Aplus DVD Ripper and DVD Creator are two applications with self-explanatory names - you can use them to rip DVD movies and start a DVD burning session respectively. They address first-time and advanced users alike.

Both programs are wrapped in a user-friendly interface, so you shouldn't experience any navigation issues.

In case of Aplus DVD Ripper, you can load a DVD movie from disc, mounted ISO image or directory on the hard drive.

The application is able to convert items to the XviD, MP4 and AVI formats, as well as prepare DVD clips for iPod, PSP and Pocket PC, among other devices.

Audio and video settings for the output can be configured in matter of the size, frame rate, bit rate, aspect ratio and frequency. Plus, you can establish the output folder, pick the DVD title, audio track and subtitle language, as well as preview the DVD scene picture and make the tool automatically power off the computer when the task is done.

As far as Aplus DVD Creator goes, you can create DVD discs from AVI, MPEG, WMV, WMA, ASF, MOV and GT file types, after specifying the DVD burner, label and TV system type (NTSC or PAL). Alternatively, you can save the DVD file to a temporary directory on the hard disk.

Once again, the computer can be scheduled for an automatic shutdown sequence after the burning session finishes. It is also possible to preview clips in a small, built-in media player and to trim them by marking the start and end position.

Aplus DVD Ripper and DVD Creator use a moderate-to-high quantity of CPU and system memory, have a good response time and work smoothly. No error dialogs have been shown throughout our evaluation and the tools did not hang or crash. On the downside, the programs have not been updated for a file. Otherwise, Aplus DVD Ripper and DVD Creator's features can be effortlessly figured out.