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      10.06.2003 20:41
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      For a PC duffer like myself Adaptec?s Easy CD Creator 4 is all that I need to make or copy audio or data CD?s. The programme came already pre-installed on my machine so I cannot say how much it costs or how easy it was to install but I should imagine that installation is as easy as clicking on an icon. I have the programme icon on my desktop for easy access and a double click gets the thing going and up pops a pleasant looking dark grey GUI about one quarter the size of the screen. If you haven?t already got an upgrade a box also pops up asking if you want to download whatever upgrades are available. Five large buttons on the left is all that a person needs to select to, Create an audio CD, Create a data CD, Copy a CD be it data or audio, Create a jewel case for the CD box and Deluxe upgrade. As the mouse pointer is placed over each button the two display boxes on the right give brief details of the function about to be selected. It is so simple to use that I mastered it almost immediately and you can?t get much simpler than that. To create an audio CD you first have to get the music onto your hard drive as either a .wav file an audio file or an MP3 file. Sound Forge 4.5 is ideal for this purpose. Or you can copy particular tracks direct from your CD collection. Of course you have to select them but selections can be made from more than one CD and as you burn your creation the programme prompts you to put in place the various CD?s. Click on the Audio button and then on the new GIU?s Audio button and a familiar looking window opens to enable you to find your music files and record them onto the CD. A help file also pops up with a cute little cartoon character, the CD Guide, to help you through the process. A point to note. If you have a CD RW drive and you want to re-use a RW CD you have to erase whatever is on it first. Click on the menu CD and select Erase CD and then you get the option of a Qu
      ick Erase or a Full Erase. On my 4x CD RW DVD drive it takes around 20 minutes to fully erase a CD. Time to read the latest copy of Computer Active and in my case Amiga Active as well or make a cup of tea or torment the cat or whatever. You follow a similar process to make a Data CD. Copying a CD is a little bit trickier because when asked you have to load the tray with the CD to be copied and click on Copy and after a suitable period of time the tray opens and invites you to put in a blank CD. You have to close the tray though. See I told you it got trickier. O.K. You?ve made your CD and now you want that special Jewel Case for the box. Here you are really going to have to work at it but the newly opened window allows you to design your Jewel Case using the supplied tools. Put in a background of your choice from whatever source and generally do your own thing. Can?t be bothered typing out all the song titles. No need to fret, just leave your newly created CD in the drive go to the menu and click on Add and select CD Contents and stand back as it is all done for you. Well not quite, as only the track number and duration are listed, you have to put in the song title and artist. But then how many cups of tea do you want? In short, you can design your own front cover, inside cover and back cover Jewel Case and print it out on either a piece of A4 or thin card or special cards. You can even do a CD label to your own design although it is recommended that labels should not be stuck onto CD?s. From my slightly better than novice viewpoint Adaptec have thought of everything when it comes to making your own CD?s in as professional manner as you like and your printer allows.

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        13.11.2002 03:42

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        Since I got my computer, I looked forward to burning my own CDs. Imagine, I?d save hundreds and hundreds of dollars. The first CD burning software I ever got was Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4.0. This software works remarkably good. It allows you to burn CD from an already made CD or single tracks. The only downside from this software would probably the fact that you can only burn .wav music files on CD. It gets to be a drag to have to turn all your MP3s into .wav files. The CD burn within between 10 minutes and one hour depending on your burner. I would recommend this software to anyone that likes to make copies of CDs or have all-ready made .wav files on their computer.

