NERO is an Excellent Invention in the field of CD writing.
The basic Advantages of NERO over other CD copying tools are listed below:
1.User Friendly Interface which makes the process easy even without reading the user manual.
2.comparatively Faster Burning process with respect to Other Burning tools available.
3.Superior Quality of Burning.
4.Ease of copying from one CD to the other.
5.Hassle Free Operation
Be sure you have one installed in your PC.
I am sure you will get the maximum out of it.
About six years ago when I first started working with my PC, I was well aware of the importance of making back-ups of all my files. This I had learned to my expense from my old Commodore Amiga days when I lost everything due to a damaged hard drive. And that was only 200 megs! Now I had 40 gigabytes of hard drive on the PC I had purchased, but it had a CD Re-writer fitted so that would make it easier to back-up my work.
Looking at the recordable CD disks, I thought the best option would be to buy, the CD re-writes (CD-RW) as they could be recorded to over and over again and even wiped completely if I wanted.
You can imagine my shock when I ended up throwing most of the disks in the bin because, according to my computer (running windows Me at the time), they had failed to format properly and after what seemed like waiting an age for my computer to do its work and format these disks, I was growing incredibly frustrated. Later I was talking to a friend of mine who asked me why I didnt use Nero.
I didnt know what Nero was, but he assured me that Nero would write to practically any disk, so I purchased the program.
The package I purchased was Nero 6. and all I can say is that I havent looked back since. I would say that Nero must be one of the most powerful CD burning facilities around and one of the easiest to understand. All I need to do with is to pop a CD disk into the CD burner, launch Nero and not even worry about my previous formatting problems.
I found this a painless procedure, with the usual copyright stuff to agree to and it all went without a hitch. I first installed it on Windows Me and later, when I upgraded to XP, it installed just as easily.
To transfer files from my hard drive to a CD RW or CD-R
From the start menu, I would select Nero Express and I am presented with a window with a list of selections
This is what I use for backing up ordinary files from my computer.
Moving the mouse over this button brings up two sub-menus
Data to copy data files to a disk such as documents and pictures.
Make a bootable disk copy data files over to a disk that boots automatically when placed in the CD drive.
This is what I use to make a standard music CD playable on our home/car CD player from MP3s I have stored on my hard drive.
Moving the mouse over this button brings up five sub-menus
Make Audio CD
Make Audio and Data CD
Make MP3 Disk
Make WMA disk
Make Nero Digital Audio Disk.
I have used this selection with excellent results for burning some of our home movies on to ordinary CDs this is limited to about 45 minutes per movie per CD, compared to several hours I get since I purchased a DVD burner. This (VCD/SVCD) format is now supported by most modern day DVD players (see your home DVD handbook for compatibility).
Moving the mouse over this button brings up two sub-menus
Video CD (VCD)
Super Video CD (SVCD)
Disk Image or Saved Project:
I have not used this facility yet, but if you are unable to finish a project or would want to record multiple copies, you can save your work project until a later time.
At the bottom of the Nero Express window there are buttons to
Change the configuration of Nero to your own requirements.
Save tracks to your hard drive
Erase a CD-RW or CDR.
Get info on a CD disk in your drive.
And a neat facility to create a cover for your CD.
What else is there?
Nero Media Player is also included in the Nero 6 package and when opened, a silver-grey-coloured three-dimensional image of a radio appears that looks just like a cassette recorder, with a play, pause, stop, fast rewind and fast forward and a record button. In the centre is a window complete with track information and timer. This works in a similar way to Windows Media Player and is handy for checking out your audio creations whilst still working with Nero.
If this button hasnt placed itself on the desktop during installation and you would like easy access to it, simply go into the Start, then Programs (All programs on XP), go to Nero, then to Nero StartSmart and RIGHT click and select Send to Desktop (create shortcut).
On opening Nero StartSmart I am presented with a window in which I have access to all the previous functions - CD data, music and VCD facilities and if I click on the DVD button on the top, I go into the DVD menu.
From here, if you have the appropriate hardware you can
Capture video from a camcorder,
Play a video,
Make a DVD video,
Make a photo slide show to burn to DVD,
Record a TV show,
And finalise and burn your project to a standard DVD.
When you go into each of these selections, there are options for transitions (fades/wipes etc) between scenes, adding commentary and music to your work. It seems that Nero has thought of everything!
Finally, built into the Nero 6 program is a very comprehensive user guide with easy-to-follow instructions on everything Nero can do.
All in all, there is nothing I can say that is bad about Nero 6, it has served me well on both Windows Me and XP and is extremely reliable. I have never known it to crash my computer.
On Amazon a search produced Nero 6 can be purchased from £2 used.
On eBay a buy-it-now copy can be got for around £5 or bidding usually starts around 99p.
