Pros: Quick and easy just like it said.
Cons: A lot of information, not to easy to navigate at first.
Have you ever wondered why if you have just built or bought a new computer why it will not do what you want it to do? Well that is what happen to me.We had this new computer and started a project at the beginning of the year and was hoping to be done by Christmas. Well the project finished on time. I had to take 2600 slides and photos and convert them to my computer then using a laser scribe system, I lasered the images on the disks and then I had to take 120 songs and put then insync to the photos. That turned excellent. So when some one asked me to take the pictures off of my computer and put them on a disk so that they could put them on their computer I said that I could do it.
Well, not knowing that I was kind of doing this a little backwards I of course had trouble. I thought that since that I had DVD Santa, and Nero-7, that I would not have any problem doing this. Well, someone forgot to tell my computer that it is supposed to listen to me. I got as far as getting them to where it says that the files were ready to be written to the CD. I tried for several days and just had no luck. So my wife said that she would toke all 2600 photos and download them on to Shutterfly. I said to her doesn't that take quite a while? She said Yes. I thought has got to be a simple way to do this. That is when I went out and tried my luck at Office Max. At first they did not know what or why I was having a problem. So I decided to just go up and down the isles and look for myself.
That is when I saw this bright red and orange box, it also had a on sale sign on it. I asked the salesperson about this one and said if you have Nero-7 that should work. But, I replied it doesn't. The gentlemen said that is what he uses at home. I looked at it and the price was right. It originally cost $30.00 plus tax, but it was on sale for just $10.00. I thought to my self how can I lose? All of the others were around $100.00 plus tax.
WHAT COMES IN THE BOX
What you should receive inside is one brightly colored disk, the same as the box. One manual and some extra cardboard. If you open it up and there is not a label on the back of the paper sleeve that the CD is in, Take it back right away. There are numbers that you will need that are on this, this is the code key, a 17 digit number that you will need to install this in your computer.
This is what you should be able to do after you install this CD: it has Roxio Home, this is where you can access all of your projects, There is the Creator Classic, which uses data to help you do multiple disks projects and you can encrypt your files. Plus the Disc Copier which allows you to make back up copies of your CD's and DVD's. A really nice feature is the Drag-to-Disc option, this allows you to drag and drop and files just by one click. Then there is the Multi Media Express option. which allows you to create stories on DVD and mix photos with video while including your favorite sound track. Next is the Music Creator this allows you to create discs that you can play in your car, at home, and portable music player. Then this next option is the Photosuite, you can enhance , edit, and share digital photos, plus make any adjustments and fix errors or remove any red eye. Last but not least is the Sound Editor , this will let you record and edit regular sound bites and audio files and create your own audio mixes.
There are a few minimum requirements that you will have to make sure that your computer has. They are: Microsoft Windows Vista Home, business or Ultimate edition. Windows XP Home, Professional, or MCE edition. Windows XP Professional x64 edition, and Microsoft Windows 2000 edition. The Processor and Memory Requirements are: For burning music and data disks you wil need 500 Mhz Intel Pentium III or the equivalent of a 128MB RAM. For DVD, slideshow, or video authoring you will need 1.4 GHZ Intel pentium 4 or the equivalent of 128 MB RAM. The Hard Disk Space that you will need will be 1 GB of hard disk space for the typical installation and 1 GB of hard disk space for every 5 minutes of video for video capture. Plus 7200 RPM hard disk drive for those video projects. There are a lot of settings that you should know and that is the display settings are 1024x768, 16 bit color card, 24 bit or 32 bit true color card. A DirectX 9 or higher sound and graphics card. Windows Media Player 9 or higher for Windows 2000 systems, windows media player 10 or higher for windows XP and Vista. Microsoft Internet explorer 6 or higher. A CD ROM drive. Plus on line servives preferably DSL regular dial up is to slow. There are some Optional Requirements that you can have. For burning you could use multimedia complaint CD, DVD, or BD recordable drives. For the audio capture or playback portion a 16 bit windows capatible sound card is okay. For Video capture the ohci complaintIEEE 1394 firewire card or analog video capture device. For your portable player devices use windows media device manager 9 or higher.
This is very easy to install in your computer. All you have to do is put the disk in the right drive and the software wizard should pick it up automatically. When you are prompted to just hit the start bar and you will be on your way. They will ask you if you will agree to their user agreement just scroll the side bar all the way down and click yes. Then they will ask you for your code key located on the back of the disk sleeve. Once this is done then they will ask you if you wish to install the custom or typical or complete all you have to do is choose one of these and you will be on your way. This should only take a few minutes.
Once we were installed. we saw a screen called the home screen, in which we could navigate and start all of our projects from this screen. So we tried to do what they said it would do and I could not believe my eyes. We stumbled a little. But after we got the pictures to show up on the right side all we did is highlight them and then hit the burn button and in a matter of minutes it was all burned on three disks. What has taken me days to do the other way took me about 10 minutes. After we did our little job that was when we noticed the little tabs and these are: Audio, copying, data, photos, video, all of which has a tool tab which lets you quickly undo or erase anything that you don't want. Another addition that we found very useful was the utilities section, this is where you do easy audio capture, this lets you create digital audio files from an analog source, such as LP, tapes, or internet radio. Another thing is theLP and Tape assistant will help you create files from your old LP's and tapes in just a few steps. The Media Import, this is where you can import files from video and photos from camera or other devices that connect to your computer. Roxio Retrieve, will get files back that were burned as a back-up that were burned on to multiple disks. These can be encrypted so no one else can copy them. TheSlideshow Assistant will create a high resolution slideshow in a matter of a few clicks. You can include the background music and pan and zoom affects.
WILL ROXIO HELP
Yes they will I have called them with questions that I had and they stayed on the line until I was satisfied that I understood it. They would walk me all the way through it. There are tutorials that you can view for help. If you call them remember this usually is not free. They prefer that you e-mail them. you can do this by going to their web site at: "http://support.roxio.com"
I hope that someone else tries this, this is very cheap way to go. I have enjoy the fact that with just one click of the mouse that I was able to copy files to a disk. This program by Roxio was rated the best selling media software. The main thing don't let all of this information overwhelm you just take it one step at a time. I would highly recommend this to any one it is cheap and quick