[Guide] Nero Burning ROM Alternatives

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[Guide] Nero Burning ROM Alternatives

Post by Rahul on Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:11 am

150 MB? No, Thanks!

CDBurnerXP Pro
License: Freeware
Screenshot: Here
Size: 11.02 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP/2003 Server.
My Rating: Very Good - for a freebie, but Microsoft .NET Framework is a big obstacle for me.

Pro is an easy to use CD/DVD burning software, that can write CD-R and
CD-RW discs. The program can also write disks directly from an ISO
image file, and save image as an ISO image file (*.iso). You can create
data and audio CDs, and it supports Burn-Proof technology,
multi-session disks, import of ISO images and more. In addition to CD
burning, you can also rip audio CDs, normalize WAV files, encode MP3
files, erase disks, . CDBurnerXP Pro does not require ASPI when used
under for NT/2000/XP.

The main features
Create Data-CDs/DVDs

* burn any Data on CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW
* burn mp3-CDs to store many audio files on one single disc
* create bootable discs
* verify written Data automatically after burning process
* use either the internal browser to add your files or the intuitive
Drop-Box to drag and drop files directly from any Windows Explorer
* apply file filters to see only the files you need (for example *.jpg to display only JPEG files in local browser)
* save your compilations for creation of backups
* burn on-the-fly and with buffer-underrun protections
* import previous (ISO 9660) sessions and edit existing file structure on CD/DVD
* quick- and full-erase disc
* retrieve recorder and disc information

Create Audio-CDs

* create Audio-CDs from mp3, wav, ogg and wma* files
* add single or multiple tracks from existing audio-CDs directly to
your new compilation without ripping tracks before (add cda-files)
* play audio-files with integrated audio player
* gapless audio-CDs supported (disc-at-once-mode)
* import m3u-playlists
* *only available for Win98SE and later

Rip Audio-CDs

* rip tracks from any audio-CD to wav, mp3, wma or ogg
* download album information from online database
* sort ripped files in subdirectory automatically (based on information you get from online database)
* supports jitter-correction ripping modes to rip tracks from scratched CDs

ISO features

* burn ISO files to CD
* create your own ISO files
* convert bin- and nrg-files to ISO

Other features

* simple cover printing feature for Data- and Audio-CDs
* Audio Editor
* MP3 Tag-Editor
* converter for audio files (wav+mp3)
* supports most IDE, USB, Firewire and SCSI drives
* ASPI not required for NT/2000/XP
* integrated option to enable access to drive for restricted users
* lots of settings to customize CDBurnerXP Pro
* online update


Sateira CD&DVD Burner
License: Shareware; $30 USD
Screenshot: Here
Size: 3.4MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista
My Rating: Very Good
- Sateira CD&DVD Burner is very tinny and is does exactly what is
says, nothing more. If you have 30 $ to spend and you are a ''burning
geek'', Sateira CD&DVD Burner is not a good choice.

CD&DVD Burner is a professional CD & DVD burning software with
advanced features and easy to use interface. Using this software you
can easily create and burn audio and data CDs and DVDs, CUE and ISO
images, view and extract sessions from multisession CD or DVD, quickly
backup your personal files and folders, view detailed information about
hardware and more... This is a very powerful burning package with small
size and low resource usage. This is optimal solution for notebooks and
laptops. Program records: CDR/W, DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W, DVD+R DL, DVDRAM. It
has very flexible interface and all required functions for recording.
This is one of the best solutions for beginners and professionals.

The main features
With Sateira CD&DVD Burner you are able to:

* Burn data CD or DVD
* Burn audio CD from wav, mp3 or ogg files
* Burn ISO / CUE / BIN images to CD / DVD
* Save ISO images
* Erase rewritable CD / DVD
* View and extract sessions from multisession CD / DVD


* All 32-bit Windows versions are supported
* Supports CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / DVD-RAM / DVD+R DL
* Tested with SCSI, IDE / EIDE, USB CD / DVD recorders
* Create bootable CD / DVD or ISO images
* Supports ISO9660 / Joliet files systems, burning simulation, OPC, BURNProof...


