Nero released an update for Nero 7 this morning. As usual, the update includes a number of changes and bugfixes. Here are the release notes for version
  • It was impossible to edit an audio file anymore once the audio file has been added to a compilation
  • When ripping tracks, it was not possible to create a new folder from within the save dialog
  • In rare cases Nero crashed when getting free drive space
  • Encoding of single tracks was not possible - only all tracks of the compilation
  • Burn process may have failed in case a saved project is used and if the process will be started within 4 seconds. The error: 'unspecific recorder error' was displayed
  • Last position of the window is not saved before closing the application
  • Video CD menu entries were readable in preview, but not on the burned Video CD
  • Virus scan did not work with ZIP files
  • Nero did not detect any CD/DVD device if 3 or more devices are connected, but the virtual "Image Recorder" only
If you'd like to check it out, the update can be downloaded here. As usual, feel free to share your experiences in our forum. Add a comment
Droppix has released a new version of their Droppix Recorder software. Along with support for new CD and DVD burners, version 1.7 introduces several new features, including detailed album information and Droppix Label Maker 1.5.
- Use ISO9660:1999 standard: Droppix Recorder now supports the ISO9660:1999 file system. This standard permits file and folder names of up to 207 characters.

- Complete Unicode NTFS Support: Droppix Recorder now includes complete support for the Unicode NTFS standard. It is therefore possible to use non-Latin character sets (such as Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Cyrillic, etc.) for the file names in any project.

- Detailed Album Information: If computer is connected to the internet, Droppix Recorder's music extraction module is now capable of automatically downloading and displaying all CD-Audio information including the description, album cover art, release date, price, label, etc.

- Add/Remove CD-Audio Track Pauses: In one click, Droppix Recorder now lets user add or remove the pause between tracks in its own music compilations.

- Support for new CD and DVD burners: This new version of Droppix Recorder adds support for new CD and DVD recorders. Full listing of tested recorders is available on the Droppix website.

- Droppix Label Maker 1.5: Droppix Recorder includes version 1.5 of Droppix Label Maker software, the easiest way to print LightScribe custom labels. Now shipped with many label templates and with a variety of background images, logos and fonts that you can use in your projects, this new version adds the ability to print labels in a series with a unique serial number and allows to automatically import information from any CD-Audio, playlist or database.
The 1.7 update can be downloaded directly here. Otherwise a 30-day trial version can be downloaded from the Droppix website. Add a comment
The guys over at CD Freaks have put together a review of Plextor's new "Super-Multi" drive, the PX-750A. Here's what they had to say about it:
The Plextor PX-750A can write most DVD+R with very good quality. The PX-750A was able to handle some media that is known to be troublesome; the PX-750 handled those media with ease.
We too have a review of the PX-750A in the works. In the mean time, head on over to CD Freaks and check out their review. Add a comment
Mystik Media has announced that version 6.1 of their Blaze Media Pro software has been released. This versatile software lets you convert, edit and burn a wide range of audio and video formats.
Mystik Media has released Blaze Media Pro 6.1, a powerful, all-in-one Windows multimedia application supporting all popular media formats; audio and video playlists; audio and video conversions; audio and video editing & recording, video construction, combining, decompiling, batch processing; and video capture. Advanced audio and data CD burning capabilities, as well as video and data DVD and VCD/SVCD burning, are provided.

Key new features in Blaze Media Pro 6.1 include an easy-to-use system for burning video DVDs and VCD/SVCD CD discs, as well as support for making backups of any type of audio CD quickly and easily. In addition, the video converter, video constructor, video decompiler, and "extract audio content from video files" features have all been completely redesigned and greatly enhanced. In addition to converting entire video files, you can now convert any selected portion of a file.
Blaze Media Pro 6.1 is available now for $50. More information on the software can be found here. Add a comment
Here's an interesting bit of news. According to an article at Computeract!ve, TDK has decided not to offer HD-DVD media. Instead they will focus solely on the Blu-ray format.
TDK, one of the leading vendors of DVD discs, is not going to sell media for next-generation high definition HD-DVD drives and will concentrate instead on rival Blu-ray.

