DanR has passed away

axemanozh

New member
It feels a little crass to ask this in a thread meant to eulogize DanR, but if VideoReDo is indeed done, how would activation work moving forward? I know you've said you would try to keep the activation server online as long as you could, but realistically, how long would that be? My intention would be to keep using the existing version as long as it's viable to do so, but I could see scenarios where users get a new computer or have to format their hard drive and aren't able to activate the product due to the server having been taken offline. How often does VideoReDo "phone home" to check its activation status - only when first installing? Is there something akin to a dummy code that could be put in on the activation screen that would bypass the activation check?
 

Dan203

Ex-Senior Developer
I am trying to convince his wife to give me the rights to the name and the various domain names. I don't really have the means to continue to sell the product, due to the licensing issues mentioned before, but I would like to keep the activation server alive so that you guys can continue to use the version you're using now.

I don't yet know what the final decision on that will be, but if I can do it I will.
 

Otter

Member
Very sad to hear. I've been using VRD for at least a decade. I have always been amazed at how few problems I've experienced (and most were minor and soon addressed)
By how responsive and informative the Forum, other members & Staff have been and frankly, how little I've been charged for all the releases, betas & version upgrades over the years.
This is a tribute to DanR, his vision, commitment and skill. He will be sorely missed. Please convey condolences to his family.
I have to admit to a twinge, as I will be 71 in November.

I agree concerns & questions re: the future of VRD should be expressed elsewhere and addressed when the time is appropriate.
Concerns about a piece of software, no matter how loved, pale in comparison to dealing with the loss of a family member, associate and long time friend.

Why not start another thread for questions, offers and suggestions for a later date?
 
I would hope at a minimum, they will allow you to:

  1. Keep the activation server going. If they don't want to do that, then allow you for to implement (if possible) some sort of master key offline activation (i.e. manually activate, regardless of what the key shows on your screen, enter in the "master key" and the product is activated, unless this was already created as a "just in case". You know someone would inquire about what legal action they could take. I've seen another company that sold product a with monthly or lifetime license. They later created product b with strictly monthly license and stopped updating product a (last I checked product a practically doesn't work now). I've read a few comments that people want to start a class action lawsuit againt the company because their lifetime license no longer works.
  2. Unless the current beta still had a lot of bugs in it, to allow for you to recompile (is that the correct term) the current beta and make it into a release version. IMO, I haven't seen any issues with the current beta, and believe it works better than the current released version.
IF the family wanted to keep VRD going, would you be OK with continuing with it? I didn't know if you moved on to something else already. IMO, I would think if VRD brought in enough income to pay all of the bills (wages, taxes, license fees) and Dan R was able to pay himself (I know someone who owned a business and there was times where after paying the bills and wages, there wasn't enough to pay himself) that they would want to keep VRD going. Assuming that you did the majority of the programming, they could have you continue to do and almost give free reign for you to add features that you saw fit (if the licensing allowed) and the family takes care of the business aspect. I don't own a business, but assuming the business side is making sure the income is deposited, wages, taxes, insurance and licenses fees paid, I wouldn't think that would take too much time, or at least give a family member something to do.

Of couse this would all depend if both you and his family want to continue with the project.


I am trying to convince his wife to give me the rights to the name and the various domain names. I don't really have the means to continue to sell the product, due to the licensing issues mentioned before, but I would like to keep the activation server alive so that you guys can continue to use the version you're using now.

I don't yet know what the final decision on that will be, but if I can do it I will.
 

Dan203

Ex-Senior Developer
Yeah it's completely up to his wife. I honestly have no idea what her plans are for the company or the product. At this point I'm actively interviewing for new jobs so I am no longer an employee of the company. I will help her if I can, and will accept the domain and personally keep the activation server online if she gifts it to me, but if that doesn't happen then I'm not legally allowed to release a build that removes the activation. I would love to do that for you guys, but it would open me up to legal liabilities that I just can't risk.
 

bigpoppa

New member
R,I,P Dan. I have used Videoredo for over 10 years and it's such a necessary piece of software for a home enthusiast like myself.
 
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hansende

New member
I was going to buy the program but it has been disabled. I have a lot of Tivo files to convert so I can bring them on a trip and watch them offline.
 

Dan203

Ex-Senior Developer
I was going to buy the program but it has been disabled. I have a lot of Tivo files to convert so I can bring them on a trip and watch them offline.
I'm sorry, but his wife asked me to take the purchase page offline as she doesn’t currently have access to the business accounts and we were getting requests for refunds, people who bought the wrong version, etc… that neither she or I could handle. Until she figures out what to do with the business sales are disabled.
 

Dan203

Ex-Senior Developer
It's best to think of VideoReDo as a one person company. I have worked here for a very long time, but I strictly wrote code. DanR did 100% of the business stuff. And because his illness and ultimate death were so sudden he didn’t have time to give me the access or training I would need to take over. So at this point the business is basically dead. His wife might decide to sell it or hire someone else to run it, but even if she does it will likely take a significant amount of time for them to get up to speed. It would take me a while to get up to speed and I wrote 80%+ of the code.
 
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