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Toast 5 Titanium

Roxio's CD and DVD burning suite. By Paulo de Andrade
Toast 5 Titanium is Roxios latest burning software for the Mac. Now working under OS X and 9.X , and capable of burning CDs, VCDs and DVDs, Toast is an indispensable tool for the serious Mac user.

When Apple introduced its burner software as part of the OS, many people thought that it meant the end of Toast. That couldnt be farther from the truth. Apples burner is very easy to use but it imposes some serious limitations. The worst, in my opinion, is the inability to burn multi-session CDs. It also limits the DVD author because it doesnt let you create mixed-mode DVDs, only video or data ones. Mixed-mode DVDs can be very useful in many ways. From a production standpoint, they let you include extra features that may be accessed by computers such as bonus screen savers, links to web sites, etc. From an archival standpoint, they allow you to save the raw files used to create a DVD project on the DVD itself. That makes it a lot easier to find your files later, in case you need to update the project.

Toast 5 Titanium is more than just a CD/DVD burning program. Its a suite of applications that includes Toast Audio Extractor, CD Spin Doctor, iView Multimedia, Qdesign MVP, and Magic Mouse Discus. Also included in the product box is an audio cable to connect analog sources to Macs with analog audio inputs and a BurnPak sample kit consisting of one blank CD-R disc, one sheet of CD labels, a tutorial on CD, and access to free, downloadable authorized MP3 music. In addition, the package comes with a Getting Started guide and a very comprehensive manual.

Toast 5 Titanium is great for burning DVDs. Unlike Apple's built-in burner, it does a very good job of handling DVD-R/W discs. Its also perfect for burning DVDs from images stored in your hard drive. DVD-RW discs can save you some money because, instead of burning several test DVDs on DVD-R discs, you can use the same re-writable media over and over. Toast has two options for re-formatting the discs. The first one is very quick and is to be used only if youll be utilizing Toast as the burning software. The second one takes much longer but its necessary if you are re-formatting the disc for use with other burning applications.

The ability to burn DVDs with Toast can be a real lifesaver because Apples built-in burner has failed me a few times. Just recently I had to burn a DVD in a hurry for a clients presentation. I was using DVD Studio Pro and the Apple burner failed to recognize the blank DVD media properly. The problem apparently was caused by an extensions conflict and it would have required me to diagnose it and then reboot the computer. Instead, I just saved an image to the hard drive and Toast burned it immediately, without any problems.
I also rely on Toast when I want to use DVDs to store data. Because of their larger storage capacity, DVDs are ideal to save projects that include lots of processed footage, rendered 3D and 2D images and other space consuming files that would normally require several CD-Rs.

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