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Last chance to buy AnyDVD or CloneDVD with free updates

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 02 Dec 2008 4:53 User comments (47)

Last chance to buy AnyDVD or CloneDVD with free updates SlySoft sent us a note that they will be changing their upgrade policy soon. Currently, if you buy any of SlySoft's products, you'll get free updates for your lifetime. To be fair for its current and past customers, this policy wont change for existing customers, but soon new customers will get the updates only for one year, a familiar policy with many software products nowadays.
So if you plan to purchase AnyDVD, AnyDVD HD, CloneDVD or any other of their products, now is a pretty good time -- and they're offering 20% discount for all purchases made before December 31st, 2008.

Further details, prices, etc about SlySoft's products can be found from SlySoft's website.

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47 user comments

12.12.2008 6:51

Last chance for AnyDCD/Cloe DVD to amke money since they have pissed off consumers so much no one will buy the moneyware no more.

22.12.2008 7:33

There interface for that software SUCKS!!! there are much better programs that have more user friendly interfaces

32.12.2008 7:37

Originally posted by rogeball:
There interface for that software SUCKS!!! there are much better programs that have more user friendly interfaces
Its no that bad its no super friendly GUI but I have seen worse....

42.12.2008 8:20

This is unfortunate. This may push people to pirate this software as working updates/copies can be found all over the net.

52.12.2008 8:33

I've had AnyDVD for about 5 years now and have no issues with it. I guess it's just tough economic times for everyone.

George

62.12.2008 9:06

Originally posted by ChiknLitl:
This is unfortunate. This may push people to pirate this software as working updates/copies can be found all over the net.
Ya their prices were bad enough but this...is a bit much... unless they sell them for 15-20 a pop and release a new version every year or 2 with free updates for the current version until the newer one is released, I could get behind that hell why not do quarterly updates to your main version untill a new version comes out.

Originally posted by little155:
I've had AnyDVD for about 5 years now and have no issues with it. I guess it's just tough economic times for everyone.

George
Meh all they want to do is pileup a rush on profit befor either selling it off or making it cheaper...

72.12.2008 11:15

I'm with ZippyDSM on this one. This is just a way for them to boost there profits. A year or two ago they did the same thing and raised the prices for $10 across the board, nothing changed except everything was more expensive. Now they are going to start charging new customers for upgrades. Buy AnyDVD for +$10 more, want to rip HD/Blu-Ray Discs? Well that will be another near $40. Any now if you don't buy them soon enough you will have to pay a yearly fee to continue receiving updates.

What used to set this company apart from the others is now completely gone I strongly believe that this will slowly kill off there customer base.

82.12.2008 11:24

Originally posted by PeaInAPod:
I'm with ZippyDSM on this one. This is just a way for them to boost there profits. A year or two ago they did the same thing and raised the prices for $10 across the board, nothing changed except everything was more expensive. Now they are going to start charging new customers for upgrades. Buy AnyDVD for +$10 more, want to rip HD/Blu-Ray Discs? Well that will be another near $40. Any now if you don't buy them soon enough you will have to pay a yearly fee to continue receiving updates.

What used to set this company apart from the others is now completely gone I strongly believe that this will slowly kill off there customer base.
They still make a solid product but lets face it this is not a way to sell a product you plan on supporting into the future, the greed has kicked in more than creating a buffer for lawsuits.

92.12.2008 11:27

It is definetly still a great product but this new business model is horrible and I again I bet there customer base will start to look elsewere.

102.12.2008 11:30

The only catch with losing their customer base is that, as far as I know, they are the only game in town for BD+ circumventing. If you want to rip blue-ray with BD+ you need their program. Too bad DVDFab gave up on HDDecrypter.

112.12.2008 11:35

Originally posted by ChiknLitl:
The only catch with losing their customer base is that, as far as I know, they are the only game in town for BD+ circumventing. If you want to rip blue-ray with BD+ you need their program. Too bad DVDFab gave up on HDDecrypter.
For now it wont take much for others to come in and by then they might have sold off the brand and moved on.

