BurnAware Free Edition Review
This application is developed to work with the newest Windows versions, Vista and Windows 7, but also with NT, 2000 and XP, both 32 and 64-bit versions. You do not require the .NET framework to run it.
With Burn Aware you can copy files to CD, DVD and Blu-Ray discs. The application supports CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE and DVD-RAM media, but also high-capacity layer media. You can also erase rewritable media from discs with this free program.
Need More Than Basic Functions?
There are three editions this program has: Free, Home and Professional. The free edition is easy to install, but you should pay attention during the process and disable the installation of the Ask toolbar, which I don’t think you want. The rest of the installation goes smooth and you will not have to worry about it.
The interface of the program is simple and displays the entire task panel that the application can handle. The program is built on a modular architecture, meaning each task opens in its own process and in its interface. You will only notice the benefits of this feature when you will want to run multiple processes, but you will also need a powerful computer which can handle several tasks as a time. However, the program is not using a lot of memory. A simple DVD-Video copying costs the system around 24MB RAM and an average of about 11% from the processor.
This program allows you to tweak all the settings. You will be able to adjust your preferences for each task though you are a beginner user. You can set the burning speed, label the disc or choose disc type options. In the Options menu of each task you will find more advanced options.
Burning bootable discs might be a painful process with other applications, but that is not the case with this free burning software. You just need to tell the application you want it to burn a bootable disc and it will do it itself. However, you will have to select the emulation type (hard drive or floppy), the platform, define the number of sectors and load segment, but also customize the boot message if you wish.
One of the flaws of this application is the lack of a progress bar which shows you how much the media type can fit. You are still given the information when the application estimates it, but it’s not the same as actually seeing it on a bar.
Burn Aware Free allows you to burn ISO and BIN/CUE types, create an ISO from any file or folder in your computer, build a boot ISO and even copy disc contents directly to an ISO archive. Unfortunately there’s not much support for other formats, but the one for ISO and BIN/CUE is great.
Erasing data from a disc is easy to do as well. You find the option under the Utilities menu. The application will automatically recognize the type of disk and allow you to choose between a fast, superficial job and one that gets the job done in style. The second option will take more time than the first one.
The product can be downloaded from the official webpage. You also have the option to buy or upgrade to a paid version, the Home or the Professional, and you will have to pay $29.95 and $39.95 for them. The free version is not allowed to be used for commercial use. Overall this is a great free burning software which gets the job done, but you might want to go for one of the paid versions, as they offer way more features.
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Digital Poet at BurnWorld Inc.
I am the Team Leader here at BurnWorld. I am an audio/video enthusiast and have been in this industry for over 10 years. I love testing DVD/Blu-Ray and Video software.
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