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WriteDVD! Pro 4 Released

Software includes DVD repair utility By Dave Nagel
Software Architects has released WriteDVD! Pro 4.0. WriteDVD! uses a UDF file system and driver to provide drag and drop writing to all forms of recordable DVD media. It supports Mac OS 8/9 and Windows.

The new version supports drag and drop writing to DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM. And it works will all major DVD hardware, including Sony, HP, Ricoh, Philips, Pioneer, Hitachi, Panasonic, LaCie and QPS. It supports both block addressable DVD-RAM and DVD+RW discs and sequential recording DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD+R media, as well as CD-R and CD-RW media,


Version 4.0 also includes support for advanced "Real Time Recording" functions used in new DVD-RAM disk-based video camcorders and video recorders. Real time recording optimizes reads and writes of video files to disk by emulating sequential recording on the random access, block addressable DVD-RAM media. Other features include:

  • Copy, arrange and remove files from DVD-R, DVD+R or CD-R volumes prior to finishing the disc.
  • Background mastering.
  • Formats in all versions of UDF.
  • Reads and writes DVD video files created in DVD video real time recording format.
  • Supports DVD-RAM media recorded in new DVD video recorders and DVD camcorders.
  • Tests media for defective sectors.
  • Diagnoses and repairs damaged discs.
  • Recovers files from damaged discs to the hard drive.

WriteDVD! Pro consists of four key components: WriteDVD! File System; FormatUDF! Formatter and test utility; WriteDVD! device drivers; FixDVD! disc repair and file recovery utility.

WriteDVD! is available now for Mac OS 8/9 and Windows. It supports ATAPI, FireWire and USB standard protocols and sells for $99.95. For more information, visit http://www.softarch.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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