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Nero Launches Nero 7

Postby Ian on Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:49 pm

Nero Launches Nero 7 - Offering Innovation, Organization, Power, Speed, Variety, Ease of Use and the Complete Digital Home Experience

Ultimate Digital Media Software Solution For the Digital Home Includes Multiple Applications for Audio, Video, Photo, Data and TV

Karlsbad, Germany (October 10, 2005) - Nero, leaders in digital media technology, today unveiled the much-anticipated Nero 7, the ultimate all-in-one integrated digital media and home entertainment software solution.

Building on the award-winning World’s best selling digital media software, Nero 7 now delivers 18 applications in one powerful suite, including the addition of Nero Home, a new TV and PC multimedia management and distribution system that provides users with quick and easy access to all digital media files from the comfort of their living rooms using a remote control.

“Nero 7 is the culmination of innovative engineering, end-user requests and demands, and industry direction and convergence,” said Richard Lesser, CEO Nero AG, “We have hit the nail on the head with the addition of Nero Home to Nero 7: users no longer need to be in front of their PCs to view and listen to their media files; they can access their entire libraries in front of the TV.”

In addition, Nero 7 includes a number of enhancements and interface redesigns to familiar and popular Nero applications. Users now have the option of customized installation, meaning they can decide to install or not to install each application courtesy of Windows Installer Technology. To learn more about each of the applications included with Nero 7, visit www.nero.com.

Complete Digital Home Entertainment Solution
Nero Home is a new and innovative media manager that provides fast access to the user’s entire digital media library via remote control in the designated home entertainment room. Content can be viewed on a plasma, LCD or CRT TV. Nero Home integrates TV time-shifting, DVD playback, music playback and video playback, and has a simplified interface and a TV wizard to walk users through a simple setup.

Search, Organize and Play Back Any Media File with Nero Scout
A new, unique optimized media database provides instant access to the user’s library of media files of all types from any Nero application and Windows Explorer.

Simple and Secure Data Backup
The new and enhanced Nero BackItUp 2 allows users to run scheduled full or incremental backups, back up files directly from Windows Explorer, back up upon login or without logging in, create shadow copies, back up to disc images and perform FTP backup.

Reliable and User-Friendly DVD and CD Recording
Nero Burning ROM 7 and Nero Express 7, the most widely used optical burning software in the industry with the most powerful burning engine in history, have been radically redesigned to maximize ease-of-use, efficiency and speed. In addition, Nero 7 has a project launcher with a new user interface that can access all 18 applications, and has been enhanced to seamlessly guide users of any skill level through simple or advanced digital media projects. Users will have the ability to view, edit and improve their favorite digital photos.

Comprehensive Video/DVD Editing and Authoring and With Blu-Ray and HD-DVD Support
Nero 7 offers playback software offers vibrant picture quality for all DVD formats and is compatible with Nero Digital (MPEG-4), the world’s fastest MPEG-4 encoder, which enables the user to recode non-copy protected movies (DVD-9 to DVD-5) to a CDR/RW, DVD+/-R or a single DVD+R DL disc in DVD-Video format (DVD-9 to DVD-9). In addition, a standard drag-and-drop packet writing application, that supports BD-RE/R (Blu-ray) is included and full 5.1 capturing, editing, mixing, recording and menu creation options and DVD+VR and DVD-VR advanced recording abilities.

Audio Advantages
New features and applications now support 5.1 and 7.1 audio recording, editing and mixing, along with 32-bit audio and a professional program with the ability to mix and edit for the production of audio CDs and CD compilations. Audio enthusiasts will now be able to incorporate beats, sound sequences and melodies into audio projects, with surround sound mixing.

Whether the user enjoys creating audio playlists of MP3s or entertaining slideshows of photos, editing home videos, burning a backup of DVDs, converting audio & video into MPEG-4 (Nero Digital™) files, sharing content on consumer electronics devices or managing media files with a click of the remote control, Nero 7 in the ultimate digital media solution for digital entertainment.

Nero 7 retail box will be available at participating retailers on October 10, in the USA, Canada and worldwide. Customers can order online at www.nero.com starting on October 26 for $99.99 and downloadable version for $79.99. Current Nero 6 users can Upgrade to Nero 7 online at a special discounted price on October 26.

About Nero
Nero provides state-of-the-art software solutions for the global digital media market. Since the company was founded in 1995, its products have established a loyal clientele of more than 200 million users throughout the world.

Nero offers the industry’s most reliable CD/DVD-software applications. Its award-winning flagship product, Nero 7, includes all the applications and functionalities needed in the digital media field. Other Nero products include the MPEG 4 based audio/video technology - Nero Digital™, the simple and complete photo solution - Nero PhotoShow Elite, and SIPPS™ and SIPPSTAR PBX, which provide voice-over IP solutions for private and business customers.

Nero products are globally distributed by leading hardware manufacturers, international distribution partners and online portals, as well as directly via www.nero.com. Nero Inc. in Glendale, California, USA and Nero K.K. in Yokohama, Japan are subsidiaries of Nero AG, based in Karlsbad, Germany.


Nero®, Nero Digital™ and SIPPS™ are trademarks of Nero AG and its subsidiaries. Any other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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Postby aviationwiz on Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:07 pm

If you qualify for the upgrade rebate, you can get it for $60 after rebate from Amazon, ready to ship today, and free shipping.
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Postby CowboySlim on Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:12 am

That's like only $20 off for Nero 6 upgraders. Hmmm...............

