Roxio Toast 12
The king of optical media tools for the Mac is still going strong
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.