Joined on 08/04/05
NTI Shadow 4
Pros: Works as advertised. It install without a problem and I found the setup simple to use. The feature I appreciate the most is the "real-time" backups (i.e., backups can be kept as you make changes to the document). I have NTI Shadow setup to keep the two previous versions of a document and I have restored several documents from backups after I accidentally saved instead of giving the save a new name. I have Shadow doing these backups to another hard drive in my machine and a network drive on another computer.
Cons: None noticed.
Overall Review: I have not had the need to contact technical support as another review indicates, so I cannot comment on the technical support. However, Shadow has performed flawlessly over the two months that I have used it.
Great burning app
Pros: Intuitive interface, easy to use, fast burning
Cons: Consumes large amount of disk space, slow initial startup.
Overall Review: Roxio Creator 2009 is an update to the popular Roxio Easy Media Creator 10. The update provides a much smoother and visually appealing interface than its predecessor and now supports processing HD and Blu-ray DVDs through an additional cost add-in available from Roxio. Overall, I found the package to be very easy to use and thorough in its functionality. All functions worked flawlessly and the burn process seemed to be faster than many of other products that I have recently used (including Easy Media Creator 10).
Pros: In addition to burning and ripping audio, video, photos, and data, it provides a built-in backup utility called NTI Backup Now. The package also includes tools for editing audio files, creating slideshows and jewel case labels. You can burn data, audio, mixed-mode (a combination of data and audio tracks), standard video formats in additional to Blu-ray. The backup utility allows you to back up to any writeable device on your system (hard disk, flash drive, CD or DVD).
Cons: Although the wheel interface is rather interesting and the functions clearly labeled, some of the buttons on the outside of the wheel were confusing. However, the balloon pop-ups which appear when you hover the cursor over them are very helpful.
Overall Review: CD & DVD Maker 7 has been updated to a new suite of tools called NTI Media Maker 8. Media Maker 8 has virtually any tool necessary in working with CDs or DVDs. I found all of the tools to be easy-to-use and logically laid out. During my testing, the software performed as expected and the burned CDs and DVDs performed flawlessly in other devices. This is an excellent tool for all of your burning needs.