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        09.03.2002 23:21
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        When I first purchased a cd-writer last christmas, I needed a software program which would cope with all my copying needs, thus came adaptec easy cd creator version 4. I got it with my cd-writer so i decided to install it as it had the writer drivers on. Little did I know that I would find the easiest and best cd creating and copying tool around. Installation - - - - - - - You will need around a 100mb of free space on your hard drive to hold cd creator. Insert the cd and the menu will popup asking for you to install it. It will ask you to install easy cd creator or direct cd which is a added feature ( I will explain later) Once you have chosen to install/uninstall then the installtion will begin. With it, Sub-programs are given, you can choose to install them programs by selecting or deselecting them. It will install all of the stuff that you have asked to, then it will tell you to restart your computer. Once your computer is restarted then you will be ready to use this breath of fresh air :). Writing Terminology - - - - - - - - - - It is important for you to know what everything means so I have put up this section so that you can find out what eveything means and how to work it. Track At Once - Writing in this method, date is written to a cd a track at a time which means that when its writing, after it has done one track, it will pause for a 2nd second gap, then begin writing the next track. Session At Once - This is where the cd is split into two sessions, when you are recording say an audio and date files to a cd, it splits them up into two sessions. Once one session is finished there is a gap, and then the cd is closed. Disc At Once - This is where it burns the whole data onto a cd without stopping or turning the laser off, it also closes the cd so that no date can be recorded onto it after. This is good for writing whole movies to a cd. Features - - - - - <
        br>Easy Cd Creator - This is what you will use most. You can burn date, audio, mixed mode or bootable cds from. A very useful feature indeed and you will probably spend most of your time here as it has everything you need. Making a data cd is used for maybe backing up your hard drive onto a cd or tranfering a load of files which may be needed on another computer ( for eg drivers). This is a handy tool. Also making an audio cd is a big feature which i use, If you have mp3's, you can burn them onto a cd so that they are able to play on any standard audio cd player. A bit of genius, the interface is as easy as drag and drop. Cd Copier - This is where you make exact duplicates of audio cd's. I use this to back up my existing audio or video games that iam scared that may break lol. It will tell you to choose your source and destination drive, If you have a single cd/cdrw drive then it will copy all the data onto the hard drive first and then when thats done it will ask you to insert a blank cdr. Then copying will begin. If you are copying a game or a audio disc with digital audio then it will test for the extraction speed so it can make an exact duplicate copy. Once recorded, the cd is then ejected for you. Your cd drive must be capable of DAE, which is for digital audio extraction. Jewel Case Creator - This is used to create your own custom cd case covers. This is nice if you have an audio cd that you have copied but dont want the original copy, hence this comes into play. You have themes to choose from to help you on your way. You can import your own Jpeg or bitmap graphics also, so that you can have pictures on the front page. This is an excellent addition. Cd Spin Doctor - This is for cutting out them hisses in your audio, vinyl, tape or mp3 files. Its a useful, but i thought it was very complicated to use. When you purchase cd creator you will be given a cable which goes from your sound card to your stereo, from here, using
        spin doctor, you can record old vinyl to cds so that you wont have low quality hissing music again, or you can record your old cherished classic tapes so that they will never get broken. It has various effects that you can add, morph and reverb are my too favourites as you can change the sound and pitch of the music. Theres a tool which takes out the hissing and the pops before they are recorded to a cd which is a absolute gem. A good fun tool. Extras - - - - Easy cd creator also comes with a few extras: Sound Editor - This is like the software you get with soundcards. It can test, sample and cut mp3 files into wav files. It has a equalizer to so you can mess about with the sound, if you have a microphone you can have a lot of phone by recording and then editing your voice on the sound card. Files are only savable in WAV format. Video Cd Creator - This plays MPEG movie files on normal VCD, CD players or any DVD players. If you have mpeg files you drag and drop them into any sequence that you see fit then burn them to a cd, if you have AVI, RM files then you will need to get hold of a converter which changes them into MPEG format, then you can watch your favourite computer movie clips on your home tele. Web Checkup - A useful tool for when you drivers go out of date and the software does too. It automatically uses your internet connection to search for updates and then automatically downloads them so your never being old ever again lol. Direct CD - - - - - - This is another tool which came with easy cd creator. After installing I restared my computer, when it restarted it had a tray icon saying direct cd. It burns a file system into a blank cd so you can save files to cd just like you would do in explorer. It has the explorer interface so you can drag and drop files into a cd layout and it will burn them on for you. A useful bit of software but the only problem is that i found it very di
        fficult to disable it, I had to uninstall the program because it took around 2mb of memory just sat there in the system tray. Conclusion - - - - - - On a whole, Adaptec have came up with a world class program which nothing beats ( except adaptecs easy cd creator 5) Its a simple and easy program to use and has all the features which a every day cd creator or copier person might need. It costs around £50 from micro direct and is well worth the money as its the only cd-r software that I found that does the job for that kind of money.

