineers, what can you say?

pjb

pjb reviewed v6.8.5.6 Beta on Aug 20, 2011

Works really well. Great App :)

WackRegan

WackRegan reviewed v6.8.5.0 on Aug 3, 2011

The Trolls are coming, the Trolls are coming! The little men at Fengtao Software told me so. Watch out.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.8.5.0 on Aug 3, 2011

No thank you. AnyDVD is for trolls only.

Flame Thrower

Flame Thrower reviewed v6.8.4.2 Beta on Jul 21, 2011

@ecvogel, I see what you did there (but, it did take a read) fair point. However, anyway you look at it, if you have a lifetime licence for this, it is one fine application.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer reviewed v6.8.4.2 Beta on Jul 20, 2011

Great app, 5 stars unequivocally.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.8.4.2 Beta on Jul 20, 2011

I see Jack Regan still hasn't been able to find a working crack. Oh well, he'll never know just how good this app is.

ecvogel

ecvogel reviewed v6.8.4.2 Beta on Jul 19, 2011

You think he would figure it out that for every one star, someone posts a 5 star. Maybe a few more so he really is actually helping up the star rating....

JackRegon

JackRegon reviewed v6.8.4.2 Beta on Jul 19, 2011

If any prospective purchasers of this app are reading this. Ignore the comments from the fool preceding this review. This is 5 Stars, and a worth software purchase for anyone wishing to burn DVD's, CD's & BD.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.8.4.2 Beta on Jul 19, 2011

No thank you.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.8.4.1 Beta on Jul 14, 2011

Yet another fine update from these guys.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer reviewed v6.8.4.1 Beta on Jul 13, 2011

Another grand release from these wonderful developers.

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.8.4.1 Beta on Jul 13, 2011

5 stars without a doubt.

JackRegon

JackRegon reviewed v6.8.4.1 Beta on Jul 13, 2011

Excuse the inane comments from my halfwit namesake below. This is a great app by any measure.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.8.4.1 Beta on Jul 13, 2011

No Thank You.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer reviewed v6.8.2.1 Beta on Jul 3, 2011

Who is this fool JackRegan? This app is truly wonderful at any cost, particularly when compared to that junkware DVDFab.

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.8.2.1 Beta on Jul 2, 2011

5 stars, 'nuff said!

Flame Thrower

Flame Thrower reviewed v6.8.2.1 Beta on Jul 2, 2011

Is that garden gnome JackRegan still here? I'd have thought by now he would realize his negative reviews are worth jack.
This is one great app.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.8.2.1 Beta on Jul 2, 2011

Another 5 Star release, these guys just keep working it.

JackRegon

JackRegon reviewed v6.8.2.1 Beta on Jul 2, 2011

Guys, ignore the previous poster. Is nothing but a troll.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.8.2.1 Beta on Jul 2, 2011

Nah

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.8.1.0 on Jun 17, 2011

Many stars it is worth. Program good, others better than.

Rupert Murduch

Rupert Murduch reviewed v6.8.0.9 Beta on Jun 15, 2011

I see jacksh*t is still around giving this his full approval. Don't you just love irony!
Still 5 stars, wish I too could give it more.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.8.0.9 Beta on Jun 13, 2011

Incomparable, particularly when viewed against that junk DVDFab.

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.8.0.9 Beta on Jun 12, 2011

In a class of its own, nothing else comes near it despite what the 2 regular trolls say.

JackRegon

JackRegon reviewed v6.8.0.9 Beta on Jun 12, 2011

Yes, yes, yes! 5 Stars all the way!

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.8.0.9 Beta on Jun 12, 2011

I see Jackie is back again with his usual negative comment. For this reason alone it must be worth at the very least 5 stars.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.8.0.9 Beta on Jun 11, 2011

Nope.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.8.0.9 Beta on Jun 10, 2011

Brilliant, kept up to date, one of my best purchases. 100 stars.

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.8.0.8 Beta on May 31, 2011

@Sanity Overboard,
Now I know what your problem with this app is. You are one of the many disgruntled warez users who now find their key patches blacklisted. Too cheap to purchase it in the first place and now have to pay full price, you have my sympathy. ROFL!

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.8.0.3 Beta on May 21, 2011

@Sanity Overboard, what's your point.? Rather than complaining about expense tell us why it only deserves 1 star.
All that aside, love this software performs flawlessly.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer reviewed v6.8.0.3 Beta on May 21, 2011

Despite what the naysayers, who are probably one and the same, say this is one of my essential applications.
5 stars without a doubt.

JackRegon

JackRegon reviewed v6.8.0.3 Beta on May 20, 2011

Looks like the previous poster is either Jackie Raygun, a family member or another employee of the authors of DVDFab, which most posters here agree is garbage when compared to this grand app.

Output Overboard

Output Overboard reviewed v6.8.0.3 Beta on May 19, 2011

Mikhail Bakesale -
How much does it cost NOW?

@D ickman - I rate it a 1 because it is far too expensive. Comprende?

I don't work for DVDFAB I OWN IT! LMAO! I OWN MICROSOFT AND GOOGLE TOO!

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.8.0.3 Beta on May 17, 2011

@Sanity Overboard
I resent your comment re we that rate this app highly must pirate it. If you pay any attention to warez sites you will note the authors are blacklisting patch keys as soon as they come out.
Anyway as previously posted, you limey git pay attention now, purchased this July '06 for $25.00 & the HD option December '08 for $15.00. Full lifetime updates & UPGRADES.

ecvogel

ecvogel reviewed v6.8.0.3 Beta on May 16, 2011

I bought this program and DVD Clone lifetime convered from Euro to US plus Chases conversion fee! Oh and GameJackel too, I got them on sale.

Rupert Murduch

Rupert Murduch reviewed v6.8.0.3 Beta on May 16, 2011

An extraordinarily good app no matter the price!

Output Overboard

Output Overboard reviewed v6.8.0.0 on May 12, 2011

$168.99 USD
More than 'nuff said.
Those that rate this highly obviously pirate it.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.8.0.0 on May 5, 2011

Would like to see them include a dedicated ripping interface for both DVD and Blu-ray to make ripping entire disks and main movie a simple, user friendly experience, similar to how the DVD Shrink interface was.

I wish it would cost a heck of a lot less. $50 would be nice for say 6 months of updates, something like that.

It works a LOT better for me under Windows 7 64 bit than it did under XP.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.8.0.0 on May 5, 2011

Brilliant, by far the best.I've used this program for some years & has never let me down.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 24, 2011

What the hell are you drivelling on about dude, cannot understand a bit of it other than your complaint regard cost, which is wrong BTW.
I think the most pertinent comment you made was "limited testing", speaks for itself.
The other horse crap you spouted is about as relevant as your usual negative comments, packet writing on various iterations of Windows, give us all a break.
This app works flawlessly on any version of Windows, FFS even worked on Vista both 32 & 64bit.

Don Quixote

Don Quixote reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 24, 2011

Actually CyberDoc999 the price you quoted is for the standard app, HD lifetime is 119 Euros about USD175. However, is a moot point anyway.
This is a great app no matter the prices, ergo 5 stars

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 24, 2011

69.00 euros = 100 US dollars
that is for lifetime

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 24, 2011

This & 1 Click DVD Copy is all you ever need to copy DVD's! Ignore the purile ( read non-sensical) comments by dudeboi & his alter ego jackragun.

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 23, 2011

I'll repeat my previous query to the dudette, to which he has not responded. Other than of course his oft repeated mantra re price!

Dudegirlz wrote "DVDFab only gets 1 star cause it is UNGODLY expensive.
But SO IS ANYDVD! It does one thing - decrypt and it costs $153 USD lifetime. And that is ONLY for lifetime UPDATES not UPGRADES. :) That's no freakin' lie."

I'm sorry you as usual are quite WRONG, first purchased this July '06 for $25.00 & the HD option December '08 for $15.00. Full lifetime updates & UPGRADES.

You also wrote "but THIS program, ANYDVD, is still flawed, and still very expensive."

I'd like your comments as to why it is "still flawed". I'd also like to know how you manage to test every version, yet provide no supporting evidence of your claims.
Please explain!

PaulWilliams

PaulWilliams reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 23, 2011

DudeBoyz: If you like DVDFab so much then buy it for $219.00 for 2 years, but I'll stick with AnyDVD HD for $135 for 3 years. Calling something that cost almost half as much and gives you one more year of service "overpriced" is contradictory. Finding excuses like compatibility with a 10 year old OS and installation of it's own driver (as opposed to DVDFab which installs a third party driver that doesn't uninstall) only shows your bias.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 23, 2011

If it was twice the price I'd still give it a 5, used it for many years & it's by far the best bar none!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.7.9.12 Beta on Apr 23, 2011

Update - PaulWilliams: Very simply put, DVDFab HD Decrypter, the perpetually FREE core functionality of the retail version IS worth using. It does a really good job of ripping to usable files both DVD's and Blu-Ray (like Avatar). But that is the ONLY part I think is worth using. DVDFab, the full retail product, is NOT worth paying for at all.

However, IF you use Windows 7 64 bit, AnyDVD HD now IS worth purchasing, based on my limited testing. It's just incredibly expensive and not at all feature rich, so from a value in the market segment standpoint, it's nearly impossible to recommend. At least for now. That's just my review, and my opinion, and it is given respectfully, and sincerely. I don't see any bias in anything I have said. Please read it carefully and note - I do not under any circumstances recommend that users purchase DVDFab. I specifically advice people NOT to waste their money on it. Period. I don't see how that could be interpreted as a bias in favor of the product.

ORIGINAL REVIEW CONTENT:

If it wasn't so expensive, I'd give it a 3 easy. It is 119 Euro (173.12 USD) for a full Lifetime UPDATE - that is not UPGRADE (for those who were not granfathered in). Minor application updates only for all who had not already purchased the app prior to the policy change. That is a tremendous expense for a single-function resident driver.

It works better with 64 bit Windows 7 than it did with XP, at least for me. In my early testing, it does NOT seem to conflict with Windows 7 built-in packet writing, so if you are ready to move to Windows 7 you may end up being able to leave many of the 3rd party packet writing issues behind. The memory protections provided in Windows 7 64 bit seem to eliminate just about any hiccups that I used to have under Windows XP 32 bit, and that is a big help. It would seem so far that being a device driver is no longer a noticeable drawback under this newer version of Windows, because in part it is isolated and contained, and that is a meaningful thing.

I wish that it not only provided decryption for ripping apps but could be an all-in-one that both decrypted and ripped the movie similar to how DVDFab HD Decrypter and DVD Shrink can do. It also doesn't convert the video, but Handbrake does that fine, and better than the pay version of DVDFab. So all you really get when you purchase AnyDVD HD is a memory resident decrypter and that is a lot of money to pay for such a simple core feature. It may well be worth it to some, but it's just not price competitive and with the game changer that Windows 7 64 bit seems to be, that is the single biggest complaint on my table in regards to AnyDVD HD.

I'd also like it to be available as a 100% native 64 bit Windows 7 app/driver.

If this thing was $49.99 I'd give it a 3. If it did more than just decrypt and the world left XP behind and went all to native Windows 7, it'd be easier to rate it a bit higher than that perhaps. We only have 2 or so years left for XP before updates for it are scheduled to end. That could make a difference for many in terms of adoption and interaction with the OS.

Flame Thrower

Flame Thrower reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 29, 2011

Is JackRegan still here? You would have thought by his anti SlySoft propaganda would be stale by now! Get back to the PRC Jack, and if you are the best DvdFab can come up with their business is doomed!
This is a great app, 5 stars.

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 28, 2011

Unlike that fool Jackie Raygun, I am of the opinion this app far outweighs anything else on the market.

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 28, 2011

Another grand update, these guys are brilliant. Despite what the naysayers may persist with.

JamesSmith2

JamesSmith2 reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 28, 2011

JackRegan: AnyDVD users are childish you say. In the past you've left harassing comments on others peoples reviews simply because they left a negative reviews against your DVDFab Garbage. You've claimed they were on welfare, insane and spammers. You praise DVDFab while leaving short "No, No, No" type reviews against AnyDVD. You claim everyone is using assumed names even when its obvious "JackRegan" is not your name.

Your a complete Hypocrite and every bit the Parasite WackRegan made fun of you for being.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 28, 2011

Quite funny to see how morononic, childish and stupid AnyDVD supporters are. All they can do is create a new user accounts.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 27, 2011

I first bought AnyDVD when Noah was just a lad, since then this program has worked flawlessly. It was first used on a Sinclair Spectrum. It must have updated well over a billion times, maybe more. It is the best program of its kind - That is not for discussion it's a statement. It deserves more than 5 stars. Brilliant!

DudeBoyz, that is exactly what you are it seems, just a boy.

RE:Forum receivership:-

'The UK's Profile’
Member since December 24, 2006

'JackRegan's Profile’
Member since April 10, 2010 (Nearly a year)

Nuff said there.

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 26, 2011

Dudegirlz wrote "DVDFab only gets 1 star cause it is UNGODLY expensive.
But SO IS ANYDVD! It does one thing - decrypt and it costs $153 USD lifetime. And that is ONLY for lifetime UPDATES not UPGRADES. :) That's no freakin' lie."

I'm sorry you as usual are quite WRONG, first purchased this July '06 for $25.00 & the HD option December '08 for $15.00. Full lifetime updates & UPGRADES.

You also wrote "but THIS program, ANYDVD, is still flawed, and still very expensive."

I'd like your comments as to why it is "still flawed". I'd also like to know how you manage to test every version, yet provide no supporting evidence of your claims.
Please explain!

DudeBum

DudeBum reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 26, 2011

I'm DudeBum and I'm paid to advertise overpriced software. DVDFab, DVDFab, DVDFab. Is that what we're rating?

DVDFab costs Eleventy Gazillion Dollars and if you use it you'll catch a sexually transmitted disease. Not to mention your computer will bust into flames and your children won't love you anymore. Did I mention DVDFab Decrypter is FREE, FREE, FREE except if you want to copy a DVD, that will cost extra.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 26, 2011

DVDFab only gets 1 star cause it is UNGODLY expensive.

But SO IS ANYDVD! It does one thing - decrypt and it costs $153 USD lifetime. And that is ONLY for lifetime UPDATES not UPGRADES. :) That's no freakin' lie. Check your facts. The "Updates not Upgrades" stuff is very, very well documented.

How can ANYBODY give it a 5 star rating when the value for the dollar is so bad??? How can you not AT LEAST acknowledge that this program is very costly? Blind fanboyism is not becoming. :( It's hypocrisy to slam DVDFab Retail for being expensive while turning a blind eye to the high cost of AnyDVD HD.

Add to that the ongoing compatibility issues inherent to the driver model, etc, etc. and I give it 2 stars. That's up from 1 star for me.

To test, all you have to do is download the app and rip your discs. It's not hard nor time consuming and that is how simple it is to test each and every version that comes out.

If it was $49 It'd easily be a 3 star rating for me. No problem. But since there are Free and Open Source alternatives out there (check doom 9 for some tips on which are the best) then it's really hard not to nail it for price.

PaulWilliams

PaulWilliams reviewed v6.7.9.5 Beta on Mar 26, 2011

DVDFab All-In-One $219 for 2 years. AnyDVD HD $111.50 for 2 years. Next time get your Lies straight DudeBoyz.

AnyDVD will also never expire a lifetime subscription.

DVDFab HD Decrypter doesn't really exist, its just DVDFab in disguise with crippled features. That's why its not listed at fileforum.

FixXxeR

FixXxeR reviewed v6.7.9.0 on Mar 17, 2011

I'm confused by DudeBoyz review, are we reviewing DVDFab or AnyDVD?

Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin reviewed v6.7.9.0 on Mar 10, 2011

Great application, nuff said!

Feng Tao

Feng Tao reviewed v6.7.9.0 on Mar 9, 2011

This is such a good app, I'm puzzled why our "friends" in the PRC have not reversed engineered it! And, called it something like "Fabulous DVD", or sxomething similar?

Dan Glickman

Dan Glickman reviewed v6.7.9.0 on Mar 9, 2011

Another great release from Slysoft, as usual keeping up with the game.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.7.9.0 on Mar 8, 2011

AnyDVD HD lifetime = $153.00 USD - Pretty darn expensive.

DVDFab RETAIL - the FOR PAY version - has gone to heck, but THIS program, ANYDVD, is still flawed, and still very expensive. I just can't get behind it given that there are still good and much less expensive alternatives out there.

DVDFab retail is NOT among them though. DVDFab HD Decrypter is ok only because it is free. But it's still a messed up situation in terms of how expensive these apps are getting.

So there are TWO products that I'm looking at here. DVDFab Retail, which is a horrible value, which is one reason I've upped AnyDVD HD to 2 stars from one, but DVDFab HD DECRYPTER (FREE) is at least helpful in simply ripping the content. I use other tools to actually process the vids.

So don't pay for DVDFab Retail, and don't pay for AnyDVD - neither of them are worth the money - just use the free alternatives.

Uriel

Uriel reviewed v6.7.9.0 on Mar 8, 2011

This software is on steroids compared to DVDfab. I would give it five stars for performance, but it only gets four because of the price.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.8.0 on Feb 3, 2011

Brilliant.

George43

George43 reviewed v6.7.7.0 on Jan 16, 2011

As mentioned earlier by someone, this and 1 Click DVD incomparable.

Julia N Assange

Julia N Assange reviewed v6.7.7.0 on Jan 16, 2011

Another fine update from the authors'.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.7.7.0 on Jan 16, 2011

No No No.

ecvogel

ecvogel reviewed v6.7.7.0 on Jan 14, 2011

At first I thought this Regan guy was kinda being picked on but after watching this you see he is wrong. Click on his name and he gives DVDFab 5 stars.

Anyways I paid $117 + $6.48 Euro conversion fee by my CC. It was well worth it. I bought CloneDVD too and that also does a nice job. Handbrake comparing to others outputing in MP4 H.264 was not as good as others. I have not fully compared CloneDVD to the others. I could be wrong, but CloneDVD seemed to be faster.
DVDFab seems to have to release alot of patchs for their mistakes. When I put the inicial demo on it didn't work right and could not use it. I called my friend who used it and he said no issues but has not updated in a while. Then later he told me his syster called and couldn't convert or burn DVD's and turned out she was on the same ver as me. Had to wait a week for a update. AnyDVD HD is soo much more stable and I would only get the HD version with the lifetime till the remove it because it will last you for quite some time. The next format will probably be digital files or streaming so you should get 5+ years out of the lifetime!!

ecvogel

ecvogel reviewed v6.7.6.0 on Jan 4, 2011

I just bought this program this weekend. I am very happy with it, it works as advertised and is less buggy than DVDFav when I tried it. In fact the DVDFab demo I got would not work. A friend told me the same on his sisters (paid) and then it was fixed about a week later. I even tried DVDClone and it seems to work fine and I have not tried Game Jackal. Since the free lifetimes are ending, I also bought toughs. Their products are not over priced like DVDFab. Also if I need to copy to my Zune HD or video editing program I will use Handbrake or a few video encoding programs I got a limited freebie on. I will buy one of thoughs when it needs to be upgrades or I rebuild my pc.

George43

George43 reviewed v6.7.6.0 on Dec 20, 2010

Just took advantage of the lifetime option after using this for past 2 weeks, money well spent.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.6.0 on Dec 18, 2010

The best bar none. Excellent software updated regularly & has never caused any issues.

I notice 'JackRegan' dislikes the product, could he explain exactly what problems he has has with AnyDVD, the platform used on, etc. I'm any sure issues can be sorted.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.5.0 on Dec 7, 2010

Excellent.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.4.0 on Dec 1, 2010

Latest version installed & works without issue. The best bar none.

JackRegan feels anyone who give AnyDVD more than a one star either works for 'Slysoft' is is paid dosh for good reviews - BTW, it's called 'Paranoia'.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.3.0 on Nov 25, 2010

Still the best, I have found a gripe after a lot of thinking. I would prefer a different icon, I have nothing again foxes though I must say. i just couldn't think of anything else to complain about, I'm sorry about that. 10 Stars.

Slapnutz Asshat

Slapnutz Asshat reviewed v6.7.3.0 on Nov 25, 2010

God I love this app, and the frequency with which it is updated is breathtaking.
The naysayers who persist with negative comments without explaining their reasons why I find quite perplexing.
Perhaps they are employees of DVDFab, one of the other mediocre alternatives!

Meow Zee Dong

Meow Zee Dong reviewed v6.7.3.0 on Nov 24, 2010

Another wonderful release by these dudez, they simply keep this grand work coming!

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.7.2.0 on Nov 16, 2010

Does what it says on the tin. frequent updates, worth each & every penny - & more!

Plumber, The author of this software is my son-in-law, and we have tea together every Sunday afternoon with cucumber sandwiches on the front lawn & a game of croquet otherwise I would have give it a 1 too.

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v6.7.1.9 Beta on Nov 11, 2010

Still the best, still improving. But of course, I am married to the sister of one of the authors, and golf with him as well. (I must, since I didn't give it a '1'.)

getanaccount

getanaccount reviewed v6.7.1.2 Beta on Oct 31, 2010

To the people that constantly put 1's on the review for this software, please review something else.

AnyDVD HD 6.7.1.7 beta is now available on the Slysoft website, and it doesn't take up as much space as DVDFab on your PC or laptop.

DVDFab Passkey doesn't even decrypt half of the Blu ray discs that are out there, for example, to say nothing of DVDFab's shortcomings (always changing the subscription prices for its products, etc.) Google what the prices are for both products and make your choice on your own.

However, people can download stuff from Slysoft or Fengtao and make the decision for themself without any ratings that I or anyone else will make on any product.

Stingray57

Stingray57 reviewed v6.7.0.0 on Sep 28, 2010

AnyDVD is one of my most used and most valued programs I have on my PC. I was lucky enough to get the lifetime license right before they changed their policy, but with it's ease of use and many updates- it's easily worth every dollar.

Until next time,
LEHenryJr
LEHSYS.com

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v6.7.0.0 on Sep 28, 2010

This is great, and everything else is crap. And people wonder why it's expensive? Duh.

Those who can't stand to part with the coins under their sofa cushions despise the idea that they have to shell out for the best software in this category. So, they get along with garbage software, and rail against this title. That's really all there is to it.

kronos1962

kronos1962 reviewed v6.6.9.0 on Sep 19, 2010

I've tried them all and this is what I finally purchased.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.6.9.0 on Sep 18, 2010

The best bar none.

Flame Thrower

Flame Thrower reviewed v6.6.9.0 on Sep 18, 2010

I also have a lifetime subscription to Dvdfab, but it is this along with the 1 Click DVD tools that I always come back to.
Best in it's class, and there really is no alternative.

PC_Troll

PC_Troll reviewed v6.6.9.0 on Sep 18, 2010

Have a lifetime license for this, purchased prior to the developer's change of pricing regime. Since then have referred it to many friends, none of whom have balked at purchasing after the trial period.
This speaks volumes re the quality and usefulness.

Meow Zee Dong

Meow Zee Dong reviewed v6.6.9.0 on Sep 17, 2010

To quite FixXxeR "AnyDVD HD, while expensive, is the only tool in it's class which handles every media format with as little user interaction as possible. DVDFab Passkey still does not support over half of the BRDs out there. AnyDVD HD is updated very frequently when new problems are identified, often not more than a week before a fix to a DVD/BRD/CD problem is fixed. "
Could not have said it any better myself!

George43

George43 reviewed v6.6.9.0 on Sep 17, 2010

Recently purchased lifetime subscription for this, best $$'s I've spent, other than my Technet subscription.
A truly fine app that lives up to the hype, which is nice to see for a change.

Plumber

Plumber reviewed v6.6.8.8 on Sep 17, 2010

As many others have said, a product that works well should be rated well, no matter what it costs. If there was another product that competed (I mean actually competed) with AnyDVD, maybe they would lower the price. Until then, make an actual point or shut up.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.6.8.8 on Sep 17, 2010

Anything to get me back in. Way too overrated and costs too much.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut reviewed v6.6.8.8 on Sep 17, 2010

Anything to get one Jack Regan off the front page. Yet another grand release from these wonderful folks at Slysoft, could not work with DVD's etc without this app.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.6.7.0 on Jul 16, 2010

Brilliant piece of software. 50 Stars.

kronos1962

kronos1962 reviewed v6.6.6.0 on Jun 15, 2010

Thank God for AnyDVD. My Children have destroyed more backups than I can count while the originals are put away for safe keeping. 300+ sucessful backups speaks for itself.

getanaccount

getanaccount reviewed v6.6.3.4 on Apr 27, 2010

Other than the issues it takes with packet writing software such as Nero and the like(which it recommends to disable while AnyDVD is running), this handy little application does the job it was made to do: allows people to watch Blu Ray DVDs on their PC or HD TV without needing extra $$$ for an expensive monitor. It does allow you to back up your purchased DVDs without much trouble as long you have something to burn the ripped files with (such as Nero or Shrink), and it is constantly updated. Worth the price.

alleykat

alleykat reviewed v6.6.3.4 on Apr 12, 2010

This ones for Jack, 5 Stars! AnyDVD does everything it says it does.

JackRegan

JackRegan reviewed v6.6.3.4 on Apr 10, 2010

Way too overrated.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.6.3.4 on Apr 9, 2010

It seems like only about 10 days since I was posting about the newest free update and here we go..another free update. AnyDVD is always updating to stay current with new releases and new schemes. This was one of the best software investments I have ever made. I put it right up there with my free copies of Windows an Office from Microsoft. Updates often and easy from both. Both work well because I keep them away from my kids and etc. I can't think of a more simple and effective way to back up dvds.

CJ1

CJ1 reviewed v6.6.3.0 on Mar 29, 2010

I have purchased a copy of AnyDVD HD "lifetime" becuase I have two small children and they can scrap a DVD in under 5 seconds. For example my son thinks everything is a car including DVD and proceeds to push it (data side down) along the floor!

After one incident where 2 Disney DVDs were scrapped I tried AnyDVD and never looked back! We now have a rule in the house, can't play a DVD until daddy makes a copy of the disk.

I used to use DvdShrink but it failed with the new copy protection, AnyDVD has not failed me yet. I keep the originals safe and the kids can play with the copies.

I scan the DVD disk and print it on the copy (my son is too young to read but can work the DVD player). When the DVD dies, I just make a new copy.

The price is now high (I bought when all purchases were lifetime) but they keep updating the software to keep up with all the different protections. There may be free products out there, but I know this one works and it will do it on the fly so I can play copy protected Blue Ray DVDs on my old PC.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.6.3.0 on Mar 21, 2010

Actually I have no need for other aliases. I am using 6.6.3.0 The newest version. Once again free to me as a registered owner. Freeware is great sometimes. I don't mind paying for a great piece of software that is simply the best. I don't have to flame Slysoft or other users.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut reviewed v6.6.2.8 Beta on Mar 18, 2010

If i may, I'd like to echo FixXxeRs' comments. Seems to be one of the recent commentator's who appreciates this app for what it is, and what it can do.
What does puzzle is the venom of those that rate this so low.
And, what is most curious is their resort to flaming.
Shrug!!

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.6.2.8 Beta on Mar 17, 2010

The best, bar none.

FixXxeR

FixXxeR reviewed v6.6.2.6 on Mar 14, 2010

I ask all users reading these reviews to make note that over the past TWO YEARS on betanews, only about 5-6 other people have given AnyDVD less than 4 stars other than the two users (catchpole and Dudeboyz) who insist on berating every version. Most of the four star ratings are due to price. Please note this when reading these reviews.

AnyDVD HD, while expensive, is the only tool in it's class which handles every media format with as little user interaction as possible. DVDFab Passkey still does not support over half of the BRDs out there. AnyDVD HD is updated very frequently when new problems are identified, often not more than a week before a fix to a DVD/BRD/CD problem is fixed.

This software compliments my home theater pc setup in that I can pop in a disc and just watch it. I do not have to sit through 10 minutes of forced previews, "You wouldn't steal a car" videos, or FBI warnings. I am not trying to break the law by copying movies, just enjoy what I paid for without all of the excess crap that is thrown onto a disc to "deter" pirates. AnyDVD gives me back my freedom to just enjoy the movie without worrying about watching videos that treat me as if I were a criminal. With a collection of over 1000 movies purchased over my lifetime, this program has been with me every step of the way.

I recommend this to any user who has an HTPC setup, watches movies on their PC/Laptop, or just wants to have a family night at home with a good piece of cinema. This application truly is in a class of its own.

5/5

Kirkie

Kirkie reviewed v6.6.2.4 on Mar 6, 2010

After reading reviews and seeing that the only negitives came many times from the same people.I downloaded the 21day trial. Glad I did,THANKS.Just got the new movie 2012 and after using AnyDVD to open it(about 10 sec)I was able to use DVD Shrink3.2(free download) to copy it.Dvd shrink needs help with alot of newer dvds these days and AnyDVD actually let this old program do its job,wow! I will most likely buy it.Little ones are hard on Disney movies.I don't like re-buying anything,so I copy them and save the original.I'll try a couple more,but I would pay a good price if it works on everything.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v6.6.2.4 on Mar 3, 2010

Yes it's incredibly expensive, but at least it works, and it doesn't make me waste hours of my time like the freeware crap does. I values my times and I pays my moneys. Or whatever.

Thebratboy

Thebratboy reviewed v6.6.2.4 on Mar 3, 2010

As usual, works as advertised, dispite the naysayers.

gds0913

gds0913 reviewed v6.6.2.2 Beta on Feb 9, 2010

Keeps up with the latest tricks and does the job.

swaxhog

swaxhog reviewed v6.6.2.0 Beta on Feb 6, 2010

Longtime DVD version user just stared using the HD version for Blu-Ray discs and it's been perfect. Top notch product that still pumps out updates regularly.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.6.2.0 Beta on Feb 6, 2010

Same as always has been..the very best of it's kind. Catchpole and his other aliases is just mad because he wants to promote a different product. It has nothing to do with how well this product performs. If it was he would rate it higher than a 1. The rest of us won't let a great product be run down falsely.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v6.6.0.9 on Dec 29, 2009

Updated often as needed, It does what it says on the tin! Small & does the job better than anything else.

TomasF

TomasF reviewed v6.6.0.9 on Dec 28, 2009

Nice, one more encryption hack added just days after I bought a BD with it :)

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.6.0.5 Beta on Dec 3, 2009

best in it's class plain and simple

FixXxeR

FixXxeR reviewed v6.6.0.5 Beta on Dec 3, 2009

Continues to be the only tool which handles BRD and can break just about any protection that is covered by the format. This is one of those tools which, while expensive, cannot be matched in features or ease of use by another other product in the realm.

AndyB7

AndyB7 reviewed v6.6.0.0 on Nov 9, 2009

Does what it says, keeps the pace with ever changing protections, works smoothly... a must have!

SizzlechestXXX

SizzlechestXXX reviewed v6.5.8.8 Beta on Sep 29, 2009

rickbtx,
That's because no matter how many reviews you write, the rating only counts once.

AnyDVD coupled with IMGBurn yields DVD9 copies with the original layer break. No muss, no fuss. Just configure IMGBurn to use the ElbyCDIO interface under the I/O settings. Using DVDDecrypter works, too. Just turn off DVDDecrypter's built in decryption and protection removal features to rip MPEG2 streams from DVDs (IFO mode).

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.5.8.1 Beta on Sep 10, 2009

As expected, works great and didn't cost anything for the update.

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.5.8.1 Beta on Sep 10, 2009

no thank you.

Terry6v

Terry6v reviewed v6.5.7.6 Beta on Aug 21, 2009

Eh, I've never had to pay again for any new version. I've had a license for almost 3 years. Every version has worked great for me and looking forward to this one!

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.5.7.6 Beta on Aug 21, 2009

please make a MAC OSX version!

SizzlechestXXX

SizzlechestXXX reviewed v6.5.7.5 Beta on Aug 17, 2009

Excellent program! When used with IMGBurn, you can make perfect copies of DVDs with the original layer break. Very expensive, but works flawlessly.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.5.7.0 Beta on Jul 24, 2009

With this update Slysoft now has the only software that handles both BD+ and MKB 14 meaning virtually every single Blu-Ray is supported. No one else has managed to get BD+ under control and it's been awhile now. This new AnyDVD update works exactly as advertised.

Jambon

Jambon reviewed v6.5.7.0 Beta on Jul 24, 2009

It looks like Slysoft is looking for more money, but highering version numbers with every line of code they change, to make us licensed customers pay ONCE MORE when they reach another milestone version....

-3
= 2

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v6.5.6.9 Beta on Jul 22, 2009

So, if AnyDVD were alone in the field, it would rate more highly? And the moment some dork releases a freeware turd that sorta, kinda, well not really does something similar, AnyDVD suddenly deserves a lower rating? Wow, I've got a lot of reviews to update...

Judge software by how well it works. Figuring in "value" is nonsense because it varies not only by person, but even to the same person as their circumstances change. It's so senseless to think that AnyDVD should (for example) get a 3 one day, and then the next day, after you get a nice raise at work, it suddenly deserves a 5.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.6.9 Beta on Jul 22, 2009

Licensing is one concern, but so is the staggering cost of the product. As long as there are lower cost and in some cases free alternatives, I don't see how it is possible to give them high marks for value either.

In answer to a question, if there were no realistic alternatives that were lower in cost or in fact free, then the argument points currently made when discussing Value might be hard to justify.

I disagree strongly that Value should not be considered.

Value is essential in every major area in our lives. People price cars to determine value. Homes, groceries, gasoline, etc. PRICE matters. Newegg.com, Costco, Walmart - it's all about getting the most bang for your buck. People spend hours and hours looking for the best deals before they go buy something.

Why should software be any different at all? I don't believe it should.

Comparing the cost of one DVD ripping program to another is certainly fair game. It's not about how much one person makes. You don't raise the score because you make more money. But it IS about comparing the cost of Program A to Programs B, C and D.

We can simply agree to disagree on that one, I guess. It's the civil thing to do.

FixXxeR

FixXxeR reviewed v6.5.6.7 Beta on Jul 21, 2009

People who purchased should have read the website. It was clearly explained that UPDATES not UPGRADES were provided with your lifetime license. This includes going from 5.x to 6.x. AnyDVD 5.x can be UPDATED to AnyDVD 6.x for free. However, you cannot UPGRADE from AnyDVD to AnyDVD HD for free. They made this very clear on their website, in their FAQ and in various other places on the website.

If the customer failed to read and research what they were purchasing, that is your own fault. Slysoft has yet to violate their licensing terms from AnYDVD. Not all users required the HD UPGRADE so they made it an optional add-on with an additional cost since additional time and money had to go into cracking the NEW products (HD Discs).

This is the ONLY PRODUCT which handles BRD at any sort of reasonable level. Customers of other products are paying for the PROMISE of future support of BRD and it's other DRM techniques. Other products cannot compare to the level with which AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD operate. It functions flawlessly and removes EVERY current protection including BRD+ which no other product can touch.

5/5 for a fantastic product which works well and does its job.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.6.7 Beta on Jul 21, 2009

Remember - these "Lifetime" purchases - which cost $109 Euro (just under $155 USD) are for upDATES not upGRADES.

With Slysoft, lifetime means something completely different than one might experience elsewhere.

There should be no reason why one should have to purchase a second "Lifetime" license when they have already shelled out the money for the first "Lifteime" license.

Licensing is one of the legitimate criteria from which a company can be judged, and Slysoft certainly does not deserve even remotely high marks in that regard.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.5.6.7 Beta on Jul 20, 2009

This beta supports a bunch of the newer BD+ discs which is nice. Great work by the developers.

hackztor, you can still buy a lifetime license and if you were an existing license owner before the change to different licensing options you have a lifetime license. They used to just offer lifetime licenses. Now you can select from 5 different options and the lifetime choice remains.

Great product for any HTPC owner or anyone who just wants to enjoy their movie collection even more.

hackztor

hackztor reviewed v6.5.6.7 Beta on Jul 20, 2009

Amazing program that does what it is made to do. Only one that I know of that works this great in addition to doing blueray and hddvd. Only downside to it is the change of licensing where its not forever now.

JCookes

JCookes reviewed v6.5.6.5 Beta on Jul 17, 2009

I'm not a sliysoft fanatic, just a user that is extremely happy with the existence of AnyDVD HD. I'm not urged to give this great app 1 star only because I cannot find a working crack for it *catchpole*.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v6.5.6.3 Beta on Jul 8, 2009

I wrote a GreaseMonkey script that automatically removes DudBoyz' [sic] comments. It works great and not only does it allow me to skip over his nonsense, I get a laugh out of it.

