Disco 1.0.2 Review

Mac OS X, along with various software packages, offer a number of disc-burning facilities built-in.

Disk Utility is the most obvious method for dealing with optical media, while many items of Apple software, such as iTunes and iDVD, have integrated disc burning. However, many users need more flexibility and typically invest in Roxio’s Toast Titanium, a powerful burning suite that supports the creation of many disc types.

While Toast might be tasty, Disco 1.0.2 aims to have a nibble, offering a useful bunch of burning tools for a significantly lower price. Disco’s interface is elegantly designed, and looks rather like a widget. It’s easily navigable and makes compiling data destined for CD or DVD a breeze. Disc spanning is supported, so you can spread a large collection of files over several discs. Unfortunately, if one of those files is larger than the disc to which you’re burning, Disco won’t split it to fit.

As you’d expect, multi-session burning to CD features, so you can add content to an already burnt disc (the DVD format doesn’t support multi-session burning) and there’s the facility to erase rewritable discs. Another highly useful feature, Discography, catalogues every disc you burn, so when the files run into the thousands, you’ve a ready means of tracking down which disc hosts a specific file.

It’s possible to create hybrid, HFS+, UDF, PC Joliet and ISO 9660 discs, as well as audio CDs, and you can create IMG, ISO, DMG and CUE/BIN images. While Disco supports the creation of video discs, derived from Video_TS and Audio_TS data on existing, non copyright-protected discs, it cannot create a DVD from video files.

OUR VERDICT

Should Disk Utility be inadequate to your needs, and if you can’t stretch to Toast, then Disco is a well-presented halfway house. It may not appeal to video enthusiasts aiming to compile video discs, but music buffs and those seeking an optical archiving solution should give it a try.

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