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          14.12.2001 13:29
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          The DELUXE issue of version 4.0 Easy CD Creator comes with all the kind software that you would expect to be “bundled” with any self-respecting CD-RW machine. For example:- CD-AUDIO (and CD-ROM) Audio recordings can be assembled from a selection of .wav. AND .mp3 files. How you get them onto your c:/drive is another matter. Anyone familiar with Windows Explorer will be at home with its `Source File` and `Assembly Area` screens. (This is mirrored by a data CD copying facility using the same drag`n`drop methods for creating selective CD-ROMs) Just identify where the originals are and drag`n`drop them to the assembly area in the right running order. They can be a mixture of file types. Make any changes to track title text (make sure you set it out as if it’s going to be a disk label – it will be later!) and set the recording process in action. If you are feeling really flash, you can even overlap tracks so that they fade into one another. There is a CD-Labelling facility that can either use your typed-in information, or if you load a mainstream shop-bought CD into your machine, the software can be made to go off into the web, to a database of CD’s where it derives all the track information for you and dumps them to an MS Access compatible database on your C:/drive. All you have to do then is tidy-up the on-screen format to your satisfaction. This is a useful facility in its own right if you have a large record collection and a copy of MS Access, since you could database them for insurance purposes, but its inclusion in CD Copying software can only be seen as an incitement to copy whole CDs, which as we are frequently told is illegal. (Unless you're trying to foil burglars by hiding all the originals in the loft!) DIRECT CD A utility for copying straight to disk from Windows Explorer, making your CD-Rs and RWs massive “floppies”, in
          effect. A short period of “prepping” the disk is needed before it is formatted to receive data. After use, you get the option of creating a CD-ROM readable in other machines, or leaving the disk open for later downloads. CD COPIER, Does exactly what it says `on the tin` by making verbatim copies of entire sound or data disks. This also links into the databasing and labelling facility if the source is a CD-audio disk, providing it's a CD that the system has already "seen". With all of the facilites mentioned so far, don't forget to use the calibration routines in Tools to check out your playback AND recording machines for their data transfer rates - unless you've got a use for shiny beer mats with a hole in the middle, that is! TAKE 2 This is a back-up utility, allowing a chain of CD-R`s or CD-RWs to be written to, capable of holding the entire contents of c:drive if need be. Of course, at only 650 mb a go, this could need rather a lot for the average well-stuffed c:/drive these days. Now then…..where the DELUXE issue differs is in the extras. For example, SPIN DOCTOR This has many interesting little features designed to help you clean up your sound source prior to committing it to CD. For example, if your source is scratchy vinyl or “hissy” tape, you can process these noises out by sampling the noise and having all examples of it removed. You can also get it to detect quiet passages in an analogue source, and make track breaks for the CD. This latter facility is tricky to find the right sound threshold levels for it to operate faultlessly, especially with a noisy LP, as even large scratches in the silent bits can be seen as a new (but short!) track. Don`t forget, you will need a hi-fi grade sound card to make this worth using, and also if you are recording from a turntable, some form of pre-amplifier
          to raise the pick-up output to be compatible with the sound card input (I use an spare hi-fi amp for this). Also, to stay within the spirit of the law, it would be illegal to re-record your vinyl albums onto CD and then dispose of the originals. As with all `software` it`s only legal to make back-up copies for security reasons. Anything else is piracy. VCD Creation In addition, you can also create VCDs from suitable movie format files, but I have yet to use this as my hi-fi’s DVD player won`t accept anything on a CD-R, despite being VCD compatible but you could see this being useful, if you have a Mini-DV Camcorder with a Firewire download link to PC so that your precious holiday footage can be laid to disk after editing the rude bits out! (or maybe you like leaving them in – who knows!) All in all, some clever extras if you`ve a use for them, and the time to spend “taking the hiss” (out of your records, I mean) and anyone at home with Windows Explorer will take no time at all in becoming proficient at producing those “personal compilation” albums that the advertisers of CD-Rewriters are at pains to mention. Note: Unlike previous versions, this will accept 80 minute disks. £45 well spent

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            10.09.2001 04:55
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            #Background This was the piece of software I got bundled with my CD writer and it is incredibly simple to use even without any manual consultation. The programme works on the simple principle of menu selection much like in windows. You have an upper and lower menu the upper containing source, the lower showing the planned files to be burnt. #Audio Cds One of the better facilities on Easy CD Creator is that to burn audio Cds from MP3s does not require you to convert them in the first place to normal CD files. You can merely select Audio CD option rather than Data CD and drag and drop and the programme will burn them as a normal music CD. This particularly useful as it removes the time and effort required to mess about ripping such files with something like Win Amp. The audio method can be used for burning wav or Cd sound files straight to disk to produce a format your hi-fi or discman recognises. #Data Cds You can of course burn mp3s to a Cd still as mp3s and for this and other files you would select the data method. This works on the same principle; select source and destination (disk in writer) and off you go. #Cd Copier If you merely want to duplicate a CD then you can select Cd Copier option and it just runs off a quick duplicate. #Features You can select burn speeds of 1,2 or 4 speed where 1 speed corresponds to that at which you listen to an audio Cd, so for example a 60 minute Cd takes 60 minutes to copy. It is also equivalent to 150 Kilobytes/second. You can perform a test copy of a CD in which the procedure is exactly the same as if you were burning it but without the physical writing. A good idea so as not to waste blanks. You can i) test, ii) write or iii)test and write which performs a test and if successful then burns the Cd straight after. This is the method I usually use when burning my Cds. #Problems There are however disadvantages of a product
            that is basically aimed at the novice CD burner user. These include only a limited number of options that are available as they assume you understand little so will have little need of such things. For example a 700MB can contain usually a substantial amount more then 700MB but are buffered for reliability at 700MB. Easy writer will burn up to 710Mb dependent on media but cannot have its buffer altered. A programme such as nero is much better for such things. #Overall View All in all a good starting product, if you are getting a CD writer get this and then if you come up against something it won`t do look further afield for something like nero