I recall that 2 1/2 years ago when 6 came out that a lot of folks were grumbling about the similarly poor deal for those upgrading from 5.

Well, within the last half year buy.com and Fry's, IIRC, have had Nero 6 deals @ $20, AMIRs. Guess that I'll wait 2 years. [-o<

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Postby Justin42 on Tue Oct 11, 2005 1:26 am

Yeah, it's pretty common with new burning software that within the first few weeks of release they do a massive ad blitz with tons of rebates... EMC7 and 7.5 was down to $20-$30 a couple times right after they went on sale, Nero6 went to $19.99 on and off (after rebates)...

Just keep your eyes open... IMHO very few CD/DVD burning apps really add enough truly new stuff to justify paying full price over again. (and I refuse to pay $50 for a glorified bugfix, not that I am saying that's what Nero 7 is... maybe other apps)

I still wish a new app would burn DVDs as reliably and absolutely standards-compliant as RecordNow Max/DX 4.6... has the UDF mastering in Nero 7 been improved?
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Postby tazdevl on Tue Oct 11, 2005 12:07 pm

Nah, now it's just overpriced bloatware.

As mentioned, bit disappointed with the promotion for existing customers. Given the competitive situation these days, adding more features that bog systems down and add very little value doesn't cut it, nor does jacking up the price.

Craig, other thing worth mentioning (marketing consultant in me coming out) is that your launch strategy is ass backwards. Generally a good idea to launch to exisitng customers first. Otherwise you're devaluing customer loyalty. Then again marketing has been one of the greatest areas of incompetence at Nero.
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Postby CCampbell on Tue Oct 11, 2005 1:50 pm

Hi Everyone,

Well, I'm not a sales person, but I can understand your views. :-)

However, when you consider the competition, for Example Roxio, who charges the full price for each upgrade every 3 to 6 months, we are very competitive.

Roxio came out with Creator 7.0 and charged the full $99 price, and then came out with 7.5 3 to 6 months later and again charged the full $99 price for updating. And now they are coming out with Creator 8.0 and again have a full $99 price.

And with Sonic, they also charge a full price. But begining of this year, they came out with a new Retail build and when I upgraded for Full price again, they actually Removed some features that I had in my older Retail build. Instead of giving me added features, they took away some features. That really pissed me of, as a consumer. :-)

With Nero, we come out with what we consider a Major build about every 1 to 2 years and only charge for an upgrade for Major build releases. When we came out with Nero 6.5, which had quite a few added featuers such as Nero MediaHome, SoundTrax, etc... we did not charge Nero 6.0 users to upgrade, we gave it away for free. We'll do the same for Nero 7. We have a 'Lot' of new features and some new programs we still plan on adding to Nero 7 in the coming months. And we are not likely to come out with Nero 8 for at least 1 year, if not two. And you can bet there are going to be a lot of new featuers and possible new programs that we will be adding to the bundle, and this will of course be free for existing Nero 7 users.

So, though I am not a sales person, from an end user point of view I do not see any competitor offering anything even close to this to their customer. We understand that we have to add value to our products for existing customers, without gouging them for money each time. Others seem to have a differe view on this.

If you do not see Nero 7 is worth the $49.99 cost to upgrade, then hold off till it does become worth it. I promise you it will. It's still only in it's infancy and it will continue to grow. :-)


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Postby Justin42 on Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:08 pm

I will agree that Nero has a much longer lifespan, and I was very happy that the 6.0->6.6 upgrade was free as that was major. (IMHO, for what I use it for, bigger than the 6.6-7.0 jump)

But Roxio does offer upgrade pricing, they were offering a $29.99 upgrade for 7.0 users to download 7.5, and normally they offer a $30ish rebate on major version jumps so upgraders pay $69.99 (unless Fry's/BB/etc has an additional deal which they almost always do, at least for a while)

I am glad to see there will be a $49 upgrade price for Nero. While still a bit high for my perceived ideas of what this upgrade provides, it's a much better number than $69. If Nero 7's UDF mastering was as rock solid as RecordNow DX/Max 4.6's, I'd buy it in a heartbeat; I know I'm in the minority but more features excite me less than doing the core CD/DVD burning absolutely 100% correctly. :)
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Postby CowboySlim on Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:50 pm

Sorry that I'm late, but I was over here.

Well, I've had a devil of a time with using NeroVision to edit commercials out of captured TV. I don't know why but I just can't make it work, even with the FM and using scene detect.

I've been using Pinnacle Studio 9 to edit the file, that is very user friendly. But then it wants to compress the edited file prior to burning on a DL DVD, when it isn't necessary. So I have PS make an *.mpg of the edits and then burn with Nero, but the first few minutes of audio got lost, probably in PS.

So I just can't find one good app to do it all. Maybe I'll trial basis Nero 7 and if its NVE editing has been made intuitive and user friendly, I'll go for the upgrade.

Believe me, I've made over half dozen serious attempts to make a go of NVE.

Oh, PS also has a very good scene detect algorithm which requires no user inputs whatsoever, but it always isolates the scene where the commercials start and the first after the end of the commercial. Then deleting the commercial is just a matter of multiple selection on the scenes and clicking on the garbage can icon.


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Postby dodecahedron on Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:17 am

CowboySlim wrote:there is no such thing as a free lunch.

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Postby SkaarjMaster on Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:47 am

"the ultimate all-in-one integrated digital media and home entertainment software solution"

Sounds scary.;)
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