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Nero 7 is a all-in-one CD/DVD recording applicatio
Nero 7 is a all-in-one CD/DVD recording application suite and more. The installation process is designed to fit everyone's needs, whether you are a beginner (typical installation) or you are an advanced user (select the components you need or select a full install). The last installation step activates Nero Scout and allows you to select Nero to be associated with image, video and audio files in order to ease access to Nero Home Media Manager. Nero Scout has integrated a brand new component; Nero Search - which provides quick search capabilities on your computer or on the Internet. Once installed the package, you can choose to run you applications independently, Nero Home or from Nero StartSmart control center. The Nero 7s package contains: Nero StartSmart, Burning ROM, Nero Express, Nero Vision, Nero BackItUp, Nero Cover Designer, Nero Wave Editor, Nero SoundTrax, Nero ShowTime, Nero MediaHome, Nero Recode, Nero PhotoSnap, Nero PhotoSnap Viewer, nero ImageDrive,including the toolkit; Nero BurnRights, Nero ProductSetup, Nero CD-DVD Speed, Nero DriveSpeed, Nero InfoTool.
Nero Home is a multimedia manager which allows you to playback and record all types of media: images, movies, music. Similar to Windows Media Center, Nero Home is tool which manages your entire multimedia collection and features advanced playback capabilities as well as capturing video from any source: TV cards, graphic cards, camcorder, VCR, webcam (composite/S-video).
Nero StartSmart is the main Nero suite launcher. It contains shortcuts to all Nero applications and services; you can select either of the tasks and Nero StartSmart will automatically start the appropriate application in order to perform your desired operations.
Nero Burning ROM is the key feature of the Nero suite. Well known for its burning CD/DVD capabilities, now it also features support for Blu-ray disk data recording.
Nero Express is actually a simplified version of Nero burning ROM, since it has been redesigned to increase ease of use, speed and efficiency and keeping the performance standards of Nero Burning ROM.
Nero Vision allows you to capture video from external sources and create DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD and miniDVDs. Among it's options we may mention the capability of creating animated menus for DVD-Video: 3D menu scenes, translations between menus and video clips.
Nero BackItUp helps you keep your files and folders secure from damage as result of system crashes, power failure, etc. In case you want to backup entire partitions, the backup process will take a little longer than other backup applications such as Acronis True Image. It took 17 min, 40 sec. to backup a 35Gb hard drive which had 7,23 Gb written on it.
Nero Cover Designer allows you to customize your disk cases. You can choose to create your own disk covers or you can use one of the dozens of templates available.
Nero Wave Editor provides you with recording and editing tools for AIF, MP2, WMA, MP4, WAVE, NWF audio file formats. You can record sound from multiple sources: CD, Line In, Microphone, etc.
Nero SoundTrax is a professional audio mixing utility. It supports 7.1 channel surround real time editing and mixing. It allows you to transfer to your PC your old tapes, CDs and even vinyl records.
Nero ShowTime is a fully featured multimedia player. You can play all types of video and audio files, including DVDs with subtitles and frame capture capabilities.
With Nero Recode you can 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). It includes support for MP4 for iPod encoding. You can import a DVD, select video and audio quality, subtitles and recode it to 8cm DVD (1,4 Gb), DVD5 (4,7 Gb) or custom size video. Video files can be previewed in the internal viewer.
Nero PhotoSnap is an image editing tool, not very impressive, though. It can open a large array of image files and it features lots of effects such as: image sharpening, color balance, lens distort, rotate, red-eye removal, etc. On the other hand, you cannot add text, draw, insert shapes, convert images.
Nero ImageDrive is a virtual drive mounters which support integration into Windows Explorer and supports up to two virtual drives.
The interface is very well designed and it provides quick access to all Nero features: data, audio or video CD burning; convert audio CDs to audio files, encode audio files with a large variety of extensions, copy CDs, back up files, restore back-ups, burn images, erase CDs. You can also change the way Nero looks by choosing a skin of your taste. All usual file formats are supported. There is also an extremely useful selection of favorite applications you can choose from: make data DVD's, make mp3 or WMA DVDs, copy DVDs, back up files, restore back-ups and burn images. The set of tools allow you to check drive speed, set burning rights for different users and obtain system information.
Pluses: CD/DVD overburning, some nice utility tools such as: system information, test CD/DVD drives for transfer rate, DAE quality, access/seek times, CPU usage, burst rate, etc.; control the drive speed, cover and CD/DVD label manager. Nero 7 supports burning of short Lead Outs. Thus one can save up to 80 seconds when burning and has 12 Mb more storage location. A great feature of Nero is InCD, an application which allows you to read discs written in MRW format on systems that do not support MRW as well as discs written in a UDF format that are not natively supported by your operating system. InCD is a drag-and-drop writing utility which provides DVD-RAM, Blu-ray support and DVD-RW quick format.
Drawbacks / flaws: Nero BackItUp lacks incremental and differential backup options, as well as the fact that it cannot create a full backup of the primary partition due to the fact that the file system is in use.
In conclusion: Burning CD/DVD-Video, Photo, Data, Audio or BackUp files, mount images, all utilities integrated in an extremely comprehensive and reliable suite. A few flaws, but an excellent program!
version reviewed: 188.8.131.52b
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