Though this thread has tapered off, I'm just now finding out. As someone else said, things were going smoothly for me, so I wasn't visiting. And it's still not immediately obvious if just looking up some support ... took me a while to trip over this (it was the Future of VAP thread
that started to clue me in).
I am shocked, saddened, and dismayed. I feel for the family. And I hope they know we are all out here and are affected, in a significant but less personal way, by DanR's untimely passing.
(Aside: as a consumer of the Dropmix game, I'm saying "not again!" to myself about yet another product I love and intended to use "forever" now possibly expiring. I'm also having flashbacks of what happened with AnyDVD and a "dead" Quicken sidecar QIF app that I brought back to life myself.)
If no one currently owning VRD wants to try and continue it and/or profit from it, I can't Like enough @johnww328
's suggestion to "just" make this public domain. But then I also understand Dan203's response to that: "can't."
But I don't want to give up.
This is too much a part of my life I expect and want to be there for me. I feel like, if there's no one else out there who makes this specific kind of software (that does it in this precise way), but there's a significant base of people (like me) who want it ongoingly, there must be something we can do. I mean, I bought VRD and upgraded it exactly because it does what it does.
Personally, as an oldie with a stable job who was originally trained primarily in C, though I've never coded professionally or much beyond VB macros since, I have a coding mind/understanding, and I'd be willing to get myself trained up to participate in something open that performs this same core functionality. I just could not lead it. And I figure we'd need at least a general blueprint of whatever can
be legally released about VRD. Or I could throw some money at someone who will faithfully execute this labor of love.
Just my thoughts. Maybe I'm just in the denial stage. But I would definitely rally around something viable if someone led it. I'm hoping there is someone here who does have the ability to do that, but maybe just doesn't want it to be them and/or hasn't stepped forward.