Roxio Toast 12

The king of op­ti­cal me­dia tools for the Mac is still go­ing strong

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Huge range of burn­ing op­tions Easy to use Ex­pen­sive as a ca­sual tool You need an op­ti­cal drive

It’s time for an­other bite...

£80 De­vel­oper Roxio, roxio.co.uk

OS OS X 10.5+ (10.9 for some func­tions) Re­quires DVD drive, 1GB hard disk space For what seems like for­ever, Roxio’s Toast has been the de facto rec­om­men­da­tion for au­thor­ing DVDs and CDs on a Mac. Nat­u­rally, it’s a tougher sell for Roxio th­ese days, when a CD/DVD drive is op­tional for Macs. How­ever, we do live in a world where op­ti­cal me­dia is still used and Toast is still rel­e­vant.

The lat­est ver­sion is Toast Ti­ta­nium 12, which adds screen-cap­ture tools and the abil­ity to burn HD con­tent on nor­mal DVDs for play­back in Blu­ray de­vices. It’ll also burn to blank Blu-ray discs if you have the cor­rect ex­ter­nal drive. There’s a Pro ver­sion of Toast 12, which for an ex­tra £40 adds a se­lec­tion of other soft­ware tools for cre­at­ing HDR images and clean­ing up au­dio on speech record­ings and the like.

Toast re­mains a sim­ple app to use, and though there are plenty of fea­tures and sce­nar­ios for burn­ing your data, the in­ter­face is easy to fol­low. The tabs along the top of the main win­dow keep things ob­vi­ous and the most pop­u­lar tasks are just a click away.

If you just want to burn the odd disc, the cost of Ti­ta­nium 12 could be too high and the soft­ware too mul­ti­fac­eted for your needs. But if blank DVDs are still pil­ing high in your home or of­fice and you burn data reg­u­larly, the ex­tras are worth the in­vest­ment – we’re not sure, how­ever, the same can be said of the Pro ver­sion. Though time is run­ning short for Toast and its ilk, Ti­ta­nium 12 is a fine prod­uct that con­tin­ues to main­tain a good rep­u­ta­tion. Christo­pher Bren­nan

Writ­ing to op­ti­cal me­dia is on its way out, but Toast is still one of the best tools out there if you need it.

Toast Ti­ta­nium 12 has a slightly dated in­ter­face, but it is ex­tremely easy to nav­i­gate.

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