122.12.2008 15:36

If we think the AnyDVD business model is bad - what about Nero and their crap ? Version 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 oh wait - we are now on to version 9 - it's still crap , full of bloatware but if you paid 100 euros for version 8 last year - you only have to pay 60 euros for version 9 this year and to hell with any updates for any previous versions that you may have bought - what a bargain huh ? NOT - get ready for version 10 with an even worse and unfathomable GUI in 2009.

132.12.2008 16:02

Originally posted by domie:
If we think the AnyDVD business model is bad - what about Nero and their crap ? Version 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 oh wait - we are now on to version 9 - it's still crap , full of bloatware but if you paid 100 euros for version 8 last year - you only have to pay 60 euros for version 9 this year and to hell with any updates for any previous versions that you may have bought - what a bargain huh ? NOT - get ready for version 10 with an even worse and unfathomable GUI in 2009.
Bloatware..er... "normal" programs do not require monthly updates to support new media.

What if Nero and it silk wanted 300$ a version it would lose profits because everyone would pirate it...

142.12.2008 16:11

Quote:
Originally posted by domie:
If we think the AnyDVD business model is bad - what about Nero and their crap ? Version 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 oh wait - we are now on to version 9 - it's still crap , full of bloatware but if you paid 100 euros for version 8 last year - you only have to pay 60 euros for version 9 this year and to hell with any updates for any previous versions that you may have bought - what a bargain huh ? NOT - get ready for version 10 with an even worse and unfathomable GUI in 2009.
Bloatware..er... "normal" programs do not require monthly updates to support new media.


What if Nero and it silk wanted 300$ a version it would lose profits because everyone would pirate it...
That's right. I could still be using Nero 6 despite the new version 9, and it would work fine. With AnyDVd, by next year the original version is near obsolete because there are new protections with every major film release.

152.12.2008 16:16

Quote:
Quote:
Originally posted by domie:
If we think the AnyDVD business model is bad - what about Nero and their crap ? Version 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 oh wait - we are now on to version 9 - it's still crap , full of bloatware but if you paid 100 euros for version 8 last year - you only have to pay 60 euros for version 9 this year and to hell with any updates for any previous versions that you may have bought - what a bargain huh ? NOT - get ready for version 10 with an even worse and unfathomable GUI in 2009.
Bloatware..er... "normal" programs do not require monthly updates to support new media.


What if Nero and it silk wanted 300$ a version it would lose profits because everyone would pirate it...
That's right. I could still be using Nero 6 despite the new version 9, and it would work fine. With AnyDVd, by next year the original version is near obsolete because there are new protections with every major film release.
I mean they would be better off dropping the price to 15-20USD for the main versions you'd sale at least twice as much breaking even with current price you move to 50+usd you sale less breaking even or worse yet losing money....

162.12.2008 16:26

At least they aren't making existing customers pay the mark up prices.
If it's the only company that can currently crack Blu-ray then i'm sure they won't need to worry about customers since Blu-ray burners are coming down in price.

Quote:
rogeball (Member) 2 December 2008 7:33
There interface for that software SUCKS!!! there are much better programs that have more user friendly interfaces
How much easier can programs get?

172.12.2008 16:31

Quote:
At least they aren't making existing customers pay the mark up prices.
If it's the only company that can currently crack Blu-ray then i'm sure they won't need to worry about customers since Blu-ray burners are coming down in price.

Quote:
rogeball (Member) 2 December 2008 7:33
There interface for that software SUCKS!!! there are much better programs that have more user friendly interfaces
How much easier can programs get?
Clearer options up front, soem thigns are hidden in th back and without them the program well..dose not work right... mind you its been acouple years since I have used it....I use DVDshirk more...because tis fool proof...andI am a fool...

