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Complementing the features of iTunes, Toast 8 also enables users to apply professional-quality tools to create superior sounding audio CD mixes and music DVDs, according to the folks at Roxio. Going beyond the burning options included in Mac OS, Toast 8 introduces Blu-ray Disc burning, as well as automatic disc cataloging, cross-platform data spanning, and disc restoration.
Toast 8 offers a familiar, yet streamlined, user interface that offers visual feedback and a media browser. It offers support for digital video recorders, including TiVo and EyeTV. This support allows users to watch recorded shows on their Mac, burn them to DVD or DivX discs and more. The new Toast Photo Disc feature lets you store thousands of full-resolution pictures as well as an auto-run slideshow on a photo disk.
Toast provides new ways to personalize your discs with labels, cover art, and inserts. Featuring full drawing and text editing tools, as well as over 600 clip art images and Google image search. Toast also supports LightScribe drives and media to allow users to burn artwork and labels directly on discs.
Toast 8 provides DJ-style crossfades, volume normalization tools, sound enhancing plug-ins, track trimming capabilities, and other features previously found in Roxioâ€™s Jam software. In addition to great sounding audio CDs, users can create 50-hour music DVDs complete with on-screen menus, shuffle play, and Dolby Digital sound.
The update lets consumers rediscover their analog music collections with the new CD Spin Doctor Assistant. This assistant guides you through the process, from setting up the equipment all the way through burning a disc or converting tracks for enjoyment on portable devices.
Additionally, consumers can recover data from scratched or damaged discs that may be unreadable in the Mac OS Finder. Now with Toast 8â€™s Disc Recovery tools, you can recover from read errors encountered during disc copying and recover some files from damaged discs to create new clean copies of the previously unreadable disc.
You can can backup an entire 9 GB DVD to a standard 4.7 GB DVD disc. Fit-to-DVD compression uses all available disc space to maximize video quality. Toast also features Directorâ€™s Cut custom compilations, so you can select the specific video, audio, and languages they wish to record or convert individual video files for use on a portable video
With toast 8, you can automatically catalog the contents of your discs so they can track the contents even when the disc is no longer in the drive. This works automatically with discs created in Toast, as well as with previously burned and commercial discs, such as audio CDs.
The update's data-spanning feature lets you back-up data of any size, such as entire music or photo libraries, iMovie projects, and DV files. The feature automatically splits files and folders across multiple discs, and maintains the folder and file structure for retrieval on any Mac OS X, Windows XP, or Windows Vista system.
Toast 8 Titanium is available now at a suggested price of US$99.99. Owners of previous versions may be eligible for upgrade offers. Special pricing and unique discount bundles are available at Roxioâ€™s Macworld Expo booth #314, or by visiting Roxioâ€™s [url=www.roxio.com/macworld]"virtual" Macworld store[/url] through Jan. 14.
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