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              29.05.2001 07:13
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              Adaptec is one of the biggest names in CD recording for computers and its Easy CD Writer is pretty simple and effective, but be very careful when you use Direct CD - it can seriously damage your health. The two generally come bundled together when you get Adaptec software included with a CD writer and in theory the Direct CD program should be the better of the two. I could never get the Direct CD software working properly from the day I had it and it sometimes refused to allow me to get a CD out of the machine. I used to have to fiddle about to get the disc out and it got extremely frustrating. I hate it when software doesn't work properly. I have a CD rewriter which allows me to burn CD-RW disks and I Bought it so that I could use it to back up my system on the basis that I could reformat the CD-RW disks and use them over and over again. Direct CD, however, has always refused to work properly for me and I just gave up using it, meaning that in the end I stuck to the CD Copier software included in the pack and just burning CD-ROMs. That always worked fine. In the end, I had a problem with my PC and I took it back to the suppliers to have a new processor fitted. While it was in I asked them to look at the Direct CD software for me and they told me that it was notoriously bad. So bad, in fact, that it had burned out my CD rewriting facility and I would only be able to write to CD-RW disks if I replaced the CD Rewriter drive completely. You can imagine how ****ing p***ed off I was. There was no way that I was going to fork out for a new drive, so I'm now stuck with burning CD-ROMs until I change the whole package. So BE WARNED - AVOID DIRECT CD LIKE THE PLAGUE Having said that, however, the shop updated my Easy CD Creator software to Version 4 and I have to say that this is simply wonderful software, extremely flexible and powerful and it takes a lot less time to write a CD than it used to.
              When I had version 3, it would take 2 hours for an Audio CD, for instance. Now, it only takes about 30 minutes which is pretty damn fine and has NEVER screwed things up as yet. Easy Creator has a nice Windows Explorer type interface which lets you drag and drop the files to be copied from one window into the other, indicating which are to be copied over. It's certainly an elegant and effective operation and a pleasure to use. Adaptec are THE name for CD writing software and they certainly got it right with Easy Creator - it's just a crying shame that they got things so badly wrong with Direct CD.

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                02.05.2001 23:39
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                Okay, lets face it, it doesnt matter what the pros say about Nero or CDRWin, Easy CD Creator is THE easiest CD burning tool to use. Fantastic compatability, and simple to setup and start burning. I got version 3 with my CD Writer, and never EVER had a problem with it. I got version 4 as soon as I could, and the first thing I noticed was the size of it. Bloatware or what? And, after installing it, I noticed most of the stuff would ever get used. Another problem I found was that, even if you installed to a specific directory, folders were left everywhere. It seems to take over your computer. And the little office assisstant type guy is SO annoying! Other than that general moan, not bad. A few unsolved problems with my CDs turning (magically) into frisbees, but my writer is getting a bit old! Not bad, but not fantastic. Id go for v3 over it :)