182.12.2008 20:11

call me a noob or w/e but since bluray is approximately non exsistent wher i live i wanted to ask..can u burn bluray movies u buy despite their DRM with this software? are they the only company with updates for this? are they reliable?

192.12.2008 20:30

Originally posted by blueroad:
call me a noob or w/e but since bluray is approximately non exsistent wher i live i wanted to ask..can u burn bluray movies u buy despite their DRM with this software? are they the only company with updates for this? are they reliable?
Yes but you would need a BR player cabple of player DB+ and a costly BR burner... I do not think you can just recode a BR movie onto 4 DL discs and keep the majority of its visuals.

203.12.2008 11:13

Quote:
Originally posted by blueroad:
call me a noob or w/e but since bluray is approximately non exsistent wher i live i wanted to ask..can u burn bluray movies u buy despite their DRM with this software? are they the only company with updates for this? are they reliable?
Yes but you would need a BR player cabple of player DB+ and a costly BR burner... I do not think you can just recode a BR movie onto 4 DL discs and keep the majority of its visuals.
There are many options available such as cutting out all but 5.1 audio and compressing to 720p to fit on a dvd-5/9. At this point the most economical approach is playing BR rips of your hard drive in a htpc or ps3. With either of these approaches it's still a rather hefty investment considering the cost of a BR drive, very large/numerous hard drives, video cards, sound system capable of decoding the newest audio codec's, and a large hd capable tv... then comes the trial and error of using various programs to get the rips to play right.

unless your an hd junky and already have most if not all of the aforementioned hardware it's really not worth it at this point, never mind paying 20-25$ for BR media (just thinking of making a coaster with one of those gives me the chills).

213.12.2008 14:07

anydvd is bad ass have had it for years never once had anything bad to say about it.. 100% of the time it works all the time

223.12.2008 14:52

I tried shrink and anydvd trial on Hancock but shrink could not shrink small enough. I used Fab worked great.
tinner
sorry about the triple post I was impatient.

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233.12.2008 14:52

I tried shrink and anydvd trial on Hancock but shrink could not shrink small enough. I used Fab worked great.
tinner

243.12.2008 15:14

Yeah I agree, its sad about the cost for updates for new customers after the year is over, I think that was inevitable, I just hope they do not change thier minds in the future and charge for updated no matter when you bought it.

253.12.2008 15:18

Shrink is good for older movies its basic but powerful for older movies, generally thos 10+ months old.

263.12.2008 22:41

Hi Guys. So this is what we're looking at. Blu-ray campaign only until 2012. Right now only about 9% of market. 2009 here in a hot min. I don't see Blu-ray lasting. Sony will cut their losses and move on and create some new format as others are starting to also. Hi-Def I don't see disappearing because of the insurgence of hdtv and digital replacing analog here in USA in about 2 mos. So I'm on a fence right now. Fab has been good. Reasonably priced and cracks the pita dvds that we get once in a while. I mainly do dvds so the mobile option is a yet. They also have to update the whole proggie when the mobile option starts acting up. That basically forces me to update to newer version as well.

So I like it that Anydvd sticks to just dvds and I could use any other copy /compression proggie to work w/it. Now that I read this thread I wonder though if not really the price but if the lil pita wait for newer versions of fab because of the xtra options is reason enough to get anydvd. Reminds me of nero and all their bundled nonsense which like mentioned constantly is being updated/upgraded. After being introduced to ImgBurn Nero was history.

I was going to pull the trigger today on anydvd but now I'm going to mull over it a bit n if decide to will bfore the update deadline. Any proggie could sell themselves off and discontinue w/e so I'm not even worrying about that. Seems even regular users are a lil touched by anydvd. Let the comments flow. I do need more perspective from different users. Thnx.

