The Good Saves large folders or files across several CDs or DVDs; lets users view and convert DivX movies or burn iMovie files into DivX; better personalization options when burning discs; creates sophisticated slide shows; iLife browser makes it easy to find media files.
The Bad DivX playback in QuickTime is poor; limited documentation makes it hard to learn about the new features.
The Bottom Line Even with no serious competition, Roxio Toast stays on top of its game by adding important new features and beefing up old ones. It's a must-have for Mac users.
Toast Titanium 7
Roxio Toast 7 Titanium
Most Mac users will be satisfied with the disc-creation tools that come standard in the Mac OS. After all, OS X and thesuite have long made easy work of creating data, audio, and video discs. Luckily for Roxio, however, Apple leaves a lot of room for improvement. If your needs go beyond the basics, Toast 7 Titanium is the package for you. That's easy to say, since Toast has no serious competition. Luckily, it's still an excellent, full-featured product.
This latest version of Roxio Toast doesn't add new areas of functionality, but it does manage to improve every part of the existing app to keep up with current technology (such as DivX video) and new demands (working with larger files). Incredibly, it does so without complicating the Toast interface, which is a model of intuitive design.
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