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                  19.04.2001 09:13
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                  For a PC duffer like myself Adaptec’s Easy CD Creator 4 is all that I need to make or copy audio or data CD’s. The programme came already pre-installed on my machine so I cannot say how much it costs or how easy it was to install but I should imagine that installation is as easy as clicking on an icon. I have the programme icon on my desktop for easy access and a double click gets the thing going and up pops a pleasant looking dark grey GUI about one quarter the size of the screen. If you haven’t already got an upgrade a box also pops up asking if you want to download whatever upgrades are available. Five large buttons on the left is all that a person needs to select to, Create an audio CD, Create a data CD, Copy a CD be it data or audio, Create a jewel case for the CD box and Deluxe upgrade. As the mouse pointer is placed over each button the two display boxes on the right give brief details of the function about to be selected. It is so simple to use that I mastered it almost immediately and you can’t get much simpler than that. To create an audio CD you first have to get the music onto your hard drive as either a .wav file an audio file or an MP3 file. Sound Forge 4.5 is ideal for this purpose. Or you can copy particular tracks direct from your CD collection. Of course you have to select them but selections can be made from more than one CD and as you burn your creation the programme prompts you to put in place the various CD’s. Click on the Audio button and then on the new GIU’s Audio button and a familiar looking window opens to enable you to find your music files and record them onto the CD. A help file also pops up with a cute little cartoon character, the CD Guide, to help you through the process. A point to note. If you have a CD RW drive and you want to re-use a RW CD you have to erase whatever is on it first. Click on the menu CD and select Erase CD
                  and then you get the option of a Quick Erase or a Full Erase. On my 4x CD RW DVD drive it takes around 20 minutes to fully erase a CD. Time to read the latest copy of Computer Active and in my case Amiga Active as well or make a cup of tea or torment the cat or whatever. You follow a similar process to make a Data CD. Copying a CD is a little bit trickier because when asked you have to load the tray with the CD to be copied and click on Copy and after a suitable period of time the tray opens and invites you to put in a blank CD. You have to close the tray though. See I told you it got trickier. O.K. You’ve made your CD and now you want that special Jewel Case for the box. Here you are really going to have to work at it but the newly opened window allows you to design your Jewel Case using the supplied tools. Put in a background of your choice from whatever source and generally do your own thing. Can’t be bothered typing out all the song titles. No need to fret, just leave your newly created CD in the drive go to the menu and click on Add and select CD Contents and stand back as it is all done for you. Well not quite, as only the track number and duration are listed, you have to put in the song title and artist. But then how many cups of tea do you want? In short, you can design your own front cover, inside cover and back cover Jewel Case and print it out on either a piece of A4 or thin card or special cards. You can even do a CD label to your own design. From my slightly better than novice viewpoint Adaptec have thought of everything when it comes to making your own CD’s in as professional manner as you like and your printer allows.

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                    02.03.2001 02:42

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                    When I first started writing my CDs, I tried numerous products, Disc Juggler, WinOnCD, CDR Win and others, but Easy CD Creator Deluxe came out best. Simple and very easy to use, my favourite feature of Easy CD Creator is the wizard that runs when you start up the program. It allows you to choose whether you want to write a data or even audio CD, and after selecting the files you want to write, and altering a few settings, your ready to go. It really is as easy as ABC. Other advantages include, - Writing a disk image first - Disc-at-once to remove two second gaps between tracks - Close disc to prevent any further writing - Close session but leave disc open allows multiple session writing - Track and disc labelling allow easy naming for future reference - Jewel Case and CD Label creation built in - Automatic saving of any track listing - Modes include - Test, Write and Test then Write again This piece of software is very user friendly and has an easy to use interface. Very reliable and straight forward to work with! Adaptec also have updates available for download from their site, which can improve the software. Very highly recommended,why not give it a go!

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                    05.01.2001 18:14
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                    Adaptec Easy CD Creator was bundled with my Yamaha CD-RW drive, and is extremely easy to use. The software allows you to copy audio files to make a music CD that can play in any CD player, or create a data CD-ROM with files or programs on, or to do a direct copy of another CD you already have. The software is simple drag and drop, where you drag the files you want to copy into the window, and then click to create the CD. It even has a little character in the corner,rather like a balloon, who pops up with instructions and hints until you get used to the program (you can turn him off if you find him irritating). An interesting program that comes with Easy CD Creator allows you to format blank CDs so that they act like floppy disks, and you can just add files to it at any time, and then use the CD in other computer drives. There is also a program that will do a back-up of your entire drive, and create a startup floppy so that you can return your computer to operating perfection if ever it should go wrong. The copying is reliable and I have had few instances of copying failing. All in all a great and easy to use program, that I find very reliable.

