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Many many problems
on 8 May 2011
I haven't written a review on Amazon before but felt compelled to for Toast 11 Titanium Pro because all the features I bought it for do not work (version 11.0.2 at the time of writing).
The main reason I bought Toast 11 Titanium Pro was to write files from my camcorder to DVD in AVCHD format for playback on a blu-ray player. This is well-publicised selling point of the more expensive Pro version and is expressly referred to in a heading on Amazon's product page. Yet the burn process gets stuck at 99% every time and DVDs are not usable. And the problem doesn't affect only me - take a look on Roxio forums where hundreds of others have posted about this. One apparent fix is to turn off buffer underrun protection, but this only helps for projects shorter than about 5 minutes. Don't know about you, but I tend to record more than 5 minutes of video when I go on holiday! If anyone has a better fix for this problem, or if AVCHD burns work for them, please do comment or post a separate review. Version 11.0.3 is described as addressing this flaw but at the time of writing a beta build of this new version is reported to suffer exactly the same issue.
And the problems do not stop there. Some of the most basic features cause Toast to crash: copying DVDs and writing DVDs among them. If I was using some exotic hardware, I might have some sympathy for these issues, but I'm not - I have a 2010 Macbook Pro.
For me, it is mpossible to recommend this software in its current form. Either buy Toast 10 or wait until Toast 11 is fixed. Without doubt the most unusable piece of software I've used since Frontier on the Amiga in 1993!