* On the fly burning. No temporary files
* Supports long filenames and foldernames (max 108 characters)
* Burn over 300000 files and 80000 folders
* Import any of the available previous sessions
* Doesn't use any dlls or ocxs. Built-in ASPI layer
* Displays necessary information about recorder and disc
* Fast ISO image building speed
* Professional disc layout editor


Ashampoo Burning Studio
License: Shareware; $29.99
Screenshot: Here
Size: 6.18MB
Operating systems: 95/98/ME/2000/XP
My Rating: Excellent
- Ashampoo Burning Studio is everything you need it to be, and you just
can't beat German engineering. Ashampoo Burning Studio is the perfect
Nero replacement, small size, extreme fast speed, superb features and
clear user interface, whatever you are a veteran or a beginner, you
will feel it's developed for you.

This burning application
makes it easy to create and copy your own data DVDs and CDs, video CDs,
audio CDs, and multisession DVDs or CDs. The features of Ashampoo
Burning Studio 5 include drag-and-drop functionality for adding files
directly from Windows Explorer, support for filenames of up to 256
characters for DVDs and 64 characters for CDs, verification of burned
data, and burn-speed options. The program burns WAV, MP3, WMA, and Ogg
Vorbis files directly to audio CDs without any plug-ins. Other features
include volume normalization for audio tracks; easy copying of audio
and data CDs and DVDs; a DAO mode for data, video, and audio CDs;
creation capabilities for MP3 and WMA DVDs or CDs; the loading and
saving of project files; and the ability to erase CD-RWs, DVD-RWs,
DVD+RWs, and DVD-RAMs. The program supports the following disc types:
CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM, and double-layer DVD+R. A
language editor for creating new language interfaces is included. The
last version (5.51) adds new features: full Blu-ray support, support
for the DVD-R Dual-Layer format, integration of a new bug solving
assistant. Languages: German, English, Spanish, French, Italian,
Hungarian, Dutch, Turkish, Russian, Bulgarian, Portuguese (Brazil),
Czech, Slovenian, Norwegian, Polish, Simple Chinese, Ukrainian, Serbian.

The main features
With Ashampoo Burning Studio you are able to:

* Create MP3 CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray discs
* Burn Movies as Video DVD, Video CD (VCD) or Super Video CD (S-VCD)
* Create and burn CD/DVD/Blu-ray Images
* Load and save project files
* Erase CD-RWs / DVD+RWs / DVD-RWs / BD-REs
* Drag&Drop functions for adding files directly from the Windows® Explorer
* Supports file names with up to 127 characters for DVDs and Blu-ray and 64 characters for CDs
* Burn speed and other options can all be set automatically
* Burns WAV, MP3, FLAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis files directly to Audio CDs without any plugins
* Create copies from audio, video or data discs easily
* Interactive troubleshooting assistant that helps to solve hardware and media problems
* Integrated support for over 1,700 CD, DVD and Blu-ray burners

Burning Studio 5 also helps you to save money on CD/DVD/Blu-ray blanks.
Since it produces “multisession” discs you can always add more files
later provided that the disc isn’t completely full. This feature makes
Ashampoo Burning Studio 5 ideal for everyone who needs to make
occasional backups of important data!


License: Shareware; $49.99
Screenshot: Here
Size: 45 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP
My Rating: Good
- The price is not very atractive, but has a lot of features (good for
power users). If until now you didn't find any replacement for Nero and
you are still looking then try a older version of Nero NTI CD&DVD Maker is good but looks like an over bloated version of Nero.

