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Old 24th February 2016, 10:05   #1  |  Link
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Slysoft has closed down

SlySoft has shut down its website and ceased sales of the popular Blu-ray ripping software AnyDVD

Very, very annoying for people who like to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs through their HTPC.
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Old 24th February 2016, 11:35   #2  |  Link
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I used to use MakeMKV for remuxing so I can do various editing and playing around in AVS.

But then DVDFab had a couple giveaway events to hand out free Lifetime Pro versions of their Passkey.
Which operates like AnyDVD-HD but is separate from other DVDFab encoders and tools.

I'll probably buy MakeMKV when it's out of BETA.
I was so glad DVDFab had their promos.
AnyDVD-HD for life was too pricy and didn't really like the idea of paying any less until I could buy lifetime.

It's good there's more options out there.
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Trying to find an alternative now... I had Anydvdhd lifetime for years now. That to rip and BD-Rebuilder to convert to MKV was great.

I got a license for DVDFab Passkey when they were giving them out free. Going to have to reach out to their support because there are issues with it working and listing any drive as a source to rip from, even though they are listed in the settings screen.

What other options are there to rip and feed to BD-Rebuilder?
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I was surprised to see how long they resisted.
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I wonder why they didn't register their company in more "civilized" countries like Russia or China?

BTW. Is MakeMKV a Russian project?
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Will it still work for people who bought it? Or did it phone home to get the decryption keys rendering it now useless?
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Will it still work for people who bought it? Or did it phone home to get the decryption keys rendering it now useless?
Unless they release an offline version of the database, it will only decrypt discs which you have the key locally cached for (ie. those that you decrypted once before)

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BTW. Is MakeMKV a Russian project?
It would appear so, yes.
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So they are safe forever
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Will it still work for people who bought it? Or did it phone home to get the decryption keys rendering it now useless?
It will continue to work for all discs that have been released until now and a portion of discs that will be released in the future. Future discs that are protected by an updated key or a new BD+ will not work.

AnyDVD did not require a phone home to decrypt. There was an online decryption database, but that was for recently released discs. Those new decryptions would then be put into the local database of the newest versions of the program. So if you always kept it updated to the latest version you would not technically need the online database.

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Unless they release an offline version of the database, it will only decrypt discs which you have the key locally cached for (ie. those that you decrypted once before)
This does not seem to be the case based on my testing (after I got home from work).
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This does not seem to be the case based on my testing (after I got home from work).
Their last offline database is from the middle of 2015, so thats as far as it'll get you.
If they are truely gone for good, usefulness of any old version will degrade every day, so while it gives you some time before action is required, alternate solutions would be advised.

There is already reports from some people that can't open some discs anymore, fwiw.
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I have an alternate solution... Don't buy new Blu-ray releases since it's unclear if I will be able to use them in the manner I want in the future.
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I wonder why they didn't register their company in more "civilized" countries like Russia or China?

BTW. Is MakeMKV a Russian project?
Going by the name of the developer (Mike Chen) it looks more like Chinese...


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Is DVDfab a replacement?
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I was surprised to see how long they resisted.
I'm rather surprised they caved in now. They are based in Antigua and develop software that's perfectly legal there, is it not?
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Will it still work for people who bought it? Or did it phone home to get the decryption keys rendering it now useless?
SlySoft gave the answers in the SlySoft Forum
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Old 25th February 2016, 09:27   #17  |  Link
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Their last offline database is from the middle of 2015, so thats as far as it'll get you.
If they are truely gone for good, usefulness of any old version will degrade every day, so while it gives you some time before action is required, alternate solutions would be advised.

There is already reports from some people that can't open some discs anymore, fwiw.
Wouldn't that only work if the pre-mid2015 disc is already in the database? If you keep buying new movies, sooner or later your drive will revoke Anydvd's player certificate. Then Anydvd won't be be able to decode any disc that is not already in the database, no matter what year it is from.

Everybody needs to switch to DVDFab, extract those VUKs with FindVUK and share them with AACS Updater!
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Old 25th February 2016, 09:47   #18  |  Link
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Found this

https://forum.slysoft.com/threads/sl...-4#post-423889

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Is the product self sufficient without the online decryption database?
This depends on the disc / protection.
DVDs: All DVDs should continue work. OPD is only used to speed up things, it is optional.
HD-DVDs: All work.
Blu-Ray AACS: AnyDVD contains data for roughly 130000 discs, these will continue to work. Discs not included in AnyDVD will need the OPD. OPD results will be cached locally, if you copy the cache, you can move it to another PC.
Blu-Ray BD+, 20th Century Fox: Recent discs (1-2 years?) need OPD. Older titles work. OPD results will be cached locally, if you copy the cache, you can move it to another PC.
Blu-Ray Java protection (mostly Lionsgate): Recent discs (1 year?) need OPD. Older titles work. OPD results are not cached.
Blu-ray cinavia: Will continue to work with current players & software.

Note for the technical skilled: The servers are still running, probably as long as the bills are paid, but their DNS entries are removed.
If you have a router with a DNS proxy or can edit your Windows hosts file, you can add a key.slysoft.com with an IP address for one of the key server proxies.
I don't know how long the servers will continue to run.

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If no registration/validation servers are responding, will we be able to install the last version on our new machines in the future?
There are no registration/validation servers. I always insisted, that we don't follow the trend with "key authentication". AnyDVD and the key is not bound to your hardware. As long as you have your keyfile, you can install it on your PC.

Hope this helps.
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I'm rather surprised they caved in now. They are based in Antigua and develop software that's perfectly legal there, is it not?
UHD Bluray is about to come out.
Coincidence?
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Somebody should develop a tool to sync all cached data between users to extend its life a bit.
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