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Whither HandBrake?

HandBrake ((Current version as of this post: 0.7.1.)) hasn't been updated in ten months ((February 23, 2006)). The blog and SVN repository haven't seen action since April. The original developer seems to have vanished, leaving a hole for others to attempt to fill.

Is HandBrake dead? Copy-protected DVDs have begun to make their way onto the market (presenting problems which a beta version of MacTheRipper 3.0 ((You can apparently download this if you register for the forum and donate some cash to the developer.)) appears to solve) and HandBrake is desperately in need for a UI makeover ("preferences," anyone?).

So what's up?

5 Responses to "Whither HandBrake?"

  1. And then there's always Instant HandBrake if you have an iPod or PSP that you're converting to:

    Just some thoughts 🙂

  2. Tyler, glad to see you edited your post after reading my entry. You're still pointing to "Instant HandBrake" - the thing that hasn't been updated since April.

  3. It looks like the developer switched focus to his bittorrent client Transmission.

    A thread on applenova.

  4. Actually, I think the developer has sort of disappeared. If you check the forums, no one has heard from him since Jun '06. Development on Transmission seems to have halted around that time as well.

  5. Actually, a few of us found this situation untenable and banded together to do something about it. We're working through issues in titer's last svn version, as well as a host of exciting new features and additional platform support.

    Please feel free to join us at and check out our forum for more information.