CD & DVD-Maker 7 - is your solution for burning CDs and DVDs. The
integrated user interface delivers fast and easy burning in a few
steps. Perfect for all your recording needs! Safeguard, Organize and
Share - all of your files with one easy-to-use CD and DVD burning
solution. Whether you’re storing data files, organizing digital photos,
creating a video library, or enhancing your music collection, NTI CD
& DVD-Maker 7 makes burning your own CDs and DVDs an easy process.

The main features
The Complete Burning Solution

* NTI CD & DVD-Maker 7 - is your solution for burning CDs and DVDs.
The integrated user interface delivers fast and easy burning in a few
steps. Perfect for all your recording needs!
* Safeguard, Organize
and Share - all of your files with one easy-to-use CD and DVD burning
solution. Whether you’re storing data files, organizing digital photos,
creating a video library, or enhancing your music collection, NTI CD
& DVD-Maker 7 makes burning your own CDs and DVDs an easy process.

New Features in Version 7

DVD Fit – Compress dual-layer movies down to single-layer size, remove
unwanted features, and burn them without having to split a movie onto
two discs. (Does not work with copy-protected movies.)
* Disc
Spanning – Archive your data files on CDs and DVDs, and let our new
Disc Spanning feature help you organize your files onto multiple discs!
* Cinematic Video and Cinematic Slideshow – Give your home videos and
slideshows a professional look with our new Cinematic feature. Our
program will intelligently edit together the best parts of your videos
& pictures, and automatically add transitions & effects to
synchronize with your background music. Choose from several exciting
styles to give your video or slideshow a polished look! (Note 1)
Photo Disc – The Photo Disc feature allows users to save JPEG photos on
a CD where most new DVD players can play the Photo Disc as a picture
* Support for Dual-Layer DVD Media
* New Look and Feel – We have redesigned the skin to improve the look and feel of our software.

Complete, Easy, Powerful Features

* In NTI CD & DVD-Maker 7, you will find new features that enhance
your CD & DVD burning experience. Our software still makes it
easier than ever to burn important data to a disc, but we’ve added new
premium features to let users take control of their PC multimedia
experience. Create audio CDs, compress and copy DVD movies
(non-encrypted movies), make custom photo slideshows, and much more!
* Burn music onto CDs just the way you want it! With MP3 encoding and
WAV editing, NTI CD & DVD-Maker Platinum is a perfect complement to
your music collection. Record live audio to CD on the fly – perfect for
recording business meetings or creating a digital archive of your
classic LPs and cassettes. Download Artist and Title information in
seconds using freedb; create an MP3 CD that can be played in an MP3
player; or convert your WAV files to MP3 and vice versa. It’s that
* Share your photos and videos on CD or DVD! Create photo
slideshows complete with audio – perfect for sharing with friends and
family. Burn favorite photos onto CD or DVD for safe storage and easy
organization, add customized menus to VCD or SVCD discs, or encode your
home videos and create VCDs. If you don’t have time to customize
everything, our software will help you create a Cinematic Video or
Cinematic Slideshow and do all the editing automatically!


Prassi Ones
License: Shareware; $24.40
Screenshot: Here
Size: 6 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP
My Rating: Excellent
- The price is atractive has a lot of features. Prassi Ones has a clean
interface so is very easy to use. Yet another Nero perfect replacement !

has been designed to meet the needs of both beginners and experienced
users alike, thanks to its intuitive and user-friendly interface. ONES
is different from other CD/DVD burning software as it uses an
innovative new recording technology which means that it can function
with any existing or future CD/DVD recorder. Updates are no longer
necessary. ONES stands out from the crowd in implementing innovative
recording technology with a unique Fuzzy Logic approach. It’s a totally
driver-less application that will not require new versions to manage
most of the new CD and DVD recording drives that are coming to the
market. Burn easily DVD Video, DVD ROM, Audio CD, CD Rom, CD Extra,
Video CD and much more...

