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4.0 out of 5 stars Roxio proposes a Toast..., 21 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Roxio Toast 10 Titanium (MAC) (CD-ROM)
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It's only recently that I started using Toast 9, and it's interesting to use Toast 10 and see if it's worth the upgrade...

...As with all software upgrades I expected a funky new User Interface, there's no overhaul here, but that's not a bad thing. One major thing I enjoyed about Toast 9 was the simple menus and the drag and drop facility, and that's still there.

If you aren't used to the Roxio Toast software suite then you may not be aware that it's a simple solution for burning CDs/DVDs/Data Disks and is very easy to use - though it might take a little playing around with to become comfortable with.

Toast Ten offers a few changes from it's predecessor. For a start there's One Click DVD Copying. For people fed up of ripping a disk with one application, only to then use another to burn it - this is a welcome addition. It doesn't work with copy protected DVDs though, so there'll be no naughty copies being made (I get the feeling that downloads of easy-to-use application 'MacTheRipper' will increase.) This was very easy to use compared to my usual method, it was actually an audio CD I copied and it plays better then the original, the original was scratched and skipped in one place - but Toast 10 'repaired' the disk error on the copied disk - it took quite a bit longer than usual, but the results were fantastic. As with Toast 9, you can 'shrink' content to compress content on a dual layer disk to fit on a (considerably cheaper) single layer disk.

A nice touch is the option to rip and burn parts of a DVD, so you can select the part you want to rip from several DVDs and create one DVD of your 'collage'. You can rip video from websites with video content (such as YouTube, etc) and include those on your DVD disks. If you wanted to do this before you had to use third party software (such as one of the many FireFox Add-ons) to download the video and then convert it using more third party software before burning to disk!

Toast 9 had the option for high definition burning, but only with a seperate plug-in upgrade, you normally need to purchase an additional plug in for Toast 10 to burn High Def too, but this edition came with it bundled for free - though I don't know whether this is just for a limited time or not as it usually just comes as standard with Toast Pro. Toast 10 drops support for HD-DVD, but seeing as the format is now pushing up the daisies it seems natural that only Blu-Ray is supported.

Overall Toast 10 offers much of the same but with a nice few extras to make sure it it up-to-date with the media people are now using 1 year on, but with one omission - DivX. Now I don't use DivX myself so it's not something I'll miss, but I know that for a lot of people DivX is the media format of preference. I'm assuming that Roxio had good reason for leaving out DivX burning - but for some it rules out Toast 10 as a viable piece of software.

I haven't used all the features on Toast 10 - in fact I've barely scratched the surface, but I've used it for the features I need at the moment and it works well, very well. I've used Toast 9 and Toast 10 side by side now and for someone who uses it for basic DVD burning (as I suspect many may) then main thing Toast 10 offers above Toast 9 is a selection of additional DVD menu styles, and the possibility of using Blu-Ray in the future.

Want web streaming of video and more integration with i-Tunes? Then Toast 10 is a definite improvement and well worth the purchase.

In a nutshell: Toast 10 reduces the need for several pieces of software - it's not quite a one stop solution but it's the closest thing there is to it. Worth the upgrade? That all depends on your requirements. If you require DivX burning then you're better off with a previous version. If you require Blu-Ray burning then yes. Personally, for me Toast 9 has met my needs perfectly and the additional i-Phone and TiVo facilities are of no interest to me, but will be for others out there. If you're buying for the first time then this is the best piece of DVD Burning Software there is and should be at the top of your list (if you don't want to burn DivX), but if you have Toast 9 then you may want to stick with it.

Toast 10 is a move in the right direction - one piece of software to rule them all! I'm sure that future versions will offer even more and this is an easy 4 stars from me, though I know that the lack of DivX makes this a show stopper for a lot of potential purchasers.
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2009 20:47:28 GMT
Hi DMZ

If you want to burn a DivX disk, all you need to do is make a data disk, and pop the DivX file on the disk, then your player should be able to read the disk and display the output.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2009 22:23:39 GMT
DLP UK - many thanks for that comment, I certainly didn't realise that. It's something that could make this a viable purchase for someone who wants that facility, cheers bud. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2009 16:25:16 GMT
Yeah but really Leopard can do this without any extra cost to the customer.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2009 20:07:13 GMT
Ah - I'm not a Leopard user, I'm an old fashioned Tiger man!
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