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What You Get

The program and an electronic help section.

System Requirements

  • A Mac running MacOSX 10.5 or higher
  • DVD-ROM Drive
  • Approximately 5-9GB of free hard drive space per DVD

RipIt

By Monte Ferguson

I have always been an admirer of the Keep It Simple Stupid, or KISS, method of design. It demands a very focused approach to design. It also forces the designer, or in this case developer, to focus on exactly what task the product is designed to do. Once that has been decided, only those features that accomplish the desired task are necessary. There are few programs that live up to that ideal. But I have found one. It is called RipIT.

RipIt is a really simple tool. It is used to make backups of the DVDs you own. It makes a copy of the entire disk, including menus and what not. There is no compression. This is a full copy of the DVD. After you have used RipIt, you can store the original DVD. You can play the movie on your computer without the disk, with all of the features intact in apps like Apple’s DVD Player.

That is all the program does.

There is a minimal interface, just one floating window, which is really straightforward. Just pop in your DVD and hit one button. You get a status update in the Dock as well as via the applications one main screen. (Rips usually take about 40min, give or take.)

Pros
What attracted me to the program initially was its simplicity. Better yet, it worked every time, even on disks that had failed with other software. But what really perked my interest was the dedication of the team behind the program. If RipIt chokes on a DVD the developers ask you to contact them. They’ll go out and get the same DVD and figure out what caused the problem, then issue a FREE fix.

There is even a very favorably priced Household Pack. It allows you to install RipIt on up to 5 computers. All five computers do not have to be in the same house, despite the Household Pack name, for the 5 user license. You can also try out RipIt as a solo purchase and upgrade to the Household Pack separately.

Oh, and did I mention that they offer a trial version that will let you use the program ten times? Oh yeah. You can try it out on ten DVDs for free before you have to make a choice to purchase the program. Now that is showing some confidence in your product.

Cons
The only two negatives I could think of were addressed in the official FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions, section of the product web site. 1)There is no official dual disk ripping support. The company says some folks have gotten it to work on their own. It might be added in the future. 2) Blu-Ray disks are not currently supported.

Conclusion
RipIt is one of those programs you instantly GET. It works so intuitively that there is no learning curve. It also works like a charm. I have tried disks that Mac the Ripper failed on, yet RipIt sailed right through. I heartily recommend this program.

Fair Use & the DMCA
We would like to clarify that we are not encouraging illegal activities. According to the DMCA circumventing encryption, all DVDs are produced with encryption of some sort or another, is illegal. However, what we are discussing here is making a back up copy of media you already own. That would fall under the the legal precedent of Fair Use. So far there have been no cases challenging Fair Use in the digital age.

Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010


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