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The reason that I want to tell you about this program is that I have used it for many years, through the days of Windows 98 and even now with the enhanced Windows XP, and am convinced that this is one of the most user friendly programs that I have ever purchased, combining all kinds of copying, plus a superb photographic package and media player all in one bundle.
It's a clever and innovative program, and in many ways is better than the multi media options offered within XP itself, and the documentation that comes as standard with the program means that even someone with limited knowledge can progress easily through the processes of burning CDs to listen to on a normal CD player, of making slide shows for watching on a dvd player, of listening to music and helping to find tracks on even the most jumbled of computers such as mine is, and finally being able to help you organise and edit photographic work with ease.
The program loads very easily and self explanatory screens guide you through the process, and what you get at the end is a functional and very stable user friendly multi media experience.
The screen that opens when you start up the package gives you a choice of options, and I shall deal with these in the order in which they appear, the first of which is a straight copy option labelled Disc copy. Here, there is nothing complex. You are presented with two options, where the disc you want to copy is housed on your computer and where you want it to go. Simple as that, and even if you have only one read write drive, the program runs smoothly and tells you when you put discs into the drive. I have found that this is super for back up copies of my music, because maybe you want music in a workplace and do not want to spoil originals. Here, the back up copy is relatively cheap to make, and if destroyed by use in a dusty environment, can be cheaply replaced.
There are settings that can be changed, although due to my lack of expertise, I find that the default settings have always served my purpose, and that copying is swift and fault free.
This comes with the package and is a very neat media player and is every bit as good as the Windows Media Player from my point of view. I actually like the visualisations, i.e. The screen that shows whilst you listen to music and think that Roxio did it better than Windows did. I use this a lot to locate music that I wish to make into compilations, and although this plays a small roll within the whole package, it's a worthwhile toy, which takes you through nifty things like sound editing, and media search.
This program is so that you can make slideshows of your favourite photos and put them onto a disc for viewing on a DVD player. Unfortunately, I think that this feature of the program is disappointing, because there are no transitional effects in between photographs as with another program I use called Photo2DVD, although the menu styles are quite professional looking. Although this does put video files onto a CD rom to be watched on a DVD player, this is not really a good program to consider in the duplication of DVD's since the process of DVD copying is too complex for this simple program that came out before copying DVD's was popular.
Now here you have one of the best photographic programs for the amateur, and compared with programs such as Picture It from Microsoft, this program allows you to do far more than Picture it will, in that you are fully in control of expert editing which is effective, rather than silly special effects, and this program takes images either from scanner, drives, camera or card reader and allows you easily to edit, save, make smaller for emailing, view, organise and archive. I love the options available on the editing package here, which are much wider than the limited ones available with Picture it. I have compared this program with the more professional ones which purport to be the best, although here, I would say that a photographic program is only as good as the skill of the person using it, and that some of the more complex photographic programs are not as user friendly as the Roxio one, which makes your experience complete, rather than disappointing. Everything is labelled, and makes the discovery simple to use, and rewarding, and as well as having self correcting buttons, the user is left to make the final choice themselves which I like very much ranging from mending flawed photographs, getting rid of wrinkles (which even nature cannot do), increasing overall quality, cropping, rotating, even adding text or making an easy collage. This program makes it relatively painless and not at all disappointing.
This is one of my favourite functions, and here you can create a CD rom of either music, data or mixed media files. Dragging and dropping is simple and fun and the program clearly states how much information you have put onto your potential CD Rom and how much space is left. I love this program and find that it is so simple to create music cd's because you get the chance to knock off the tracks that you are not keen on and create compilations that are pleasing to you. You can also use this for putting your written work or photographic work onto storage discs, and I was amazed to see how many MP3's you can get into a disc, and how simple storage actually is without clogging up your computer with files that you don't need in your every day computing.
Within the creator classic is a small program that is better than Nero's version for creating labels for the CD roms, and covers and back slips and the choice that you get with this program is extremely good, and plentiful, suiting all occasions, or in fact bringing your own photographs into the final stages to create original covers for your storage Cd roms. This really is a doddle to use.
I realise that with programs like XP, more and more people use XP directly for making their storage discs, although I would say that the options offered by the complete Roxio Package at an affordable price of less than twenty five Pounds, new from Ebay, far outweigh the built in programs by making the experience a complete one.
Running Nero and XP, and having run various programs for the uses this program gives as a complete package, I believe that the Roxio package is the best experience I have ever had, and is consistently superior in the finish of a disc, and photographic package to anything that XP offers, and in some ways better than Nero for the needs that I have. Trying the two programs side by side, I realise that Nero is acclaimed as the best, though Roxio to me is much more user friendly, and I would urge those feeling a strong need to experiment with non DVD copying, photographic and musical work to consider Roxio as a serious contender in the market of storing information in an easy and uncomplicated way.
Updates are available and you can set your program to alert you as and when updates are to be had.
Minimum requirements : Intel Pentium III 800MHz to get the maximum benefit from the program.
Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP
815Mo disc space. Disc Writer CD/DVD
16 BIT Colour
SVGA Video Card with 8Mo memory Sound Blaster compatible Sound Card.
This really is a valuable program and one that a user would get years of fun with.
Now then I use this package on average, 4 Hours a day. It is simply the best burning package I have come across.
There is no doubts about it, It is so simple yet advanced.
It performs really advanced projects but explains everything in plain followable enlish which is brilliant for a starter.
It is the very first burning package i ever used and I have tried many others.
Many of which were great. But Roxio does it for me.
It is superb, Doi not look for any other software for this Job.
It is Roxio Easy Creator
Hope this has been helpful to you.
Yes, Roxio have improved their CD/DVD writing suite. There are no longer problems associated with running it under Windows XP. Given the chance Roxio would have the AudioSuite part of the application as the default for mp3, wma, etc. Resist this as the player is not really as good as MS Windows Media Player (I am surprised that I have actually praised a MS product!). The best addition to the suite is the drag-to-disc feature which allows a user to drag files "explorer-like" onto a desktop icon and have the files written to the CD/DVD. Other than that I have not got a great deal to say about the suite apart from it does what it says on the tin!!