277.12.2008 9:51

I preserve my expensive BDs by backing them to the HDD and watching them from there. Anydvdhd allows me to do this by handling the handshake seamlessly. It is a great product and Slysoft can't be beat for fast updates. That said; If I had to pay yearly for those updates I would never buy their product, nor ANYONE'S product that requires payment for updates.
I think Slysoft's motive for this change is related to their forthcoming rollout of CloneBD.

287.12.2008 23:13

I guess I need to buy Anydvd now :)


USC Trojans Rule Forever !!!

298.12.2008 12:26

Well it is old business now. Most persons that would buy, did buy so Slysoft does not have new money comming in. Unlike bloatware, I love that term, this kind of software needs to be updated to accomadate for changes.

I bought Any when it was cheap and they ran a special but never used it much. Since you need Clone to get it to work right. That was always the rub with the product you get one for the price of 2. I prefer DeFab. Maybe I will get Clone just to be safe and keep them running a while longer. I am afraid they might die after I buy the product.

308.12.2008 15:17
nyurbiz
Inactive

We should be supporting good products. I've been using Any/Clone (multiple licenses) for over 5 years and Mobile for about a year, and they've been kick-ass products that I would recommend to anyone. That said, I don't see the value in ripping HD/BR discs, and I MIGHT pay for yearly updates if the price were right. I hope that they survive because they have great products.

318.12.2008 15:48

I like it that it's on the fly especially. The key is definitely the Blu-ray/Hi-def question. Again I seriously doubt Blu-ray will last if at the current prices for movies, blanks, software and hardware. Also keep in mind there's a whole host of new options available now and being worked on as we speak in regards to viewing and copying Blu-ray. Not to mention the solid state hd's that are going to replace the regular ones now and provide for more storage and at a faster rate. ie; the 32gb flash drives just cost about $10 more than a 50gb bd+. So how are they if at all going to compete w/this and will they adjust to a new hi-def format and not charge current owners for a new license altogether. I really was going to pull the trigger by the deadline but all these variables are making me hesitant to do so. As far as Fab when the time comes to get busy they will. One thing we all know and that's we know exactly what we have w/DVDs.

328.12.2008 17:50

What a bunch of whiners.
You have alternatives, use them!
1) If you think that SlySoft products are overpriced, choose freeware or less expensive products that perform as well and are updated frequently free of charge.
2) If you have already purchased a license but are upset that SlySoft will be charging to frequently update their code as DVD publishers alter their encryption and change publishing standards, then either refuse future updates, or remove the applications for your PC.
3) Design your own Open Source programs and outdo SlySoft. We look forward to your unending supply of superior programs and a commitment to update them well into the foreseeable future for free every time we send you a bug notice.
4) If you like the products because they work well and are updated frequently as the industry changes, then buy a license if you don’t already own one and enjoy “free updates for your lifetime”.

338.12.2008 18:10

THIS IS DISGUSTING!

What gives this company the right to raise prices! Aren't they afraid they'll lose their non-profit status?

348.12.2008 18:15

dr_ml422 is right, especially the blanks, when I saw the prices on blanks I had to keep re-reading thinking it was a miss-print, they have got to be out of thier minds.

I rented for the first time some bluray movies the other day, Godfather 1 and 2, and Recue Dawn, I stuck it in my daughters ps3, my wife asked why I was loading it in the ps3 cause she knows nothing about anything techie, I told her these were bluray movies is suppose to be a much better picture, she said what better picture, niether one of us saw any difference, and no it's not our set, we have a 40in. sony xbr with the 120hz, I also have all 3 movies in regular dvd and like I said no difference at all.

When dvd's came out and the difference from vhs to dvd was amazing, this blu-ray and reg. dvd is pratically none, I did see a little bit of improvment on sets 46in. and above, under that forget it, and than the huge price difference between dvd and bluray everything is a joke, it's just a scam to fool people out of thier money as far as I'm concerned.

Either way I did get anydvd hd just in case, it's not like were talking big bucks anyway so I don't have to worry for now, I just hope they do not in the future change thier mind and charge for updates anyway, that would t me off.