The company, a member of the Blu-ray Association, has long been a backer of the technology, but other media vendors, such as Imation, are happy to sell both Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs.
It will be interesting to see how this decision affects TDK. As we reported a few weeks ago, companies like Memorex and Fujifilm plan to offer both Blu-ray and HD DVD media. If you'd like to read more, the entire article can be found here. Add a comment
Thanks to we've learned that LG has another "Super-Multi" drive on the way. While otherwise very similar to the GSA-H10N, the GSA-H10A lacks its sibling's 12x DVD-RAM and 10x DVD+R DL writing speeds. Here are some of the GSA-H10A's specs:

Writing Speeds:

DVD+R: 2.4X, 4X, 8X, 12X, 16X
DVD+RW: 2.4X, 4X, 8X
DVD+R DL: 2.4X, 4X, 6X, 8X
DVD-R: 2X, 4X, 8X, 16X
DVD-RW: 1X, 2X, 4X, 6X
DVD-R DL: 2X, 4X
DVD-RAM: 2X, 3X, 5X
CD-R: 4X, 8X, 16X, 24X, 32X, 40X, 48X
CD-RW: 4X, 10X, 16X, 24X, 32X

Buffer Size: 2MB
Read Speeds:

DVD-ROM: 16X Max
DVD±R: 10X Max
DVD±RW: 8X Max
DVD±R DL: 8X Max
DVD-RAM: 2X, 3X, 5X Max
CD-R/ROM: 48X Max
CD-RW: 40X Max

Access Times:

CD-ROM: 125ms
DVD-ROM: 145ms
DVD-RAM: 165ms

No word on price or availability yet. As we find out more we'll let you know. Until then, more information can be found here. Add a comment
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    VSO-Software has announced the release of ConvertXtoDVD 2.0. A new version of DivXtoDVD, ConvertXtoDVD includes many new features including WMV3 support and the ability to automatically create DVD menus using the conversion file list.
    VSO ConvertXtoDVD allows you to convert and then burn your video files that were originally only playable on your PC so that they are now playable on any DVD Player. ConvertXtoDVD handles your everyday digital multimedia life, extending support beyond AVI files, XVid, MPEG 1/2/4, VOB, MOV, and now WMV 3 and HD formats and more.

    "We clearly underestimated the common usage of WMV formats in our previous version. We were expecting people to use much more exotic formats when in fact they are still using a lot the default software that comes with Windows! With new support of WMV3, the creation of a DVD from files of your digital camera becomes a 1 click task." says Claire Waledisch which manages a part of the technical support in VSO-Software. Once again VSO-Software listens to their users and has implemented their requests.
    ConvertXtoDVD 2.0 will be available in early February for 35 euros / USD. If you'd like to read more, additional information ca be found on VSO-Software's website. Add a comment
    LG recently announced a new external LightScribe capable Super-Multi drive, the GSA-5168B. While the drive's specs are otherwise very similar to the GSA-4166B, the GSA-5168B lets you capture and copy video to disc using its "One Touch" system. Here are some of the GSA-5168B's specs.

    Writing Speeds:

    DVD±R: 16x
    DVD+RW: 8x
    DVD-RW: 6x
    DVD±R DL: 8x
    DVD-RAM: 5x
    CD-R: 48x
    CD-RW: 32x

    Read Speeds:

    DVD-ROM: 16x Max
    CD-R/ROM: 48x Max

    You gotta love it when a company uses cute women to promote a new product. We have not heard if or when the GSA-5168D will be available in the US. As we find out more, we'll let you know. In the mean time, LG's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
    Here's some good news for Nero 6.6 owners. Nero has released another set of updates, bringing the version count up to If you want to try these updates out, you can download them directly using the links below.

    Nero Burning Rom - download

    p>NeroVision Express - download

    Nero Media Player - download

    NeroMIX - download

    Once Nero updates their website, change logs for these updates will be available here. As usual, feel free to share your experiences in our forum. Add a comment