Remember MacTheRipper? It was the app that ripped DVDs to the Mac. You know. For backup purposes. Just in case the original DVD got scratched. So you wouldn’t have to carry the DVD around with you. Unfortunately, MacTheRipper is no more (insert long pause for effect here). Here’s the replacement.
What’s Going On?
Wait a minute. Why is MacTheRipper now MTR? I don’t know, either, but $40 gets you the latest version of MacTheRipper, also or now known as MTR, to rip your DVD movies to be stored as viewable backups on your Mac.
What’s going on? The Rip Different website hosts the MTR support forums, so it appears as if MTR, formerly known as MacTheRipper, has changed hands and habitat.
RipDifferent also means sell different, upgrade different, and read different. The website itself is an amalgam of DVD ripper and video converter ads mashed up with various articles and options to buy Mac DVDRipper Pro, which appears to do much the same thing as MTR, but for nearly half the price.
I’m so confused.
More confusing is the method to purchase MTR or upgrade MacTheRipper to MTR. The latter is handled through the support forums and requires financial ‘gifts.’ That means the $40 price tag isn’t really a price tag as much as it is a suggestion.
The whole process of getting to or upgrading to MTR’s latest version is hideously convoluted, starting with forum registration, moving to the description of what you get for your gift, and more. So, the Mac360 staff did a little investigation and got a response from Rip Different on the apparent confusion.
I can see how it can be confusing. RipDifferent as a website was put up back in 2002 at the time there was so much talk about how to back up DVD’s on a PC but there were not a lot of sites dedicated to doing so on a Mac. I opened the site and its forums as a place for Macintosh centric folk to come and discuss this in the forums.
I was approached by the developer of MTR probably in early 2006. They were looking for a new home to host their support for the MTR app. At the time a couple of other people they were hosting with kept shutting down or moving on. Since we both had a common interest in mind I was approached about Rip Different becoming the new home for support for the MTR project and they have been here ever since.
A couple of things have changed. MTR used to be supported in an open forum type structure in the MTR section in the URL mentioned above. However, in later times, the developer was starting to get annoyed by offering tech support to people who he knew had pirated the program.
So, with that being said, he decided he wanted to take the MTR section and have it be separate from the rest of the main forum to help control who got access to the support and updates of the app.
I agree its a very convoluted system and gaining access to the latest version of MTR does require jumping through a few hoops. But if you just read and follow the instructions when its all said and done you get the latest version of the app and access to MTR ONLY portion of the site.
It takes some effort to get through the confusion, yes, but in the end you get MacTheRipper as MTR 5.x, a dependable app to make backup copies of DVDs you’ve purchased (the Fair Use Doctrine seems to apply in this case). MTR comes with a few options you won’t find elsewhere, including deep DVD analysis with DVDProbe (included), multiple simultaneous extractions with chained DVD drives (need lots of RAM for that), and four basic DVD extraction modes (ISO image, RnR (Rip&Rebuild), Main Features, and Batch Title Extraction.
MTR may not be for the Main faint of heart, and it’s a convoluted story, but there’s a gem in there if you don’t mind wading through the Forums and providing a gift for future development.