The main features

* Dynamic interface for both beginners and power users.
* Burn easily DVD Video, DVD ROM, Audio CD, CD Rom, CD Extra, Video CD and much more...
* User is shielded to make setting mistakes.
* Totally Driverless Application; no frequent download updates are needed.
* Create easily Audio compilations from MP3, WMA or WAV.
* Easy and understandable Overburning.
* Full support of CD-R 100 Min.
* True recording speed.
* DVD Native application open to all new DVD standards.


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Re: [Guide] Nero Burning ROM Alternatives

Post by Rahul on Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:11 am

Padus DiscJuggler Professional
License: Shareware; $59.00
Screenshot: Here
Size: 10 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP
My Rating: Excellent
- The price is not so atractive but Padus DiscJuggler has a lot of
features, maybe even more than NERO. Recomended for power users only. Yet another Nero perfect replacement !

Standard Edition, DiscJuggler Professional Edition and DiscJuggler.NET
are software applications designed to do a variety of tasks with
optical storage discs. Each of these products support the Windows
95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 operating systems, but not all features may
function on older operating systems. The program’s feature set is
designed to provide any CD or DVD writing drive owner with a
comprehensive set of disc creation, duplication, and extraction
functions in a straightforward user interface. The focus of DiscJuggler
is to allow the user to create new discs, make duplicates of most
existing discs, and extract content from some discs in the fastest,
easiest, and most reliable way possible.

The main features

DiscJuggler Standard Edition contains a wide-arrange of features, giving professional options not at the expense of DiscJuggler's ease-of-use.

* Support for Microsoft® Windows™ 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003
* Independent ASPI layer
* CD writing methods:
- Track-At-Once
- Session-At-Once
- Disc-At-Once
- RAW Disc-At-Once (with full PQ/R-W sub-code support and the ability to burn multiple sessions at once)
- CD-TEXT (read and write)
- CDDB (on-the-fly conversion to and from CD-TEXT, ID3 tags, and Windows Media tags)
- Multiple indexes with variable gaps and hi-speed transitions search
- High speed digital audio extraction with multiple jitter correction and resynchronization algorithms
- ISRC and UPC
- Low level algorithms for ECC/EDC scrambling and full PQ sub-code generations
- On-the-fly high speed compression and decompression of mp3 and Windows Media audio streams
- Support for CD+G (Karaoke) encoding and decoding
* CD file systems supported:
- ISO-9660
- Joliet
- Bridge (any combination of the above)
- CD file system extensions supported:
- XA / Bridge
- El Torito (bootable)
- Apple hybrid
* CD formats supported:
- CD+G
- CD+ (Enhanced CD)
- Mixed Mode
- Video CD
- Super Video CD
- Photo CD
- Multi-session CD
- High speed pre-mastering engine (>52x CD speed)
- Support for all CD drives currently available (SCSI and ATAPI)
- Full support for FireWire (IEEE-1394) and USB protocols
Support for buffer under-run prevention technologies including:
BURN-Proof™, JustLink™, Power-Burn™, SafeBurn™, and Seamless Link
- Support for optimized write strategies including: PoweRec™ and PoweRec II™
- Support for high quality CD-DA mastering technologies including: AudioMASTER™, VariRec™, and VariRec II™
- Support for density increasing technologies including: GigaRec™
- Support for simultaneous writing to multiple drives

DiscJuggler Professional Edition Net contains all of the features listed above, including the following features.

* Shared Network Writer(s) for CD/DVD writing over LAN/WAN
* Single NT service for the complete server front-end and back-end
* Fully functional web interface for administrative and client tasks
* Administrative control available via: Padus Network Console, Web
* Client interaction available via: Padus Network Console, DiscJuggler, Web
* Automatic repair of invalid VIDEO_TS structures
* Support for setting DVD-ROM BookType
* DVD writing methods:
- Session-At-Once
- Disc-At-Once
* DVD file systems supported:
- ISO-9660
- Bridge (any combination of the above)
* DVD file system extensions supported:
- El Torito (bootable)
- Apple hybrid
* DVD formats supported:
- DVD-Video
- DVD-Audio
* High speed pre-mastering engine (>52x CD speed, >16x DVD speed)
* Support for all CD and DVD drives currently available (SCSI and ATAPI)
* Support for CD/DVD autoloaders (special license only)


Infra Recorder
License: Freeware
Screenshot: Here
Size: 1.37 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista
My Rating: Good - The price is awesome (free), Infra Recorder is made by the same author of TUGzip and is based on CDRtools technology. This new piece of software promises a lot so ''What will tomorrow be like?''

