so i bought the dvdfab platinum. It worked perfectly for the trial period, every dvd i tried i was able to put on my hard drive and then onto my ipod. I don't do anything else with it so i decided to stick with what works for me and not bother trying any other programs that had a free trial period,
The ease of adding subtitles appealed to me as well, i watch a lot of Asian cinema and the free programs seem to require a lot of effort to get subtitles. Free programs are nice but the sheer convenience of dvdfab makes the cost worth it.