The problem that James has pointed out to us is that the protections are now structural in nature, as you said. But, the issue is that AnyDVD only deals with the IFOs when removing protections...hence why you can put a disc in and AnyDVD works its magic so quickly. In order to deal with the structural protections, they would have to scan the vobs. James has said this could take just as long as ripping it to the hard drive. Not such an "on the fly" solution at that point. I have given James a suggestion that I'm hoping he implements soon as a temporary fix for the DVD Shrink problem. My recommendation, for now(he has a better solution that'll take more time to implement), was to remove the old FixVTS code from the AnyDVD ripper and change it so that AnyDVD recognizes FixVTS.exe. Once the rip to the hard drive is done, AnyDVD will then kick off a FixVTS process using the FixVTS.exe. This is not ideal, I'd agree, but, for those that don't really want to know the technical details of figuring out how to rip and use FixVTS, this will be a blessing. Whenever FixVTS.exe is updated, you can then drop that into the AnyDVD directory and it will use it. The more permanent solution is something that James will need time to work on. It involves replacing the AnyDVD ripper code with a CloneDVD library...iow, the same as using CloneDVD to rip with only built in to AnyDVD. For now the FixVTS kludge will suffice I think. In fact, I wrote and posted a script that will do this for you on the Slysoft forum. If there's interest in it, I can post it here, as well. All it does is using the command line to pass the dvd drive letter and a path on your hard drive it then copies the DVD to the hard drive and automagically calls FixVTS on it. Nothing too complicated but it's fairly automated.
I agree. CloneDVD's ability to keep and remove title sets while retaining the full menu is a God send. I use it on every back up. It also helps with subtitles, as well. (Still waiting for that fix from Elby. :D) And uh, MIT is closer, but, I think I'm a bit old to go back to college unfortunately. I admit, it would have been fun to go there!