Roxio today announced a preview version of Toast 5 Titanium for Mac OS X - available now for download from Roxio. It times-out on October 1.

Preview 1 will support most SCSI and FireWire CD writers from OS X, including the internal CD-RW and DVD-R drives included in the Mac range. Third-party DVD-R, CD-RW and CDR drives will also be supported.

USB models are not yet supported in the initial release, and some features, such as CD copy, will be added later. But the preview does support music and data CDs, as well as DVD-R, VCD, MP3 and Hybrid formats.

Toast 5 Titanium is a comprehensive CD- and DVD-mastering solution that creates, organizes, shares and stores digital content.

Drive by X Victor Nemecheck of Roxio told Macworld UK: "Our development team has faced a number of challenges in creating an OS X version of Toast. Due to severe delays in the delivery of APIs from Apple to support hardware, the team has had to make its own drivers for CD writers.

"But at least this means Toast now supports data recording on the internal CD drives of the current range of Macs, something Apple can't do in OS X."

Nemecheck also revealed that there will be regular updates to the Toast 5 Preview, adding features and support for USB as they become ready.

Roxio has announced plans to offer a software developers kit, to allow Toast 5 to hook into any application. This will enable developers to offer an export-to-CD function from their own products, but will still require a copy of Toast.

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