Product Watch: Toast Turns 5 And
Gets A Face Lift To Celebrate!
5 'Titanium" From Roxio
Most Mac users are probably familiar with Toast. After all, an OEM
version comes bundled with most third party CD-RW drives out there.
Roxio, a subsidiary of Adaptec, has recently released Toast
5 Titanium, which sports a number of improvements and has possibly
been carbonized for OS X (see OS X Ready? below). At its heart, the
Toast application serves as a pre-mastering environment for audio
or data CD's. This is far from the whole story though. Other whistles
and bells include an application to create photo albums, slide shows
or "video postcards," a CD label creator, and an "Audio
Extractor" for pulling music off CD's or an analog source. Toast
5 adds several welcome features, including an MP3 application, DVD
support, Video CD format with automatic MPEG encoding and, at last,
background burning. Toast 5 also works with iTunes and Disc Burner,
although the iTunes extension apparently disables Toast. Some of Toast's
advertised features are listed below.
- Easily create data, audio, multimedia, video and hybrid CDs or
- Burn CDs in the background while you continue working on your
- Convert iMovies into Video CDs that are playable on most DVD
- Turn MP3 files into standard audio CDs or burn them onto MP3
- Convert any analog source (LPs, cassettes, even live music) into
- Clean up your old recordings by filtering out the unwanted noise,
hisses and pops
- Organize, sort and store digital photos, multimedia files on
virtually indestructable CDs
- Design and print your own custom CD labels, covers and inserts
- Toast supports virtually all USB, IDE, SCSI and FireWire CD-Recorders
and all Power Macs with Mac OS 8.6 or later
- Burn CDs simultaneously on multiple CD recorders
- Burn CDs directly from iTunes or Disc Burner
OS X Ready? As of this writing, Toast's level of OS X support
is unclear [see 4-11-01 update below].
page, Roxio states that "Toast 5 has been fully carbonized
and will support Mac OS X when Mac OS X is officially released and
functionally complete." On their FAQ
page, however, they state that "The current version of Toast
will not work in Mac OS X. A future version of Toast will fully support
Mac OS X. The Mac OS X version will be a free update for Toast 5 Titanium
OS X Update: 4-11-01 We received the following note from Victor
Nemechek , Toast with Jam Product Manager, clarifying the current
status of Toast 5 and OS X.
"I'll clear up our web pages to make sure they have a consistent
and accurate message about OS X support. Sorry about the confusion.
Here is the official and 100% true story:"
"We have Carbonized Toast 5 Titanium. It looks awesome on
OS X and runs perfectly with one minor problem: you can't burn a
CD or DVD. The reason you can't burn a CD or DVD on Mac OS X is
because Apple released version 10.0 with an incomplete I/O Kit.
The I/O Kit allows products like Toast and Retrospect to access
and write to storage devices like CD Recorders and tape drives.
We have done all that we can at this point. We are waiting for Apple
to finish the I/O Kit and release it to us developers. Once they
do, it will only take a short time to finish off the OS X version
of Toast 5 Titanium and release it as a free download."
OS 8.6 or newer
12MB RAM (24 recommended)
100MB drive space
QuickTime 4.0 or later
MSRP: $89.95 (use the search box below to check for lowest
price and availability)
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