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                    03.01.2001 15:19
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                    Adaptec's CD creator was the program that came with my Philips CD re-writer, however I have tried many of the other favorite writing programs such as Nero Burning ROM and CDRWin, but I still favour the Adaptec version. My main reason for choosing this software over the others is the ease of use. From the very start this program has been a piece of cake to use. And it does everything I want. The layout is like a standard windows explorer layout. Because its so familiar it instantly becomes a program that's easy to get to grips with. When software has a completely new look, I just feel like I have too much to learn and don't give it as much time as I should do. But many people are the same they buy according to what they like. Creating custom CD's is very easy. You have your explorer look in the top half of the screen with your hard Disks and CD drivers displayed. To add items to your custom CD you simply have to select the file(s) or folder(s) and click the "ADD" button underneath the menu bar. There is a meter at the very bottom of the window that shows your CD size and the size of the files currently selected so you know how much space you have to add more files. You can also create music Cd's from WAV files or MP3's. When CD Creator is burning your CD it will decode MP3s and change them in to true CD audio format. The file size bar in this mode is slightly different as each music track is represented by a different color showing which tracks are tacking up the most space, should you need to make changes. There is also the straight copy CD mode which simply makes a copy of the CD you put in your CD reader. For best results use the Copy to hard disk first option, this stops any errors caused by the CD reader not reading fast enough. Some CD readers can be a little slow sometimes when seeking for random data. Overall I think this is easily one of the best CD programs out there, I have had no problems with it at all and
                    would seriously recommend it.

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                    15.12.2000 02:44
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                    Well hats off the guys and gals at Adaptec for this one, as it really is a great piece of software. Where it wins hands down is when you just want to create a disk, with no hassle or agro. You simply place a blank cdr or cdrw in your cdrw drive, and the software pops up with a window, asking what you want to do. You have the option of doing a CD to CD copy from one cdrom drive to your CDRW, or to create a Data disk or audio disk. The CD to CD copy is simple, just put the disks into the right drives, select the reader and writer and click copy and away it goes ! To create a data cd you just need to select the items you want on your disk, and click on the 'ADD' button, then on the 'REC' button and the disk gets burnt. Making an audio cd is also just as easy, and MP3 files get decoded to WAV files on the fly, so that the disk you create can be read in audio drives ! For CDRW disks the software now comes with DirectCD, which allows you to format your CDRW disk to the UDF standard and use it like a hard disk drive. The DELUX version even includes a VCD creator so you can burn 'standard' VCD disks which will play in normal VCD Players. Words of Warning !!! The 'help' is an annoying ball thing, akin to that found with Word ! Adaptec software does not like other CDR software ! and will screw up the ASPI layers, so for example you cant use it with NERO or Win on CD. Not every drive is immediately supported. To get it to work with the new Plextor 12x 10x 32x drive, which I have, it required numerous 'Software Updates', which are available free from their web pages. ADAPTEC CDRW SOFTWARE DEPARTMENT IS NOW KNOWN AS ROXIO...

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                    01.12.2000 02:12
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                    A first class product that will cover all you are likley to need , The software handles all formats so if you like you cam mix up mp3 (downloads) with existing album tracks from your collection , to customise your own CD's , Then using jewel case go on to create professional CD inserts an CD Lables, the step by step on screen prompts makes all the steps very clear and easy to follow, I thouroughly recomend this software after using it over a number of weeeks Ken Oliver

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                    23.10.2000 17:34
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                    The first piece of rewriting software that I ever used was Adaptec Easy CD Creator 3. Naturally I became accustomed to the program and found it very simple to use. When the opportunity arose I upgraded to version 3.5, which gave me extra facilities. The ease of use and reliability made me quite a fan of this program, and I was delighted when they released version 4. After installing the latest version I created a couple of CDs, one data and one audio, and was very impressed with the obvious improvements on earlier releases. However, I soon started to encounter many errors, the common one being a buffer underrun. This was illogical because I use a 36x ROM and write at 2x. Even reducing the writing speed to 1x did not eradicate the problem, so I uninstalled the program and re-installed it, but to no avail. I have even had the same problem after copying the information to the hard drive and writing it from there. I am now using version 3.5 again, and have none of the trouble that version 4 gave me. If I could be confident that version 4 would behave, then I would use it regular because the features make it a very useful and desirable piece of software. As I have no trouble with earlier versions it is unlikely to be a conflict on my system, so I can only assume that it is not as stable as it's predecessors. So if you are thinking of upgrading to Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4, BEWARE.

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                      08.10.2000 05:20

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                      Easy CD creator is overall a good program for creating CD's. I use it all the time at work for creating CD's for distribution to our customers containing our own software application. I also use it at home for making backup copies of files on my harddrive onto Re-writable CD's. It also has a wizard which guides you step by step in the creation of your CD's. You can also create audio CD's using this program which is very useful to make copies of you favorite CD for the Car. I have used other CD writing software, but I find that this program is by far the easiest to use and I have never had a writing error with it.

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