Nero 7 review
A CD / DVD burning software from Nero
While some hate the Nero 7 software, others love it. We wanted to see for ourselves who was right, so we tested the product. Here is what we think.
Installation went smoothly and the program was easy to use afterwards by simply clicking on the customizable task-oriented StartSmart program launcher. The software is available for free download in the trial version. The main window, like the one on previous Nero versions, looks good; the main tools are easy to find and there’s a new system configuration that enables you to repair, add or remove individual components whenever you feel like it.
Improved multiplane interface
This program comes with an improved multipane interface which helps you understand each task; it also makes it easy to switch between related components: labeling applications, burning and CD / DVD ripping and burning, just to name a few. The Nero Scout media organizer helped us create and update videos, albums and music that we had stored on both fixed storage and networked UPnP devices and removable ones. The Nero 7 also comes with the Nero Home feature, which is a Media Center Edition interface; it enabled us the use of a wireless remote that managed and played whatever content we wanted.
Weak image correction commands
The Nero Vision module includes tools such as slide-show, editing and authoring; they were all well integrated and functional (this program offers, for example, manual color correction). The PhotoSnap image editor’s interface is not that organized, especially when we look at other such software available today. The basic image correction commands are organized in no discernible order and they are crowded. Touch-up tools and text options are nowhere to be seen.
The Nero Express module offered a multitude of copying and disc-mastering functions, which is a big plus for such a program. During the test for our review this feature gave us the possibility to create MP3, Blu-ray and WMA DVD data discs.
No 2D / 3D design controls
The Nero 7 provided basic controls and motion styles; we could select size, color and font type. Unfortunately we found no 2D or 3D design controls or transparency options. Moreover, this product makes mixing background music with dialog in the main video track. Some effects that the Nero 7 lacks: fast/slow and auto-movie generation. What is more, this program provided no pan and zoom options.
On the plus side, the Nero 7 comes with some really great tools to improve images, such as: Resize, PhotoSnap and Histogram Correction. Other notable advantages: Nero SoundBox DJ/mixer program, PhotShow Express, Nero BackItUp, Nero WaveFile Editor and Nero SoundTrax loop-sequencer.
Indeed, the Nero 7 is not as good as other such products. If you want a superior burning CD ? DVD burning software, you should look elsewhere.