I’m not against the retooling of AnyDVD, and yes I’m glad they’re still around, but they chose an underhanded way of reinstating themselves. If something has the scent of dishonesty, then it’s dishonest. If they had appealed to the longtime support community they would’ve done much better than they have by pretending to be a fragment of the original group. A smart move would’ve been to appeal to those of us with lifetime licenses, because most of us were early supporters to begin with. AnyDVD had built a highly revered brand that is now being tarnished through subterfuge, and in the end nothing will be won. If the original slysoft had appealed to its base for donations, it would’ve done far better than dissing it, in the hopes of gaining a new profitable base. It’s not about the money, it’s about the sense of being gamed, and no one likes being played. If previous owners had been asked to contribute a renewal donation to their original license to insure Slysofts survival, then SlyRedFox would’ve done so much better, but instead we have this across multiple forums.
Alan, I value our longtime association and I in no way want to jeopardize it.[/QUOTE]
Posted by Sopicles
pretending to be a fragment of the original group
They are not pretending, they are the original developers
In a sense you are right, and believe me when I tell you when this first happened and the ideas were flying all over the place, the members of the community were willing to donate to the cause. But saying you are willing and actually doing it are two different things. You have to remember that the AACS-LA came down on them hard and the Island of Antigua was being threatened by the US Govt with sanctions. This is what lead to the quick and unexpected shutdown. The owner who’s name you can find on google was facing immediate confiscation of all his assets. Slysoft was protected for a very long time by the Island and now all that was gone. He spent an enormous amount money fighting to keep Slysoft afloat, but when faced with prison, he couldn’t take that chance. So he fled, shutdown the company and didn’t pay the developers. He did however leave them what they had in their minds, the knowledge of the code and the forum. The had to start from scratch, even the translation files were not available. They started a Project not a company called RedFox. All these developers are very smart. They could have gotten jobs in the private sector but they chose, to continue with the project, after all, they have to eat also. Without them, you have nothing, now they were gracious enough to work for free for a few months to put this Project together.
Slysofts AnyDVDHD still works. For 150,000 discs. You have what you bought. The updates from Redfox are a new entity. Its not perfect but its working. This is just my knowledge of whats happening from all the background that was published, so the choice was nothing for you, or some guys that wanted to keep fighting and that takes funds. Like it or not, this is the world we live in, where Governments and big business use their power to shut down the little guy. Its sad. I also value our relationship, but as friends, can we just agree to disagree? This is not the end of the world for either you or me. Lets not let it become anything more than a slight disagreement.