Roxio has announced Toast 6 Titanium, the latest version of its industry standard CD and DVD burning application. Scheduled to ship in September, Toast 6 will cost £69.99 (including VAT) and features a host of improvements.

"We wanted a new product that was not a simple version upgrade," said Roxio's European communications chief Scott Marx.

The release includes Rendezvous support within Toast, so Mac users can share external – and internal – CD and DVD authoring mechanisms over the network with zero configuration. OS 9 users will be able to purchase Toast 5 titanium until December 31.

Toast 6 also introduces the ability to burn data to disc contextually - control-click on a file, and a burning option will appear.

Toast 6 has a Universal Audio Converter built-in, which means users can drag-&-drop nearly any audio file or iTunes track to be recorded to audio and enhanced audio CDs. The feature will accept collections of music in different formats, automatically converting these to a common format for the burn.

The new Motion Picture feature lets users transform collections of still images into slide shows, with effects like pan-&-zoom and soundtracks. It also lets people burn DVDs quickly and easily, with automatic chapter markings and some video editing features. Toast 6 recognizes and works with most digital video cameras, and is capable of transferring content directly from the camera to DVD for archiving.

Format boost Roxio has also introduced a Universal Video Converter, so users can drop different video formats, including iMovie, into Toast for burning. Users may drag-&-drop images directly from the iPhoto library. Results can be saved as Video CD, Super Video CD or DVD.

Toast 6 is compatible with the majority of CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW and DVD-RAM devices available on the market, as well as all the internal authoring drives used in Macs. Out-of-the box it supports multi-session CD burning, has the ability to copy the contents of unprotected CD or DVDs in a single click and requires no time-consuming pre-flight set-up steps.

The company is bundling backup software Deja Vu with Toast, with the application set up to allow users to configure their own personal back-up preferences through a non-confusing interface. As a back-up tool, Toast now offers 128-bit data encryption and can compress data up to 50 per cent on CDs and DVDs. Deja-Vu can back-up to CD, DVD, networks or the Web automatically.

Roxio has also improved Toast's CD Spin Doctor application. New features include the ability to listen to music as it is recorded, better filters, support for VST plug-ins and extras – such as timed recording and playback, to help users guard against bad or failed encoding, and the ability to state what delay should occur, if any, between tracks. It offers tools for removing clicks, hisses and crackles common when digitizing vinyl, and low and high frequency sound quality and stereo balance controls. The results can be dropped into Mac user's iTunes Library.

Roxio has dropped two applications that appeared in Toast 5 – MP3 Player Audion ("because everybody now uses iTunes") and iView Media.