Nero 8 Pre Release Review - Verdict AWESOME! You heard it here first! ~ Ask The Admin

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nero 8 Pre Release Review - Verdict AWESOME! You heard it here first!

We met the good guys over @ Nero during Digital Life and they hooked us up with a copy of the soon to be released Nero 8.

After playing with it for a bit and letting it handle my daily burning shenanigans - All I have to say is me likey! They have some nice new features but, the one thing I noticed right off the bat is the app has a smaller memory footprint and just seems to work a lot smoother. Load times were cut in HALF! Nero 8 gives Vista a disc copy gadget that fills the gap Microsoft seems to have left out. Not too shabby...

Among the features we tried out were... burning a CD, DVD, HD-DVD (Sadly we dont have a BluRay drive to give that a go). After reading through the press kit it spoke of some magic software that will revive disks I thought to be dead back from the err, dead. I brought out some old data dvds that were scratched up something fierce. There was porn data that couldn't be recovered or restored from anywhere. We fired up Nero Rescue Agent and after a little bit we got those files back!

Thanks Nero! Some of the products highlights:

  • NEW easy-to-use and intuitive Nero StartSmart
  • One-click import and share to/from online communities*
  • Playback on AVCHD and Blu-ray (BD-AV) video*
  • Backup files to CDs, DVD’s, HD DVDs and Blu-Ray discs*
  • Convert DVD Files to play on your iPod® or PSP™, and other portable devices
  • Optimized for Windows Vista™
  • Recover data lost due to scratched discs, interrupted recording operations, bad recording quality, etc.
  • Restore deleted files or previous versions of files from ISO/UDF discs
  • Redesigned and enhanced menus and UI.
  • Quicker overall and smaller footprint.
  • Load times cut in half!
  • New Burning and Authoring Support in Nero Vision 5 for high definition optical discs, including Blu-ray disc, HD DVD and AVCHD, adding to already extensive support for all CD and DVD formats (Additional plug-in needed for HD DVD Authoring and Playback functionalities)
  • New Integration with SecurDisc™ – Secure Data Protection accessible with the appropriate drive and Nero Express

With Nero 8 you can format DVD content to view on an iPod®or PSP™, enjoy blue laser content without a blue laser burner,and import and share your favorite photos and videos with one click to and from online communities like My Nero, YouTube™,and MySpace®. Nero 8 makes it easy to live today’s digital life!

Experience the finest in home entertainment. With Nero 8 you can stream your multimedia data to an Xbox 360™or a PlayStation® 3 to enjoy in every room in the house.Use your PC to record your favorite TV shows, and use the time-shifting feature so you never miss another episode!

With Nero Burning ROM 8, the world’s most powerful burning application, you can rip your non-copy-protected CDs andDVDs and burn data and audio files to CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and HD DVD. With the integrated SecurDisc technology,you can create password-protected discs or a digital signature to ensure the authenticity of your documents.

There are also some improvements under the hood. Nero 8 loads faster, and is optimized for dual-core and quad-core processors.A full version of Nero 8 will set you back $100 if you buy it in a box, $80 if you download it from Nero's website, or $60 if you're upgrading from Nero 7.

Verdict: Awesome - it is a great upgrade and we will continue "testing" it during the week! The speed up is wonderful and with built in support for converting media for my mobile, I know I will be carrying more Simpsons Episodes with me on the train! What do you guys use to burn and convert your files? Let us know!