358.12.2008 18:20

Sequoia1 is also right, I don't think any of the slysoft products are overpriced, everthing of thiers always works on the money, ease of use, updated, tech support A+, can't say that for most other software products.

368.12.2008 19:13

Believe it or not I've thought about my own open source freeware w/free updates and a purchase trial. Have the brains to put it together as far as who to get and what to do business wise. I just at this time can't see myself relocating to another island or country away from all the copyright nonsense. I mostly now am hearing about other concerns, not just money. We all get what we want no matter the cost if we really want it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with making a informative/wise decision.

Remember also that the difference between a whiner and a winner is the emphis on the i.

This is a avenue for all of us to post our concerns not anything to get riled about. No one's right and no one's wrong. Hopefully anyway. 2020 is always hindsight so time is the only thing of essence here.

378.12.2008 19:36

Over priced or not. SlySoft products work and have always worked.

388.12.2008 19:50

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Shrink is good for older movies its basic but powerful for older movies, generally thos 10+ months old.

Shrink became ineffective for most new movies beginning in 2005

"The flimsier the product,the higher the price"
Ferengi 82nd rule of aqusition


399.12.2008 21:09
Sopranos
Inactive

Do you want to purchase SPAM ?
I bought a lot of wonderful curling tongs from my invisible friend.
Maybe you would find what you want there.

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409.12.2008 23:17

Quote:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
Shrink is good for older movies its basic but powerful for older movies, generally thos 10+ months old.

Shrink became ineffective for most new movies beginning in 2005

..well..most good movies are made before then.....
:P

4110.12.2008 23:07

I have owned these products for a long time and have NEVER had any problems with them. This is THE ONE software purchase I would recommend "and do" recommend over and over. I guess to each his own, but this is so user friendly for people who need it, and best of all, it always works. Thanks Slysoft.

4211.12.2008 7:00

Well, I went to buy and was sticker shocked into not. 155 E

I will stick with DeFab.

4311.12.2008 9:36

The 155 E you noted was for all 6 Slysoft offerings bundled. A fair comparison to DVDfab would be Anydvd at 33 E. A bargain I think with free lifetime updates.

4412.12.2008 6:54

Blessedon, I dont think so!

How can you compare AnyDVD with DeFab Platnum??? I have had that for many years so I do not know what the others do except for the free one. The free one is more valuable than AnyDVD. The only diffencence between the 6 and the 1 is Blue Ray processing. I can see why they are having trouble. They nickle and dime you. I got AnyDVD before I got DeFab because they had a sale and I am a whore for any deal. I got real pissed to find out it was worthless unless you bought more software. Defab just keeps adding features for free as they give away their ripper. That kind of service is paying off. It is a smart business model. You use their freeware and get confortable with the product. All the extra features are visable but disabled. After a while many break down and cough up the cash. I did.

I do believe Slysoft puts out a good product or I wouldn't try to buy it. I do believe it is pricy to the point that it is not competitive. I have no idea what DeFab Platnum costs now. I bought it for 30 USD before it hit 50 USD and would include mobile devices.

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4512.12.2008 17:01

I use both AnyDVD/CloneDVD2 and DVDFab Platinum, and I got all 3 products before they added the price hikes, and in the case of DVDFab Platinum, before they took out the free lifetime updates.

I like both Slysoft and DVDFab, and since I paid for their products, I don't have to worry about the yearly fees for DVDFab, or the upcoming yearly fees from Slysoft. The only product I don't have from Slysoft is GameJackal, and I might purchase that just so if I decide to buy a PC Game for myself or some friends.

:-)

I hope that when/if they come up with CloneBD, that I'll (and the rest of us that have already bought Slysoft merchandise) get a chance to get a lifetime update if I purchase it when it first comes out.

4612.12.2008 18:15

What is CloneBD?

4712.12.2008 21:38

Guess it'll copy and compress Blu-rays. Only thing comes to mind right now.

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