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on October 19, 2011
The new Nero has hit the shelves. The world's most successful CD/DVD burning suite has experiened yet another reincarnation, while trying to evolve into the ultimate digital experience suite.
1. RELIABLE TECHNOLOGY: I have friends still using versions 6 and 7, so that should give you an idea of how good software engineering has been at Nero - if the product still works well after all those years.
2. NBR - NO 1: Nero Burying ROM - the heart and soul of the digital suite - is as good as ever, and with the addition of Nero DiscSpan and SecurRom is currently offering more than any other CD/DVD authoring suite on the planet.
3. REVAMPED: Nero Video (formerly known as Nero Vision) has been revamped and continually improved since verion 10 with background editing, Express Editing and Storyboarding tools, Prosumer workflow on demand, etc. and will not leave the user wanting.
4. HELP AVAILABLE: The complete workflow has been improved with help and explanations at your fingertips (something missing in the past).
5. A SENSIBLE APPROACH: Nero Burning ROM, Nero Video and Nero BackItUp are sold separately, so you can pick the product you need at the optimum price, or buy the whole package in Nero v11 Platinum. Offering those applications separately means that Nero has finally recognized the fact that not all components in the bundle may be described as equally successful - and has done what would be right for customers.
1. PLAYBACK AND VIEWER ISSUES: Since v10 Nero have decided to drop Showtime - their dedicated DVD player, which may not have been the best on the market, but was nevertheless quite useful. Now Kwik media has been introduced, but it leaves much to be desired with regards to speed and usability. It will also hijack all your video and picture formats at the time of installation, if you do not uncheck a not very conspicuous tick box, which is checked by default. I never install Kwik anyway, and with PotPlayer and FastStone Image Viewer available (both excellent and free) I do not feel anyone else should. The very fact that the multimedia player is called Kwik (being the slow and clumsy mastodon that it really is) is an expression of Nero's wonderful sense of humor.
2. TIME AND SPACE ISSUES: The installation package for Nero 11 Platinum is almost 1 GB big. Installation time is 30-40 minutes, which is almost as long as the installation time of Windows XP. Takes up 2.2 GB on your HDD. When installation finishes it leaves behind some 3 GB of temporary files on your HDD. You need to remove those manually, which is both unnecessary and is an overkill for the average user.
3. BUNDLED, BUT UNNECESSARY: BackItUp is another Nero bundled product that I do not install. Why? I have ViceVersa, and the difference in functionality is simply enormous. BackItUp ls eye candy, but I'd rather have a highly configurable piece of software with a more modest interface.
4. TOO BIG: Although customers have been continually unhappy over the years with Nero's growing size, it seems that its developers are not unfazed with such opinions and continue to make Nero bigger and shinier, while at the same time keeping the changes in functionality to the minimum.
5. NOT QUITE STABLE YET: At the time of the publishing of this review the product was not quite stable yet.
1. Nero solidifies its position among the top players with CD/DVD buring tools being top-notch and Video editing tools being among the best prosumer solutions on the market (Cyberlink, Roxio and Corel being its close competitors). Nero Burning ROM is simply No 1 on the planet - period.
2. Kwik and BackItUp - both products should either be re-thought fundamentally or dropped altogether. They are just eye candy, but no one wants a slow and clumsy interface combined with limited functionality.
3. As a whole, I do hope Nero developers pay more attention this time and Nero v12 (when it comes out) is less in size and more agile.