Toast 9 TitaniumYou may ask, “Why is third-party software necessary to simply burn CDs and DVDs?” For Roxio, there always seems to be more features that go beyond the burn. Toast 9 Titanium adds functionality that makes it slightly ahead of its time, such as the latest mobility, digital video recorder (DVR), and compression tools. Version 9 is one of the best ever updates for this software.

Although the cool Quartz-effect progress bar is gone, the look and feel of Toast is essentially the same. Just pick your item, drag it to your source, and burn to your heart’s content. With the optional HD/BD plug-in (see below), Roxio has added Blu-ray burning to store up to 50 GB of data, HD DVD support for up to 30 GB, and video capture from your AVCHD camcorder and DVR hardware and software (such as TiVo or EyeTV).

In addition, there’s live audio capture to record from any source—including live Web radio—and you can stream content from your home Mac to any Wi-Fi-connected iPhone or iPod touch, or Internet-connected Mac or PC. Toast 9 Titanium also adds long-awaited integration with Apple Aperture and iLife ’08 software, making it a great solution for consumers and professionals.

To use all of the Blu-ray and HD DVD-authoring features, you’ll need to add the HD/BD plug-in for around $19.99. This is a great value that includes 15 high-definition menu styles for your discs. Once again, Roxio has delivered so much more than just another disc-burning utility.—Daniel M. East

PRICE: $99.99
FROM: Roxio

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