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.
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