Five stars for a program that, while very expensive, at least WORKS.

Thebratboy

Thebratboy reviewed v6.5.6.3 Beta on Jul 7, 2009

Chadamus, I've just gotten to where I automatically skip over anything posted by Dude. I asked him back in Feb to explain the actual problem he was having, especially with Lightscribe, since I've never experienced anything but satisfaction from AnyDVDHD. He never chose to actually answer and continues to just rant. Now just consider him inconsequential. I just wish Betanews would add a feature where we,could select to block/ignore his silly rants.

That said AnyDVD does exactly what it claims and I'm greatful for the app.

chadamus

chadamus reviewed v6.5.6.2 Beta on Jun 23, 2009

Goodness, where's the 'Report Abuse' button when you need it?

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.6.1 Beta on Jun 19, 2009

VALUE: It used to be $39 USD. Now it is over $150 USD Since there are free applications that can rip DVD and Blu-ray, that seems incredibly expensive.

LICENSING: Updates not Upgrades - Meaning that if you buy a lifetime subscription for the 6.x series, your lifetime subscription would not include the 7.x or 8.x or 9.x series. Re-purchasing a lifetime subscription? That should not have to be the case. Any users who purchased a Lifetime License should have received all releases without additional cost.

COMPATIBILITY: It does not work properly with Packet Writing products such as the very latest versions of Nero InCD and DirectCD. It does not work properly with some third party copy enhancement applications such as copyhandler, totalcopy, fastcopy, terracopy, kill copy, super copier. It has issues with other resident applications that keep an eye on disk activities, be it optical or magnetic. It has displayed issues with drive-specific hardware implementations / features such as Mt Rainier (native hardware packet writing support), LightScribe, LabelFlash and Buffer Underrun implementations such as BurnProof, SafeBurn, JustLink, Seamless Link, PowerBurn & JustSpeed.

BUGS: It does not provide a clean rip in all cases, while the competition can and does. Updates are hit and miss. There are a ton of versions being issued, but not all of them are related to new protections. Bad code is often introduced as fast as older code may be tweaked or repaired. If the application had a more stringent quality assurance process in place, it would not be necessary to issue fixes at such a fevered pace.

These issues exist independent of any false accusations of bias or grudges.

They are documented, tangible and factual. They do not merit personal attacks.

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.5.6.1 Beta on Jun 18, 2009

pretty nice piece of software but I consider this spam posted every other day

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.5.7 Beta on Jun 9, 2009

Same issues still exist, except I have found that AnyDVD HD only has trouble with 2 of the third party copy / move applications I have tested it with, so I'm not sure if AnyDVD is actually the problem. Accordingly, I will wait until I hear back from Slysoft before going over that topic in more detail.

I'm also going to do some more extensive testing with apps similar to DVD Movie Factory 5 / 6 (apps that import ripped VIDEO_TS folders) in an attempt to provide more facts and data so that Slysoft can have a better chance at nailing down the specific code causing the problem that prevent the clean rips that should be the result.

They had that fixed or at least improved with DVD Shrink and DVD Movie Factory 5 / 6 earlier, and if I can just help provide the resources to help them nail that down once and for all, I'd be pretty satisfied.

That said, I Do Include Value as one of the factors I consider in rating.

If the cost of AnyDVD HD was $49.99 USD or maybe $59.99 USD, I think it would be a much better value and I would notch it up at least a full point - maybe two, depending on the licensing.

If you paid say $69.99 USD for AnyDVD HD - Maybe even $79.99 USD - and were able to actually buy FULL LIFETIME UPGRADES and not just UP - DATES, then I could see me rating the package higher.

If those were in place, 3.5 maybe 4 would probably be justifiable, if there were still some compatibility and "clean rip" improvements.

It is NOT an evil program. But it is an Expensive program with a less-than-friendly consumer licensing policy in addition to the compatibility issues that come about because it is a system level driver utility instead of a standalone executable.

Value, Licensing and Compatibility are all legit scoring criteria and I don't understand why anyone would have a problem with them.

It's important for people who purchase the software to know that the program is going to be more stable, more feature-rich and that if you invest your hard-earned money to buy a LIFETIME LICENSE, you actually get one.

Update but not Upgrade is just not cutting it. When they changed their policy, people got shafted, and Lifetime Subscriptions with the same limitations is also not going to cut it in terms of value.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v6.5.5.7 Beta on Jun 9, 2009

"If there were no free or lower cost alternatives to compare the product to, then the score might be higher."

That says it right there. Imagine the contorted logic that goes into such a mode of thinking. Say you rate this software, and rate it well, because there are no free competitors. Then, some free offering does come along. Oh no! You have to come back and update your review and rating!

No, cost should be considered an entirely separate issue. Rolling "value" into "rating" is senseless. When you look for software, wouldn't you like to be able to easily locate high-quality software, and filter on price separately? This would let you view top-rated freeware, if you like, or top-rated ... anything.

As it is, people rate many freeware titles with one "5" after another... Until the title becomes shareware, and then they start rating it with a "1". Or, if it's shareware, and the price goes up, they start rating it down. The rating is only very loosely tied into the quality. It's the pinnacle of idiocy, and it makes ratings next to meaningless.

I have little doubt that DudeBoyz would rate AnyDVD with a "4" or "5" if it were to miraculously become freeware.

Oh, and while I agree that the price is too high, the freeware competitors are crap.

cyberia

cyberia reviewed v6.5.5.7 Beta on Jun 9, 2009

It works. Stand alone wouldn't get to the low-level DRM that cause many DVD's to be unreadable!

Free upgrades forever, and did I mention that... it works!? I will!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.5.6 Beta on Jun 7, 2009

It is simply not necessary to make accusations and inferences here. All we need do is to focus on writing reviews for applications we test. By doing that and that alone, we can help to make the information at BetaNews useful to just about everyone.

BetaNews is a GREAT resource for potential users of software and by focusing on the actual software and not the individuals making reviews, the visitors to this site will be much better served.

Please take that into consideration when making posts.

All that said, I'll focus on AnyDVD and the testing I've done on this latest release.

REVIEW TEXT:

In this version, the "clean rip" issue is still there. DVD Movie Factory 5 and 6 both show that there are extra tags and information that should not be there if the rip was done properly. It's the same information that you can see in DVD Shrink when you open a VIDEO_TS folder that was ripped with AnyDVD. There should not be any extraneous information to be found if AnyDVD executed the rip properly.

For a very short period, they actually corrected the problem, and I rated the program a 2 instead of a 1 specifically for that fix. It was great to be able to use AnyDVD to create a clean, efficient rip of DVD's that I own. It was a key feature in making the product more useful, and it deserved to have a full point added to the rating because of that.

But just as fast as it was corrected, it reverted back to its previous behavior and rips made with this version again showed the problem. For whatever reason, that code was changed or removed and now users will have to deal with the hassle of trying to clear out that information when they try to read the ripped files into the apps they use to process that content.

This version continues to have trouble with InCD, as I have noted earlier. I've also begun testing third party copy routines in Windows XP and some of those applications seem to have issues when AnyDVD is loaded. However, I'm not certain where the problem lies, so I'm going to wait for a response from Slysoft before factoring that in to the rating. It's a problem I have only just reported to them and they need time to work on the issue.

The cost of this application is simply staggering when compared to FREE alternatives already available. The value rating simply HAS to be low because of that fact. The "Update not Upgrade" stance in their modified licensing language is still another huge blow to their potential rating for value. You must now purchase a subscription instead of a one-time purchase. You can buy a 1, 2, 3 or 4 year subscription and even a Lifetime subscription. But the problem is that the text limits users to UPDATES. You do NOT get the right to UPGRADES when you purchase the subscription. So you end up paying right around $154 US Dollars for updates to that specific version of the software.

I simply do not see how anyone can provide credible cost-comparisons that justify the purchase of AnyDVD over other for-cost and free applications that can also rip consumer-owned disks.

So, when I factor in Cost, Value, Licensing, Features and Compatibility, there is just no way that I can justify a higher score.

If there were no free or lower cost alternatives to compare the product to, then the score might be higher. If there were not as many compatibility problems as there seem to be, then the score might be higher. If the licensing "Upgrade / Update" issue did not exist, the score might be higher in terms of value. If it had features for post-rip processing like some of the competition has, then the score might be higher in terms of value.

But the facts are that AnyDVD does not measure up in those areas and as a result, does not deserve to be rated any higher. Hence, the rating that I assign to the current version is justifiably low.

GunnzAkimbo2007

GunnzAkimbo2007 reviewed v6.5.5.6 Beta on Jun 5, 2009

Blu-Ray ISO creation is brilliant.
Takes about 2+ hrs to rip with all security over-ride options enabled.

But why is this tiny program not freeware?

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.5.5 on Jun 1, 2009

I rate AnyDVD down because it does have compatibility problems with InCD (and other such applications). If it was a stand-alone EXE it would very likely NOT have any problems with InCD. Other rippers certainly do not. I suggest that they move to a stand-alone EXE because I want the conflicts with such applications to stop so that AnyDVD can work without issues for as many users as possible. But that is just a suggestion. It loses points because it simply doesn't work properly as it is right now.

I rate AnyDVD down because it does not produce as clean of a rip as other apps do. Just recently I rated it up a notch because they had seemingly corrected that issue. Yet in a release shortly thereafter, it seems that they went back to the old code, because the problem reappeared and has stayed there.

I rate AnyDVD down because of increasingly excessive cost and un-friendly changes to the terms of their product license. "Update not Upgrade" was a huge blow to the value because users who did spend the extra expecting lifetime upgrades got shafted. Couple all of that with the fact that there are FREE alternatives to this program and it is just not possible to recommend it to anybody as a worthwhile purchase.

It is fair to mention how you think a program could improve, but it is expected that users rate the program as it is in the specific beta / final release that we are testing. That is what I am rating AnyDVD on. What it is and how it works today. And for those reasons listed above, AnyDVD as it is right now is just not cutting it - not in terms of compatibility, licensing terms, value and overall cost.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.5.5.5 on Jun 1, 2009

As stated before, AnyDVD works and works very well. The fact that they chose to write code the way they want and not include methods they don't feel are necessary to do the job for which it was written is NOT a good reason to keep giving a low score. The software does what the authors wrote it to do. The fact that they did not write it the way Dudeboyz wants it is an unjustifiable reason to mark it down. If someone else wants it to include different features or methods that the author doesn't agrre with they can offer a coding solution to them or write thier own competing software. Yes we are over all your whining that they won't do what YOU want.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.5.4 Beta on May 30, 2009

I believe that a Driver-Level application is inherently more complicated and prone to conflicts than a stand-alone executable. If AnyDVD were a stand-alone executable, it is unlikely that there would be issues with programs like InCD, DirectCD and other such applications that already function between the hardware and the end-user. A stand-alone executable would not have to jockey for position / control with other system level drivers. You run it, you rip, you close it. Nothing left in memory to cause a conflict.

Currently, AnyDVD IS a driver level application, and as a result it does have issues with programs like InCD and DirectCD. So that certainly cannot work in its favor.

Also, DVD Shrink is not the only application that is capable of identifying and displaying the excess data that AnyDVD leaves behind after a "rip", but it is one of the easiest to find and most widely used programs out there.

If someone wishes to duplicate the issue, it's very easy to do and the result is very easy to see.

If I focused on Ulead DVD Movie Factory or some other commercial application, for example, it is likely that only a small fraction of AnyDVD users would own that same program and be able to duplicate the problem. DVD Shrink makes that entire issue moot.

The issue that is apparent in DVD Shrink is the same issue that appears in other content processing applications in this genre and is therefore relevant.

For the reasons mentioned above, in addition to the other functional and cost issues that I have previously mentioned, I believe a low score is still warranted.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.4.9 on May 15, 2009

The problem re-introduced in the last version is now still there. I sent them the details of it, so I hope that they get it fixed again. Until then, a 1 is now the score.

Young Strider

Young Strider reviewed v6.5.4.9 on May 12, 2009

This tool's filesize grew by nearly 80% in 2 months time.

Better focus on program abilities instead of copy-protection.

4122

4122 reviewed v6.5.4.5 Beta on May 5, 2009

Ranking this program down because it is a driver level application is not fair, IMHO, as it was designed to be so from the very start & is designed to be this way in the future. If you do not like this, but do not rank the program lower because it is not what you expected it to be. You didn't do enough research before buying the program. There are some wonderful programs that do what AnyDVD does without being a driver level application. If one doesn't like AnyDVD's behavior then I politely suggest one check out AnyDVD's competition. Personally, I'd have never bought AnyDVD if it did not operate on a driver level as this mode of operation is perfect for the way I work.

Ranking this program down because of the way it interacts with DVDShrink is not fair, either, as DVDShrink is old, obsolete, and has been deprecated by the author. He's moved on and is the programmer behind Nero Recode. If the same problems show up when using AnyDVD with Nero Recode then it's a problem.

This program is still a 5 in my eyes. It always does what I ask of it without any problems at all. The only black mark on AnyDVD's record is the new pricing structure.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.4.5 Beta on May 5, 2009

Crap. That problem the had fixed just recently is back again in this beta. I hope it's something that they can track down quickly since they only have to go over the code changes since that previous release and compare then to now.

I'll continue to send them the info and hope they fix it again. It's a bummer to see any program have a successful bug fix only to find that they broke something else when they coded another part of the program. Happens a lot with games and video drivers.

At least for now I'll give 'em a 2 again, cause they did have it fixed, and this is only a Beta. But if a final comes out and the code is still broken I may adjust that later.

emanresU deriseD - thanks for the comment. The restart thing is just an annoyance really, but that's one of the things you get used to on Windows. The MAC's I have had before didn't require so many reboots.

That said though, if Slysoft would make ANYDVD into a stand-alone executable application instead of a driver-level app, I think they would avoid many problems such as this. I hope that happens sometime in the future.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.4.0 on Apr 15, 2009

No need to be so bitter and accusatory Faf and any others. Just focus on the program and not the personalities.

That said:

I do wish that Windows did not have to be restarted after installation. But it being Windows based, I guess I'm used to that.

I also still wish it was not a Driver level service. It can have issues with Virtual Machines and Virtual Drive systems from other vendors.

All the other high-cost, lame licensing concerns still exist, however the issue that they fixed in that earlier release, the one related to non-essential data being left behind after a rip - is not a problem in this release either. I'm glad to see that fix stay in place.

Yes, there are often a number of extra Unspecified tracks under Subpicture in DVD Shrink (none in Dark Night, 30 in Memoirs of a Geisha, 29 in DaVinci Code) but the can be unchecked and processed.

There may be a slight bit of that bug remaining, as both Geisha and DaVinci end at 32 Unspecified under Subpicture, and I'll submit that to Slysoft as I do all other bugs.

Still, it is improved. Not perfect, but nothing is, and the remaining oddity is correctable through some manual unchecking and does not cause DVD Shrink to crash out as it used to.

So, score of 2 it remains.

As long as bugs like that keep getting fixed and stay fixed, it'll only continue to benefit the program and the consumers who have purchased it (including me).

Fafner76

Fafner76 reviewed v6.5.4.0 on Apr 11, 2009

6.5.4.0 is out, come on! Where are the usual consecutive, conceptually identical reviews? It's expensive, doesn't work with InCD, it's expensive, doesn't work with InCD, oh did I say it's expensive?

The only prob I have with this version is Avast reporting a trojan into it, but pretty sure it's Avast's fault. As for the rest, still my preferred program of its kind.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.5.3.4 Beta on Apr 3, 2009

still too expensive with bad license needing to buy subscription just to get updates and lifetime subscription how is that different from free lifetime updates but not upgrades. if you buy lifetime subscription it only is for updates not upgrades like before so it is not a good thing to buy is that right do you think. still buggy even if they got the rip to dvd shrink fixed but it is mainly too much money compare to what it was before that bothers me most.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v6.5.3.3 Beta on Mar 31, 2009

If you're not poor, there is nothing better than AnyDVD. If you are poor--or if you enjoy wasting hours chasing down and figuring out how the hell to use a bunch of free crapware--then by all means, do so. I'll be here laughing.

4122

4122 reviewed v6.5.3.3 Beta on Mar 31, 2009

This program still amazes me. Allows me to work with any DVD or Blu-Ray disc with the program of my choice rather than having to use what someone else thinks is the best tools to work with a disc.

And those people who write a review for every revision of this program (and others) just need to quit. FileForum's new layout has a place for discussions and all that stuff belongs there so please quit artificially bringing down (or bringing up) a program's rating and take the OpEd pieces to the appropriate place. Thanks.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.5.3.3 Beta on Mar 30, 2009

agree it cost to much and still to buggy with laserscribe disk burning and incd a terrible value for unless you have only bluray you dont need anydvd hd for regular dvd movie and there are free rippers for regular dvd that work as good and better

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.3.3 Beta on Mar 30, 2009

IF YOU TEST EVERY SINGLE VERSION RELEASE, YOU SHOULD REVIEW EVERY SINGLE VERSION RELEASE - PERIOD

If you don't want to test every Point and Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, etc. release, then don't Then you can also skip reviewing them. But if you test every single one, why NOT review every single one, good OR bad?

Not agreeing with someone's review is not cause to have that person and their opinions blocked and/or removed from the site. We all have a point of view and we all focus on different factual reasons for our ratings. Everyone should be allowed to post rational, thoughtful reviews of products, even if they factor in things that others do not. I factor in Value. I factor in Cost. I factor in Licensing terms. I factor in Tech Support and Bug Fixing. I factor in Loyalty to an existing customer base. I factor in a failure to fix bugs that were introduced into the product even though previous versions never seemed to have those bugs.

I legally own AnyDVD. I have for years. I report all of my technical support issues, bugs, compatibility problems, etc. directly to Slysoft. I run comprehensive tests in real-world scenarios and I do it on multiple machines. I find the bugs and problems are in fact reproduceable, and Slysoft has found them to be repeatable in their labs as well. They make the choice of what to fix and what to leave out there. They make the choice of pricing and licensing options. All I'm doing is responding to those choices and their consequences.

It is fair, unbiased and based entirely on facts and data and relevant opinions therein. It is not some un-supportable, un-justifiable campaign against the product. It is not some conspiracy where hords of people login and slam bad reviews onto the product. There is no mass push to discredit the product. There is no spam-laden list of reviews in the negative. If anything, there are far more positive reviews than negative reviews, so surely there is balance.

Trying to silence everyone who disagrees with you simply because they find flaws with the product that you do not is just unfair. I know people who do not like the product and they post reviews. I have friends and family and extended family who also dislike the product, but I have far more that just LOVE the product. Some of them post here. Some of them vote here. But I don't try to influence them either way. If they want to post they will. If they do not, they won't. Some just feel apathy about it. They bought it, it works, but they don't want to become an advocate for the product. It's like people who can vote in national elections who simply never go to the poles and cast the vote. They just don't care to make a big deal about it and take the time needed to research and fill out the ballot, just like they choose not to come here and type a review and choose a rating.

Please - just focus on the product, use the review system as it is and tell the truth as you see it in regards to the value and functionality of the product. No harm, no foul. No need to argue. Just post your feelings and ignore the rest if you wish to.

All that said, here is the simple review text for this particular version of AnyDVD HD:

Over Priced and still too buggy. Ongoing problems reported again to Slysoft.

PunkTiger

PunkTiger reviewed v6.5.3.0 Beta on Mar 18, 2009

Sorry, haters, I've been using AnyDVD for years and nothing else comes close to the convenience and elegance of this program. It does its magic in the background and it just flat-out works. I have yet to throw a working DVD at it that it didn't know how to handle. I wouldn't own a Windows machine without it. Mark it down as Essential.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v6.5.2.8 on Mar 17, 2009

I agree that the price has become outrageous, but I am independently wealthy so I don't care. The software is excellent and that is what I care about. I don't have the time or inclination to deal with a dozen carelessly-written freeware crap applications that attempt to do the same thing.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.5.2.6 on Mar 9, 2009

stop whining to making it personal. review the program forget names. its too much money.the license changes are a joke. you can rip everything except bluray with free program and more bluray with other free doom9 people. dvdfab does blurays for free but not as many blurays but with doom9 and dvdfab you get blurays for free.

chadamus

chadamus reviewed v6.5.2.6 on Mar 9, 2009

To quote another reviewer who stated it quite well 'Ongoing problems with DudeBoyz.' Thank you DudeBoyz, you have stated your opinion and you clearly dislike the software. Not all software is for everyone, and AnyDVD is obviously not for you.

Why torture yourself and continue to use and review software you obviously hate and does not suit your needs? Some perverse masochistic pleasure?

Please, if you hate it that bad, stop using it.

Let those that love this program and find it operates flawlessly and fulfills each and every advertised functionality 100% without issue continue to use and love this program.

Slysoft, thank you for your continued efforts and almost weekly updates. It would be great if other software companies released as many stable and useful updates.

BetaNews, please limit reviews of a product to a single review per user. If any user wishes to update their review when new versions come out, please have it update their previous review and not allow multiple posts from the same user.

Same goes for Ratings. One per user only please, not one per version. If a reviewer's opinion of a software changes with a new version, update the existing rating setting and not allow multiple ratings per user. This will result in a more accurate rating.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.5.2.5 Beta on Mar 3, 2009

Works as advertised. Perfect for dealing with my HD-DVDs, BluRays, and DVDs.

You can still purchase a lifetime license regardless of what people say about the subscription license options being a negative.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.5.2.5 Beta on Mar 3, 2009

way too much cost for this and litescribe never works anyway so anydvd cant blame for that. it wont work with incd and its expensive and now you buy and pay for license every ear over and over so its a ripoff now

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.2.4 Beta on Feb 27, 2009

Ongoing problems / issues / concerns as noted previous still apply.

Newly discovered issue involves the use of AnyDVD HD on LightScribe enabled configurations. I'm not yet sure if AnyDVD / AnyDVD HD is the cause of the compatibility errors or more recent LightScribe driver releases, but I have reported the issue to Slysoft / HP and will also notify non-HP optical drive makers as test results warrant.

This software is too expensive for compatibility issues such as these not to be addressed and corrected quickly.

Please focus on the software. Personalities need not enter into this.

Anyone can get a fully-functional 21 day version of the very latest release and run as many tests as they may wish. Ownership is not a requirement for making reviews here, I believe. That said, I was lucky enough to find and purchase AnyDVD early on. That said, it doesn're really have a bearing on the content. There's no prejudice, slander, etc. behind reviews of a Beta or Final release. This has all been explained and covered before. Please do the research and please focus on facts and data so that you can make an informed review of your own, within the context of all of the valid reviews made in the course of the application development.

Reviews not based on up to date, factual and honest appraisals have been and will continue to be removed at the discretion of the site runners. I see no reason not to follow their wishes in regards to the content I choose to enter on their site.

Do right by them, do right by the product and let the chips fall where they may...

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.2.3 Beta on Feb 18, 2009

Please, if you would, let's just focus on reviewing the product and move beyond speculation, attributing quotes, articulating disagreements, etc.

I think we all know where we stand, and it would do us all good to simply review the product at hand. With that said, here I go:

After detailed testing, it appears that the same reasons why I have expressed concern are all still applicable, so I have forwarded those details to Slysoft in the hopes they will be made aware of them and work to address them.

Given the lack of progress in terms of solutions to those issues, a rating of 1 out of 5 is, in my opinion, well justified.

Thebratboy

Thebratboy reviewed v6.5.2.3 Beta on Feb 17, 2009

I have found this to be a very reliable program that does just what it says it will do. One nice thing is when I try to play bluray dvd's on my computer I used to get "This computer ins't HDTV" issues and they wouldn't play. This app elliminates the issue for me. Sadly they did change the purchasing plan a little while ago but they gave everyone advance notice so they could buy or get the program before the changes took place and then even extended the deadline

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.5.2.3 Beta on Feb 17, 2009

Still the best of it's kind.

emanresU deriseD

emanresU deriseD reviewed v6.5.2.3 Beta on Feb 17, 2009

If two software applications are incompatible, it doesn't make sense to automatically blame one or the other. Or does the reviewer know specifically that AnyDVD contains an egregious bug? Sure. And of course, those wonderful freeware alternatives have nooooooo compatibility issues themselves.

I like and use AnyDVD because all I have to do is install one thing, and it works. If it doesn't work with some specific title, I can either wait or report it, and it will be fixed. What will happen if I run into a problem with freeware? (Oh, I know--that free software is perfect.)

But yeah, I concede that 109 EUR for a lifetime license (which is equivalent to around $137 USD as I write this) is shockingly high.

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v6.5.2.3 Beta on Feb 17, 2009

Always improving and has never failed on any title I've thrown at it.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.2.2 on Feb 10, 2009

There are continued incompatiblities with packet writing software, the cost of the product is now staggeringly high and the licensing has been changed to a subscription model. There are free programs out there that will rip just about any DVD there is, and many Blu-Ray / HD-DVD disks too, and the community at Doom9 is contiually adding new code to decrypt even more Blu-Ray and HD-DVD disks all of the time, and those are free as well. High price, lack of value and free alternatives being available combine to merit a score of 1 star.

iamnotyou

iamnotyou reviewed v6.5.2.2 on Jan 30, 2009

6.5.2.2 is out and what I am reviewing.

AnyDVD works as advertised. I have yet to feed it anything it cannot handle and have never had a problem with it.

I quit using InCD many years ago so I can not speak to its problems with AnyDVD , but Slysoft warns against using InCD. I switched to DVD-RAM so I get a similar effect of InCD but with out any problems others have complained about. It sucks when things don't work after a software/hardware changes but it happens, all too often. Maybe those who have a problem with InCD can switch to a USB flash drive (cheap) or maybe to DVD-Ram (not so cheap) or maybe turning off AnyDVD can help. Obviously a situation exists where there needs to be a change in perspective of what is wanted/needed vs. what you have to work with.

As for the price ... yea , the new dollar-euro exchange rate hurts and the 1year/2year/3year/4year/lifteime pricing is (way) high. If you compare it against the price of a box set (or two) being replaced , then not so terrible. Maybe the pricing scheme will fail ... maybe Slysoft will fail ... maybe someone makes something open source or free.

All I care about right now is that IT WORKS GREAT.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.5.2.1 Beta on Jan 29, 2009

Well, I'm sure glad I bought my license a few years ago. This software has become prohibitively ex[pensive. I'm being generous giving it a two rating only because the product works very well, but at current prices only those with bottomless pockets will pay for this.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.5.2.1 Beta on Jan 29, 2009

I have seen this complaint about incompatibilities with InCD before. The bottom line for me is that it has successfully backed up every DVD we have purchased. The only problem I have ever had was due to harware. When I upgraded my drive the problem was gone. It does the job everytime with zero hassles. Updates or upgrades doesn't mean anything as long as it does the job. My gripe is that both sides of this bickering have made it personal. SlySoft and you guys keep bickering. Over and over you restate your previous gripes and mark the software down to a 1. Packet writing alone isn't reason to mark it down to a one when it obviously works well for the vast majority on backing up DVDs.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.5.2.0 Beta on Jan 28, 2009

Come on now - that's just silly.Conspiracy theories? Please.

I'm just factoring in the value of the product in relation to what it can do, and I would hope that with their changes in licensing policy and their increasing costs, my point regarding what you pay for what you get is at the very least made more clear.

When you include the fact that they have had ongoing incompatibilities with InCD and other packet-writing applicaitons for Years and they remain unresolved, surely you can see there is indeed a valid point or two here, can you not?

Wishing to ban people for a legitimate difference of opinion seems just a tad over the top, don't you think? I mean, come on, nearing on $150.00 in United States Dollars and a policy that allows you to purchase a Lifetime Subscription, but only for "Updates" and not "Upgrades", that's an awful lot to ask.

Slysoft has very clearly stated their policy regarding Updates vs Upgrades, and I think that policy undermines the justification for the high prices they now charge.

If they offered a Lifetime Subscription that included Both Updates AND Upgrades, I think a legitamate argument could be made that the product deserves a higher score based on Bang for the Buck, or Value, if you will.

There's no hostility, and there's no conspiracy. It's simply about the Cost to Benefit ratio, and in this particular case, I would think that would be obvious to anyone, including myself, who have purchased licenses for the product before the HD modification came along.

Please don't make this personal. There is no need for that. It just confuses the issue and detracts from what should be a mature comparison of review criteria.

For those who love the product, use the product and can afford the product, I hope you thoroughly enjoy the application. It just so happens that there are a number of us who cannot, and value and licensing policiy are just two of the reasons.

The fact that the very latest release of this product STILL does not work with the very latest version of InCD, well, that would be another.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.5.1.5 on Jan 17, 2009

People need to actually understand what is happening before spreading disinformation.

Slysoft is changing their licensing policies as can be seen on their website and in their forums but when the change takes place they will still offer an option to purchase a license with lifetime updates. All purchases made prior to the licensing change are grandfathered and those people will continue to get updates at no additional cost. This is clearly explained.

AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD continue to do what they are supposed and always have done. New standard definition DVD protections have been released and they have been resolved using AnyDVD. A newer form of BD+ was used and after a short period of time AnyDVD HD was able to overcome that, as well.

People can find ways to badmouth or trash talk AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD but they continue to function as advertised and nothing else comes close. I am currently using the latest beta version (6.5.1.9) without any issues as of yet.

iamnotyou

iamnotyou reviewed v6.5.1.5 on Jan 16, 2009

Never had a problem with AnyDVD. It simply works, and it works well.

I purchased mine with the lifetime update(grades) when the dollar was at a better exchange rate with the the Euro but I would purchase it again today if I hadn't already done so. You can still get it with the lifetime updates , the offer has been extended 'till January 18 2009. Maybe they will extend it again ... maybe not. Oh yea ... there is a 20% discount available as well.

As with most things in life , there are options when it comes to backing up your DVDs. I have not tried other free/pay decrypters and see no need to when I am so happy with what I have got. I have not purchased a Blu-ray player yet but I did get the HD software upgrade just in case.

This software has been flawless for me. Highly recommended!

Morningdove

Morningdove reviewed v6.5.1.4 Beta on Jan 14, 2009

Having a quality product that does it's intended job elegantly does not give SlySoft the right to gouge it's customers with a price of over $100 and, in a few days, an annual subscription fee. After all, quality and elegance are to be expected of any good program.

AnyDVD is not the only decrypter available. Money may be saved by giving others a try. Although I am unable to test the feature, DVDFab HD Decrypter claims to remove HD and Blu-ray protection. It's website states "It also comes with full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support".

patchcole

patchcole reviewed v6.5.0.7 on Jan 1, 2009

yes please, happy new year!!!

FixXxeR

FixXxeR reviewed v6.5.0.7 on Dec 31, 2008

The only application in it's class which is updated as frequently and is able to keep up with the ever changing film industry and their never-ending onslaught of copy protections. Price aside, this is perhaps the best choice in winning back your fair-use rights on the media you purchase. Great job Slysoft!

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.5.0.3 on Dec 30, 2008

over 5 years... no competition

tiefel

tiefel reviewed v6.4.8.5 on Nov 18, 2008

I have used AnyDVD for years and all of Slysoft products are absolutely the best!

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v6.4.8.2 Beta on Nov 10, 2008

It's patently moronic to rate down AnyDVD just because someone broke BlueRay's encryption. Is there a product taking advantage of that? And oh wait--SlySoft was the FIRST to break BluRay, months prior to the others.

I'm not rating AnyDVD highly because it was the first to break BD+. I rate it highly because it works well, works with more than just BluRay (duh...) works with any software you wish to use alongside it (duh... the reason it installs a driver!), and it's frequently updated.

And let's quote the author of your beloved "Blu-Ray Disc Ripper", shall we?

"So you see that in fact all the credit for removing Blu-ray region code should go to Slysoft. I just did some reverse engineering."

Yet people see fit to come here and give AnyDVD a grudging "1" rating... Whatever.

Kissesfromitalia

Kissesfromitalia reviewed v6.4.7.9 on Nov 2, 2008

Never had a single problem with it, and one of the few programs that sticks to its purpose and not add bloated crap to keep selling.

ToeKneeC

ToeKneeC reviewed v6.4.7.9 on Nov 2, 2008

The best - always works. We use it to put our Movies on our Media Center. I do use a lot of opensource software for many things, but when it comes to DVD's you have to go with the best, as it is always changing, small fee, good support.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.7.8 Beta on Oct 24, 2008

There's an exaggeration about waiting a month for a Zohan fix. The movie was released on Oct 7. AnyDVD 6.4.7.6 came out on Oct 23 and addressed some issues that related to Zohan. That's not a month. There was also an issue with ClonDVD that had to be fixed and was on Oct 13.

So far I've encountered no issues with 6.4.7.8 but it only applies to BluRay so it should make no difference in terms of standard DVDs.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.4.7.6 on Oct 19, 2008

Maybe youy could clarify about waiting a month to back up Zohan. Could it be the combo of your drive and the software? I had no problem backing up Zohan. I have had to update firmware and even update my drive in the past to successfully back up a specific disc.

klone

klone reviewed v6.4.7.6 on Oct 19, 2008

AnyDVD is becoming buggier and buggier and is having more and more problems with recent DVDs. To name just a few recent releases, AnyDVD couldn't handle Leatherheads and You Don't Mess With The Zohan. Slysoft's forum was filled with irate customers like myself who had to wait a month for Slysoft to fix AnyDVD to work with these DVDs. Its main competitor DVDFab had no problems with these DVDs and worked as advertised.

The only saving grace for AnyDVD is that it is the only program that is currently able to remove all of the protections on Blu-ray discs. That is its only advantage over DVDFab. Don't let anybody tell you differently.

For those that value their privacy (and all of you should), you should be aware that this program frequently calls home even if you have the "Automatically check for new AnyDVD Version" option unchecked. For those claiming the program is only calling home to check for updates, read the EULA for what private information Slysoft are collecting about YOU. Needless to say, you should block AnyDVD with your firewall but Slysoft makes it difficult by using multiple servers and domains (ev1.slysoft.com, h3.slysoft.com, ns23842.ovh.net, iw2.slysoft.com, h3.slysoft.com, sb2slysoft.com, ns6.gandi.net, ev1slysoft.com, reverse.privatedns.com, etc. are but a few of the servers they use).

And don't believe the hype about "free lifetime updates". It is a sham which old customers of AnyDVD like myself found out the hard way. When Slysoft added HD DVD support, they said it was not an "enhancement" but rather an "upgrade" that users had to pay for which forced users who had been promised "free lifetime updates" to pay for the program TWICE. So much for their empty promise of "free lifetime upgrades"! You can bet that Slysoft will make you pay full price again when the next video format is released.

If you want a good chuckle, read the EULA to find out the truth about when your "lifetime license" will expire (Hint: It will expire before you die). Buyer beware!

These two very important facts about Slysoft's "free lifetime updates" are always forgotten or covered up by Slysoft supporters when criticizing its main competitor DVDFab. But it's these little white lies that will come back to bite you in the pocketbook if you are not careful.

morrigen

morrigen reviewed v6.4.7.1 Beta on Oct 7, 2008

For any guys thinking of installing dvd on drive on a laptop might like to see this a piece in this article about power saving while not using dvd drive.
http://www.technewsworld...u-Can-Get-It-64722.html

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.4.7.1 Beta on Oct 6, 2008

Still the best of it's kind. I've tried a few others and they were not even close. I still wish Beta news would ban Metshrine and Dudeboyz from wasting everyones time with thier feud. As for being expensive, the price is very resonable considering the ability of the software and the numerous updates. That is what I call support.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.6.8 Beta on Sep 19, 2008

Still cannot be touched by any application when it comes to removal of DVD or BRD protections. Heck, the latest version even updated a known HD-DVD protection. I still have yet to see a single application which can handle BRD in any fashion that removes protections.

If you have an HTPC, this is a great addon. If you just want to remove protections, it's the best in that category as well. Price aside, this program cannot be touched by any other program in the realm.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.6.8 Beta on Sep 19, 2008

Still buggy and not worth the huge expenditure unless you are almost exclusively using it to work with Blu-Ray disks.

There are many other programs that handle DVD ripping better than AnyDVD does and there is no reason to purchase anything from Slysoft if all you want to do is work with regular DVD's.

There are fantastic Stand-Alone executable programs, some free some not, that can give you all that you need without any of the issues that the AnyDVD driver model presents. If for some reason you are insistent on using a driver model approach, there is also a free alternative to AnyDVD that can do that just fine.

Given this, the only thing that AnyDVD has to offer is HD-DVD and BLU-RAY support. If you do not need to rip HD-DVD or BLU-RAY media, then don't even give this buggy, ultra-expensive option a single glance.