Further information on all products are on the Nero website at http://www.nero.com/eng/index.html
Thanks for reading.
NERO 6 - a pretty decent program, built on the very successful 5.5 package, centring on the CD and DVD burning software and far and away the industry standard. It costs around 55 quid, although if you visit http://www.nero.com/en/Nero-6-Buy.html you can get a cheaper version, based on ordering a serial number from Ahead software who make the package so that you can unlock the demo download version and get the full package for around £38. If you've got an earlier version you can get an upgrade for about 27 quid. If you do need to burn CD's or DVD's (and who doesn't these days?), then you can't get much better than NERO 6 which is very functional and easy to use, doing just what it says on the tin, extremely successfully. It's a real dream to operate and is extremely powerful and easy to work. It's extremely robust and reliable and will never let you down. It's unbelievably quick to operate, much better than the Adaptec packages which also go around and have all sorts of operating problems. Like many Windows based programs around these days it works off a very intuitive and instinctive graphical interface with drag and drop just like Windows Explorer so that you select the files you want to copy in one window and then simply drag them across to the recording window and just click to set the whole thing going. You have the ability to test before you burn, but I've never really felt the need and normally just set it going. Recording to a single CD normally takes about twenty minutes or so as far as I recall. According to the NERO website (see above) "Nero 6 grew as a logical extension of Nero Burning ROM 5.5. Our aim is to offer a package that meets all your wishes and requirements. We have
achieved this goal with Nero 6: You now not only receive an all-round program for burning disks but, much more, a whole collection of programs covering all the tasks relating to the creation of media contents as well as recording them on CDs or DVDs. In addition to the very successful and now further improved Nero Burning ROM 6 and Nero Express 6, you now have complete audio and video processing functions as well as a complete backup function. NeroVision Express 2, Nero Wave Editor 2 and Nero SoundTrax are used for processing and generating video and audio contents on CD and DVDs. Nero BackItUp saves data (either on command or as a regular task). All these programs and functions can be reached via the new Nero StartSmart command center. You simply choose the task you would like to carry out and Nero StartSmart launches the appropriate application." Yes, that's as maybe thankyou very much but the really key thing is not all that additional crap but the fact that it does the extremely simple things very well indeed and will not let you down. I have to say I've not strayed into the added value bits as I just want something that does the basics very, very well indeed, and NERO 6 sure does that. I can't vouch for all the other features as I don't use them, but if you just want simple software to burn your discs then you simply can't do any better. Wherever I've looked on the net to get some advice NERO has always been given a strong vote of confidence and so why should you go anywhere else for your goodies. The package takes about 10 minutes to install and set up, although you have to wade through three separate installations to get the whole thing. It takes up about 220Mb of
your hard disk once it's up and running but that's by no means unreasonable these days. You really can't complain when you get a very functional package like this one and one which also manages to do even the easy things extremely well.
With Nero 6, Ahead Software presents the follow-up to the famous and very popular burning solution Nero Burning ROM 5.5. It is basically now a whole suite of many applications wrapped around a central project launcher called Nero StartSmart. Many people live with their burning software, most likely it came bundled with their new add on drive, or simply was already installed on their computer. Indeed Windows XP already has limited burning software already included as part of the operating system itself, so why should one install a product like Nero? Well there are a lot of useful and powerful and fun applications included in Nero 6, you can manage all your CD and DVD burning tasks, burning DVD-Video, Photo, Data, Audio or BackUp. There are also various applications to edit audio and video, mix multiple audio tracks like professionals, watch VCD, SVCD and DVD movies, listen to music, design covers, and also optimise your drive´s performance. I understand that Nero is also one of the few applications that can burn to multiple drives (great for duplicating houses)! Although most people I know have heard of or already use Roxio?s ?easy CD creator? (and this seems to be bundled more nowadays), ahead Software claims to be a market leader with Nero 6. I confess that the only reason I ever tried Nero at all was because at the time it could burn SVCD?s where easy CD creator could not! (That?s all changed now). With its many useful features, Nero 6 easily meets all my requirements when it comes to burning CDs or DVDs. How ahead have combined many complex utilities into an easy to use program is quite ingenious. I have found that in terms of simplicity and ease of use nothing actually matches it. Everything is handled in a step by step process, It doesn't seem to matter if you are a beginner or an expert, since Nero has different start up modes that guide one well through all the necessary burning procedures quite quickly and easily. Ner
