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    CD Burning Software woes

    Hello,

    I posted a while back about CD/DVD burning software. I just cannot find anything that fills the bill. THis is what I want:

    1. Burns Audio CDs and Data CDs and DVD's
    2. Allows for drag and dropping of m3u lists or equivalent to create track list for Audio CD
    3. Has normalisation option for Audio CD and can remove the 2 second gap
    4. Some kind of Cover/inlay editor
    5. Doesn't come with the kitchen sink

    I've looked at:

    Alcohol 120% - no drag and drop of M3U lists
    Ashampoo Burning Studio 7 - no drag and drop of M3U lists
    cdburnerxp - claims support of M3U lists but it doesn't work
    DeepBurner - no drag and drop of M3U lists
    Sateira CD&DVD Burner - - no drag and drop of M3U lists

    That leaves kitchen sink apps like Easy CD Creator and Nero. There appears to be no trial with Easy CD Creator and last time I bought Record Now the interface was so disgusting I uninstalled the program after a few minutes. I was resigned to upgrading Nero but I can't. Because I live in Japan the Nero online shop keeps forcing me towards buying a Japanese version. I don't have a Japanese OS! I wrote to Nero but haven't had a reply on that yet (approaching two weeks).

    Does anyone know of any program or (combination possibly) that matches my requirements? I want to be able to try a trial version.

    Thanks,

    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    With those sorts of specifics on your wishlist, I'd suggest you post to Discussions - alt.comp.freeware | Google Groups to get some leads. There seems to be a few "specialists" on burning software hanging out there.

    [hint]If you want to keep the spam away (since you're publishing an e-mail addy) use a disposable address from Mailinator:Home when you sign up with Google Groups.

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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    You can get the massive (194 megs) Nero Burning ROM version 7.10.1.0 English Trial from here: http://ftp5.usw.nero.com/PUB/1db2135fd29be...0_eng_trial.exe
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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    There are some indications that this can do it dbPoweramp CD writer . They do a 30 day trial download. Not tried this but the dbPoweramp converter is nice and slick..

    And this http://www.mediamonkey.com definitely says it can do the job -- and it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>
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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    Thanks, Jeff. I have that. It does do what I need. The problem is that Nero seem to be insisting that I go through their Japanese site because I am in Japan. When I got the 5.5 version I could buy that in English. I guess I would actually be buying a registration number and the program would be the same but I'm waiting for Ahead to confirm this exactly. I don't want to end up with a garbled mess of Japanese and English, especially when I can't read Japanese.

    The other problem with Nero is that it seems to install a lot of gunk in the background. Despite being very careful with the installation of the trial I got bits of what I think is Nero Scout. Namely:

    c:Program FilesAheadLibNMindexStoreSvr.exe
    c:Program FilesAheadLibNMIndexingService.exe
    c:Program FilesAheadLibNeTsMan.exe

    These try to run in the background. .I don't want them. It looks like a clean install of Nero is impossible.

    Going with Nero is very unattractive so I'm hoping another option shows itself.

    Cheers,

    Chris

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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    Thanks Alan, I might try that, though I try to keep the number of such groups I belong to down to a minimum. Long Live the Lounge!

    Chris

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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    Thanks for the links, will check these out when I am able. Not going to be where I live for a few weeks. Do you know if either of htese programs will deal with data. I seem to remember looking at both of them a long time ago, but that was as a replacement for Winamp.

    Cheers,

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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    Jeff,

    > Sorry, I cannot post the command line here as it totally corrupts the post.

    A % directly followed by anything that looks like a hexadecimal number (in this case %C) is interpreted by the browser as a character code. Character codes below hexadecimal 20 (decimal 32, the ASCII code for a space) have special meanings and are likely to trash the post, as you found.
    The workaround is to use the <!t>[%]<!/t> tag: if you want to post a % directly followed by a digit 0 - 9 or a letter A - F, put square brackets around the %. Entering <!t>[%]<!/t>1 will result in %1 in the post.

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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    Hans,

    Thanks for the "fix".... now the hardest part is being able to remember that the next time. <img src=/S/RollEyes.gif border=0 alt=RollEyes width=19 height=19> <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>
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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    Chris,

    1) Yes, when you buy Nero, all you are buying is the "Serial", aka: Registration Code. So it shouldn't make any difference where you buy it. Nero has LOTS Of language packs included in the installation folder.

    2) That one piece of "gunk" is the infamous, "Nero Scout", which is Nero's indexing utility. Yes, it causes much disk thrashing, etc., and is disdained by most. Nero doesn't make it easy to disable either but it can be done very quickly and easily.

    In the Start Menu's "Run" box, just type: regsvr32 /u "%COMMONPROGRAMFILES%AheadLibMediaLibraryNSE.d ll" and press "Enter".

    3) Despite the fact that you have to download the entire Suite, at least you are given the option to install which parts/programs you actually want to install.
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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    Jeff - Thanks for the Run command. That's one less daily stop to the Task Manager.
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    Re: CD Burning Software woes

    You appear to be chiefly interested in MP3 and data. Me too, plus bits of the kitchen sink (photos), which I already have in at least two flavours (Nero latest hot off the press version and Roxio 8 final, which is not the latest but fine for my setup).

    I am flabbergasted that you can't find something useful, say, Windows Media Player, or Musicmatch Jukebox, which is about to become Yahoo Music, which I suspect will be free, in competition with Quicktime and Real, both of which also seem to offer the kitchen sink.

    Writing depends on the operating system, and Visio has that from within Windows.

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