It's impossible to cost-justify any other way.

Jenny

Jenny reviewed v6.4.6.7 Beta on Sep 16, 2008

Absolutely lonely at the top.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.4.6.7 Beta on Sep 16, 2008

AnyDVD has a life time update policy, not upgrades as you can read here: http://www.slysoft.com/en/purchase.html. The HD compatibility is an upgrade, not an update. Let me say this again, the HD component is an upgrade, not an update. And as such, you have to buy the upgrade.

I lurk on their forum quite a bit so I know what is going on. If there is a bug with AnyDVD, they fix it. I can't stress that enough. I haven't seen any bugs which haven't been dealt with one way or another.

AnyDVD allows you to use any other ripper (besides its own). With AnyDVD enabled in the background you can use DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, CloneDVD2, Nero Recode, etc etc. Heck, I am sure if you disabled all of DVDFabs decrypting options you could use AnyDVD to do all the hard work.

Anyway, this is another great release. My home theatre system has been updated and all is fine!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.6.6 on Sep 12, 2008

No other program can handle BRD better. This program handles the Hi-Def format better than any program available. No other can touch what AnyDVD can do with a BRD. They recently cracked AACSv9 with another update. As I said in the past, it was and still is worth every penny I paid for it. It has single handedly enhanced my home theater setup far more than any other software program could have (TVersity takes a close second).

5/5

Stormprobe

Stormprobe reviewed v6.4.6.6 on Sep 11, 2008

6.4.6.6 2008 09 09
- New: "Rip to image file" creates a .dvd file for better emulation
(media type, layer break) with Virtual CloneDrive(tm) available at
http://www.slysoft.com
- New (Blu-ray): Added support for AACS version 9
- New (Blu-ray): Improved region code detction, e.g. "Dan in Real Life", Region A
- New (DVD): Added workaround for DVDs with CSS mastering errors, e.g.
"Go", R2, Germany
This mastering error prevents playback with most player software
(e.g., Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Zoom Player, TheaterTek)
and some standalone players (e.g., PlayStation 3)
With AnyDVD playback on the PC is now possible.
- Fix (DVD): CSS authentication error 5:55:0 under some circumstances
- Updated help texts
- Some minor fixes and improvements
- Updated languages

Fafner76

Fafner76 reviewed v6.4.6.5 Beta on Sep 4, 2008

DudeBoyz's awareness in reviewing every single alpha, beta, gamma or final build makes me think he really has some other interests than just "make ppl aware of this program's weaknesses", tbh.

PS: Reviewing every single build, even beta ones, repeating all the same things every time, is just a pointless way to try to force the score up/down. Personally I'm happy with the program and reviewed it some time ago...I had to put a rating to make this reply, so... I just find it would be quite a bit useless (and not fair on the average score should this become a daily post) to come here and put a 5-star rating on every single daily revision. Same goes for the opposite, IMHO.
Such awareness really makes me think there could be something else than just the matter of dealing the community a service.

hotchick79

hotchick79 reviewed v6.4.6.5 Beta on Sep 4, 2008

This one is the Michael Bolt of the DVD-rippers.
Beats the others on its socks.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.6.5 Beta on Sep 3, 2008

Almost all DVD decrypters available use the more stable and compatible Stand Alone Application model. AnyDVD and DVD43 might be the only ones that do not, and as a result, they are indeed unique. In this case, being unique is not a positive.

As described on their own forums, ongoing problems with packet-writing software hang around the neck of AnyDVD like a leaden weight. There are other reported bugs that as of this version have not been fixed.

Given the extremely high price of this application and the tech support staff that it funds, there is no excuse for these types of issues to be present.

Based on Value and Compatibility alone, a rating of 1 for this product is still warranted.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.6.4 Beta on Aug 27, 2008

No other product can claim to have the functions that AnyDVD (HD) offers. Nothing is comparable in terms of safeguarding and watching your standard DVDs and there is absolutely nothing that comes within lightyears of competing with AnyDVD HD and its ability to handle HD-DVD and BluRay discs.

AnyDVD HD now handles AACS MKBv8 without even requiring an update on the user's end. There aren't even any MKBv8 discs officially for sale yet. Yet again Slysoft is ahead of the game and everyone else is left in the dust in terms of AACS and BluRay discs. Don't even get me started on no one having a clue how to deal with BD+ other than Slysoft.

Sure, there are other backup programs on the market that are cheaper but, honestly, I find it impossible to compare either AnyDVD for use with standard DVDs or AnyDVD HD for use with HD-DVD/Bluray to be at all comparable. There simply is no way. They are fundamentally different.

If people feel the product is too expensive then move on and use one of the other products. No one can make you pay the price. I've used Slysoft programs for years and I've purchased numerous licenses for family and friends as gifts even at the new pricing scheme.

I've rarely encountered problems but when they have arisen I have reported them with detailed information and they have been resolved quickly.

I can't ask for anything more and I use the software almost daily for my standard DVD collection, HD-DVD collection and BluRay collection. There is simply nothing else like AnyDVD and they are constantly improving it.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.6.4 Beta on Aug 26, 2008

This is the only program which lets my family and I enjoy movies of any kind, regardless of protection, the instant we want to watch them. No other program can remove the BD+ protection method for blu-ray discs. No other program can remove protections with the speed at which AnyDVD does it. The price point might be a tad bit higher than most users can afford, but if there is any application in the market that has the same features or more of AnyDVD, then they have yet to be released as none can match what AnyDVD does in the footprint which it does it.

Given the amount I spend on movies in a given month in both the DVD and Blu-ray formats, a one time fee for AnyDVD HD was well worth it. For my home entertainment setup, this is by far one of the best investments I have ever made.

5/5

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.4.6.4 Beta on Aug 26, 2008

Kei-chan, no im not Metshrine in disguise. but if you look Reviews history, you find out that it was Metshrine who started whole attacking thing.

oh and by the way, someone with multiple accounts keep givin 1/5 to some other dvd rippin app.

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Metshrine, ban me? why? as far as i know, i have right to give negative reviews about this product. since when it was crime? and about multiple accounts, its shame that betanews/fileforum has not banned your fake accounts. m0user, DipThong, crosscut, bugmenot, and Metshrine are same person. and he have few new accounts too.

you started whole thing, and YOU know it.

(by the way, this is my only account)

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Metshrine, why did you delete your comment?

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.6.4 Beta on Aug 26, 2008

AnyDVD HD = $79.00 Euro, or according to their site on 08/28/08, $116.66 USD. Surely anyone can see that it's not just "a little higher" in price.

I think using AnyDVD / HD to rip to disk so you can create a backup is a much smarter move than limiting yourself to playing the original disk on a PC plugged into a TV. A backup works in portable DVD players, home players, the works. Plus, a backup lets you tuck the original away in a safe place.

Adding a "Rip to ISO" capability (even if it is buggy right now) to AnyDVD would seem to indicate that Slysoft thinks that's a good way to use the program, and I agree with them on that point.

Updated Rating: It has been brought to my attention that there are at least 5 other actively developed ripper apps for sale in the $35-$50 range. Some listed right here on BetaNews. I was not aware there were so many up to date programs available, and there may be even more. Given this, the cost of AnyDVD seems even less of a value, so the overall rating drops to 1. I apologize for being negligent in my research. I'll try not to repeat the mistake.

Original Post:

Two releases in one day - gotta give them props for that.

But the previously mentioned bugs still exist in this update, so I can't increase the rating.

In my reviews, if I post about bugs that I have found or find during testing of each release, please be pro-active and feel free to submit those reports directly to SlySoft via their forums. I've been asked to do the same instead of email or web form submittals.

This way, supporters of AnyDVD can make absolutely sure that SlySoft becomes aware of them.

Hopefully that will allow us to focus on the review itself instead of discussions of them here.

Thanks

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.6.3 Beta on Aug 26, 2008

I am still seeing the bugs that I listed in my earlier review, but I can't expect the folks at Slysoft to address each and every but right away. They likely have a long backlog of issues to address.

Perhaps some others here on BetaNews can examine and try to duplicate the bugs I posted and then add a confirmation email to the one I sent to Slysoft. I think the more contacts they have about a bug, the better chance they have in chasing down and eliminating it.

If I am able to find any new issues with AnyDVD releases, I'll try to post the steps in duplicating the bug here, as well as submit them to Slysoft like I normally do.

The more data and configurations they are able to analyze, the faster root causes for these anomalies can be found and fixed.

I'll look for a changelog to get an idea of what to specifically look for in this latest beta, but so far I cannot see any new or obvious problems with the app.

I still wish AnyDVD was more affordable, particularly since I have found some other, more moderately priced retail solutions I was either not aware of or had forgotten about.

For now, I still feel comfortable with a rating of 2, but will continue to look for a broader range of options / applications to compare with in order to determine the relative value of AnyDVD vs the competition.

Kei-chan

Kei-chan reviewed v6.4.6.3 Beta on Aug 26, 2008

catchpole:
Is there some reason you had to cut and paste a portion of one of Metshrine's old DVDFab reviews (from July 29), rather than come up with your own reply?
You aren't the same (possibly multi-username) person who was constantly rating DVDFab a 5, AnyDVD a 1, and attacking anyone who rated DVDFab down for any reason, accusing them of having multiple usernames or being Metshrine in disguise, are you?

-1 rating on price, but that's it. I've got nothing against either AnyDVD or DVDFab.

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.4.6.3 Beta on Aug 26, 2008

still not working as it should. + too expensive.

I do not work for a software company competing with this product, I do not work in the software industry at all. Nowhere near that industry. Those two reasons listed are absolute no gos in my book. Again, you fail to understand that YOUR rating scheme does not equate to everyones rating scheme. If you feel you have to rate this a 5 simply to counter me, so be it, skew the ratings. Not my choice nor my care. I rate this as I FEEL it deserves.

Now, I will continue to rate this a 1 until both issues are rectified as they are perfect reasons to rate this a one. This also represents my final response to your posts as it does nothing but detract from the products other reviews.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.6.3 Beta on Aug 26, 2008

To those who wonder why you need AnyDVD to watch a DVD on your computer you'll get your answer from the release notes. Numerous standard DVDs and some BluRay discs actually won't playback correctly on a computer. Whether the fault is with the studios or the software player programmers is debatable. AnyDVD makes it possible to watch them when you otherwise could not have. Take a look at the newest release notes for the beta.

One person continually posts that it's buggy, doesn't work, or that it's too expensive yet I question whether they even have the software installed. I get more of a feeling that they just want to be that person posting the negative repetitive carbon-copy feedback with zero actual information every single time a new release is posted.

Some people may not want to grasp the concept but AnyDVD as a resident driver level program is the way it is and the way it will remain. Just because some detractors don't like the way it works and they may not use it for their HTPC doesn't mean the methodology is bad and a great many people do like the way it works. If you don't like using it that way then rip the discs to your HDD and watch them that way. Exit AnyDVD when you aren't using it. Why throw a stink over something that simple. I really wonder sometimes.

I've run into no issues with the new update. It's working solidly so far.

Updated:

A bug did surface with the beta and they've already fixed it. They released AnyDVD 6.4.6.4 beta.

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.4.6.2 on Aug 23, 2008

too expensive and buggy + i'm not gonna go to a baseball or football game.

hackztor

hackztor reviewed v6.4.6.2 on Aug 23, 2008

Amazing program. Removes alot of the crap on dvds. Program is worth the money. The higher price is okay because they do have to update the program non stop because of the movie companies and their copy protection. Even does BlueRay which is very hard to get around. Pay the company and be quiet about the price. U pay way more going to a baseball or football game.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.4.6.2 on Aug 23, 2008

this program is too expensive.we need a stronger dollar overseas or something.i can't afford $100.00 for a ripper.

and metshrine what happened to all the text from your original review post.you changed it alot from what you first said.now elliot_nalley and dudeboy posts don't make any sense.they were talking about what you originaly posted not what you changed to read now.

plus, i don't understand why anyone would say that anydvd isn't able to rip to the hard drive and always stays in memory.i thought anydvd let you rip to video_ts on your hard drive or now iso on your hard drive and then after that rip, you can take it out of memory without needing to reboot.can't you just boot into vista, manually start anydvd, rip to the hard drive and close anydvd so it isn't in memory anymore.it's not a true standalone program but you can use it kind of like one if you want i think.i need to go test that to be sure.

elliott_nally

elliott_nally reviewed v6.4.6.2 on Aug 22, 2008

Umm.. Metshrine what the hell are you talking about? As DudeBoyz said You don't need AnyDVD Installed to watch a DVD/HDDVD/BlueRay on your computer or dvd player, whatever you use.

Now in terms of what it does, yes it beats out all others but I must agree with DudeBoyz that it is quite expensive and should have the price lowered.

So I am giving it a 5/5. Because I am rating the program as is, not the price.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.6.2 on Aug 22, 2008

When I want to watch a disc on my home theater PC, I just want to be able to watch it. I don't want to have to sift through the annoying "You wouldn't steal a car" trailers or the long-outdone FBI warnings, I just want it to play. I don't want the menu to come up, if I did I could hit the menu button. In the case of my child, I just want the disc to play the main title without her having to do a thing. For this to happen, I have two options as I see it. I can either A) Rip the movie to the hard drive first, delaying the start of the movie or B) just put the disc in and let it play. There is not much of a choice in this matter if you ask me.

AnyDVD allows me to VIEW a disc with all of the protections and annoyances removed WITHOUT having to first rip the disc to the hard drive and then setting it up so that my media center PC can play it. Ripping is all well and good if I plan to backup the disc to an AVI or separate DVD for my daughter to view without worry of the disc being ruined, but for just wanting to view a disc during family movie night or when my daughter wants to put in a disc to play on our home theater, there is only one program which provides me this functionality, AnyDVD.

I can't say enough good things about this program. If people can get past its price point they will realize that no other application can touch this in terms of functionality and ease of use. 5/5.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.6.1 Beta on Aug 21, 2008

Best program of its kind. I only run it when its needed, unless I plan to have a movie marathon with some friends of the family or my daughter. Why would I rip to hard disk first when I can just put in a DVD/BRD and, get ready for it, just play it? 5/5 since no one else in this market can touch what AnyDVD does.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.6.1 Beta on Aug 21, 2008

COMMENT: Why would anybody need AnyDVD loaded just to watch a movie on their PC?

Also, wouldn't it be much faster to rip a disk to the hard drive and process it and even view it from there? If you rip it to disk, you can use any program that is available to view it, can't you? I agree that AnyDVD is the only up-to-date app that does what it does and it handles HD-DVD and BLU-RAY better than anybody else out there that I know of, but I don't understand why leaving an optical disk in the drive would be in any way better than ripping it to your hard drive.

I guess I simply don't see any benefit to the driver method over simply ripping it to your hard drive. Gigabytes are cheap and fast, after all. But if it works well for you and you are happy with it, that's the most important thing.

ORIGINAL POST:

My concerns and issues are well documented, so there is no need to repeat them in depth here.

Unless you are a hardcore user of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray and need to take advantage of the superior capabilities in that area, I do not think that AnyDVD is a good value at all.

Currently, nobody seems to do a better job with HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, so that is why I bumped it up to a 2 rating.

The ISO support merits some further exploration, and I will be trying to do that soon. I have historically ripped in full to disk and then let DVD Shrink output to ISO and then burn with ImgBurn, but if this feature works like it sounds it might, it could sreamline the process, so I want to give it some serious testing before making a final decision on that topic.

If any competition catches up and can handle HD-DVD and Blu-Ray as well as AnyDVD can, I'd drop it back to a rating of 1 in part due to the value issue. An exclusive superiority like it has now would be undermined if the competition caught up, especially if the price was lower

So, in summary: Much too expensive, System wide Driver model = bad because of resource usage and compatibility issues (stand alone EXE would be best, yada yada.

I'm still pretty stunned at just how expensive this application has become. If they would just lower the price comparable to the other apps in the field, like between $40 and $50 US Dollars, I think there would be more people able and willing to purchase it.

Anyway - if it works for you, that is great. Honestly. But a few changes may help make it work for a lot more people, which could increase the customer base.

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.4.6.1 Beta on Aug 21, 2008

Not working so great and too expensive

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.6.1 Beta on Aug 20, 2008

6.4.6.1 2008 08 20
- New: Added ISO/UDF image file creation to AnyDVD ripper
- New (Blu-ray & HD DVD): ISO/UDF images can be created with or without copy protection. Images can be mounted with Virtual CloneDrive(tm), available at http://www.slysoft.com
WARNING: AnyDVD can remove the protection from protected images. Protected images are useless, if AnyDVD is not installed and running!
- Fix (DVD): AI scanner made a mistake with "The Eye", Region 2, DK
- Some minor fixes and improvements
- Updated languages

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Nice that they finally added ripping to an ISO image. This is more useful in terms of HD-DVDs and BluRay discs.

skapig

skapig reviewed v6.4.6.0 Beta on Aug 15, 2008

Yes it's system level, but you don't need to have it running all the time. Just run it on demand.

The advantage of the on-fly decrypting is simple and important: you can watch on the fly! No need to dump the whole video.

The price is quite high, but it does the job well and is updated often. There's not much competition to drive the price down.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.6.0 Beta on Aug 14, 2008

ADDITION: With hard drive capacities growing and the incredible Gigabyte per dollar values out there, I see no reason why you would not want to rip the title to your local hard drive and watch it / work with it from there. It is certainly faster in terms of data rate than an optical drive, correct? Why deal with the overhead, resource consumption, increased CPU load and potential incompatibilities if you don't have to? I truly do believe that a stand alone application would be a much better solution.

This "On The Fly" stuff is just not something I consider useful. Start a program, rip the title, end the program and that is all you ever have to do. That's it. Every app you have can work with the decrypted files on the hard disk no sweat. No need to have something running in the background if you don't have to, especially when it doesn't offer any advantage whatsoever.

Even if they kept the existing model and simply added an alternative stand-alone application for those with compatibility issues, or folks who just want to rip them to their huge hard drives and store them there, I think that would be fine for most, including me.

In regards to the competition, I do think that the existence of a free ripper that works with standard DVD's and is seeking to improve their HD-DVD and Blu-Ray capabilities, does put pressure on Slysoft to lower the cost. In addition to a free ripper, they also offer two other products that are commercial but less than half the cost of AnyDVD HD, so I feel that adds even more incentive for them to lower the price. Why not make the product more affordable to build brand loyalty and tout their ability to handle HD-DVD's and Blu-Ray titles better than anyone else on the market for the same cost?

ORIGINAL: AnyDVD appears as a system level driver. It's a memory resident application that constantly monitors the optical drives on a system. A layer of software that exists between the user and the hardware. One of the downsides of this approach is that it can make a system more prone to compatibility issues than a system that does not have a resident system level driver installed. If other applications are seeking to access that hardware, especially those that are also resident system level drivers, such as DirectCD and InCD, there is an increased risk of conflicts between those applications.

There may also be other applications that are not system level drivers, yet also monitor activity of the optical drives in a system. When you factor in things like AutoPlay, integrated Drag to Disc functionality, Mount Rainier / UDF, video players, audio players, content catalogers, and more well-rounded multi-function monitoring approaches like Nero SmartStart, there is much more to consider in terms of compatibility and conflict issues.

Taking all of that (and more) into account, it can be legitimately argued that if AnyDVD was a stand-alone application instead of a system level driver, the risk of problems would be appreciably reduced. Incidents of data corruption, system crashes, lockups, etc. might also be allayed.

I can't seem to recognize any advantage in "on the fly" decryption. Once you decrypt a title to your local hard drive, any program you have installed should be able to work with the content. So if AnyDVD was a stand alone app instead of a driver, you would still get the same benefits but without the overhead and compatibility concerns.

That said, there is something that Slysoft does offer that no competitor I know of can currently match, and that is its ability to handle Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. It seems to have stronger functional support for those formats than anything else on the market. But that functionality comes with a very high price tag.

The current retail price of AnyDVD with the HD option is 79 Euros, which is just a bit above $116 US Dollars, according to the Yahoo Currency Converter application as of August 14, 2008. Even with the "Olympics Discount" listed on their site on that same date, you are looking at nearly $95 US Dollars.

So while the AnyDVD HD software may be robust, it is certainly not a good value for most people when compared to other products on the market.

However, over time, the number of up-to-date applications available to consumers for decryption has dropped significantly, which means that while AnyDVD HD is quite expensive, it is one of the few remaining options available, and I consider that a point in its favor. If it ends up in the near future that AnyDVD HD is the last one standing, it would get even more credit for doing what it does and still being able to survive.

As it sits right now, I feel that AnyDVD rates a 2. If Slysoft reduced the price significantly and/or changed from a system level driver to a stand alone application, or at least created a stand alone version that is added at no additional cost to the bundle along with the existing method to help increase stability and reduce potential conflicts, I would likely rate it higher still.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.6.0 Beta on Aug 14, 2008

Still the best product in its class when it comes to removing protections from optical media. Nothing else even comes close to touching it and nothing else can break BD+. Good job slysoft!

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.6.0 Beta on Aug 14, 2008

The update only really addresses an issue with one SD DVD and adds internal support for a load of newer BluRay discs.

Working beautifully so far.

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 6, 2008

no so good.

1/5

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 6, 2008

@Dudeboyz
"Although Slysoft had promised "Free Lifetime Upgrades", they reneged on that promise and decided to charge users extra if they wanted to be able to rip Blu-Ray and HD DVD disks, so it's not like they don't have enough cash to hire staff to correct the problem."
They promise lifetime updates, not upgrades. HD and Bluray are upgrades. No "reneging" at all.

"DVDFab HD Decrypter (which is still 100% free software, even though they do have nag screens) added support for Blu-Ray and HD DVD ripping without charging users a dime and since DVDFab HD Decrypter is a stand-alone EXE, it doesn't get in the way of packet writing drivers at all."
DVDFab HD Decrypted has not updated the HD/Bluray part for ages. And as such, cannot decrypt many movies out there.

Also, AnyDVD HD does all its magic on-the-fly, DVDFab needs to rip it first (if it can).

Regarding the InCD etc thing, I contacted the devs (something I have never seen you do) and they told me the only problems you would have would be with VERY old versions of InCD etc. Until somebody reports a problem, there is nothing to be fixed by the devs. Think about it...

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 3, 2008

Calling software "quite good" and then rating it a 1 makes no sense. Comparing AnyDVD to DVDFab makes even less sense, since the two do different things. AnyDVD--[SIGH], do I really need to point this out?--makes discs appear unprotected to ALL software running on the system. DVDFab simply rips the discs and is done with it. This means that, for example, you could run AnyDVD and play a DVD--in your player of choice, without ripping--without the hassles of all the aggravating advertisements and other annoyances. Or, you can run AnyDVD and rip the disc, again using your software of choice.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 3, 2008

i had not known how expensive it is now. it does work but so does dvdfab probably they both work on everything out there. theyre updated all the time both of them. its fine to talk about and compare with other programs no matter what chadamus or anybody says. they both decrypt equally well, just differently. let people rate it what they want and stop fighting just because their opinion is different. they both work fine but i wish both were free. is it so much cost because of low american dollar?

4122

4122 reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 2, 2008

Pros:
Only program of its kind to work on a system-wide driver level.
Only program of its kind that can handle BD+.

Cons:
Price is too high for what you get.
Won't work with obsolete Windows 95 era software technologies, i.e.packet-writing.

reynaldok

reynaldok reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 2, 2008

This Software works Flawlessly! Once you purchase it (ie no key gens/cracks) it will work perfectly provided you have a decent dvd drive. there has been 0 titles it couldn't handle . I recommend lite-on drives btw.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 2, 2008

1/5 For the same reasons as before. Installed, tested and verified. Both issues still present and prevalent.

chadamus

chadamus reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 2, 2008

This software works flawlessly every time. I will say every time I see a new AnyDVD HD review here on BetaNews I do enjoy reading the comments. I find it amusing that this keeps getting bashed. Dude, no one believes you anymore. Do you work for SlySoft's competition? Oh wait... as far as removing BD+ protection, SlySoft has NO competition, free alternatives or otherwise. I agree the price point is a little high... but when there is no competition in a particular market that single seller can name their price. It's called capitalism. It's a good thing.

So please, stop mentioning free alternatives to AnyDVD without posting the full list of titles that the particular product you are touting as the next best thing since sliced bread and pealed bananas is unable to handle. When you see that the alternatives that you hold so near and dear have a very very long list of titles it can't handle you might think twice about posting at all.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 2, 2008

Incompatibilities still abound, as mentioned before, and the level of value is not very good, given there are free alternatives.

If there were no free alternatives and this was the only app of its kind anywhere, I could understand scoring it higher. But until that happens, I still feel factoring value into the score is acceptable.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.5.9 on Aug 1, 2008

AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD are truly great pieces of software. They do what they claim and do it well. This update handles fixes a few things and adds support for newer protections. I have absolutely no complaints or issues with the software.

I notice the mention of removing AnyDVD as a driver. For one of the main uses of AnyDVD in terms of using it on an HTPC it makes no sense to turn AnyDVD into a standalone product that isn't running at the driver level. I don't want to have to rip HD-DVD or BluRay discs to my HDD just to play them back. I should be able to watch them right from my disc drive and AnyDVD HD allows me to do that. No other software can.

It's been stated that there are alternatives out there for HD-DVD and BluRay. No one has shown that they can consistently handle AACS MKBv4 and above discs other than Slysoft and certainly no one can do it the way Slysoft does. No one has demonstrated that they can get around BD+ other than Slysoft. Making the sweeping statement that there are alternatives to AnyDVD HD is simply too broad a statement and inaccurate without specifically noting the limitations of those alternatives.

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.4.5.8 Beta on Aug 1, 2008

Overrated

1/5

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.5.8 Beta on Aug 1, 2008

The best keeps getting better with even more enhancements and fixes for problematic DVDs and blu ray discs. I am glad to see they didn't ditch their customers and leave DVD's without fixes. I am also glad they continue to add support for the new blu ray system. Yes they charge extra for it, but its for a niche crowd at the time anyways.

5/5

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.4.5.8 Beta on Jul 31, 2008

catchpole, those "major problems" might be...?

At least DudeBoyz thoroughly validates his criticism of the product, going to great lengths providing details, though I still to this day can not fathom why someone who, over the years, rates a product, at best, an average score of 1.5 - slamming it in the process - continues to use it, rather than the competitive one he always raves about.

Anyways, this is still a terrific product. Does exactly as advertised.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.5.8 Beta on Jul 31, 2008

EDIT for wat0114:

Even though I disposed of the license that I had from when I purchased the product, I feel that if I am to comment on or review a product, it is only fair to that product that I use / test the very latest versions.

So, I download the latest shareware releases, the same releases available to normal end-users interested in evaluating the product, and conduct tests, sometimes pretty exhaustive tests (like going back and testing it with at least the last 3 major versions of Nero and Roxio software). I do this because I want to make absolutely sure that I'm being accurate and fair.

I want to gather concrete facts and data to ensure that the results are not tainted by my personal disappointment with Slysoft, their licensing changes, and the ever-increasing cost of their products. I think it would be irresponsible of me to do it any other way. I don't cut corners, I don't assume and I don't make things up. Not only because it's the right thing to do, but because I want to make sure that if someone does challenge my ratings, I am able to defend those ratings in a professional manner.

Also, I still do submit findings and opinions directly to Slysoft in the hopes that things will change and at least the compatibility issues can be resolved. The rising cost of the main application and the extra expense for HD DVD and Blu-Ray support are not factored in when I submit things to Slysoft. I only include them when I'm seeking to rate the product and factor in things like the Value (bang for the buck).

I hope that explains where I stand.

Original Review:

Incompatibilities are still present. High cost of the base package plus the HD add-on makes the app a bad value, particularly given there is a 100% free option available for decryption of DVD, DVD Dual Layer, HD DVD and Blu-Ray.

Here is the changelog:

6.4.5.8 2008 07 31
- New (DVD): Added support for a new copy protection as found on some recent releases, e.g. "Jumper", R2, Germany
- New (Blu-ray): Added support for a new version of the BD+ copy protection found on some recent releases
- Fix (DVD): AnyDVD ripper did not repair some mastering errors correctly, e.g., "Last Man Standing", US, Region 1
- Fix (DVD): Starting multiple instances of AnyDVD ripper did not work correctly

catchpole

catchpole reviewed v6.4.5.7 Beta on Jul 29, 2008

Major problems with anydvd

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.5.7 Beta on Jul 28, 2008

Score of 1 for much the same reasons as I have stated earlier. Having tested this release with In CD from the latest Nero, sadly, AnyDVD still does not work without conflict. I simply do not see how a program this expensive, that also requires even more money to work with HD DVD and Blu-Ray, continues to have such a major flaw. It has been reported ad nauseam by myself and other AnyDVD users, yet it still goes uncorrected.

If Slysoft would simply address a few key issues that exist with their currenet releases, including problems with In CD and Direct CD, I think it would merit a higher score, even though it is quite costly.

If this was the only program that provided the ability to rip purchased disks for personal use, perhaps I would feel comfortable scoring it higher even with this egregious incompatibility.

But the simple fact that there is a 100% free application that can rip purchased disks for personal use and remove all protections not only from standard DVD products, but from higher capacity offerings like HD DVD and Blu Ray as well, and does not suffer from any of the compatibility issues that plague AnyDVD, creates a situation where it is nearly impossible to recommend AnyDVD to anyone on a cost to benefit ratio alone.

AnyDVD just isn't a good value when compared to what other apps may be out there, and that fact cannot and should not be overlooked.

If devoted users of AnyDVD that wish to see it become a stronger offering would emphasize the need to correct this flaw (and any others they are aware of) directly to Slysoft, perhaps that would be a more constructive use of their time.

Instead of working so hard to stamp out any criticisms of AnyDVD, please, consider taking some of that intensity and redirecting it towards that effort.

The harder Slysoft and supporters work to eliminate these nagging flaws, the harder it will be for anyone, including myself, to fairly criticize the product, high cost or no.

If Slysoft finally did fix most of these long-term issues, and perhaps even lowered the cost to make the product a better overall value, I honestly don't see how detractors would have much of a leg to stand on.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.4.5.7 Beta on Jul 28, 2008

AnyDVD has worked well for me for years.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.5.6 on Jul 23, 2008

As I said, this continues to work very well. It does what it says, does it without me doing anything other than throwing a disc in my drive, and it has had a total of 2 failures on me in the 3 years I've owned the product. Highly recommended.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.5.6 on Jul 22, 2008

As you just pointed out, Slysoft is fully aware that there are problems with Packet Writing applications and their AnyDVD software, so I'm certainly not alone in experiencing this issue. The proof is right there on their own forums.

It has been reported to Slysoft in excruciating detail, by myself and others over the months and even years by now, yet they seem quite content to let these issues with packet writing programs continue uncorrected.

BetaNews is not a tech support site, so I usually don't post details of every interaction I have with tech support, be it Slysoft or any other company, including the ATI Catalyst driver team. In addition, I do not feel comfortable disclosing my personal data, be it my real name or my actual email addresses, because I do not want to beharassed by people who may disagree with my ratings on this site. When I contact tech support, I most often use my real name, email address and telephone number and I do not wish that to become public information. I don't think that is at all unreasonable.

That said, I paid good money for AnyDVD and used it for years before finally giving up on it. I was reluctant to do so, because it is like throwing money away when I have to stop using a program, but packet writing is a much more important function for me, and thankfully, there are other alternatives to AnyDVD, at least one of which is completely free.

While it may be true that the number of Slysoft customers using packet writing apps like In CD and Direct CD are not as high as they once were, packet writing is still a feature that ships with the very latest versions of Roxio and Nero software. The fact is that these issues do indeed continue to occur, and Slysoft appears unwilling to devote the resources necessary to correct the problems.

Although Slysoft had promised "Free Lifetime Upgrades", they reneged on that promise and decided to charge users extra if they wanted to be able to rip Blu-Ray and HD DVD disks, so it's not like they don't have enough cash to hire staff to correct the problem.

DVDFab HD Decrypter (which is still 100% free software, even though they do have nag screens) added support for Blu-Ray and HD DVD ripping without charging users a dime and since DVDFab HD Decrypter is a stand-alone EXE, it doesn't get in the way of packet writing drivers at all.

Slysoft on the other hand still uses a driver model for their app, which is much more vulnerable to compatibility issues.

If Slysoft transitioned away from a driver model to a stand-alone EXE, perhaps they could avoid the issue entirely, but they stubbornly refuse to do that.

AnyDVD used to work much better with In CD and Direct CD than it does now, and Slysoft has only themselves to blame for mucking it up. It's up to them to fix it.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.5.5 on Jul 17, 2008

They have not fixed that In CD problem, even though this is a non-beta release.

The bug has been reported to them numerous times, yet even though they have indicated that they know about the bug and intended to correct it.

This is an expensive retail application and the fact that they continue to drop the ball should not be acceptable to anyone who owns their product.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.5.5 on Jul 17, 2008

Another fine update. Use this if you are looking for an application which lets you use any program to rip the DVD without any sort of intervention. I use it primarily for viewing and the removal of annoyances in the viewing process. That, and I get all updates for free! Yes, I had to pay for BRD support, but it is a new technology and a new protection system completely different from DVD. Either way, the DVD portion still works better than any other product on the market. The bluray portion works better than any other product as well but its not that hard to do so when there are very few other products can even begin to compete with it or its feature set.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.5.4 Beta on Jul 16, 2008

Still shows incompatibilities with In CD.

In CD used to work no problem with this app, but they broke it and never fixed it. Not acceptable in an app that has become as expensive as this one has.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.5.4 Beta on Jul 15, 2008

Issue resolved. Thank you to the slysoft staff for your prompt resolution of this bug. 5/5 for the best Optical Disc digital restriction management removal software on the net.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.5.3 Beta on Jul 7, 2008

Just experienced a rather unusual bug where the disc did not jump directly to the main movie but instead to the special features menu on 27 dresses. Not a show stopper, but a bug none-the-less which has been reported to slysoft via their support email system. 4/5 for a minor annoyance.

Terumo

Terumo reviewed v6.4.5.2 Beta on Jun 26, 2008

Best there is.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.5.1 Beta on Jun 23, 2008

Continually updated for all new protections. This is by far the single most useful program on my PC. I love being able to remove protections from my BRD's without having to do anything. Just insert the disc, and it works. Top notch!

Buggle

Buggle reviewed v6.4.5.1 Beta on Jun 21, 2008

Betanews should start removing the opportunity to review some of the programs, because this program is a great example of fanboys vs. fanboys, the first rating it 5 to compensate for the 1 the other gave and the other way around. Quit posting your useless repetitive rubbish, one or two posts are enough to make your point clear. Get a life!

Now ontopic: what I love about this program is four things:
1. you can combine it with many other programs, for instance Nero Recode or DVD Shrink
2. it works miracles
3. if it doesn't work miracles, you just have to wait for one of the regularly released updates
4. you do not have to pay for updates, it's a lifetime investment

One downside: HD costs extra. But let's be honest, they have something unique. In my opinion that's worth paying for, and it sound logical. If I would spend hours, days, weeks or even months on cracking something that seems uncrackable, I wouldn't think about giving it away for free. On top of that, I don't even know how to crack.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.5.1 Beta on Jun 20, 2008

Just a small fix. I never encountered the issue. Same old wonderful AnyDVD.

foxfyre

foxfyre reviewed v6.4.5.0 on Jun 17, 2008

"CharlieGimbert:

There is a reason why you were banned and all of the posts from your multiple fake accounts were deleted. If you don't behave, you will get banned again. Simple. You don't use AnyDVD, you're just a troll. Stop posting fake reviews and stop harassing other people."

What is this flake talking about? LOL! Take your lithium!

The AnyDVD Suite works great. SlySoft is a terrific company with fantastic products and great support and a very active well supported user forum.

The only troll here is GilbertGrape - the paranoid wacko posting dispersions on a great product and company.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.5.0 on Jun 17, 2008

The new BD+ protection is taken care of and an apparent new AACS protection as well as numerous other fixes for SD DVDs.

Nice work, Slysoft!

Skawt

Skawt reviewed v6.4.4.0 on Jun 16, 2008

CharlieGimbert:

There is a reason why you were banned and all of the posts from your multiple fake accounts were deleted. If you don't behave, you will get banned again. Simple. You don't use AnyDVD, you're just a troll. Stop posting fake reviews and stop harassing other people.

foxfyre

foxfyre reviewed v6.4.4.0 on Jun 16, 2008

Charlie Gimbert is a fool who hasn't a clue to which he refers.

