finally went freeware after being on giveaway sites around the internet several times.. never had the chance to try it though.
Haven't tried the Author app but I tried a couple of variations on the Ripper by this publisher. As you say, GOTD is how I got it. I took them off within a couple of days. After trying this and a couple from other publishers I've come to the conclusion if the program insists you have a disc in the optical drive or it won't continue, it's a waste of time. To test for bad output you have to use a slow erasable disc for the burn instead of just producing a VIDEO_TS folder.
The converters worked ok for the common cases if you ran them at highest quality slowest speed. But too often the aspect ratio of the output was messed up. People either tall & skinny or with really wide shoulders and fat heads.