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Detailed Description and Review

Nero 5.5 Burning Rom withdrawn recommendation

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software box cover [pc only] Despite the claims that Nero 5.5 is an easy to use CD burning package, we've received some poor feedback about this software and as a result, have withdrawn our recomendation of this product.

System Requirements


Pentium III 500 MHz or better or Celeron/Duron/Athlon (1.1 GHz recommended)
RAM: 128 MB or better
Windows 95/98/ME/2000/NT/XP
Hard disk space: 20 MB + max. 5 GB for TEMP files.
Hard Drive with at least 12 Mb of free space
CD/DVD burner
DirectX 8.1

Detailed Description

Manufacturer's Description (read with caution: see our review below)

Nero Burning offers a complete audio editing and CD-burning solution, and even lets you design and print cover art for your new CDs. It all starts with the Nero Wave Editor, with non-destructive editing that lets you try many options and undo all changes. A range of audio-processing options gives you complete control over your audio files before you record them to disc. A real-time "audition" lets you select and hear effects in real time, as your soundfile plays. Preset Manager lets you save your frequently-used settings. There are also features for sample format conversion, anti-aliasing filters, dithering, and noise shaping...

Product Description (read with caution: see our review below)

Nero 5.5 is an easy to use CD burning package, that's packed full of features you'll really use. You can create data CDs for archiving old files, backing up your hard drive, or sharing files with friend or colleagues. Nero also lets you burn audio CDs, creating your own compilations from your record collection or music files like MP3s. Special 'Burn-Proof' technology means that Nero is more reliable and stable than any other CD writing software, giving you great results in no time at all. There's even a CD Cover package included, to print out professional looking covers for your creations. If you own a CD writer, you've probably been frustrated with burning in the past. Find out what your CD writer can do, and make it a joy to use. Try Nero, you'll never look back.

Nero Burning ROM has long been heralded as the best all-round CD writing software that is available. This latest incremental release (Nero 5.5 Burning ROM CD Writing Software) adds a gamut of minor enhancements and some significant new features to ensure that it stays ahead of the pack. Where Nero excels is in its advanced feature set, tailored towards those who want to maximise the use of their CD-RW drive.

Whether you are looking to overburn CD-Rs so as to squeeze more data on, write to multiple drives simultaneously, create bootable CDs, remove hiss from analogue recordings, utilise Burnproof technology or you need UDF support for packet writing CD-RWs, Nero has a powerful set of tools to help you. It is also the ideal companion for those working with multimedia files. A powerful new audio editor enables you to make CDs the way you want them to sound, with a cross fader for overlapping tracks, and the ability to remove or modify pause lengths between audio tracks. MP3 is well accommodated for, with a Media Player and encoder, though the latter is limited to encoding 30 tracks, before a separate plug-in needs to be purchased. Video creation is also a breeze with an enhanced MPEG1 encoder that supports drag and drop of AVI files to convert to VCD/SVCD format discs.

For those with less experience of CD writing, who are likely to be overwhelmed by the vast array of features Nero has to offer, a Wizard system is available to manage the less involved tasks. This makes burning direct copies of CDs a simple matter of following a walkthrough of options. While these wizards have helped to make Nero more accessible, the manual could still do with improving.

A CD labelling kit is supplied with the software, along with a small supply of blank labels to get you started. This is accompanied by improvements to the cover editor, which lets you make your own designs for your CDs and cases. Previous Nero users may not find enough new features from version 5 to warrant upgrading, but anyone using an earlier version, or those new to CD writing, should certainly consider getting hold of this excellent all-round package.

J. Weston, Amazon

AbleStable® Review
withdrawn recommendation

For ease of use and reliability, Nero 5.5 was a great CD burning package. We used Nero 5.5 for around a year and it served us faultlessly... Until we tested it on a different make of computer with a CD/CDRW/DVD. Despite our best efforts, we couldn't get the software to recognise the new CD/DVD drive. We've also received some negative user feedback and as a result have withdrawn our recomendation of this product.

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