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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Nero, but still capable and easy to use., 20 Nov 2010
This review is from: Nova MediaNow CD and DVD Burning Suite (PC) (CD-ROM)
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Media Now comes in colourful DVD case, takes only a few minutes to install and seems to do what it claims without too many complaints on the way. I am a little unsure about this software. On the one hand it is pretty, it seems powerful and easy to use but on the other it is slow, required a restart once installed but didn't tell me this, it just refused to work until I did restart the PC and seems to install quite a lot of things you may not want or need (it tried to install an old version of iTunes on my PC.) During use I found it often paused to do something (like read the contents of some of my larger network drive folders) but as it failed to tell me what it was doing several times I thought it had crashed.

When I ordered this I wanted something to replace an old version of NTI CD/DVD maker and it is better than that software but I still prefer Nero which is faster and, when you know how it works, easier to use. For a novice though the Media Now starting window makes it very easy to find what you want just by clicking on an icon (like a musical note for audio CDs) then selecting what kind of action you want to perform (like ripping an audio CD or buring a new one). Hovering over the choice brings up a section of text explaining what part of the software suite will be used and detailing what is involved. On selecting your choice the Media Now window vanishes and is replaced by the application you have chosen and when you're done, close the application and the Media Now window reappears to let you do something else.

MediaNow also installs a little application that loads on start up, sits on the taskbar by the clock and presents you with some options to burn DVDs and CDs at the click of a button. It's easily turned off it you don't like such things but I didn't find it that intrusive.

For a novice or someone who dislikes fiddling with options this software is very friendly but does not make the mistake of stopping a more experienced user adjust settings and play with things where they need to. Overall I like it and will not be buying a copy of Nero any time soon!
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