CDBurnerXP 4 is a complete CD/DVD burning solution for the creation of data CDs and DVDs, audio CDs and Video DVDs.
It offers full set of features including on-the-fly disc copying, copying to and burning from ISO images, and ISO image conversion. Supports new DVD formats such as Double layer DVDs, Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.
This program is the mother of all freeware CD burning solutions. The strength of this program is that it is comprehensive in scope, meaning that it allows you to do pretty much everything you need to do when it comes to burning CDs/DVDs.
One of the things I didn’t like about the older version I used (3.0.116) of this program was that it looked and felt junky like the various features were added on as afterthoughts; CDBurnerXP 4 on the other hand is very well designed both in terms of how it looks visually as well as the user experience it provides. Here are some notes on this program
- Copy audio and data CD’s on the fly: (swap source and destination media within the same or alternate drives). Copy to ISO file supported
- Burn Audio CDs: with or without gaps. Supports MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA, and FLAC files. Allows for adding tracks from audio CDs without ripping them first (cda-files). Does not rip audio cds (use the free BonkEnc or Exact Audio Copy for this).
- Burns Video DVDs: in UDF file format; i.e. they will play on your DVD player.
- Saves and burns ISO files: Converts .BIN and .NRG images to ISO format.
- Support for new media formats: double layer DVDs, Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.
- Verifies data after burning; can simulate burning for error detection.
- Supports overburning:(from the FAQ “just add as much data to CD layout as possible and .. ignore warning messages if any”).
- Dropbox: is a cool feature whereby you can drap and drop files to a floating “drop box” (see screenshot on the right). I am a sucker for cool features like this one.
- Bootable CDs/DVDs/ISOs: supported.
- Automated backups : not implemented in 4.0.013 but promised in a future release.
- Other features: simple cover printing, integrated audio player, visual representation of disk space, file filtering by extension, etc.
Wish list: context menu entries for adding files to projects, image file conversion/burning, etc.
I was waiting for the release of CDBurnerXP 4 for a long while; finally the wait is over and is well worth it. Highly recommended.
Version tested: 4.0.013
Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server,Vista.