LoneWolf wrote:If this quote on the front page is seriously true:
Nero has announced that they will be previewing the newest version of the Nero 7 software suite at CeBIT. Among other things, this new version features an Electronic Program Guide, surround sound recording and playback and built in internet telephony.
then I don't think we'll have a stable Nero till at least Version 8, if ever.
I don't WANT freaking Internet telephony on a CD/DVD BURNING PROGRAM. Why the heck I'd want an EPG is another quesion too, though I could see that becoming useful if Nero added a PVR component (which makes more sense as a second program that can meld with Nero than adding to the monster we already have). The feature creep is maddening. Why not get a burning program right before you start adding a bunch of crap to it? Do what you're supposed to do well. If I wanted IP telephony, I'd get Skype.
I miss Nero 5.5.10. It did what it was supposed to do, no more, no less. I still like Nero 6.6; if you do minor audio and video editing, some of its additional features are useful, though the bloat is starting to rival Roxio products. But if the above quote is true, 6.6.xx will be the last version of Nero to ever grace a machine I use. I'm sure there are other programs out there that do the things that I want stably, without loads of features I don't use that take up extra disk space, with more optimized code because the programmers spent more time on optimizing for what the product was originally designed to do than on silly extras. It seems almost as if Ahead Software was taken over by pointy-haired bosses in the past year or two.
I can understand your not wanting all the features in Nero 7. And there is no need too either. We do allow you to do a selective install, so that if all you want is Nero Express or Nero Burning ROM, then that's all you need to install. And we will of course be adding the ability to Record TV programs, and more.
I agree Nero 7 is getting 'Large', but users should only install those components they need or want. The price does not change if they get more features, it's still $99.99 dollars. And when the time comes when they do need a 'Telephony' type software, they don't have to go and purchase it, they only need go into the Nero StartSmart and install that feature when they need it.
And there is the point of 'Too Much, Too fast' which some would say is causing some of Nero's Programs not to perform as we have in the past. I must honestly admit this is true.
However, we see this and admit it has affected our performance since the release of Nero 7 in some areas. And we are making large strides in addressing these issues. The teams assigned to this are not involved in the new product development so it does not detract from each other. And in the next few months, we are going to be concentrating more on performance and reliability improvements than in new features.