oVision Express 2 easily leads you through the whole process of making video CDs, Super VideoCDs or high-value DVDs. This means that one is able to develop a perfect home video without any difficulty. Nero Cover Designer also offers a huge number of ways to create covers and labels and I have found this extremely useful and have designed some very professional covers for my discs. A range of templates simplifies the task but still leaves plenty of space for creating. Graphics and images can be created directly, per file or even imported via scanner. The program can also be adjusted to print onto pre-cut labels of various manufacturers- although I found little point of this, since ordinary or A4 papers can be used and then cut to the borders which are printed ready to cut. Nero ShowTime is a DVD player offering you vibrant picture quality for all DVD formats with MPEG-4 (Nero Digital) compatibility. I found this very similar to Win DVD but could find no TV out function. With Nero SoundTrax, you can mix your own special audio CD compilation and change it at will. Instead of simply playing a list of tracks one after the other, this program makes it possible to fade the tracks into each other and adapt the speeds to create an optimum mix. You can be your own DJ, but as yet, I have found no use for this at all. Nero SoundTrax also has several assistants to make recording from tapes and records child's play. In a few easy steps, the complete old collection can be digitalized and available forever in top quality. A brand new feature integrated in Nero 6 is a mature backup program called Nero BackItUp. Apparently you can spontaneously start complete backups of defined areas of the hard drive with Nero BackItUp or plan them as regularly recurring jobs. I found this a bit complicated, and as yet have stuck with my Windows ?restore function?. The software not only supports complete backups but also incremental, differential and updating s
torage. The backup files are directly burnt on CDs or DVDs. When complete securing of data has been chosen, the restore function permits the selective repair of individual files in the safeguarded data set. Not just individual files but also entire hard drive partitions can be saved to disk. I?ve yet to even attempt this though. Nero StartSmart serves as the central starting point and command center for all tasks in order to make work with the Nero family of programs as simple as possible. Whether in newcomer or expert mode, you choose the tasks that need to be performed and Nero StartSmart will automatically launch the appropriate program. Depending on the task, the correct application will be started with the appropriate Wizards ? or already in normal mode with the relevant settings- very cleaver! The best thing I have found is that Nero is supported very well indeed. Updates seem to be released monthly, and the program gets better and better all the time. The only reservations I have are in the quality of the MPEG-2 encoder. I believe that other DVD burning applications (although much more complex and more difficult to use), can produce better quality visual results, having said that, they are certainly not supported like Nero. I highly recommend giving Nero a go, if burning is a task you think you could learn more about. Like me you might be converted!
i have used nero 5 for a long time now, as it came bundled with my cd writer. the only other burning sofware i've ever used before is easy cd creator 4, which came with my last cd writer. anyway, back to nero. i know its probably stupid to put this on here, but i downloaded the trial version from nero.com, and then got a serial number generator on kazaa. basically, i converted my trial version onto a full, working version. the program itself is a bit like nero 5, but a bit more complicated. nero, as i think most people will find, a slightly more difficult at first use than easy cd creator. however, if you use nero correctly, there are basically no ends to the possible cds (and dvds, although i only have a cd writer) that you can create. there is the standard audio, data, mixed mode, and copy cd functions. then, some new in this version i think, there are many more. mp3 dics, wma discs, vcd, svcd, minidvd etc. there are also back up hard drive functions, rip cd the list goes on. the software is excellent, and the buring is also accurate. i don't know why people say that the software makes a difference to how quick a cd is created, all the software i've ever used all tend to be roughly the same speed! i have only ever used the rip cd (allows you to copy your cds to mp3 or wma), copy cd, audio cd and data cd modes. i have never made an mp3 disc, although i would like to as my car has a mp3 cd player! it seems like there is no way of getting the order of tracks you want, as nero seems to put them in alphabetical order. if anyone knows how to do this then please leave a comment. all in all, a good piece of software, that basically allows you to create any type of disc you ever wanted!
Having used both Easy CD Creator & Nero v.5 before, i was very interested when my friend purchased Nero version 6 for his new DVD writer, all in all we were very impressed. Nero 6.0 is marketed as the most comprehensive, versatile CD and DVD mastering and packet-writing suite on the market today. In fact, this is not far from the truth. Calling it a disc-authoring app is a disservice, because the suite also offers a very capable backup program, a DVD-authoring application, and even a VCD/DVD movie playback program that includes support for MPEG-4. With tools for mastering CDs and writing to erasable RWs, you get a capable WAV editor, an MPEG-1 video encoder, a CD cover designer, and a virus scanner. Nero Burning ROM is a strong choice, whether you're an advanced user or just getting started with CD burning, Nero 6 is a great All in One solution! With all the powerful and fun applications now included in Nero 6, all of your CD and DVD burning tasks can be managed in a breeze. Burning DVD-Video, Photo, Data, Audio or BackUp is a piece of cake with this software. In addition, you can watch VCD, SVCD and DVD movies and lots, lots more! - Nero Burning ROM 6 - Nero StartSmart - Nero Express 6 - Nero BackItUp - Nero Wave Editor - Nero SoundTrax - Nero Image Drive - Nero Toolkit - Nero Cover Designer For more information visit the nero site: http://www.nero.com/