Slysoft is a very reputable company operating out of Barbados for which the WTO has officially granted an exemption from the copyright laws!

Buy , download and enjoy. You are responsible for your use of the product. So evidently ole Charlie is up to no good. But it can be used to edit any feature out of a copy, be it the promos, menus, etc as well as any region of copyguard.

An EXCELLENT suite of products! One of the few products that meets or exceeds all of their claims in every regard!

De Julien

De Julien reviewed v6.4.4.0 on Jun 14, 2008

Slysoft ALWAYS delivers quality !
One of the few companies that definitely deserve it's price.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.4.0 on Jun 13, 2008

Another solid update. The new BD+ hasn't been handled yet but it should soon enough.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.3.9 Beta on Jun 13, 2008

6.4.4 was just released which fixes quite a few issues. This product continues to improve in quality. Always good to see what these guys add to this program.

iamnotyou

iamnotyou reviewed v6.4.3.9 Beta on Jun 13, 2008

I'll keep this brief.

Never had a problem with AnyDVD. I would like to see some menu/window items re-worded or layed out differntly but it pales comparison to the value of the program.

Give it a try for 21 days and you too will purchase it.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.3.8 Beta on Jun 10, 2008

You always give DVDFab HD Decrypter a 1 and slam it completely in every area, and you always praise AnyDVD without acknowledging any of its faults. Not to mention the fact that you refuse to consider its' very high price into the evaluation of the product.

Wrong, I slam it in TWO areas. If you read most of my dvdfab reviews, I state quite frankly it is quite the capable ripper. However, privacy issues (auto-error reports) and the new nagware problem cause me to rate it a 1. So, unless these two areas are all that exist for the program, I hardly consider my ratings as negative against every aspect of the program. To me, any sort of privacy violation is immediate grounds for a 1 rating along with any sort of nagware. Is that fair? Probably not in some peoples eyes, but it is in my eyes. Do I want some application notifying its developers that the product failed? Not without my consent. If the program fails enough for them to impliment such a mechanism it also makes me question its quality.

The HD functions never should have been added as a separate cost, imo, and should have been fully included in the Lifetime Upgrade Guarantee.

Again, IN YOUR OPINION. The HD Technology is a new technology. DVD, HDDVD and BRD are three completely different specifications. Just because you don't understand that doesn't mean they should go along with you and add every new format under the sun for free. They added the HD option for those who have an HD Capable drive, something that I am guessing you DO NOT have. So again, complaining about this being extra cost even thou you will likely never use it is like complaining about the additional charge for a designer stereo in a bentley despite the fact that you will likely never own one.

At this point, it's a matter of principle, as fewer and fewer folks actually use Packet Writing apps any more.

You said it yourself, why fix what very few people use? Thats like saying Microsoft should patch a hole in the long defunct Windows 3.11 because somewhere, someone uses it.

The price increases are somewhat overwhelming also, and the fact that it is using a driver model and stays resident all of the time means there is a chance that more things can go wrong than if it was a stand-alone executable.

How many other problems besides InCD have YOU experienced due to the driver model? I for one have experienced NONE. I dont use packet writing and as such that is not a negative to me and it likely isnt for anyone else.

For those reasons alone, I feel it would be better to use a stand-alone executable that loads only when needed, and then closes and frees up all resources when it does.

Again, that is your perogative. If AnyDVD doesnt want to go that route, cut your losses and drive on. You knew what you bought when you bought it.

I do believe my rating is fair. Again, packet writing, in the modern age, is used by maybe 1% of the populous. As such, and given the fact that I havent used packet writing since I owned my Memorex 6x2x2 writer back in 1999, make the compatibility with said software a moot point. AnyDVD does what it does well. There has never been a problem with application compatibility on my system, nor have I experienced a crash to the system driver. AnyDVD lets me flex my ability to choose which program I decide to rip with (Still the old tried and true DVDShrink) and if that were to fail, I can always move on. I, for one, DO have a BRD-R drive for my PC and I use it all the time. So yes, the investment in the HD option is completely understandable and I understand that a new technology might mean further addons in the future. But again, DVD lasted for about 10 years before HD came along, so 10 years down the road, I will likely pay for the next portion of the program if I need to. Just because people fail to realize that DVD and HD/BRD are separate products with completely different specs and standards doesnt mean that a company like slysoft should have to give it away for free. Educated masses will understand this, and I feel you should educate yourself further about the standards.

Pricing is not an issue either given that I spent 40 dollars about 5 years ago and spent another 30 just a year ago for BRD. 5 years and all I have to pay is 30 to get the HD capability, that is reasonable to me. But I guess those which can afford this wont complain. Most of the complaints come from people which CANNOT afford the HD addon product. Not everyone requires the "very best" of the program as HD is only for a select group of people. Yes, pay the 60-70 they are charging now after exchange rate conversion, but guess what, you get a program which is continuously updated. People need to realize that just because the HD addon came out doesnt mean you need it or HAVE TO HAVE IT, unless of course you have a BRD drive. Those same people likely cannot afford HD capabilities for their home theater or computer systems either and as such have no use for the program so their complaints are moot until they have an ability to utilize the new technology. Pay for the base program, yes it costs more but that is because the program is based in a country which utilizes the EURO. I dont fault the company for using their native currency either. Its not their fault that the exchange rate is as it is, but they do continue to need to make a profit and this makes it easier for them to take in funds in their native currency. Again, this is not the fault of the application so it does not apply to its rating.

So, given all of this, Yes, I will continue to rate as I do against DvdFAB which is now nagware and a privacy violation (despite still being an OK ripper). Yes, I will continue to rate AnyDVD a 5 because it does the best job in the arena as far as protection removal goes. Whether or not you agree with my rating schemes is up to you, I could honestly care less. If you care enough to continue replying to my reviews, then by all means do so, if it upsets you that much. But please, don't refer to me as a fanboy just because I slam one product for what I consider to be serious violations of ethical software programming.

To the fileforum viewers, I apologize for this long post, but it will be the last time I reply to dudeboyz, or anyone for that matter, which doesnt understand people are entitled to their own opinion regardless of whether or not they can understand or agree with them.

5/5 from me.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.3.8 Beta on Jun 9, 2008

Sadly, Metshrine, a fanboy is exactly what you appear to be.

You always give DVDFab HD Decrypter a 1 and slam it completely in every area, and you always praise AnyDVD without acknowledging any of its faults. Not to mention the fact that you refuse to consider its' very high price into the evaluation of the product.

The HD functions never should have been added as a separate cost, imo, and should have been fully included in the Lifetime Upgrade Guarantee.

That, as well as value and compatibility issues are the biggest problems I have with the product, which I did purchase a license for and use for quite some time.

It did used to work with InCD, without any issues. But it no longer does. It SHOULD, however. If I want to use InCD, that's my choice, and if it worked with InCD before without issue, why won't they work to ensure it still does? At this point, it's a matter of principle, as fewer and fewer folks actually use Packet Writing apps any more.

The price increases are somewhat overwhelming also, and the fact that it is using a driver model and stays resident all of the time means there is a chance that more things can go wrong than if it was a stand-alone executable.

There are a number of apps out there that monitor the optical drive. Some daemons emulate, some use CD copy protection to verify game disks, some try to take over any action of the optical drive so it can keep watch and start the most appropriate module from the main application package.

For those reasons alone, I feel it would be better to use a stand-alone executable that loads only when needed, and then closes and frees up all resources when it does.

However, my ratings for AnyDVD have gone up for two important reasons. One - they do constantly update the product - and nobody can deny that is a very good thing. Second, it is one of the very few applications left that help consumers to exercise what should be their rights as a consumer in terms of fair use.

So, warts and all, I give it a 3 instead of a 1, because of those two factors.

It is no longer my "go to" program, and I got rid of the license long ago more on principle than anything else, but I still try to be reasonable and acknowledge that it is a useful tool for many.

If I can try to adjust my attitude to be more fair to the product as market forces change, then I wonder why you cannot and will not do the same.

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v6.4.3.8 Beta on Jun 9, 2008

Indeed the price is higher than I'd like, but it's constantly updated to meet new protections and even sometimes to add new features. If you want an example of crazy pricing, I'd steer you toward Photoshop or nearly anything made by Microsoft.

Ryusennin

Ryusennin reviewed v6.4.3.8 Beta on Jun 9, 2008

Price is certainly fundamental in the evalution of the qualities of any program, because it determines what you get for your bucks.

I fully agree with a previous reviewer. AnyDVD used to be a winner back when the pricing structure was competitive, but nowadays its cost has definitely not evolved in the right direction.

No I'm not a fan of DVDFab but even though it's not an "on-the-fly" decrypter, the feature set is on par with AnyDVD-HD and the price is simply unbeatable.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.3.4 Beta on Jun 6, 2008

DudeBoyz, please don't categorize me as a fanboy. I rate programs as they deserve to be rated. I dont let price (free or otherwise) become a judge as to how I rate which pisses people off. This program works well. As pointed out below, InCD and like programs are quickly becoming, if not already, a thing of the past. Why would I use a technology which provides such strict limiations as packet writing does? You can write to CD/DVD directly from many major Operating systems including many linux distro's. The need for dedicated packet writing software has been just about negated. This program continues to do what it does well. It does it in a package which lets me CHOOSE how, where and with what program I rip or backup DVD and BRD content. 5/5

EDIT: Dude, that is your perogative. I judge a program on its merits and functionality (or lack thereof in cases). Price should not affect a review otherwise no one would buy cerain programs due to them being high priced. The readers which CAN afford programs should be able to find out the truth about a program not just that it "sucks because it costs too much and I cannot afford it". I am sorry you feel you wasted your money, but I feel a review should give an adequate view of what a program can/cant do not based on its price. Anyways, this will be my last response to you. So go ahead, edit your reply again and counter me. I am sorry you feel the price is high, but those of us which can afford it and see the benefit of this application can and will pay for it if we desire. Also, since AnyDVD is really a lone contender, they have the right to set the pricing structure for programs in that niche of software. Others tried freeware, but as you see it just isnt workable given the amount of work required.

4122

4122 reviewed v6.4.3.4 Beta on Jun 5, 2008

I'd be severely disappointed if AnyDVD moved away from the system driver model and went to a stand-alone executable like DVDFab. The system driver is a far more elegant solution and allows one to rip a disc from anywhere in the OS using any program one wishes instead of being chained to one program with one interface like DVDFab.

It's regrettable to hear that AnyDVD does not work 100% alongside InCD, but packet writing software has always been problematic & to be honest, you just don't hear about people using packet writing software anymore. I think packet writing is becoming a thing of the past due to people being fed up with the problems inherent in the technology.

However, all is not a bed of roses with this program. I was fortunate to be able to buy both AnyDVD and the HD upgrade way before the new pricing structure went into effect. I was fortunate enough to take advantage of sale pricing and was able to buy both for way less than what they are asking for AnyDVD just by itself now.

At its current price I really cannot recommend it to people anymore because the price is outrageous. While it's been worth its weight in gold to me, I have to deduct two stars off my rating due to the pricing structure that is out of touch with reality.

Sorry, Slysoft...absolutely freaking brilliant program, but your pricing is way off base.

lanky

lanky reviewed v6.4.3.4 Beta on Jun 5, 2008

6.4.3.4 2008 06 04
- Change: Improved handling of disc arrival
- Fix (Blu-ray): Performance problem with Pioneer BD drive
- Fix (Blu-ray): Possible Playback problem when UOP removal is enabled
- Fix (DVD): CloneCD read error with FluxDVD protected discs, e.g. "Reservation Road", R1, US
- Fix (DVD): AnyDVD ripper NavigationPack 18 error with some titles, e.g. "Semi-Pro unrated", R1, US
- Some minor fixes and improvements
- Updated languages

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.3.4 Beta on Jun 5, 2008

Throw In-CD on your system and watch it crash...

They have never bothered to fix it after they broke it. It used to work ok with In-CD.

It's still not the best value either, Met. Have you seen how much that program costs in US Dollars now? OMG! How can you NOT factor price into this? It is becoming HUGELY expensive as more and more competition gives up the fight. $39 USD was still pretty high, but $79 USD or higher? Unbelievable. How can anyone consider that a value, especially when they make you fork over even more just to do Blue-Ray?

I think the fact that you won't consider price discredits you severely.

I know you are the biggest AnyDVD fanboy ever, and that's fine, you dig the program, but as a former registered user of the app, I'm still disappointed with what it has turned into and the licensing changes.

But with all the junk the DVDFab people are pulling with their free ripper, there are hardly any alternatives left at all, and that's really a bummer.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.3.2 on May 29, 2008

No problems with system stability here. Never once has my system crashed, become unstable, or been infected by rampant malicious and rabid mutant leprechauns. This program does what it does, does it well, and does it in a manner which lets me utilize any other program to rip a dvd without first copying it to the hard disk. Good job slysoft.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.4.3.2 on May 28, 2008

I still wish they would get away from the system driver model and move towards a stand-alone EXE type of application, if for no other reason that system stability.

Now that the HD-DVD/BLU-RAY battle is over, it would be nice to see a single, unified version that just handles everything from DVD to Blu-Ray. May make things easier.

With the sad fact that DVDFab HD Decrypter is about the last free ripper left and it has turned into Nagware/Adware, I think if AnyDVD came out with a stand-alone executable model, people would jump all over it.

I'm still not pleased that you have to pay extra for HD functionality, but as DVDFab is starting to show, there really is no free lunch. :(

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.2.5 Beta on May 21, 2008

More great work by Slysoft. The removing annoying stuff from BluRays needs more tweaking but things look great and the software keeps getting updated for both SD DVDs and BluRays.

No other software can do what AnyDVD does, period.

PS: AnyDVD 6.4.2.6 beta is out now.

flibberyGiveIt

flibberyGiveIt reviewed v6.4.2.5 Beta on May 21, 2008

Note about s'ware that phones home: Block it in
your firewall.
If your firewall can't block a program you need to
get a firewall. ;|

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.4.2.5 Beta on May 21, 2008

dan, ur going to stick with slysoft produts?...hmm this is a slysoft product lol.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.2.5 Beta on May 21, 2008

The only phone home feature is the update check which is easily disabled in the options dialog. Just do a quick check :)

Anyways, continued updates, continued pleasure using and recommending this program. Top notch!

dan3413

dan3413 reviewed v6.4.2.4 Beta on May 21, 2008

Was a huge fan of the software, but now that it calls back to their servers when using it -- this makes it kind of scary/suspicious; I was going to purchase it, but I think I will stick to products by Slysoft

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.4.2.4 Beta on May 20, 2008

Great program. Does what it says and it is updated often. Make you wonder about those that say it is bad but fail to say why they thinks so or what it doesn't do well. Of the few things it has not backed up for me most have been due to hardware not the software. Updating my hardware has done the trick.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.2.2 on May 16, 2008

Best program of its kind. The continued updates are always appreciated. Great to see slysoft still supporting the DVD side of the house with the recent push to BRD. Great work!

TGB72

TGB72 reviewed v6.4.2.0 on May 8, 2008

Best decrypter by far. Long live AnyDVD!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.2.0 on May 2, 2008

I love how they continue to update this program. More and more fixes and cracks for blu-ray protections. Keep up the good work slysoft.

To the user below: AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD are the same product line. They are still updating the DVD side, its just that BRD has far more protections to crack since DVD has been out for far more time.

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.4.2.0 on May 2, 2008

Works every time for me.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.1.2 on Apr 14, 2008

The continued updates are a great thing to see. I love it when a software company continues to update its software at a rate as frequent as this one does. If only all software dev's could update their software for bugs as quickly as this one adds new features. Way to go slysoft!

Terumo

Terumo reviewed v6.4.1.2 on Apr 14, 2008

Beste som er der ute på markede.
Best ther is.

Terumo

Ciolouse

Ciolouse reviewed v6.4.1.1 on Apr 13, 2008

6.4.1.2 2008/04/11
- New (Blu-ray): Improved region lock removal from Blu-ray discs which
contain signed Java code

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v6.4.1.1 on Apr 12, 2008

A couple of people keep rating this 1. I have no clue why, and it doesn't help that they never seem to actually review this software at all.
It only "calls home" if you leave the check update feature enabled.
As for me, this program works great, as advertised. I really can't find anything bad to say about it (except that if you let the software remove ads and trailers, it might make the DVD misbehave, but then a message specifically warns you about these potential problems if enable this feature). Overall, it gets top marks.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.1.1 on Apr 12, 2008

6.4.1.2 is out and fixes an issue regarding BD region lock removal.

AnyDVD can handle MKBv7 now. Another great achievement. DVDs are still handled superbly.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.1.1 on Apr 11, 2008

Now that I have a blu-ray drive in my pc, this software is even more invaluable. I cant wait to begin enjoying my blu-ray discs without all the annoying material that is stuffed into them! Thank you slysoft!

cyberia

cyberia reviewed v6.4.1.1 on Apr 11, 2008

Great program, but
6.1.4.2 is currently available from SlySoft. Who keeps these things updated, anyhow?

Ian "Hank Kimble" Scuffling
http://sc2.spacialnet.com:12902/listen.pls

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v6.4.1.1 on Apr 11, 2008

Slim, lightweight, and works like a charm. Keep up the good work!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.0.7 Beta on Apr 7, 2008

As usual, another fine release. 5/5 for a program that does what it does well and without bloat. No forced features, no forced calls home. Can't beat it!

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.0.7 Beta on Apr 7, 2008

Another fine release by Slysoft containing fixes and updates for both SD DVDs and BDs.

CharlieGilbert, the problems I have with DVDFab Decrypter are still valid and I haven't even addressed them all. Other than people telling me that I'm lying I have yet to anyone prove anything. I never lied and I have always rated DVDFab a 3. At least I actually knew what I was talking about unlike the people making the false retaliatory attacks toward both myself and Slysoft. I've reviewed DVDFab 3 times since last April. Only 3. The horror.

Time for me to move on and ignore the people doing nothing but inventing stories. Enjoy your fantasy world.

Someone reviewed v6.4.0.6 Beta on Apr 6, 2008

While I haven't used it because I don't need it, it does strike me as coming close to violating the law but then I don't agree with the laws concerning music or movies so go for it.

elliott_nally

elliott_nally reviewed v6.4.0.6 Beta on Apr 1, 2008

Works Perfectly as intended! No Problems from me, Although I just use it for basic stuff rather then in detail in depth stuff. I am loving all the recent updates!

@ rotjong &/or Winkler
If you are those people then.. You must be retarded to state your not, just look at the similarity in your posts with the mentioned others, Even in this you and "Metshrine" use the same way of bolding stuff you want to stand out. I know you are not the only one bolding stuff but Its right here side by side. I personally think that it's sad of you to create so many different accounts to troll your way around for fun, Is it really hard for you to just stay on one account and have just one opinion on stuff?

To answer your questions that you threw out:

Is it just because they disagree with you?
No I highly doubt this, in anyones case. It might be ohh lets see the retarded and pointless spamming?

You can't comprehend that more than one person could share a viewpoint that is the opposite of you?
Can You? I mean honestly who cares if an application gets a high score or a low score on betanews of all places? What outcome will happen if one application gets .5 more score then the other... I couldent think of anything either. (If by chance I am wrong on this and having a higher score actually fulfills something please let me know)

Saying there is no proof doesent make something true or false. What Betanews needs to do is have it log and publicly show peoples Ip's so it will(somewhat Stop the retarded people who don't know anything about Ip's, so there can then be proof of trollers with multiple user names.

Why can't you just have one freaking account and voice your opinion every once in a while on it rather then make multiple accounts and say the same thing over and over.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.0.6 Beta on Apr 1, 2008

Another nice update by Slysoft.

Any people stupid enough to believe a troll that I use multiple names can feel free to speak to BetaNews about it. In the end I'll be vindicated.

I will continue to post my reviews as I always have using this and only this name.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.0.6 Beta on Apr 1, 2008

Don't know if it was fixed in this version, but either way the latest release fixes a bug I had a long while ago, that I havent tested since, in the ELF dvd that I was backing up for my daughter. Great stuff!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.0.4 on Mar 30, 2008

This version fixes an issue I had with Saw IV. Very nice program and always updated. Always the first to crack DVD and BRD protections. Cant recommend it enough.

De Julien

De Julien reviewed v6.4.0.4 on Mar 29, 2008

One of the rare sharewares that are really worth their money.

dstream

dstream reviewed v6.4.0.4 on Mar 29, 2008

Calls home does. it hell f*ckwit Methsrine

your a forum troll and thats all there is to it.

you continuosly spout it calls home drivel and not once in all the time you have been asked have you ever come up with any proof you have been asked for. All you wish to do is annoy the hell out of other users on here of an excellent product.

go troll elsewhere your not welcome. If its that crap dont use it and dont post anymore. Everyones is pis*ed off to the teeth of your overbearing bollox. go home. As your simply not welcome here.

I have the prefect you tube video for you

monty python made it and you have earned it..

and your welcome to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE

Kaden

Kaden reviewed v6.4.0.4 on Mar 29, 2008

What an amazing product. It simply does it all. There is no other program that does anything remotely close to this. 5 stars!

Avion Airplane

Avion Airplane reviewed v6.4.0.3 Beta on Mar 28, 2008

Have been tryng to Rip I am Legend Half way thou the ripprd movie like in chapter 15 ~Total lock up~
I have tried ripping with and without movie previews and same problem? go figure i still give it a 5 .

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.4.0.3 Beta on Mar 28, 2008

Best program of its kind. I love it and use it daily. Its great when my daughter wants to watch dvd's that force her to sit through 10 minutes of crap that is unnecessary. I also don't have to rip these to hard disk first. I will be buying the HD addon soon as well, as soon as newegg sends me my new BRD drive (Arent we all glad blu-ray won, its about time the superior format stood up victorious). Great program

Duster

Duster reviewed v6.4.0.3 Beta on Mar 27, 2008

One exellent program!
do the job great!
easy to use!
the price is right for what the program does!! works great with clone DVD and CD!!!
yes I did pay license. and, I dom't regret.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.4.0.1 Beta on Mar 24, 2008

Do you know what the difference between your comments and my comments Charlie?

Mine come from experience and facts. You delight yourself with putting people down and creating crap. Everything I have said can be backed up. Just pick something I have said and I will provide proof. Can you do the same?

EDIT: I see Methsrine is the same.

Anyway, I won't let your comments ruin this, another fine release Slysoft! I will soon be upgrading to the HD version because I can :)

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.0.1 Beta on Mar 22, 2008

The latest update didn't add too much. It handles a newer German protection it seems. I'm a bit surprised they released an update this fast considering all they put into the BD+ release.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.4.0.1 Beta on Mar 21, 2008

i want cheap blank blurays and a bluray burner!!! (cheaper just to buy the blurays at walmart tho)

Anydvd is godsent

dstream

dstream reviewed v6.4.0.1 Beta on Mar 21, 2008

winkler dead dead dead dead easy answer.

do you have any dvd on your system?

no?

try it now read below

yes

therefore your a user of it through every version or update?

id like a 100% used this version today comment and trial of it. If your not willing to do it and spout the usual winkler programmed reply. Im sorry but youve no right to comment on the program.

till that happens your comments are just pure spam

PROVE it and do a review of a used version of this beta now. On your system. Put up or shut up. Im willing to do an unbiased dvdhdfab or whatever in return.

spam away or review. spam away and your estimation in everyone who views this beta will be pretty low.

review it and ill have respect for you.

ps. registered users will know it calls home

check for update that has an enable or disable feature.

hd rip if it dont have the keys its will call home "only if" you allow it to it sends a crc checksum to crack the disc protection. If you disable the call home you will have to wait for the next release a few days later with that crc in the file from what other users have sent in.

so which bit of call home are you stuck on???

that concerned put a block in your firewall or up this damming evidence of all this logging of your system by slysoft?

FIREWALL LOG POSTS PLEASE??

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f88/anydvd-spyware-109902/

here is cdfreaks investigation into this so called dial home feature. hmm you can turn it off never.

review please

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.4.0.0 on Mar 20, 2008

Winkler, why would Slysoft need to attack DVDFab? It beats it in every way.

I am an avid DVD back-er-uppera (technical term) and I can't tell you the amount of times people have had problems with the ripping engine of DVDFab. If you want a clean rip, use something other than DVDFab. Too many problems.

Just check their forum. I cannot think of one good reason to go with DVDFab. Too many problems, too much hassle. Having a free version can't even save it!

As for AnyDVD, it now does it all. DVDs and both incarnations of hi def DVDs.

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v6.4.0.0 on Mar 19, 2008

If the MPAA had any sense, they would offer these guys about $50 million for their company rather than spend a few hundred million trying to fight it.

Fantastic piece of software that has been solid and stable for years now. This is one of the only commercial programs that I enthusiastically support.

De Julien

De Julien reviewed v6.4.0.0 on Mar 19, 2008

Once again, Slysoft to the rescue.
The only company I never regretted paying for.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.4.0.0 on Mar 19, 2008

Slysoft has done it again. Nice job!

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v6.4.0.0 on Mar 19, 2008

It rocks!

BluRay BD+ now broken! :-)

dstream

dstream reviewed v6.4.0.0 on Mar 19, 2008

sorry there isnt a 50 star box. Its the only program that has just broken bd+. It was said it would take 10 years plus and its done. There isnt another program period on the market that can do it.

so bleat on about dvd fab or whatever. Its been put into the zx spectrum league.

Slysoft I salute you.

anydvd

bd+ broken
hd broken
dvd all types broken

dvd fab

dvd fab no hd support
dvd fab no BD+ support
dvd ripping yes

dvd fab free keys it used revoked not able to decrypt hd anymore.

Hi,

As far as we know, there is no real crack for aacs on hddvd/blu-ray for now. So any product which claim to crack hddvd/blu-ray, may fail on future discs. It's not like css on dvd, if you break it, all future discs is supported, and we can release update for 3rd protections like arccos, etc. So we will not release a commercial product which claim to do something, but cannot promise to do it.

If there is real crack for hddvd/blu-ray, we will definitely add support for it.

Best Regards,
Fengtao

still waiting as he used keys that got released on the net and got revoked

Now we see both Blu-ray & HD keys get revoked.

Is this the movies or is it the the actual drive that is revoked with the DVDFab HD program?

What action causes this revocation?

Is it possible to unrevoke it?

Should we just uninstall DVDFabHD for now?

yep I can really reall see how good dvdfab is thanks for all the great posts about it

digital.ivan

digital.ivan reviewed v6.4.0.0 on Mar 19, 2008

The BD+ protection is finaly down. Great jobe.

wiak

wiak reviewed v6.3.1.9 Beta on Mar 18, 2008

Great program, works fine, removes Region Code, Check, Removes copy protection on-the-fly, check, jump right to movie, check, jump right to main menu, check!, drive speed control, check!

all in all works fine on vista x64 & xp x64
best $ i have used

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.1.8 Beta on Mar 18, 2008

Simply brilliant.

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.3.1.7 on Mar 16, 2008

One of the best pieces of software I have purchased. Small, uses little resources, never causes a problem.

Oh yea, it works flawlessly.

Simply the best.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.1.7 on Mar 8, 2008

Best program in its class. No other program removes protections as easily and transparently as this program does. I can now watch, without first ripping to hard disk, any dvd I want without any of the annoyances.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.3.1.6 Beta on Mar 6, 2008

can u guys make a version for my ps3! I hate waiting for trailers.

gate1975mlm

gate1975mlm reviewed v6.3.1.6 Beta on Mar 4, 2008

AnyDVD Rules!

HD-DVD is 100% DEAD!!!

Get over it fanboys :)

why hello there

why hello there reviewed v6.3.1.6 Beta on Mar 4, 2008

Ummm, Banshie... RE: "Secondly HD-DVD is not a dead market, Sonyfan boys just don't know about profile 2 yet." Blue-Ray Profile 2 is a Sony product.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.1.6 Beta on Mar 3, 2008

A good update, as usual. Bug fixes, updates for new protection methods and other changes. Another well done job.

Banshie

Banshie reviewed v6.3.1.5 on Feb 6, 2008

Great software indeed.
I'd like to see multi-drive ripping
It's possible with other software packages
but they hardly have the strength of AnyDVD

I'm sick of idiots and their
'Product is useless', 'HD' includes everything.
Secondly HD-DVD is not a dead market, Sonyfan boys just don't know about profile 2 yet.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.1.5 on Feb 6, 2008

Great software and a nice update.

"rotjong" is Dutch, CharlieGimbert. I am most definitely not James Wong.

comeoffit

comeoffit reviewed v6.3.1.4 Beta on Feb 6, 2008

Give me a break; HD-DVD is the next Beta. The writing is on the wall in big, fat, colorful letters.

1 star because I still hate the way they screwed their customers with the Blu-Ray and HD-DVD add-ons. To all the people (or person) screaming that "It's a separate product!" I say it makes no difference! They chose to make it a separate product just so they could charge extra for it. They could have and should have rolled it into the existing product, but in order to get around their "lifetime updates" policy, they had to make it a phony "separate product".

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.3.1.4 Beta on Feb 5, 2008

They are still battling on with Bluray, don't worry about that :P It ain't over till the fat lady sings!

Good job Slysoft by keeping up with the protections and improving the AI Scanner.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.3.1.4 Beta on Feb 5, 2008

This is a good tool !

Too bad their "campaign" against Blu-Ray was lost, and the program will soon be next to worthless.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.1.3 Beta on Jan 29, 2008

Best program of its kind. Does what it says, does it well, and works without a hitch. If you want to remove protections from any type of DVD (HD, BR, or regular) this is the program for you. 5/5

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.1.3 Beta on Jan 29, 2008

This update isn't that much. Some changes to handle some "specific" types of movies and a change to help the truly paranoid live a less stressful life.

Working just like it should.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.3.1.2 on Jan 26, 2008

Hah! It seems DanielCarver has tried to take my biff with DVDFab to AnyDVD. Sorry mate, while there is proof with DVDFab HD/Platinumb using open sourced projects there is none with AnyDVD. Besides the fact they used the source code of FixVTS at one point for the ripper in AnyDVD but it was settled with the author.

It doesn't use any work derived from Open Sourced programs. Full stop.

dstream

dstream reviewed v6.3.1.2 on Jan 25, 2008

does exactly what it says on the tin perfectly.

Handles newer dvds as soon as they get out.

if your stuck it phones home for you and makes the calls you need to your misses exactly like metshrine says. by now he must be upset its calling his house all the time.

seriously the best piece of dvd cracking software bar none.

winkler you make me laugh each review.
ps dont feed trolls

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.3.1.2 on Jan 24, 2008

Does exactly what it's meant to do, and does it perfectly !

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.1.2 on Jan 24, 2008

Working beautifully. A pretty long changelog and all the changes are for the better.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.3.1.1 Beta on Jan 23, 2008

To the multi-account/personality troll: This does not phone home. If you disable auto-updates, there is no outbound Internet connection....ever!

Still the best DVD decrypter on the market.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.1.0 Beta on Jan 22, 2008

Charlie: Again, this is a review for AnyDVD, not DVDFab. I think you must be confused as to what you are reviewing. AnyDVD Does not phone home. It has an OPTIONAL connection to crack the MKVB protection but as I said, that is completely optional.

This is a huge update for most of the newer movies with updated protections and it works like a charm. Cracked Mr. Woodc*** for me with no problems.

Winkler, my review accurately portrays AnyDVD. I was not reviewing DVDFab but instead stating that AnyDVD would benefit from a combo use if DVDFab didnt have the one bad feature. Learn to read english before trying to interpret it please

shroom

shroom reviewed v6.3.1.0 Beta on Jan 21, 2008

Use your firewall to block the "phone home" feature.
What are you afraid of ? That the developpers see you're using a stolen key ? lol

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.3.0.9 Beta on Jan 16, 2008

A great changelog as someone else stated. Though I wonder how their decision for the new options for the AI Scanner came about?

I kinda liked having the option to choose deep scanner etc. I am sure they know what they are doing.

5/5 for me.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.0.9 Beta on Jan 14, 2008

A rather lengthy change log for this update with numerous issues resolved. Nice work, Slysoft.

porscha

porscha reviewed v6.3.0.9 Beta on Jan 14, 2008

I have been using this program for about 5 years now and all I have to say is that its well worth every penny it cost.

dstream

dstream reviewed v6.3.0.8 Beta on Jan 13, 2008

only program to crack all hd discs all bd+ disks and all dvd disks.

simply does a check to see if its upto date and you can turn that feature OFF. Cracks bd by sending the key to the server and then getting the result back. Winkler your talking complete bollox. Get your reviews right this isnt dvdfab. Its also betanews editor recommended.

Winkler post your 1000% proof this calls home or stop spamming firewall logs etc. Or slysoft will be pretty upset at what your saying.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.0.8 Beta on Jan 12, 2008

Best program of its kind. Removes any protection from any dvd (hence the title) and it works well. It works in the background without user intervention. Nothing else even comes close. I would love to use this with DVDFab, but it phones home so I will not. I am left using DVDShrink.

Winkler, I reviewed AnyDVD in my first sentence. Perhaps you should learn to read :)

asherk

asherk reviewed v6.3.0.6 Beta on Jan 8, 2008

works well for what it does

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.0.6 Beta on Jan 3, 2008

Best program in its class of software. This would compliment DVDFab really well as a ripper if DVDFab didnt phone home on error.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.0.6 Beta on Jan 3, 2008

Another beta update. The problems with War are fixed but there was a new glitch after the previous problems were resolved for Shoot 'Em Up. They'll probably have a new beta out very soon to fix that problem. Read the Slysoft forum for relevant information.

Even with the problem with Shoot 'Em Up this is a beta and the software is amazing. The bug will be resolved in no time, I'm sure.

dstream

dstream reviewed v6.3.0.4 Beta on Dec 29, 2007

Even betanews pick this as a forum choice. Does exactly what it says on the tin and more. Works flawlessly on vista 64 as well as xp. Simply cracks any current dvd protection on the market. Lightening fast updates.

Nearly all of the dvd forums swear by it.

install and forget and even try it free for 21 days.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.0.4 Beta on Dec 28, 2007

Yes, please disregard Daniel Carver and Winkler (Or Methsrine as his most recent name since he is now desperate enough to copy my username in an attempt to discredit me), they are confusing this for DVDFab which does steal code and phone home on error.

This program, on the other hand, is very complete in its functionality and all online code is totally optional. Number one in its market (which dvdfab isnt really in since it is a standalone ripping solution and this is a driver which removes protections so you can rip/view with any program).

But anyways, here comes Daniel with a copy on one of the latest reviewers posts. Watch, he is very childish and resorts to copying when he knows his review is full of FUD.

gadean

gadean reviewed v6.3.0.4 Beta on Dec 27, 2007

Winkler, get your facts straight before bashing this product.

As always, another solid release from Slysoft. Keep up the good work!

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.0.4 Beta on Dec 26, 2007

A nice quick update to fix a problem with a title and likely other ones like it. I never experienced the problem. Another solid beta release.

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.3.0.3 on Dec 22, 2007

I love this program. It lets me keep my original DVDs as my backups and make a version I can watch without all the trailers and other crap they make you suffer through on a DVD you already paid for.

Thank you SlySoft!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.0.3 on Dec 22, 2007

Absolutely the best application of its kind. This is perhaps the most indispensible application of its kind for anyone who is a movie buff and enjoys watching movies on their PC without all of the annoying crap that most dvd makers put on them.

Lawrence01

Lawrence01 reviewed v6.3.0.3 on Dec 21, 2007

Absolutely the best, and its lean, not bloated. Frequently updated, and once you buy it, you have updates for life with no hidden charges.

dstream

dstream reviewed v6.3.0.3 on Dec 21, 2007

used this for 2 years flawlessley. Ignore the muppet further down. It does an update check see if theres a newer version. You can turn this off. And if the blueray disc isnt in its built in database it cracks it by sending the key to the server. The guy below is a complete muppet and just does negative reviews. Get it use it. Incredible support from slysoft on the forums.

and ignore the stuck record it phones home steals code.

it phones home it steals code. complete b o l l o x. it does a job 100#% it just carnt get rid of forum trolls

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.0.3 on Dec 21, 2007

It's simple and does exactly what it's advertised to do.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.3.0.2 Beta on Dec 19, 2007

AnyDVD HD only calls home for the following reasons:
1) Version check
2) Check your license
3) Decrypt the HD/Bluray disc on their servers so bad companies cannot find out how they do it.

All in all, this is a good update. I wonder what the improvement is to the Ripper?

