updated 12:15 pm EST, Wed March 9, 2011
Works with Flash, DivX Plus HD, MKV
Roxio has released Toast 11 and Toast 11 Pro, offering a major redesign and a new interface. The apps sport tools for repairing, transcoding and burning media, and the new Pro version incorporates software like Photoshop Elements to help with media production. Both titles have various upgrades over Toast 10, like saving customized video profiles, an improved updating mechanism, and the ability to burn to several drives simultaneously. Other headliners in v11 are direct uploads to Facebook, YouTube or Vimeo; the locations of YouTube videos can posted on Twitter.
Miscellaneous improvements include conversions to iOS-friendly codecs, with VideoBoost optimizations -- when a Mac has NVIDIA Cuda support -- for converting or encoding H.264 high-def video; also present is better streaming Internet audio capture, DVD clip extraction, and analog audio capture. During the audio capture process, Toast now ignores other application sounds.
New format support handles Flash video along with DivX Plus HD and MKV files, and converting audiobook CDs for iOS. With DVDs, subtitles are preserved for iOS.
Differences in Pro include a Blu-ray burning plugin, which can be bought as an add-on for the regular Toast 11 and allows burning to Blu-ray discs and DVDs. Photoshop Elements provides organization, online storage and photo editing capabilities. Soundsoap 2 SE and its new audio unit plugin are bundled, as is FotoMagico 3 RE for slideshows. Soundtracks can be made via Sonicfire Pro 5, which features mood mapping and a library of scores to pull from.
Toast 11 requires an Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.5 and 1GB of RAM, although 2GB of RAM is recommended for the Pro version. For VideoBoost, a compatible NVIDIA video card and 4GB of RAM are demanded for optimal performance.
Roxio is selling Toast 11 for $100, with a $20 mail-in rebate available. Toast 11 Pro is $150, again with the same rebate option. It can be downloaded now or bought at retailers like Apple, Best Buy and Amazon in the near future.