Originally Posted by ConradWS
Purchasing PDVD8 is what got me to drop Cyberlink permanently.
Ok if Cyberlink wants to improve things does that mean that I won't have to suffer with a pop-up that says I need to upgrade then doesn't allow any BD playback at all if I cancel the upgrade pop-up? Forcing that kind of upgrade is just greedy and a nasty way to do business.
Is there going to be an option to NOT install MoovieLive?
Will it play folders from hard disk and my iso's?
When I upgrade will it just remove features or actually fix something.
Actually these are mostly rhetorical questions since I got ripped off once and it won't happen again.
Promoting new 3D vaporware is just a marketing gimmick so it appears to me that its business as usual. Rip 'em off now so the stockholders will benefit.
When marketing says it will be upgraded later to work with new 3D technologies I don't believe it. By then they'll be wanting to force you to upgrade to PDVD 11.
I'm not going to lie, PDVD8 left a REALLY bad taste in my mouth, as well. Cyberlink lost a lot of credibility with me with that release. PDVD was always my favorite player before PDVD8. Removing functionality in 7.3 didn't particularly sit well with me, either, but, PDVD8 was a real step down. PDVD9 was extremely bug ridden when I first bought it. I gave it 3 weeks and promptly returned it as it couldn't do basic things like LPCM in more than 2 channels. I repurchased PDVD9 in September when I got my 5870 in anticipation for bitstreaming. That worked out very well. By that point it had improved into a fairly mature product. However, that being said, this constant problem they have with playing new titles is a bit frustrating. AFAIK, without AnyDVD, it still can't play District 9 without shutting off BD Live. But for the most part as much as I complain about it, PDVD9 is a really solid player one you "configure it properly". (By that I mean hack the living hell out of it to remove moooooovie live). I'm not unhappy that I own PDVD9 and use it regularly for some things.
Why do I mention this? Because as much as we complain, Cyberlink DOES tend to improve their product over time. Sometimes, as was the case with 8, it actually got worse and worse over time, but, PDVD9 has steadily improved. I don't know where PDVD10 is going to fall. 3d is certainly a marketing initiative at this point for sure. Whether it plays out to become an integral and mature feature down the road is open for debate. I've said this before...don't buy a product based upon some future promised functionality, buy it based on what it can do today. For this reason I'm holding off on PDVD10 personally. If it offers something compelling for you then purchase it.
In your case, I think Cyberlink is going to have to work pretty hard to win you over.
I can't say that some of the points you mention there are wrong. They are all things that annoy most of us.