is the latest incarnation of Ahead Software's highly acclaimed CD and DVD burning package. Installation is straightforward and once everything is loaded it's clear that Nero 6
has moved forward considerably from earlier versions. For day-to-day burning duties there are Nero Burning ROM
and Nero Express
with the latter being aimed at beginners compared to the full control afforded by the former. There isn't much new here although the user interface has been tweaked and updated and now looks nice and contemporary.
The major change with Nero 6 is the vast number of extra tools provided. Everything is run via a configurable start screen. Nero Vision Express 2 is designed for movie authoring. While not as fully featured as Pinnacle Studio 8 it still provides all you need to get home movies edited and saved for posterity. Related to this is ShowTime, an excellent DVD player easily as good as other software-based ones you can buy separately. For backup duties there is BackItUp. Although basic, it does allow disk-spanning compression and scheduling even if the interface is a little frustrating at times. Other tools include a nice wave editor for sound files, a good cover designer for CD cases and Nero Mix for MP3 playing and ripping.
Nero 6 is a great set of tools and utilities and offers excellent value for money. Existing users will have to consider the worth of the latest extras but new users will find a rich set of applications for all their CD and DVD needs. And unlike many of its peers, Nero 6 doesn't keep connecting to the Internet, which is good for those who prefer more control of their privacy. --Iain Laskey
With Nero 6, Ahead Software presents the follow-up to the famous burning solution Nero Burning ROM 5.5. And what a follow-up! Nero 6 is now the name for a whole suite of applications wrapped around the ultimate project launcher Nero StartSmart.
Nero 6 is your All-in-One solution! With all the powerful and fun applications now included in Nero 6, all of your CD and DVD burning tasks can be managed in a breeze. Burning DVD-Video, Photo, Data, Audio or BackUp just sit back and see Nero 6 handle it all with ease. But this is only one part of the new All-in-One solution. Nero 6 also includes applications edit audio, mix multiple audio tracks like recording studio professionals, watch VCD, SVCD and DVD movies, listen to music, design covers, optimize your drive´s performance and lots, lots more!
In addition to the very successful and now further improved Nero Burning ROM 6 and Nero Express 6, you now have complete audio and video processing functions as well as a complete backup function. NeroVision Express 2, Nero Wave Editor 2 and Nero SoundTrax are used for processing and generating video and audio contents on CD and DVDs. Nero BackItUp saves data (either on command or as a regular task). All these programs and functions can be reached via the new Nero StartSmart command center. You simply choose the task you would like to carry out and Nero StartSmart launches the appropriate application.