To Toast or Not To Toast?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SummerBreeze, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I've just bought a new PowerBook G4 with Superdrive, and I'm debating whether or not to buy Roxio Toast 7. I do love what you can do with divx files, and I would like to be able to backup more easily, but since I'm a student I don't have much money to spend. The question for me is, do I really need burning software? I had a very old copy of toast when I bought an external cd-burner for my iMac, and a copy of Nero came with my Windows computer, but I've never actually bought burning software. With added functionality with burning through the finder, is it even necessary?
  2. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    You have a built in disc utility, but Toast is hands down the best way to burn
    including fully bootable disks.
  3. javiercr macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2005
    the divx encoding is slow as hell, hours and hours in a PBg4 , the PC version from Roxio is also slow as hell on a PC
  4. Chrispy macrumors 68020


    Dec 27, 2004
    Avon, IN
    I have actually been thinking about if I want to do this as well. What is the best added feature you get out of using Toast over what comes on a mac by default?
  5. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

    Rod Rod

    Sep 21, 2003
    Las Vegas, NV
    It's nice to be able to take divx/xvid files and burn them as standard video DVDs. It does take a long time with a PBG4. I tried it with mine and it had to have taken over 12 hours (I wasn't counting exactly). On my dual G5 it took around 2 hours.

    That and the ability to span huge files / folders over multiple discs are the best features of Toast 7. I burned about a 30GB folder, spanned onto 7 DVD-Rs, a few days ago.

    Chrispy: If you have files that are over 4.3GB, the disc spanning feature is especially awesome. It means you don't have to run out and buy a dual/double-layer DVD burner and its (currently way) expensive blanks. Besides, if you have files or folders over 8.5GB, even DL discs won't do you any good.
  6. ammon macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2005
    Try using Dragon Burn. I like it much better than Toast. (Although nothing compares to Nero)
  7. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Okay Rod Rod, you just sold me on the new version of Toast as that would be great to have it do that for large files :D
  8. javiercr macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2005
    and you sold me on a dual G5 :) (when if ever i can afford it)
  9. javiercr macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2005
    I think Nero was very good at the time when it came out, but laterly is giving me a lot of crashes and in every version they come up with a new stupid wizards and confusing ad-ons
  10. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2005
    I think toast is worth it. Unless your not doing an big time burning then you don't need toast
  11. alexstein macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2004
    i'm using toast 6 titanium as of right now and i have no complains at all. great software, stable and easy to use. Toast 7 has indeed some added features that makes it really worth to get.
  12. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I bought Toast 7 three weeks ago, and it was a great investment. Gives me so much more to do on my Mac. Really great.
  13. kugino macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2003
    i agree. toast 7 looks better, is better laid out, and the added features are very impressive. its one-button compression and burn feature is time-saving (i'd been using dvd2one and then toast 6)...and the burns look great.

    the divx encoding isn't that useful, imo...handbrake is faster and better. but the ability to convert into dvd format is nice.

    if you can get by with finder's burning for now, then stick with it. but if you find yourself wanting more, toast 7 is the way to go.
  14. DinoMac macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2005
    newb question here:

    Okay, for example, say I rent a DVD movie at my local Blockbuster.

    Could I use Toast to burn a copy of that DVD movie?

    *not saying I would do such a thing illegally, but just asking* :)
  15. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you

    Lets change this to a discussion about copying a DVD you own and are legally entitled to have one copy of. You first need to rip it using MacTheRipper. Then you can compress/burn it with either toast or popcorn.
  16. kwajaln macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2004
    [/QUOTE]I'm a student I don't have much money to spend. [/QUOTE]
    Do you know what an oxymoron is??? You can afford a "new Powerbook G4" but not $70-80 for Toast 7. Since you're a student, sign up for some money management classes next semester.
  17. Greenjeens macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2005
    I'm new to MACs but I'd have to say Toast & Titainum is one of the most useful pieces of software I've ever used. It seems to be easy to do simple burns and organize track lists without having to understand the more complex features available, which can be explored as one gets the hang of the simpler functions

    CD text input is great. When I burn compilations and load then in my 200 disc changer, each disc and each song is already titled. Huge time saver when I don't have to manually enter disc name. Gives individual tracks names on playback too. Burning discs from iTunes doesn't have "CD Text" capabiltiy.

    Couple with the Mac the Ripper advanced version that extracts a DVD titles and those individual songs can be ripped (as PCM). Then with the "PCM to AIFF" tool, those PCM tracks can be converted to CD/itunes compatible(AIFF) tracks. Does require a bit of time and matching tracks numbers to track names is not automatic. Works to make a CD from concert DVD. There may be other ways, like Audio Hijack, but this piece of software is pretty confusing, with a lot of fluff, in comparison.
    I seldom use the excllent compression tool. Apparently 30% compression or less is the magic number for best video quality. Ritek dual layer DVDs are about $2 a piece for uncompressed burns.

    The abilty to burn a massive iTunes files as "Mac Only" Data on DVD-R discs for backup, takes someting like 6-7 minutes for 4.7 gigs. Can span discs, so you keep feeding them in as needed. Keeps artist/album info intact. Easy way to move or backup a huge iTunes library. Can't believe how quick my Apple Lossless music files were burned to DVD as "Mac Only Data".

    Creating a custom DVD music disc. For those that can use a DVD player as the audio media source, in car or home. Automaticaly creates quite a few menu templates with artist/track searchable DVD menu, for ease in locating individual tracks or artists.

    I've probably only scratched the surface of Toast capabilities, but it's been very user friendly and easy to explore advanced functions.

    Forget Popcorn, wish I had just bought Toast 7 first, it does so much more.

    Anything else I've missed or been mistaken about using toast 7?


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