The main features

* Create custom data, audio and mixed-mode projects and record them to physical discs as well as disc images.
* Blank (erase) rewritable discs using four different methods.
* Record disc images.
* Fixate discs (write lead-out information to prevent further data from beeing added to the disc).
* Scan the SCSI/IDE bus for devices and collect information about their capabilities.
* Create disc copies, on the fly and using a temporary disc image.
* Import session data from multi-session discs and add more sessions to them.
* Display disc information.
* Save audio and data tracks to files (.wav and .iso).


License: Freeware/Shareware $24.95
Screenshot: Here
Size: 1.1 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP
My Rating: Very Good
- I must confess, personally i never liked the shareware/freeware
restrictions in a program, for me a piece of software is 100% free or
not but DeepBurner has enough features even in the free version so i
think is pretty good for a freebie. Also you'll be surprised by the
DeepBurner spartan interface but if you want a Free alternative
to NERO than you should say thanks to AstonSoft for this great little
free program and close your eyes while DeepBurner works

The main features

* You can easily create and burn regular data CDs/DVDs
* AudioCD recording functionality is included
* Direct disk-to-disk copying is a cinch*
* Quickly build and burn ISO Images
* Burning Video DVDs is no problem*
* Create awesome, personalized photo CD/DVD albums*
* Rest assured with the full-featured backup utility*
* CD/DVD burning from the command line for you pro's*
* Drive and media information utility included*
* Supports IDE/EIDE, USB, SCSI, and Fire Wire CD/DVD writers
* Overburn function
* Buffer underrun technology "Burn-Proof"
* DAO, SAO and TAO Writing methods support
* Support for CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD+R / DVD-RW / DVD+RW / DVD-RAM
* Create Multi-session CDs
* Bootable CD/DVD support
* Dynamically adjustable drive buffer size
* High Performance File/Disc Caching
* Supports Long File Name (Joliet) File Systems
* Creates ISO (100% DOS/Windows) compatible data CDs/DVDs
* Supports multiple simultaneous recorders
* Easy to use wizards help you create any type of burning project
* The Autorun Wizard makes it easy to create effective autoruns for your CDs
* You can even easily make your own cover, booklet or case insert
* Multi-language interface, of course

*Available in DeepBurner Pro only.


License: Freeware
Screenshot: Here
Size: 2.5 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP
My Rating: Good - Free, open source and based on CDRtools
like his young cousin Infra Recorder. CDrtfe has a very clean and
pleasant interface along with some great features and the price; and
again like his young cousin Infra Recorder will see what the future

The main features

* Data CDs
* Audio CDs (including CD-Plus)
* XCDs (with optional error protection)
* Video CDs
* Audio track extraction (wav, mp3, ogg, flac, userdefined)
* Project files
* Can be used with commandline options
* Windows Explorer integration
* Multi language support
* DVD support: Data and Video DVDs
* Remote drive support via RSCSI


AV Burning Studio
License: Shareware; $29.95
Screenshot: Here
Size: 8.8 MB
Operating systems: 98/ME/2000/XP
My Rating: Good - because the interface reminds me of Sateira
otherwise is ok. AV Burning Studio is a good burning suite but never
will replace NERO; if you have some bucks to spend ($29.95) take a look
at Ashampoo, Prassi Ones, DeepBurner or try a freebie.

