Ok, that I do understand.
Like you said "Dual Layer burning is a black art" at this moment. But soon burner manufactures will all be on the same page as far as booktyping by default and quality DL media will drop in price to commodity levels.
No, they really won't. We've discussed it before, but Dual-layer burning will NEVER be viable. By the time they start to sort out the problems (mind you, dual-layer media has been available for almost two years already, dual-layer burners just as long), HD-DVD or Blu-Ray will be here. Many people feel that dual-layer media will NEVER be cheap enough for everyone to use it. Add to that the fact that MOST set-top players play +R or -R, but RELATIVELY FEW play +R/DL... and you can see my point.
[/quote]CloneDVD will have to evolve & upgrade it's DL capabilities (SL bitsetting & true layer breaking) in order to survive against it's competitors. [/quote]
Why? This is what I don't get. WHY is this a MUST-HAVE feature? If you have a dual-layer drive, just read the image and write the image. I like CloneDVD as much as the next guy, but it's a transcoder. The fact that it CAN split discs is immaterial. It was intended as a transcoder. Mode->ISO Read, Mode->ISO Write. Eventually, Nero will just handle it. Just hit "copy disc" and you'll end up with the layer break in the right place.
Because in a year, nobody will be compressing and nobody will be splitting. Everone will be backing up dual layer.
Again, you're way off the mark with this assessment. But regardless, it doesn't matter.
Olli has said that eventually there will be enough demand that he'll write some kind of program like DVD Decrypter. An image ripper/writer. That's the program you'll want to use, not CloneDVD.
Like I said, I'm not big on trying to use a program to do something it was never intended to do simply because you're comfortable with it. Many people are comfortable with Microsoft Word, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft should go out of their way to add non-word-processing functionality to it. Word doesn't edit WAV files, and shouldn't! I know that's a silly example, but how about one closer to home? You can spend all day and night beating yourself up trying to get Word to do page layout on a large scale for publishing, or you can simply switch to a program that's intended for that purpose - if you like MS's interface, you can use Publisher. Or, Adobe makes several fine layout programs (Framemaker, Pagemaker, InDesign) that do what you need.
The fact that Word CAN be MADE to do page layout doesn't mean it was intended for that purpose, or is even the best program for that purpose.
And before you go on about the cost - the program you want/need (DVD Decrypter) is FREE. Getting harder to download, this is true. But it's FREE. And it's EASY. There is no learning curve. Download it, run it, and hit the big CD button. Simple!