is the best CD-burning software?
By Tom Cumming
In this world there are two types of CD-burning software:
CD-*mastering* software: creates CDs in exactly the same format as CDs you would buy in a shop, and so are the most universal. This type of CD burning is the most reliable but you cannot edit these CDs: if you have used a re-writeable disk, you have to erase everything and re-burn.
software: this software runs in the backgroud and allows you to drag-and-drop
files on and off of CD-RW discs just like you would with a floppy disk.
This sounds very convenient but in fact there are a few problems:
Most CD-burning packages come with an example of both of these types of software.
There are three main competitors in the world of CD-burning software market:
XP (but not any other version of Windows) comes with built-in mastering
facilities, which for many is perfectly adequate and see no need for a
The three main competitors could not be much more different in their approach.
The built-in facilities in Windows XP are:
- Easy to
use (integrated with the Windows desktop);
Easy CD Creator is considered to be:
use (has its own drag-and-drop interface);
-A bit thin on advanced features
The packet-writing software, DirectCD, that comes with it is not bad: personally I found it a little unstable, but it does have the unique advantage over InCD that it works from the command line as well as in the Windows interface. This may or may not matter to you depending on how you use your computer.
Nero - Burning ROM is considered to be:
-It is not
as easy to use as Easy CD Creator: some parts of the user interface seem
a little strange at first;
"By opening the property page File Options you can switch between Mode 1 and Mode2/XA. The mode settings can be found in the upper right corner of this page. If these settings appear dimmed/disabled, then these settings can't be modified right now. This might for example be the case if you have created an ISO CD Mode 1 and want to continue it using Mode 2. A CD which has been recorded with different ISO or sector formats might be unreadable!"
It is not indecipherable but it does not "read" very nicely somehow.
A lot of people start off with Easy CD Creator or the built-in Windows XP facilities, and move over to Nero later once they've "outgrown" their original software. There is no reason, by the way, if you have Windows XP, not to buy a separate product if you wish: it will still work and so will the Windows built-in facilities, provided it is certified by Microsoft as compliant (look for the "designed for Windows XP" sticker on the box.)
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