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.0.2 Beta on Dec 19, 2007

More tweaking of the AI Scanner. Nice work from Slysoft.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.3.0.1 Beta on Dec 7, 2007

The best at what it does. It allows you to use any program to view dvd's without limitations, copy dvd's without the annoyances there, and work with the dvd's unencrypted on your pc. 5/5

wuffzack

wuffzack reviewed v6.3.0.1 Beta on Dec 6, 2007

I do not notice any connection on startup with the latest version.

DanielCarver

DanielCarver reviewed v6.3.0.1 Beta on Dec 6, 2007

I also notice a new connection on startup with the latest version.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.0.1 Beta on Dec 5, 2007

Another nice update. Some tweaks to the AI Scanner. Some other fixes as well.

AnyDVD connects to the net for 2 reasons:

(1) Checking for updates and you can disable that.
(2) Contacting Windows Update because it's checking signed DLLs.

AnyDVD HD connects to the net for the above 2 reasons and a further 1 reason:

(1) Contacting the MKBv4 server when the currently installed version doesn't have support for a MKBv4 title already embedded in it. Not wanting to make use of this just makes no sense.

Edit: Some people are still incorrectly understanding the MKBv4 server's purpose. It's not specific to BluRay. It's for handling the newest AACS keys used on both HD-DVD & BluRay discs. The server has nothing to do with BD+.

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v6.3.0.1 Beta on Dec 5, 2007

I will always give freeware and open source programs first preference, but there is no denying just how awesome this program really is. It has always worked for me without issue. The changelog of bug fixes has always mystified me as I've never (knowingly) encountered any bugs with this application.

The comments regarding this application somehow acting as malicious software are slanderous at best. If you're that concerned with software phoning home then I suggest you abandon Microsoft operating systems and make the leap over to Linux.

DamageJackyl

DamageJackyl reviewed v6.3.0.0 on Dec 2, 2007

Please post your proof of this connection. I have a debugger running and I see no network access code running (Code which accesses the windows Networking API's). I have disabled update check just to verify that something else isnt trying to connect.

5/5 for a great program. Ignore the 4 usernames (which are the same user) who try to bad mouth this fine program. There is no connection, the BRD+ crack lookup is OPTIONAL, and this program works beautifully in conjunction with DVDFAB (The program this one user keeps claiming is even in the same league as AnyDVD).

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.3.0.0 on Nov 30, 2007

I have my scanner set at 'Deep Scan'. Better to be safe and wait those extra second or two :P

Great release. Thank you Slysoft.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.3.0.0 on Nov 30, 2007

Superb software! Another great update.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.3.0.0 on Nov 30, 2007

Shareware as it should be !

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.2.0.2 Beta on Nov 28, 2007

Best program of its kind. If you need something to remove protections without any interaction, this is the program for you.

DipThong

DipThong reviewed v6.2.0.2 Beta on Nov 27, 2007

Nothing compares to this. I agree with others on this matter, the ability to lookup the key to crack a BRD+ disc is not a call home, especially since it can be easily disabled if you dont want your disc cracked. But my guess is that if you USE this program, you would want it especially if you paid for HD support.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.2.0.2 Beta on Nov 26, 2007

Works well. There's one bugfix for SD DVD and one HD-DVD bugfix. It was released 1 day after 6.2.0.1 was officially released. It just took longer for it to appear on BetaNews.

gate1975mlm

gate1975mlm reviewed v6.2.0.2 Beta on Nov 26, 2007

Joey Deacon stop making lies!!!

There is no Virus,spyware in AnyDVD!

AnyDVD rules!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.2.0.1 on Nov 25, 2007

Best program of its class.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.2.0.1 on Nov 21, 2007

Another great update. It does what it's supposed to and does it well.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.2.0.1 on Nov 21, 2007

One of the few sharewares that deliver for the money, and the author's have a meaning : To Hell with Blu-ray !! Yeah !!

Dickens Cider

Dickens Cider reviewed v6.2.0.1 on Nov 21, 2007

Program is outstanding. Does what it says, and does it well. 5/5.

the artist

the artist reviewed v6.2.0.1 on Nov 21, 2007

. "Note to people considering to invest in HD media: Please buy HD DVD instead of Blu-ray. HD DVD is much more consumer friendly (e.g., no region coding, AACS not mandatory, no BD+). Don't give your money to people, who throw your fair-use rights out of the [interference...]"

HA! HD-DVD just got some big free advertisers here! They are right.

Err the proggie, worked wonderfully for years. I don't find it connecting home as negative at all, it's NOT spying activity so i won't complain.

rburly

rburly reviewed v6.2.0.0 Beta on Nov 21, 2007

Works as advertised. It is the best.

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.2.0.0 Beta on Nov 21, 2007

The best.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.2.0.0 Beta on Nov 21, 2007

Daniel, the reason why AnyDVD phones home is because it cracks the disc on their server. If they were to put the cracking program in AnyDVD HD, then competing companies or worse still, copy protection companies will find out how they crack the protection and plug the hole.

So as you can see, there is a good reason why it connects to the internet. If you don't like it, then don't allow it to connect to the internet and just download the updates manually.

Another 5 for all the work put in to fix some problems.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.2.0.0 Beta on Nov 20, 2007

dual layer dvd burner, will i need a hd-dvd/bluray burner? or will my regular dvd burner work???

Dickens Cider

Dickens Cider reviewed v6.2.0.0 Beta on Nov 20, 2007

Program does what it's designed to do and does it well.

@ DanielCarver, Winkler, Methsrine (one and the same?) If you don't like this software, and apparently you don't, then why waste your time here bashing it, just move on to something you DO like. Your low ratings and non-comments serve no purpose, and do nothing for this community or to help give constructive feedback to make this a better product.
Begone Trolls!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.9.9 Beta on Nov 18, 2007

Best program of its kind. 5/5.

To those who would compare it to DVDFab, please learn the difference in these two categories of software. One is a driver which removes nasties so you can use any dvd copy software. DVDFab is a program which is solely a ripper which includes the ability to remove some protections from DVD's.

thezelda

thezelda reviewed v6.1.9.9 Beta on Nov 17, 2007

This is following flashfxp? Dumb move. Phoning home is a drastic breach of trust.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.9.9 Beta on Nov 16, 2007

Nice update. Slysoft added a workaround for some CyberLink issues. More embedded support for existing MKBv4 titles. As for requiring an internet connection, AnyDVD will function on a system/HTPC w/o an internet connection just fine. You'll just need to wait for the next update for new embedded MKBv4 title support to be added instead of using the online server. Very simple logic, really.

Edit: The usage of the online server and handling MKBv4 pertains to both HD-DVDs and BR-DVDs. It isn't specific to a particular format and completely unrelated to BD+.

People need to fully understand why the online server is used before calling it a breach of trust. It isn't but call it what you will. Block the connection if you want but you are reducing the functionality of the software by doing so.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.9.8 Beta on Nov 13, 2007

Daniel,

An internet connection is required because the new BRD system uses keys which are stored on a server located in a country whose laws dont dictate what is/isnt illegal. As such, they overcome the possibility of not being able to add such a feature by storing them on this server and having you connect to download the cracked hash/key.

This feature is easily turned off in the options dialog, as opposed to dvdfab which forces error reports on the end user with no way to disable them.

Its also a shame that you have to resort to copying nicknames (yes, we all know you are methsrine based on the similar lack of poor english in the same words/phrases) (notice you started using the "Methsrine" alias which is clearly a play on my account which has been registered for years here). But whatever, this is the only complaint you will hear from me on this matter. If you have to resort to such immature ways of bad mouthing a product, by all means, do so. I will continue to use my ONE account and rate the product as I deem fit.

Another great release from slysoft. Keep up the good work. Cant wait to get a blu-ray drive to use this new feature which is disabled until I need it.

There is no mention of support for BD+ or the MKBv4 by DVDFab HD Decrypter on their homepage located here:

http://www.dvdfab.com/dvd-fab-platinum-new.htm

Also, please notice that no mention is made of DVDFAB supporting these cracks when the crack was first announced by SLYSOFT. Read the article linked on this page:

http://yro.slashdot.org/...30/2034242&from=rss

So yes, keep making claims. I have provided proof so go ahead and argue it. Provide me proof otherwise instead of your repeated copy/paste and nick stealing :)

Also, you are comparing apples to oranges. AnyDVD is NOT a DVD Ripper as DVDFab is. So by all means, say dvdfab is better. Thats like saying a mack truck is better than a tractor when they serve two totally different purposes.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.9.8 Beta on Nov 13, 2007

This update once again shows that Slysoft is committed to making great software. The update isn't needed unless a person is using AnyDVD HD, however. The changes only pertain to HD-DVD and BD-DVD.

For HD-DVD & BD-DVD discs this update is great. For regular users of the non-HD version the program will continue to function just as wonderfully.

Great work, Slysoft.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.9.7 Beta on Nov 13, 2007

Pfttt Slysoft wouldn't need to steal anything from DVDFab. DVDFab does it already. It uses open sourced works and so does DVDFab Platinum. Read the changelogs for their attempt at making their stolen property 'legal'.

DVDFab HD cannot decrypt the latest HD/Bluray DVDs. I am sorry, face up to the truth.

DanielCarver

DanielCarver reviewed v6.1.9.7 Beta on Nov 12, 2007

AnyDVD HD supports MKBv4 titles, and handles BD+. Now, that doesn't mean BD+ is cracked. You still need a BD+ capable player to play the decrypted disc.

And about updates rotjong, theres been 2 or 3 DVDFab updates last week, usually about 6- 18 hours later theres gonna be AnyDVD update....

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.9.7 Beta on Nov 12, 2007

Another great update from Slysoft. Works like a charm.

On another note if you check the facts Slysoft released this beta yesterday - nearly 24 hrs ago - making the release time before DVDFab's new release - about 13-14 hrs ago. The date and order of releases displayed on BetaNews can hardly be used to determine when a release was actually made.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.9.6 Beta on Nov 7, 2007

More great work from Slysoft. Not only is it handling the insane non-DVD compliant protection on movies like Flight of the Living Dead but they've added support for the latest AACS and for the time being BD+ titles work even w/o Slysoft having added support for getting around BD+ yet. I'm very pleased with this release and it's working as advertised.

For my personal enjoyment of my legally owned media content I have more than gotten my money's worth.

I can't believe some people are still crying about the cost of upgrading to AnyDVD HD which is not the same as updating. People need to grow up. If you don't like the software stop using it and move on.

Also, note that upgrading to AnyDVD HD isn't required and DVDFab HD Decrypter while free can't handle HD-DVD or BR-DVD content as well as AnyDVD. The newest AACS can't be handled by DVDFab HD Decrypter and likely won't for some time to come.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.1.9.5 Beta on Nov 5, 2007

look in life we all have choices, such as using the software w/ or w/o paying for it... so if u think they rip off customers than so be it.. its ur choice and opinions..

I love slysoftware!

Dickens Cider

Dickens Cider reviewed v6.1.9.4 Beta on Oct 31, 2007

This is good stuff and does EXACTLY what it says it does.

And yes the offer is for free 'updates' and you bought the version that decodes DVD's. And they are still honoring that.... don't confuse HD-DVD's (and soon BlueRay) with a DVD, just as a DVD isn't a CD, an HD-DVD isn a DVD... you said it your self.... different 'format'. Just because both formats deal with video, they aren't the same. The new version was an 'upgrade' and not part of the original deal.

But all that aside, I still find that this program is constantly updated. Works well with my ripping and burning software... and I like it.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.1.9.4 Beta on Oct 30, 2007

wow dvdfab sucks!!! ANYDVD for many years now and it just stays with the times, love it!!

brusco

brusco reviewed v6.1.9.3 on Oct 30, 2007

Top quality stuff. I hear they just broke BD+ too! (not in this version though, early 2008)

@lilmegz below.

DVDFab is a crappy pay version of software thats already out there for free. AnyDVD HD is a different kind of app entirely.

gadean

gadean reviewed v6.1.9.3 on Oct 29, 2007

lilmegz, stop your trolling. AnyDVD does much more than rip DVD's. It removes DVD copyright protection on the fly. This can be extremely useful for other apps which won't work with copyrighted material and/or ISO image files. And for what it does it does it well.

In the future, why not give a reason why you think this software deserves a 1. It's more useful and maybe others will take you seriously.

lilmegz

lilmegz reviewed v6.1.9.3 on Oct 29, 2007

AnyDVD sucks balls... snag yourself a copy of DVDFab which is just like AnyDVD but 20x better if not more!

www.dvdfab.com

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v6.1.9.3 on Oct 29, 2007

"Allows you to watch movies over a digital display connection, without HDCP compliant graphics card and HDCP compliant display. No need to buy an expensive monitor. Sweet!"

Is this really true? Does this affect HD movie files as well (as in NOT disks)?

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.1.8.4 on Oct 21, 2007

It just gets better and better. Perfect program for backing up your own DVDs and eliminating all those annoying "Previews" on DVD's you paid for.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.8.4 on Oct 13, 2007

Great program. Perfect for DVDs. The new AI Scanner is a god send.

Met: CSS Free is not updated anymore. Pay for it and you will be using a nearly year old product. AnyDVD is the best, stop trolling please.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.8.2 Beta on Oct 12, 2007

As usual, a great program which works well and doesnt require the typical "Mucking around" with trying to rip and copy a dvd to the hard drive only to then turn around and burn it. I love being able to watch my dvd's without unnecessary steps and protections and this program makes it possible. 5/5

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.8.2 Beta on Oct 11, 2007

A wonderful update. Runs nicely and the new changes are great.

It was worth what I paid for it way back when and it's still worth its price now.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.1.8.1 Beta on Oct 10, 2007

This little application has never failed me. Combined with Slysoft's CloneDVD, the ripping/burning process is efficient and flawless.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.8.1 Beta on Oct 10, 2007

This application is one fine piece of software. I can watch any dvd on my pc, regardless of region, without using 3rd party software to first rip it to the hard drive and then reburn it. It acts as an OS layer driver which intercepts dvd data during read and then removes the nasties included on the disk. Top notch.

xer0

xer0 reviewed v6.1.8.1 Beta on Oct 10, 2007

does what it says!

DetroitBaseball

DetroitBaseball reviewed v6.1.7.4 on Oct 3, 2007

Update the screenshot. It looks nothing like that anymore.

kcshoney

kcshoney reviewed v6.1.7.4 on Sep 20, 2007

New to this...Does it alter the DVD in any way? If I buy a commercial DVD and copy it, is the original DVD now without protection?

Skawt

Skawt reviewed v6.1.7.4 on Sep 11, 2007

I've been a satisfied user of AnyDVD for several years now. Even without the DVD ripping capabilities, it's been a real boon, especially when it comes to handling out-of-region DVDs, and bypassing the ridiculous proliferation of advertisements that have been appearing on commercial DVDs lately.

Ryusennin

Ryusennin reviewed v6.1.7.4 on Sep 11, 2007

No fuss no muss.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.7.4 on Sep 11, 2007

This program is the top of its game. No hidden "features" to send error reports, no hidden gimmicks. It works in the background, lets me play any dvd in any program or rip with any program. It removes all protections from both HD and standard DVD media, allows you to jump right to the menu of a dvd, along with a ton of various other options. It works at the driver level on the system, and as such, it works very fast.

Highly recommended. 5/5

Namero

Namero reviewed v6.1.7.4 on Sep 10, 2007

does what it says and that perfect :)

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.1.7.4 on Sep 10, 2007

The best. I've never had a problem with this little piece of software. It works and doesn't cause any issues.

Thank you SlySoft!

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.1.7.0 on Aug 13, 2007

Does exactly what it has to & nothing more. Nice!

xprotocalx

xprotocalx reviewed v6.1.6.7 on Jul 31, 2007

i know nothing about the mechanics of this program. all i know is that i bought it 1.5 years ago and it has worked perfectly ever since. i was sick of watching the previews, and it strips that right out to the menu... i was sick of my own dvd's having encryption... gone.
i love this program.

gadean

gadean reviewed v6.1.6.5 on Jul 15, 2007

Awesome utility. I love how it just sits in the background and never bothers me. It does exactly as it's supposed to do and does it well!

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.1.6.5 on Jul 7, 2007

Absolutely no problems, as usual.

Great product!

armpit

armpit reviewed v6.1.6.5 on Jun 25, 2007

Love it!

RSMurphy

RSMurphy reviewed v6.1.6.5 on Jun 25, 2007

Works beautifully.

Maybe the InCD crowd should rethink its (InCD) usefullness.

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.1.6.4 Beta on Jun 21, 2007

Program still working perfectly for me.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.6.4 Beta on Jun 21, 2007

Its funny how I have no problems with InCD.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.6.2 Beta on Jun 14, 2007

Are they NEVER going to fix this thing so it works with Nero InCD?

It used to back in the day, now, not at all. :(

I've continued to report the bug. They just seem to be struggling to fix it. Or more likely after all this time, simply don't consider it a priority...

MickyFoley

MickyFoley reviewed v6.1.6.2 Beta on Jun 14, 2007

AnyDVD History

6.1.6.2 2007 06 14
- New (DVD): Added support for a new copy protection to the option to remove
"Protection based on unreadable Sectors", e.g. "Free Zone", R1, US
- Change (DVD): Because of popular demand, the "bad sector count
numbers" of versions before 6.1.6.0 are back
- Change: Shows correct disc size with virtual drives
- Change: Because of undesired side effects, the Sonic DLA behaviour before
version 6.1.5.4 is back
- Fix (DVD): Because of an internal overflow, some Sony Arccos
protections were not removed correctly (e.g., "UFC65", R2, UK)
- Fix (DVD): Possible hang if heavily scratched or damaged
Video DVD was inserted
- Fix (HD DVD & Blu-ray): In a rare situation, renaming the AACS directory
could fail (e.g., "The Hulk", HD DVD, US)
- Some minor fixes and improvements
- Updated languages

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.6.0 on Jun 4, 2007

Functions flawlessly for me, as usual. I've had no problems with any of the latest movie releases. I've said it before and I'll say it again... when Slysoft finds a bug they fix it quickly. Kudos to Slysoft.

It's unfortunate that some people have nothing better to do than give poor ratings and promote another product but that's life, I suppose.

Watching people discuss AnyDVD vs DVDFab [which really aren't comparable] is about as unentertaining as zealots doing the old Netscape/Mozilla vs IE debate, Intel vs AMD debate or Windows vs Mac debate. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but there's a difference between stating an opinion and being an idiot.

piazzapimper313

piazzapimper313 reviewed v6.1.6.0 on Jun 4, 2007

I reallt dont understand all the negative reviews toward anydvd. i have had this for about 2 years now and there has never beem one movie anydvd and clonedvd couldnt handle. Dvdfab is good, but it downloads all that to a file and slows down the computer, and it isnt able to burn some of the new movies. Ive been around for a while and eve to this day anydvd has probably been the best purchase i ever made. Thank you anydvd.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.1.5.6 Beta on May 24, 2007

I was allways a happy user, but lately AnyDVD suddenly crashes once in a while without reason.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.1.5.6 Beta on May 24, 2007

crap. don't know what went wrong but this update is crashing my XPSP2 like crazy. 6155 is working fine but this is junk.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

what is the deal with those one line comments but no reviews of the new version of the progie? yes, anydvd is buggy and expensive and the hd charge extra is bad, but it does work ok. free is better so dvdfab decrypter is worth trying. it works and who says not to try it is lame. stop being fanboys and review the program. wake up that free is a better price than $79. dvdfab gets the job done as good as anydvd for lots people. don't be in denial. but if you want anydvd, just pay the money. no big deal. it works mostly but is way expensive. not worth it.

m0user

m0user reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

Who says commercial software has no place in the common market. This program cant be beat!

crosscut

crosscut reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

Great program!

bugmenot

bugmenot reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

Ignore the DVDFab product advisor below, This product rocks

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

I will say what I've said before, DUAL LAYER WAS BUILT INTO THE DVD SPEC IF YOU BOTHER TO READ IT. HD AND BLU RAY WERE NOT. THEY ARE NEW PRODUCTS. Hence, a new product means a new technology means a new version. Its quite simple.

The lifetime license is still very valid for DVD. That is what you paid for. You did not pay for HD or Bluray technologies. AnyDVD is still supported. It only becomes AnyDVD HD when you purchase the support for those technologies. For simpliicity sake, they put the HD portion into the existing program so users can have a single program and driver as opposed to two. If they made it separate, then I am sure you would be complaining about having to load two drivers.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

When it works, AnyDVD seems to work well for some folks. But for me, it used to work a lot better. Modern versions don't seem to be as stable, especially with InCD, at least on my systems.

I agree with the license statement below. As a loyal, paying customer, it is a real insult to be taken for granted like they have. Not only has the product become less stable for me, but to be told the lifetime upgrade promise that I paid for is no longer valid and I have to pay $30 after already paying, that is just awful. It's seems almost fraudulent.

HD and Blu-Ray are primarily increased capacity, just like DUAL LAYER. We did not have to pay extra to decrypt DUAL LAYER versus SINGLE LAYER. It makes no sense to charge for HD and Blu-Ray, in my opinion.

It is a fundamental matter of principle.

That said, the fact that they are raking in more money from existing customers SHOULD mean that they can put more effort into programming. So why is it still having stability issues?

Frustrating, especially when there are free alternatives that do not need a tie-in to another pay program like CloneDVD and are more stable.

I wish it was not so hard for people to understand where I and others are coming from when we express concerns about stability, value and licensing.

I'm simply trying to be honest in my comments about a product that I used to think was pretty great, but now seems to lack competitiveness with what else is out there. Don't shoot the messenger, especially if they are not being unreasonable. Not everyone may be having these issues or concerns, but it is certainly valid to discuss them in an open forum so that they can be brought to the attention of other users and considered.

For example - why was encryption broken in the last point release and that bug not caught before they released it? Shouldn't it have been more thoroughly tested? Especially since it is a Retail product? Shouldn't that money be put towards better development and more in-depth testing so that buggy versions don't get released as often?

There is simply no need to make personal attacks and hurl insults just because we may disagree with some of the glowing reviews.

I've been using computers for nearly 3 decades and am not a neophyte by any means. But I feel for the money I paid, this product should be more stable and functional and I do resent being promised free upgrades and then being told that the promise will no longer be honored.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

DudeBoyz: Read this thread, it contains stuff about InCD: http://forum.slysoft.com...d.php?t=4465&page=2

zridling and DudeBoyz, this goes out to you:

If you read the changelog properly, it says if you want more control over the DVD (removing audio streams etc) buy CloneDVD2. The ripper in AnyDVD HD has been re-written so that it can process DVDs it could not before. Pretty good huh? Too bad you cannot read.

It wouldn´t matter what I say. You are too egocentric to listen
and too stupid to learn. Your foray into the world of computers would be best served by buying a PS2. It´s obvious you have neither the brains nor the wit to operate a piece of equipment as complex as a personal computer.

EDIT: DudeBoyz, for the last time, read the difference between DVD and HDDVD/Bluray. It is not just compacity wise. The encryption is a totally new product in itself for HDDVD.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.5.5 on May 22, 2007

Metshrine, it's not the tech, but the license. You can change the name from AnyDVD to AnyDVD HD all day, but just don't defraud me by not honoring your own lifetime license agreement. The name change only occurred in response to this disengenuous practice. By the way, programs introduce new features and "tech" every day and they don't defraud customers in the way that SlySoft has. By your reasoning, Microsoft would charge for Service Packs and possibly every montly update!

Again, programs like XYplorer File Manager and WinRAR that offer true lifetime licenses are to be honored compared to SlySoft, regardless of how great AnyDVD is.

crosscut

crosscut reviewed v6.1.5.4 on May 22, 2007

Cant be beat!

DipThong

DipThong reviewed v6.1.5.4 on May 22, 2007

Rox0rs

m0user

m0user reviewed v6.1.5.4 on May 22, 2007

Best program ever!

bugmenot

bugmenot reviewed v6.1.5.4 on May 22, 2007

Great program. Well worth every penny despite the negativities of the staff from DVDFab (Its been confirmed, just search their forums for dudeboyz profile).

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.5.4 on May 22, 2007

Dudeboyz,

HD is a new technology, new technology == new code and new product. AnyDVD HD is incorporated into the existing AnyDVD framework but is, in and of itself, a different product incorporated into AnyDVD. Why cant you seem to understand this? Yes, we get it, you love DVDFab, good for you, but guess what, unlike you, I have NO PROBLEMS with InCD or any other program. I had one bug a while back, it was reported, and fixed. Perhaps you should try reporting on their forums or via their support channel if you have so many issues.

Free does not always mean better. I dont settle for freeware when a commercial app blows it out of the water. Thats the problem with the OSS generation, they feel all software should be free.

Anydvd is a great program, and the HD program is great if you require that functionality. Remember, HD is a new technology. AnyDVD was meant to support DVD, not Blu-ray or HD. So before you rate this poorly, please make sure you understand this distinction

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.5.4 on May 22, 2007

I'm certainly not an author of any other program.

I'm an AnyDVD user who is frustrated by bugs with various apps, including InCD, and the fact that even though I paid for a free lifetime update, they are charging $30 extra just to get access to be able to decrypt higher capacities.

When you look at the fact that HD is $79 and DVDFab Decrypter HD is free, it is very hard to consider AnyDVD a good value.

As mentioned below, they introduced new bugs in 6.1.4.3 for example, and in that changelog told you they want you to buy another app (CloneDVD) to get a clean decryption. How's that in any way a good thing?

They just don't seem to be on track in terms of quality control, and they seem to want to force you to pay even MORE money to get a working decryption system. Value? Hardly.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.5.4 on May 21, 2007

A great application. It does what it says and in the event a bug crops up they resolve the problem very very quickly. There is simply no other software program of its kind out there.

Hoqqe

Hoqqe reviewed v6.1.5.1 Beta on May 17, 2007

6.1.5.1 2007 05 16
- New: AnyDVD ripper displays the volume label of the discs
- New (HD DVD & Blu-ray): Support for new titles
- New (HD DVD): Workaround for mastering error on "Relentless Enemies"
- New (HD DVD & Blu-ray): Added warning dialog, if HD DVD or Blu-ray processing did not work
- Fix (DVD): AnyDVD ripper did not work correctly with multiple angles. If you want more control (stream selection, main movie only selection, ...) we recommend to use CloneDVD2 available at http://www.slysoft.com instead of AnyDVD ripper.
- Fix (DVD): Sony Arccos Decryption bug introduced in 6.1.4.3, sorry
- Some minor fixes and improvements
- Updated languages

vcorvinus

vcorvinus reviewed v6.1.4.5 Beta on May 15, 2007

The program is good but I have to give it a lower rating because I believe that it is greatly over-priced. There are other alternatives and some are free. If they did not charge so much for their software then I could give it a much higher rating.

Hoqqe

Hoqqe reviewed v6.1.4.5 Beta on May 15, 2007

6.1.4.5 2007 05 13
- New (HD DVD & Blu-ray): Added warning dialog, if HD DVD or Blu-ray processing did not work
- Fix (DVD): AnyDVD ripper did not work correctly with multiple angles. If you want more control (stream selection, main movie only selection, ...) we recommend to use CloneDVD2 available at http://www.slysoft.com instead of AnyDVD ripper.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.4.5 Beta on May 14, 2007

[RaGhul]: It's pain-stakingly obvious that they (zridling and DudeBoyz) are all authors of other competing apps.... Everyone's entitled to their opinion. The reason I think they should be banned isn't because of their ONE STAR, but due to their obvious affiliation with competing apps.
________________________________________________
You are joking, I presume. I continue to be deeply flattered that anyone would think I have the brains to write a line of code or have developed any software, period. Seems a simple Google search of "Zaine Ridling" would quickly extinguish that talk. But as much as I say it, I'm really just an unemployed guy living out of my basement, eating macaroni and instant mashed potatoes (honest, I'm not ashamed of my own truth). And I strongly disagree that being critically honest about a program is somehow a bad thing, as if not being able to read, much less write, words critical of a program makes the program better.

The term RaGhul is looking for is fanboy; i.e., someone who is hyper-positive about a program or company despite its ongoing flaws. Also, I noticed, RaGhul, that you did not say which "competing app" I'm affiliated with, or that I "authored," or that I "preferred." (Because there are none.) As for my one-star ratings, they're not going to make much impact with 1150 votes, and it gives me a chance to request you revisit those ratings under my name and see exactly why I gave them — in short, I didn't appreciate being ripped off by SlySoft's dishonest licensing with regard to the word "lifetime." If you really hate FileForum's ratings so much, write and ask them to eliminate every rating except 5. Then everyone gets a trophy for participating!

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.1.4.3 on May 9, 2007

The BEST ! I am very glad to see the updates starting to come more often. At one time SlySoft was getting a little slow about getting the job done, but I knew they would bounce back. I use this software daily & it is worth the $$$! Keep up the GREAT work guys!

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.1.4.3 on May 9, 2007

Brilliant update!

Full compatibility with DVD Shrink is wonderful.

RaGhul

RaGhul reviewed v6.1.4.2 Beta on May 5, 2007

It's extremely interesting to point out that reviewers like zridling and DudeBoyz continue to rate this app with just 1 star, and... they do it repeatedly. Five posts in 2 months, on just one proggy?

I think common sense will tell you that someone who doesn't like a particular program will probably not take the time to review it more than once or twice. Instead, they'll rave about the one they prefer.

It's pain-stakingly obvious that they are all authors of other competing apps.

Yes, I like AnyDVD. It's not w/o its faults. NO proggy is perfect.

But to rate this a ONE after almost everyone else rates it a FIVE? They bring down the avg rating of a very good program, and should be banned.

[EDIT]
I agree, Practice. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. The reason I think they should be banned isn't because of their ONE STAR, but due to their obvious affiliation with competing apps.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.4.1 Beta on May 3, 2007

As I said, I wouldn't give AnyDVD a 5 until they fixed the issues about not being able to make a compliant DVD. It's fixed!

Very happy. They listen to their users and acted upon it. I can't wait to try it out on the more stubborn DVDs I have at home. Thank you once again SlySoft!

Ryokurin

Ryokurin reviewed v6.1.4.1 Beta on May 2, 2007

6.1.4.1 2007 05 02
- New (DVD): AnyDVD ripper rewritten from scratch. It is no
longer based on FixVTS code but on the powerful copy engine of
CloneDVD2, licensed from Elaborate Bytes AG. If you want more
control (stream selection, main movie only selection, ...) we
recommend elby CloneDVD2 available at http://www.slysoft.com
- New (DVD): AnyDVD ripper can now handle heavily protected discs
- New (DVD): AnyDVD ripper output is now fully compatible with
DVD Shrink and Nero Recode
- New (DVD): Protection removal of AnyDVD core is more compatible
with DVD Shrink and Nero Recode. Some heavily protected discs
like "Perfume" (R2, German) can now directly opened with Shrink
without prior ripping to harddisk.
- New (DVD): Added support for new copy protections to the option to
remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
- New (Blu-ray): Improved detection / removal of region code
Multi region (e.g. Region A+C) discs are now handled correctly
in "automatic" region removal mode
- Change: Workaround for registration problem on Windows Vista
- Change: Removed AnyDVD ripper shortcut
- Fix: Title 10 of "Perfume", R2, German was damaged
- Some minor fixes and improvements
- Updated languages

comeoffit

comeoffit reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 15, 2007

Won't begrudge honest criticism, zridling? On the contrary, you make a habit of it. Such as when I opine that it would be nice to see some additional feature in one of your pet programs, and you criticize me for wanting "bloat" or something you don't approve of.

Regarding AnyDVD, it's beyond ridiculous--and I mean light years beyond it--to claim that AnyDVD has worked flawlessly in a huge collection of DVDs, or that it is problem-free in any regard. If that were even remotely true, it's curious that they have updated AnyDVD as many times as they have, along the lines of the following:

* Workaround for compatibility problems with 3rd party drivers
* Fix: AnyDVD could detect Arccos copy protection on short multi angle titles by mistake
* Fix: Problem with multi-angle titles and Sony Arccos protection
* Fix: With some DVDs having VOB files with zero length, fluxDVD protection was incorrectly detected


The list goes on and on and on. I'm not criticizing the program or SlySoft for this, I am simply pointing out that it isn't perfect, and when people encounter problems and report them, here or elsewhere, it's often valid criticism.

But hey, you can still "begrudge" it.

DipThong

DipThong reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 14, 2007

Simply the best at what it does. There are free programs that offer what AnyDVD does however they are not as easy to use (letting you use any ripping or playback program you choose).

bugmenot

bugmenot reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 14, 2007

As I said below, I have a collection totalling near 700 dvd's and I have put this program through its paces with every piece of software on my system and then some (including InCD, it works fine here on various types of media). I have not, nor have thousands of users, had a single issue with AnyDVD or its device driver model which others claim should not be used.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 14, 2007

I use nero but NEVER install the inCD bs lately. big deal

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 14, 2007

I won't begrudge someone for honest criticism, as DudeBoyz is offering here. He's not vaguely slamming the program. He's criticizing specific bugs. Praise is worthy when it's deserved. But honesty buys integrity, something SlySoft left behind with their license policy recently. (I'll not revisit it again.)

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 13, 2007

As I said below, the best that you will get. The driver model has caused no issues for tens of thousands of users, just read the rave reviews and ignore the people who would rather complain about it and not report things to the dev's.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 13, 2007

Believe me - Slysoft has been contacted directly regarding the InCD and other issues. But they have not bothered fixing it.

Don't make me out to be the bad guy here - it is THEIR software that has the bugs.

I've worked with them repeatedly, but for whatever reason, they don't seem to think InCD compatibility is a priority.

The coding on AnyDVD is getting downright bad. A patch to fix a buggy release on the same day?

Can you honestly say that they are properly testing the product before releasing it to the public?

Please - get a grip. When you pay $50 for software, it should work and get better - not worse.

Where is that extra $30 they are getting from the forced HD/Blu-Ray upgrade going? Certainly not to decent programmers or a Q&A process.

Again - I and others have worked with Slysoft to get them all the data we can provide so they can fix the problem. We have worked with the developer to get it fixed. But it ain't fixed yet. It worked, they broke it, and they still need to fix it.

The device driver model is just not the smartest way to do this - not with the potential for so many conflicts. They have been addressing device driver related issues for months and months - they know it causes issues for others.

But if they do insist on doing it as a driver model, they should take extra care to get it right the first time.

You should not have to uninstall / disable every other device driver in your system just to get a decrypter program working. Especially if there are free alternatives that are stand-alone and don't have any such issues.

I realize this isn't Slysoft support - but it is a place to comment on the latest releases and the problems they are having. That's exactly what I'm doing - putting it out there for others to be aware of. Sharing information is supposed to be what this is all about, and you shouldn't try to shout down people who are having legit issues with the app and the value just because you may be a loyal fan of the app and the company.

There is no reason to shout someone down if they want to invest the time and energy to actually TEST the product and run it through its paces. Some people seem content to not test the limits of the program. How's that gonna help anybody? Push the program, test it to the extremes and report it here and to Slysoft so the program can actually IMPROVE. Don't just give it a "5" and say "great job" without even testing the thing.

Skawt

Skawt reviewed v6.1.3.6 on Apr 13, 2007

5 out of 5 There is a big difference between honest criticism and being a continual pest about bugs that are specific to one person's system, bugs that are not appearing on other people's systems. I don't have any problems with InCD, nor the device driver model. Rants about Slysoft's licensing policies don't belong here, since this is for reviews, not non-technical related customer complaints.

Not to mention the flip-flopping on the cost:

DudeBoyz Jun 12, 2005 5.2.4.1
3 out of 5

Why pay $40 for this when there are free alternatives?

DudeBoyz Sep 17, 2006 6.0.6.1
4 out of 5

$39 is a bit high I guess, but that is a minor quibble. Especially since you get free lifetime upgrades on the software. Hopefully they won't ever renege on this like the folks did with WinZIP when they sold out and version 10 was produced.

DudeBoyz Dec 1, 2006 6.0.9.0 Beta
2 out of 5

$39 for this? Please. How can you ask new customers to pay $39 for a hardly-working product when free alternatives do work properly, though differently.

After that we get a never-ending litany of bashing AnyDVD and praise of DVDFab Decrypter and Ripit4me. Note that the technical issues he was experiencing were unique to his system, and that everyone else here did not have the problems he was having.

Zero credibility here. Accept your losses and stop using the software. Complain to the Better Business Bureau, file a lawsuit, do whatever you like. But this is not the place for your Anti-Slysoft rants.

