Ashampoo Burning Studio 2011 review
A CD burner competitor for Nero ?
Ashampoo Burning Studio 2011 version 10 is CD/DVD burning software that’s seen as an alternative to Nero products. Is this product effective? We tested it and here is our review.
Free 10 days trial
The Burning Studio 2011 version 10 is offered be Ashampoo as a 10-day trial software, to which you can add 30 more days when you make an account on Ashampoo’s official site. Before the free download and installing it our computer had to have the following requirements: either Windows Vista, 7 or XP and 64 MB RAM, Hard Disk Space 5 MB and additional space for image files (optional).
Difficult to use
When we tested the software, installation was a bit difficult than previous versions. We had to pay attention to it, especially when we had to agree or disagree with the installation of Ashampoo’s toolbar. On the plus side, there were no complicated screens to navigate while downloading the software. After the full download and installation parts, opening and running the actual program was a piece of cake: everything went fast and smooth.
The main window that opens when you click on the program features a single menu in the center; by clicking it we were able to quickly access the function that we wanted. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry: the intuitive interface comes with options that, when selected, will explain what they do; there are also plenty of wizards that will help you along the way and, if that still doesn’t help, you can read the very well-organized documentation.
A very fast software
During our test we had no problem with burning either audio CDs, DVDs, normal discs and Blu-ray discs. All we had to do was choose the following options: Burn Files and Folders and Create a New Disc; after that we dragged and dropped the files we wanted to burn and chose the Next option. The final step: we chose the drive with the blank disc and clicked Write; the program then did its job very fast. Copying CDs, Blu-ray discs and DVDs. Creating MPRs or WMA discs and erasing rewriteable CD-RW and BD-RE discs also worked superbly.
The Ashampoo Burning Studio version 10, launched in 2011, has many excellent new features, some of the more interesting ones being the Autoplay editor, video disc preview player, integrated audio player for audio CD and the possibility to create disc covers and labels.
Some of the cons we discovered when writing this review: the product didn’t offer Windows Explorer integration and found it very hard to add MP4 files to a movie.