That being the case, it looks as if DVDShrink itself is now defunct?
Looks like the answer is: not at all! Both DVDShrink and Nero's Recode (beta) are free products, by the same talent, so there's no real competition between them...and from the comments on that other forum it sounds like Shrink wants to outdo Nero on his next version.
So the question now becomes... download Nero's Recode now, or wait for the next DVDShrink?
Nero's Recode is the first appearance of some of the popular requests that Shrink has been getting for months, which are very attractive - particularly:
The option to replace unwanted extras with a nul screen rather than with still pics. This is the best news I've heard. And it gets better - you can make your own .bmp image to serve as the nul screen! (Though it is advised to make a solid black image if you want to use as little space as possible).
The ability to automatically fill out the disc completely (maximize the available space that is) after guiding it manually to where it is "just about right."
But on the downside, Nero's Recode is a beta and it looks like everyone is complaining that:
By default it unchecks the subtitle and audio tracks from the menus...but the subtitle tracks in the menus are essential because they are actually the "highlight" thingees. Workaround: You can create new default settings.
That potential problem of accidentally erasing your whole hard drive if you're foolish enough to have used the root directory as your working folder...the issue that Nero says they are fixing right now.
What I've decided to do - as a DVDShrink fan - is to download the Nero Decode now, even though it is not quite ready for prime time, with the intention to scrap it once the next DVDShrink comes out (in a few months? who knows?).
There's no easy way to download only Decode though... I see that Nero's Decode is one of the four executable downloads that comprise Nero's new package (Nero split the package into four parts because the package as a whole is huge). The particular fourth which includes Decode also includes a software based DVD player that I do not want and some video editing tools which I absolutely do not want (not on my old computer! heck, that's the main reason why I bought version 5.5 - so I wouldn't be stuck with bloatware!).
It is my hope that it will be possible to only install the Nero Decode part...or, if it forces the installation of the other stuff, perhaps the other stuff can be deleted. There are tentative reports on the other forum that say that Nero Decode can work as a standalone program - it is just a freebie included along with the other stuff, it doesn't depend on Nero 6, and it isn't one of the parts that needs registration. You still need Nero or a Nero-like burning program, but apparently Nero 5.5 is fine in that regard (as would be any other burning program).
Truly, it may be easier just to wait for the next DVDShrink. But the nul screen is so tempting...