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Roxio launches Toast 8 Titanium

updated 08:45 am EST, Mon January 8, 2007

Toast 8 Titanium released

Roxio today launched Toast 8 Titanium, enabling Mac users to burn TV programs from TiVo as well as EyeTV to disc alongside support for converting TV shows for viewing on Apple's video iPod or Sony's PSP. The updated software supports creating audio CD mixes as well as music DVDs, and introduces Blu-ray disc burning. Further enhancements include automatic disc cataloging, cross-platform data spanning, and disc restoration. Toast 8 Titanium also offers streamlined visual feedback via a media browser, easing drag-and-drop disc burning capability. Roxio's burning software supports personalized labels and covers to accommodate cover art as well as inserts, featuring full drawing and text editing tools with more than 600 clip-art images. Toast also supports LightScribe drives and media while incorporating Google image search functionality. Toast 8 Titanium is available for $100, and requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later. Roxio adds that special pricing and unique discount bundles are available at the company's Macworld expo booth #314 as well as its 'virtual' Macworld store through January 14th.

Toast 8 provides DJ-style crossfades, volume normalization tools, sound enhancing plug-ins, track trimming capabilities, and other features previously found in Roxio's Jam software, according to the company. The application includes a new CD Spin Doctor Assistant that guides users through setting up the equipment and burning a disc or converting tracks for portable devices.

The Toast 8 Disc Recovery Tools allow users to potentially recover data from scratched or damaged discs that are unreadable in the Mac OS X Finder, and the software offers a means to backup an entire 9GB DVD to a standard 4.7GB DVD using Fit-to-DVD compression. Toast also features Director's Cut custom compilations, allowing users to select specific video, audio, and languages desired for recording or converting individual video files for use on a portable video player.

Toast's 'Dynamic Writing' feature uses a Blu-ray recorder like a hard drive, allowing users to drag-and-drop content directly onto the disc icon on the desktop to add or remove files. Toast 8 Titanium optionally catalogs the contents of discs for tracking the contents when the media is no longer in the drive. The technology works with discs created in Toast, previously burned discs, and commercial discs such as audio CDs.

Roxio provides a data-spanning feature that backs up files by automatically splitting files and folders across multiple discs, maintaining the exact folder and file structure for retrieval on any Mac OS X, Windows XP, or Windows Vista system.




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  1. Jaddie

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Universal Binary?

    Dear Friends

    Is Toast 8 a Universal Binary application? What about the rest of the programs in the package? Which ones are Universal Binary?

    It looks like one heck of an upgrade! My favorite new features are cross-platorm data spanning, cataloging, and the audio crossfades.

    --Jaddie

  1. road dog

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    universal

    looks like it is... it's got universal logo on the box.

  1. Pismo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    UB

    All of the apps should be Universal Binaries now.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: universal binary?

    Considering Toast 7.1 was universal, I would assume the same for 8.

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Upgrade Pricing

    Upgrade pricing consists of only a $20 mail-in rebate.

  1. road dog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MacWorld special prices

    wow... check out these deals...

    toast 8 + eyetv hybrid for $159! the eyetv hybrid alone normally sells for $149.

    www.roxio.com/macworld

  1. jbmelby

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    no upgrade price?

    The alleged "upgrade price" ($79.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate) is the same as the price for new users. This is absurd, and an insult to those of us who've been supporting Toast since v 4 or earlier. The people at Roxio should be ashamed!

  1. djcobb44

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Sheesh....

    I'm still waiting for my rebate from Toast 7 to show up in the mail.

  1. dbfruth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Disco

    I was a long time Toast user until recently. Disco is a fraction of the price at $14.95 and does everything that I ever used Toast for. http://www.discoapp.com

  1. theid

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    EyeTV hybrid

    I got my EyeTV hybrid for $119. You can get the same device by Hauppauge with free Windows software for less than $99, but the EyeTV software is worth it. Toast is nice software, but the bundle price of $40 ($159 - 119) is closer to its "real value" than its $100 standalone retail price. Most people only one or two features, and it would make more sense to break it into several useful burn utilities - it needn't emulate the huge conglomerate that Nero has become.

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