CloneCD 220.127.116.11 preview: a new life for the sheep!
Preamble from the translator: I'm not an english (I'm an Italian gui), so please don't blame me for errors.
As lots of our readers knows, CloneCD was sold from Elaborate Bytes to Slysoft Inc. due legal problem with a recent german law. Slysoft Inc. acquired the right of another Elaborate Bytes' product: Region Killer; from with has created AnyDVD, a software that decrypt DVD protected with CSS. A lot of time passed from last CloneCD update, so it was not able to create bakup of SafeDisc 2.9 and Securom New 4.8 protected disk. For this reason many users used other software as Alcohol 120% or Blind Write.
Many people consider CloneCD as a dead software. If we see at AnyDVD relase history we can see that Slysoft Inc. update very often his software, so we think that in new release of CloneCD we can find lots of innovation: the preview version I've tested is the 18.104.22.168, maybe it's the first public release of Slysoft's CloneCD.
In the installation of CloneCD, Slysoft removed Virtual CloneDrive.
Virtual CloneDrive was removed due Slysoft hasn't acquired its rigth, but Slysoft's programmer said that one day they will add one drive emulator. Also Slysoft removed Control Elby CDIO utility.
After installation we can see that the Grafical User Interface is equal to that of older version.
The only difference that we see is on the "Information" tab. There we can find Slysoft's logo (a fox) near the CloneCD's sheep.
From "Tools" menu the "Send email abaut a device" command was removed: it's because Slysoft wouldn't maintain compatibility list, as they sad in our recent interview. An also little change is the registration metod: to register CloneCD you now need a .reg file (the registration window was removed).
I've tested CloneCD to search for protection bypassing innovation (first of all if it can bypass SafeDisc 2.9 e Securom New 4.8 protection).
All these tests were executed on a Liteon 48x12x48
Protection, CloneCD 22.214.171.124, Copy works, CloneCD 126.96.36.199, Copy works
Laserlock 24 min 24 sec Yes 24 min 30 sec Yes
Cd Check 18 min 40 sec Yes 18 min 39 sec Yes
SafeDisc ALT 8 min 17 sec Yes 8 min 20 sec Yes
Safedisc 2.8 22 min 46 sec Yes 22 min 22 sec Yes
Safedisc 2.9 17 min 52 sec No 17 min 47sec Yes
Securom NEW 9 min 15 sec Yes 9 min 15 sec Yes
Securom 4.8 9 min 10 sec No 9 min 09 sec No
As we can see, the time necessary to read a protected disk is unchanged, the news is the support for backup of SafeDisc 2.9 protected disk: we backupped the game "Will Rock" without any problem! It's still missing the support for Securom 4.8 protection, but Slysoft's tecnicians are working on it.
New CloneCD: conclusion:
We can be very enthusiast of Slysoft's update to CloneCD: Virtual CloneDrive can be replaced with other utility as Daemon Tools until Slysoft's engineer will create one. The most important news is the ability to backup SafeDisc 2.9 protected cd. We still wait for the capability of bypass Securom New 4.8, but we are sure we don't have to wait a lot for it!
In any case these are good news! You can get it from SlySoft's website!