The Good More integrated digital-media components than any other suite; interface intuitive enough for beginners, rich enough for more advanced users.
The Bad Delays when switching between components and performing some tasks; some components are limited.
The Bottom Line Easy Media Creator 7.0 offers the most comprehensive and well-integrated suite of CD- and DVD-burning tools on the market.
Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.0
With Easy Media Creator 7.0, Roxio hasn't just strapped a few of its flagship applications together; it's built a new Swiss Army Knife suite for digital media and disc burning. Roxio Easy Media Creator expands upon , keeping the suite tightly integrated but making it a much broader set of media-editing tools for photos, video, data, and audio. and have bulked up their editing and authoring offerings, and and NTI's burning applications offer more depth, but none currently matches Easy Media Creator's expansive scope--not even Apple's . If you're looking for a suite of software that can handle almost any kind of CD or DVD project--capturing and ripping, editing and authoring, saving and sharing, or burning and playing--look no further than Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.0. Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.0 comes on two CDs--one with all of the applications and another packed with audio and video clips, textures, and graphics. Conflicts between different disc-burning tools have been an ongoing problem with Windows systems, so Roxio recommends that you first uninstall other packet-writing or drive-emulation software on your system; the software will automatically detect previous versions of Easy CD Creator and offer to remove them, too. After we typed in our CD key, the installation chugged away for about 15 minutes--reasonable, considering the amount of software.
Roxio has brought a common look and feel to Easy Media Creator's various components. There are large buttons and pop-up tool tips for beginners, though advanced users can opt for more options and controls. Because of Easy Media Creator's sheer number of tools, Roxio has devised an excellent new user interface. Expanding on a more traditional launcher setup, in which you select which specific application to open, Easy Media Creator also features a user-friendly, task-oriented interface. Split into three tiers, the home page's top row offers a list of possible jobs, divided by category: Music, Data (CD), Photo, Video, and DVD. The middle row provides a more traditional list of the available applications and tools, and the bottom row displays a list of recent projects for quick access.