Lawrence01

Lawrence01 reviewed v6.1.3.5 on Apr 13, 2007

On their site, they have the 6.1.3.6 version posted.

DipThong

DipThong reviewed v6.1.3.5 on Apr 13, 2007

Perfect, as always

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.3.5 on Apr 13, 2007

Works fine here. No complaints. Havent had a single problem with any application I've tried this with.

bugmenot

bugmenot reviewed v6.1.3.5 on Apr 13, 2007

AnyDVD works fine on my system with all applications including InCD. I have yet to encounter a bug with this program and have used in on my collection of around 670 dvd's, all of which were purchased by my family. Highly recommended.

What I fail to understand is why people cant report problems on the developers forum and then come here to whine when it fails to work.

A Turtle

A Turtle reviewed v6.1.3.5 on Apr 13, 2007

Go to Slysoft
6.1.3.6 2007 04 13
- Fix: AnyDVD 6.1.3.5 did not work correctly on Windows 2000
- Some minor fixes and improvements
- Updated languages

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.1.3.5 on Apr 13, 2007

I have found nothing in the past year that I could not copy with AnyDVD. I would sometimes have problems with older hardware, but when I changed out my DVD and CD burners that stopped. It is a great program.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.3.5 on Apr 13, 2007

Crud!

Nero is a very established piece of software. Why Slysoft can't avoid problems with In-CD is beyond me. None of my other apps seem to have trouble with In-CD.

Then again, AnyDVD uses a device driver model instead of a stand-alone executable, so there are bound to be more potential problems.

What's even worse is that it used to work, but hasn't in quite a few releases. :(

Quality control over there at Slysoft needs to be worked on, it seems. A patch for it already? Happens far too often. They really need to get a handle on the programming and do some more testing before releasing new code. Even something as simple as following a checklist of things to test / confirm before releasing any code could make a big diff.

DVDFab Decrypter is free and works, as is RipIt4Me, so I'm covered, but still.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.3.3 on Mar 21, 2007

Skawt, DVDFab Decrypter has made a HD version of their program with Bluray being added later. It is freeware.

But enough of that licensing stuff. When I buy a program that will remove copy-protection then I expect it to remove all of it. I know it is a limitation of the program but I really wish they would fix it. Hopefully James will come up with something soon. Because so far, the new protections Sony is putting out are beating AnyDVD.

While you're at it Dudeboyz, have you tried to submit a decent bug report over at the Slysoft forums? Otherwise all this commenting is just worthless. Like you have something against the company.

I will raise it to a 5 again once they get it all fixed up.

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.1.3.3 on Mar 21, 2007

Works perfect, as usual.

I have never had a problem backing up ANY of my DVDs. Should you have an issue, their forums can be very helpful.

But then, I am only backing up DVDs I own.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.3.3 on Mar 21, 2007

Metshrine, thank you for your well-reasoned post. That was helpful. Nice to see that 6133 doesn't need a reboot.
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For others, I've slammed SlySoft's license policy, not the app. Selling me a "lifetime" license and then subsequently restricting new features is no different than a version license. If not, then what is? Just rename the license agreement to anything other than the word "lifetime" so I won't feel like such a chump-sucker-snapperhead. For some companies like those that make WinRAR and XYplorer, that word actually has meaning.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.3.3 on Mar 21, 2007

Thought it may not be a popular reality for fanboys of the app, AnyDVD is causing the problems with InCD on my system. In the past they used to work fine together, but they no longer do, despite fresh reinstalls. If I remove AnyDVD from the system, all functionality is restored. If it is installed, data corruption and errors abound.

I simply can't give this thing a high score just to please a few loud protesters who believe it can do no wrong.

The device driver model is a complex thing, and they have to do some hardcore programming to be able to do all the copy protection removal plus try to stay compatible with other apps that work with the optical drives.

They need to refocus their efforts and put more resources into making it a more compatible program.

Skawt

Skawt reviewed v6.1.3.3 on Mar 21, 2007

Some folks seem to forget that AnyDVD didn't used to have the capability to rip a DVD. All it did was remove the protection and region coding so you could view any DVD on your system regardless of what region was registered. The ripping/decoding of a DVD came later.

Also, the people that keep touting the other apps neglect to mention that those do NOT have the capabilities I just described. DVDFab Decrypter, for instance, only rips DVDs in the free version. The commercial application, DVDFab Platinum, costs $50 (discounted from $80).

These apps are all great. Yes, Slysoft added HD/Blue-ray functionality to the application at an added cost which can only be unlocked by paying more. I do not agree with that marketing decision. However, neither DVDFab or RipIt4Me have HD/Blue-ray capabilities yet. And while RipIt4Me is freeware, how do we know that Fengtao software won't do the same thing with DVDFab when it finally has that capability? We don't.

Bottom line is that slamming the APP because you don't like the marketing practices of the company is childish. If you don't like it, complain to Slysoft. Don't annoy everyone else by spamming the reviews board with your drivel.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.3.2 on Mar 17, 2007

DudeBoyz, you're a serial pest. Metshrine put it nicely. Couldn't have said it better myself.

As I said before Dudeboyz, do a search on InCD. It is a very prolematic program. It even can mess with programs which aren't operating on a driver level like AnyDVD.

Now, that that is said I want to say this. I am giving AnyDVD a 3 because it is acting poorly in the removal of DVD copy-protections. Some of the new DVDs (e.g. Saw 3) have a new kind of protection on it which does not allow DVD Shrink to load the files. You have to use CloneDVD first which is now backfiring on them as even that program, which cleans the VOB files etc, leaves dud files.

My wish, to have AnyDVD remove the copy-protection so that it leaves the files clean and compliant (just the way Shrink likes it). I'm not a DVD Shrink user but many are. I use it to test if the DVD is clean and compliant. So far, with these new protections, it has AnyDVD beat.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.1.3.2 on Mar 16, 2007

Dudeboyz, please just explain one thing, if you will. Why do you always go on raving about DVDFab Decrypter or RipIt4Me in your reviews, continually extoling their virtues but always slam AnyDVD? Why are you always rating AnyDVD if you feel the latter two products are the best on the market? Do you use AnyDVD? You must be since you keep reviewing it. You slam it every time but you continue to use it? This I find puzzling.

Anyways, AnyDVD works exactly as advertised. Great product.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.3.2 on Mar 16, 2007

HD is a new technology and is not DVD. A new technology requires a new product. For the sake of simplicity, they added the new code to the existing product and made the key determine what you can use. This makes complete sense because not every user requires HD and those which do can upgrade their license. You still receive free updates for the product you purchased, you just dont get the new technology because its a different code line incorporated into the existing product.

Oh well, cant please everyone. By the way, the device driver model works well on my systems and I have never seen anyone with a problem with it. Only problems I've seen are from people who attempted to pirate it and it messed up their system. If you have a specific problem, post about it. Dont generalize and say that "all system device driver models are generally instable". If you have an instability, post about it.

By the way, ratings are for the product, NOT THE LICENSE SCHEME OR THE COMPANY'S POLICIES. I wish betanews would incorporate a moderation system to allow for us to filter these out. There is a reason half of dudeboyz' reviews have been deleted, they dont hold water and usually reflect his opinion on the company as opposed to the product and how it works.

A user cannot gain a good grasp of how the program works when users constantly rate the company and not the program. Oh well, I guess thats what you get when you deal with teenagers.

A 5 for a program, as stated above, which causes no issues for me and works very well. The HD License works on my system with my new HD and Blu ray drives. Good job slysoft.

And by the way, dual layer was not a new technology, it was in the original DVD spec. BURNED DVD-R DL was new because originally it only existed in single layer burning except for commercial apps. Please, learn what you are talking about before you get into a war you cannot fight. Read the original DVD specs, they called for support for DUAL LAYER, DUAL SIDED discs. Dual layer has been in use for some time, dual sided not so much due to people not wanting to flip the disc over (ALA the original release of SE7EN).

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.1.3.2 on Mar 16, 2007

Works very well for me.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.3.2 on Mar 16, 2007

I agree with Zridling. Slysoft should have simply said "Effective March 1, 2007, new license purchases will no longer include free lifetime updates. All users who who purchased the product prior to that date will be grandfathered in and still receive free lifetime upgrades." That way you keep the promise to the people who expect it to be kept and any new buyers know exactly what the deal is before they make the purchase.

It's just flat obvious when they include the HD DVD and Blue-Ray stuff in the same changelog that it's the same darn product. Besides, Dual Layer was technically another format, and they didn't get away with trying to charge for that level of increased capacity. I hate that they are still ripping off their customers. Lifetime means Lifetime - they shouldn't use invented technicalities to try to justify their betrayal. People should boycott anything Slysoft.

AnyDVD still causes trouble with InCD - bigtime. If AnyDVD is not there, everything works fine. If AnyDVD is running, no joy.

The system driver model for this thing is just too buggy and problematic. Stand-Alone EXE apps are much less intrusive and don't interfere in system operations like AnyDVD does.

Use DVDFab Decrypter or the RipIt4Me combo instead. They are free and don't use the troublesome driver model that AnyDVD tries to use.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.3.2 on Mar 16, 2007

Hey, I love the product too, but the license determines how I get to use the product. If you guys love paying for regular version upgrades under the LIE of being told you just bought a Lifetime license, then why not write SlySoft and ask them to revise their license as subscription so that you get to pay for it every single time they update or upgrade it?

You can call me any name in the book, I don't care. But don't say you love me, and then turn around, sucker punch me in the eggs, and then steal my money through some outright bullscheiße doublespeak Microsoft-like lies. Whatever happened to being honest, or is that something I also have to pay extra for?

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.3.0 on Mar 6, 2007

Dudeboyz, do a search on InCD and you'll find it messes up a lot of things. It's a bugger of a program.

To all those people on Slysofts side, don't bother. These people are too stubborn. Some are even too lazy to register to this site and require bugmenot. Yes, these are the same people arguing about being ripped off. Oh well.

Another top release.

kronix2

kronix2 reviewed v6.1.3.0 on Mar 6, 2007

HD-DVD and Blu-ray playback are new technologies which are distinct from DVD. It's a whole new kind of protection for two new disc formats. Slysoft HAVE released AnyDVD HD as a separate product, FYI. The executable is the same but your license key determines which features you unlock. The program is called AnyDVD, so common sense dictates that adding HD-DVD and Blu-ray support constitutes a new program.

I'm not aware of any other program which strips CCS and now AACS DRM on-the-fly, silently and without any user intervention. Therefore, AnyDVD HD wins by default.

I gave this a 4, because $80 is simply too much for AnyDVD + the HD-DVD/Blu-ray functionality. You will get lifetime updates to the DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray features. DVDs have been around for 10 years, so your lifetime updates will probably last you 7-8 years until a brand new disc format comes out.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.3.0 on Mar 5, 2007

Once again, here comes dudeboyz posting a 1 without rating the actual program and instead rating the company's policy behind it.

AnyDVD HD is a separate program with separate functionality for newer technology. AnyDVD still works with DVD drives of current, and will continue to work. Only when you buy an HD Drive, would you need the HD Addon. Personally, I dont care about this upgrade right now because to me, HD formats dont offer anything significant that an upconverting dvd player wont fix (the OPPO DV-981HD works beautifully for 1080p upconversion and rivals picture quality of HD formats).

Anyways, Anydvd works great, still is updated, and continues to work. Dont listen to these people who dont understand that a review is for the program not the company behind the program.

And before DudeBoyz comes back at me, no, i do not work for slysoft, I am in the US Army.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.3.0 on Mar 5, 2007

wat0114 - you are a Slysoft apologist babbling about semantics. Do you actually work for Slysoft or something?

Slysoft screwed the customer - period. There is no doubt about it. They don't deserve another dime from anybody at any time.

Not only that, but the recent versions of the software focus more on banning pirate keys and the like than actually adding anything important from a functional or stability standpoint.

The device driver model is a complicated and buggy mess, especially in Vista. Stand-alone executables that don't get in the way of system and device operations is the best way to go.

This particular version wreaks havoc if you have InCD installed, or DirectCD for that matter. It also causes trouble with the Ulead app that monitors the optical disk for DVD Movie Factory.

RSMurphy

RSMurphy reviewed v6.1.3.0 on Mar 5, 2007

My God! This is an awesome program that does everything it claims which is exactly why I paid for it.

So the whiners are complaining about a program having the ability to transform into a greater program than what was originally paid for but would be perfectly ok if they had to pay for a separate program then install it and maintain it? I admit I don't understand the mindset.

The way I see it, I have what I need, for now, and if/when I decide to upgrade I don't need to load/maintain a separate program.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.1.3.0 on Mar 5, 2007

Slysoft's mistake is that they didn't create a separate application for HD-DVD. They instead tried to keep things simple by integrating this new technology into the existing program, keeping the original name, and charging existing license holders the extra $30 for the new technology. The problem is they forgot the world is full of greedy "simpletons" who selfishly put themselves in front of others for personal gain.

BTW, you are supposed to rate the actual software, not the licensing policy.

Now for my rating: this is still first-rate software that does the job as perfectly as can be. The only gripe - and minor one - that I have is the settings are not retained after each update.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.3.0 on Mar 5, 2007

Not sure you understand what the word Lifetime means. I already paid for this program and own a "lifetime" license for it. Which part of "lifetime" gets redefined as "version or functionality-dependent" license? P.T. Barnum knew one of you was born every minute, as does SlySoft.

If it's not part of the original license, then it's another product. Call it something else. If or when I ever use HD-DVD (not), then I'll buy that SlySoft program. I love the software, but this is a typical Microsoft-type stunt, not worthy of SlySoft.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.1.2.5 on Feb 20, 2007

The HD-DVD is an upGRADE, not an upDATE. It is not about splitting hairs either. That is bs! You don't think it took time, money and tremendous effort to develop this new technology? You whiners still get FREE LIFETIME upDATES for AnyDVD. No one is forcing you to buy the HD upGRADE. If you fork out the several hundred $$ for an HD player, then fork out the measly $30 for the AnyDVD-HD upGRADE and get FREE LIFETIME upDATES for that program. Either that, or stop b****ing and find something for free. Good for you if you do.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.2.5 on Feb 20, 2007

What vcorvinus said. HD-DVD is only one format that will come along over the next few years. If you add it to the program title I purchased — AnyDVD — then it should be freely included. Otherwise, you're breaking the original license, and while I'm not allowed to do that, it's shameful that the vendor is. Why companies shoot themselves in the foot is beyond me. This move smells like Microsoft, i.e., Slysoft just depants itself and dumped a steaming pile right in my living room.

nefarious1

nefarious1 reviewed v6.1.2.5 on Feb 20, 2007

That'll teach me to ever trust this type of company again... Lesson learned: They're experienced in hiding from authorities, so why would they worry about little old me and the license they sold me?

You can be I used that contact form.

bugmenot

bugmenot reviewed v6.1.2.5 on Feb 20, 2007

Well, Diam0nd, it seamlessly removes DVD and audio CD protection at the driver level, that's what. Is there a freeware application that does this?

Oh, by the way, I'm really looking forward to Firefox 3.0! However, it will be an "upgrade", and NOT an "update"! Yes, they're going from version 2 to version 3, and somehow NOT updating it. Amazing!

That contact URL again is:

http://www.slysoft.com/en/contact.html

vcorvinus

vcorvinus reviewed v6.1.2.4 Beta on Feb 19, 2007

Nice try--attempt to distinguish between "lifetime updates" and "lifetime upgrades". The two mean the same thing when you are talking about the SAME PRODUCT. Was AnyDVD 6.1.2.x somehow an UPGRADE but NOT an update?

"Well, ummm, we added an HD feature to AnyDVD, but it was not an update. No, the software was not updated, so you are not entitled to it. So sorry."

That isn't you trying to split hairs, it's you trying to claim that "grey" and "gray" are two different colors. Tell me how a vendor could POSSIBLY release a new version of a software product, and have that NOT be an update.

Regarding the money that AnyDVD supposedly saves me, isn't that completely beside the point? Oh gee, if I actually USE the software, I'm suddenly not entitled to the LIFETIME updates they promised me? "Well gee, AnyDVD saves you money, so don't complain about paying an extra $30 for their lies." Oooooook...!

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.1.2.4 Beta on Feb 19, 2007

@BruddaMan: No, it really isn't just an extension of a format. The difference between DVD and HD is a different colour of laser and much smaller areas taken up by each 1 and 0.
It's new equipment and newer definition. You will have forked out the best part of $1000 on a HD TV and a HD-DVD player, I'm sure an extra $30 for a program to rip the movies isn't out of your price range.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 19, 2007

HD DVD and Blue-Ray DVD are simply new extensions of existing formats, just like a Dual Layer disk. The protections are new, just like the new ones Sony puts out.

They did not charge for Dual Layer vs Single Layer. They did not charge more when ARCCOS came out, or when it was updated.

For Slysoft not to offer users the free upgrade and include these formats as part of the free lifetime update is an outrage.

How people can support this company or this product after the undermining of the free lifetime upgrade policy is beyond me.

It sickens me that anyone would make apologies for this behavior and angers me that people would let them get away with it.

They demonstrate the worst of the worst in customer disdain.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 19, 2007

Slysoft gave lifetime UPDATES and not lifetime UPGRADES. There is a large difference between those two phrases. DVD technology is NOT the same as HD-DVD technology. It's not like a new protection (ie RipGuard). HD-DVD and Blu-Ray - if and when it is added - are NEW technologies!

Existing customers do NOT deserve a free UPGRADE. It's only 30 USD. I've owned AnyDVD since 2003. The $30 is peanuts for all the use I've gotten out of the software.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 18, 2007

wat.. local supermarkets have vending machines wiht dvd's for rent = $1 to rent and burn :-)

why did just me give a low score?

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 18, 2007

Point well made by all those protesting the additional cost for the HD feature, but I'm willing to bet most of you complaining are the same ones renting movies for $5, then burning it to a 30 cent disk using AnyDVD, saving approximately, oh, $10-$15 per movie. You don't need an accounting diploma to realize how the savings pay for your investment several times over, right?

I'm just kidding. That is illegal and no one here would ever do that :)

justme123

justme123 reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 18, 2007

Actually, Paul Skinner, it would make no difference if SlySoft had broken the new HD feature into a separate application. I can't believe this is so hard for some people to understand. I'll try my hand at explaining it...

The reason SlySoft added the HD feature to the existing AnyDVD product is that the feature BELONGS in that product. It makes sense for it to be there, just as any of the other encryption schemes that have been added to AnyDVD over the years belong there.

So, even if they had split the HD feature into a whole other program, they'd be screwing existing licensed users. Screwing them, that is, because a feature that BELONGS in the product that supposedly has "lifetime updates" has been denied to them.

To recap, for those who have trouble grasping the obvious:

* The HD feature belongs in AnyDVD. The proof of this is that the feature was, in fact, ADDED to AnyDVD.

* Whenever a feature is added to a product billed as offering "lifetime updates", it should be available to anyone who has purchased a license to that product. This is obvious.

The link to that contact form is http://www.slysoft.com/en/contact.html

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 18, 2007

It seems to me that if Slysoft had split the HD bit into a new program there wouldn't be anyone moaning.

So basically you're all arguing over what is basically separate program functionality that has instead been imbedded to save Slysoft and the user space on the computers.

mbreslin

mbreslin reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 18, 2007

I've had AnyDVD for over four years and NEVER had a problem with it. SlySoft updates it about once a month, and it just does what it says. Pay once and free updates for life.

DIRKES

DIRKES reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 18, 2007

The software is ok-without doubt.
I criticize however the support. I had problems with the software and wrote the support. ... several times... until today I received no answer.

bugmenot

bugmenot reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 18, 2007

I tend to agree with zridling and DudeBoyz. Dwby, you contradict yourself. You say "[T]he HD part is a whole different program", and then, in the same breath, "Instead of trying to keep up with two programs, they decided to make it into one".

The HD feature is not a separate program. It is a new feature of AnyDVD, and existing users are locked out of it. SlySoft is merely pretending that there are two separate programs. There's just AnyDVD. To unlock the HD features, you need to cough up an additional $30. If you don't, you get to admire greyed-out HD options, in the same program you supposedly acquired a "lifetime" of updates for.

Do you follow that, dwby? One program. New feature. Greyed-out options. $30 fee to unlock the new options.

I call bull---t.

They're trying to have their cake and eat it too: They have ONE program, and in that program, there hold some features hostage, with a $30 ransom. Yet, on their web site, they pretend that "AnyDVD HD" is an entirely different product. It's a scam.

Should anyone be surprised? These are the same people who have been lying about discount coupons for eons. Every time I go to their site, the "expiration date" listed for their discount coupon changes! Oh, sure: "this coupon is only valid until February 18th, 2007!" And tomorrow, a different coupon code will be "only valid until February 25th, 2007!"

Don't be shy: Let SlySoft know how you feel about this kind of deceit:

http://www.slysoft.com/en/contact.html

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 17, 2007

Some people just don't understand. Life time updates, yes! But the HD part is a whole different program. Instead of trying to keep up with two programs, they decided to make it into one. Thus the reason why a couple of people are complaining about the "rip off". Fine, do whatever you want. Use freeware. But when you say you're getting ripped off because you think you should be getting two programs for the price of one, you can go jump.

zridling, Did you really think you would be using the program till 2050? That's a long, long time away. AnyDVD HD is still a free update for you. You can still decrypt DVDs for as long as you want. Or as you said, 43 more years. That's what you paid for right? To decrypt DVDs? Well what did you think they would do when they added HD support? It's a separate program!

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 17, 2007

I'm with DudeBoyz on this one. I recently bought a "Lifetime license" to AnyDVD and like almost all others, I don't think they understand what the word lifetime means. If you add features to this program, titled AnyDVD, then it should be free. Otherwise, create a new program and call it AnyHD-DVD, and stop ripping off consumers. I'll never use HD-DVD anyway, as it is already slated to be replaced. Also, the license agreements states:

The license to use the SOFTWARE PRODUCT ends at the 31st of December, 2050.

Well excuse me, man, I wasn't planning on being dead by then! Also, I'm thinking this new computer will last longer than that. Besides, so 43 years is a lifetime to Slysoft?

The only two programs that offer a real Lifetime License are the XYplorer File Manager and WinRAR. Everyone else is an outright fraud on this claim.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 17, 2007

Free lifetime upgrades my ARSE. They are LIARS.

You should NOT have to pay extra for any of those features if you already paid them for the product in the first place.

They want you to pay $30 more bucks for another type of protection? What, you gonna have to pay $30 more for Blue-Ray? What if Sony comes out with ARCCOS II or something? $30 more for that too?

You paid either $39 or $49 for free lifetime upgrades and they are gouging you for more cash. Man, you guys are getting screwed.

gate1975mlm

gate1975mlm reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 17, 2007

Simply the best!!!

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.2.3 on Feb 17, 2007

This is the single best program I have purchased. it does what it says, and despite several reports by users below that this is unstable (none of which post what bug they are referring to), I have not once, in accessing over 400 dvd's in my nearly 700 dvd collection, experienced a single problem with this program on any system that I have installed it on.

HD-DVD requires the purchase of a $30 upgrade for registered users. While some will complain that all features in this product should be free, I have to agree with slysoft on this one because only users that HAVE hd-dvd drives would need this functionality and it is being introduced as a new product support line, current dvd features will continue to be enhanced and still work for those who dont have a drive (99% of users). I intend to buy an HD-DVD drive in the near future and as such, part of that upgrade will be the upgrading of anydvd to support said drive.

A great program. While there are free alternatives, I have to say that none of them make the process as easy and straight-forward (heck, you just run your programs as normal) as this does. If you have a bug, please, post it here, report it on their forums, contact their support department.

Dudeboyz, how am I getting screwed? I paid for a program that removed protection from DVD's. This program still does that. HD dvd's are a new type of technology and as such, only people who own a player would require this. I dont own an hd-dvd drive, and the hd-dvd support is for a new product line which is designed for these drives. So please, tell me how I am getting ripped off? The program I purchased still works, is still updated, and still provides free lifetime upgrades.

Anyways, try this, you wont be disappointed.

captain_caveman2k

captain_caveman2k reviewed v6.1.2.2 Beta on Feb 17, 2007

6.1.2.3 has now been released - which means HD DVD support is now out of beta.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.1.2.2 Beta on Feb 17, 2007

They are even charging MORE for a simple feature.
Time to get rid of them, and use free alternatives.

"No need to pay for this app at all.

Get DVDFab Decrypter or the RipIt4Me combo and you can do this all 100% free.

$49 is just too much money to pay for a troublesome device driver. Even if it was a stand-alone executable, $49 would still be way too much to pay, especially when there are free alternatives."

thezelda

thezelda reviewed v6.1.2.2 Beta on Feb 16, 2007

A computer is not useable without this awesome software. I wish MSFT would just bolt this in the OS, and forget about this DRM crap, but MSFT must keep appearances that they care about DRM to make partners happy and to help promote Media Player. But everyone knows DRM is crap, and this software gives the OS back to the person who BOUGHT it.

I hope that Vista support and HDDVD / BlueRay gets finished up soon, because none of those are usable without this.

Cheers!

cooldude7273

cooldude7273 reviewed v6.1.2.2 Beta on Feb 16, 2007

The beta has HD-DVD support - yes, it removes AACS protection on HD-DVDs. See their forums for more info.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.2.2 Beta on Feb 16, 2007

No need to pay for this app at all.

Get DVDFab Decrypter or the RipIt4Me combo and you can do this all 100% free.

$49 is just too much money to pay for a troublesome device driver. Even if it was a stand-alone executable, $49 would still be way too much to pay, especially when there are free alternatives.

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.1.1.4 on Jan 29, 2007

Release 6.1.1.3 had many improvements. Unfortunately I don't have the change log. This seems to take care of a couple problems with that release. You don't need to reboot after installation.

Slysoft now has a forum you can go to for help and information. Give it a look...
http://forum.slysoft.com/index.php

baszman

baszman reviewed v6.1.1.1 Beta on Jan 24, 2007

Anydvd is a great program especially with it's sister programs DVDClone Mobile. I noticed nobody has mentioned the Lionsgate DVD problem.If you burn a dvd after you copy it with Anydvd , Nero gives you an error message about Invalid data. The copies when they are DVDshrunk keep repeating the Lionsgate intro logo. Anyone seen this problem out there? The other interesting thing is that when you CloneDVDMobile the DVD it works perfectly.

RaGhul

RaGhul reviewed v6.1.1.1 Beta on Jan 24, 2007

No doubt, no doubt... AnyDVD is the best of its class.

However, Slysoft's recent 'update-bonanza' has more to do with them encrypting their app to thwart hackers than it does 'keeping up with protection schemes'.

Slysoft knows that someone who's trying to snake a free DVD is just as likely to snake their proggy.

If it weren't for this, AnyDVD would update itself the same way antivirus apps update: silently, and in the backgroud, w/o the need for any user intervention.

Instead, you have to re-download, re-install, and restart your PC about once a week. Extrememly annoying.

boaz

boaz reviewed v6.1.0.9 Beta on Jan 20, 2007

This program is the simplest program of it's type. While "RipIt4Me" is nice, it requires extra steps. AnyDVD is simple; run it, and rip it!

George43

George43 reviewed v6.1.0.9 Beta on Jan 20, 2007

DudeBoyz,
I was feeling bereft, my sense of humor was sorely lacking.
Alas, that was until I read your post.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.0.9 Beta on Jan 19, 2007

Geez Dudeboyz, are you becoming one of the first fanboys of DVD decryption programs? AnyDVD is not "buggy". Every program has its problems. If you go into the RipIt4Me forum you'll see it crashes a lot. But it is still a terrific program. AnyDVD great also. Which is why I bought it. It does many things the other programs can't do. It has one hell of a support staff aswell. If something is wrong, it gets fixed quickly.

If it is so buggy, why are you continuing to use it? How would you know those "bugs" you found when you did use it haven't been fixed? Instead you just slander it like there is no tomorrow. As another poster said, think before you type.

BIL

BIL reviewed v6.1.0.9 Beta on Jan 19, 2007

I don't think you will find a better program than AnyDVD. It has worked on everything that I have tried and never given me a single problem. It has to be the easiest to use too. Well worth the price.

whitedragon

whitedragon reviewed v6.1.0.9 Beta on Jan 19, 2007

DudeBoyz you are a moron. They update AnyDVD so often to stay on top of the latest encryptions.
Next time THINK before you type!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.0.9 Beta on Jan 19, 2007

If you look at RipIt4Me, which uses the FREE DVD Decrypter engine and adds enhancements to handle the latest copy protections, plus FixVTS, which is included in their installer, that combo has it ALL OVER AnyDVD and it is 100% FREE.

DVDFab Decrypter is simple, but free and works with less conflicts and headaches than AnyDVD.

I just don't see HOW this product is in any way worth $50 when you compare it to the free offerings out there. Not only is it buggy, but it is overpriced.

And hey, name calling is just not nice. I used AnyDVD and got my $39 out of it, but it's just trying now to do too much and doing it poorly. It's more buggy recently than it's EVER been, and the frequency of updates is not about the latest protections, its about trying to fix broken code.

It's just not the same product it used to be, and as long as it keeps going in that direction, it's just not worth the cash, especially now that it's up in price to $49.

Nothing wrong with being a fan, but there really is no need to bash folks who don't share your opinion.

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.1.0.7 on Jan 15, 2007

Slysoft updates this driver very often & in no way does ripit4me or dvdfab ave got anything on AnyDvd. I mean come on $50 w/lifetime updates! I would not even consider any other emulator. Keep up the GREAT work Slysoft!

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 15, 2007

6.1.0.7 2007 01 14

- New: Added support for new versions of the SONY Arccos protection to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"

- New: Improved "Jump to title menu" with some discs containing TV episodes

- New: Workaround for bug in I/O subsystem of Windows Vista, which can cause BSOD with copy protected DVDs

- New: Workaround for problem with U3 USB memory sticks

- New: improved display of drive type in AnyDVD status and drive selection window

For those complaining about frequent updates to this first-rate software, some of the updates address the ever-evolving copyright protection on DVD's, especially by Sony. Is that a bad thing? Of course not.

Slyfox is, as usual, on the ball!

mbreslin

mbreslin reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 15, 2007

I bought AnyDVD two years ago and have been completely satisfied. Small memory footprint, no-hassle DVD ripping or watching. It just does what it's supposed to do with no hassles, bugs, crashes or problems of any kind. It even copies DVDs.

DetroitBaseball

DetroitBaseball reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 14, 2007

Simply the best DVD decrypter out there. Anyone can use it, you don't need to be a geek. Yeah, it costs $49, but once you buy it, it has free lifetime updates. If you can't save up $49, I suggest the free alternative RipIt4Me, which is not as easy to use. AnyDVD does exactly what it says, makes the process easy.

mark7649

mark7649 reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 14, 2007

6.1.0.7 is out

6.1.0.7 2007 01 14
- New: Added support for new versions of the SONY Arccos protection
to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
- New: Improved "Jump to title menu" with some discs containing
TV episodes
- New: Workaround for bug in I/O subsystem of Windows Vista,
which can cause BSOD with copy protected DVDs
- New: Workaround for problem with U3 USB memory sticks
- New: improved display of drive type in AnyDVD status and drive
selection window

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 14, 2007

$49 is too much to pay when Ripit4me is free. DVDFab Decrypter is free too. Both have less bugs and run as EXE files. All they do is decrypt DVD's and they do it better than Anydvd.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 13, 2007

DudeBoyz, every program has bugs. In order to create a better product, they have to release new versions which fix these bugs.

RipIt4Me and DVDFab Decrypter both have their bug fixes for crashes etc. Just look at the changelog.

AnyDVD is very stable. In the nearly a year of using it, I have never had a crash or system problem caused by AnyDVD. I go look at the forums and I find that to be true also. AnyDVD rarely!!! crashes. So I don't know why you get that problem.

Maybe it would be better if they just let out a release every couple of months?

wingo

wingo reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 13, 2007

re: DudeBoyz comments.

none of the programs he mentions offers on-the- fly-protection-removal, anydvd has that feature. that means you can have a copy protected dvd in one drive and copy it to another media without any hassle.

if you use DudeBoyz way you need to make a backup to hdd first then make a copy to media. which takes ages. :=

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 13, 2007

If they are updating frequently because they want to make it more compatible with new protections, that would be a good thing.

If they are updating frequently because it's a bug-ridden release, that's not so good.

That said, because it is an actual device driver, it's bound to be more problematic than if it was a stand-alone EXE. They just can't compete with stand-alone programs when it comes to stability.

Add to that the fact that AnyDVD is now $49, and it is just not worth getting.

DVDFab Decrypter and the RipIt4Me / DVD Decrypter / FixVTS combo are 100% FREE and do the job of removing protection in a much more straight-forward, more stable and more reliable way. I no longer use AnyDVD because it got all buggy and unstable while the free alternatives got better and more reliable. I guess it was worth the money I spent on it, but with more competition released and those programs doing a better job than AnyDVD currently does, I doubt I'll ever install the program again for actual work - only for testing new releases to check for instabilities.

Don't pay for this increasingly buggy program when you don't have to.

takitsim

takitsim reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 13, 2007

AnyDVD 6.1.0.6 has not yet been released! The current version is AnyDVD 6.1.0.2 which is the best out there.

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 13, 2007

This is worth buying!

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 13, 2007

dwby is right. AnyDVD's almost daily updates are necessitated by the media companies' continuously shifting protection schema. Thus, it's more like Anti-Virus software in its updates. Instead, you might turn off its update-check feature and just update once a month or so. But most users welcome AnyDVD's frequent updates.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 12, 2007

6.1.0.6 works solidly so far.

In reply to some people complaining about so many updates... So what? I, for one, am happy when a company actively updates their product to resolve issues or improve the product. Heck, one of the betas fixes an issue with Windows Vista that appears to be a problem that Microsoft should fix. In the meantime, Slysoft made a workaround in AnyDVD. All those updates made differences. Feel free to only update the product once a month but don't complain if you have trouble with a particular new DVD release.

Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v6.1.0.6 on Jan 12, 2007

Just because a program updates doesn't mean you HAVE to download it.

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.1.0.3 on Jan 10, 2007

dwby is correct; this is a beta.
Still perfectly stable for me though.
Quality programme.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.1.0.3 on Jan 10, 2007

To keep up with protections, it needs regular updates. I am all for it! As long as it keeps working perfectly I am happy. By the way, this version is a BETA.

RaGhul

RaGhul reviewed v6.1.0.3 on Jan 9, 2007

Still the best app in its category... but the damn near DAILY updates are beginning to get tiresome, and becoming the butt of many forum jokes.

Not EVERYONE loves downloading a new update every few days.

Just look at the History:
6.1.0.3 2007 01 09
6.1.0.2 2007 01 04
6.1.0.1 2007 01 02
6.1.0.0 2006 12 26
6.0.9.9 2006 12 21
6.0.9.7 2006 12 14
6.0.9.5 2006 12 11
6.0.9.2 2006 12 05

Eight updates in one month?!?

Budgie29

Budgie29 reviewed v6.1.0.3 on Jan 9, 2007

I do agree BadIronTree but its (RRBR)Rent Rip Burn Return .

Any DVD is the best thing since sliced and its nice to see they update the program on a regular basis to keep up with copy protection.

boaz

boaz reviewed v6.1.0.3 on Jan 9, 2007

Best "on the fly" decrypter out there now. I use it with DVD Shrink, or it's sister program Elby's CloneDVD.

Metshrine

Metshrine reviewed v6.1.0.3 on Jan 9, 2007

I have to say, this is the best application for dvd playback/ripping that I have ever used. With my movie collection growing (LEGALLY OWNED COPIES, NOT NETFLIXED COPIES) over 650 as of the beginning of the year, this is the best investment I could have made for keeping my original discs in mint condition.

Great job and well worth the money they asked for lifetime updates!

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.1.0.2 on Jan 6, 2007

Simply the BEST! I use this & DVD Shrink, never been let down to date. Keep up the AWESOME work SlySoft!

BadIronTree

BadIronTree reviewed v6.1.0.2 on Jan 6, 2007

i "back up" most of the movies i rent :P:P ;P

Terumo

Terumo reviewed v6.1.0.2 on Jan 5, 2007

Det beste som er ute der til å fjerne sperre på msikk og film og spill.

Mega bra

brusco

brusco reviewed v6.1.0.1 on Jan 4, 2007

perfect tool for "backing up" dvd movies. heh!

RaGhul

RaGhul reviewed v6.1.0.1 on Jan 3, 2007

Great app. The only one I use for removing CSS protection.

