Roxio has announced Toast 7, the newest iteration of its CD and DVD burning software.

Toast 7 will be available directly from Roxio starting August 31, and in shops in mid September. 
New features include multi-image High Definition slideshows with pan and zoom effects; transitions and background soundtracks; audio DVDs carrying over 50 hours of Dolby quality music and navigation; and data spanning abilities that allow users to backup large files, folders and applications across multiple CDs and DVDs.
"Toast 7 delivers enhancements and features that I've always wanted, along with some ingenious capabilities that I never even knew I needed," said Thomas Santee, Toast 7 beta tester.  "Although it's packed with new features, Toast 7 has the same simple workflow and a design that I know so well."
Toast 7 also breaks new ground by becoming the first third-party application on any platform to support DivX 6, which allows users to turn DivX format files into DVD-Video discs.  Users can also convert any video file to DivX, including iMovie HD and FinalCut Pro HD projects.
Adam Fingerman, director of product management, said:  "This latest version will appeal to Mac users who want to go far beyond the basic features of all other burning applications, and to audio and video enthusiasts who demand the widest possible file support and professional quality options." 
Toast 7 features

Support for data spanning lets users 'span' large files and folders across multiple CDs and DVDs. The application also allows for the creation of hybrid discs for Mac and Windows users; customized icons and backgrounds. Toast 7 also includes an iLife browser.

Alongside support for the creation of music DVDs for standard DVD players and Dolby support, Toast 7 also includes a Dashboard widget that lets users capture live Internet audio. It supports most common audio formats, including OGG and AAC.

The application offers a gallery of DVD menu styles; support for HD slideshows and can convert video assets to low- and high-bandwidth alternatives, such as H.264 and 3GPP.

Toast 7 also offers DVD Compression, which lets users compress and copy an entire 9GB dual-layer DVD-Video to a standard 4.7GB recordable DVD disc.

Toast 7 will be available August 31 direct from Roxio, and from shops in mid-September. It costs £69.99 including VAT.

Registered Toast, Jam, Popcorn and The Boom Box users will be eligible for discounts direct from Roxio.