Toast Titanium 7 review: Toast Titanium 7

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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.

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8.0 Overall
  • Setup 8
  • Features 9
  • Support 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 the iLife suite 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.

Installing Roxio Toast 7 Titanium is a simple drag-and-drop operation from the CD. It should take only a few minutes. Check the initial startup preferences carefully if you don't want the program to automatically open when you insert a blank CD or DVD. Once you've registered the software, you'll want to update it, since Roxio has already posted a point upgrade that fixes some problems that we noticed with the help system (files were missing for a couple of helper apps).

The Toast 7 Titanium interface remains pretty much the same as always--and that's a good thing. It's far simpler than the burning programs created for Windows, such as Nero 7 Ultra Edition or Roxio's own Easy Media Creator, and the interface is so perfectly Mac-like that you'd think it was designed in Cupertino. It also manages to bring a wide variety of controls to the surface without sacrificing ease of use or intuitiveness.

Four tabs along the top of Toast 7's main window lead you to the four main disc-creation areas: data, audio, video, and disc copying. A drawer to the left of the main window offers contextual controls for each area. It also holds the new media browser, which lets you quickly find iLife audio, photo, and video content for burning.

The new media browser in the left-hand tray lets you quickly access your iLife content.

Because Toast can't do everything, it comes with a suite of helper apps, including Motion Pictures HD (for creating slide shows), CD Spin Doctor (for recording and editing audio), and Discus RE (for creating cover art).

Makers of disc-burning suites have two options when designing an upgrade: they can branch off and develop whole new areas, as Nero 7 does with its Media Manager, or they can pack more into the existing functions and stay on top of the format-acronym game. Toast 7 Titanium follows this second path, adding essentials for today's disc-burning tasks while still retaining the same look and feel.

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