Much easier and more stable than "Region-Free", ratDVD, and DVD43.

Just one gripe:
The practically 'daily' updates!! Geez, guys. Maybe they could have an update engine that works like an antivirus app, instead of having to download the whole thing again. That would be less-annoying, wouldn't it?

Someone reviewed v6.1.0.0 on Dec 27, 2006

Perfect peace of software.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.1.0.0 on Dec 26, 2006

Something seldom mentioned is that SlySoft gives Lifetime licenses to its products. Yea, they're expensive, but when you finally get the extra cash, that's a good bargain over the life of the product.

kronix2

kronix2 reviewed v6.1.0.0 on Dec 26, 2006

AnyDVD saves you a lot of grief by stripping copy protection transparently (on-the-fly), letting you use your DVDs as if they have no copy protection. Besides ripping, it lets you perform prohibited actions such as skipping adverts and FBI warnings. Updates are very frequent, as well.

One of the few commercial apps worth paying for. I'm not aware of any free program which strips protection on-the-fly, let alone having the other features of AnyDVD.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 24, 2006

Simply splendid! I just bought it today with $5.00 - A Christmas promo that ends today - off the current price. This software increases to USD $49.00 coming January.

cowticket

cowticket reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 23, 2006

This program is like fine wine it gets better with age, and it is the standard.

rpatel09

rpatel09 reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 22, 2006

AMAZING

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 22, 2006

Nothing better than a utility that just works like it's supposed to. Like WinRAR, AutoHotkey, or Unlocker, AnyDVD takes the pain away, and as many have said: it's worth its registration cost when you add CloneDVD to it.

boaz

boaz reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 22, 2006

Great program, does the job very well.

I know, these updates are a pain, but they are necessary to keep up with the latest protections.

nms04

nms04 reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 22, 2006

nice release! but u could finaly update the screenshot, anydvd doesn't look like that (not even a lil bit) :D

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 22, 2006

Superb utility. None comes even close.

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 21, 2006

SlySoft is the very BEST when it comes to updating software/drivers of this kind. Simply the BEST out there! Keep up the GREAT work guys! A Dedicated/Lifetime AnyDvd user!

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 21, 2006

unstoppable baby!

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.9.9 on Dec 21, 2006

It didn't take long for them to fix a bug I reported. Not many companies that I know act so fast. Thank you Slysoft.

Lawrence01

Lawrence01 reviewed v6.0.9.8 on Dec 21, 2006

I like anydvd, it's so "purdy" compared to the others and worth every red cent.

bolmedias

bolmedias reviewed v6.0.9.8 on Dec 21, 2006

It's managed to decrypt every DVD I've thrown at it so far. It's brilliant.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.0.9.7 on Dec 17, 2006

Allthough not free, AnyDVD is still the best.

BruddaMan

BruddaMan reviewed v6.0.9.7 on Dec 17, 2006

Ripit4me and DVDFAB Decrypter are free. Both work as good or better than Anydvd. I see no reason to pay for Anydvd if you don't want to.

Yes, the price is going to $49 in January, which makes it even harder to justify buying Anydvd over Ripit4me and DVDFAB Decrypter.

Since Ripit4me and DVDFAB Decrypter remain free and are updated constantly to work with all the latest DVD releases, Anydvd doesn't have any advantages worth noting.

I would not advise anyone to buy Anydvd.

But, if you already own Anydvd, it is good to see all the updates. It looks like they are working hard to keep up with the latest releases so people who own Anydvd are getting good service. People who bought it are getting their money worth.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.9.7 on Dec 17, 2006

It definately is worth it. Magic DVD Ripper isn't even in the same league as AnyDVD. They both decrypt but in two totally different ways. Thus, they can have different features.

I am using this version and haven't had any problem. I've never had a problem. Actually once where a DVD didn't have protection but AnyDVD reported it did. It was fixed in the next update which if I remember correctly was two days later.

AnyDVD isn't perfect. No program is. But for what it is, it is one hell of a program. What I don't get is why you keep complaining about this. Have you ever tried working with the support team or post on the forum and fix it?

The new releases for DVDFab Decrypter, RipIt4Me and AnyDVD are about the same when it comes to cracking the new copy-protections.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.9.7 on Dec 16, 2006

It'll be $49 this January. Not worth it at all. Heck, even Magic DVD Ripper works better and is only $34.97.

This thing is a rip-off, and since 6082, has been buggier than hell.

Some of you Slysoft fanboys won't even acknowledge flaws in the app. Be honest and realize that this thing ain't perfect.

Not only that, but DVDFab Decrypter and RipIt4Me usually come out with fixes for new disks much faster than AnyDVD does. Slysoft is slow to react more often than not.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v6.0.9.7 on Dec 15, 2006

Excellent product! Timely updates and quick bug fixes.

It always seems like SlySoft releases updates to handle new protections before their competitors do. Hmmm... Guess that would be another plus, wouldn't it.

DudeBoyz: There's a bit that Magic DVD Ripper cannot do that AnyDVD does... (1) Removes features such as forced subtitles and warnings, (2) Decrypts without the need to save the data onto your hard-disk, (3) Decrypts 'on the fly', (4) Prevents automatic launching of 'PC-friendly' software on video DVDs, (5) Works transparently for the operating system: DVDs can be shared over the network and copied with the command prompt or with Windows Explorer, etc, (6) Features AnyCDDA: play, copy and rip protected audio CDs.

I'm an AnyDVD supporter because I've used it a long time and maybe one time had a problem which they quickly fixed. I go with what works for me. I haven't been let down. I always love seeing "fanboy" and other subtle or not-so-subtle insults injected into a simple thread where people show their like and appreciation for an application. Personally, I stop paying attention to someone's opinion once they've used the "fanboy" card. So, good luck with whatever you like but at least I don't have to insult you.

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.9.6 on Dec 13, 2006

This software/driver is on Top of things. It is the only emulator I will ever use. Highly recommended, keep up the GREAT work SlySoft!

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.0.9.6 on Dec 13, 2006

Not in the same league, and as usual, tired of the adolescent trolling — it's $40, not $50.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.9.6 on Dec 13, 2006

It's just not worth the $50. DVDFab Decrypter handles DVD's and it's free.

mtnsteve

mtnsteve reviewed v6.0.9.5 on Dec 12, 2006

Simple....it works.

I just bought my key after trying it out for a couple weeks. Highly recommended.

Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v6.0.9.5 on Dec 11, 2006

One of the few softwares I can sincerely say "the best of its kind"

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.0.9.5 on Dec 11, 2006

Anyone else noticed the cool Xmas discount SlySoft is offering buyers during December? Pretty cool.

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.9.5 on Dec 11, 2006

DVD43 can not compete with AnyDvd, even is DVD43 were still updated. This is the BEST software/driver that has ever been created. I love it, works like a charm everytime for me. Keep up the great work SlySoft!

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.9.2 on Dec 11, 2006

@rabit
DVD43 is not developed any more and thus, cannot break the latest protections. It is also very unstable. And of course it needs to be installed, I don't know where you got the idea that it didn't?!

@DudeBoyz
Everyone seems to have ripped Da Vinci Code fine. If you still have problems with it try reporting it to Slysoft. Read this thread: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=182650. Specifically the last link in the first post. It would be better instead of whinging about it not working.

They are raising the prices to help with all the work + money put in to make it compatible with 64 bit and get Vista drivers signed etc. For someone who has already bought the program, I don't really mind. Have you?

rabit

rabit reviewed v6.0.9.2 on Dec 10, 2006

Handy little utility, installs and disables CSS encryption in the background, plenty of options. They have to be kidding if they're going to charge $49 for this, though. DVD43 is free alternative that doesn't even have to be installed, simply run it when you need it.

http://www.afterdawn.com...e/dvd_rippers/dvd43.cfm

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.0.9.2 on Dec 9, 2006

Hahaha, Point Zero is a ****.
If you're going to crack it don't winge about it when the crack no longer works.
Just look for the new one (which is bound to be out already).
The guy does deserve the money for the programme as it works very, very well.

This version works for all the titles I've tried to rip with it thus far.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.9.2 on Dec 9, 2006

Hey, it's not right to pirate this thing. If you use it, you should PAY for it.

That said, 6.0.9.2 still has an error with DaVinci code - nukes an IFO by mistake that it should leave in tact.

PLUS - they are raising the price to $49 effective January 2007. Extra lame.

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.0.9.2 on Dec 9, 2006

WTF! The crack don't work anymore ! That means a 1 !

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.9.2 on Dec 8, 2006

Simply the best! Keep up the great work SlySoft!

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.9.0 on Dec 3, 2006

DudeBoyz, I hope you have paid for this software. Reading over your past posts I feel as though you've done the nasty. Just a feeling...

I also hope you report these bugs to the Slysoft team so they can fix them instead of just complaining about it.

As always, a 5.

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.9.0 on Dec 2, 2006

I can say that I did purchase mine through SlySoft w/ a discount. I send in all error reports about any bugs that I may encounter while using the driver. I can't vouch for everyone else, but I hope everyone will send the error reports to SlySoft so they may take a look at it & try to correct it. Good Luck All!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.9.0 on Dec 2, 2006

Don't worry, I've paid the price for AnyDVD. I only wish it worked well on my system. Spending money then having it stop working is hard to swallow.

Specifics - cannot drag and drop latest movies and be able to open them in DVD Shrink. Can open DVD Shrink and load movies, but if I do a full backup instead of a reauthor, it only has a 50% sucess rate, and I can't find a pattern. If I reauthor it will crash out one out of 3 or 4 times. Did a fresh install of XP Home and it still didn't work consistently or reliably.

Intel chipset, Pentium 4, 1 gig of RAM.

The 6.0.9.0 version is final, but still crashes.

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v6.0.9.0 on Dec 1, 2006

Still working great. Still the best for me.

The writer of the caption is dyslexic though:
"RPC (Region Code Protected)" Shouldn't that be RCP?

vibes

vibes reviewed v6.0.9.0 Beta on Dec 1, 2006

This is not a beta it is listed on their website as the latest download.

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.9.0 Beta on Dec 1, 2006

SlySoft is the BEST company to produce this kind of driver period. I have used AnyDvd since the first release & sure there have been a few bugs & minor pains with older versions. However I can tell you this, AnyDvd has never & I mean never not done the job it claims it can do. I have backed-up & backed-up my originals with AnyDvd & DVD Shrink. I Think you need to take a look at your system dude. Keep up the GREAT work SlySoft!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.9.0 Beta on Dec 1, 2006

This seems back on track. Backed up DaVinci code no problem with AnyDVD 6.0.9.0 running and using DVD Shrink to read in the DVD and back it up to a folder on the hard drive using Re-Author.

But other testing gave bad results. Using the DVD Rip function, it indicated it finished successfully but I was unable to open the VIDEO_TS folder with DVD Shrink.

$39 for this? Please. How can you ask new customers to pay $39 for a hardly-working product when free alternatives do work properly, though differently.

Terumo

Terumo reviewed v6.0.9.0 Beta on Dec 1, 2006

Har brukt any dvd i noen år nå, og er svært fornøyd med det programmet.
Det kan jeg anbefale til alle.

Terumo

Imperceptible

Imperceptible reviewed v6.0.8.9 Beta on Nov 30, 2006

Best in it's class. Have never had a single problem. Does the job well.

cowticket

cowticket reviewed v6.0.8.9 Beta on Nov 30, 2006

For what this software does... this is as good as it gets folks.

Terumo

Terumo reviewed v6.0.8.9 Beta on Nov 30, 2006

Meget bra program.
Har brukt det ei stund nå, og har ikke hatt noen form for problemer med det.

Terumo

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.8.9 Beta on Nov 29, 2006

Simply the BEST! I have been using this little driver for a long time now & never had a problem to date! Keep up the GREAT work SlySoft!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.8.5 on Nov 21, 2006

This version having issues with Click and DaVinci code, and is causing lockups.

I reloaded a "from scratch" ghost image of a basic install and it still causes issues.

Looks like more testing is needed on this 85 version. The 82 version works better it seems.

BTW, RipIt4Me, which is a front end for DVD Decrypter that handles all the newer forms of protections, is handing DaVinci no problem, though I have not yet tried it with Click.

The big 3 programs, AnyDVD, DVDFab Decrypter and now RipIt4Me (as a front-end for DVD Decrypter and FixVTS) seem to be in rotation - one or two can handle some protections that the other one or two can't at any given time, but that can change quickly with the constant updates.

So, I recommend trying the others when one doesn't work. One week it may be AnyDVD that handles new releases best, another it may be RipIt4Me or DVDFab Decrypter.

I'll keep testing and adjust the score as appropriate should things change.

BTW, one of the frustrating parts about AnyDVD is that you end up paying $40 for it but other free alternatives sometimes do a better job. But I guess those are the breaks.

stopbuggingme

stopbuggingme reviewed v6.0.8.2 on Nov 9, 2006

it simply does what it claims - perfect

@x-ray:
dvdshrink doesn't remove current protections.
dvdshrink was stopped being developed.
the developer now works for ahead (nero).
The new name of the dvdshrink engine is nero recode,
but for sure ahead doesn`t want to remove copy protections. thats why you need anydvd...

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.8.2 on Oct 25, 2006

@x-ray
There are some copy-protections DVD-Shrink can't remove. But I suppose you already know that because you know so much about DVD copying?

bubbs

bubbs reviewed v6.0.8.2 on Oct 24, 2006

@Blaxima
"Why are people comparing this to DVD RIPPING programs?!?!?!"

Right Click on the system tray icon - select the option "Rip Video-DVD to Hard Disk"...

I think ballyhairs comment was referring to this function not generating an ISO or similar. Not sure why - the output from this RIP is perfect for cloneDVD2 or ShrinkDVD.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v6.0.8.2 on Oct 23, 2006

Why are people comparing this to DVD RIPPING programs?!?!?!

THIS IS A DECRYPTER and the best one of its kind that I've used. Besides the other programs mentioned wont rip (most)DVD's without this running.

Has been and still is an excellent program
5+*

x-ray

x-ray reviewed v6.0.8.2 on Oct 23, 2006

I've only use 2 programs, Nero and Dvdshrink, it can it all.... Rip and burn

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.8.0 on Oct 12, 2006

@ballyhairs
It's just a decrypter. Use a great program like ImgBurn if you want to do that or one of Slysofts other programs.

ballyhairs

ballyhairs reviewed v6.0.8.0 on Oct 11, 2006

I will give it more than this when I can have the output as image file.
Oh well....

cowticket

cowticket reviewed v6.0.8.0 on Oct 11, 2006

Still the top DOG! this is as good as it gets for what it does.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.7.0 on Oct 8, 2006

6.0.8.0, 2006 10 08
- New: Added support for the "Protect DVD-Video" copy protection
to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
- New: UDF filesystem patch. With the help of AnyDVD DVDs protected
with "Protect DVD-Video" can now be played on Windows MCE 2005,
with Windows Media player or Zoom Player.
Without AnyDVD these DVDs will not play correctly on PCs.
- New: Added fix for DVDs with wrong title set search tables.
These DVDs caused CloneDVD / CloneDVD mobile to skip parts of the
movie. We are not sure if this is the lame attempt of a copy
protection, or an unintentional mastering error.
- New: Improved support for the FluxDVD protection found on DVDs
created from downloads from CinemaNow (needs CloneCD, CloneDVD
2.9.0.1 or better or CloneDVD mobile 1.1.1.0 or better to make
a copy)
- New: Added support for new versions of the SONY Arccos protection
to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
- New: Added check to the "Jump directly to Tile Menu" function,
so the player won't deadlock
- Fix: Title sets with program chains without programs/cells caused
AnyDVD to crash
- Some minor fixes and improvements

A new update. It looks like a great one!

RaGhul

RaGhul reviewed v6.0.7.0 on Oct 5, 2006

Yeah, I agree.

This app gets updated almost as often as my antivirus, but I think it's necessary to handle all the new DRM's, which CONSTANTLY get modified.

Still, easily the best. Beats DVD43, RegionFree, etc. hands down.

zridling

zridling reviewed v6.0.7.0 on Sep 26, 2006

Or heck, just wait till tomorrow and the next update will be out.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.7.0 on Sep 25, 2006

Little bit concerned about the latest tweaks. Seems to be causing hiccups that were not previously there. Lockups and such.

I have actually had better luck as of late with DVDFab Decrypter (free version) in terms of simple ripping to the hard drive for later processing with other programs. Or using RipIt4Me and FixVTS with DVD Decrypter.

Earlier versions of AnyDVD seem to be more stable and have less conflicts. I hope they will be able to get it figured out.

I guess I could just load AnyDVD, rip the disk to the hard drive sans protection, then unload AnyDVD and run the other apps after the reboot. It is just a bit inconvenient to do that is all.

adamlau

adamlau reviewed v6.0.6.3 on Sep 23, 2006

Performs as advertised. Couple with any of the popular DVD builder packages (Nero Recode, DVD Shrink, DVD-RB, and DVD2one, amongst others) for a copy well done. Recommended over DVD43.

Someone reviewed v6.0.6.3 on Sep 22, 2006

awesome program!
lol @ stisev i guess his tin foil hat is on too tight...

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 18, 2006

This is one fine piece of work. I am so glad I bought this. It's sad that it is in reach of incompetent dumb arses. stisev, stick to your lego stisev.

Esskie

Esskie reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 18, 2006

Having been an AnyDVD user for quite some time now I have to say it's a top-notch application and is well up there in my top-10 DVD ripping applications.

I haven't used v6.0.6.1 yet as I prefer to manually update as opposed to auto-update all my software therefore am still using v5.9.6.1 which does all I ask of it.
I'm a firm believer of the saying "If it ain't broke then don't fix it!" thus the reason I'm still using 5.9.6.1.

I have downloaded 6.0.6.1 though and intend to give it a bash on one of my other systems.

If you are looking for an this type of application then I would strongly advise anyone to try AnyDVD and give it a chance at least.

I give it 5 out of 5 for functionality and ease of use.

A happy & contented AnyDVD user,
Regards, Esskie.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 17, 2006

With development of DVD43 stopped due to new laws passed in the developers country, this is the only game left in town, it seems.

I'm a bit worried that it may end up trying to become an "all-in-one" tool instead of just sticking to what it does best, but it does work well in allowing certain disks to be decrypted.

I use it with DVD Decrypter for those new protections that Decrypter cannot handle on its own and simply rip the DVD to the hard drive. Once that is done, protection removed, I unload AnyDVD from memory and process the video as needed with either DVD Decrypter or DVD Shrink. If I encounter another disk I want to backup that requires AnyDVD in order to be read, I simply repeat the process. Load AnyDVD, rip what I need to the HD, unload AnyDVD and proceed.

$39 is a bit high I guess, but that is a minor quibble. Especially since you get free lifetime upgrades on the software. Hopefully they won't ever renege on this like the folks did with WinZIP when they sold out and version 10 was produced.

As for the "Phone Home" stuff - I'm not sure there is a real issue. Perhaps people backing up DVD's they don't actually own are a bit "paranoid" in the first place, or perhaps they are not using a paid-for, registered copy of AnyDVD? Whichever, it would seem that legit buyers of AnyDVD have nothing to worry about. Besides, you can always turn off the "Auto Update" like feature anyway, no?

wuffzack

wuffzack reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 17, 2006

@stisev
Hello, wake up!
AnyDVD doesn't use the zepter registry entry any more for a long time. So your comment is very wrong for this version and shows that you haven't tried it.

masso4321

masso4321 reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 17, 2006

x stisev
It's a siking behaviour accusing a software to be a mallaware rootkit without even knowing what is a rootkit.
The anydvd's hidden device driver is used to bypass the protections of a dvd unit in the same manner daemon tools and alchool do emulating a dvd unit.
Anydvd contacts an internet site if the options of checking automatically updates is activated and in that case only (every one of us with a firewall can check this as i checked).
The Zepster registry voices are completely legitimate:they are linked with the shareware licence protection used by anydvd.

The forum posts you used as proof seem me just posts of confused and ignorant people about arguments they are trying to put in evidence without informing themselves a lot with an adequate search.The same mistake you did too.

stisev

stisev reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 17, 2006

@@@@@@ ROOTKIT WARNING @@@@@@@@@

This is a great piece of software spoiled by the company that forcibly installs licensing Zepter Software rootkits on all systems. Removing the item doesn't help, as the program re-installs it.

Avoid this program like the plague and contact SkySoft here: http://www.slysoft.com/en/contact.html

For rootkit confirmation, see here:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=109902
http://forum.tweakxp.com...m/Topic198263-28-1.aspx
http://forum.sysinternal...s.asp?TID=4715&PN=2

gate1975mlm

gate1975mlm reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 16, 2006

JeremyP buy it and you problem is fixed!

A+ for AnyDVD

JeremyP

JeremyP reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 16, 2006

Hmmm. Installed it, rebooted, only to be told that it had expired.

Next ...

JP

boaz

boaz reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 15, 2006

The best decrypter out there. It's great because it does the decrypting on-the-fly. Has never failed me yet. I use it with CloneDVD & DVD Shrink (when disc splitting needed). Hats off to the author, for keeping the program updated, so it works with the latest encryptions.

potat4o

potat4o reviewed v6.0.6.1 on Sep 15, 2006

Best in it's class
It may seem expensive but it has free lifetime updates.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.5.1 on Sep 10, 2006

Beats every kind of protection I've thrown at it.

DetroitBaseball

DetroitBaseball reviewed v6.0.5.1 on Sep 5, 2006

Does just what it says, 5/5. Best software out there for removing all kinds of protection.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.0.5.1 on Sep 5, 2006

ditto

nms04

nms04 reviewed v6.0.5.0 on Aug 20, 2006

AnyDVD + CloneDVD = The Best Way To BackUp your Movies! I haven't seen a DVD so far i wasn't able to backup / copy or whatever ...

Point Zero

Point Zero reviewed v6.0.5.0 on Aug 19, 2006

Just great.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.0.4.5 on Aug 2, 2006

nice

toddsnc

toddsnc reviewed v6.0.4.5 on Aug 2, 2006

To Kubla_Khan: Running AnyDVD and CloneDVD under Parallels on a MacBook worked fine. The model # of the drive in the MacBook is MATs***A DVD-R UJ-857. IDK if that is what you want to know.

wat0114

wat0114 reviewed v6.0.4.2 on Jul 30, 2006

AnyDVD + DVDShrink = A match made in DVD-copy-heaven! This software is a seamless spectacle of beauty. Simple. Intuitive. Effective.

Kubla_Khan

Kubla_Khan reviewed v6.0.4.2 on Jul 30, 2006

Does anyone know if AnyDVD supports the Matisha drives that come with the new MacBook Pro computers? Is AnyDVD able to make these drives region free?

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v6.0.4.2 on Jul 30, 2006

wicket

wicket reviewed v6.0.3.1 on Jul 17, 2006

Use AnyDVD, dvd shrink and dvd decrypter together! I don't think there is any movie AnyDVD cannot handle!! I love this software!!
6.0.3.1 is out, so get it!!

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.3.1 on Jul 14, 2006

Keeps getting better & better! The guys at SlySoft really know what they are doing. I have been using this program for a loooong time & it has never failed me. Works great w/ DVD Shrink. Keep up the AWESOME work guys!

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v6.0.3.1 on Jul 14, 2006

The best program I have used for decrypting DVD's. Works great with it's sister program " Elby's CloneDVD"!

The author put's out betas when he's trying to get the program to work on some newer copy protections that have emerged. That's what I love about this program, the author keeps on top of things.

I'm glad he updates it frequently. It's shows the program is still alive!

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.3.1 on Jul 14, 2006

BETA doesn't mean 'better' lol. Great update Slysoft. I have to say, I am so happy I bought this program.

iLLz

iLLz reviewed v6.0.3.1 on Jul 13, 2006

Couldn't live without it. Who could? I have never had any issues with it, very stable and does its job very well. 5/5

wicket

wicket reviewed v6.0.2.1 Beta on Jul 4, 2006

DVD43 does not do the same job as AnyDVD!DVD43 kept freezing up while trying to copy a cetain disney movie. AnyDVD did the job! Great decrypter!! By the way, what's the real difference between the beta and other version? Which one is better?

controler

controler reviewed v6.0.2.1 Beta on Jul 1, 2006

I am a current paid owner of AnyDVD and what I am wondering is why is this a Beta when he releases new version about every other week?

Is there something different aboutthis version that makes it Beta?

controler

stopbuggingme

stopbuggingme reviewed v6.0.2.1 Beta on Jun 30, 2006

Simply the best on the market.
I hope they will always be one step ahead...

Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v6.0.2.1 Beta on Jun 29, 2006

I hate morons that review great software and give them 1s...

pwned32

pwned32 reviewed v6.0.2.1 Beta on Jun 29, 2006

bobis2cool - thats becuase you have to restart your computer afer installing for it to see your drive. and if you do that and it still doesnt work youve got other problems

bobis2cool

bobis2cool reviewed v6.0.1.1 on Jun 17, 2006

Don't be fooled by the other reviews like I was, this product is a waste of download time and disk drive space, wouldn't even recognize my DVD Drive.

dwby

dwby reviewed v6.0.1.1 on Jun 12, 2006

One of the few programs on the net which is a must buy! Best money spent I think! My only fear is if they stop making this wonderful product!!!

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v6.0.1.1 on Jun 9, 2006

Simply put....AWESOME!

thezelda

thezelda reviewed v6.0.0.4 on Jun 8, 2006

This thing is incredible. Awesome software.

chimpypimpy

chimpypimpy reviewed v6.0.0.4 on Jun 7, 2006

No more null regkey - now it gets a 5 again, the rating it deserves!

A must-have program.

shrink57

shrink57 reviewed v5.9.6.3 on Jun 3, 2006

I have been using this program for about a year and never even realize it is running. It just works. Now that is the sign of great software!

ripfuel

ripfuel reviewed v5.9.6.3 on Jun 2, 2006

Great...No..."AWESOME" Software. Don't complain about the updates dude, this keeps the clock ticking when it comes to getting around the newer copy protections. SlySoft knows exactly what they are doing. BEST software of it's kind! Keep up the good work! Thanks!!

paulm

paulm reviewed v5.9.6.3 on Jun 2, 2006

Great programme! Only complaint. I'm forever updating it! ;-)

Gehenna

Gehenna reviewed v5.9.6.3 on Jun 2, 2006

The slysoft team relentlessly keep pace with anything new that appears the protection front.

The program works SO well,i kinda forget it`s their.

It`s only when i put a DVD into my normal dvd player,and have to wade through all the crap,just to get the film.

Well worth the asking price.

felix

felix reviewed v5.9.6.1 on May 15, 2006

Tried for the first time the other day. Works fine for me! :-)

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v5.9.6.1 on May 14, 2006

So you gave it a 1 because it added a key to your registry?!? The key is used to keep track of the program when it's unregistered. This isn't new.

Great program and definitely worth a 5.

dvferret

dvferret reviewed v5.9.6.1 on May 14, 2006

Heck, make it source code, then we can build on the program and make it even better.

Jimmy_Tsatsos

Jimmy_Tsatsos reviewed v5.9.6.1 on May 14, 2006

This program is simply the best DVD decrypter!!!

chimpypimpy

chimpypimpy reviewed v5.9.6.1 on May 13, 2006

A great program... BUT
now adds a registry entry called Zepter. Just try to remove it. ;)

Download regdelnull from Sysinternals website and use this command:
regdelnull hku -s
to remove it.

DetroitBaseball

DetroitBaseball reviewed v5.9.6.1 on May 13, 2006

I cannot get this program to decrypt any DVD at all. I have tried 4 DVD's, and everytime it says emulating RPC drive 2 with region 1 for hours, making no apparent progress.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v5.9.6.1 on May 13, 2006

This is the best decrypter I have used. Does it's thing on the fly. I use it with Elby CloneDVD, DVD Shrink, or Nero Recode, and it works perfectly.

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v5.9.6.0 on Apr 29, 2006

Works great and Reg Key works too ;)

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v5.9.6.0 on Apr 28, 2006

5 all the way. Frequent updates to stay up to date with latest encryptions and fixes. Turns any disk mastering software into its own on click solution.

wanderer2005

wanderer2005 reviewed v5.9.6.0 on Apr 28, 2006

AnyDVD is an incredible piece of software. Its fast and efficient. The interface is clean and easy to use. AnyDVD decrypts copy protected DVDs. In order to recode, you'll need the companion CloneDVD. Thankfully, CloneDVD has a 21 day trial period as well. If you have Nero or Roxio then you don't need CloneDVD. I've used Nero's Recode to condense the video files without any problems. Important, DVD43 conflicts with AnyDVD. You have to uninstall DVD43 before installing AnyDVD. I concur with others. This is one piece of software I'm willing to pay for.

dwby

dwby reviewed v5.9.5.6 on Apr 23, 2006

I have finally bought this program. I think it is one of the few programs on the net which deserve to be paid for. It's just amazing.

I just wish I had more DVDs to back up so I could use it more often :P

btw, there is a new version out: 5.9.5.7

CyberDog

CyberDog reviewed v5.9.5.6 on Apr 20, 2006

I just love it. You know when you buy a program and after using it for awhile you just feel really good about your investment? This is one of those programs.

-Updates are frequent and keep the program on the cutting edge. There's no pressure to update to each version if you don't want to.
-It's light and doesn't burden the system even if left to run.
-Transparent operation lets you use any DVD/CD application you want to copy/rip/remaster... freedom you don't get with any other program I know of.
-It's NOT BLOATED...something that seems more and more rare today. Does what it's meant to do and doesn't try to do more than that.
-Options/Settings provide a clean, simple, and effective interface.
-Stable, never caused any problems.
-It just works.

5+/5, keep up the good work!

controler

controler reviewed v5.9.5.6 on Apr 13, 2006

Hello

Great program with good support.
I have a suggestion though.
If it were possiable, I would like to see CloneCD &
AnyDVD combined. AS it is, you need AnyDVD for DVD and audio CD's and Clone CD for video CD's

controler

stisev

stisev reviewed v5.9.5.6 on Apr 12, 2006

Make sure you're going to the correct site. Slysoft is legit

bolzi

bolzi reviewed v5.9.5.6 on Apr 12, 2006

I want to buy this program - it definitely rocks - but I find it unusual that they ask for my credit card security code and country and name of issuing bank. This seems suspicious. Did this worry anyone else?

Bagobie

Bagobie reviewed v5.9.5.3 on Apr 6, 2006

Many people voting a 1 don't realize WHAT THIS SOFTWARE IS INTENDED FOR. It's not a DVD ripper, it's not an audio ripper, and NO, none of those freebees have all the functions this has. Do your homework before you flame on s*** that you don't know what the **** you're talking about.
In my opinion, the best copy-protection removal software out there, and it's also continually updated.

QBgreen

QBgreen reviewed v5.9.5.3 on Apr 6, 2006

It's so good at what it does, it deserves another "5"! Pays for itself, if you know what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink!

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v5.9.5.3 on Apr 5, 2006

"The Best"

Edpaul

Edpaul reviewed v5.9.5.2 on Apr 5, 2006

Just the greatest. And it's so trivial to upgrade to a new version. And that version is always being improved.

It's too bad a few people lowered its rating on here. Forget the 4.5 overall rating. It's a definite "5".

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v5.9.5.2 on Apr 4, 2006

v5.9.5.3 is out. Yet another wonderful release. Even though they do let bugs through now and then they almost always fix them immediately.

5.9.5.3, 2006 04 04
- Fix: Bug introduced in 5.9.5.2, on some DVDs title sets could be accidently deleted (AnyDVD mistook them as decoys from the newest SONY ArccoS protections)
- Updated languages

bokhylla

bokhylla reviewed v5.9.4.1 on Mar 27, 2006

It works fantastic! Just click on the icon and then copy! Björn Lundahl, Gothenburg, Sweden

Jimmy_Tsatsos

Jimmy_Tsatsos reviewed v5.9.4.1 on Mar 2, 2006

Very good program!!!

Like it sooooooooo much.-

ogman

ogman reviewed v5.9.4.1 on Feb 26, 2006

About as close to perfect as software gets.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.9.4.1 on Feb 25, 2006

yay!

paulm

paulm reviewed v5.9.4.1 on Feb 25, 2006

Great little programme. My only criticism, which won't gel with many, is that it is updated too often. I'm the type of user who can't help but download the latest version, and I'm getting tired of installing a new version every few days or week or two. Great for those wishing to copy the obscure titles many of these fixes are for, and great for those trying to keep one step ahead (or behind?) Sony's encryption.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v5.9.3.1 on Feb 25, 2006

Yeah it already downloads it. lol

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.9.3.1 on Feb 24, 2006

5941 is already out :-) check slysoft homepage

Don Juan

Don Juan reviewed v5.9.2.1 on Feb 21, 2006

Great piece of software. Always up to date, always works.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v5.9.2.1 on Feb 21, 2006

The best "on the fly" decrypter. Sure, there are free ones out there, but the don not compare!

xeonox

xeonox reviewed v5.9.1.1 on Feb 16, 2006

LoL, elopez17, dont complain about the program and give it a low rating if you have been modifying the program.

Im reporting you to slysoft!

mentallo666

mentallo666 reviewed v5.9.1.1 on Feb 16, 2006

"Finally They Updated This"? Slysoft brings out new betas all the time. Sometimes even 2 a week.

Best Program for what it does.

Bixente

Bixente reviewed v5.9.1.1 on Feb 16, 2006

a gem !

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v5.9.1.1 on Feb 15, 2006

elopez17, contact Slysoft about the problem. I'm sure they'll track it down and resolve it.

As for me, 5.9.1.1 has worked without a hitch thus far. I have AnyDVD start when my computer boots up and haven't experienced any problems.

AnyDVD might not be freeware and some might feel it's overpriced but considering what it does and how quickly they update it... the cost is well worth it.

elopez17

elopez17 reviewed v5.9.1.1 on Feb 15, 2006

xeonox, no I'm not modifying my copy, or in other words use a crack, this is a register version
rotjong, thanks no need, I found what was my problem and is related to and old problem I have with NERO 7, still creating me problems with Clonedvd and now with Anydvd.

I just uninstall my old beta version of Anydvd and do a clean install and problem solve.
I just discarded NERO 7 and use my best NERO 6.6.0.16 for my

xeonox, this is one of the best program in the market I'm glad the $$$$$$ I invest, 5 is a low rating for this program this is a 10+

chimpypimpy

chimpypimpy reviewed v5.9.1.1 on Feb 15, 2006

Finally they updated this. ;)

cowticket

cowticket reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 6, 2006

Still the best there is.

pc.pain

pc.pain reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 5, 2006

Perfect!

ogman

ogman reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 5, 2006

Some software is worth paying for, and this is a prime example! Flawless function and constant updates make this the best software of it's kind.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 5, 2006

yay!

bakura

bakura reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 4, 2006

You get what you pay for, and this program is worth every dime!

In addition to the obvious uses for this program, it also allows me to play DVDs on my Media Center PC to output to my television. Without AnyDVD running, some movies block you from being able to play back movies on anything other than a PC monitor.

freegoo

freegoo reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 4, 2006

"Software should be free".

How about you take the time to develop, update, and support a product like this - then you shall have the right to determine what's a valid price point.

Anyway, this program is awesome. It works on everything out there and doesn't require a time consuming decryption step. Price seem high? Free upgrades with constant updates justifies the cost in my opinion. If it's not worth it to you, it's a free market. In my opinion though, I'd prefer a program with a higher initial cost that offers free upgrades over something they seems cheaper but nickels and dimes you to death in upgrade fees (if they even bother upgrading their product) down the road.

Anyway does what it says, and does it well. 5 Stars from the goo.

xeonox

xeonox reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 4, 2006

software could be free, so much freeware out there to do the same thing, I just could go thru NeDVD if i wanted to get copies and pay.
http://www.nedvd.com/
-a much better solotion than using anydvd

dbdigital

dbdigital reviewed v5.8.4.1 on Feb 4, 2006

Slysoft products are AMAZING!!!

AnyDVD just runs in the background and gets around 99.9% of the security codes out there AND they provide ongoing updates for newest codes. The companion product, CloneDVD, provides an array of options to customize a new copy of a DVD into either a copied set of VOB files or an ISO files.

This is the best $$ I've ever spent on DVD related software.

stisev

stisev reviewed v5.8.3.1 on Feb 1, 2006

OH. MY. GOD.

