7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Pretty good, if still not that intuitive,
This review is from: Nero 11 Multimedia Suite (PC) (CD-ROM)
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Like many people, I've been using various versions of Nero's burning software for years - primarily, in my case, to make compilation music CDs. As PCs have got more sophisticated, and Microsoft has changed its architecture, I've found Nero less reliable and I gave up a few years back when it kept defaulting to its Express settings and also when most of my collection was on mp3 - iTunes makes mp3 discs pretty well. With Windows Moviemaker significantly simplifying what I always found were clunky and unreliable movie editing software packages, I haven't needed to go anywhere else for movie editing. Likewise backing up - I tend to find it fairly painless.
So along comes Nero 11 and I was curious as to how things have evolved. First up I tried the CD burning software. The interface is barely changed. You have to know your way around or spend a long time researching, because it's far from intuitive. Multisession disc? Nero DiscSpan? UDF partition type? Disc at once/96? Tempfile strategy anyone? Maybe everyone else knows these things automatically. Not me however - and would it really kill them to have mildly more helpful labels? Anyway, suffice to say that once you're familiar with the various quirks, the program still makes good CDs. The backup software was actually quite intuitive looking - maybe because they started from scratch. The movie editing software did not look like a step up from Windows. I liked some aspects - how easy it was to apply special effects for instance - but actually scrolling through those special effects was tricky as there wasn't enough room on the screen to display them properly. There's also a movie file conversion piece of software, which I'm sure I'll use as my Sony seems to create a non-standard film format.
So Nero is still a good product, it looks a bit smarter than in previous incarnations. It strikes me as fairly expensive, given the proliferation of various free alternatives, but as a one stop shop for burning and editing, it's still the one to beat.