The main features

* Create Audio CD's from WAV/WMA/MP3/Ogg Vorbis audio files
* Burn movies as Video DVD, Video CD or Super Video CD
* Create and burn disc images to CD/DVD
* Load and save project files
* Erase CD-RW, DVD-RW+
* Create Data CD/DVD's
* DVD Dual Layer supported
* Burnproof supported
* Drag & Drop functionality


Oront Burning Kit
License: Shareware; $29.95
Screenshot: Here
Size: 5.51 MB
Operating systems: 98/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista
My Rating: Very Good
- not bad, not bad at all for a newcomer. Oront Burning Kit has a clean
and pleasant interface and will perfectly fit your daily BASIC burning needs. Not recommended for a ''pro'' user.

The main features

* Multilingual support
* DVD Double Layer support
* Supports any CD or DVD recorder
* Can be launched without installation
* On the fly burning
* Supports CD-Text
* Data discs can be verified after record
* Save and load project files
* Save and load interface and record settings
* Supports high burning speeds
* Supports UDF, multisession and boot options
* ... and many other features


License: Shareware; $99.95 - $399.00
Screenshot: Here
Size: 24.2 MB
Operating systems: 98/NT/2000/XP
My Rating: Excellent - ''GEAR PRO Mastering Edition 7.0 is the professional's choice
for mastering CD and DVD titles for mass replication''. Well, GEAR PRO
does exactly what is says, if you work or offer professional services
and don't like NERO Burning Rom fancy stuff than GEAR PRO it's yours!
of course after paying around 400$ for this very precious piece of
software. As a pro you will be amazed by the features of GEAR PRO.
Because of the high price and extras i must recommended GEAR PRO ONLY to those that have experience, some good money to spend and want to try a proffesional burning suite.

The main features
Powerful Multi-Tasking

* Record to two or more drives at the same time.
* Add DVD burners to your PC, use your PC as a disc duplicator.
* Easy Disc Copy button, with ability to copy from any CD or DVD drive to any burner.
* Copy one to many using multiple burners!
* Copy discs perfectly, even with only one drive.
* Work on a new project while you burn CDs and DVDs.

Support for the Latest Formats

* Burn DVD-9 titles to Double Layer (DL) recordable media. GEAR PRO
gives you total, accurate control over the layer break setting for
optimal disc layout and reliable playability.
* Accurate import of any authored DVD-Video title.
* Add ROM content to DVD-Video titles.
* Master high definition WMV-HD titles!
* Create bootable CDs or DVDs.
* CD-Text creation and editing.
* Creating large CD-ROM or DVD-ROM titles? New "offline formatting"
creates disc file systems optimized for indexing disc projects
containing large numbers of files. GEAR's standard virtual formatting
is also available, optimizing the file system for fast individual file
* Support for recording files larger than 4 GB (with UDF only).

Easy to Use

* Easy audio ripping! Rip CD audio tracks to .wav, .mp3, .wma, .ogg, or
MPEG audio. Rip the entire disc, or selected tracks. Control bitrate,
bit depth.
* Automatic CD-Audio artist and track title identification using FreeDB.
* CD-ROM data formatting for CD-R(W) media, with the choice to format
into ISO 9660, CD-ROM XA or CD-ROM ISO/UDF hybrid format (OSTA UDF
compliant), and Mixed Mode.
* DVD-ROM authoring with complete control over every aspect of the file system, including ISO, ISO/UDF, or pure UDF.
* UPC-EAN and ISRC codes can be assigned to the audio tracks.
* Adjust pause between audio tracks.
* Copy CD+G, CD-text audio CDs.
* Audio editor allows you to trim, fade, edit, or normalize audio files.
* Audio CD creation, with the ability to import Wave (.wav) and decode MP3, OGG, WMA, or MPEG audio files.
* Disc information tool shows detailed format, volume, session, and track information for any CD or DVD.
* Easily add files and directories to your CD or DVD... just drag and
drop. Choose to back up all files, or only files that have changed
since the last backup.
* ... and many other features

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