The Good Burns or writes most DVD formats; includes handy Drag-to-Disc feature; can span files across multiple CDs and DVDs; improved analog audio recorder.
The Bad Charges for telephone tech support; bugs in data spanning; cluttered interface; minimal integration between modules; clumsy DVD movie authoring.
The Bottom Line Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6.0 is a worthy suite for home and casual users, but disc-burning pros should stick with Nero.
Easy CD and DVD Creator 6 Platinum
Once upon a time, Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator was called simply Easy CD Creator. In version 6.0, Roxio beefs up the name, but the software itself has many of the same pros and cons. On one hand, the vaunted Roxio disc-burning software is as solid as ever; on the other, Creator 6.0 suffers from too many modules, feature duplication, and minimal integration between utilities. In this version, Roxio adds support for all the major writable DVD formats (even DVD-RAM), improves the analog music recorder, and throws in a decent sound editor and music player. But features that truly set it apart from earlier versions--such as the DVD movie-authoring tool--are half-baked. If you're looking for the iLife of the PC platform, Roxio's package is the best you can do, but it isn't nearly as well integrated as Apple's suite. If you're a happy Easy CD Creator 5.0 user, there's little reason to upgrade, and we prefer Pinnacle Expression for easy DVD creation. More experienced CD authors should stick with Nero Burning ROM, which offers powerful burning in a tidier package. Creator 6.0's installer is smart and quick. In a few minutes, it uninstalls your old Easy CD program, reboots, and places version 6.0 on your system. The software's "revamped" interface, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. Roxio has regrouped features, added new modules devoted to music and video authoring and playback, standardized some operations, and given everything a candy-coated, Windows XP sheen. A simple front-end menu gives you one-click entrÃƒÂ©e to the five major modules: Creator Classic, DVD Builder, Audio Central, Disc Copier, and PhotoSuite.
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