Dragon Burn 3.1.17, an inexpensive disc-burning application, promises intriguing features that the Mac OS and Roxio’s Toast 6 Titanium do not offer. Among these features are simultaneous burning on multiple recorders, multi-session DVD-R burning, and conversion of an iTunes playlist’s AAC files to AIFF files for an audio CD. Regrettably, too many of its features work poorly (or not at all).
Before citing Dragon Burn’s failings, let’s talk about what it does well. Unlike OS X or Toast, Dragon Burn lets you load a disc-image file into the program and burn it to multiple CD and DVD burners at the same time. This can be a time- saver if you’ve a couple of CD burners and need to make several copies of a disc.
I say “theoretically” because multi-session burning isn’t an option for DVD-R discs, and doesn’t work properly with DVD-RW media. The program writes the first session to a DVD-RW disc, but when you later insert that disc into a Mac’s DVD drive, it isn’t recognized. Worse, I couldn’t eject these discs without rebooting my Mac while holding down the mouse button.
Although Dragon Burn 3 imports iTunes playlists that include AAC files and burns these as an audio disc, the resulting files sound noisy and distorted. When you rip an audio disc and convert the resulting files to another format, title information changes to a meaningless mix of letters and numbers – Peter Gabriel’s Red Rain, for example, changed to dbxt16531729.mp3.
A disc-burning program – even one that costs so little of your hard-earned cash – that fails to deliver on its promises is no bargain. If the disc-burning features built into OS X aren’t extensive enough for you, spend the money to get a disc-burning application that works – Roxio’s Toast 6 Titanium.
Min specs: Mac OS X 10.1.5; 128MB RAM; 20MB hard-drive space; CD/DVD burner..