This program freakin' RULES with CloneDVD.
I can't believe I didn't know about it before!

markoX

markoX reviewed v5.8.3.1 on Jan 22, 2006

Very good program, but it could be cheaper... (for me is too expensive)

midfingr

midfingr reviewed v5.8.3.1 on Jan 22, 2006

I've been using the trial versions - want to buy this when I get the $. I was able to decode and make a backup when other ones failed; sony pictures dvd for example.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.8.3.1 on Jan 22, 2006

yay!

elopez17

elopez17 reviewed v5.8.2.1 on Jan 12, 2006

To:fcheyney

I have AMD ATHLON 64 3800 CPU with no problem

joeshmoe7

joeshmoe7 reviewed v5.8.2.1 on Jan 12, 2006

Great to see it updated for all the latest protections, still the best of them all.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.8.2.1 on Jan 11, 2006

yay!!

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.8.1.1 on Jan 8, 2006

worth the money..

i have a 1.2ghz athlon for the guy few post below

EarlyMorningHours

EarlyMorningHours reviewed v5.8.1.1 on Jan 8, 2006

It may not be free, but it gets updated rather frequently to take into account the latest protection schemes and it offers a lot of nice bonus features like drive speed control. I alway try to promote freeware and open source alternatives to commercial products, but this is one product that is so clearly at the top of it's class I don't mind dropping a little cash on it.

fcheyney

fcheyney reviewed v5.7.3.1 on Jan 5, 2006

do any of you use an athlon amd processor instead of a pentium with anydvd, and would anyone know if i would have the same results with either one?
my athlon has an operating speed of 2.2 ghz

xeonox

xeonox reviewed v5.7.3.1 on Jan 3, 2006

no its not a bug, you have to compress the dvd if its over 4.7gb unless you are using dual layer discs.

controler

controler reviewed v5.7.2.1 on Jan 1, 2006

Using it here with Roxio's Easy DVD Copy and it works great. I was using DVDDecrypter but had some sound issues.
One thing I see though is when I bring up Roxio, it says no compression needed but when I go to copy, it says the file is too big to fit on one DVD, do you want to compress.
Is this a bug?

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v5.7.2.1 on Jan 1, 2006

I've said it before, and will say it again, this is great software. I use this to back-up my DVD collection/investment. With kids it's best to let them run the backup copy, as they are very rough on the DVD's. This program is easy, and the best that I have used. I use it with DVD Shrink or Nero Recode.

Kudos to the author, who is always on top of new protections & fixing any bugs.

phil1966aus

phil1966aus reviewed v5.6.3.1 on Dec 26, 2005

Great with Nero 7 and well worth using if you want to copy/back up DVD movies

cowticket

cowticket reviewed v5.6.1.1 on Dec 7, 2005

It doesn't get any better than this. This software is perfect. This is probably the only program that deserves a find, simply because it is unmatched.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v5.6.1.1 on Nov 28, 2005

Terrific! I knew Slysoft would come through on this one. :-) Had trouble with "Madagascar", it was a real bugger.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.6.1.1 on Nov 28, 2005

oh ya ;-)

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.5.5.1 on Nov 21, 2005

tested..working great!

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.5.4.1 Final on Nov 17, 2005

silient update?

joeshmoe7

joeshmoe7 reviewed v5.5.4.1 Final on Nov 17, 2005

DVD43 made my box very unhappy. AnyDVD works like a dream. Only too bad its not free, but well worth the price.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.5.4.1 on Nov 16, 2005

5.5.4.1, 2005 11 15

- New: Added detection and removal of a new type of protection
"Chapter Jump" as found on "Kleiner König Kalle Wirsch" (German)
to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
- New: Added display of "Chapter Jump" structural protection in
AnyDVD information window
- New: Added support for a new protection as found on
"Layer Cake" R2 (Dutch) to the option to remove
"Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
- New: As DVD43 could cause system instability if installed together
with AnyDVD, it can now be automatically uninstalled, as soon as
AnyDVD is started.
- Updated languages

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v5.5.3.1 on Nov 16, 2005

This program works very well. The author constantly updates the program to accomodate new protections that come out. I have been using it since the first release.

DVD43 is ok, but it doesn't get updated very often. I believe August was the last update, and newer protections have surfaced since then.

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v5.5.1.1 on Oct 31, 2005

Nothing works as transparently as AnyDVD. And I prefer to use software that works as a driver to one that screws with APIs--which is what the others do.

The Remove annoying adverts and trailers option alone is worth the registration fee. The damnable previews and ads that get shoved in my face--before I can even get to the menu--on every commercial DVD make me almost grind my teeth into powder.

cooldude7273

cooldude7273 reviewed v5.4.4.1 on Sep 22, 2005

Like Adrian79, NO other like it! :-)

elopez17

elopez17 reviewed v5.4.3.1 on Sep 21, 2005

It ‘s true DudeBoyz that DVD43 is free and work great, but probably Adrian79 is like me I have CloneDVD and AnyDVD in the same packaged so for now all this reversion changes are free for us, but the day AnyDVD change revisions and charges new money Ill be the first one to jump to DVD43

Note: DVD43 and Nero 7 no conflicts

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.4.3.1 on Sep 21, 2005

yup, like i said... NO other like it ;-)

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v5.4.1.1 on Aug 13, 2005

No other like it?

DVD43 is very much like it, and 100% free.

That said, if you don't mind paying for it, this program will certainly get the job done. I just can't give it more than a 3 because of how it compares in value.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.4.1.1 on Aug 3, 2005

no other like it.

dougau

dougau reviewed v5.3.2.1 on Jul 14, 2005

My registration issue has been resolved, program works as advertised.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.3.2.1 on Jul 14, 2005

5.4.1.1, 2005 08 01

- New: Added support for a new protection as found on
"Vet Hard" R2 (Netherlands) to the option to remove
"Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
- New: Added AnyDVD version to information window
- Change: CSS Key Archive is now disabled by default.
- Fix: Long delay when inserting UDF packet written media
- Some minor fixes and improvements

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v5.3.1.1 on Jul 11, 2005

This program has always worked very well for me. And the author works very hard on the program, keeping it updated.

Right now there is a new protection that SONY has implemented on some DVD's. The author is trying to help the program to get around this. I commend him on this.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.3.1.1 on Jul 11, 2005

nothing does what this does...unmatched by anything anydvd is godsent :)

* Changes in 5.3.1.1:
New: Added support for a new version of the "Sony ARccOS protection" as found on "Seinfeld" R2 (German) and "Hitch" R2 (UK) to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"
* Some minor fixes and improvements

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v5.2.7.2 on Jul 7, 2005

Still wish this was free. There are other options at no cost out there. But for what it does, I guess it's cool, especially given that it is up to date enough to get past that stupid new Sony protection method.

wingo

wingo reviewed v5.2.7.2 on Jul 7, 2005

i love this program, should be included with windows in the frist place. ;-)

i want to be able to play anything that i buy on my dvd-rom. companies has forced us to buy old crap before let us pick whatever we want.

also this is well worth the money since they DO fequent updates, possible more versions than nero. =)

dougau

dougau reviewed v5.2.7.2 on Jul 7, 2005

I ordered Any DVD over a week ago, no links appeared to download the needed activation keys from and I have yet to hear back from several inquires made to them (SlySoft) about ordering problems. I received my payment number and order number as soon as the transaction completed. All inquires made to Sly Soft usinf these numbers have gone unanswered

You should be wary when purchasing this program. If I ever receive my keys I’ll update my review.

cooldude7273

cooldude7273 reviewed v5.2.6.1 on Jun 22, 2005

Worth every penny!

dougau

dougau reviewed v5.2.6.1 on Jun 21, 2005

I ordered Any DVD over a week ago, no links appeared to download the needed activation keys from and I have yet to hear back from several inquires made to them (SlySoft) about ordering problems. I received my payment number and order number as soon as the transaction completed. All inquires made to Sly Soft usinf these numbers have gone unanswered

You should be wary when purchasing this program. If I ever receive my keys I’ll update my review.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.2.6.1 on Jun 21, 2005

been inlove with this ever since 321studios got sued and stop updating "dvdxcopy platinum", thank goodness, becuase ANYDVD rules! nothing like it..should be the 8th world wonder ;)

DWolf

DWolf reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 19, 2005

Excelent Program, Easy to configure and to use, never have to worry about regions again!

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 18, 2005

AnyDVD v5.2.6.1 is out.

It looks like AnyDVD is being updated every 48 hours.

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 18, 2005

Wish this was freeware. There are freeware alternatives worth looking into.

Still, for what it does, it may be worth it for some.

ToeKneeC

ToeKneeC reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 18, 2005

This program has been great. I ordred mine 2 weeks ago and got my code within 24 hours. Make sure you don't have a junk email filter on. Even then, it seems to be 1 guy programming it all, not a huge company. The guy might just be out of town for a family thing, work or vacation.

My view is a 5 because this program allowed my Media Center 2005 to play back DVD's on my new 55 inch widescreen through the DVI cable (they would not play before AnyDVD)

dougau

dougau reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 18, 2005

I ordered Any DVD over three day’s ago, no links appeared to download the needed activation keys from and I have yet to hear back from several inquires made to them (SlySoft) about ordering problems. I received my payment number and order number as soon as the transaction completed. All inquires made to Sly Soft usinf these numbers have gone unanswered

You should be wary when purchasing this program. If I ever receive my keys I’ll update my review.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 18, 2005

Great application. But it seems every update change practically says the same thing:
"New: Added support for a new version of the "Sony ARccOS protection" as found on "Closer" R2 (German) to the option to remove "Protection based on unreadable Sectors"

SONY must have created one tough protection for the DVD's! I hope Slysoft can get it right soon.

indication

indication reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 18, 2005

I agree with Chazwazza, this software was made to be used with CloneDVD. Very powerful and up-to-date program.

Chazwazza

Chazwazza reviewed v5.2.5.1 on Jun 18, 2005

Will always be the greatest. Especially combined with CloneDVD for flawless copying.

mutara

mutara reviewed v5.2.4.2 on Jun 14, 2005

Still the best!

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v5.2.4.2 on Jun 13, 2005

What about DVD43Free 3.5.3:

http://fileforum.betanew.../DVD43Free/1118268636/1

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.2.4.2 on Jun 12, 2005

don jaun, u said it best!!

Don Juan

Don Juan reviewed v5.2.4.2 on Jun 12, 2005

There are no free alternatives to this. This is the only program of it's kind. This program decrypts the movies real time, eliminating the need to copy the original movie to your HD before recompressing it. So I'm guessing a few of the reviewers below never even tried the product. This can save a good 10-20 mins per backup, not to mention dealing with less files means you won't have to defragment nearly as often.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v5.2.4.1 on Jun 12, 2005

indespensible. if only everything was free

jacjan

jacjan reviewed v5.2.4.1 on Jun 12, 2005

I agree, there are freeware programs that does the exact same thing.

I`d rather spend those $39 on a couple of dvd`s

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v5.2.4.1 on Jun 12, 2005

Why pay $40 for this when there are free alternatives?

Jaron_au

Jaron_au reviewed v5.2.3.1 on Jun 9, 2005

DVD43Free do the same thing and it's free.

http://fileforum.betanew.../DVD43Free/1118268636/1

[deXter]

[deXter] reviewed v5.2.3.1 on Jun 5, 2005

I've checked out DVDfab- and its OK. I mean, DVDfab is more nicer for an all-in-one sorta program, but AnyDVD is more of a specialist. DVDfab doesn't have as much anti-copy-protection features as AnyDVD has; besides, AnyDVD is quite frequently updated, it works transparently- in fact, you can use your plain Windows Explorer to copy DVD movies :) And yes, that means you can also use your fav. CD/DVD program for that protected DVD- for eg, you'll be able to use Nero for DVD cloning- or even CloneCD for that matter.

(btw, The description provided here is quite an understatement. Is it possible to update the description?)

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.2.3.1 on Jun 5, 2005

great stuff!!

Chazwazza

Chazwazza reviewed v5.2.2.1 on Jun 3, 2005

Great program. Used in conjuction with CloneDVD, it's a killer mix if you like to burn movies. I give it a 5 and it deserves it.

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.1.2.1 on May 4, 2005

Download link is only providing 5111 not 5121 :(

captainahab

captainahab reviewed v5.1.1.1 on Apr 22, 2005

Great program. Use it all the time and never had a problem.

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v5.1.1.1 on Apr 22, 2005

DVD Decrypter is great at what it does, but AnyDVD does things that DVD Decrypter just isn't designed to do. To put it simply, AnyDVD is a driver and tray application that alters the way protected discs appear to all other applications on the system.

This means that all you have to do is run AnyDVD, and then use whatever other applications you want, for whatever functions you want, without worrying about intermediate ISO files, or any other inconvenient, space-wasting nonsense.

AnyDVD has some other really cool features, such as the (as-yet-imperfect) ability to automatically remove those incredibly annoying introductory advertisements that appear before you can even get to the DVD menu.

If you are another dim-witted poor boy who can't cough up the $40 to buy AnyDVD, then by all means do it the hard way instead, then come back and rate AnyDVD with a "1" in defiance. (I'm not saying there is anything wrong with using DVD Decrypter; I think it's a great application.)

By the way, the author of DVD Decrypter speaks highly of AnyDVD. Oops, don't you look foolish now?

Next time, save me the trouble by spending five seconds reading the application's description yourself, mmmkay?

dougau

dougau reviewed v5.1.0.1 on Apr 20, 2005

What’s this suppose to do that DVD Decrypter available for free at http://www.dvddecrypter.com/ won’t do for you?

All I’m saying is if you like AnyDVD, give DVD Decrypter a try and if you feel the urge to pay $39.00 for this type of software, donate half that amount to keep DVD Decrypter up to date and free instead.

alister

alister reviewed v5.0.0.0 on Apr 13, 2005

What's New:

- New: Added support for 64-bit Windows XP

- Change: ElbyCDIO rewritten from scratch to have unified drivers for 32 and 64 bit Windows Compatibility with third party IDE drivers should be improved

- Fix: Brute force CSS key cracking, fixes not correctly retrieved CSS keys with some titles and drives, causing "Clone 1" errors with CloneDVD or garbled playback.

- Some minor fixes and improvements

Alister

Adrian79

Adrian79 reviewed v5.0.0.0 on Apr 13, 2005

I stay on top of slysoft...I cant believe that I always nab there stuff zero day!

DCFooFan

DCFooFan reviewed v4.5.7.2 on Mar 19, 2005

I'm a fan of this product too - works great helping with "backing up" DVD content. I'm using the 21 day evaluation copy though and debating whether I should buy it. I haven't had to have it resident too many times but when I needed it, it worked great. Any one have an opinion on the pay for package?

As for Raven Sati and CD copying, AnyDVD lists that feature on it's page (at least for v4612 on the SlySoft website). I don't know if that works or not but it explains Raven giving feedback on the item.

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v4.5.7.1 Beta on Feb 1, 2005

the program works just fine and does exactly what it says it does.

Raven seti:
Still crap - tried it on three different audio cd's and it wouldn't rip any of them. Plus no way to set desired bitrate even if it would.

Call it "tricky-ware", developed by morons.

A zero rating would be too much for this BS

You're the moron. Complete and absolute. Your review is a disgrace and you're too stupid to own a PC. This software is not designed for ripping audio CD's. It's a DVD ripper. Would you buy a paintbrush and then get pissed because there's no place to plug your headphones in? No. Do us all a favor, and stay off the reviews. You're obviously incompetent with that also.

annmariet30

annmariet30 reviewed v4.5.7.1 Beta on Feb 1, 2005

this anydvd is great. raven sati..unless i'm mistaken this thing was made for dvds, not cd. stop underating something that wasn't made for it. thats why they named it anyDVD, it works on dvds and any ripping program that rips dvds

bsr500

bsr500 reviewed v4.5.6.2 on Jan 26, 2005

Raven sati, your the moron, why would you use it for cd's?

Great program.

lion7718

lion7718 reviewed v4.5.6.2 on Jan 24, 2005

Raven Sati:
This is not a Ripping Program....AnyDVD just removes protection form DVDs & CDs...you need your own ripping program to rip & burn.

AnyDVD is a great program, simple & does what it says.

Raven Sati

Raven Sati reviewed v4.5.5.1 on Jan 18, 2005

Still crap - tried it on three different audio cd's and it wouldn't rip any of them. Plus no way to set desired bitrate even if it would.

Call it "tricky-ware", developed by morons.

A zero rating would be too much for this BS.

ariza1

ariza1 reviewed v4.5.2.1 on Jan 11, 2005

Simply the best.....and the developers keep working on it to keep it the best. Though I do agree with others, that its a bit pricy, should be $20 to $25.

MHJ

MHJ reviewed v4.5.2.1 on Jan 11, 2005

i ordered it today because there's nothing better available. No other tool i know of, also not DVDDecrypter can crack the Sony ARccOS protection type 4 or older/other except this one. The use of .pls lists with Decrypter wasn't working for me, AnyDVD does! Also this tool is able to help you copying all types of game and audio copy protections so what? simply awesome! 10 stars if i could give them

dtanderson

dtanderson reviewed v4.5.2.1 on Jan 10, 2005

AnyDVD is great. I used to use DVD Decryptor but ANYDVD decrypts on the fly.

WickedLester

WickedLester reviewed v4.5.2.1 on Jan 10, 2005

This is the best decrypter but it is just a little overpriced.

Raven Sati

Raven Sati reviewed v4.4.0.0 Beta on Jan 2, 2005

not ready for prime time - doesn't actually work with all formats - the hype is just hype

beldin

beldin reviewed v4.4.0.0 Beta on Jan 1, 2005

AnyDVD works great when it works, but it doesn't work on all DVD-drives. On their site SlySoft says it works on all drives, but when I tried the demo-version all I got was a popup that said that there's known problems with RICHO/PHILIPS DVD writers and Panasonic/Mats***a writers and readers. And that I should look for a firmware upgrade to make my drive RPC1 (e.g. region-free). I have however used it with success with other drives (hence the 3 instead of a 1). But if you consider buying AnyDVD, make sure it works with your system before you pay, because SlySoft won't refund your payment once it's made!!!!!

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v4.4.0.0 Beta on Dec 31, 2004

Generally a fine product. But the SLYSOFT company hasn't taken into account a function.
What is with people, they want test a newer UPDATE?
The version 4.3 didn't work correctly. Now the user want install the version 4.4.xx - But testing is refused because the trial period was expired. I think it is better, that SLYSOFT manage it in this form, that a new version has new 21 days testperiod without generally restrictions or function restrictions.

distinguished

distinguished reviewed v4.3.0.1 on Dec 18, 2004

Fantastic. Only minor complaint is they stop emailing newsletters to me and wont start again, even if I am a registered user. Oh well :)

darkpepe

darkpepe reviewed v4.3.0.1 on Dec 8, 2004

I'm lovin' it!
This new Sony protection is a real nasty one. No way to bypass it with DVDShrink alone. Even DVD Decrypter fails wiht that one.

Musashi_Sama

Musashi_Sama reviewed v4.3.0.1 on Dec 8, 2004

A five stars... I don't know about the others programs but this is all that you need to decript your DVDs :)

Domingo

Domingo reviewed v4.1.1.2 on Nov 22, 2004

Great program. Not sure if there are any others that work quite the same way, but it's never failed me.

Musashi_Sama

Musashi_Sama reviewed v4.1.1.2 on Nov 22, 2004

The best program for your category :) Five Stars!

swampfox

swampfox reviewed v4.1.1.2 on Nov 22, 2004

I use this program. I have 2 young children and would not even consider letting them take the original DVD's on overnights and when we travel. What kids can do to a disc is amazing. I also remove all the menus and other spam. Great Program!!

CyberHobo

CyberHobo reviewed v4.1.1.2 on Nov 21, 2004

...I see, they're smashing the gin bottles on that one too, ahh...

paulm

paulm reviewed v4.1.1.2 on Nov 21, 2004

httpd.confused wrote
"It IS illegal to defeat CSS protection in the United States"

...and most (all?) other western countries!

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v4.0.4.1 on Oct 4, 2004

A few notes, partially in response to rotjong:

* AnyDVD IS used "wrongly". Saying that it will be used to pirate DVDs does not mean that you PERSONALLY will use it for that purpose. No one was pointing a finger at you!

* It IS illegal to defeat CSS protection in the United States, per the illustrious DMCA law. I don't agree with it, I'm just stating a fact.

* I've been using AnyDVD, and it's good stuff. =)

Aires

Aires reviewed v4.0.3.5 Beta on Sep 21, 2004

You legally tell 'em rotjong. lol ;)

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v4.0.3.2 Beta on Sep 20, 2004

"so basically this program is inten[d]ed for illegal purposes...."

I'm so sick of this attitude. First of all, I know many people who do not even own a DVD player and, frankly, aren't all that interested in buying one. If they care to watch a DVD they watch it on their computer. There is nothing illegal about using AnyDVD to watch a regional DVD [that you own] when the region doesn't match your DVD drive [which has limited changes]. Secondly, I, myself, have made purchases of DVDs that would not play on my DVD player. Sad but true. But, due to the movies I had no options about the regional setting. I can't be blamed for that. I bought my DVD player because of all its options as a whole. I shouldn't even have to argue the point of buying a multi-region DVD player. I can and I will make backups of my legally paid for DVDs, with my legally paid for AnyDVD and burning software, using my legally paid for Plextor DVD burner, on my legally paid for computer system. One doesn't have to want to illegally copy movies to use this to either simply watch a regional movie on a non-region-free DVD drive or to make a non-regional DVD backup of a movie they own. It's just always assumed it will be used wrongly. Assumptions are a bad thing.

blackcherry

blackcherry reviewed v4.0.2.3 Beta on Sep 15, 2004

so basically this program is intented for illegal purposes....

and BTW, i live in Australia where you can get a standalone MultiRegion DVD player for AU$50 (about US$35).

imposeeugenics

imposeeugenics reviewed v4.0.2.3 Beta on Sep 15, 2004

blackcherry sir you seem to have nearly completely missed the intended purpose of this program. Let's take a quick look at the description above shall we?

"AnyDVD allows you to decrypt CSS encrypted DVDs on the fly. Insert your CSS- (Content Scrambling System) and RPC (Region Code Protected) - protected DVD into your DVD drive."

To summarize AnyDVD descrambles copy protected DVD's so you can, you guessed it, copy them. Now this is just a wild guess but it appears that you didn't install this program. Now stop me if I'm wrong but it seems that you simply skimmed the short description above and since you didn't understand what the term "CSS" was you keyed in on a familiar term, in this case "region code." You also managed to glimpse the price to the right and devised your most brilliant plan: why go through all of the hassle of downloading, installing, and understanding a program when I can simply use my insurmountable logic to skip right to the review. My congratulations to you on such a flawless plan.

On a side note a quick search on Froogle shows “multi-region standalone DVD player” from shady looking sites starting at USD 49.99. While the cheapest one is only ten dollars more than AnyDVD it is still more and thus refutes the claim that “you can get a multi-region standalone DVD player for less than this!!!” Research is a wonderful thing especially when it’s as easy as typing a few characters into a web browser. Have a lovely day.

Now that that is out of my system, this is an excellent program. I use it daily. I was experiencing some very annoying I/O errors a couple versions back but those have thankfully ceased and I use it along with DVD Shrink to back up my DVD’s and cut out all the other junk (read: anything other than the movie, especially the advertisements) they put on the DVD.

blackcherry

blackcherry reviewed v4.0.1.1 Beta on Sep 13, 2004

a nice idea, but who in their right minds would pay 40 dollars just to watch movies from other regions on their computer? you can get a multi-region standalone DVD player for less than this!!!

Neoprimal

Neoprimal reviewed v4.0.0.0 Beta on Sep 12, 2004

I love AnyDVD...I think it's worth the 40 bux (though it USED to be 15 when DVDXCopy was around). Anyhow, it does a crapload, unlocks your copyrighted Music CDs, Movie DVDs and Game (CDs and DVDs) so I mean, what's to really complain about? Personally I'm just a little confused on Slysoft and Elaborate Bytes who both seem to sell the exact same products but depending on who you buy from, that's where it installs to....still, same products. Slysoft sells anydvd which elby doesnt, and elby sells virtual drive or something which slysoft doesnt.

Caleb

Caleb reviewed v3.9.3.6 on Sep 7, 2004

Being overpriced is not a reason to give it a 1/5.

If you don't like the price then *cough* get a cracked ver *cough*

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v3.9.2.1 on Sep 4, 2004

I find it really ironic when people make software designed to help you overcome digital right restrictions, but at the same time demand a high price for their own product. This is pretty akin to someone charging money for keygens. AnyDVD may work well, but it's seriously overpriced, as are their other products.

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v3.9.2.1 on Jul 19, 2004

Hi christoofar, thank you for this interesting information. Now, "AnyDVD" works, but if the 'trial-period' is over and a new release/version come out, you cannot test it again.
In my case the Previous version caused program error. If you now install a new version, you cannot test it again...pitty.

christoofar

christoofar reviewed v3.9.1.1 on Jul 13, 2004

Actually, that is incorrect.
Please see info here
http://www.dvd43.com/

sjc001

sjc001 reviewed v3.9.1.1 on Jul 13, 2004

DVD43 is no longer freeware as of version 2.xx.

darkpepe

darkpepe reviewed v3.8.2.3 on Jul 1, 2004

DVD43 IS still Freeware. There is actually a rip of DVD43 that requieres registration, but that is a fake. The official version is for free (for free = 43)
Everyone willing to pay for it, go for it! This software rocks.
I will not spend a penny for things I can get for free.

protowall

protowall reviewed v3.8.2.3 on Jul 1, 2004

AnyDVD is the best. People might try to compare AnyDVD with dvddecrypter, well AnyDVD blows that free program out of the water. AnyDVD is ON THE FLY decoding, whereas dvddecrypter you have to wait for it to rip the dvd to the harddrive or iso file or whatever. Don't get me wrong, I like dvddecrypter too, but AnyDVD is a MUST have application.

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v3.8.2.3 on Jun 30, 2004

ok, galileh, moron that you are... AnyDVD is not a tool for actually performing the DVD copy process etc. It is designed to be a COMPANION to a program like CloneDVD. If you can't make that differentiation, consider returning your computer to it's place of purchase. AnyDVD does exactly what it's written to do, and it does it brilliantly. DVD43 is now not only no longer free, but when compared side by side, AnyDVD blew it away.

This wasn't the software that was taken off the shelves by court order. That was DVD X Copy... and that software sucked anyway. That one put a nag screen on all your copies that said your copy was a copy of a legally owned disk... blah blah. It was worse than the FBI nag screen on most dvd's and tapes.

MHJ

MHJ reviewed v3.8.2.3 on Jun 29, 2004

Excellent!

Stupid post here from galileh...
AnyDVD is not for copying DVD's, be sure to know what you are talking about before posting crap!

galileh

galileh reviewed v3.8.2.3 on Jun 29, 2004

Clone DVD The Best :(

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v3.8.2.2 on Jun 28, 2004

JoJo, AnyDVD and CloneCD were sold to SlySoft by Elaborate Bytes. SlySoft is located in Antigua and not controlled by the copyright laws that forced Elby to stop selling the products, themselves.

AnyDVD works beautifully as always!

Note: DVD43 is no longer freeware as of version 2.

Joco

Joco reviewed v3.8.2.2 on Jun 28, 2004

I thought there was a court order that had forbidden further sale of AnyDVD. Can anyone explain? Thanks.

bakura

bakura reviewed v3.8.2.2 on Jun 28, 2004

AnyDVD just plain works! My experience with their support team was very pleasant. Great product!

Partyboy84

Partyboy84 reviewed v3.8.1.3 on Jun 8, 2004

Hi!
I would like to ask you if this software works with standard cds too, since I would like to take a backup of a program with CloneCD but unfortunatly it won't work. Really appriciate respons!
Regards,
Christopher

darkpepe

darkpepe reviewed v3.6.2.4 on May 19, 2004

Try out DVD43, its freeware!
http://www.afterdawn.com...e/dvd_rippers/dvd43.cfm

donpacman

donpacman reviewed v3.6.2.4 on May 18, 2004

AnyDVD is a must have!

darkpepe

darkpepe reviewed v3.6.2.1 on May 17, 2004

Works like a charm, but having DVDDecrypter for free I wont pay a cent for this

WRFan

WRFan reviewed v3.5.2.1 on Feb 21, 2004

best programme whatsoever. I just miss one function - jumping directly to the movie. Without it I have to go through 1000 menues before finally the movie starts.

about the piracy accusation: my pc is connected to my videorecorder, which in turn is connected to my tv, so when watching dvds on tv the css kicks in. So am I supposed to watch dvds on the monitor? But I want to watch them on tv! I bought my dvds and I should have the right to watch them whereever I want! Anydvd gives me my rights back by switching off css and I am glad about that.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v3.3.2.1 on Jan 27, 2004

Working great so far without any problems on my system. The ease of use is one of its best qualities. AnyDVD does have competition from the likes of DVD Decrypter but it's a great product. As in response to the very typical "isn't this promoting piracy" BS line of thought... I make copies of all the DVDs I purchase, safely put the original DVDs away where they won't get damaged and only watch the copies that I made for ONLY myself and using a DVD burner I paid for along with the DVD+R that I also paid for. I began doing this after I spent a few months hunting down a DVD I needed from Europe. Unfortunately almost the day I got it... it got scratched.

Bachalor

Bachalor reviewed v3.3.2.1 on Jan 27, 2004

I test it, nice tool. Also I looked for a possibility of being able to see films of the distorting shank at home.
My relations live at the time in Brasil. But I can not watch the DVD from Brasil. A DVD with information about the country and the people - life-style etc..
Who may forbid that to me to see such a film???? None and NOBODY !! - We live in a free state, God was thanks. We may express our opinion freely. Therefore I want to determine, what I may see and what I want NOT see. And this kind of DVD's are NOT illegal ! - AnyDVD is the best, what we can use.

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v3.3.2.1 on Jan 27, 2004

@Inquisitorx:: Hello. I think not, that you can say GENERALLY, that "AnyDVD" is illegal. A example for myself: My brother live in AFRICA (Nigeria) and send my 2 Home-Movies. Not illegal stuff - serios movies that he by in Nigeria. But here in Wes-Europe you can not watch it, because AFRICA is regiocode 5. s***...what I can do now ????
Nobody support my problem, but AnyDVD help me really wonderfull. Now I can watch the homemovies with my family - is this not great ?!?! - Thanks for AnyDVD.

Inquisitorx

Inquisitorx reviewed v3.2.0.1 on Dec 2, 2003

Um.....correct me if I am wrong, but isn't this ...well.. promoting dvd piracy ?

Hades_UK

Hades_UK reviewed v3.2.0.1 on Dec 2, 2003

OK>..the Only way i can stop it locking up my explorer in XP pro (not the the internet one)is by running in SAFE MODE...but i thought this problem was addressed

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v3.2.0.1 on Dec 1, 2003

Getting better and better. Some people comment on the price of this program but think about it... it's a one-time fee with free future updates. The program can be used with multiple ripping programs because of how seamlessly it functions while DVD Decrypter doesn't offer the same ability. DVD Decrypter might be free but I'd go with AnyDVD.

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v3.1.0.1 on Nov 28, 2003

This program absolutely ROCKS, but lower the price, guys... DVDDecrypter is still free. I'd like to give a 5, but it costs too much to do so when there's something else that does the same thing...just as good and totally free.

DJWesley2K

DJWesley2K reviewed v3.0.0.7 on Nov 24, 2003

Great update ... but I smell the RIAA/MIAA coming around with these new features added! You better buy a regged copy of this app NOW!

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v3.0.0.6 on Nov 23, 2003

v3.0.0.7 is out and official [unlike the previous v3.x.x.x releases]. Check their website for download.

Hades_UK

Hades_UK reviewed v3.0.0.6 on Nov 23, 2003

I suffered major problems with 3.0.0.6,had to go into safe mode,uninstall 3.0.0.6,and system fully recovered,went back to 3.0.0.5 and all is fine

12aaron

12aaron reviewed v3.0.0.6 on Nov 23, 2003

Crap. Crashed my PPC 2002, and then locked me out of the device.

Aires

Aires reviewed v3.0.0.6 on Nov 22, 2003

Install it, forget about it - and stop telling us about it! lol

al92lt1

al92lt1 reviewed v3.0.0.5 on Nov 21, 2003

Very good, just install it and forget about it.

rotjong

rotjong reviewed v3.0.0.5 on Nov 21, 2003

3.0.0.5, 2003 11 20; New: AnyDVD includes now AnyCDDA; New: Added option to hide multisession and to repair the Table of Contents on AudioCDs; This amazing new feature allows you to play, copy and rip protected Audio CDs!; Note: This feature does not work with all drives, and not all protections are supported!; Note: Multimedia content on Audio CDs will be invisible, if this feature is enabled!; New: Improved "plug & play" behaviour; New: Improved scanning & decrypting, much faster with many titles!; New scanning strategy, now works with some wrongly mastered titles (e.g., Crouching Tiger UK); Many parts completely rewritten and optimised; New: Improved pattern search, titles like X-MEN2 work now with region mismatched drives; New: Better key substitution with region mismatched drives; Fix: Playing CDDA did not work, until AnyDVD Tray was started on Windows 9x/ME; Fix: Bug introduced in 2.1.0.9, decryption of some titles failed; Fix: "Read error" window could be displayed on non Video DVDs; Updated languages

Zero problems so far. I'm happy to see them beginning to tackle protected Audio CDs. Gotta love the seemless and transparent functionality of AnyDVD. Well worth the money!

Fry@iexbeta

[email protected] reviewed v3.0.0.4 on Nov 19, 2003

AnyDVD History

3.0.0.4, 2003 11 17

- New: AnyDVD includes now AnyCDDA:
- New: Added option to hide multisession and to repair the Table of Contents on AudioCDs
- This amazing new feature allows you to play, copy and rip protected Audio CDs!
- Note: This feature does not work with all drives, and not all protections are supported!
- Note: Multimedia content on Audio CDs will be invisible, if this feature is enabled!
- New: Improved "plug & play" behaviour
- New: Improved scanning & decrypting, much faster with many titles!
- New scanning strategy, now works with some wrong mastered titles (e.g., Crouching Tiger UK)
- Many parts completely rewritten and optimised
- Fix: Playing CDDA did not work, until AnyDVD Tray was started on Windows 9x/ME
- Fix: Bug introduced in 2.1.0.9, decryption of some titles failed
- Fix: "Read error" window could be displayed on non Video DVDs
- Updated languages

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v3.0.0.4 on Nov 19, 2003

First, for new releases, the author should elaborate on what changes have been made over previous releases. tghe installation of this software was very uneventful and went well. I've experimented and used just about everything there is out there for DVD copying. I could go into each of them one by one, but this review is for AnyDVD and I must say, it functions beautifully. I use it on a WinXP system and it sits in the system tray out of your way and uses almost no resources. In the past, "backing up" one of my DVD's required I first decrypt with DVDDecrypter, then transcode it with something like DVD2One or something similar. Not any more. With this utility sitting in the background, you can simply open up the transcoder of your choice (I use CloneDVD) and the rip and transcode takes place together. The time it takes is equivalanet to the decryption and transcoding process but the beauty of it is that it's virtually all in one process rather than multiple steps. Uninstallation was also simple.
This program is a must have, but pricey. DVDDecrypter is free and allows IFO, ISO and file mode rips and even allows burning of the ISO's you create (as long as it will fit on a DVD-5). For AnyDVD I give the software a 5, but I give the price a 3 and average on those is a 4... albeit a very solid 4.

PWT999

PWT999 reviewed v2.0.0.4 on Oct 28, 2003

Worth getting your credit card out for, not cheap but, it does a great job. I have had no stability issues on my PC.

Coqui_PR

Coqui_PR reviewed v1.6.3.7 on Oct 17, 2003

This and cloneDVD is a most unless you want DVDXCopyXpress.

toto999

toto999 reviewed v1.6.3.7 on Sep 21, 2003

thank you so much for a program, that CRASHES once you insert a DVD-AUDIO disk!

DJWesley2K

DJWesley2K reviewed v1.6.3.7 on Sep 16, 2003

If you haven't paid for "ANY" software this year, start by paying for this app ... AnyDVD is a must program!!!

neslev

neslev reviewed v1.6.2.3 on Sep 5, 2003

This program is a "must have"
I love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

klumy

klumy reviewed v1.6.1.5 on Aug 28, 2003

It works !! This is reason enough to give the program 5 points

bluelabel

bluelabel reviewed v1.3.2.2 on Jul 8, 2003

a five star programs ...decrypter + region free.. what i like about it it decrypts on the fly

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